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Tape Drive Technology Comparison

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Blast from the past: originally published November 15th 2000. Backup should be a key component of any computer user’s routine. No matter what we do with our computer, there are files you don’t want to lose. The only way to guarantee they’ll always be there is to back them up. For the day to day user or individual who is concerned with system failure or file loss the best method is RAID 1. This process takes two hard drives and mirrors the contents from one to the other. After the…read more

adic FastStor2

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Blast from the past: originally published June 25th 2005. Tape libraries are not new to the industry, but entry-level rackmount units can fit the small to medium enterprise bill. I recently had the opportunity to install and experience an adic FastStor 2 LTO eight slot 2U rackmount tape library. We had been using a single tape drive that required swapping tapes daily. This was sometimes hard to remember but guaranteed a backup of critical files that were frequently accessed. As we added more storage it sometimes required swapping the tape out for daily…read more

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HP SureStore DAT40

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Tape backup; boring, uneventful, necessary.  Nothing splashy or exciting about the oldest backup medium.  Why is it still in use? Tape is reliable, relatively inexpensive and gets the job done.  Most businesses running a server use a tape drive for daily backup of important documents, system files, what have you. Still don’t see the need?  Say your business works on important documents every day, making daily changes. Something goes wrong and you need a copy of a file from six days ago.  Since you overwrite the file on the server…read more

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