Re: FW: Tape Drive Choices: What, and why?

2006-08-08 21:03:57
Subject: Re: FW: Tape Drive Choices: What, and why?
From: "Allen S. Rout" <asr AT UFL DOT EDU>
Date: Tue, 8 Aug 2006 21:03:10 -0400
>> On Tue, 8 Aug 2006 16:45:05 -0400, Zoltan Forray/AC/VCU <zforray AT VCU DOT 
>> EDU> said:

> This is why we are moving to 3592-E05 drives.  Besides the capacity
> difference, the reliability we have seen with 3590 drives (even those that
> are 10+ years old), far exceeds the LTO's.  We mount 1000's of 3590 tapes,
> daily.  If we have 1-failure in 2-3 weeks, that is rare.

> Granted the 3592-E05 drives are new and "disposable/FRU" technology vs.
> field-repairable, so time will tell.

I got four of the first E05s out the door.  Ordered them just before
they were available (i.e. business partner knew where we were going).
I had several problems initially (and my 3584 was shipped busted) but
after what I considered a sane set of growing pains, they've settled
down to the behavior I expect out of the 3590s and the J1As, to wit
not a peep out of them.

With 4 3590s and 4 3592s, I mount from 1-2 thousand tapes a day (dang,
never counted that before) at my Gainesville location.

I've never had a 3584 problem.

- Allen S. Rout

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