LTO library aimed at SMBs

By Ann Silverthorn

—Exabyte introduced the Magnum 224 LTO Ultrium tape library today, which is aimed at meeting the data-protection needs of small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and remote offices of larger enterprises. The Magnum 224 adds an LTO tape library alternative to Exabyte's VXA drives and autoloaders, which are also aimed at SMBs.

According to Exabyte, LTO libraries have until now been kept out of reach for many SMBs because of high prices. Yet traditional solutions deployed by SMBs often fail to keep pace with data growth, proving costly for customers over time. As a result, SMBs have been faced with the dilemma of either buying just enough capacity to meet their current needs or overspending on large tape libraries. The Magnum 224 is priced from $4,600.

The Magnum 224 combines backup and capacity-on-demand scalability in a 2U enclosure. The library is available in two configurations: with a single LTO-2 half-height drive and an empty bay for a second LTO-2 drive, or with a single LTO-3 drive configuration.

Total capacity ranges from 4.8TB (compressed) for an LTO-2 drive configuration with a single media magazine to almost 20TB (compressed) for a 24-cartridge, LTO-3 drive configuration.

The standard Magnum 224 package includes the drive, a 12-cartridge magazine, and a SCSI interface. The library includes a rack kit, remote management capabilities, and a bar-code reader. Users can insert or remove cartridges through the single-cartridge import/export drawer without removing the entire 12-cartridge magazine.

Through an OEM agreement, Exabyte ships the Magnum 224 to Fujitsu Siemens, which sells it as the FibreCAT TX24 in the EMEA market.

Exabyte's Magnum 224 tape library with one LTO-2 drive and one 12-cartridge magazine starts at $4,600. The LTO-3 1x12 version starts at $6,000.

LTO-based libraries account for approximately 73% of all tape library shipments, according to Freeman Reports, a tape market research firm in Ojai, CA. For more on the LTO market, go to Tape drive/library trends: LTO surges.

This article was originally published on April 10, 2006