The data a company generates in the process of doing business is probably its most valuable asset, and protecting that information is one reason Quantum Corporation developed its DLTape and Super DLTape products.
Quantum has released qualification units of the Super DLTape Drive and expects no hitches in meeting shipping dates when orders start coming in. Quantum’s involvement in data backup goes back many years, and the release of the qualification units underscores its dedication to protecting the world’s valuable data, said Jim Jonez, the company’s director of marketing.
“There are any number of reasons companies protect their information,” Jonez said. “Those events are the obvious disaster kinds of things such as floods, fires and earthquakes.”
Other reasons to back up data are to protect it from virus attacks, Jonez said. “A tape drive has long been used for purposes of backups because of its high performance and low cost,” Jonez said.
“When customers are building world-class information technology systems, they want to invest in reliable storage solutions that are also compatible with past and future technologies,” said Rusty Smith, a Compaq computer official. “Quantum’s ability to execute on its progressive Super DLTape roadmap is proof positive of its commitment to delivering best-in-class tape storage solutions that provide unparalleled protection of customer’s investments in technology and information.”
The SuperDLTape stores 160 gigabytes of information, and 320 gigabytes compressed. That’s the largest capacity drive now available, Jonez said. Additionally, the drive has a transfer rate of 32 megabytes compressed, and 16 megabytes compressed.
The purpose of the qualification units is a field test before they are released to the public. “This allows us to test the product, to make sure it works correctly (in already installed systems), and to work out any kinks or bugs,” Jonez said.