Oracle Unveils Enhanced Tape Storage Line

Oracle has unveiled a series of enhancements for its StorageTek tape storage line, tech news site eWeek reports.

The enhancements include increasing capacity of the StorageTek SL8500 from 70,000 to 10,000 tape slots and support for LTO-5 format drives capable of storing 1.5TB.

“The conventional wisdom is that the tape market is dying but not dead yet. This move by Oracle is obviously aimed at that market in the large-scale enterprise storage sector," said Charles King, analyst at Pund-IT.

According to Oracle, the system has been improved to work with Solaris, Oracle Enterprise Linux, Oracle VM, Exadata V2, Oracle Database 11g, Fusion Middleware 11g and Sun servers and Oracle Applications.

The company also claims that the StorageTek LTO-5 drive is the first enterprise tape solution to be able to store upwards of 150 petabytes worth of data in a single storage system.

Jim Cates, vice president for Oracle's tape development division, said: "Over the past 40 years, Oracle StorageTek tape and library solutions have incorporated innovative technology to improve scalability, performance and reliability while continuing to lower the total cost of ownership."