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Native Fibre Channel Tape Drives versus SCSI-to-Fibre Channel Routers
Native Fibre Channel (FC) tape drives are being introduced to the market by more and more tape drive manufacturers and, subsequently, are being promoted with much marketing fanfare. Quantum recognizes its role as a leader in this market, and thus feels it is important to cut through the hype and present the facts. This paper will focus on the advantages and disadvantages of both native FC tape drive and SCSI-to-FC router solutions (both internal, as used in ATL Tape Libraries, and external).
End users should carefully consider all the costs when making this decision. Compare the cost of the
router along with the number of tape drives it can support with maximum performance versus the cost of
switch ports and cabling for every tape drive as well as the robotics controller. Consider the tradeoffs of
availability, redundancy, multi-pathing with port failover, ease of management, upgrade flexibility, and investment
protection, and it is likely that an internal router approach will have many positive benefits.
- Quantum Corporation
- 08 Apr 2004
- 01 Jan 2002
- 5 Page(s)
- White Paper