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Tim Jones
LTO-6 Tape Drives enter Engineering Test
on Nov 8, 2012 at 11:27:26 pm

Hi Folks,

We knew they were coming, and the LTO-6 engineering samples are being put through their paces in our test lab.

With BRU PE and BRU Server on OS X 10.7.5 and 10.8.2, and multiple Linux variants we're seeing sustained transfer rates of:

192MB/sec Write
195MB/sec Read

With around 50% faster performance on the seek and positioning operations compared to LTO-5, locating and restoring your data from these larger volumes is faster as well.

Tape capacity didn't hit 3TB, but it is a solid 2.5TB uncompressed (i.e.: REAL capacity) per tape.

We don't have firm pricing yet, but the shipping should start mid-January.

I'll ost more info as it becomes available.

Tim
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Tim Jones
CTO - TOLIS Group, Inc.
http://www.productionbackup.com
BRU ... because it's the RESTORE that matters!


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Tim Jones
Re: LTO-6 Tape Drives enter Engineering Test
on Dec 3, 2012 at 7:43:17 pm

Hi Folks,

Good news on the LTO-6 front. Testing by the major players has reduced the wait time for LTO-6 drives and media and you'll start seeing availability announcements from most vendors this month (Dec). This was mainly due to far fewer teething pains as witnessed with LTO-5.

TOLIS Group's solution prices have been posted on our website and will start shipping after the Christmas holidays (first week of Jan).

To reiterate -
Native rated Capacity with LTO-6 media: 2.5TB/tape
Native rated Throughput w/LTO-6 media: 160MB/sec

We've been sustaining over 190MB/sec with files such as movie and audio data on Mac systems running OS X 10.7 and 10.8 with BRU under PCIe and Thunderbolt configurations using ATTO's H6 and R6 ExpressSAS HBAs. We're seeing similar performance with BRU on Linux systems and Solaris systems using both SAS and Fibre Channel connectivity.

Tim
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Tim Jones
CTO - TOLIS Group, Inc.
http://www.productionbackup.com
BRU ... because it's the RESTORE that matters!


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