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Mel Feliciano
BRU PE and IBM LTO drives
on May 14, 2013 at 7:29:52 pm

I am considering the IBM TS2260/TS2250 due to the relatively low price, low profile, and LTFS support on Mac and Windows. I'm planing on using it with an ATTO R680 HBA I already own, all this on the Mac.

I'm happy that IBM LTO drives and LTFS support Mac OS Lion. I will consider using BRU PE if LTFS doesn't meet my workflow needs.

Last time I checked, LTO drives from Quantum were not recommended with BRU, but What about IBM?


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Tim Jones
Re: BRU PE and IBM LTO drives
on May 14, 2013 at 8:24:31 pm

Again, this is not a technology issue, but rather a support-after-the-sale issue. With HP and TOLIS solutions, you will get proper support for the solution on OS X, Linux, and (coming next month) Windows. IBM nor Quantum (nor any other vendor) properly support the OS X platform because they simply don't seem to understand it. And this is not just me saying this, but rather what our customers report when they contact those vendors for support on OS X.

If you haven't done it yet, compare your IBM price with our ArGest solution of the same type (and ours comes with both the LTFS and BRU PE software included).

http://ww2.productionbackup.com/hardware/

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


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Mel Feliciano
Re: BRU PE and IBM LTO drives
on May 17, 2013 at 3:17:54 pm

Lets see...


LTO drive (standalone)

IBM TS2250 $1,798 LTO5 or
IBM TS2260 $2,195 LTO6

*Backupworks.com prices

Software

IBM LTFS (free)or
Tolis Group BRU PE $499

Atto HBA SAS controller (already own)

So the total cost for me will be anywhere from $1,798 to $2,694.
How much is the entry level ArGest?



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Tim Jones
Re: BRU PE and IBM LTO drives
on May 17, 2013 at 3:30:17 pm

3 things to consider -

1 - Verify that the full manufacturer's warranty is in effect on the device that you buy

2 - make sure that you're not buying a refurbished device

3 - make sure that they actually have them in stock

If you are comfortable with the answers that you receive, grab the uint and save some money. BRU products will work with everything that they sell so long as the device that you receive is in proper working order :).

One more tip, the HP versions of the IBM drives that you list are in the same price range. By buying the HP drive instead of the IBM drive, you'll get proper OS X support should you need to contact HP for help with the unit.

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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Mel Feliciano
Re: BRU PE and IBM LTO drives
on Jul 26, 2013 at 5:28:44 pm

It has been 2 months since the last time I posted on this thread and prices on the LTO drives have not changed.

The HP LTO-5 is $621 more expensive than the IBM LTO-5 and the HP LTO-6 is $1,164 more expensive than the IBM LTO-6. For someone with my budget, that is a significant amount of money, specially for the LTO-6.

When it comes to post-purchase support, my experience with IBM was very positive, when I called about my Intellistation Workstation. I never needed to call HP about my inkjet printer, but I did call their sale department with questions about the LTO drives and was not impressed by the sales rep's lack of product knowledge.

I've seen better support here from Tolis Group's Tim Jones, and just for that reason I would feel confident buying BRU PE.



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Tim Jones
Re: BRU PE and IBM LTO drives
on Jul 26, 2013 at 5:33:28 pm

You are quite safe in buying the IBM LTO drive and BRU PE will work with it completely.

However, before you jump, have you checked our bundle pricing (includes everything that you need) at http://ww2.productionbackup.com/hardware-bundles/desktop-bundle-packages?

I'm always pleased to provide as non-biased information as I can for you guys.

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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