Tape drive manufacturer Exabyte unveiled a new range of back-up products last week for use with SANs.
Exabyte's NetStorM line consists of the Arrowhead family of DLT and 8mm tape libraries, and NetStorM application software for fibre channel management.
The Arrowhead range of tape libraries vary in capacity from two to 10 drives and 30 to 200 tape cartridges, Exabyte said. The systems all feature redundant and hot swappable drives, PSUs and fans.
Fibre channel connectivity is an optional extra, although this will be pretty much essential for any kind of effective SAN implementation.
The key element of Exabyte's SAN offering is the NetStorM management software, which is a Web application that can be accessed from any machine on the network with a browser.
The software is based on the SNMP management protocol and is used to control hardware elements of the SAN infrastructure, including the fibre channel switches, routes and hubs, as well as the Arrowhead tape libraries.
The full range of NetStorM products will be available in July, when pricing will be announced.
David Hamilton, Exabyte's European product marketing manager, told PC Week: "We're making sure that we work closely with (standards bodies) so that we're compatible with whatever may become the leading SAN standards."
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