Moving away from DAT
DAT customers to move to a better location
Later this summer, the final stocks of DAT 320
media will be shipped and you will no longer be able to buy media for your DAT 320
drives. This is a great opportunity to migrate
to newer storage technologies with greater
capacity and performance.
- DAT 320 tapes are being phased
out: DDS/DAT has been a hugely successful
format but is now superseded by much more
powerful and cost-effective alternatives.
- Recommended alternative solutions include RDX or LTO Ultrium, based on
your data storage needs and
budget – today and tomorrow.
- There are features and benefits to both RDX - Removable Disk Storage and LTO Ultrium Tape Storage.
- There are drawbacks of relying on external HDD's or cloud services.
For most DAT users, RDX will the most
appropriate solution, although a minority
may have a usage model and budget to justify
upgrading to HP LTO-5/LTO-6 drives and media.
- How many copies of your data do you need?
- How does your business maintain productivity while backup and restore
processes are taking place?
- Doe you have a disaster revocovery plan in place? How quickly do your
business operations require access to backed up or archived data?
- Do you require encryption for your data?
RDX - Removable Disk Storage
RDX technology is great for single-
server organizations that generate and
need fast access to large amounts of
business-critical data using workstations
or servers, but don’t need to keep
A removable hard disk drive (RHDD) storage
technology that combines some of the best
features of disk and tape in a complete, affordable
data protection solution.
320 GB, 500 GB, 1 TB or 2 TB capacity
removable disk cartridges.
Drag and drop file access makes backup easy
Compatible with leading CDP/ISV backup
Warranted for 5,000 load/unload insertions –
around 10 years.
Portable, durable and shock proof cartridges.
Broad compatibility with a wide range of servers
and operating systems (using RDX internal or
external docking stations).
Long lasting design means cartridges are
interchangeable in any RDX docking station
now and in the future - good for ROI.
Why should you choose RDX?
Backs up data at hard drive speeds (up to
360 GB/hr) and restores critical files in seconds.
It’s great value.
Durable design and a great
price delivers an unbeatable return on investment.
It’s 1000X more durable than DAT tape.
Specified for 5,000 load/unload cycles
(insert, backup, eject) compared with 50
for DAT media.
It’s scalable up to 2 TB.
Every change made on your
customer's system can be captured and backed up
as it happens using HP Continuous Data Protection
(CDP) or scheduled routines.
There’s no more guesswork.
rotation makes sure data is always properly
archived. The media cannot be removed while
backups are running or scheduled. Staff can
safely run local backups and rotate media without
specialist skills or training.
There’s minimal exposure to wear and tear.
A closed interface between the drive head and
the media means:
No media or drive wear. •
No head/media track alignment issues. •
No debris build-up.
It fits anywhere.
Half-height external, internal,
or rack-mount models are available.
It has a 25%-40% lower TCO than DAT.
Through superior product quality and low
operating overhead compared with expensive
manual intervention for tape (maintenance,
media rotation, media replacement, labeling),
With more than 90% of the RHDD
market, RDX is the most popular RHDD solution
Ultrium Tape Drives
An entry-level LTO Ultrium solution will
be a better DAT alternative than RDX for
organizations with more sophisticated
backup and archiving needs. LTO Ultrium
cartridges cost far less than RDX cartridges
and are designed for media rotation,
automation and long-term archiving.
What is it?
As part of the LTO open standard, all HP tape drives
and media offer the same standards of compatibility
with tape drives and media manufactured by other
LTO vendors. HP is one of the LTO Technology
Provider companies which define the requirements
for each generation of Ultrium products and is the
market leading LTO drive manufacturer today with
54% share of the LTO tape drive market worldwide.
On the media side, the HP Brand specification for LTO Ultrium data cartridges is the industry’s most
demanding quality requirement and plays a major
part in HP LTO drive performance and efficiency.
HP's precision-engineered storage media has moved
with the times to challenge and outclass the very best
disk technologies. Small organizations can benefit from
LTO’s high performance backup and archiving solutions
from standalone tape drives to autoloaders and the midrange automation family.
Rewritable tape cartridges ranging from 800 GB
at LTO-3 to 6.25 TB at LTO-6.
Highest capacity and lowest cost per gigabyte.
Outstanding performance and reliability - better
than conventional SATA HDD.
Data encryption to FIPS140-2 Level 1 certification
for enhanced data security (LTO-4 upwards).
Scalable up to 6.25 TB (compressed) for
businesses creating large data assets.
Ideal for automated, hands-free data protection,
from eight slot autoloaders to libraries that
can expand to hundreds of slots for media.
Warranted for up to 30 years archival life.
Exhaustively qualified for use with HP and non-HP
LTO products (2.6 million test hours a year emulating
real-world environmental conditions and usage).
Interchangeable, color coordinated cartridges
providing backwards compatibility (two
generations read and one generation write).
Why should customers choose LTO Ultrium?
Scalable up to 6.25 TB.
An LTO-3 800 GB cartridge
offers more twice the compressed capacity of an
HP DAT 320 GB cartridge and costs less to buy.
Backup speeds of 576 GB/hr
or 864 GB/hr (compressed). Later generations
incorporate the Linear Tape File System (LTFS)
to make data recorded on tape searchable and
shareable, and provide simple drag-and-drop
Lowest total cost of ownership.
HP LTO is the
most economical way to protect large amounts
of data, especially when taking energy-efficiency
into account. It requires a fraction of the energy
for writing and reading data, and none at all
for a cartridge in a slot or on a shelf. An LTO-4
1.6 TB data cartridge can cost little more than
$40 compared with $200 for 1 TB RDX.
Longest archival life.
Proven by archival
testing as in excess of 30 years.
Automated loaders and libraries.
Unattended backup activities can be run with
one or more computers/servers, change tapes
automatically and minimize the risk of operator error.
Data is offline to threats, and LTO Ultrium offers the added security of
WORM and hardware-based data encryption
with LTO-4 and upwards.
Tough and portable.
Data can be safely taken
data off site for disaster recovery, archive, or data
transfer. HP carries out accelerated life testing of
both drives and media to deliver quality, durability
and reliability in excess of the LTO specification