Tape Libraries For Backup & Archive Storage
Automated tape handling became widespread in mainframe computer centers beginning over 40 years. The benefits of this technology are now widely available to all data storage users in tape libraries that leverage contemporary low cost, high density cartridge tape formats. Qualstar has been a pioneer in tape-based backup and archive storage for over 20 years, producing solutions that consistently deliver high quality, unmatched reliability and real value.
Tape Libraries vs. Tape Autoloaders
Autoloaders are limited in both capacity and throughput. Autoloaders hold one tape drive and a limited number of cartridges, typically 8 to 16. They are primarily intended to support small department or single application backups. These products are usually designed for low cost, and are not intended for high duty cycle operations.
Tape libraries invariably house two or more drives and from 20 to over tens of thousands of tapes. Libraries are designed for continuous, unattended operation and support simultaneous reading and writing to multiple drives. Libraries also offer key features such as barcode readers to scan labels on cartridges, and I/O ports for importing and exporting tapes under application control.
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LTO Tape Drives
Qualstar designs and manufactures over twenty tape libraries based on the Ultrium LTO tape format. These libraries house 2 to 128 drives and over 11,780 cartridges, providing combinations of capacity and data throughput to match any data protection and archive requirement.
Qualstar's N2Power subsidiary has pioneered and patented hi-efficiency power technology for years. Storing data in our tape libraries uses much less power than disk, saving money by substantially reducing electrical and cooling requirements. See our case study Green vs Green for more.
Qualstar tape library families are sold worldwide through Systems Integrators and Value Added Resellers who share our commitment to quality and deliver complete storage solutions to their customers. Please contact us for additional information on our products or the name of an integrator that can help address your needs.