Tape Automation and Connectivity

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Nov 5, 2013 (3 years and 9 months ago)

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Tape Automation and Connectivity

Anthony Yeates

Director of Sales EMEA


Why Tape Automation ?



Get the Data Off Site



Archival



Much Lower cost per GB



Still the lowest cost way to store data


Current “Real World” Challenges


Legacy Infrastructures


Standalone Tape drives, DAS, LAN Based Backup


Heterogeneous Implementations


Unix, Linux, Windows,Mac


Different Backup applications



Standalone Drives

DAS

LAN Backup

Forward Trends


Networked Storage:


SAN


NAS


IP
-
SAN


“LAN Free”


Virtualization


“Serverless”


D2D2T

Transitioning Today’s “Real World” to
“New World”


What is Required ?


Flexibility


Mix and match connectivity


Scalability


Ability to meet future demands (maybe unknown at present)


Ease of Use


Fault Tolerance


Synchronizing Investment with “Need”

NAS

LAN

UNIX

SAN

RAID

Future

Growth

Legend

Fibre Channel

SCSI

Gigabit Ethernet

Linux

NT

MAC

Novell

DAS

Flexibility

Scalability


Shouldn’t need to
pay for capacity
before you need it


Should be easy to
add the “Capacity
On Demand”


Should be able to
add Tape Drives as
needed (with no
downtime)


Ease of Use


Lower TCO


Should have easy to
use GUI on the
device itself


Should have Same
GUI available
remotely


Should have Email
and SNMP alerting


Drive 2

Drive 3

Drive 4

High
-
Availability / Transparent Failover

Port 1

Drives 1
-
4

Port 2

(for fail
-
over)

Drives 1
-
4

Drive 1

Bus 1

Bus 2

CAN

Controller Area Network

Fault Tolerance

Conclusion
-



Careful Selection of Tape Automation Solution Can
Enable You to “Bridge” Today’s Legacy Environments to
Future Topologies