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Sony Packs 10TB Of Native Capacity In 5U SAIT Tape Library

Couples high-capacity format with the benefits of hands-free automation (June 01, 2005)

Sony Electronics is taking its SAIT-1 drive to new heights, coupling the high-capacity format with the benefits of hands-free automation to deliver a compact tape library for small-to-midsized businesses, including those working with large databases, video production, broadcast applications, medical imaging and e-commerce transactions.

The new SAIT library will be showcased for the first time at the Storage World Conference in Long Beach, Calif. from June 7 to June 9.

Two models of the SAIT mini library are now available, housing up to two SAIT-1 tape drives with up to 20 high-capacity SAIT cartridges, delivering the industry's highest storage density for a 5U rack-mountable configuration. The system features an impressive 10TB native storage capacity (26TB compressed using 2.6:1 compression) and clocks a fast 60MB/s sustained native transfer rate (with two SAIT drives).

"Small-to-midsized enterprises are often neglected by the storage industry, stuck between libraries that are either too small at the gigabyte level or too large at the petabyte level," said Alan Sund, general manager for tape storage solutions in Sony Electronics' Component and Business Solutions Division. "Our new SAIT mini library is the perfect fit for these organizations, offering consolidated backup and disaster recovery for companies with storage needs at the multiple terabyte level, and at an affordable price."

The SAIT mini library comes equipped with Write Once Read Many (WORM) functionality, allowing users to reach compliance with storage-related government regulations. Data written to SAIT WORM media cannot be altered or erased, meeting requirements for various regulatory mandates. Further boosting data security, a password-protected electromagnetic lock and a mechanical key lock are installed on each unit. With this physical protection in place, IT managers can rest-assured that critical backup jobs aren't being tampered with or manually disrupted.

"Data integrity is one crucial component for small-to-midsize enterprises in their ongoing struggle to gain government record-keeping compliance," said Fara Yale, research vice president for Gartner, Inc. "An automated storage system that can handle several terabytes of backup and archiving applications, while offering write-once functionality, answers the call for both compliance and capacity."

Simple to operate, the Sony SAIT mini library offers full functionality from either its front display panel or through a web-enabled interface. Its one-step cartridge load and eject function further boosts usability and ease-of-management.

Sony is offering add-on options to augment the standard automated SAIT library, including additional cartridge magazines, as well as mounting kits for rack configurations. An additional SAIT-1 drive can also be integrated to further enhance performance and availability. The system comes with an Ultra SCSI connection, but is also compatible with fibre channel networks through a commercially available SCSI/FC bridge.

About SAIT Technology
The SAIT technology platform delivers both high-capacity and high-performance using a half-inch, single-reel tape and a 5.25-inch full-height mechanism. Currently, SAIT-1 drives boast the industry's highest capacity, storing up to 500GB of uncompressed data on a single tape cartridge, and feature a sustained native transfer rate of up to 30MB per second uncompressed.

Pricing and Availability
The Sony SAIT mini library is currently available for purchase directly through Sony's professional services organization or through approved distributors, resellers and system integrators. The library has a suggested list price of $17,995 for the one-drive CSM-20S/S1 model and $25,990 for the two-drive CSM-20S/S1-2 model.

Plaease visit for additional product information. For more information regarding the nearest Sony authorized dealer or service location, call 1-800-686-SONY.


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