Sony, Exabyte Unveil New Tape Automation Products

Sony, San Jose, Calif., unveiled the enterprise-class PetaSite tape libraries, which use its latest SAIT tape drives. Boulder, Colo.-based Exabyte launched a family of autoloaders and tape libraries for IBM LTO Ultrium 2 tape drives.

The Sony PetaSite libraries can scale from two to 96 tape drives. Each drive has a compressed capacity of 100 Tbytes, giving the library a maximum capacity of 1.2 Pbytes, with a native data-transfer rate of up to 2.88 Gbps, said Tom Yuhas, director and general manager of Sony's Data Storage Solutions Group.

PetaSite comes in a base configuration of two drives, an Ethernet hub, a terminal server and a control unit. It can be scaled to up to 12 drives and 216 cartridges. The SCSI version of the base configuration starts at a list price of $103,000. It also comes in a Fibre Channel version. Both are available now.

Starting in June, Sony will offer an expansion module that adds up to 330 cartridges, as well as a drive and cartridge expansion module that adds up to 12 drives and 258 cartridges, said Yuhas. And by the third quarter, Sony plans to unveil a redundant robot console, which provides backup robotics if the unit's main robotic arm becomes disabled, he said.

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Exabyte's new product family includes the entry-level Exabyte 110L tape autoloader, which supports a single IBM LTO Ultrium 2 tape drive. The Exabyte 221L model can be configured with one or two tape drives using either SCSI or Fibre Channel connectivity, along with up to 21 data cartridges.

For the enterprise, the Exabyte Magnum20 LTO library puts up to 150 cartridges into a 20U rack-mount enclosure. It can be partitioned into as many as four virtual tape libraries, using LTO-1 and LTO drives in the same unit. Pricing starts at $16,499 for the base configuration.

Exabyte's tape automation products are available via solution providers, distributors and OEMs.