Quantum previews Mako launch

Quantum will launch its fifth-generation, high-end tape library at this year's Storage World to be held in Sydney on October 13-14.

Dubbed Mako, it is based on prism storage architecture.

Quantum's Asia Pacific managing director, Emil Kobylarz, said the product was named after the Mako shark because the Mako is one of nature's perfect predators and captures "our best of breed goal".

Make will be launched at the conference by Quantum's CTO, Michael Del Rosso.

Mako has active-passive power fans and non-disruptive power capabilities executing more than three million swaps before failure.

Using half-inch, linear tape drives, Kobylarz said Mako offered the highest slots per square foot and cubic foot in the industry through tape drives, cartridge slots or option cards.

"Mako's built-in remote diagnostics can probe to the component level and deliver notification of errors to system administrators, minimising fault-to-fix time. It is designed with easy access to components and diagnostics to prevent false errors," he said.

Kobylarz claims Mako has more drives and slots in a single chassis and more density, with up to 73 slots per square foot, than other high-end tape libraries on the market.

"It can scale to more than 3350 slots and up to 100 drives, more than twice as many as comparable systems,” he said.

“Other systems with roughly the same capacity as Make typically use more than four times the floor space.”

Mako will be available in January 2004 and pricing is yet to be announced.

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