Compaq delivers SAN backup
BY Dave Simpson
This month, Compaq introduced an integrated backup configuration for storage area networks based on the Fibre Channel interface, enabling servers to share tape libraries on an arbitrated loop. The architecture also enables concurrent backups from multiple servers to single or multiple DLT tape libraries.
The StorageWorks Enterprise Backup Solution includes two-drive 15-slot DLT libraries; tape controllers--or bridges--that Compaq OEMs from Crossroads; and software from either Computer Associates (ARCserveIT) or Seagate Software (Backup Exec Shared Storage Option). One tape controller is required per library.
Users can configure the setup with Compaq`s existing Fibre Channel products, such as a 12-port hub (OEM`d from Gadzoox Networks) and PCI host bus adapters.
"One of the advantages [of Fibre Channel-based backup] is that it frees up bandwidth on the primary network, and it may reduce backup times," says Carl Wolfston, managing director at Headlands Associates Inc., a Pleasanton, CA, reseller/integrator that specializes in storage. Wolfston adds that it`s also a good way for users to get their feet wet with Fibre Channel technology.
Compaq`s SAN backup configuration is designed for Windows NT or NetWare environments. Prices range from $80,000 to $200,000.