Ecrix debuts tape storage line

Ecrix introduced a tape drive technology, which saves data in packets instead of a constant stream, in Sydney yesterday.

Kelly Beavers, founder and chief operating officer of Ecrix, said the VXA-1 tape drive technology is already proven in networking and the discrete packet format sets a new standard for data restore and price performance for transfer rates and costs per gigabit of data stored.

"Reliability is the biggest factor in tape storage, so we concentrated on producing the best technology for reliability at the best price," he said.

Beavers said VXA incorporates three innovations in tape storage:

Discrete Packet Format (DPF) enables data to be written and read in individually addressed packets; Variable Speed Operation (VSO) saves time by continually adjusting tape speed to match the varying data throughput of the server; and OverScan Operation (OSO), a technique for reading data packets independent of track shape or geometry.

Beavers said the VSO feature eliminates a common streaming tape problem known as backhitching "By over-scanning data packets at variable tape speeds, VXA virtually guarantees data restore," Beavers said. VXA-1 features storage capacities up to 66GB and data transfer speeds of 6MB per second compressed.

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