EMC is to boost its storage product range with tape products from Advanced Digital Information (ADIC).
EMC, which already has disc arrays, software and services in its storage lineup, will use tape products to provide the foundations of its data lifecycle management strategy.
Howard Elias, EMC's corporate marketing vice president, said, "EMC now provides customers the option of a tape solution for nearline storage and offsite vaulting, completing the final tier of storage in an ILM [information lifecycle management] strategy."
EMC is taking ADIC's Scalar 24, 100, i2000 and 10K models, but not the Scalar 1000. It is also only taking them in the LTO format developed by Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Seagate Technology, and not DLT/SDLT, developed by DEC and Quantum Bridge Communications.
ADIC will resell Clariion CX networked drive arrays as part of its Pathlight VX disc-to-disc-to-tape product, which employs virtual tape software on the discs. EMC is not taking the Pathlight VX product, nor any ADIC storage management software.
The products from EMC and ADIC will be available in July.
The addition of tape products by EMC was greeted warmly by Storage Technology (StorageTek), which has pioneered the creation of comprehensive storage hardware platforms and plans to integrate tape and disc in a single spot.
"Thank you EMC," Mark Ward, StorageTek's general manager for ILM solutions said, "you have now endorsed our strategy of classifying, managing and moving information across a foundation of tiered storage based upon its purpose and value - which we call enterprise information lifecycle management."
He continued, "With this announcement, EMC recognises that tape is an essential element to this strategy, and sophisticated customers will consider StorageTek for their tape libraries."
The way is potentially clear for EMC to use its Documentum and Legato technologies to help integrate its Centera content-addressed storage product with the ADIC libraries. A Legato product already backs up Centera.
Chris Mellor writes for Techworld.com