StorageTek Commits to Fibre Connection Roadmap

Tuesday Feb 26th 2002 by Enterprise Storage Forum Staff

Tape drive and storage system to be adapted with FICON connectivity

Storage Technology (StorageTek) plans to release a native FICON version of its T9840B tape drive within the next year and plans native FICON versions of future high-end tape drives. Additionally, StorageTek said it will enable FICON connectivity in its Shared Virtual Array (SVA) disk storage system to benefit customers in the mainframe disk subsystem market. .

"QLogic's relationship with StorageTek is further strengthened by our mutual commitment to the adoption of FICON technology. StorageTek's leadership in being an early adopter of technological advances to address the fast-changing needs of customers has made StorageTek an ideal partner for helping QLogic increase efficiency while maintaining quality, speedy connectivity," said Frank Berry, vice president of QLogic Corp.

FICON is a follow-on technology to the fibre optic-based ESCON channels currently dominating the high-end MVS tape storage market. With a data rate of 100 MB/s burst, FICON channels can also read and write data concurrently on the same link, effectively doubling the channel bandwidth to 200 MB/s burst.

Currently offered with ESCON, SCSI and Fibre Channel interfaces, the StorageTek T9840B is equipped with a 2Gb fabric aware interface for 200 MB/s SAN infrastructures. The T9840B has a a 19 MB/s native data transfer rate, 70 MB/s maximum compressed and random access to data in less than 12 seconds.

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