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Vol. 4 No. 8 October 2005

Tape library scales up and down

Quantum's PX500 tape library obeys the law that what goes up must come down. The PX500 series, announced late this summer, has a rackmount form-factor and "the ability to descale and redeploy," says Ted Oade, Quantum's director of automation product marketing. "Within three years, almost 50% of libraries are redeployed," he says. As larger libraries come online, older ones are recycled to other parts of the organization. Assembling--or disassembling--the library is designed to be easy. There's no cabling involved because the libraries communicate via infrared. The existing robot allows cartridges to move between adjacent units using a scissor-jack mechanism. The PX500 series can be used with SDLT, LTO-2 or LTO-3 drives, and comes in three configurations: the 4U twodrive, 38-slot PX502; the 10U six-drive, 100-slot PX506; and the 18U 10-drive, 201-slot PX510. The libraries can be joined in any combination provided they don't exceed the height of the rack.

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  • Will your disaster recovery plan work?

    No matter how many checklists a company creates, the number of disaster scenarios it considers or even how assiduously it backs up data, managers can't be confident in their firm's ability to recover data unless the systems have been tested thoroughly.

  • Better capacity forecasting

    There are two methods for devising storage capacity forecasts: quantitative and qualitative. By combining the two, you can develop practical metrics that will make more accurate forecasts.

  • Data grids for storage

    Data grids are used by the scientific community to access data resources around the world. Companies can use the principles underlying these global grids to link geographically dispersed sites.

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