Dell bolsters tape storage options

Dell Computer Corp. Monday expanded its enterprise storage line with the announcement of two tape libraries that support the Linear-Tape Open industry standard.

The PowerVault 136T and PowerVault 128T tape libraries are designed to help network managers consolidate multiple storage sources to a single tape library and reduce downtime by as much as 75 percent through redundant fault-tolerant features, the company said.

Both tape libraries use the LTO standard, which lets them back up and recover data from any system that uses the LTO specification. The tape drives cost less than .5 cents per megabyte and are compatible with LTO libraries and tape drives from IBM Corp., Hewlett Packard Co., Seagate Technology LLC and other vendors.

The PowerVault 136T is designed for large enterprises and supports 14 terabytes of data. With its LTO technology and larger drives, it can reduce typical 8-hour backups to less than 2 hours, the company claims. The 136T also contains a Fibre Channel-to-SCSI router and an optional 2G bit/sec Fibre Channel router for linking it with a storage-area network (SAN), relieving traffic on the LAN.

The PowerVault 128T is designed for small businesses and mid-size enterprises. It holds just 4 terabytes of data, but it also comes with an integrated Fibre Channel-to-SCSI router for SAN connections.

Both libraries are managed through a Web-based tool that allows network administrators to perform diagnostics, update library drivers and controller firmware, and configure the library remotely over the Internet.

The Dell PowerVault 136T starts at US$17,000 and ships this month. The PowerVault 128T starts at $10,000 and will be available later this year.

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