Library gives capacity on demand

Library gives capacity on demand


An enterprise tape library from Advanced Digital Information Corp. can increase capacity on demand for data consolidation and storage networks.

ADIC ships its Scalar 10K robotic library with more tape slots than a data center might order, said Stephen Whitner, marketing director for the Redmond, Wash., company.

The Scalar 10K
enterprise tape library will fit through a door and holds nearly 5,000 cartridges.
Although servers often are sold on a capacity-on-demand basis, the concept is new to the tape-storage industry, he said.

When the data center needs extra capacity, it can issue a purchase order for a software authorization code that activates more tape slots in blocks of 100. 'It's a quick transaction,' Whitner said.

A data center that starts with a 700-slot library can be expanded to hold 4,953 tapes in Advanced Intelligent Tape format, Whitner said.

The maximum capacity is 3,945 slots in Linear Tape Open Ultrium format and 3,302 slots in Super Digital Linear Tape format.

The Scalar 10K comes with device-level tools for storage network management. For example, an administrator can specify which servers can and cannot access the library.

Redundancy features include dual power supplies and redundant controls. An expansion module will fit through standard doorways and can be attached to existing libraries in less than two hours, Whitner said.

The library will accept one to 168 AIT drives and one to 84 LTO or Super DLT drives. Multiple drive and media types can be mixed.

A basic library with 700 LTO tape slots and capacity on demand lists for $140,000. One hundred more LTO tape slots cost $16,000.

Contact ADIC at 800-336-1233.


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