Dell to Release New PowerVault Tape Products

Dell(tm) announced it is expanding its line of PowerVault(tm) storage products with two new offerings designed to help businesses simplify data consolidation and reduce backup times by as much as 75 percent.

The new Dell PowerVault 136T and PowerVault 128T tape libraries, based on the emerging Linear Tape-Open (LTO) standard are available now at just one-half cent per megabyte, the company said.

“These new PowerVault tape products offer our business customers the cost-effective, high performance tape storage needed to perform critical data backup and disaster recovery functions,” said Russ Holt, vice president and general manager of Dell’s Enterprise Systems Group. “The products provide the increased storage capacity our customers need to grow their networked storage, with the high availability features to provide fast, secure and continuous access to data.”

The PowerVault 136T is targeted to meet the backup and restore needs of businesses with large secondary storage requirements. It has six times the capacity and four times the throughput as the Dell PowerVault 130T series and can reduce a typical eight-hour back-up window to under two hours. Priced starting at $17,000, the PowerVault 136T has built-in diagnostics for systems management and supports up to 14.4 TB, 72 LTO cartridges and six LTO tape drives.

Planned for release later this year, the PowerVault 128T mini-tape library can scale from small business environments up to large corporate enterprises. Priced starting at $10,000, the PowerVault 128T offers twice the capacity and one-and-a-half times the throughput as the PowerVault 130T. The library is scalable to up to 4 TB, holds up to 20 LTO cartridges and offers simplified Web-based management through a remote Web interface.
In addition, Dell said it has improved its PowerSuites Data Protection Software with upgrades that enable LAN-free SAN backup through a newly embedded Fibre Channel-to-SCSI router integrated in both libraries.

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