Well I have received quotations from 3 vendors for a NAS storage and tape backup system. However, the decision to purchase is completely up to me and since the amount (financial) is sizable I'm having a really hard time deciding.
Apart from the cost factor, I am also confused as to which is a better brand - Iomega or Storage Flex.
Here are the specs for the NAS and tape drive:
Iomega Tape Drive VS80 320/640GB EXT SCSI
TAPE AUTOLOADER VS80 320/640GB, EXT, SCSI
-VS80 320/640GB 1 drive,
-8 slot, ExternalUltra Wide SCSI-2 LVD interface,
-1X Data cartridge 1X Cleaning cartridge
-2 X Ultra Wide SCSI-2 connectors,
-2 X SCSI connector cables,
-1X SCSI terminator, 6X Power cords,
-Welcome packet with Quick Install Guide,
-User Manual, Install Guide, and TapeWare
-XE 7.0, 1X Master Server, 1 X Client,
-User Manual, Install Guide.
U/Price: 17,200 Dhs i.e. US $4674
Iomega NAS Server 400m/1 terabyte
Microsoft Windows Powered OS
Active Directory Support (ADS)
Persistent Storage Manager (PSM)
Storage Resource Manager (SRM)
Discovery and Web Management Utility
Computer Associates® eTrust™ AntiVirus 7.0 for Windows
Veritas Backup Exec 9.0 Live - trial version
Iomega Automatic Backup
Iomega NAS 400m/1TB
Intel Pentium 4 Processor, 2.6GHz
1GB ECC DDR RAM
RAID 0, 1, 5
4 x 250GB Hot-Swappable Hard Drives, 7200rpm
Dual 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet
SCSI 160 LVD Connector
1U, 19" Rack Mount with Mounting Bracket
Quick Install Guide
Once Iomega NAS Solutions CD
One Power Cord
Service & Support: Three year next business day on-site support, limited three year parts and labor, 24x7 telephone support and e-mail with 4 hour response time. Extended Platinum Plus Service available.
Software provided under license
NAS STORAGE 8200
Intel Pentium III 1.26 GHz CPU and 512 KB L2 Cache
512 MB Memory
Upto 6 x Non Hot Swappable ATA-133 HDDs (Upto 8 with
Optional Hot Swappable Bays)
in-built RAID 0, 1 & 5 with RAID Accelerator Hardware
Global Hot Spare Feature
Upto 2 x Optional Internal IDE CD-RW/DVD+-RW/ATAPI Tape
Drive with in-built Backup Utility for Full and Incremental
2 x 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet Copper Network
Ports with Load Balancing, Fail-Over & Link Aggregation
1 x PCI Slot for Optional SCSI Card for upto 2 x External /
Standard Single Power Supply
RS232C Port for UPS Connectivity
Embedded SmartSync NAStorage-to-NAStorage Replication
With 6 x 200 GB 7,200 rpm 8 MB Buffer ATA-133 Non Hot
8 x Hot Swap HDD Bays Mobile Rack
Super DLT 110/220 GB 11/22 MB/sec LVD/SE SCSI US$ 3400
Storageflex LT RAID 8120i 2 U160 Host Interfaces,
512MB RAID Controller,
8 X 120GB Hot Swap Drives,
2 Hot Swap Power Supplies,
4 Hot Swap Fans,
Tower Configuration upgradeable to Rack Mount Orientation.
Includes 2 External 68 Pin Male to 68 Pin Male 2 Meter Cable.
3 Years Advance Replacement Warranty. [P/N AX08X120GB]
Qualstar TLS-4212 - 14Slots,
Bar Code Reader,
Expandable with 2x TLS AIT-2 LVD Drives
Those are the products/solutions. I personally would go for the products from vendor 3 becasue we already have a maintenance contract with them and hence have some sort of a relationship.
any help ius much appreciated.
Please note that we are in the Middle East hence there may be a 1000-3000 difference in price between US and ME because of freight/taxes/duties etc..