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Can someone recommend a tape drive?

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Can someone recommend a tape drive?

We have a customer that is running a Proliant 3000 with Symbios Logic 2280x PCI SCSI Adapter - they need to backup 200gb of data. They are currently using a DLT 15/30GB but have outgrown it.

Milan Kavcak
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Re: Can someone recommend a tape drive?

I would recommend a solution that could be carried over to their new server ( which I imagine is not far down the road).

1. Get a Ultra 3 controller ( HP might still have the adaptec 160 still available Part # 154457-B21 (sing ch) or 129803-B21 (dual ch.)

2. The Ultrium 448 EXTERNAL Tape Drive [200GB Native / 400GB Compressed] - ( for the extra couple of buck external tape drive; is the way to go - minimizes down time as you don't have to down the server to remove or troubleshoot the drive as you would with an internal drive; as well you can move it from server to server if need be.) Quickspec for Ultrium half-height drive

Alternatively there is an Ultrium 920 or Ultrium 960 avaible with a 400GB native capacity or 800GB compressed. This will allow for even more future growth.

The ultrium drive will work fine on Ultra 3 but to get the most out the drive's performance a Ultra 320 controller would be required. On the other hand if they upgrade the server in the near future, most HP server have embedded Ultra 320 controllers.
Jaclyn Rothe
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Re: Can someone recommend a tape drive?

Milan makes excellent recommendations.

Although an Ultrium 3 will probably be a bit much for an older Proliant (such as a 300) to handle. It requires a RAID 5 array with mimimum of 8 hard drives for full performance. And a minimum native throughput of 20 mb/s (max native is 80mb/s).

If you want more info on LTO 3 (960) technology the white pages are very useful:

Alternatively you can get an LTO 920 model. Its the half-height 960 drive but a bit more 'tolerable' for performance etc.
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