Tape It to the Limit
Storage solutions come and go, but tape backup is still making its case. Which format is best for your business?Johns Manvillea Denver-based manufacturer of building materials, in business since 1858has 52 facilities of varying sizes spread over North America, Europe, and China. With more than $2 billion in annual sales, 9,000 employees, and some 120 servers in its corporate headquarters alone, Johns Manville gives top priority to data backup every night. Scott Blancett, a manager in the IT department, knew the companys ever-growing backup needs were crying out for a bigger and better solution than the three-year-old StorageTek DLT 8000based libraries. So Johns Mansville took Hewlett-Packards new second-generation LTO (Linear TapeOpen) product, the HP Ultrium 460e, for a test-drive.
"The backup speed is really tremendous," Blancett says. "Much faster than our old DLT 8000 systems."