My company's 40/80 gig tape drive no longer meets the need so I am looking to upgrade. We have Dell Poweredge 4600 Servers. Dell has recommended the following drive:
PowerVault 110T LTO-2-L Ultrium tape drive (Internal)
Media Type = Ultrium 2 LTO format cartridges
Capacity = Native: 200GB Compressed: 400GB
Transfer Rate = 24MB/s; 86.4GB/hr
Interface = LVD SCSI (Dell Supported 39160 HBA or internal controller)
I don't know anything about the Ultrium 2 LTO drives, so wanted to get the forums opinion on it. Anybody had any experiences, good or bad with these types of drives and/or this specific drive?
Price on this is 1,300 total and it will be warrented under our 4 hour service plan.
Anyone have any recommnedations for 160/320 or 200/400 drives that would be cheaper and almost as good as this one? It's overkill for our needs, but I think it's always best to overspec and plan for future growth.