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Tape Automation With IBM eServer xSeries Servers Redp0415

Tape Automation With IBM eServer xSeries Servers Redp0415

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When selecting a library, a customer is always faced with the problem of data growth. Since
the capacity and performance needs will be largely based on the amount of data that needs
to be placed on tape media, having a valid figure is very important. However, due to recent
surges in data use, determining future needs has become increasingly difficult. A possible
solution is to invest in a library that largely exceeds current needs, but is capable of coping
with the projected data growth.

Number of
slots

Cartridge
capacity

Library
capacity

3600 LTO tape library (tower)

20

100 GB

2 TB

3600 LTO tape library (rack)

20

100 GB

2 TB

3600 LTO tape library (rack) with two
3600-LXU units

60

100 GB

6 TB

3600 Series tape autoloader

9

100 GB

900 GB

3502 DLT tape library

14

35 GB

490 GB

3502 DLT tape autoloader

8

35 GB

280 GB

DDS/4 tape autoloader

6

20 GB

120 GB

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The problem with this decision is that the investment required is much higher. Another, more
reasonable solution would be to choose a library that can grow over time, meaning that there
is the possibility to add tape devices (increasing performance) or capacity. Table2-9 shows
the expansion possibilities available for the current libraries.

Table 2-9 Library expansion possibilities

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