IBM Expands Storage Product Offerings

   IBM continues to address data retention and government regulatory concerns with new tape- and disk-storage products. The new products, which aim to make managing the data life cycle easier, include the IBM TotalStorage FAStT100 Storage Server and write once, read many (WORM) media technology for the IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Tape Drive 3592. These products join the IBM TotalStorage Data Retention 450 solution, which the company announced in February.
   The IBM TotalStorage FAStT100 Storage Server is an entry-level Serial ATA (SATA) storage system with functions and capabilities similar to the company's FAStT600 but implemented with with low-cost SATA technology. Designed for long-term storage of infrequently accessed data, the FAStT100 supports as much as 14TB of disk capacity. The FAStT100 includes Dynamic Volume Expansion and Dynamic Capacity Expansion, features that allow no-downtime disk reconfiguration.
   The company's introduction of WORM media technology for the TotalStorage Enterprise Tape Drive 3592 provides an inexpensive solution for companies looking to use tape-backup technology to securely store data. IBM plans to include WORM technology in future drives and media technology

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