ATL brings "intelligence" to tape libraries
At Comdex next month, ATL will unveil an "intelligent" plug and play alternative to routers for configurating Fibre Channel libraries. ATL has built a PCI expansion bus into the backplane of its P1000 and P3000 tape libraries, which are based on the company`s Prism architecture. Users can plug a standard host into the bus to achieve Fibre Channel connection or to upgrade from SCSI to Fibre Channel. The bus supports Class 2 Fibre Channel for guaranteed data delivery and Class 3 Fibre Channel for connectivity with hubs, switches, routers, and hosts. Other key benefits include:
- FC-Tape ANSI compliancy
- Support of multiple target SCSI IDs
- Support of dual Fibre Channel loops
- An Ethernet port on the tape controller
Future PRISM features will feature automatic drive failover, dynamic drive allocation, tape RAID, data mirroring, and network attachment.