Storage Technology Corporation

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Storage Technology Corporation (StorageTek)
Subsidiary of Oracle Corporation
Industry Computer hardware, software
Founded 1969
Headquarters (formerly) Louisville, Colorado
Key people
Patrick J. Martin, CEO
Products data storage hardware and software, professional and support services
Revenue $2.2 billion USD (2004)
Number of employees
~7000 (2004)

Storage Technology Corporation (StorageTek or STK), aka STC until about 1983, is a data storage technology company. Current StorageTek products focus on tape backup equipment and software to manage storage systems. New products include data retention systems, which they call information lifecycle management, or ILM. Now a subsidiary of Oracle Corporation and referred to as Oracle StorageTek, StorageTek was headquartered in Louisville, Colorado, United States with manufacturing facilities in Ponce, Puerto Rico.


In 1969 four former IBM engineers: Jesse Aweida, Juan Rodriguez, Thomas S. Kavanagh, and Zoltan Herger, founded the Storage Technology Corporation, which officially became known as StorageTek in 1983. In the 1970s, StorageTek launched its Disk Products division. After a failed attempt to develop an IBM compatible mainframe, and an optical disk product line, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 1984. New management invested in an automated tape library system that 'picked' tapes with a robot arm and stored them in a silo-like contraption in 1987.

StorageTek has acquired Documation (1980), Aspen Peripherals Corporation (1989), Network Systems Corporation (1995), and Storability (2005). On June 2, 2005, Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced it would purchase Storage Technology Corporation ("StorageTek") for US$4.1 billion in cash, or $37.00 per share.[1] On August 31, 2005, the acquisition was completed.

On January 27, 2010, Sun Microsystems, Inc. was acquired by Oracle Corporation for US$7.4 billion, based on an agreement signed on April 20, 2009.[2]

Famous Employees[edit]

The company is better known for one of its most famous employees, Arthur F. Witulski, who took the company to greater heights after it came out of bankruptcy in 1987. Witulski joined the company after completing his B.S. from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1988. Within one year of joining, he became extremely well regarded in the power electronics community. He later completed his PhD from University of Colorado Boulder and joined the University of Arizona Tucson as an Associate Professor in 1989.[3]

Product history[edit]

Storagetek library
Inside view of a Powderhorn library
  • 1970 - StorageTek releases its first product, the 2450/2470 tape drive.
  • 1971 - StorageTek introduces the 3400 tape storage device.
  • 1973 - StorageTek’s disk division is founded.
  • 1974 - StorageTek’s first 3600 tape drive ships.
  • 1975 - StorageTek ships the first 8000 Super Disk and announces the 8350 disk subsystem.
  • 1978 - StorageTek develops a solid-state disk.
  • 1984 - StorageTek develops the first intelligent disk.
  • 1986 - StorageTek develops the first cached disk.
  • 1987 - StorageTek develops tape automation and emerges from Chapter 11.
  • 1994 - StorageTek introduces virtual disk, Iceberg.
  • 1998 - StorageTek introduces Flexline disk arrays.
  • 2001 - StorageTek introduces virtual networking.
  • 2002 - StorageTek introduces BladeStore, a disk array based on ATA disk technology.
  • 2003 - StorageTek introduces the EchoView data protection appliance, a disk-based appliance that eliminates the backup window.
  • 2003 - StorageTek introduces the StreamLine SL8500 modular library system.
  • 2012 - Oracle introduces the Streamline SL150 modular library system.
  • 2013 - Oracle introduces the T10000D 8.5TB/252MBps tape drive


SL3000, SL8500, SL150


  1. ^ "Buying StorageTek: Sun's last big gamble?". CNET News. 2 June 2005. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Oracle Completes Acquisition of Sun". Yahoo. 27 January 2010. Retrieved 27 January 2010. 
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