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This article is part of the Vol. 6 No. 8 October 2007 issue of Continuous data protection (CDP) and the future of backup
From his vantage point as general manager of New York City-based Broadway Video Digital Media, a service bureau that converts tapes and video to files for its clients, Dirk Van Dall could see the proverbial writing on the wall. Like many users and resellers of SAIT (Sony Electronics' proprietary half-inch tape format), he wasn't surprised when Sony announced it would stop shipping the product this month. "LTO-3 is really hard to beat, particularly if they can get the density up to 800[GB]," says Van Dall. "We'll support anyone who has it [SAIT-1]. But we haven't spec'd it for a while." Van Dall is one of many SAIT-1 users who began phasing it out before Sony did. The network library at National Lampoon, the multimedia comedy company, was using SAIT, but Van Dall's company had National Lampoon's data migrated off SAIT a while back. Now, he says, LTO-3 is a common choice for many clients. "It's about speed, price and uptake on their drives," says Van Dall. "For legacy users, LTO-3 has much faster search rates." With clients like the United States Tennis ... Access >>>
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