Tape? Yep – HP Gives It More Life + USB

Last week I wrote about the dangers of using tape as a backup media and why a hybrid solution would be better. However, tape continues to be used by many businesses as it is low cost way to store multi gigabytes of data and a prevalent backup media for many backup solutions.
In this connection, HP announced yesterday several new tape backup offerings for its HP Business Protection portfolio. HP announced, what it claims is the industry’s first DAT USB tape drives, which combine the reliability and cost-effectiveness of digital audio tape (DAT) with the plug-and-play capabilities of the USB 2.0 interface.
With no need for a SCSI adapter and more complicated SCSI setup, users can have the HP StorageWorks DAT 72 and DAT 40 USB tape drives out of the box and ready to use with their HP ProLiant servers in less than 60 seconds. The low cost of DAT media is further reduced by eliminating the need for the additional purchase of costly SCSI host bus adapters.
The HP StorageWorks DAT 72 USB delivers a capacity of 72 gigabytes (GB) on a single data cartridge and a transfer rate of 23 GB/hour (assuming a 2:1 compression ratio). The DAT 72 USB is expected to be available July 4 starting at $749.(2)
The HP StorageWorks DAT 40 USB is a DDS-4 tape drive that stores 40 GB of compressed data on a single cartridge at a rate of 23 GB/hour (assuming 2:1 data compression). The DAT 40 USB is expected to be available July 4 starting at $599.(2)
Other solutions offered by HP include:
HP also is bringing to market the new HP StorageWorks Ultrium 232 tape drive. With its 200 GB capacity per cartridge and a backup speed of 115 GB/hour (assuming 2:1 data compression), this compact, first-generation LTO Ultrium drive offers superdrive features at a price affordable for SMB customers.
As the lowest priced LTO drive from HP, the reliable HP StorageWorks Ultrium 232 is a good first step into LTO Ultrium technology for customers moving up from lower capacity tape formats. The HP StorageWorks Ultrium 232 starts at $1,799(2) and is expected to be available July 11.
Enhanced performance and capacity with new 1/8 Tape Autoloader
HP also now offers two new versions of its popular HP StorageWorks 1/8 Tape Autoloader: an Ultrium 960 model and an Ultrium 448 model. These 2U tape autoloaders are rack-mountable for space saving and provide a cost-effective backup solution without the need for an IT technician to manually change tapes.
Extending support to these two new Ultrium tape drives increases the autoloader’s maximum capacity to 6.4 terabytes (TB) with an Ultrium 960 drive or to 3.2 TB with Ultrium 448 (assuming 2:1 data compression). The Ultrium 960 model, which uses the fastest tape drive now on the market, boosts the autoloader’s performance to a blazing 576 GB/hour (compressed).
The HP StorageWorks 1/8 Ultrium 960 Tape Autoloader starts at $7,499. The HP StorageWorks 1/8 Ultrium 448 Tape Autoloader starts at $5,299.(2) Both are now available.


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