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Vol. 2 No. 2 April 2003

Tape: Alive and full of options

Despite major advances in disk technologies, tape continues to be the mainstay of most companies' backup efforts, despite being viewed to some users as throwback technology. New capabilities such as higher tape densities, the ability to manage different tape mediums in one library and increasingly higher rates of reliability are keeping tape the most cost-effective storage medium. Sony introduces AIT drive for PCs Sony Electronics recently released an external Advanced Intelligent Tape (AIT) drive for PCs and laptops with USB and i.LINK/FireWire (IEEE 1394) connectors for most PCs and Macintosh computers, as well as an internal ATAPI version for use in entry-level servers and workstations. With maximum compressed capacities from 91GB to 130GB and maximum native data transfer rates from 4MB/s to 6MB/s, Sony's new StorStation AIT drives start at $800. Sony's new external AITe90-UL drive will include a complimentary copy of IVision Software Inc's ISafe backup software for Windows. Rick Luttrall, director of marketing for ...

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Features in this issue

  • Virtual SANs bring order to chaos

    by  Marc Farley

    What will Cisco's embedded virtual SAN technology in its new MDS switch line mean to storage managers? For starters, a new way to manage SANs as they spread across the company.

  • Midrange or high end: what's right for you

    by  Jim Booth

    While the line is blurring, it's not gone. We look at what really differentiates high-end from midrange storage. And we look at the virtues of combining them.

  • USC Spurns Usual Tape Suspects

    In his role as director of emerging technologies at the University of Southern California (USC), Mike Lin is responsible for storing and backing up between 50TB to 100TB of data, for faculty and students alike.

  • Is storage management software worth it?

    High prices, deep discounts, expensive deployments, uncertain vendor commitment--what's a storage manager to think? We help decode the confusion that abounds in this market.

  • SATA drive challenges SCSI functionality

    When it comes to disk drives, suitability for enterprise or desktop applications has little to do with the interface, but with the drive's underlying mechanical platform.

  • Storage managers grapple with Windows

    by  David Braue

    The spread of Windows into ever-more serious applications and the growth of data on Windows servers means that more storage managers are attaching Windows hosts to their SANs. Along with that comes the need to decide whether Windows-based storage management software is the way to go.

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