Re: [Networker] Qualstar
On Oct 8, 2010, at 3:06 PM, Francis Swasey wrote:
> Hey, absolutely.
> I love the Qualstar LTO tape library we have. It's an XLS 832700. We have
> the one LRM and two
> MEM1's. When we first got it in 2007, we didn't know whether to trust the
> library or NetWorker
> about whether a tape was really in the drive, so we took the cartridge slots
> off the doors so
> we could see into the LRM and visually check (without opening the door) what
> the drive status
> was. That has been helpful, but the XLS has never lied to me about the
> status of a tape drive
> (while NetWorker is periodically confused). Anyway, we have capacity for
> 2,505 cartridges.
> The tape library is rock solid, and after much work with EMC, NetWorker
> solidly supports the
> library now.
Same here. For the price Qualstar gets for its tape libraries, they are hard to
beat. I have a Qualstar 88132 model with 4 LTO-3 tape drives. It is a real
workhorse. We back up roughly 250 clients to it nightly with the four drives
connected to a Dell 2950 server running Red Hat Linux AS 4 and NetWorker 7.5.3.
Those four tape drives routinely see 80-90MB/sec throughput, which is pretty
good considering we only have two network drops on that server and no
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