IBM's LTO Ultrium Tape Drive Named Best New Product At CMP Conference

IBM Also Announces Native Fibre Channel For Largest LTO Tape System

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Armonk, N.Y. - 23 Apr 2001: IBM today announced that its Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Ultrium tape drive was awarded the XChange Xcellence Award for "Best New Product, Hardware Division" at CMP's Solution Provider XChange held in New Orleans. The LTO Ultrium tape drive was voted the best new hardware innovation of the year, over competitive products from more than 70 vendors attending the show.

IBM also announced today the general availability, effective April 6, of native fibre channel LTO Ultrium tape drives for its IBM 3584 UltraScalable LTO tape library, code-named Anaconda. IBM is delivering this capability more than a month earlier than first announced, further proving its leadership in the LTO initiative. This new functionality will enable router-less SAN connections for the IBM eServer family, Intel, and Sun platforms.

Award-Winning Tape Drive
The "Best New Hardware Product" award was based on a vote by attendees which included resellers, systems integrators and solution providers. The Solution Provider XChange is a forum for those that influence and implement IT solutions at customer settings to partner with those that provide the leading computer technology.

"The awards given at the Solution Provider XChange are special because they are voted on by those that are deeply involved in helping customers solve their IT infrastructure problems," said Renee Flagler, Marketing Manager, CMP XChange. "IBM's LTO was selected as the 'Best New Product-Hardware' by some of the leading Solution Providers in today's marketplace."

LTO is SANtastic
The native fibre enhancement also announced recently is an industry first for a mid-range tape drive in high-end automation and simplifies the implementation of tape products in networked storage environments. With this support, customers will be able to have router-less SAN connections, which will speed up data back-up and recovery, support greater distances and enhanced functionality such as server-less back-up and simplify the implementation of tape products in networked storage environments.

IBM was the first to market with LTO products less than a year ago. The LTO Ultrium products are the culmination of an industry initiative by IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Seagate to create an open industry-standard format for digital tape. It serves as an alternative to Quantum's proprietary DLT and SuperDLT formats. According to a recent analyst report, LTO Ultrium products are expected to make inroads into marketshare currently held by Quantum, the dominant player in the midrange market.

"Customers deploying storage networking solutions were searching for open and interoperable tape storage devices," said Brenda Zawatski, vice president Removable Media Storage Solutions for IBM Storage Systems Group. "The success of LTO demonstrates not only its innovation but also the need in the industry for standards-based tape storage systems."

Using IBM's Ultrium LTO products, customers can transfer information at 30 megabytes per second compressed, which equates to an astounding 172 miles per second. That rate is more than 8 megabytes/second faster than competitor Quantum's SDLT 220. IBM LTO products were specifically designed for use in automated tape storage libraries that employ sophisticated robotic arms to automatically retrieve tapes. The process of selecting and retrieving the correct tape is reduced to seconds.

The IBM LTO family of products consists of:
Ultrium Tape Drive with a capacity of up to 200 gigabytes compressed Ultrium Tape Autoloader can hold up to seven tape cartridges (1.4 terabytes compressed) Ultrium Scalable Tape Library with a capacity of up to 72 cartridges (14.4 terabytes compressed) UltraScalable Tape Library can hold up to 2,481 cartridges (496 terabytes compressed)

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