IBM also released a new version of its SONAS (Scale-Out NAS) system that offers a distributed global namespace for a single aggregated view of all files regardless of their physical location. For example, multiple users can now view the same files regardless of where the files are located, whether on disk and tape subsystems.
IBM XIV and Storwize V7000 arrays can now leverage SONAS as a gateway device for storing greater amounts of file data, IBM said.
The IBM tape drive upgrades include a new file system storage manager for its LTO (linear tape open) products.
The new Tape File System Storage Manager offers data lifecycle management for multimedia systems, such as video and workflow files, when using IBM's LTO-5 tape libraries and its LTFS (Linear Tape File System) Library Edition. The LTFS Library Edition allows direct management of selected tape drives and tape libraries so that admins can move data based on age and access patterns.
IBM said the new feature can helps reduce video archive software licensing costs and video tape cartridge costs up to 98 percent.
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