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SDLT vs LTO

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GraceO
Regular Advisor

SDLT vs LTO

I'm looking to purchase a tape drive for an HP 9000 rp3440 server to do Ignite-UX backups and periodic Oracle database archives. Is it recommended to use SDLT or LTO tapes/drives? What is preferred (more stable/reliable)?
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Rob Leadbeater
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Re: SDLT vs LTO

Hi,

Technically, either medium should serve you well.

However given Quantum's admission that DLT is essentially dead, I'd probably go with LTO...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/03/21/lto_beats_dlt/

Hope this helps,

Regards,

Rob
Torsten.
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Re: SDLT vs LTO

Hi,

LTO is the more advanced technology, but only for ignite backups it may be oversized.

If you want to use a tape drive for ignite backups only, have a look at DDS tape drives, but for database backups I would choose a LTO.

Hope this helps!
Regards
Torsten.

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Peter Mattei
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Re: SDLT vs LTO

LTO by far has the highest marketshare in that space and thus is the defacto industry standard.

For your purpose I would choose a half height model which are cheaper, a little slower but fully compatible with the full height models.

You can choose between Ultrium 232, Ultrium 448 and Ultrium 920 with 100, 200 and 400GB native capacity per cartridge.

Cheers
Peter
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GraceO
Regular Advisor

Re: SDLT vs LTO

Thanks for the feedback! It's nice to get input from the experts. It really helps with the decision process.