Packing as much as 2.8TB of storage in a small 2U (3.5-inch) rack unit, the Exabyte Magnum 1x7 is an attractive autoloader for small and midsize companies.
The Magnum 1x7 kit I received came with an autoloader with one LTO-2 tape drive and a rack mount. The Magnum 1x7, which shipped in December, lists for $5,995. (It has a street price of less than $4,999.)
The Magnum 1x7 Autoloader can hold a maximum of seven LTO Ultrium-2 tapes for a total of 1.4TB of native storage or 2.8TB of compressed storage. The Magnum 1x7 Autoloader can transfer data at close to 93GB per hour at native rates and 187GB per hour at compressed rates. These rates should be more than adequate for shops with small workloads.
The included bar-code reader is a nice touch thats rarely seen in $5,000 autoloaders and makes tape management and automation easier.
The Magnum 1x7 is certified to work with common backup software packages from vendors including Bakbone Software, Computer Associates, Legato Software and Veritas Software. More information is available at www.exabyte.com.