Oracle introduces storage tape drive and tape file system

Oracle introduces storage tape drive and tape file system

Oracle has introduced the Oracle StorageTek T10000D tape drive and the StorageTek linear tape file system library edition that will help reduce costs for customers acquiring space and help cloud providers monetize faster.

According to Oracle, the drive has 54 per cent more capacity per cartridge over the previous generation, while the speed of storing and retrieving data is 57 per cent faster than the LTO-6.

The StorageTek T10000D is also the first tape drive with support for both 16Gbps fibre channel and the 10Gbps fibre channel over ethernet making it ideal for next generation converged data centres.

To cloud service providers Oracle says monetisation will be much faster using tape than disk media due to its longevity, durability and lower cost.

“With the fastest and highest capacity drive available, customers can accelerate massive consolidation of long-term archives, improve data center efficiency, and lower TCO,” said James Cates, vice president of hardware development at Oracle.

“When you add LTFS LE capabilities and Oracle innovations in both data integrity and monitoring, Oracle is taking a commanding lead in storage for long-term data retention and archiving.”

The Oracle StorageTek Linear Tape File System, Library edition meanwhile has search and index capabilities that can be accessed directly through a standard file system interface and simplifies the adoption of high capacity tape storage to support multiple uses.

Cates said the StorageTek LTFS LE provides a more efficient way to move away from disk only that costs almost 26 times the average cost of a tape based solution using an automated tape library.

“Tape can be the most economical and most scalable storage medium and Oracle’s LTFS LE broadens the potential markets for tape storage, including high growth digital archives in media/entertainment, cloud storage services, healthcare, scientific research and more.”

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