New IBM Tape Storage Helps Customers With Their Growing Volumes of Data

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SOMERS, N.Y - 08 Mar 2000: -- IBM today announced new tape storage products for customers conducting e-business applications such as server consolidation, Business Intelligence, and Customer Relationship Management. The Magstar 3590 Tape Cartridge has doubled in capacity offering customers unsurpassed tape media capacity. The new Peer-to-Peer Virtual Tape Server is designed to provide no single point of failure.

As companies rely increasingly on information to make business-critical decisions, availability to massive amounts of data is more important than ever. For e-businesses requiring 24 X 7 access to their data, it is essential to have secure, quick and dependable recovery of information. One minute of downtime on the Internet can cost businesses $10,000 in lost sales and opportunities according to industry estimates.

"IBM continues to make enhancements to its flagship 3590 tape drive," said Bob Amatruda, senior analyst tape and removable storage at IDC. "Doubling the capacity of the 3590 tape cartridge will allow users to meet their growing storage demands and ensure a high level of investment protection."

Capacity Doubled
The new IBM Magstar 3590 Tape Cartridge offers customers the most data storage capacity on a single 1/2-inch tape cartridge. The cartridge has a capacity of 40 gigabytes (up to 120 gigabytes with 3:1 compression) for the Magstar 3590 Model E and 20 gigabytes (up to 60 gigabytes with 3:1 compression) for the Model B. A single 3590 Model E11 tape drive may now provide up to 1.2 terabytes of capacity. The new cartridges provide a significant cost savings resulting from less tape cartridge handling and a reduction in floor space requirements. The cartridge tape will support Magstar 3590 tape drives on selected S/390, AS/400, RS/6000, NUMA-Q, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard and Windows NT systems.

Improved Attachment and Service
Magstar 3590 Model A60 Control Unit enhancements include support for eight ESCON channels and "Call Home" service support. With the additional ESCON channels, customers can increase host attachments and drives while using fewer control units. This translates into a lower cost of storage solutions.

IBM also intends to deliver connectivity of the Virtual Tape System to Sun Microsystems servers later this year. While competitors are limited to MVS system attachment, the IBM Virtual Tape Server leads the industry with attachment to MVS, VM, VM/VSE, TPF and RS/6000 platforms. The planned attachment to Sun Microsystems is the first virtual tape attachment to non-IBM platforms.

Designed to Provide No Single Point of Failure
The IBM Magstar Peer-To-Peer Virtual Tape Server (VTS) solution offers unmatched peer-to-peer copy capabilities for users demanding true 24X7 tape operations. Using replicated virtual subsystems connected by ESCON channels at local or remote distances, Peer-to-Peer VTS is designed to improve data availability by eliminating single points of failure. It provides concurrent maintenance capabilities, automatic recovery and switchover as well as workload balancing between two Virtual Tape Servers.

The Magstar 3590 Extended High Performance Cartridge Tape is available now. Availability of the Magstar Peer-To-Peer Virtual Tape Server is planned for August 18, 2000.

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