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With disk systems taking on a more prominent role for backup operations, tape libraries are adding new features to become the medium of choice for long-term archiving.
Consolidations, centralized protection of remote-office data and longer data retention rates--coupled with 50% year-over-year data growth--are forcing organizations to use tape libraries in new or expanded roles. Tape library vendors are adding new features to their products to remain relevant in this era of cheap disk, where disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) and virtual tape libraries (VTLs) are taking on larger backup and recovery roles.
A maturing class of midrange tape libraries (see "
Features found in this class of tape libraries include:
- One-frame configurations with support for up to 24 tape drives and 1,000 tape slots
- Various licensing options to accommodate additional tape slots
- Support for multiple tape media types
Quantum Corp.'s Scalar i500 (originally from ADIC, which is now owned by Quantum) reflects how one vendor is responding to new user demands. The Scalar i500 scales from one to 18 LTO drives and 36 to 404 tape slots in a single frame, and includes partitioning as a default feature. Partitioning lets departments control specific physical resources within the i500 and treat them as if they were a separate tape library.
This was first published in September 2007