Tandberg Data launches worlds first 1U LTO tape autoloader

 Tandberg Data ASA (Oslo: TAD.OL), the leading data storage company, today unveiled the worlds smallest rackmount LTO tape autoloader, the Tandberg 1U LTO2 StorageLoader. It offers incredibly high LTO2 capacity and performance, as well as advanced data management features, in a compact, 1U low-profile design. The revolutionary LTO StorageLoader tape automation solution delivers up to 3.2TB compressed storage capacity and a transfer rate of up to 173 GB/hr by incorporating Tandberg Datas recently launched half-height 420LTO tape drive.

The Tandberg 1U LTO2 StorageLoader is the only 1U LTO autoloader available with removable magazines, which sets it apart from existing rackmount autoloaders. Its highly modular design utilises the reliable Ultra 160 SCSI/LVD interface.

The product has capacity for up to eight data cartridges, stored in two removable magazines holding four cartridges each, ensuring safe and easy loading of tape media and transport for off-site storage. An industry first, the tape drive, power supply, magazines and fans are all field-replaceable units (FRUs), without removing the autoloader from the rack, thereby reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO) and minimising downtime.

The unique design of the Tandberg 1U LTO2 StorageLoader includes multilingual-supported, web-based remote management as a standard feature. Maintenance, system monitoring and system commands can be performed remotely through a standard web browser, allowing administrators to conveniently monitor, control, configure and diagnose the 1U LTO2 StorageLoader from anywhere in the world. The same functions can also be performed locally through the easy-to-use LCD panel on the unit. For faster inventory scanning, it is also available with a barcode reader.

"The Tandberg 1U LTO2 StorageLoader meets the increasingly growing trends in rackmount servers where more and more SMBs and corporate IT departments are consolidating their servers and storage into rackmount environments," commented Robert Amatruda, research manager at IDC. "Tandberg Datas innovative design offers the highest removable storage density in a 1U rackmount autoloader while providing scalability, administration and serviceability."

The Tandberg 1U LTO2 StorageLoader is the second member of Tandberg Datas StorageLoader modular-automation product family that offers a unique cartridge-load design, high capacity, superior performance and advanced data management features. The Tandberg StorageLoader family is also offered with DLT VS160 tape technology and will ultimately incorporate future half-height drive technologies for higher storage capacities.

"Our Tandberg 1U LTO2 StorageLoader continues our commitment to innovative automation products," said Gudmundur Einarsson, CEO at Tandberg Data. "For small to medium-sized businesses, ready to implement an automated solution within a limited budget, our new 1U LTO2 StorageLoader will cost less than a LTO3 full height drive and store four times the capacity, while providing integrated automated-backup and manageability features."

"New, lower-cost midrange tape drives and compact tape autoloaders are allowing smaller businesses to access enterprise-level technologies that, until now, were economically out of reach," said Fara Yale, research vice president at Gartner Inc. "As a result, organisations with limited administrative resources and/or limited backup windows can now manage their data protection and disaster recovery plans automatically and economically."

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