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IBM pumps up Shark, LTO for iSeries

IBM is set to announce enhancements to its tape and disk portfolio that include Fibre Channel attachment of its eServer iSeries to Shark Enterprise Storage Servers, and its first Fibre drive for Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Ultrium technology.

IBM will also announce support for advanced disaster tolerance copy services including Peer-to-Peer Remote Copy (PPRC) and FlashCopy in Fibre Channel and SCSI environments for iSeries and AS/400.

The iSeries servers can now attach to the Shark Enterprise Storage Server, the IBM Magstar and Ultrium tape offerings via Fibre Channel.

Fibre Channel is a technology for transmitting data between computer devices at a data rate of up to 2G-Bits/sec. Since it is faster, Fibre Channel is expected to replace the Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) as the transmission interface between servers and clustered storage devices.

IBM said iSeries and AS/400 customers running business critical applications such as ERP, CRM and SCM will now be able to leverage the speed, security and physical distance flexibility of Fibre Channel connectivity for their data storage.

IBM said Fibre Channel support for the LTO drive boosts its data transfer rate to 100MB/sec. peak throughput rate, a 20MB/sec. increase over Ultra2 SCSI connections.

Brenda Zawatski, vice president, removable media storage solutions for IBM's Storage Systems Group said the new drive balances customers' need for a midrange tape backup solution that has high capacity, speed, and investment protection for growth.

PPRC will be available for SCSI-attached servers beginning April 26, 2001. PPRC and FlashCopy for both SCSI and Fibre-attached servers will be available later this year.Fibre Channel connectivity for IBM Magstar and Ultrium tape offerings will be available on May 25.

IBM's family of LTO-based solutions includes tape drives and small, medium and large tape-automation products. IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Seagate jointly developed the LTO specification.

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