Tape Keeps Rolling Along
The LTO-4 Ultrium1840 tape drive includes HP Data Protector Express Single Server edition software with hardware encryption support. LTO-4 Ultrium 1840 tape drives will also be available in HP StorageWorks MSL, EML and ESL E-Series Tape Libraries. The HP Ultrium 448c Tape Blade is a half-height tape storage blade that protects data for HP BladeSystem c-Class blades. For systems not connected to a storage area network, the Ultrium 448c not only protects data for the blades, but also uses the HP Dynamic Power Saving mode to reduce power requirements by as much as 22 percent.The HP StorageWorks DAT 160 tape drive, aimed at SMBs, consumes fewer watts per gigabyte than previous generations. The DAT 160 delivers backup speeds of up to 50GB per hour and offers up to 160GB of capacity on a single cartridge, twice the capacity of other DAT drives. Asaro said HPs storage announcements proved that tape-based storage products will continue to provide the majority of backup needs for companies that have to maintain thousands of records. In addition, since HPs EVA 4100, 6100 and 8100 all use tape, these systems can reduce power and cooling costs in a way that hard drives with moving parts simply cant do, Asaro said. "I think this announcement has helped make tape a little cooler," Asaro said. "If you think about it, tape does not use as much power as a spinning disk backup, and thats where the real power and cooling costs come in. Tape is also portable, and you can latterly have boxes and boxes of these stored somewhere. If these are taken off-site, then no other additional power is required," he said. As for the "green" part of HPs storage announcement, Asaro said these issues tend to affect businesses on the East and West Coasts of the United States, where power costs are much higher. An even larger potential pool of customers for green storage can be found in other areas, such as in Japan and major European hubs such as London or Frankfurt. Bob Laliberte, also with the Enterprise Strategy Group, added that the storage announcements contribute to HPs overall plan to provide an array of hardware, software and support through its various divisions and then tie these parts together through its services group. "Theres a ton of opportunity out there, and HP is well positioned to take advantage of that," Laliberte said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on enterprise and small business storage hardware.
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