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Chrisl_2
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HP Tape Device Recommendations

HI all. I am racking up 2 new RP3410s. I don't want to deface my beautiful racks with my old HPC6364A DDS3s, and of course the RP3410s do not support internal tape drives. So I am asking for recommendations for HP tape drives for these boxes. I will be using the tape drives for make_tape_archive mainly. What are you all using (needs to look sexy in the rack and be fairly inexpensive)

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Steven E. Protter
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Re: HP Tape Device Recommendations

Shalom Chris,

New standard is Ultrium 3 drives, which can hold up to 800 GB compressed if I'm not mistaken.

You can get a 2U or 3U rack mount that can hold up to three drives.

Its really a good solution, though the tapes are expensive.

I've never thought of tape drives as sexy, but this solution is going to run you around $10K plus tape stock.

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Torsten.
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Re: HP Tape Device Recommendations

I would use a tape array 5300 as chassis

http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/storageworks/tapearray5300/index.html?jumpid=reg_R1002_USEN

and put some drives in it. See the specs for supported models. It supports DLT, DDS and Ultrium (even hot swap), but IMHO a DDS is enough for ignite backups.

BTW, it comes with a white _and_ a carbon colored bezel, so you have the choice...

Hope this helps!
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Darren Etheridge_2
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Re: HP Tape Device Recommendations

Chris,
We us the HP 5300 tape array (holds up to 4 DDS drives) and it works great. We have 3 different systems connected to 3 different DDS4 drives in the array. I would highly recommend this to anyone, especially for IGNITEs

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Patrick Wallek
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Re: HP Tape Device Recommendations

I, personally, do not see anything at all wrong with using your current DDS3 tape drives.

Heck, I've still got several DLT4000 tape drives that I'm using for make_tape_recovery backups.

But if you want something newer, and the budget can handle it, then I would look at the DDS4's. I think those will be fast enough and have enough capacity for your make_tape_recovery's.

I think an LTO3 would be overkill for what you require. Those are going to be very pricy and I don't think you need that much storage for a (hopefully) VG00 only backup.
Chrisl_2
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Re: HP Tape Device Recommendations

After more research, I'm thinking of the following configuration:

1 1U Rackmount kit A7445B, supports 2 internal half height drives
2 Q1522B StorageWorks DAT 72 internal tape drives
2 SCSI cables C2979B

Again, this is a rack mount solution for make_tape_recovery for 2 rp3410s.

Anyone running something similar? Also, any resellers out there?

TIA
Pete Randall
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Re: HP Tape Device Recommendations

Chris,

I think it's against Forum guidelines for resellers to actively attempt to push their wares on ITRC. If you'd like, I can give you names, addresses, numbers of some. Just email me at the address in my profile.


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Torsten.
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Re: HP Tape Device Recommendations

Just to think about: the tape array 5300 gives you the possibility to add another 2 half height drives or a full height drive if needed someday.

Hope this helps!
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Steven E. Protter
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Re: HP Tape Device Recommendations

I have no problem if HP pulls this post.

Helpful links to find drive quotes:

http://www.pricewatch.com/tape_drives/267474-4.htm?Tape+Drives

http://h18006.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/11883_div/11883_div.html
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http://chicagocomputersupply.com/hehpstdat72e.html

http://www.bassotech.com/_e/Removable_Drives/sproduct/10644698/HP_StorageWorks_DAT_72_Tape_Drive.htm

I still like Ultrium 3 drives though.

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