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Vol. 1 No. 8 October 2002

Lower your costs by implementing enterprise-class libraries

Choosing a properly sized library with the proper tape format and connectivity is just the beginning to lowering storage costs Many IT departments have seen the benefits of implementing an enterprise-class tape library. No longer do administrators or tape librarians have to shuffle throughout the data center looking for and documenting the receipt of backup tapes. In addition, we now have a better idea about the validity of the data on the tapes that are collected for archival. Connecting libraries to SANs: dos and don'ts Don't waste switch resources by using a port for each tape drive in the library. Do conserve ports by using arbitrated loop switches to aggregate traffic from the fabric to the drives. Of course, this is the end result of much planning, bumps, bruises and failed backups. Enterprise-class tape libraries are important to lowering the overall cost of storage management, software and hardware. However, to have any chance of achieving the ROI that you were promised by your vendors, a properly sized library with the ...

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