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LTO 2 tapes: Where can I buy 'em? [UK or Europe]

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Mike Fisher_5
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LTO 2 tapes: Where can I buy 'em? [UK or Europe]

Hi

Does anyone know where I can get these THIS WEEK?

Qty. 15
C7972A. LTO2 HP Ultrium Data Cartridges

I've tried all the usual suspects in the UK
[XMA, Orion, MicroP]

They say:
1] "5 days' lead-time sir"
2] "We can do Maxell or Blah Blah today, but not HP 'brand'

Don't get mad, get naked
Mike

 

 

P.S. This thread has been moved from General  to Tape Libraries and Drives. - Hp forum Moderator

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Pete Randall
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Re: LTO 2 tapes: Where can I buy 'em? [UK or Europe]

Mike,

This may be a stupid question, but can't you go directly to HP? You must have a marketing rep somewhere that you could talk to.


Pete "Overly Obvious" Randall


Pete
Robert-Jan Goossens
Honored Contributor

Re: LTO 2 tapes: Where can I buy 'em? [UK or Europe]

Mike,

Maybe my brother has got them in stock !!

Robert-Jan.

** edited to comply with ITRC forum guidelines **
Pete Randall
Outstanding Contributor

Re: LTO 2 tapes: Where can I buy 'em? [UK or Europe]

Mike Fisher_5
Trusted Contributor

Re: LTO 2 tapes: Where can I buy 'em? [UK or Europe]

Pete:
You're right :)
Maybe USA is different, but UK plebs R US go through a chain
The highest up the chain we can get don't have stocks
No one seems to be 'Direct with HP' until you're up there with Morse & CSC

Robert-Jan:
Will do - thanks
Don't get mad - get naked
Mike Fisher_5
Trusted Contributor

Re: LTO 2 tapes: Where can I buy 'em? [UK or Europe]

Pete:

Thanks for the link - useful for a really rainy day

Not THAT desperate though
The reason?
HP Store price ??103.19
That is our usual buy price plus an additional 55% !!

Mike "short arms & long pockets" Fisher
Don't get mad - get naked
Pete Randall
Outstanding Contributor

Re: LTO 2 tapes: Where can I buy 'em? [UK or Europe]

Mike,

Having no basis for comparison and being "pound-challenged" anyway, I had no idea whether that was a good price or not. Knowing HP, I kind of doubted it though.


Pete "I've Got Some DLT's I Could Paste a New Label On" Randall


Pete
W.C. Epperson
Trusted Contributor

Re: LTO 2 tapes: Where can I buy 'em? [UK or Europe]

Well, if you need something in short supply on a short fuse, you generally have to pay a premium.

I'm pound-challenged too, but that price doesn't look so bad: Microwarehouse sells C7921A (LTO1) for US$54.95, and C7922A (LTO2) for $119.95. Their UK site doesn't show C7922A, but has C7921A for 59.99 pounds. Are you sure about your specification?
"I have great faith in fools; self-confidence, my friends call it." --Poe
Mike Fisher_5
Trusted Contributor

Re: LTO 2 tapes: Where can I buy 'em? [UK or Europe]

Hi WC

Pete's link above shows this:
C7972A. hp ultrium2 400Gb ??103.19
We can buy non-hp brands for ??66.25
The hp brand is therefore 55% more than non-hp
Don't get mad - get naked
W.C. Epperson
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Re: LTO 2 tapes: Where can I buy 'em? [UK or Europe]

Mike,

Off brands are cheaper than genuine HP everywhere. Your spec was for the HP product, and you seemed to indicate that "Maxell or Blah Blah" was not acceptable. I'm confused. (Not an abnormal state for me). ;)
"I have great faith in fools; self-confidence, my friends call it." --Poe
Mike Fisher_5
Trusted Contributor

Re: LTO 2 tapes: Where can I buy 'em? [UK or Europe]

Hi WC

Genuine HP? Do they make them then?
I thought there was no difference in brands 'cept for the name
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George_Dodds
Honored Contributor
Solution

Re: LTO 2 tapes: Where can I buy 'em? [UK or Europe]

Mike, try www.ironmountain.co.uk

I was quoted ??62.65 for HP LTO2 tapes with next day availability :)

Any probs drop me a mail as i've got the sales manager's direct tel no ;)

Cheers

George
Mike Fisher_5
Trusted Contributor

Re: LTO 2 tapes: Where can I buy 'em? [UK or Europe]

Cheers George - Welcome back
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W.C. Epperson
Trusted Contributor

Re: LTO 2 tapes: Where can I buy 'em? [UK or Europe]

Mike,

As a matter of fact, I think they do make them, along with a number of other manufacturers--multi-supplier availability was part of the original intent of the LTO specification developed jointly by HP, IBM, and Seagate.

But if you thought they were all the same, why didn't you buy the available "Maxell or Blah Blah"?
"I have great faith in fools; self-confidence, my friends call it." --Poe
Mike Fisher_5
Trusted Contributor

Re: LTO 2 tapes: Where can I buy 'em? [UK or Europe]

WC: Thanks

I was told that there are very few manufacturers in the tape world
That the diversity of brands is fluff [just re-labelling]
But I don't know how true this is

HP? Because the client wants HP
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W.C. Epperson
Trusted Contributor

Re: LTO 2 tapes: Where can I buy 'em? [UK or Europe]

Mike,

Traditionally there have been relatively few manufacturers in the storage world, more so with drives than with media. In the early 8mm world, every drive was a Quantum inside, no matter what the label said.

The LTO specification and licensing agreement were designed to entice a large number of manufacturers of both drives and cartridges, and it seems to be working.

I'm going with HP drives because they can be added to my server support contracts. There's probably no significant value-add in using HP tapes, but they cost me only a couple bucks more each, so I'm going with them.
"I have great faith in fools; self-confidence, my friends call it." --Poe
Jenny Urey
Advisor

Re: LTO 2 tapes: Where can I buy 'em? [UK or Europe]

www.dataworlduk.com!
0870 7771146 - only sell to resellers




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Karthik S S
Honored Contributor

Re: LTO 2 tapes: Where can I buy 'em? [UK or Europe]

I was happy that Mike Fisher is finally back to the forums but finally it turned out to be someone else's reply to a year old post :-(

-Karthik S S
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