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Vol. 7 No. 10 December 2008

Tape media prices skyrocket

Tape media prices skyrocket Media prices rose across the board this month. Pricing for Super DLTtape I jumped to $52, its highest price since this summer; LTO-1 broke the $40 barrier to finish at $43. Among the hard drive prices we track, 73GB SCSI drives fell nearly 10%, shaving more than $20 off the average price, while 146GB SCSI drives are down almost 7% to $243 (on average). Tape drive prices are all higher, with the exception of LTO-3, which dropped a little more than 11%. LTO-2 prices went up approximately 7%, making those drives around $450 more than LTO-3s. Hard disk drives Tape drives Media all charts show average cost per unit

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Features in this issue

  • LTO-4 gains favor among tape drive buyers

  • How your SAN will evolve

    We asked storage vendors, industry analysts and technologists serving on storage industry associations about where they saw the SAN heading. There may not be sweeping architectural changes in five years, but there will be changes in the basic building blocks of the SAN infrastructure: networks and protocols; switches; storage arrays, disks and controllers; and SAN management.

  • "I second that VMotion," say replication vendors

    Replication vendors are finding new avenues for their technology by leveraging VMware's VMotion technology.

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