Exabyte tape library brings LTO format to SMBs

Tape back-up and recovery systems provider Exabyte has introduced a new tape library, aimed at small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

Tape back-up and recovery systems provider Exabyte has introduced a new tape library, aimed at small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

The Magnum 224 LTO is, says Exabyte, the first SMB/departmental entry-level LTO tape library. LTO is a popular, industry-leading tape format.

To date, says Exabyte, LTO libraries have been out of reach for many businesses, due to the high price of automation. Yet traditional solutions deployed by SMBs often fail to keep pace with data growth, posing costly challenges for customers over time and as a result, argues the company, SMB customers have been faced with a dilemma of buying enough capacity to meet their current needs without scalability for the future, or overspending on large tape libraries that are overkill for their current requirements.

The Magnum 224 delivers expandable capacity that will enable SMBs to create custom configurations by expanding the number of tape cartridges and tape drives to meet their changing storage requirements.

The tape library is available in two drive configurations: a single LTO-2 half-height drive and empty bay for a second LTO-2 drive; or a single LTO-3 drive. Key features include scalability that starts at 4.8Tbytes capacity, with speeds of 172Gbytes per hour; expandable to 19.2Tbytes capacity and 576Gbytes per hour.

The product is expected to retail at about £2,600.

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