iSCSI for TL-Series Tape Libraries

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To supplement the growth in iSCSI SANs, Dell has introduced an iSCSI-to-SAS bridge card for the TL-series of tape libraries (Dell PowerVault TL2000 & TL4000). This offering allows a customer to directly attach a tape backup target to their iSCSI 1Gb Ethernet SAN with little to no degradation in transfer speed, 90 MB/s in most cases. The following white paper explores the setup, configuration and considerations associated with implementing this solution.

This white paper assumes a typical SMB environment with 5-10 Windows servers as an example of how to implement an iSCSI tape backup solution. The example SMB network incorporates an iSCSI 1GbE SAN containing disk (primary/secondary storage) and tape (backup & archive) elements. The intent is to provide insight into the purchase decisions and setup considerations regarding the ISVs, server initiators, networks and storage target. Please note, there are many different variations - this is just one of them. The primary focus will center around the set up and configuration of an iSCSI network and perform back-ups to it.

DellEMC and Intel®
Feb 8, 2021
Sep 30, 2008
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