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StorageTek Extends Connectivity Options For Award-Winning T9940B Tape Drive

  • 17 June, 2004 13:42

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<p>SYDNEY, Australia -- June 17, 2004 -- For customers needing to collect and store large amounts of data quickly with high reliability, the right connectivity option is critical. Now StorageTek's award-winning T9940B tape drive can offer the highest transfer and data rate regardless of mainframe or Open Systems connectivity requirement.</p>
<p>StorageTek® (Storage Technology Corporation, NYSE:STK), the proven provider of the foundation for Information Lifecycle Management, today announced its 'capacity centric' T9940B tape drive equipped with a native FICON interface for seamless connectivity and high-performance tape storage in zOS (MVS) environments. With the addition of the dual port FICON interface to the currently available ESCON and Fibre Channel interfaces, StorageTek continues to offer the ultimate in data reliability during heavy-duty, 24 x 7 use. The T9940B offers an unsurpassed solution for data-intensive applications, such as backup, recovery, archiving and off-site storage.</p>
<p>A perfect complement to the Streamline™ SL8500 modular library system, a cornerstone of StorageTek's world class information lifecycle management solutions, the T9940B can be employed as part of an overall tape storage solution that delivers unparalleled value, performance and protection. StorageTek's strategy for Enterprise Information Lifecycle Management allows customers to classify, manage and move information across a foundation of tiered storage based upon its purpose and value.</p>
<p>"Our commitment is to provide information lifecycle management solutions to help customers manage data growth while enabling them to lower costs and enhance the efficiency of their storage operations," said Philip Belcher, Managing Director for StorageTek Australia / New Zealand.</p>
<p>"The T9940B delivers true enterprise-wide connectivity by offering native 2-gigabit Fibre Channel for Open Systems environments and native 2-gigabit FICON and ESCON for the zOS (MVS)-attached market segment. The T9940B offers a uniquely cost-effective solution for the rapid, secure and reliable storage of valuable data across all networks and systems," said Belcher. "We anticipate that many mainframe customers will take advantage of the high capacity and throughput of T9940B FICON to complement the fast-access capability of the T9840C."</p>
<p>StorageTek now delivers native FICON connectivity for both its 'fast access' and 'capacity centric' tape drives. To help protect their media investments, customers moving from T9940A drives will have complete media compatibility when utilising the T9940B FICON. T9940B drives provide backward read compatibility to data written by T9940A drives and read/write compatibility with T9940B ESCON and Fibre Channel drives.</p>
<p>StorageTek's T9940B delivers 30 MB/second native data transfer (up to 216 GB/Hour, compressed on FICON) and 200GB(native) cartridge capacity, while maintaining the customer's existing investment in T9940 media. The T9940B also features StorageTek's proprietary VolSafe® advanced WORM (Write-Once-Read-Many) technology to support today's stringent electronic data storage regulatory requirements.</p>
<p>"MVS customers place a premium on quick data throughput and access speeds, long distance connectivity and reliability," noted Fara Yale, research vice president, at Gartner. "Upgrading to FICON connectivity makes sense and provides customers with an attractive option. For customers transitioning from ESCON to FICON connectivity, they can double their throughput and gain 10 times more cabling distance for applications such as disaster recovery/business continuity or data transmission to offsite data centres."</p>
<p>For more information on StorageTek's T-Series™ tape drives, visit</p>
StorageTek is a $US2 billion global company that enables businesses, through its information lifecycle management strategy, to align the cost of storage with the value of information. The company's innovative storage solutions manage the complexity and growth of information, lower costs, improve efficiency and protect investments. For more information, see</p>
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This press release contains certain statements, projections and forecasts regarding StorageTek's future business plans, financial results, products and performance that constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "may," "will," "should," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," and "believes." There are a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause the company's actual results to differ materially.</p>
<p>Some of these risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, StorageTek's ability to develop, manufacture and market new products and services successfully; the effect of product mix and distribution channel mix on our gross margins; our ability to execute our Information Lifecycle Management strategy; competitive pricing pressures; rapid technological changes in the markets in which we compete; our ability to attract and retain highly skilled employees; changes in our management; our ability to protect and develop intellectual property rights; our reliance on certain sole source suppliers; our ability to obtain quality parts and components in a timely manner; general economic conditions in the United States and globally; and other risks described in StorageTek's Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and Current Reports on Form 8-K that are filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission and which are available on the SEC's website.</p>
Chris Bowes
Bowes Communications
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