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Virtual tape library specifications

Virtual tape library (VTL) systems use disk storage to improve backup and restore processes, allowing many organizations to move from tape to disk backups without disrupting current practices. High-end virtual tape library systems can use more than 1,000 SATA drives, offering

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hundreds of terabytes of raw storage, while emulating dozens of tape drives and thousands of tape cartridges, so they appear exactly like a tape library to many different backup software products.

The following product snapshots highlight the key specifications for a cross-section of VTL systems/appliances with a minimum of 1 TB of disk capacity and storage area nework (SAN) connectivity of at least 500 MB per hour. The products were selected based on input from industry analysts and SearchStorage.com editors. Specifications are current as of November 2007.

These specifications are periodically updated, and vendors are welcome to submit their updates and new product specifications to sbigelow@techtarget.com.

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  • Bus-Tech Inc.; Mainframe Data Library
  • Copan Systems Inc.; The Revolution 220T VTL
  • Copan Systems Inc.; The Revolution 220TX
  • EMC Corp.; Disk Library DL210
  • EMC Corp.; Disk Library DL4100
  • EMC Corp.; Disk Library DL4200
  • EMC Corp.; Disk Library DL4400
  • FalconStor Software; VTL-350
  • FalconStor Software; Virtual Tape Library (VTL) Storage Appliance (VTL-S6)
  • FalconStor Software; Virtual Tape Library (VTL) Storage Appliance (VTL-S12)
  • FalconStor Software; Virtual Tape Library (VTL) Storage Appliance (VTL-S24)
  • FalconStor Software; Virtual Tape Library (VTL) Virtual Appliance for VMware
  • Hewlett-Packard Co.; StorageWorks 1000i Virtual Library System
  • Hewlett-Packard Co.; StorageWorks D2D 110 Backup System
  • Hewlett-Packard Co.; StorageWorks D2D 120 Backup System
  • Hewlett-Packard Co.; StorageWorks 6000 Virtual Library System
  • Hewlett-Packard Co.; StorageWorks 9000 Virtual Library System
  • Hewlett-Packard Co.; StorageWorks 12000 Virtual Library System
  • IBM; Virtualization Engine TS7700
  • Network Appliance Inc.; NearStore VTL 1400
  • Overland Storage Inc.; REO 4500
  • Overland Storage Inc.; REO 9100
  • Quantum Corp.; DXi3500 Disk Backup and Replication Appliance with De-duplication Technology
  • Quantum Corp.; DXi5500 Disk Backup and Replication Appliance with De-duplication Technology
  • Quantum Corp.; DXi7500 Disk Backup and Replication System with De-duplication Technology
  • Sepaton Inc.; S2100-ES2 Virtual Tape Library
  • Sun Microsystems Inc.; StorageTek VTL Appliance Plus Series 1000
  • Sun Microsystems Inc.; StorageTek VTL Appliance Plus Series 2000
  • Sun Microsystems Inc.; StorageTek VTL Appliance Plus Series 3000

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    Product: Bus-Tech Inc.; Mainframe Data Library

    Usable capacity: In excess of one petabyte
    Raw capacity Not provided
    # of drives: Dependent on storage vendor attached to
    Drive types: 3480, 3490 and 3590
    Drive tapacity: 500 GB
    Drive hot swap: Yes
    Transfer rate: 500 MBps
    Connectivity: FICON or ESCON on mainframe side Ethernet or Fibre Channel on storage side
    Virtual libraries: 16
    Virtual tape drives: 256 to 1,024
    Virtual cartridges: unlimited virtual tape cartridges
    Release date: August 10, 2006
    Base price range: $110,000 to $260,000
    Software: Included
    Detailed specs: http://www.bustech.com/pdf/MDL-4000-Tech-Sheet.pdf
    Vendor URL: www.bustech.com

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    Product: COPAN Systems Inc.; The Revolution 220T VTL (1)

    Usable capacity: 20.25 TB to 324 TB (compressed capacity; depending on drives)
    Raw capacity 28 TB to 448 TB
    # of drives: Up to 896 hard drives (2)
    Drive types: SATA drive support
    Drive capacity: 500 GB SATA
    Drive hot swap: No
    Transfer rate: 2.75 TB/h
    Connectivity: Up to four 2 Gb FC ports
    Virtual libraries: 1 to 56
    Virtual tape drives: 1 to 56
    Virtual cartridges: 4,096 virtual tape cartridges
    Release date: October 2005
    Base price range: Less than $3.00 per GB
    Software: Supported Backup Applications: Atempo Time Navigator, BakBone NetVault, CommVault Galaxy, CA BrightStor, EMC Data Manager (EDM), HP Data Protector, IBM Backup Recovery & Media Services, Legato NetWorker, Oracle Secure Backup, Tivoli Storage Manager, and Veritas NetBackup/Backup Exec.
    Supported Archive Applications: ADIC AMASS, FileTek StorHouse, Microsoft Removable Storage Manager, SGI InfiniteStorage Data Migration Facility (DMF), Sun SAM-FS, Veritas Enterprise Vault

    Detailed specs: http://www.copansys.com/products/revolution_220t.shtml
    Vendor URL: http://www.copansystems.com

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    Product: Copan Systems Inc.; The Revolution 220TX VTL (1)

    Usable capacity: 101.25 TB to 324 TB
    Raw capacity 140 TB to 448 TB
    # of drives: Up to 896 hard drives (2)
    Drive types: SATA drive support
    Drive capacity: 500 GB SATA
    Drive hot swap: No
    Transfer rate: 5.2 TB/hour
    Connectivity: Up to eight 2 Gb FC ports
    Virtual libraries: 5 to 56
    Virtual tape drives: 5 to 56
    Virtual cartridges: 8,192 virtual tape cartridges
    Release date: October 2005
    Base price range: Less than $3.00 per GB
    Software: Supported Backup Applications: Atempo Time Navigator, BakBone NetVault, CommVault Galaxy, CA BrightStor, EMC Data Manager (EDM), HP Data Protector, IBM Backup Recovery & Media Services, Legato NetWorker, Oracle Secure Backup, Tivoli Storage Manager, and Veritas NetBackup/Backup Exec.
    Supported Archive Applications: ADIC AMASS, FileTek StorHouse, Microsoft Removable Storage Manager, SGI InfiniteStorage Data Migration Facility (DMF), Sun SAM-FS, Veritas Enterprise Vault

    Detailed specs: http://www.copansys.com/products/revolution_220t.shtml
    Vendor URL: http://www.copansystems.com

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    Product: EMC Corp.; Disk Library (DL) 210 (1)

    Usable capacity: 4 TB to 24 TB (72 compressed)
    Raw capacity 6 TB to 36 TB
    # of Drives: 12 to 72 (2)
    Drive types: SATA drive support
    Drive capacity: 500 GB SATA
    Drive hot swap: Yes
    Transfer rate: 380 MBps
    Connectivity: Fibre Channel
    Virtual libraries: 16
    Virtual tape drives: 64
    Virtual cartridges: 4,096 virtual tape cartridges
    Release date: April 2006
    Base price range: Starts at $50,000
    Software: http://www.emc.com/interoperability/matrices/EMCSupportMatrix.pdf
    Detailed specs: http://www.emc.com/products/systems/disk_library/compare/index.jsp
    Vendor URL: http://www.emc.com

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    Product: EMC Corp.; DL4100 (1)

    Usable capacity: 11.5 TB to 170 TB
    Raw capacity 15 TB to 232 TB
    # of drives: 465 (2)
    Drive types: SATA
    Drive capacity: 500 GB drives
    Drive hot swap: Yes
    Transfer rate: 1,100 MBps
    Connectivity: Fibre Channel
    Virtual libraries: 128
    Virtual tape drives: 1,024
    Virtual cartridges: 64,000 virtual tape cartridges
    Release date: October 2006
    Base price range: Starts at $200,000
    Software: http://www.emc.com/interoperability/matrices/EMCSupportMatrix.pdf
    Detailed specs: http://www.emc.com/products/systems/disk_library/compare/index.jsp
    Vendor URL: http://www.emc.com

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    Product: EMC Corp.; DL4200 (1)

    Usable capacity: 11.5 TB to 170 TB
    Raw capacity 15TB to 232 TB
    # of drives: 465 (2)
    Drive types: SATA
    Drive capacity: 500 GB drives
    Drive hot swap: Yes
    Transfer rate: 1,200 MBps
    Connectivity: Fibre channel
    Virtual libraries: 256
    Virtual tape drives: 2,048
    Virtual cartridges: 128,000 virtual tape cartridges
    Release date: October 2006
    Base price range: Starts at $250,000
    Software: http://www.emc.com/interoperability/matrices/EMCSupportMatrix.pdf
    Detailed Specs: http://www.emc.com/products/systems/disk_library/compare/index.jsp
    Vendor URL: http://www.emc.com

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    Product: EMC Corp.; DL4400 (1)

    Usable capacity: 23 TB to 370 TB
    Raw capacity 30 TB to 464 TB
    # of drives: 960 drives (2)
    Drive types: SATA
    Drive capacity: 500 GB drives
    Drive hot swap: Yes
    Transfer rate: 2,200 MBps
    Connectivity: Fibre Channel
    Virtual libraries: 256
    Virtual tape drives: 2,048
    Virtual cartridges: 128,000 virtual tape cartridges
    Release date: October 2006
    Base price range: Starts at $400,000
    Software: http://www.emc.com/interoperability/matrices/EMCSupportMatrix.pdf
    Detailed specs: http://www.emc.com/products/systems/disk_library/compare/index.jsp
    Vendor URL: http://www.emc.com

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    Product: FalconStor; VTL-350 (1)

    Usable capacity: More than 512 TB can be attached
    Raw capacity Up to 18 TB internal, 512 TB external
    # of drives: Up to 24 internal, not limited external (2)
    Drive types: SATA internal
    Drive capacity: Up to 750 GB internal SATA
    Drive hot swap: Yes
    Transfer rate: not available
    Connectivity: Fibre Channel, iSCSI, SCSI
    Virtual libraries: Up to 64 per node
    Virtual tape drives: Up to 512 per node
    Virtual cartridges: Up to 4,096 virtual tape cartridges per node
    Release date: June 2004 (initial release)
    Base price range: See vendor
    Software: not available
    Detailed specs: http://www.falconstor.com/en/solutions/?pg=Products&sb=VTL
    Vendor URL: http://www.falconstor.com

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    Product: Virtual Tape Library (VTL) Storage Appliance (VTL-S6) (1)

    Usable capacity: 3.75 TB with RAID 5
    Raw capacity Up to 4.5 TB
    # of drives: 6 drives (2)
    Drive types: SATA internal
    Drive capacity: Up to 750 GB internal SATA
    Drive hot swap: Yes
    Transfer rate: 200 MBpsec (using 4 Gbps FC)
    Connectivity: Fibre Channel, iSCSI
    Virtual libraries: Up to 4
    Virtual tape drives: Up to 16
    Virtual cartridges: Up to 1,024
    Release date: Currently available (October 2007)
    Base price range: $19,000
    Software: Not available
    Detailed specs: http://www.falconstor.com/en/solutions/?pg=Products&sb=Turnkey&sm=VTL
    Vendor URL: http://www.falconstor.com

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    Product: Virtual Tape Library (VTL) Storage Appliance (VTL-S12) (1)

    Usable capacity: 7.5 TB with RAID 6
    Raw capacity 9 TB
    # of drives: Up to 12 (2)
    Drive types: SATA internal
    Drive capacity: Up to 750 GB internal SATA
    Drive hot swap: Yes
    Transfer rate: 250 MBps (using 4 Gbps RC)
    Connectivity: Fibre Channel, iSCSI
    Virtual libraries: Up to 8
    Virtual tape drives: Up to 32
    Virtual cartridges: Up to 2,048
    Release date: Currently available (October 2007)
    Base price range: See vendor
    Software: Not available
    Detailed specs: http://www.falconstor.com/en/solutions/?pg=Products&sb=Turnkey&sm=VTL
    Vendor URL: http://www.falconstor.com

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    Product: Virtual Tape Library (VTL) Storage Appliance (VTL-S24) (1)

    Usable capacity: 16.5 TB with RAID 6
    Raw capacity 18 TB
    # of drives: Up to 24 internal (2)
    Drive types: SATA internal
    Drive capacity: Up to 750 GB internal SATA
    Drive hot swap: Yes
    Transfer rate: 300 MBps (using 4 Gbps FC)
    Connectivity: Fibre Channel, iSCSI
    Virtual libraries: Up to 16
    Virtual tape drives: Up to 64
    Virtual cartridges: Up to 4,096
    Release date: Currently available (October 2007)
    Base price range: See vendor
    Software: Not available
    Detailed specs: http://www.falconstor.com/en/solutions/?pg=Products&sb=VTL
    Vendor URL: http://www.falconstor.com

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    Product: Virtual Tape Library (VTL) Virtual Appliance for VMware

    Usable capacity: 2.8 TB
    Raw capacity Not applicable
    # of drives: Not applicable
    Drive types: Not applicable
    Drive capacity: Not applicable
    Drive hot swap: Not applicable
    Transfer rate: 60 MBps (using 1 Gbps iSCSI)
    Connectivity: iSCSI
    Virtual libraries: Up to 4
    Virtual tape drives: Up to 16
    Virtual cartridges: Up to 1,024
    Release date: Currently available (October 2007)
    Base price range: $8,000
    Software: This is a software product
    Detailed specs: http://www.falconstor.com/en/solutions/?pg=Application&sb=VMWare
    Vendor URL: http://www.falconstor.com

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    Product: HP; StorageWorks 1000i Virtual Library System (1)

    Usable capacity: 1.5 TB
    Raw capacity 2.0 TB
    # of drives: 4 hard drives (2)
    Drive types: SATA
    Drive capacity: 500 GB SATA
    Drive hot swap: Yes
    Transfer rate: Up to 60 MBps (using maximum number of drives)
    Connectivity: iSCSI
    Virtual libraries: Up to 6
    Virtual tape drives: Up to 12
    Virtual cartridges: Up to 180 virtual tape cartridges
    Release date: Currently available
    Base price range: $6,100
    Software: HP Data Protector, HP Data Protector Express, CA BrightStor ARCserve, Symantec Backup Exec, Yosemite Backup, and more (see: www.hp.com/go/ebs)
    Detailed specs: http://h18006.www1.hp.com/products/storageworks/1000vls/index.html
    Vendor URL: http://www.hp.com

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    Product: HP; StorageWorks D2D 110 Backup System (1)

    Usable capacity: 750 MB
    Raw capacity 1.0 TB
    # of drives: 4 hard drives (2)
    Drive types: SATA
    Drive capacity: 250 GB SATA
    Drive hot swap: No
    Transfer rate: Up to 40 MBps (using maximum number of drives)
    Connectivity: iSCSI
    Virtual libraries: Up to 4
    Virtual tape drives: Up to 4
    Virtual cartridges: Up to 96 virtual tape cartridges
    Release date: Currently available
    Base price range: $1,999
    Software: HP Data Protector Express 3.5 2 , CA BrightStor ARCserve 11.5 , EMC Networker 7.3, Symantec Backup Exec 11d , Symantec Netbackup 6.0 3, Atempo Time Navigator 4.x 3, BakBone NetVault 7.4 3 , CommVault Galaxy Backup 6.1 3, Yosemite Backup 8.5 3 (see: www.hp.com/go/ebs)
    Detailed specs: http://h18006.www1.hp.com/products/storageworks/d2d_bs/index.html
    Vendor URL: http://www.hp.com

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    Product: HP; StorageWorks D2D 120 Backup System (1)

    Usable capacity: 1.5 TB
    Raw capacity 2.0 TB
    # of drives: 4 hard drives (2)
    Drive types: SATA
    Drive capacity: 500 GB SATA
    Drive hot swap: No
    Transfer rate: Up to 40 MBps (using maximum number of drives)
    Connectivity: iSCSI
    Virtual libraries: Up to 4
    Virtual tape drives: Up to 4
    Virtual cartridges: Up to 96 virtual tape cartridges
    Release date: Currently available
    Base price range: $3,999
    Software: HP Data Protector Express 3.5 2 , CA BrightStor ARCserve 11.5 , EMC Networker 7.3, Symantec Backup Exec 11d , Symantec Netbackup 6.0 3, Atempo Time Navigator 4.x 3, BakBone NetVault 7.4 3 , CommVault Galaxy Backup 6.1 3, Yosemite Backup 8.5 3 (see: www.hp.com/go/ebs)
    Detailed specs: http://h18006.www1.hp.com/products/storageworks/d2d_bs/index.html
    Vendor URL: http://www.hp.com

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    Product: HP; StorageWorks 6000 Virtual Library System (1)

    Usable capacity: 2.5 TB to 70.3 TB
    Raw capacity 3.0 TB to 96 TB
    # of drives: 12 to 192 hard drives (2)
    Drive types: SATA
    Drive capacity: 250 GB, 500 GB, or 750 GB SATA
    Drive hot swap: Yes
    Transfer rate: Up to 600 MBps (using maximum number of drives)
    Connectivity: 4 Gbps FC
    Virtual libraries: Up to 16
    Virtual tape drives: Up to 128
    Virtual cartridges: Up to 8,192 virtual tape cartridges
    Release date: Currently available
    Base price range: $32,900 to $190,000
    Software: HP Data Protector, CA BrightStor ARCserve, EMC Legato Networker, Symantec Backup Exec, Symantec NetBackup, Tivoli Storage Manager, and more (see: www.hp.com/go/ebs)
    Detailed specs: http://h18006.www1.hp.com/products/storageworks/6000vls/index.html
    Vendor URL: http://www.hp.com

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    Product: HP; StorageWorks 9000 Virtual Library System (1)

    Usable capacity: 30 TB to 300 TB
    Raw capacity 36 TB to 360 TB
    # of drives: 48 to 480 hard drives (2)
    Drive types: SATA
    Drive capacity: 750 GB SATA
    Drive hot swap: Yes
    Transfer Rate: Up to 4,800 MBps (using maximum number of drives)
    Connectivity: 4 Gbps FC
    Virtual libraries: Up to 128 (16 per node)
    Virtual tape drives: Up to 1,024 (128 per node)
    Virtual cartridges: Up to 8,192 virtual tape cartridges
    Release date: Currently available
    Base price range: $227,500
    Software: HP Data Protector, CA BrightStor ARCserve, EMC Legato Networker, Symantec Backup Exec, Symantec NetBackup, Tivoli Storage Manager, and more (see: www.hp.com/go/ebs)
    Detailed specs: http://h18006.www1.hp.com/storage/disk_storage/disk_to_disk/vls/9000vls/index.html
    Vendor URL: http://www.hp.com

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    Product: HP; StorageWorks 12000 Virtual Library System (1)

    Usable capacity: 3 TB to over 500 TB
    Raw capacity 4 TB to 720 TB
    # of drives: 8 to 1,440 hard drives (2)
    Drive types: FC and FATA
    Drive capacity: 300 GB FC and 500 GB FATA
    Drive hot swap: Yes
    Transfer rate: Up to 4,800 MBps (using maximum number of drives)
    Connectivity: 4 Gbps FC
    Virtual libraries: Up to 128 (16 per node)
    Virtual tape drives: Up to 1,024 (128 per node)
    Virtual cartridges: Up to 8,192 virtual tape cartridges
    Release date: Currently available
    Base price range: $59,100
    Software: HP Data Protector, CA BrightStor ARCserve, EMC Legato Networker, Symantec Backup Exec, Symantec NetBackup, Tivoli Storage Manager, and more (see: www.hp.com/go/ebs)
    Detailed Specs: http://h18006.www1.hp.com/storage/disk_storage/disk_to_disk/vls/12000vls/index.html
    Vendor URL: http://www.hp.com

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    Product: IBM; Virtualization Engine TS7700 (1)

    Usable capacity: Up to 6TB (18TB with 3:1 compression)
    Raw capacity Not provided
    # of drives: Up to 64 disk drives (four disk RAID configurations each with up to 16 drives) (2)
    Drive types: 15K rpm 146 GB Fibre Channel HDDs
    Drive capacity: 146 GB each
    Drive hot swap: Yes
    Transfer rate: Up to 600 MBps
    Connectivity: Up to Four 4Gbps FICON channels (512 logical paths)
    Virtual libraries: TS3500 Tape Library
    Virtual tape drives: 128 virtual tape drives (up to sixteen 4 Gbps TS1120 or 3592 Physical tape drives)
    Virtual cartridges: Up to 1,000,000 virtual tape cartridges
    Release date: Currently available
    Base price range: Starting under $500,000
    Software: most host tape programs (e.g. CA, TSM, etc.) work with the TS7700 transparently
    Detailed specs: http://www-03.ibm.com/servers/storage/tape/ts7700/index.html
    Vendor URL: http://www.ibm.com

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    Product: Network Appliance Inc.; NearStore VTL 1400

    Usable capacity: Uncompressed data -- 128TB; 2:1 compressible data -- 256 TB; 3:1 compressible data -- 384 TB
    Raw capacity 168 TB
    # of drives: 336 drives
    Drive types: SATA drives
    Drive capacity: 500GB SATA, 320GB SATA, 250GB SATA
    Drive hot swap: Yes (User defined global hot spare drives)
    Transfer rate: Uncompressible data - 1,600MBps; 2:1 compressible data -- 1,800MBps; 3:1 compressible data -- 1,900MBps
    Connectivity: 2 onboard GbE management ports, 8 onboard 4Gb Fibre Channel ports
    Virtual libraries: 512
    Virtual tape drives: 20,000
    Virtual cartridges: 3,000
    Release date: Currently available
    Base price range: Prices vary depending on deployment
    Software: NearStore VTL OS v5.0
    Detailed specs: http://www.netapp.com/products/nearstore/nearstore-vtl-tech-specs.html
    Vendor URL: www.netapp.com

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    Product: Overland Storage Inc.; REO 4500 (1)

    Usable capacity: 2 TB to 10 TB (up to 38 TB using expansion arrays)
    Raw capacity 3 TB to 12 TB (up to 66 TB via expansion arrays)
    # of drives: Base chassis 12
    Drive types: SATA II
    Drive capacity: 500 GB SATA II
    Drive hot swap: Yes
    Transfer rate: Up to 220 MBps (1.0 TB/hour)
    Connectivity: Two 2 Gbps FC; Two 1 Gbps iSCSI
    Virtual libraries: 4
    Virtual tape drives: 32
    Virtual cartridges: 64 virtual tape cartridges
    Release date: Currently available
    Base price range: Starts at $23,500
    Software: Not provided
    Detailed specs: http://www.overlandstorage.com/products/reo4500.html
    Vendor URL: http://www.overlandstorage.com

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    Product: Overland Storage Inc.; REO 9100 (1)

    Usable capacity: 2.5 TB to 15 TB (up to 44 TB using expansion arrays)
    Raw capacity 3 TB to 18 TB (up to 66 TB via expansion arrays)
    # of drives: Base chassis 12 (upgradeable to 24)
    Drive types: SATA II
    Drive capacity: 500 GB SATA II
    Drive hot swap: Yes
    Transfer rate: Up to 600 MBps
    Connectivity: Two 2 Gbps FC; Two 1 Gbps iSCSI
    Virtual libraries: 4
    Virtual tape drives: 32
    Virtual cartridges: 180 virtual tape cartridges
    Release date: Currently available (September 2007)
    Base price range: Starts at $66,784
    Software: Not provided
    Detailed specs: http://www.overlandstorage.com/products/reo9100.html
    Vendor URL: http://www.overlandstorage.com

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    Product: Quantum Corp.; DXi3500 Disk Backup and Replication Appliance with Deduplication Technology (1)

    Usable capacity: 1.2 TB to 4.2 TB
    Raw capacity 2 TB to 6 TB
    # of drrives: Up to 8 hard drives (2)
    Drive types: SATA II
    Drive capacity: 500 GB or 750 GB SATA
    Drive hot swap: Yes
    Transfer rate: Up to 290 GB/hr
    Connectivity: 2 Gbps FC; GbE vis iSCSI, NFS and CIFS
    Virtual libraries: Emulates a variety of Quantum, Sun and IBM libraries
    Virtual tape drives: Emulates DLT7000, SDLT 320, SDLT 600, SLT-S4; LTO-1, LTO-2, LTO-3, LTO-4
    Virtual cartridges: Up to 1,600 virtual cartridges
    Release date: Currently available
    Base price range: Pricing depends on configuration. Please contact your preferred VAR for pricing information.
    Software: http://www.quantum.com/swcompguide.aspx
    Detailed specs: http://www.quantum.com/Products/Disk-BasedBackup/DXi3500/Index.aspx
    Vendor URL: http://www.quantum.com

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    Product: Quantum Corp.; DXi5500 Disk Backup and Replication Appliance with Deduplication Technology

    Usable capacity: 3.6 TB to 10.8 TB
    Raw capacity 6 TB to 18 TB
    # of drives: Up to 24 hard drives
    Drive types: SATA II
    Drive capacity: 500 GB or 750 GB SATA
    Drive hot swap: Yes
    Transfer rate: Up to 800 GB/hr
    Connectivity: 2 Gb FC; GbE vis iSCSI, NFS and CIFS
    Virtual libraries: Emulates a variety of Quantum, Sun and IBM libraries
    Virtual tape drives: Emulates DLT7000, SDLT 320, SDLT 600, SLT-S4; LTO-1, LTO-2, LTO-3, LTO-4
    Virtual cartridges: Up to 3,200 virtual cartridges
    Release date: Currently available
    Base price range: Pricing depends on configuration. Please contact your preferred VAR for pricing information.
    Software: http://www.quantum.com/swcompguide.aspx
    Detailed specs: http://www.quantum.com/Products/Disk-BasedBackup/DXi5500/Index.aspx
    Vendor URL: http://www.quantum.com

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    Product: Quantum Corp.; DXi7500 Disk Backup and Replication System with Deduplication Technology

    Usable capacity: About 180 TB Usable Capacity
    Raw capacity 24 TB to 240 TB
    # of drives: Up to 16 disks per shelf
    Drive types: SATA II
    Drive capacity: 750 GB SATA II
    Drive hot swap: Yes
    Transfer rate: Up to 8 TB/hr (compressed)
    Connectivity: 4 Gbps FC, GbE vis iSCSI, NFC and CIFS
    Virtual libraries: Emulates a variety of Quantum, Sun and IBM libraries
    Virtual tape drives: Emulates DLT7000, SDLT 320, SDLT 600, SLT-S4; LTO-1, LTO-2, LTO-3, LTO-4
    Virtual cartridges: Up to 36,000 virtual cartridges
    Release date: Currently available (June 2007)
    Base price range: Pricing depends on configuration. Please contact your preferred VAR for pricing information.
    Software: http://www.quantum.com/swcompguide.aspx
    Detailed specs: http://www.quantum.com/Products/Disk-BasedBackup/DXi7500/Index.aspx
    Vendor URL: http://www.quantum.com

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    Product: Sepaton Inc.; S2100-ES2 Virtual Tape Library (1)

    Usable capacity: 3.5 TB to 1.2 PB
    Raw capacity 4 TB to 1.44 PB
    # of drives: Up to 1,920 hard drives (2)
    Drive types: SATA II
    Drive capacity: 750 GB SATA II
    Drive hot swap: Yes
    Transfer rate: Up to 9,600 MBpsec
    Connectivity: Not provided
    Virtual libraries: 192 to 3,072 virtual tape libraries
    Virtual tape drives: 192 to 3,072 virtual tape drives
    Virtual cartridges: 5,300,000 virtual tape cartridges
    Release date: Currently available
    Base price range: Entry level pricing starting at $15,995
    Software: Atempo Time Navigator; BakBone NetVault; CA BrightStor, ARCserve Backup; CommVault Galaxy; EMC Legato NetWorker; HP OpenView Storage Data Protector; IBM Tivoli Storage Manager; Kodak Carestream PACS; Symantec NetBackup, Symantec Backup Exec, Oracle Secure Backup, and SyncSort Backup Express
    Detailed specs: http://www.sepaton.com/products/s2100-es2.php
    Vendor URL: http://www.sepaton.com

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    Product: Sun Microsystems Inc.; StorageTek VTL Appliance Plus Series 1000 (1)

    Usable capacity: 6 TB to 42 TB
    Raw capacity 8 TB to 56 TB
    # of drives: Up to 112 hard drives (2)
    Drive types: SATA, SATA II
    Drive capacity: 500 GB SATA/SATA II
    Drive hot swap: Yes
    Transfer rate: Up to 400 MBps (using maximum number of drives)
    Connectivity: Up to 12 Gb FC
    Virtual libraries: 16
    Virtual tape drives: 128
    Virtual cartridges: 2,048 virtual tape cartridges
    Release date: Currently available
    Base price range: Starting at $140,000 to $280,000
    Software: EMC Legato; EMC Data Manager; Veritas NetBackup; Veritas Backup Exec; IBM TSM; CommVault Galaxy; CA ArcServe; CA BrightStor Enterprise Backup; HP Data Protector; Syncsort Backup Express; BakBone NetVault; Atempo TimeNavigator
    Detailed specs: http://www.sun.com/storagetek/tape_storage/tape_virtualization/vtl/
    Vendor URL: http://www.sun.com

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    Product: Sun Microsystems Inc.; StorageTek VTL Appliance Plus Series 2000 (1)

    Usable capacity: 6 TB to 170 TB
    Raw capacity 8 TB to 224 TB
    # of drives: Up to 448 hard drives (2)
    Drive types: SATA, SATA II
    Drive capacity: 500 GB SATA/SATA II
    Drive hot swap: Yes
    Transferrate: Up to 700 MBps (using maximum number of drives)
    Connectivity: Up to 28, 2Gb FC port
    Virtual libraries: Up to 64
    Virtual tape drives: Up to 512
    Virtual cartridges: Up to 4,096 virtual tape cartridges
    Release date: Currently available
    Base price range: Starting at $180,000 to $780,000
    Software: EMC Legato; EMC Data Manager; Veritas NetBackup; Veritas Backup Exec; IBM TSM; CommVault Galaxy; CA ArcServe; CA BrightStor Enterprise Backup; HP Data Protector; Syncsort Backup Express; BakBone NetVault; Atempo TimeNavigator
    Detailed specs: http://www.sun.com/storagetek/tape_storage/tape_virtualization/vtl/
    Vendor URL: http://www.sun.com

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    Product: Sun Microsystems Inc.; StorageTek VTL Appliance Plus Series 3000 (1)

    Usable capacity: 6 TB to 170 TB
    Raw capacity 8 TB to 224 TB
    # of drives: Up to 448 hard drives (2)
    Drive types: SATA, SATA II
    Drive capacity: 500 GB SATA/SATA II
    Drive hot swap: Yes
    Transfer rate: Up to 1400MBps (using maximum number of drives)
    Connectivity: Up to 56, 2 Gb FC ports
    Virtual libraries: Up to 128
    Virtual tape dives: Up to 1,024
    Virtual cartridges: Up to 8,192 virtual tape cartridges
    Release date: Currently available
    Base price range: Starting at $270,000 to $870,000
    Software: EMC Legato; EMC Data Manager; Veritas NetBackup; Veritas Backup Exec; IBM TSM; CommVault Galaxy; CA ArcServe; CA BrightStor Enterprise Backup; HP Data Protector; Syncsort Backup Express; BakBone NetVault; Atempo TimeNavigator
    Detailed specs: http://www.sun.com/storagetek/tape_storage/tape_virtualization/vtl/
    Vendor URL: http://www.sun.com

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    This was first published in November 2007

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