Re: ?continue using 3590's or convert to LTO tape?
Historical perspective lends better understanding of the choices...
LTO was originally to come in two flavors:
- A dual-hub, high-performance 3570-like, cartridge called Accelis;
- A single-hub high-capacity cartridge called Ultrium.
Accelis did not make it to market because the need was more for capacity
than speed, and Ultrium's performance was deemed "good enough" for
Ultrium remains an affordable, mid-range, open-systems tape technology,
better at streaming than start-stop. Proprietary Magstar 359x technology
continues to occupy the high end, with superior start-stop characteristics
which make it the best choice for primary storage pools.
Various documentation compares technologies, such as:
"IBM LTO Ultrium Performance Considerations"
>They do look nice, but I still hate the thought of the dataloss, if one cart
>gets damaged or fails. ooooh.
(chuckle:-) People were saying the same thing when 3490E allowed us to
put a whole gigabyte onto a tape cartridge. It's all relative.
Richard Sims http://people.bu.edu/rbs