HP introduces StorageWorks tape drive

DQC Bureau
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HP announced the launch of the HP StorageWorks Ultrium 960 Tape Drive, representing the third generation of LTO (Linear Tape Open) technology. The tape comes with both rewritable and Write-Once Read-Many (WORM) data cartridges, that prevent accidental or intentional overwrite or erasure of data. It provides enterprise-class data protection features for mid-range and enterprise servers and small hard drive arrays.


The Ultrium 960 offers 800 GB of compressed capacity, at a 160 megabytes-per-second compressed transfer rate. It also provides industry-first support for an Ultra320 SCSI interface. 

The tape drive delivers twice the capacity and more than double the performance of HP's previous generation of Ultrium tape drives. The higher capacity reduces the costs associated with data protection by requiring fewer data cartridges to complete backups and the increased performance allows customers to scale their backup capacities without having to increase their backup windows.

The Ultrium 960 claims to be the industry's first Ultrium tape drive to support WORM data cartridges. This provides customers with a more secure, simple and cost-effective method of archiving data to satisfy long-term data retention and regulatory compliance requirements. WORM tape provides users with the ability to store petabytes of unalterable data for secure off-site storage at a fraction of the cost of disk storage. 


The drive also offers an exclusive to HP One-Button Disaster Recovery (OBDR) utility to minimize recovery time in the event of a disaster. 

HP also offers an exclusive data rate-matching feature with its Ultrium 960 drives. This feature allows the tape drive to adjust its transfer rate to the speed of the host system. Data rate matching keeps the data to the drive streaming, reducing the need to rewind the tape back and forth to wait for the host. The feature optimizes performance and reduces wear and tear on drives for increased reliability. 

Additionally, each tape drive ships with a single-server HP OpenView Data Protector version 5.5 license to offer customers the simplicity of a single solution for data backup and WORM storage needs.