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New IBM Storage Products and Technologies Address Regulatory Compliance Needs

New IBM Storage Products and Technologies Address Regulatory Compliance Needs

Expanding its portfolio of products for companies facing the need to address growing data retention and government regulatory concerns, IBM has announced new tape and disk storage products. The IBM TotalStorage FAStT100 Storage Server and Write Once Read Many (WORM) media technology for the IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Tape Drive 3592 join a number of newly released IBM products and technologies that are designed to provide companies with tools to address data retention needs while offering security, reliability, and technology investment protection.

An entry-level disk storage system, the IBM TotalStorage FAStT100 Storage Server uses SATA (serial advanced technology attachment) technology to offer a lower-cost price point. The FAStT100 inherits many of the advanced functions and capabilities of the FAStT600, but is optimized for near-line storage with low-cost SATA drive technology. The result is a disk solution designed to provide small and medium-sized companies with a high performance, long-term storage solution for infrequently accessed data.

The FAStT100, with IBM TotalStorage FAStT Storage Manager software, can help improve storage management as well as make it easy to add new servers and applications with a common management tool. Using the FAStT Storage Manager software, administrators can partition the FAStT100 Storage Server into as many as 16 storage partitions. Storage partitioning technology allows administrators to strategically allocate storage capacity, improving utilization of storage space and reducing storage management costs.

The FAStT100 features Dynamic Volume Expansion and Dynamic Capacity Expansion, allowing administrators to resize logical volumes non-disruptively. This flexibility is suitable for applications that have rapidly growing data requirements, such as Lotus Notes and Microsoft Exchange. Dynamic Capacity Expansion allows for the addition of new disk drives to a RAID array to increase capacity to the array while the system remains operational.

The FAStT100 is designed to interoperate with IBM eServer pSeries and IBM eServer xSeries servers as well as with other industry Intel processor-based and UNIX-based servers.

IBM also announced enhancements to its broad tape portfolio, including the introduction of Write Once Read Many (WORM) media technology for the Model 3592 tape drive. This new tape storage technology is of particular interest to companies that need to securely store large quantities of electronic records for regulatory and internal audit requirements, though they will seldom need to access such information.

Also introduced is a new 60GB short-length, economy cartridge for the 3592 tape drive for applications that require fast retrieval response times for individual data sets. Both the 60GB and the previously released 300GB 3592 cartridges are available in WORM and non-WORM formats.

In addition to the current automation environments that support the Model 3592 drive, new models of the IBM TotalStorage UltraScalable Tape Library 3584 will provide support for the drives, allowing the Model 3592 drive and IBM TotalStorage Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Ultrium Tape Drives to coexist in the same Model 3584 tape library.

The new models of the 3584 Tape Library provide a 20 percent reduction in library footprint over the previous generation, while continuing to scale to 192 drives and over 6000 cartridge slots in a single library. With this new capability, clients can better tailor the library to match their system capacity, performance, and application requirements.

To complete the lifecycle of data needs for clients, IBM recently announced the delivery of new middleware offerings - Content Management for Message Monitoring and Retention, Tivoli Security Compliance Manager, Lotus Workplace for Business Controls and Reporting, and the Basel II Information Management Offering. The middleware offerings are designed to help customers address a variety of regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA, SEC 17 and others.

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