Virtual tape library specifications

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Virtual tape library specifications

Virtual tape library (VTL) systems use disk storage to improve backup and restore processes, allowing many organizations to move from tape to disk backups without disrupting current practices. High-end VTL systems can utilize almost 1,000 SATA drives, offering hundreds of terabytes (TB) of raw storage; all while emulating dozens of tape drives and thousands of tape cartridges. The following product snapshots highlight key specifications for a cross-section of VTL systems/appliances with a minimum of 1 TB of disk capacity and storage area nework (SAN) connectivity with at least 500 MB per hour. The following products were selected based on input from industry analysts and SearchStorage.com editors. Specifications are current as of October 2006.

These specifications are periodically updated, and vendors are welcome to submit their updates and new product specifications to sbigelow@techtarget.com.

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  • Copan Systems Inc.; The Revolution 220T VTL
  • Copan Systems Inc.; The Revolution 220TX
  • EMC Corp.; Clariion Disk Library (CDL) DL210
  • EMC Corp.; Clariion Disk Library (CDL) DL710
  • EMC Corp.; Clariion Disk Library (CDL) DL720
  • EMC Corp.; Clariion Disk Library (CDL) DL740
  • FalconStor Software; VTL-350
  • Hewlett-Packard Co.; StorageWorks 1000i Virtual Library System
  • Hewlett-Packard Co.; StorageWorks 6000 Virtual Library System
  • IBM; Virtualization Engine TS7700
  • Maxxan Systems Inc.; CipherMax SecureVTL
  • Overland Storage Inc.; REO 9000
  • Quantum Corp.; DX100
  • Quantum (ADIC) Corp.; Pathlight VX 650
  • Sepaton Inc.; S2100-ES2 Virtual Tape Library
  • Sun Microsystems Inc.; StorageTek VTL Appliance Plus Series 1000
  • Sun Microsystems Inc.; StorageTek VTL Appliance Plus Series 2000
  • Sun Microsystems Inc.; StorageTek VTL Appliance Plus Series 3000

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    Product: COPAN Systems Inc.; The Revolution 220T VTL (1)

    Usable Capacity: 20.25 TB to 324 TB (compressed capacity; depending on drives)
    Raw Capacity 28 TB to 448 TB
    # of Drives: Up to 896 hard drives (2)
    Drive Types: SATA drive support
    Drive Capacity: 500 GB SATA
    Drive Hot Swap: No
    Transfer Rate: 2.75 TB/h
    Connectivity: Up to four 2 Gb FC ports
    Virtual Libraries: 1 to 56
    Virtual Tape Dives: 1 to 56
    Virtual Cartridges: 4,096 virtual tape cartridges
    Release date: October 2005
    Base price range: Less than $3.00 per GB
    Software: Supported Backup Applications: Atempo Time Navigator, BakBone NetVault, CommVault Galaxy, CA BrightStor, EMC Data Manager (EDM), HP Data Protector, IBM Backup Recovery & Media Services, Legato NetWorker, Oracle Secure Backup, Tivoli Storage Manager, and Veritas NetBackup/Backup Exec.
    Supported Archive Applications: ADIC AMASS, FileTek StorHouse, Microsoft Removable Storage Manager, SGI InfiniteStorage Data Migration Facility (DMF), Sun SAM-FS, Veritas Enterprise Vault

    Detailed Specs: http://www.copansys.com/products/revolution_220t.shtml
    Vendor URL: http://www.copansystems.com

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    Product: Copan Systems Inc.; The Revolution 220TX VTL (1)

    Usable Capacity: 101.25 TB to 324 TB
    Raw Capacity 140 TB to 448 TB
    # of Drives: Up to 896 hard drives (2)
    Drive Types: SATA drive support
    Drive Capacity: 500 GB SATA
    Drive Hot Swap: No
    Transfer Rate: 5.2 TB/hour
    Connectivity: Up to eight 2 Gb FC ports
    Virtual Libraries: 5 to 56
    Virtual Tape Dives: 5 to 56
    Virtual Cartridges: 8,192 virtual tape cartridges
    Release date: October 2005
    Base price range: Less than $3.00 per GB
    Software: Supported Backup Applications: Atempo Time Navigator, BakBone NetVault, CommVault Galaxy, CA BrightStor, EMC Data Manager (EDM), HP Data Protector, IBM Backup Recovery & Media Services, Legato NetWorker, Oracle Secure Backup, Tivoli Storage Manager, and Veritas NetBackup/Backup Exec.
    Supported Archive Applications: ADIC AMASS, FileTek StorHouse, Microsoft Removable Storage Manager, SGI InfiniteStorage Data Migration Facility (DMF), Sun SAM-FS, Veritas Enterprise Vault

    Detailed Specs: http://www.copansys.com/products/revolution_220t.shtml
    Vendor URL: http://www.copansystems.com

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    Product: EMC Corp.; Clariion DL210 (1)

    Usable Capacity: 4 TB to 24 TB (72 compressed)
    Raw Capacity 6 TB to 36 TB
    # of Drives: 12 to 72 (2)
    Drive Types: SATA drive support
    Drive Capacity: 500 GB SATA
    Drive Hot Swap: Yes
    Transfer Rate: 380 MB/s
    Connectivity: Two/ Three 2 Gb FC host ports, One 2 Gb Tape Port, One SCSI Tape Port, Two GE NIC Ports
    Virtual Libraries: 16
    Virtual Tape Dives: 64
    Virtual Cartridges: 4,096 virtual tape cartridges
    Release date: April 2006
    Base price range: Starts at $50,000
    Software: http://www.emc.com/interoperability/matrices/EMCSupportMatrix.pdf
    Detailed Specs: http://www.emc.com/products/systems/CLARiiON_disk/
    Vendor URL: http://www.emc.com

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    Product: EMC Corp.; Clariion DL710 (1)

    Usable Capacity: 5.5 TB – 82.5 TB
    Raw Capacity 7.5 TB to 112.5 TB
    # of Drives: 15 to 225 (2)
    Drive Types: LC-FC
    Drive Capacity: 500 GB LC-FC
    Drive Hot Swap: Yes
    Transfer Rate: 600 MB/s
    Connectivity: Four 2 Gb Host Ports, Four 2 Gb Tape Ports, Two GE NIC Ports
    Virtual Libraries: 64
    Virtual Tape Dives: 512
    Virtual Cartridges: 4,096 virtual tape cartridges
    Release date: August 2005
    Base price range: Starts at $200,000
    Software: http://www.emc.com/interoperability/matrices/EMCSupportMatrix.pdf
    Detailed Specs: http://www.emc.com/products/systems/CLARiiON_disk/
    Vendor URL: http://www.emc.com

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    Product: EMC Corp.; Clariion DL720 (1)

    Usable Capacity: 5.5 TB to 82.5 TB
    Raw Capacity 7.5 TB to 112.5 TB
    # of Drives: 15 to 255 (2)
    Drive Types: LC-FC
    Drive Capacity: 500 GB (LC-FC)
    Drive Hot Swap: Yes
    Transfer Rate: 800 MB/s
    Connectivity: Eight 2 Gb Host Ports, Eight 2 Gb Tape Ports, Four GE NIC Ports
    Virtual Libraries: 128
    Virtual Tape Dives: 1,024
    Virtual Cartridges: 8,192 virtual tape cartridges
    Release date: August 2005
    Base price range: Starts at $200,000
    Software: http://www.emc.com/interoperability/matrices/EMCSupportMatrix.pdf
    Detailed Specs: http://www.emc.com/products/systems/CLARiiON_disk/
    Vendor URL: http://www.emc.com

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    Product: EMC Corp.; Clariion DL740 (1)

    Usable Capacity: 11 TB to 165 TB
    Raw Capacity 15 TB to 225 TB
    # of Drives: 30 to 450 drives (2)
    Drive Types: LC-FC
    Drive Capacity: 500 GB (LC-FC)
    Drive Hot Swap: Yes
    Transfer Rate: 1,200 MB/s
    Connectivity: Eight 2 Gb Host Ports, Four 2 Gb Tape Ports, Four GE NIC Ports
    Virtual Libraries: 128
    Virtual Tape Dives: 1,024
    Virtual Cartridges: 8,192 virtual tape cartridges
    Release date: August 2005
    Base price range: Starts at $200,000
    Software: http://www.emc.com/interoperability/matrices/EMCSupportMatrix.pdf
    Detailed Specs: http://www.emc.com/products/systems/CLARiiON_disk/
    Vendor URL: http://www.emc.com

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    Product: FalconStor; VTL-350 (1)

    Usable Capacity: More than 512 TB can be attached
    Raw Capacity Up to 18TB internal, 512TB external
    # of Drives: Up to 24 internal, not limited external (2)
    Drive Types: SATA internal
    Drive Capacity: Up to 750 GB internal SATA
    Drive Hot Swap: Yes
    Transfer Rate: not available
    Connectivity: Fibre Channel, iSCSI, SCSI
    Virtual Libraries: Up to 64 per node
    Virtual Tape Dives: Up to 512 per node
    Virtual Cartridges: Up to 4,096 virtual tape cartridges per node
    Release date: June 2004 (initial release)
    Base price range: See vendor
    Software: not available
    Detailed Specs: http://www.falconstor.com/en/solutions/?pg=Products&sb=VTL
    Vendor URL: http://www.falconstor.com

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    Product: HP; StorageWorks 1000i Virtual Library System (1)

    Usable Capacity: 1.5 TB
    Raw Capacity 2.0 TB
    # of Drives: 4 hard drives(2)
    Drive Types: SATA
    Drive Capacity: 500 GB SATA
    Drive Hot Swap: Yes
    Transfer Rate: Up to 58 MB/s (using maximum number of drives)
    Connectivity: iSCSI
    Virtual Libraries: Up to 6
    Virtual Tape Dives: Up to 12
    Virtual Cartridges: Up to 180 virtual tape cartridges
    Release date: May 2006
    Base price range: $6100
    Software: HP Data Protector, HP Data Protector Express, CA BrightStor ARCserve, Symantec Backup Exec, Yosemite Backup, and more (see: www.hp.com/go/ebs)
    Detailed Specs: http://h18006.www1.hp.com/products/storageworks/1000vls/index.html
    Vendor URL: http://www.hp.com

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    Product: HP; StorageWorks 6000 Virtual Library System (1)

    Usable Capacity: 2.5 TB to 70.3 TB
    Raw Capacity 3 TB to 96 TB
    # of Drives: 12 to 192 hard drives (2)
    Drive Types: SATA
    Drive Capacity: 250 GB or 500 GB SATA
    Drive Hot Swap: Yes
    Transfer Rate: Up to 600 MB/s (using maximum number of drives)
    Connectivity: 2 Gb FC
    Virtual Libraries: Up to 16
    Virtual Tape Dives: Up to 64
    Virtual Cartridges: Up to 1,024 virtual tape cartridges
    Release date: May 2005
    Base price range: $35,000 to $190,000
    Software: HP Data Protector, CA BrightStor ARCserve, EMC Legato Networker, Symantec Backup Exec, Symantec NetBackup, Tivoli Storage Manager, and more (see: www.hp.com/go/ebs)
    Detailed Specs: http://h18006.www1.hp.com/products/storageworks/6000vls/index.html
    Vendor URL: http://www.hp.com

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    Product: IBM; Virtualization Engine TS7700 (1)

    Usable Capacity: Up to 6TB (18TB with 3:1 compression)
    Raw Capacity Up to 9.3TB (uncompressed)
    # of Drives: Up to 64 disk drives (four disk RAID configurations each with up to 16 drives) (2)
    Drive Types: 15K rpm 146 GB Fibre Channel HDDs
    Drive Capacity: 146 GB each
    Drive Hot Swap: Yes
    Transfer Rate: not provided
    Connectivity: Up to Four 4Gbps FICON channels (512 logical paths)
    Virtual Libraries: TS3500 Tape Library
    Virtual Tape Dives: 128 virtual tape drives (up to sixteen 4 Gbps TS1120 or 3592 Physical Tape Drives)
    Virtual Cartridges: 500,000 virtual tape cartridges
    Release date: September 29, 2006
    Base price range: Starting under $500,000
    Software: most host tape programs (e.g. CA, TSM, etc.) work with the TS7700 transparently
    Detailed Specs: http://www-03.ibm.com/servers/storage/tape/ts7700/index.html
    Vendor URL: http://www.ibm.com

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    Product: MaXXan Systems Inc.; CipherMax SecureVTL (1)

    Usable Capacity: 3.8 TB to 70.3 TB
    Raw Capacity 5.6 TB to 89.6 TB
    # of Drives: Up to 100 hard drives (2)
    Drive Types: SATA; SATA II; FC
    Drive Capacity: 500 GB (SATA/SATA II); 146 GB FC
    Drive Hot Swap: Yes
    Transfer Rate: Supported by up to ten 2Gb FC and two 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet ports
    Connectivity: 6/20 Gb/s FC with up to 16 concurrent backup hosts
    Virtual Libraries: 64 virtual tape libraries (most vendors) with CipherMax AES-256 encryption
    Virtual Tape Dives: 512 virtual tape drives (most vendors) with CipherMax AES-256 encryption
    Virtual Cartridges: 4,096 virtual tape cartridges
    Release date: June 2006
    Base price range: $40,000-100,000
    Software: Most common backup software, including Symantec/Legato, Tivoli, CommVault, FalconStor, etc.
    Detailed Specs: http://www.maxxan.com/product/virtual-tape.html
    Vendor URL: http://www.maxxan.com

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    Product: Overland Storage Inc.; REO 9000 (1)

    Usable Capacity: 2 TB to 10 TB (up to 38 TB using expansion arrays)
    Raw Capacity 3 TB to 12 TB (up to 44 TB via expansion arrays)
    # of Drives: Base chassis 12 or 24; (Up to 88 drives via expansion arrays) (2)
    Drive Types: SATA II
    Drive Capacity: 500 GB SATA II
    Drive Hot Swap: Yes
    Transfer Rate: Up to 280MB/s (1.0 TB/hour)
    Connectivity: Two 2 Gb FC; Two 1 Gb iSCSI
    Virtual Libraries: 4
    Virtual Tape Dives: 32
    Virtual Cartridges: 180 virtual tape cartridges
    Release date: October 2004
    Base price range: Starts at $23,500
    Software: …list of compatible backup software from vendor…
    Detailed Specs: http://www.overlandstorage.com/products/reo9000.html
    Vendor URL: http://www.overlandstorage.com

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    Product: Quantum Corp.; DX100 Disk-based Backup System (1)

    Usable Capacity: 10 TB to 83 TB
    Raw Capacity 12.8 TB to 102.4 TB
    # of Drives: Up to 256 hard drives fully configured (16 arrays) (2)
    Drive Types: SATA II
    Drive Capacity: 400 GB SATA II
    Drive Hot Swap: Yes
    Transfer Rate: Up to 3.6 TB/hr with three arrays
    Connectivity: 2 Gb FC
    Virtual Libraries: 2 to 16 arrays depending on configuration
    Virtual Tape Dives: 1 to 55
    Virtual Cartridges: 4 to 320 virtual tape cartridges per array (5,120 for 16 arrays)
    Release date: 2003
    Base price range: Pricing depends on configuration. Please contact your preferred VAR for pricing information.
    Software: http://www.quantum.com/swcompguide.aspx
    Detailed Specs: http://www.quantum.com/Products/Disk-BasedBackup/DX100/Index.aspx
    Vendor URL: http://www.quantum.com

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    Product: Quantum Corp.; Pathlight VX 650 (1)

    Usable Capacity: 3.8 TB to 71.5 TB
    Raw Capacity 4.8 TB to 90 TB
    # of Drives: Up to 180 hard drives fully configured (Up to 12 disk array enclosures) (2)
    Drive Types: SATA II
    Drive Capacity: 320 GB or 500 GB SATA II
    Drive Hot Swap: Yes
    Transfer Rate: Up to 2 TB/hr fully configured
    Connectivity: 2 Gb FC
    Virtual Libraries: 1 to 32
    Virtual Tape Dives: not available
    Virtual Cartridges: not available
    Release date: 2003
    Base price range: Pricing depends on configuration. Please contact your preferred VAR for pricing information.
    Software: http://www.adic.com/adicSupportShell.jsp?Page=supportCertificationMatrix
    Detailed Specs: http://www.adic.com/adicProductShell.jsp?section=10041⁢em=123505&Page=/us/products/adicAllCollateral.jsp&collateral=DS
    Vendor URL: http://www.adic.com

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    Product: Sepaton Inc.; S2100-ES2 Virtual Tape Library (1)

    Usable Capacity: 4.8 TB to 1,176 TB
    Raw Capacity 5.6 TB to 1,344 TB
    # of Drives: Up to 2,688 hard drives (2)
    Drive Types: SATA II
    Drive Capacity: 400 GB and 500 GB SATA II
    Drive Hot Swap: Yes
    Transfer Rate: Up to 4,800 MB/sec
    Connectivity: 16 FC host ports
    Virtual Libraries: 1,536 virtual tape libraries
    Virtual Tape Dives: 1,536 virtual tape drives
    Virtual Cartridges: 5,300,000 virtual tape cartridges
    Release date: Currently available
    Base price range: Starting at $44,000
    Software: Atempo Time Navigator; BakBone NetVault; CA BrightStor, ARCserve Backup; CommVault Galaxy; EMC Legato NetWorker; HP OpenView Storage Data Protector; IBM Tivoli Storage Manager; Kodak Carestream PACS; Symantec NetBackup, Symantec Backup Exec, Oracle Secure Backup, and SyncSort Backup Express
    Detailed Specs: http://www.sepaton.com/products/s2100-es2.php
    Vendor URL: http://www.sepaton.com

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    Product: Sun Microsystems Inc.; StorageTek VTL Appliance Plus Series 1000 (1)

    Usable Capacity: 6 TB to 42 TB
    Raw Capacity 8 TB to 56 TB
    # of Drives: Up to 112 hard drives (2)
    Drive Types: SATA, SATA II
    Drive Capacity: 500 GB SATA/SATA II
    Drive Hot Swap: Yes
    Transfer Rate: Up to 400 MB/s (using maximum number of drives)
    Connectivity: Up to 12 Gb FC
    Virtual Libraries: 16
    Virtual Tape Dives: 128
    Virtual Cartridges: 2,048 virtual tape cartridges
    Release date: Currently available
    Base price range: Starting at $140,000 to $280,000
    Software: EMC Legato; EMC Data Manager; Veritas NetBackup; Veritas Backup Exec; IBM TSM; CommVault Galaxy; CA ArcServe; CA BrightStor Enterprise Backup; HP Data Protector; Syncsort Backup Express; BakBone NetVault; Atempo TimeNavigator
    Detailed Specs: http://www.sun.com/storagetek/tape_storage/tape_virtualization/vtl/
    Vendor URL: http://www.sun.com

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    Product: Sun Microsystems Inc.; StorageTek VTL Appliance Plus Series 2000 (1)

    Usable Capacity: 6 TB to 170 TB
    Raw Capacity 8 TB to 224 TB
    # of Drives: Up to 448 hard drives (2)
    Drive Types: SATA, SATA II
    Drive Capacity: 500 GB SATA/SATA II
    Drive Hot Swap: Yes
    Transfer Rate: Up to 700 MB/s (using maximum number of drives)
    Connectivity: Up to 28, 2Gb FC port
    Virtual Libraries: Up to 64
    Virtual Tape Dives: Up to 512
    Virtual Cartridges: Up to 4,096 virtual tape cartridges
    Release date: Currently available
    Base price range: Starting at $180,000 to $780,000
    Software: EMC Legato; EMC Data Manager; Veritas NetBackup; Veritas Backup Exec; IBM TSM; CommVault Galaxy; CA ArcServe; CA BrightStor Enterprise Backup; HP Data Protector; Syncsort Backup Express; BakBone NetVault; Atempo TimeNavigator
    Detailed Specs: http://www.sun.com/storagetek/tape_storage/tape_virtualization/vtl/
    Vendor URL: http://www.sun.com

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    Product: Sun Microsystems Inc.; StorageTek VTL Appliance Plus Series 3000 (1)

    Usable Capacity: 6 TB to 170 TB
    Raw Capacity 8 TB to 224 TB
    # of Drives: Up to 448 hard drives (2)
    Drive Types: SATA, SATA II
    Drive Capacity: 500 GB SATA/SATA II
    Drive Hot Swap: Yes
    Transfer Rate: Up to 1400MB/s (using maximum number of drives)
    Connectivity: Up to 56, 2 Gb FC ports
    Virtual Libraries: Up to 128
    Virtual Tape Dives: Up to 1,024
    Virtual Cartridges: Up to 8,192 virtual tape cartridges
    Release date: Currently available
    Base price range: Starting at $270,000 to $870,000
    Software: EMC Legato; EMC Data Manager; Veritas NetBackup; Veritas Backup Exec; IBM TSM; CommVault Galaxy; CA ArcServe; CA BrightStor Enterprise Backup; HP Data Protector; Syncsort Backup Express; BakBone NetVault; Atempo TimeNavigator
    Detailed Specs: http://www.sun.com/storagetek/tape_storage/tape_virtualization/vtl/
    Vendor URL: http://www.sun.com

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