Quick Takes: Tape demand

Seagate and Imation Corp. announces seventh generation of Travan technology products; Spectra Logic announces a capacity on demand service; and FalconStor announces StorageTek will resell IPStor in Australia and New Zealand.

Travan marches on

Seagate Removable Storage Solutions (RSS), Costa Mesa, Calif., a tape drive manufacturer, and Imation Corp., announced plans for a new family of Travan 40 tape drives and cartridges based on the seventh generation of Travan technology. The Travan 40 tape drives and cartridges offer up to 20G Bytes native storage capacity while maintaining backward compatibility, according to the companies. Drive specifications for Seagate's Travan 40 tape drive include 20G Byte native capacity with 2 Mbytes/sec native transfer rate and backward-read compatibility. Internal versions will have an ATAPI interface and an external implementation will have a USB 2.0 connection. Seagate Travan 40 tape drive products will be compatible with Windows 95/98/NTWS/2000 professional/Millennium/XP, Windows NT/2000 Server, Novell Net 3/4/5/6/, SCO UNIX and Linux.

Imation Corp.

Seagate Technology Corp.

Tape on demand

Spectra Logic Corp., Boulder, Colo., a manufacturer of high density tape libraries announced a Capacity on Demand service that allows customers to immediately activate additional capacity in their tape library as their storage needs grow. The company said Capacity on Demand eliminates guesstimating about data growth curves and future storage needs. Customers can initially purchase a tape library fully populated with tape slots, but only pay for what their current backup needs require. When ready to increase capacity, customers just make a call or log on to Spectra Logic's Web site, pay for the upgrade key and Spectra Logic "ships" the key by e-mail instantaneously. Spectra Logic said an upgrade process that once took weeks, now takes minutes and customers pay only as their immediate storage needs require. Spectra Logic customers can purchase 15 slot packages that deliver one and a half Terabytes of storage at a time, when they need it. Capacity on Demand will be shipping with the Spectra 12000 and 64000 tape libraries in December and the remaining tape library product line in January 2002.

Spectra Logic Corp.

Virtualization down under

FalconStor Software Inc., a Melville, N.Y,-based storage networking software company, announced that Storage Technology Corp. (StorageTek), will resell FalconStor's flagship product, IPStor, in Australia and New Zealand. The two companies jointly tested and cross-certified StorageTek's 9176 Disk Subsystem and FalconStor's IPStor software. StorageTek's 9176 disc storage system brings combined with IPStor provides customers with centralized storage, disk pooling, high availability, seamless scalability and performance, according to the companies.

Storage Technology Corp.

FalconStor Software Inc.

iSCSI on the way from Eurologic

Eurologic Systems Inc., Boxborough, Mass., has unveiled a strategic iSCSI (Internet Small Computer System Interface) initiative, including the rollout of a family of new iSCSI products over the course of the next year. Eurologic said it is pursuing multiple tracks for bringing iSCSI-capable network storage solutions to market. The company plans to introduce complete network storage solutions that incorporate iSCSI-capable network storage systems and software. iSCSI is a data transfer protocol that allows standard SCSI block level commands to be transported over standard Internet Protocol (IP).

Eurologic Systems Inc.

Sistina gets ServerProven

Software developer Sistina Software Inc., Minneapolis, Minn., announced that its Global File System (SistinaGFS) earned ServerProven validation from IBM Corp. SistinaGFS is a clustered file system for Linux that allows multiple servers on a storage area network (SAN) to have read/write access to a single file system on shared SAN devices. ServerProven validation gives assurances that SistinaGFS has been approved to work with IBM eServer xSeries servers. All of the components of Sistina?s GFS - the application software, middleware, utilities, data base, Network Operating System and hardware - have been tested to work together in real-world enterprise environments, the company said.

Sistina Software Inc.

IBM ServerProven Program

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