Maxxan Systems has added virtual tape products to its product range to reduce the time it takes to do backups and restore data.
The SVT200 blade slots into the chassis of Maxxan's MXV320 director, and is termed an intelligent application card. The SVT100 is a standalone product that can integrate with existing San switches or be used on its own, for example, in remote offices.
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Writing backup files to tape is slow compared with writing them to disc. A 100GBytes backup, for example, would take several hours to write to a tape drive - often too long for business with systems active for most of the day.
By writing the data to disc first, and then onto tape at a company's leisure, the backup period is shortened, from hours to minutes. A virtual tape system means the company's existing backup software does not have to change.
Both Maxxan products use FalconStor Software's IPStor virtual tape library software and support most backup products including those from Computer Associates International, Hewlett-Packard, Legato Software, Veritas Software and IBM's Tivoli.
LTO, SDLT and Storage Technology (StorageTek) 9840 tape drives are emulated. Advanced Digital Information, HP, IBM and StorageTek tape libraries are supported.
Arun Taneja, consulting analyst and founder of the Taneja Group, said Maxxan's products represented an intersection of two trends: the movement of intelligence into storage fabrics; and the use of disc to buffer and speed up tape-based backup.
Brocade Communications Systems' Fabric AP7420, for example - an intelligent San switch, but not a director - has an Alacritus virtual tape facility available.
The market appears to be moving toward intelligent San switches and directors that incorporate storage applications such as virtualisation, mirroring and virtual tape and work with a range of server operating systems.
Maxxan products are supplied in the UK through Computacentre.
The SVT100 is priced from £20,900 and the SVT200 from £18,200.
Chris Mellor writes for TechWorld