Dell takes care of business with new tape drives

Dell has developed new tape drives and media based on LTO-4 technology to help customers protect their business-critical data.

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By  Duncan MacRae Published  April 19, 2007

Dell has developed new tape drives and media based on LTO-4 technology to help customers protect their business-critical data. The new PowerVault LTO-4-120 drives could enable companies across EMEA to achieve device-level encryption, a security measure not previously available on the market. “Dell’s tradition of delivering technology solutions that address its customers’ needs continues with the PowerVault LTO-4-120, a first-to-market tape storage drive that guarantees to keep business-critical data protected from potential theft or loss,” said Paul Kaeley, head of storage at Dell EMEA. “Tape continues to play a crucial role in back-up and recovery plans. Offering the ideal solution for secure backup, archiving and compliance, LTO-4 is a proven format that provides minimal risk, high availability and reliability at affordable prices.” Dell says the PowerVault LTO-4-120 drives deliver the latest generation of the popular Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Ultrium format. LTO technology provides a higher level of scalability, automation and performance as well as being the only high capacity format to allow for a wide range of product features from multiple storage vendors, according to Dell. The IT powerhouse believes the tape drives will provide greater security, capacity and performance intergenerational operability. PowerVault LTO-4-120 is the first tape drive to enable device-level encryption, reducing the risk of unauthorised access to business-critical data, says Dell. Given the portable nature of tape and that backup tapes are often stored at off-site locations, the PowerVault LTO-4-120 protects against both on-site and off-site data loss. The LTO-4-120 drives offer double the capacity – 800GB native – and a 50% performance increase over the previous generation LTO-3-80. Additionally, backup windows can be shrunk by up to one-third with the 120MB/second throughput to increase backup productivity. This could provide customers with decreased network-downtime and improved storage efficiency. Standardised LTO technology ensures customers have forward and backward compatibility as well as vendor neutrality. The LTO-4-120 is backward read and write compatible with the previous generation and backward read compatible with media from the prior two generations. Dell feels this will enable customers to continue to enhance their backup systems with seamless integration.

3303 days ago
Lto 4 Tape

Nice technology.

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