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HP DAT Drive reliability

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Hi experts, just looking for some real world feedback on HP Storageworks DAT Drives.

Have a client getting a new file server and they had been using REV drives for backup. Thats no longer an option and I'm looking for feedback on HP DAT drives to compliment the new Proliant. I've lots of experience with the meatier Ultrium LTO drives which I know to be solid but they are expensive for the budget here and also the data is only 50GB and growing slowly so Ultrium would probably be overkill anyway especially as they will be using a proper day/month/annual rotation set requiring plenty of tapes.

How do folks rate the DAT drives? I'm sure given their popularity and coming from the HP stable they'll be fine for this scenario?

Thanks all.
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Thansk for the feedback, wasnt expeciting the DAT to show up so poorly!

Main reasoning for tape is the need to take tapes offsite and have a full rotation set, there'd be alot of HD's required for that which I favour tape for.
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Haha, interesting feedback from 2 different camps :)  Have also just been emailing HP reseller there who informed me that HP have effrectively stopped doing DLT drives and its a choice between DAT and Ultrium mainly.

They suggested the Ultrium 232 as a possibility so waiting to see how that might fit the client budget, if they agree to go a little extra might go with it.

in your experience Randy Bojangles whats the actual throughput like on the DAT if its the choice. 50 GB no problem over a few hours?

Good luck in finding a 232 - we scrabble for 448s these days!

Throughput for a 50Gb backup is fine - we have clients backing up nearly twice that and it fits into a normal window (8pm to 6am say) with ease

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They must be out there if the reseller is pushing it!  
or they're sat on old stock :-0
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Arne thanks for the input. As they are a financial company they need to keep lots of rotations (and offsite) so thats where I'd much favour tape over hard drives. Cloud was ruled out early on also, they want to manage their own data.

Waiting to see the response to the 232 proposal and will take it from there, budget is a factor but they also dont want to skimp on their data protection.

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Thanks folks for the feedback much appreciated and sorry for the closing out delay
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