Quantum has introduced a new enterprise tape library for tiered storage environments.
The Scalar i6000 provides a significant increase in capacity, high availability and enhanced security over the previous generation, according to the vendor. It incorporates Quantum’s iLayer software, which delivers enhanced archiving, monitoring and management functionality, giving administrators up to 75 per cent time savings compared to other tape libraries, Quantum claims.
The software also includes a Media Data Integrity Analysis feature to proactively scan archived cartridges for potential media problems at three levels, while running unobtrusively in the background.
The Scalar i6000 scales up to 12 modules, holds 5300 cartridges, incorporates LTO-5 tape drives and stores up to 16PB of data. Its capacity-on-demand (COD) feature allows users to accommodate data storage growth non-disruptively, while increasing cartridge import/export capacity and adding bulk load capabilities.
The new tape library is backwards compatible with existing Scalar i2000 libraries and includes fresh control and data path failover tools, allowing the tape library or drive to switch to a redundant path and continue operating. It also supports LTO encryption and WORM (write once, read many) as well as Scalar Key Manager, a high-availability key management tool that can be seamlessly integrated into existing backup environments. Quantum claims Scalar Key Manager enables customers to comply with state and federal regulations and safeguard against the increasingly costly and reputation-damaging data breaches associated with stolen or lost tapes.
In addition to the new tape library, version 4.0 of Quantum Vision software has been released. The new platform supports tiered storage environments by enhancing centralised monitoring and reporting of Quantum’s Scalar tape libraries and DXi-Series disk-based backup and de-duplication products.
Highlights include expanded monitoring, more granular and customisable reporting, and improved alerting and troubleshooting mechanisms as part of Quantum’s centralised backup management software. In a statement, Quantum senior vice-president of marketing, Janae Lee, said tape library technology was evolving.
“Intelligent tape libraries must play a stronger supporting role in long-term media integrity, administrative efficiency and security of data at rest,” she stated.
The Scalar i6000 tape library will ship later this quarter, and Quantum Vision 4.0 is shipping now. Both products are available to purchase through Quantum and its worldwide channel and distribution partners.