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Vol. 2 No. 8 October 2003

Big New Tape Libraries In Smaller Packages

If you're straining the limits of your tape library, fear not--tape automation system vendors have been beavering away at ever-larger and more "intelligent" libraries for the open-systems marketplace. Advanced Digital Information Corp. (ADIC) led the charge this summer when it introduced its Scalar i2000 library, which Matt Chew, ADIC product manager, describes as "a culmination of a lot of activity about taking our libraries to the next level." That next level includes a new centralized processor to enable more software functions to reside natively within the library, improved self-monitoring capabilities, a 19" rack mount form factor, and capacity-on-demand tape slots. Speaking of tape slots, the i2000 can hold from 100 to 2,232 tape slots and up to 96 drives, in either LTO-1, LTO-2, SDLT 320 or AIT-3 formats. That translates to approximately 670TB of compressed data capacity. An even larger tape library is on tap from Quantum, with its new MAKO PX720 library, announced in September. A single PX720 "frame" holds 20 drives and ...

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