eStorage annnounces Maxback iSeries-compatible mirrored AIT-3 and LTO tape subsystems

eStorage mirrored AIT-3 and LTO tape subsystems address disaster recovery needs

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eStorage, a leading provider of storage solutions for IBM mid-range computers, announced its Maxback iSeries-compatible mirrored AIT-3 and LTO tape subsystems for meeting the disaster recovery needs of today's businesses. By producing redundant copies of backup data, the Maxback mirrored tape subsystems are ideal for addressing the data protection and recovery requirements for critical business applications.

The Maxback mirrored tape subsystems consist of two Sony AIT-3 tape drives or two IBM LTO tape drives, plus an intelligent controller. These subsystems emulate an IBM 3570 or 3590 tape drive for transparent operation with IBM's OS/400™ operating system and popular iSeries backup utilities. Unlike a regular tape drive, however, the Maxback subsystems automatically produce a duplicate backup tape cartridge. This allows the user to send one tape cartridge to a safe offsite location, while keeping the other cartridge at the local site for normal data recovery applications.

"Disaster recovery has become a critical concern for businesses of all sizes," said John Gimpl, eStorage's executive vice-president. "In fact, a company's data is now far more valuable than the computer hardware. Our Maxback mirrored tape subsystems provide a simple cost-effective method of ensuring that this data will not be lost in the event of natural disasters, theft, vandalism, or terrorist attacks. The Maxback subsystems are complementary to IBM's tape offerings, since IBM does not offer a mirrored tape solution."

Each Maxback AIT-3 mirrored tape subsystem can support up to 300GB of data and 36MB/sec transfer rates on each drive, assuming a 3:1 compression ratio. The Maxback LTO mirrored tape subsystems are available with two versions of tape drives. The Ultrium 2 drive supports capacities up to 400GB per cartridge and transfer rates of up to 70MB/sec, assuming 2:1 compression, while the Ultrium 1 drive supports up to 200GB capacities and 30MB/sec transfer rates, also assuming 2:1 compression. The Maxback LTO subsystems are also media compatible with IBM's 3580 family of tape drives.

In order to handle the very high transfer rates of these AIT-3 and LTO tape drives, the Maxback subsystems incorporate new high-speed controller technology that includes an 80MB/sec SCSI HVD host interface and an easy-to-use LCD–based menu configuration system.

All models are available for September shipment. For pricing or additional technical information, contact eStorage at (800) 598-9910 or visit the company's Web site at www.estorageinc.com.

About AIT Technology
Ever since its debut in 1996, the innovative and unrivaled technology known as AIT has been proving its superior performance and reliability to customers worldwide. System manufacturers and storage solution providers alike have been embracing AIT, incorporating this fast access, high-density, tape recording technology into their own winning solutions. Since its inception, AIT has been a tape technology leader, offering superior capacity, durability, reliability, and scalability.

About LTO Technology
Linear Tape-Open (LTO) technology is an "open format" technology developed jointly by HP, IBM and Seagate, while Ultrium is the high capacity implementation of LTO technology. Because of its open nature, LTO technology ensures that users will have multiple sources of compatible tape products and media. More than five million LTO Ultrium format tape data cartridges have shipped worldwide since September 2000, when products based on the format first became commercially available.

About eStorage
eStorage Inc. is a leading manufacturer of enterprise storage systems. Focusing on the IBM iSeries and AS/400® mid-range computer market, eStorage provides a full range of high-end disk subsystems, tape subsystems, automated tape libraries, and storage management software. These sophisticated solutions offer higher performance, greater functionality, increased uptime, and reduced costs compared to competing products. Based in Irvine, California, eStorage sells and services its products worldwide.

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