StorageTek unveils products and OEM partnership at the Storage World Conference

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StorageTek Corp. this week revealed three significant company moves in its information lifecycle management strategy at the Storage World Conference, June 28 - July 1, in Long Beach, Calif.

The Louisville, Colo.-based company unveiled the StreamLine SL500 modular library system. The SL500 starts at 30 LTO (linear tape open) cartridge slots and scales to more than 500 LTO cartridge slots storing over 100 terabytes (TB) of uncompressed data and can support up to 18 tape drives providing throughput rates of over 2TB/hour. The SL500 supports midrange tape drive formats including LTO Gen-2 and will support SDLT in future versions, according to the company.

Building on StorageTek's StreamLine family of products, the SL500 provides mixed media support and interfaces to consolidate UNIX and Windows computing infrastructures. The SL500 also allows for modular upgrades of capacity and throughput.

StorageTek launched at the show its Backup Resource Monitor (BRM) software for use with StorageTek L-Series and StreamLine series tape libraries. The BRM software enables customers to monitor, analyze, and tune backup infrastructure as well as identify reasons for failure.

According to StorageTek, BRM supports data protection and backup operations by identifying vulnerable backup clients and reporting on backup success rates and failure points across the backup infrastructure. BRM enables administrators to see and monitor tape automation resources, storage networking components and backup applications.

StorageTek also announced completion of a strategic OEM partnership agreement with Sun Microsystems Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif. Under the agreement, Sun will market and sell StorageTek's StreamLine SL8500 under the StorEdge brand, as well as StorageTek's L-700e and L-180 tape libraries.