Sony Adds Worm Support to SAIT Drives

March 08, 2004 08:20:00 AM ET

Write-Once Functionality Equips Users for New Era of Government Compliance

NEW YORK, (AIIM Booth #2355), March 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Electronics today announced the addition of Write Once Read Many (WORM) recording support to its line of 500GB SAIT-1 drives, which will be demonstrated at the Association of Information and Image Management (AIIM) conference and exposition in New York from March 8 through March 10.

Beginning this month, all SAIT drives shipped to Sony's automation partners will incorporate WORM functionality as a standard feature. WORM capabilities will give SAIT tape, autoloader and library suppliers a competitive edge, and the data security benefits will be passed along to end-users who are looking to address data security and government compliance standards.

With the amplified focus on electronic record-keeping, especially driven by SEC Rule 17a-4, HIPAA and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, it has become increasingly important and often mandated for organizations to store regulated data on an unalterable medium. SAIT WORM drives, when used with specially marked corresponding SAIT WORM media, allow for non-rewritable, non-erasable electronic file storage. The drives are multifunctional, and can also perform traditional rewritable backup functions when used with standard SAIT media.

"Considering that the SEC requires broker dealers and other companies to maintain two copies of regulated data, the cost savings for a tape solution can really make a difference to the bottom line," said Hiroyuki Minamiya, senior marketing manager of OEM tape storage solutions at Sony Electronics. "By adding WORM support to our high-capacity SAIT drives, we're making it easier for our OEM partners to pass along a strong value proposition to their customers."

"As government regulations continue to place additional requirements on organizations to store and retain critical records on non-alterable media, tape vendors have an expanded opportunity to offer affordable solutions to meet these requirements," said Fara Yale, Research Vice President at Gartner Dataquest. "Tape continues to be a desirable format for archival storage, and write-once solutions allow companies to economically meet their storage needs as well as to comply with mandates for record storing."

Sony's SAIT WORM products are designed to meet the SEC's regulatory safety, security and integrity requirements for electronic storage media systems. They can limit accidental or intentional erasure of data, enable time and date authentication, and facilitate quick search and retrieval of archived files in the case of an audit. And because they are tape-based, SAIT WORM drives are much more cost-effective than other compliant solutions.

SAIT drives with WORM are already gaining support across the storage industry.

"Qualstar is committed to delivering the most advanced technologies possible to our customers, many of whom are in the financial, government and medical fields," said Bob Covey, Qualstar's vice president of marketing. "We're stepping up as the first company to deliver an SAIT WORM library because we believe it's a practical solution for many of our customers who have data retention mandates, whether they're regulated or not. SAIT's multifunction read/write and WORM capability combined with our Simply Reliable libraries deliver outstanding value."

"The industry has been waiting for an affordable write-once online archive solution, which is why we're supporting Sony's SAIT WORM tape drives with version 3.10 of our Archive Series Software," said Phil Storey, CEO of XenData. "Our software fits perfectly with SAIT WORM systems because it allows retrieval of all file versions and deleted files, enabling a comprehensive audit trail of the file system."

"Standard WORM functionality makes sense for our customer base for both business protection and regulatory compliance," said Nigel Turner, senior vice president of BrightStor storage management at Computer Associates. "CA's BrightStor(R) ARCserve(R) Backup solutions are certified with SAIT drives and support the WORM technology, therefore our customers can immediately deploy these new devices into their existing enterprise storage environments with full confidence that their data will be protected."

According to Minamiya, tape-based WORM solutions offer many benefits on top of their comparatively low costs. For one, most IT administrators are familiar with tape-based storage, so management is as simple as choosing the correct tape for the task at hand. Tape can also be easily stored offsite for double the data protection.

Sony's half-inch SAIT media lead the industry in storage capacity, with a remarkable 500 GB native (1.3 TB with 2.6:1 compression) per cartridge. The drives feature 30MB per second native transfer rates (78MB/second with 2.6:1 compression), enabling shorter backup windows and minimized downtime.

How WORM Works

SAIT WORM drives include special firmware to control the WORM functionality with the use of compatible SAIT WORM media. The firmware is enabled by the media's Remote Memory-in-Cassette (R-MIC) chip.


Sony is now shipping SAIT-1 drives with WORM functionality to its OEM partners. Sony-branded SAIT WORM media (model SAIT1-500W) is also now available, and distinguished by its red stamp and unique logo. Sony will add WORM support to its branded standalone drives this spring. Sony intends to align initial OEM pricing for the SAIT WORM drives with its current SAIT drive pricing. SAIT-1 WORM media are expected to be priced slightly higher than standard SAIT-1 media.

Based in San Jose, Calif., the Tape Storage Solutions unit of Sony Electronics' Business Solutions Division markets storage solutions through OEM, commercial and industrial distributors, retailers and resellers. For additional information about Sony storage products visit Sony's web sites at or .

CONTACT: Elizabeth Boukis (Mousourakis) of Sony Electronics Inc., +1-408-955-5616, or; or Rebecca Scanlan of The Hoffman Agency, +1-720-932-8515, ext. 6467, or, for Sony Electronics Inc.

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