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Vol. 1 No. 10 December 2002

Tape libraries on the SAN: sharing isn't always good

If you've been evaluating enterprise class tape libraries, you've no doubt been inundated with product glossies from different vendors touting the many connectivity options available when connecting their particular library into your storage area network (SAN). Some of those options amount to different strokes for different folks, but you can untangle the various connection options for your SAN-enabled tape library and make an informed decision. Data center logistics The first requirement you need to understand is distance. Where will your tape library be in relation to the backup servers and hosts it will backup? Due to the initial and expandable size of most enterprise class libraries, invest some time determining the optimal location of the incoming library. Not only do you need to account for its initial dimensions, consider the time frame in which your overall data growth would require you to add an extension cabinet to your initial tape library investment (see "Implementing enterprise class tape libraries"). Useless ...

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    The Cancer Therapy and Research Center in San Antonio has aggressive uptime goals for IT resources at its two facilities.

  • IBM Demos Storage Tank

    Big Blue's new Autonomic Computing Organization is working on technologies that will reduce the human costs of running complex computing and storage systems.

  • SNIA Relaunches Supported Solutions Forum

    Eighteen months ago, the Storage Networking Industry Association announced the formation of the Supported Solutions Forum.

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