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What to know before upgrade a MSL6000 TL?

 
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What to know before upgrade a MSL6000 TL?

Hi every:
I have a MSL6000 tape library in my Data Center. Now my boss ask me for a upgrade in order to get more capacity. What I need to know in order to propose him a upgrade?
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Re: What to know before upgrade a MSL6000 TL?

Hi,

First you need to know whether you're using SDLT or LTO tape drives, and how many of them.

The base MSL6000 models either have 26 or 52 slots, with 2 or 4 SDLT drives respectively, or 30 or 60 slots with 2 or 4 LTO drives respectively.

Details of part numbers for upgrades can be found in the Quickspecs here:

http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/11863_div/11863_div.html

Hope this helps,

Regards,

Rob
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Re: What to know before upgrade a MSL6000 TL?

What SDLT and LTO means? Configuration types? Sorry for my ignorance
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Re: What to know before upgrade a MSL6000 TL?

Ok, thanks understood now but both links point to the same page ;)
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Re: What to know before upgrade a MSL6000 TL?

I think this document is pretty helpful when you are planing on drive upgrades:

http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/storageworks/pdf/techdoc/tapestorage/SW_MSL_Tape_Auto_bc_FINAL.hires_040808.pdf



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Re: What to know before upgrade a MSL6000 TL?

Here is the MSL-series Upgrade Matrix

http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/storageworks/ebs/pdf/MSL_Drive_upgrade_matrix_apr2010.pdf

Check at the top of each page for the corresponding MSL model.
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Re: What to know before upgrade a MSL6000 TL?

Maybe I'm a fool but I don't understand wich components need to be upgraded. I take a look at MSL front and also MSL rear and found this information:
* Model: MSL6000 (in Matrix PDF this model don't appears)
* 4 Drives LTO-4 Ultrium 1840
* and from Data Protector 230 slots

It's possible with this simple information know wich components need to be upgrade?

Cheers and thx again
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Re: What to know before upgrade a MSL6000 TL?

Hi,

If you've already got LTO-4 drives then you already have the biggest capacity drives available at the moment.

I'm not sure how you'd get 230 slots though. A 4 drive library would normally have 60 slots...

What does your boss want to achieve by the upgrade ? Ability to back up more data, or ability to back up data quicker ?

Cheers,

Rob