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Published: 30 Oct 2012

LOOKING FOR FURTHER evidence of tape's impending demise? Consider this: Last month, IBM announced TSM Express, a small- to medium-sized business (SMB) version of Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM), which costs a mere $195 per processor and backs up only to disk. The target market for TSM Express doesn't typically have fancy tape automation equipment or staff to swap tapes at night, explains Tricia Jiang, IBM's TotalStorage technical evangelist. "We talked to our customers and they don't want to have someone in at midnight mounting tapes," she says. Of course, for disaster recovery purposes, it's possible to manually make tape copies of the backups as an offline process, says Jiang, "at the administrator's leisure." In a separate announcement, IBM will have a new disk-based backup offering for its xSeries servers: Quantum's newly launched GoVault. Inherited through its Certance acquisition, the GoVault "dock" comes in 3.5-inch or 5.25-inch form factors, and uses special ruggedized 2.5-inch disk cartridges in capacities of 40GB, 80GB or 120GB. A GoVault dock, plus ... Access >>>

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