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Vol. 3 No. 7 September 2004

Tape's new love affair with disk

Alternative disk and tape systems Not all users can afford a high end, tightly integrated disk and tape system. If budget dollars are scarce, consider these alternatives: Copan Systems Revolution 200T: The Revolution 200T offers up to 896 drives and 224TB of capacity in a single cabinet. Using its Massive Array of Independent Disks (MAID) technology, it powers on and spins up disk when needed, limiting wear and tear on SATA drives. The Revolution 200T emulates multiple tape libraries and tape drives (LTO, DLT, SDLT and 9840), and can present 56 virtual tape libraries or drives when fully configured. FalconStor's Virtual Tape Library: This software product runs on an off-the-shelf Intel-based Linux server, connects to any SAN or direct-attached Fibre Channel, SCSI or SATA disks and presents the disk as virtual tape drives/libraries. It can emulate a variety of tape drives (SAIT, SDLT or LTO) and libraries (ADIC, HP, IBM, Sony, StorageTek), and works with most backup software packages. It can be used in conjunction with existing ...

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Features in this issue

  • Hands-On Review: Onaro SANscreen 2.5.2

    by  Darryl Brooks

    Onaro's SANscreen takes the uncertainty out of making changes to a SAN environment by showing the effects of a change before it's actually implemented.

  • Storage at risk

    by  Jon Oltsik

    A new survey of Storage magazine readers by the Enterprise Strategy Group reveals that storage security is weak. IT staffs--with help from storage vendors--need to do more to secure storage.

  • Tape's new love affair with disk

    The marriage of tape and disk has spawned a new class of virtual tape products that promise faster, cheaper backup and recovery.

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