Dell launches PowerVault linear tape drive

Dell is shipping a new linear tape drive with device level encryption to protect business data.

Dell is shipping a new linear tape drive with device level encryption to protect business data.

The Dell PowerVault LTO-4-120 enables greater levels of security, capacity and performance for tape-based storage.

Firms rely heavily on tape for backup, archiving and compliance. Dell said a recent survey of storage customers indicated that 81% will either increase or maintain their level of investment in tape backup and restore.

Additionally, the survey showed that more than 50% of companies use tape for compliance storage.

Based on the LTO-4 Ultrium format, the PowerVault LTO-4-120 with encryption will protect data if the device is lost or stolen in transit or misplaced in a remote location.

The PowerVault LTO-4-120 offers double the capacity – 800Gbytes – and a 50% performance increase over the previous generation. This allows customers to decrease backup windows by 33% and reduce the number of tape cartridges they are currently managing, said Dell.

An external standalone Dell PowerVault LTO-4-120 drive starts at £2,100.

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