PHARMATECHNIK increases speed and reliability of customer backups...

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Sony Europe's Storage Solutions division today announced that PHARMATECHNIK, a leading supplier of IT systems for pharmacies and doctors' practices, has chosen to upgrade the data back up drives in their solutions by migrating from DDS to Sony's Advanced Intelligent Tape (AIT) technology.

"By migrating to AIT our customers will be able to do data backups in a significantly shorter time," comments a spokesperson from PHARMATECHNIK, Germany. "AIT is much more cost-effective than DDS and although it costs slightly more at the outset, this is recovered very quickly through the superior performance, long life cycles and higher storage capacity's it offers."

PHARMATECHNIK moved away from DDS by integrating Sony ATAPI AIT drives into their range of Econel servers from Fujitsu Siemens Computers. With a low cost interface, ATAPI AIT drives were the ideal devices for integration, providing all the performance, capacity and reliability of SCSI AIT at a reduced cost.

As a result, PHARMATECHNIK's existing DDS-3 customers now have access to systems that offer three times the capacity, six times the reliability and four times the backup rates with AIT-1, for a similar cost. Customers with more demanding storage requirements can also benefit from increased reliability when migrating to AIT.

"We are pleased that PHARMATECHNIK have chosen AIT and that it is passing on the associated benefits to its customers," commented, Mark Lufkin, General Manager of sales and marketing for IT peripherals within Sony Europe's Storage Solutions division. "Combined with an extensive roadmap, on which we are consistently delivering, companies migrating to AIT can rest assured that their investment will be reaping the rewards for many years to come."

Key benefits to PHARMATECHNIK customers
- AIT drives have the lowest failure rates (300,000 POH = 34 years non-stop operation)
- AIT-1 works 3.3 times faster than DDS-3 technology
- The AIT roadmap currently predicts a performance of 96MB/s and a capacity of 800GB
- AIT has a tape life span of more than 30 years and 30,000 write/read cycles.

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