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Features and functions
What a library can -- and can't -- do is the bottom line, and modern tape libraries are far from the one-trick ponies of yesteryear. Here again, Spectra Logic led a very strong group of product lines to some of the best scores yet in the product features rating category, with a midrange score of 6.82 and an enterprise score of 7.42.
For enterprise tape libraries, Quantum nosed out IBM for second (6.65 vs. 6.59), with HP (6.43) and Oracle (6.29) not far behind. Midrange scores were also striking; IBM's 6.59 trailed only Spectra, while Dell (6.38) and HP (6.36) were in a virtual tie for third.
Statements related to good design, scalability and management features were among the highest scorers for all vendors, but the blanket "Overall, this product's features meet my needs" statement came out on top for enterprise tape libraries. Spectra dominated with the only 7.00-plus scores, ranging from 7.00 to 7.63 for the eight statements in the category.
Midrange users were also pleased with overall feature sets, and rated design and management features highly. In a rare occurrence for these survey results, Spectra failed to sweep the features statements, thwarted by IBM's 6.52 for "This product loads and ejects tape efficiently."
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This was first published in December 2010