Agate Technology will bring IBM's Linear Tape-Open Ultrium (LTO Ultrium), to the Australia market, giving the network server and midrange sector a high-capacity tool to deal with the explosion of e-business information.
According to market analyst IDC, the network server market is the fastest-growing segment in the IT industry spurning demand for high capacity, reliable and scalable storage options. Projections put the worldwide tape automation market at almost double its current size by 2004, somewhere in the vicinity of $4.6 billion.
The LTO Ultrium products are the culmination of an industry initiative by IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Seagate -- all of which are Agate vendors -- to create an open industry-standard format for digital tape. The new technology allows customers to use tapes and drives interchangeably from any manufacturer using LTO.
According to specs the Ultrium transfers information at 30Mbps, bringing increased capacity, performance, scalability and reliability.
Building on its portfolio of 218 tape patents in 1999, the new tape storage products range from 200 compressed gigabytes in one tape drive to nearly 500 terabytes.
Branded under the name StorageSmart, the range includes the T200 tape drive, TX200 external tape drive, SL7 tape autoloader and the SL72 scalable tape library. All products are available from Agate immediately with the exception of the tape autoloader and scalable tape library, which are expected to follow soon.