What's new from ... Exabyte, HDS, BTC, Iomega

What's new from ... Exabyte, HDS, BTC, Iomega


Tape automation manufacturer Exabyte has signalled the next generation of its high-end flagship tape drive to be released by the end of Q1 next year.

The Mammoth 3 (M3) drive builds on Exabyte's current high-end offering, Mammoth 2, boasting a native capacity of 120GB with a 15Mbps file transfer rate. Compressed, this takes the drive to a 300GB capacity and 30Mbps transfer rate.

Although pricing has yet to be finalised for the Australian market, Exabyte officials are touting the cost of the drive to be somewhere between DLT and LTO drives.

With a form factor half the size of DLT and LTO drives and backwards read capability for M2, Exabyte is confident the product will be readily adopted upon its release.

M3 will be available from ACA Pacific and DataStor New Zealand.

ACA Pacific:, DataStor New Zealand:

Hitachi Data Systems

With a raw capacity of 7TB using 72GB drives, the 9200 Thunder series is HDS's fastest RAID system for the mid-range market.

It draws its speed from a Fibre Channel transfer rate of up to 2Gbps per interface and up to 30-50Mbps at the drive level.

The 9200 Thunder boxes come with hot-swappable drives and a 48-hour battery backup.

HDS is offering the 9200 series as the foundation for a storage area network (SAN) package which includes Brocade SilkWorm 2400 or 2800 switches, or as a network attached storage (NAS) device using Hitachi Freedom NAS software for IP file serving/sharing.

The 9200 series is available from HDS distributors; pricing is available upon request.



Optical manufacturer BTC has released its latest CD-RW with a new chipset featuring Superlink functionality.

Distributed in Australia by Rectron, the 1610IM CD-R/W drive comes equipped with data and audio cables, blank CD-RW media and an application disk including NTI CD-maker, file CD and drive backup software.

Rectron is offering the drive at a dealer price of around $155, excluding GST.



Released earlier this year, Iomega's redesigned Zip 100MB Universal Serial Bus drive delivers a range of features that the vendor claims makes it a promising external storage solution for Internet appliances and gaming consoles.

In addition to the updated design, the drive comes with the latest OS support for Microsoft Windows Me/95/98/NT 4.0 and 2000, as well as Mac OS 8.5.1 through 9.0.4.

Compatible with current Zip 100MB disks, the new drive has an average street price of $249.

The Zip 100MB is available through Tech Pacific and Ingram Micro.

Tech Pacific:, Ingram Micro:

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