Tandberg launches the Magnun 224 LTO4 tape library

Tandberg Data Corporation, a supplier of data protection and archiving technologies, announced the availability of the Magnum 224 Tape Library with fourth-generation LTO® tape drive technology (LTO-4).

The Magnum 224, built with patented robotics systems recognized worldwide for reliability, includes a robust feature set, a software bundle from Symantec, and plug-and-play simplicity all at an affordable price, making the capacity and performance of LTO-4 automation accessible to data-intense SMBs and departmental organizations.

Businesses today continue to grapple with exponential data growth, shrinking backup windows, and limited resources as well as the demands of regulatory requirements. The need for affordable, reliable, and secure archiving solutions is mission critical for business of all sizes. With increased speed and capacity and the new hardware-based encryption capabilities of LTO-4, coupled with the ease-of-use and convenience of automation, the Magnum 224 LTO-4 Tape Library is well-suited to address the ever-growing demands for affordable, reliable, high-performance data protection.

“The Magnum 224, now with LTO-4, continues Tandberg Data’s tradition of innovation in LTO automation,” said Ken Juntunen, director of sales, Tandberg Data. “The Magnum 224 offers network administrators the performance and reliability of LTO-4 and the resource-saving convenience of award-winning automation with remote management – all in a robust, compact 2u solution with the lowest TCO in its category.”

About the Magnum 224 Tape Library with LTO-4

Developed specifically for data-intense SMBs, departmental organizations, and mid-range enterprises, the Magnum 224 Tape Library with an LTO-4 drive and two 12-cartridge magazines delivers native data transfer speeds of 120 MB/s or 432 GB/hr and total native capacity of 19.2 TB in a compact, 2U rackmount enclosure. The Magnum 224 delivers full-featured capabilities as well as user-friendly installation and configuration. The library ships standard with a barcode scanner, Ethernet-based remote management, a single import/export media drawer, a rack mount kit, a 24-cartridge magazine, and Symantec® Backup Exec QuickStart Edition™ software. Other tape library vendors may charge hundreds or even thousands of dollars extra for these key library features. The Magnum 224 is ideal for use in multi-server environments and offers support for WORM functionality along with its industry-leading standard features, affordability and warranty support.

The library’s elegant design allows existing Magnum 224 users with legacy LTO drives to easily swap out their prior-generation LTO drives and install new LTO-4 drives with the library still in its rack. This feature extends users’ hardware investment and dramatically reduces upgrade costs while immediately achieving new levels of capacity and speed with LTO-4 technology. The innovative “upgrade-in-the-field” capability is one of the many benefits of Tandberg Data’s renowned engineering, widely recognized as the most intelligently designed automation robotics in the world.

WORM Functionality

The Tandberg LTO-4 drive supports WORM (Write Once, Read Many). WORM functionality helps users meet regulatory compliance requirements. Government regulations imposed by the SEC and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act have established guidelines on how long data should be retained, kept secure, and remain unaltered. The WORM functionality in the Tandberg LTO-4 drive will offer users cost effective, long-term archiving, allowing them to store unaltered data for decades.

Robust algorithms using the Cartridge Memory (CM) in conjunction with low-level encoding that is mastered on the tape media at the time of manufacture are designed to prevent tampering. The LTO Ultrium format generation 4 specifications include the ability for WORM-enabled and non-WORM-enabled drives to co-exist. In addition, appending data at the end of a WORM cartridge which was previously written to is supported, thus allowing customers to take full advantage of the high capacity tape media.