SUTMYN'S VIRTUAL TAPE SERVER ENABLES NEVADA POWER TO GAIN Y2K CO
Business Editors/High Tech Writers
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 16, 1999--
Scimitar delivers cost-effective testing environment for Nevada
Power's Year 2000 compliance efforts.
Nevada Power, the nation's fastest growing electric utility, is using innovative virtual tape technology from Sutmyn Storage Corporation (Sutmyn) to manage rapid growth and deregulation issues while providing a Year 2000 (Y2K) test base that has resulted in complete Y2K compliance.
Sutmyn's virtual tape technology has enabled Nevada Power to create a completely isolated Year 2000 data universe for testing that eliminates the risk of mixing Y2K testing with production tape cartridges. As a result, this solution has increased enterprise-wide performance while dramatically reducing Nevada Power's anticipated Y2K software costs.
"Even with an increasing workload, Scimitar(R) has allowed us to maintain high levels of service without adding staff or increasing our operating budget," said Gerald Verchick, Manager, Application Enablement Technology at Nevada Power Company. "The Scimitar/VTS(TM) enabled us to make far better use of the resources we already had and eliminated the need to purchase more tapes and library space."
Since the Scimitar/VTS solution was installed in March 1998, it has helped Nevada Power leverage existing tape cartridges, robotics and tape library investments and has provided a 20 percent overall reduction in batch processing time, despite rapid growth in back-up requirements and longer retention periods.
"This is a further example of how Sutmyn provides businesses with solutions to meet IT challenges, including Y2K compliance," said Flavio Santoni, Executive Vice President Marketing and Business Development, Sutmyn Storage Corporation. "Our virtual tape technology continues to deliver cost-effective benefits to companies such as Nevada Power, that rely on our innovative technology and services to maintain competitive advantage."
The Scimitar Virtual Tape Server provides the image of multiple tape drives and allows enterprise data to be recorded and retrieved at disk speeds while conforming to standard tape protocol. Scimitar is the world's only outboard virtual tape solution that is fully interoperable, working with any MVS-defined cartridge tape and/or robotics technologies currently installed at customer sites, and supporting a choice of best-of-breed disk storage from leading suppliers. The Scimitar/VTS solution can support up to 64 Virtual Tape Drives, 8 ESCON channels and over 1.6TB of effective storage capacity.
About Nevada Power
Nevada Power Company is the nation's fastest growing electric utility with over 523,000 accounts representing service to 1.2 million residents in southern Nevada.
While helping to develop guidelines for an industry transitioning to competition, employees continue to keep pace with customer growth of more than 6 percent annually. Company-owned generating facilities were built and are maintained in compliance with air quality and environmental standards. The Company continually implements procedures and programs that further protect the environment.
In the midst of a changing industry and with the additional challenge of meeting Southern Nevada's robust population growth, Nevada Power delivers electric energy services that provide value, comfort and convenience to the communities of Southern Nevada.
Sutmyn develops, markets, and supports virtual tape solutions and innovative software-enhanced storage services that provide cost effective enterprise management and maintenance of vital corporate information. A pioneer in the field of non-proprietary virtual tape solutions, Sutmyn delivers systems that integrate quickly and easily into any enterprise's existing tape storage subsystems.
Sutmyn is currently the only outboard virtual tape provider with a truly open architecture, thus maximizing existing tape storage investments and greatly improving the way an enterprise's information is stored and processed. Sutmyn America, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sutmyn Storage Corporation, distributes Sutmyn virtual tape technology as well as tape and tape automation products from Fujitsu directly in the U.S. and through distributors elsewhere in the Western Hemisphere. Scimitar virtual tape systems are distributed by IPM (Internacional Perifericos y Memorias, S.A.) in Spain and Portugal, by COMPAREX Informationssysteme GmbH in Germany and other countries where it operates including South Africa, by Hitachi Data Systems Europe in the UK, and the other countries where it operates, and by Hitachi Data Systems U.S. for distribution in the U.S.. Sutmyn partners, Fujitsu Limited, a key development partner, and Kanematsu Corporation(R) are also prime distributors of Sutmyn's products.
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