Tuesday, April 15, 2008

IBM LTO4 Affordable Drive Option

IBM Half-high LTO Generation 4 SAS Tape Drive

Offering reliable economical tape backup subsystems Overview: IBM® Half-high LTO Generation 4 SAS Tape Drive (44E8895) The new IBM Half-high LTO Gen 4 SAS Tape Drive delivers enterprise-class capacity at an entry-level LTO Gen 4 price point.

In addition, the condensed half-height form factor now allows internal installation into standard 5.25-inch HH bays on mid- to high-end System x servers, providing a high-capacity, high-performance and high-reliability tape solution.

The drive offers is an attractively priced entry offering into LTO technology, designed for mid- to high-end System x servers requiring high-capacity, high-performance and high-reliability tape solutions in a 5.25-inch, half-high form factor. Using its onboard hardware data compression feature and assuming a 2:1 compression ratio, this drive can store up to 1600 GB compressed per cartridge at a backup rate of up to 240 MB/s.

The LTO Generation 4 delivers strong performance with data transfers up to 120 MB/s in native mode (432 GB/hr) and up to 240 MB/s in compressed mode(2) (864 GB/hr).

Key messages:
Mid- to high-end server class capacity, up to 1600 GB compressed, at an entry-level LTO Generation 4 price point
2x transfer rate increase from current half-height LTO Generation 3
5.25-inch half-height form factor for internal mounting in more System x Tower systems
SAS interface for improved performance and reliability Features and functions:
Form factor: 5.25-inch half-height internal drive
Capacity: 800 GB (1600 GB compressed) capacity (1)
Performance: Up to 120 MB/s (240 MB/s compressed) transfer rate
Interface: SAS
Backward compatibility: Read/Write compatible with LTO Gen 3 cartridges. Read compatible with LTO Gen 2 and 3 cartridges.
Service and support: One-year, customer replaceable unit (CRU)(3)

Planned availability date: April 30

44E8895 - IBM Half High LTO Generation 4 SAS Tape Drive
LIST $3264.00

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