Storage Technology Corporation
|Type||Subsidiary of Oracle Corporation|
|Industry||Computer hardware, software|
|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)|
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. On August 31, 2005, the acquisition was completed.
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 obtaining his PhD from University of Colorado Boulder in 1988. Within one year of joining, he became extremely well regarded in the power electronics community. However, circumstances changed and Witulski joined the University of Arizona Tucson as an Associate Professor in 1989.
- 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 - StorageTek introduces the Streamline SL150 modular library system.
- 2013 - StorageTek introduces the T10000D 8.5TB/252MBps tape drive
- Disk array: ST9990, ST9985, ST6540, ST6140, Iceberg, IBM RVA, SVA.
- Disk drives: STK 8000 SuperDisk, STK8350, STK8650, STK N2700
- Fibre Channel, SAS, RAID and SCSI HBAs.
- Tape drives: STC 2450, STC 2470, STC 3400, STC 3600, StorageTek 4670, StorageTek 4480, 4490, 9490, SD-3, 9490, 9940, 9840C, T9840D, T10000A, T10000B, T10000C, T10000D
- Tape drives (rebranded): LTO, SDLT, DLT
- Tape libraries: 4400, 9310, 9710, 9714, 9730, 9740, L20, L40, L80, L700, L700e,L5500 L180, SL500,
SL3000, SL8500, SL150
- "Buying StorageTek: Sun's last big gamble?". CNET News. 2 June 2005. Retrieved 21 June 2011.
- "Oracle Completes Acquisition of Sun". Yahoo. 27 January 2010. Retrieved 27 January 2010.