ADIC Introduces New Entry-Level Tape Library

Advanced Digital Information Corporation (ADIC) today unveiled a new compact tape library, the Scalar 24, that offers enterprise-class performance and features at a price low enough that it could reduce the cost of reliable, high performance backup for budget-constrained IT departments by 30% or more.

The Scalar 24 combines the LTO or Super DLT technology, easy-to-use, scalable management, a guaranteed upgrade path, and integrated storage networking architecture to deliver what the company calls ‘an ideal solution for any business that is outgrowing older-generation backup systems.’ ADIC also stated that at a price 30% lower than other compact libraries, the Scalar 24 offers the industry’s best value and a compelling answer for tight IT budgets.

“Compact libraries provide critical data protection for small and mid-sized enterprises as well as for larger organizations with distributed workgroups or remote offices,” said Bill Britts, ADIC Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Explosive data growth at many of these sites has made the capacity, performance, and features of older generation autoloaders and drives inadequate. At the same time, new budget constraints are making it hard for them to acquire real library functionality. The Scalar 24 changes that — it gives users full enterprise performance and features at affordable, entry-level prices. And it protects 100% of their investment by giving them a guaranteed future upgrade path.”

“Increasingly, customers need more capacity and functionality at much lower cost in today’s environment,” said Robert Amatruda, research manager at IDC. “ADIC’s Scalar 24 provides customers a strong value-proposition with Enterprise-class features to meet their growing data storage needs.”

The Scalar 24 supports one or two LTO 1 or SDLT320 drives and up to 24 tape cartridges, for up to 64 MB/sec throughput and 6.8 TB of capacity. The unit also provides a trouble-free upgrade path that includes easy-to-add drives and storage networking components, a next-generation drive-ready architecture, and a no-risk trade-up program designed to protect 100% of a customer’s investment. The Scalar 24 is also backed by a 3-year warranty and 24-hour FastExchange service coverage.

Pricing for the Scalar 24, which will be available October 21, starts at less than $12,500 for a unit with a single LTO drive.

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