Hitachi Data Systems United Kingdom to sell Sony PetaSite tape libraries

Sony Europe's enterprise storage team, today announced that Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) United Kingdom has signed a reseller agreement to sell its PetaSite tape library systems. HDS UK will be integrating the libraries, which are based on Sony's industry leading S-AIT tape technology, into its premier range of Application Optimized Storage solutions.

"Our storage solutions are designed to maximise customers' return on investment by providing the highest levels of availability, scalability, and performance," comments Harvey Smith, Partner and Alliance Manager, Hitachi Data Systems UK. "The performance and capacity attributes of Sony's PetaSite libraries are well matched with our own products. By integrating them into our solutions we are providing our customers with a superior tape based archival and disaster recovery platform that supports "set and forget" management, protects data assets, and optimises resources."

The reseller agreement formalises a partnership that has already successfully delivered a number of large-scale projects since the introduction of Sony's PetaSite range of libraries last year. Its continuation will see HDS in the UK introducing the S-AIT based products to a broader range of enterprise customers.

"Hitachi Data Systems is leading the way as a provider of enterprise storage solutions," comments Will Trotman, Senior Marketing Manager, of Sony Europe's shared storage division. "By partnering with Sony, it is validating PetaSite as a high-end archive platform. The increased adoption of PetaSite libraries, as a result of the partnership, will accelerate the acceptance and market share of S-AIT within the enterprise sector."

With native capacities ranging from 30 terabytes (TB) to 1.5 petabytes (PB) and a sustained native data transfer rate of up to 2.88 gigabytes (GB) per second, the PetaSite systems provide a high capacity, low maintenance, long-term storage investment.

"With Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) a key focus area in many companies' enterprise storage strategy, the availability of high-capacity tape automation, using proven midrange tape technology, is an extremely valuable asset to a storage solutions provider. Industry partnerships can only be beneficial to the market," said Robin Burke, Research VP, Gartner EMEA Storage.

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