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Vol. 2 No. 7 September 2003

Where tape belongs

Supporting data-driven scientific research is always a challenge for storage managers. That's something that Timothy Belfield has discovered first-hand. A senior technical analyst with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (DDPSC), in St. Louis, Belfield's team of four technical engineers has built and maintained a storage strategy to support the ever-increasing needs of some 200 researchers studying health-related plants, plant nutrition, disease resistance, novel bio-based products and tropical agricultural biotechnology. Given the rapid growth in biotechnology research in recent years, data is being generated with increasing frequency and volume. What began as a modest amount of data at DDPSC's founding in 2001 has quickly blossomed into a full terabyte of data that's continuing to expand. Data is stored on a storage area network (SAN) consisting of a 1.5TB Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) StorageWorks Enterprise Modular Array 1200 system, three HP SAN switches, four HP HSG80 controllers, three HP MSL5026SL tape libraries, HP ...

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  • Where tape belongs

    by  David Braue

    Ignore the industry babble about whether tape is dead or not: Tape is here to stay. But with the advantages of new low-cost disk systems--especially for fast restoration--tape's role in backup will likely change. The upshot: You'll likely be using your libraries differently.

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