​ATTO Technology Announces Support For LTO Tape And Optical Drives

ATTO Technology now has support for ATTO XstreamCORE storage controllers to add remote Fibre Channel or Ethernet connectivity to SATA optical disc and SAS LTO tape devices. This includes the LTO-8 tape format.

ATTO says XstreamCORE is designed to provide the benefits of remote access to Direct Attached Storage (DAS) technologies as well as the connection of multiple devices to be shared by multiple clients.

“The digital tape market is experiencing new growth and is in a position to more rapidly deliver declining cost for storage over the next decade for archive and cold storage,” stated Jim U’Ren, Product Manager. “Cloud providers have especially embraced tape as a cost-effective way to handle the growing amount of data being generated and stored in the cloud. Tape is the option that will cost less and last longer over time giving better margins over spinning disk technology. XstreamCORE enables these service providers a more efficient way to add tape and grow capacity in their portfolio of storage options.”

XstreamCORE is a rack-scale flash and capacity storage controller that bridges 12Gb and 6Gb SAS storage devices and SATA devices to share and remotely connect them to Fibre Channel or Ethernet networks. The product includes exclusive ATTO developed features including xCORE data acceleration to rapidly move data, the eCORE control engine to add services and management features to storage while not affecting performance, and SpeedWrite, a tape and optical performance feature that boosts write performance by effectively managing commands between attached clients and tape and optical devices.

Added Jeff Okonczak, Director of Customer Engineering at ATTO, “XstreamCORE enables organizations to attach multiple SAS tape or SATA optical devices and move this hardware out of the data center, or out of the building, to secure facilities to comply with these regulations. By being able to connect up to 16 SATA optical or SAS tape drives with the possibility of additional drives being connected through SAS expanders, XstreamCORE enables a lower cost of ownership versus native Ethernet or Fibre Channel tape devices.

ATTO XstreamCORE FC 7500 currently supports connectivity for SAS tape devices and SATA optical devices to Fibre Channel connected servers or fabrics. ATTO Ethernet to SAS controllers will be available in early 2018 to support connectivity for these devices to Ethernet connected servers or fabrics.

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