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HVD SDLT in ESL9000?

Ayman Altounji
Valued Contributor

HVD SDLT in ESL9000?

Hello.
The new Super DLT has an LVD interface as a stand alone drive. Will the SDLT upgrade for an ESL9000 series tape library also have LVD, or will they just as the DLT8000 which normaly ships with an LVD interface, be a special version with an HVD interface?
The reason this is important is that if you connect an ESL9000 to an MDR, you must know which modules to buy, since the SCSI modules are either LVD or HVD. Allthough you can mix LVD and HVD, I take it you can only mix the entire module, not individual SCSI ports.
If the SDLT is LVD, then you might be tempted to buy only LVD modules for the MDR, but you still have the robotic arm to worry about, and the arm is HVD. If this is the case where the SDLT drives are LVD, then you have to mix the modules in the MDR; one LVD and one HVD. If you have many SDLT drives, more than eight, there won't be any room for them in the MDR. One module has at most 4 ports, and you shouldn't place more than two drives on a single port.
Still, I've read marketing material where Compaq claims you can support an entire ESL9326 fully loaded with SDLT on a single MDR.
/charles