HP updates tape backup

Expands its Linear Tap Open technology product range

HP has expanded its Linear Tape Open (LTO) technology portfolio, upgrading its StorageWorks LTO-5 Ultrium tape drives.

The new archive solutions are available with the StorageWorks MSL tape libraries and are said to improve on data transfer speeds and management capabilities as well as enhance data protection, disaster recovery and long term data retention.

With renewed calls for financial penalties for data loss in Australia, security has become an increasing focus in storage solutions. The LTO-5 tape solutions include built-in encryption to help prevents unlawful access in the event of theft or malicious use by encoding data to ensure it is unreadable to unauthorised users.

The drives also feature nearly double the capacity of their LTO-4 counterparts and a 6-Gigabit per second serial attached SCSI (SAS) or 8-Gigabit per second Fibre Channel connection. The tape cartridges store up to three terabytes of data per cartridge in under three hours, according to the vendor.

HP is also claiming reduced storage hardware costs with 52 per cent lower dollar per gigabyte pricing of HP LTO-5 Ultrium tape drives compared with previous generations and 36 per cent lower for MSL LTO-5 tape libraries.

Read and write compatibility is provided with LTO-4 media as well as read compatibility with LTO-3.

HP’s new TapeAssure software that monitors the status, performance, utilisation and health of drives as well as backup media, identifying potential errors before it all goes pear-shaped.

StorageWorks MSL tape libraries automatically backup and consolidate drives and increased capacity reduces the amount of media, time and human intervention required for daily tape backup.

The LTO-5 internal drives (SAS) start from $4725 including GST and the external LTO-5 drives (SAS) start from $4991.

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