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Dell rolls out entry-level tape system

Dell Computer launched its latest PowerVault 122T tape storage system, providing an entry point for small to medium-sized...

Dell Computer launched its latest PowerVault 122T tape storage system, providing an entry point for small to medium-sized businesses wanting to consolidate their storage backups onto tape.

The 3.5-inch, rackable 122T is an eight-cartridge, single-drive system that can simplify storage backups for companies performing multiple tape backups on individual servers, according to Mike Skymba, senior manager for PowerVault storage systems at Dell.

"The idea of having a tape drive in every single server, whether it's a tower or a pedestal server or a rack-mount server, and having a person go around at night and activate the tape and run the software and then taking it off site is just incredibly time consuming," Skymba said.

"Why not get one auto loader - the 122T - with up to eight cartridges and let that be your automated way of backing up?"

Based on the DLT (digital linear tape) format, the 122T offers up to 320Gb of storage capacity with a 3MBps data transfer rate. Available 2-to-1 compression doubles both the capacity and the transfer rate when applied, according to Dell.

Similar to Dell's reseller agreements with Fibre Channel switch vendor Brocade Communications Systems and storage server company EMC, Dell resells the 122T system from Benchmark Tape Systems, Skymba said.

The 122T joins Dell's department-class PowerVault 128T and enterprise-grade 136T tape systems. Pricing starts at $4,150 (£2,846).

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