StorageTek(R) (NYSE: STK), the world's most trusted partner for storing and managing critical business information, today introduced IntelliStore(TM), the world's first intelligent archive and compliance solution that delivers ten times the capacity for a lower entry cost than the nearest competitor. With IntelliStore solutions, medium-size and enterprises can easily and affordably capture, manage and re-use their business data ranging from employee e-mail to customer database information, as well as assign that data to the appropriate tape or disk storage system based on their specific performance and cost needs.
"The IntelliStore solution fundamentally changes how businesses can archive their data and how they can then use that data," said Pat Martin, chairman, president and CEO of StorageTek. "We all know that information can make or break a business. The key is keeping it both safe and readily accessible when they need it - without paying too much for that privilege. The IntelliStore solution introduces a new era of archive - intelligent archive - that gives any medium-size or large business the tools that had only been available to the giants."
Leading market research firms such as The Enterprise Strategy Group estimate that the amount of data that medium-size and large businesses archive is growing at 90 percent annually. These growth rates, combined with stagnant IT budgets, are driving the need for StorageTek's intelligent, cost-effective, compliance-ready archiving solution worldwide. The IntelliStore solution lets companies:
- Capture all business data as it is archived or migrated;
- Manage and migrate that data automatically based on a company's security, data protection, and regulatory requirements across all tiers of storage;
- Use that data to deliver real business value.
StorageTek's IntelliStore solution represents the next generation of archive, and is the only truly intelligent enterprise data archive solution on the market today. IntelliStore archiving solution helps companies reduce the risk of doing business by providing the tools for regulatory compliance necessary in today's strict global corporate governance environments. Additionally, IntelliStore's search and retrieval features allow companies to efficiently extract value from their archived data as well as meet compliance and discovery requirements within a specified period of time.
Disk-and-Tape Architecture, Breakthrough Performance Differentiate IntelliStore Solutions
IntelliStore solutions separates itself from legacy offerings by delivering:
- Superior performance and scalability, enabling consolidated archive across multiple applications
- Delivering over 15 times managed file capacity of its competitor;
- Performs 10-20 times greater than legacy Content Addressed Storage;
- Leading regulatory compliance enforcement
- Provides seamless integration of compliance policy management across write-once, read-many (WORM) disk and tape;
- Investment protection for existing data storage resources
- Policy-based technology refresh delivers long-term investment protection;
- Integrated tape support leverages existing tape infrastructure;
- Cost effective multi-tiered archive solution (disk & tape)
- Introducing the only archive system that integrates and balances use of disk for access and tape for massive, cost-effective scalability, a real world practice of true information lifecycle management;
- Automates compliance, data protection, and data management to greatly reduce labor associated with backup and compliance;
- Delivers more capacity, better performance and more value-rich features for 25-30 percent lower cost than leading solutions on the market today.
IntelliStore Solutions Reinforces StorageTek's Position as a Storage Industry Leader
StorageTek has a 35-year history of innovation in the storage industry, and a recent Freeman Reports study found that more than 36 percent of the world's archived data is stored on StorageTek equipment. StorageTek's breakthrough performance and leadership in offering a dual disk-and-tape solution reflect that legacy of innovation.
"StorageTek is the leader in archiving data to tape and is now leveraging this core competency with the IntelliStore solution for disk and tape-based systems," said Tony Asaro, senior analyst for The Enterprise Strategy Group. "The StorageTek IntelliStore solution will support disk and tape as a single pool of storage and transparently move data to these different tiers of storage. This approach offers much lower cost, portability and scalability that customers should find extremely compelling."
In a recent research note, The Enterprise Strategy Group wrote, "Archiving data to disk-based storage systems is a rapidly emerging market that requires low cost, scalable, and intelligent storage systems that are easy to manage. These characteristics are driven by the fast growth in archive data, which ESG estimates is 92 percent annually. Using a combination of disk and tape helps to address these major issues. Customers can store the most recent data on disk and over time migrate to tape."
"Today's disk-based archive systems force companies to accept a high degree of compromise in their environments," said Brenda Zawatski, vice president and general manager of Information Lifecycle Management Solutions group at StorageTek. "Legacy disk-only solutions pose scalability, performance and cost constraints, while failing to mitigate business risk. IntelliStore, as the world's first intelligent enterprise archive solution, provides an alternative to this great compromise. Companies will see reduced cost and complexity in their data archive methodologies while reducing risk in their business. With IntelliStore: there's no longer a reason to compromise."
In addition to the introduction of the IntelliStore solutions, StorageTek is introducing a new archive and compliance consulting practice that focuses on helping organizations assess their compliance requirements with the underlying principles of privacy and information governance. This practice will leverage third-party compliance experts to help companies identify risks to information security resulting from missing or inadequate controls, and provide recommendations for action. Using industry standard methodologies and tools, the practice is designed to quickly evaluate the processes and controls within a storage infrastructure and help customers safeguard their business and meet regulations.
Pricing and Availability
IntelliStore archiving solutions will be generally available worldwide later this month through StorageTek's direct and indirect sales channels. Pricing begins at $75,000 for a four terabyte solution, with additional one terabyte increments available for $9,000 each.
StorageTek (Storage Technology Corp., NYSE: STK) is a $2 billion global company that utilizes its information lifecycle management strategy to help businesses align the cost of storage with the value of their information. The company's innovative storage solutions manage the complexity and growth of information, lower costs, improve efficiency and protect investments. For more information, see http://www.storagetek.com or call 1.800.877.9220.