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Sony Launches 8-Slot AIT-2 Turbo Desktop Autoloader

Sony Europe's IT Peripherals division today announced the launch of its new 8-slot desktop AIT-2 Turbo Autoloader, the Sony StorStation LIB-D81. The compact unit houses one of the latest AIT (Advanced Intelligent Tape) drives based on the AIT-2 Turbo format and has a simple mechanism for reliable tape rotation. The device features 640GB native capacity, 12MB/s native data transfer and a drive reliability of 300,000 hours MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure).

The new StorStation LIB-D81 AIT-2 Turbo Autoloader provides a cost-effective automated solution for small business back-up. It is an ideal upgrade for customers outgrowing DAT technology; and is also perfect for current AIT users who are looking for an autoloader that provides backward compatibility with lower capacity AIT tape media.

The design of the StorStation LIB-D81 is user friendly, making back-up a straightforward process. The 8 cartridge slots allow daily back-ups all week without manual tape changes - taking the hassle out of managing potential restores. The tape cartridges can be loaded and unloaded through a large, lockable front door; and all main operations are controlled and monitored by buttons on the front panel with an LED display to enable status checks of the autoloader and internal drive. The autoloader is equipped with an Ultra 160 SCSI LVD/SE interface, which facilitates the high data transfer and enables the back-up of a full tape in less than two hours.

The AIT-2 Turbo drives are the most reliable tape products in their class with 300,000 hours MTBF. In addition, binder free AME (Advanced Metal Evaporated) AIT media contribute to higher reliability of the AIT product as a result of its cleaner read/write heads. The StorStation LIB-D81 AIT-2 Turbo Autoloader stores up to eight data cartridges in a compact configuration (17cm wide, 22.4cm high, 35cm deep) with a small footprint suitable for desktop use, made possible by the compact AIT drive and media form-factor.

The Sony StorStation LIB-D81 AIT-2 Turbo Autoloader (model number LIBD81A2TEU) will be available in the channel for about $2100 from July 2006.

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