Tape Drive Support

BackupEDGE 3.x Tape Drive Support (03.00.00 and later)

Tape drives remain the archival devices with the highest installed base.

BackupEDGE 3.x has a very high level of support for tape drives, subject to only operating system limitations, with many features not found in other products.

Feature List

  • Automatic detection of tape drives by make, model, capabilities and in most cases even the serial number.
  • Capacity detection is automatic.
  • Multiple archives per medium are supported, using expiration times and lazy reclamation to maximize the number of archives stored for maximum safety.
  • Hardware compression is the default. Nine (9) levels of software compression are also available.
  • Optional encryption is supported.
  • Direct booting for RecoverEDGE disaster recovery is supported when Hewlett Packard OBDR (One Button Disaster Recovery) drives are detected.
  • Full file checksumming for maximum data integrity is supported.
  • Fast File Restore is available from any archive. It is not necessary to read through an entire archive (or multiple archive medium) to restore individual files and directories.
  • MySQL™ hot backups are supported (except on OpenServer 5).
  • TapeAlert™ support gets diagnostics information right from the tape drive.

Compatibility Table

BackupEDGE 3.x Tape Drive Compatibility

Tape Bus
----------
Operating System

SCSI
SAS
USB SATA Legacy
IDE
Notes
Linux 4.x/3.x/2.6.x Kernels Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Xinuos SCO UnixWare 7.1.4 Yes Yes Limited Yes 1
Xinuos SCO OpenServer 6.0.0 Yes Yes Limited Yes 1
Xinuos SCO OpenServer 5.0.7 Yes Yes Yes Yes 2

Note 1: Under OpenServer 6.0.0 and UnixWare 7.1.4 SATA, the AHCI 1.2 driver is required and only Sony AIT drives with fixed 512-byte hardware block drives are supported by BackupEDGE. IDE/ATAPI drives are not supported. These are due to OS driver limitations. All SCO maintenance packs should be installed, as well as all driver updates detected by SCO patchck.

Note 2: OpenServer 5 driver limitations prevent the full support of SATA or IDE/ATAPI tape drives. All SCO maintenance packs should be installed, as well as all driver updates detected by SCO patchck.

Tested Devices

BackupEDGE should work with any modern tape drive. We are in constantcontact with storage vendors and are committed to device compatibility. The following is a list of devices maintained in our certification lab and available for testing.

BackupEDGE 3.x Tested Tape Drives
Make / Model Medium
Type
Connect
BUS
Tested
Firmware
Comments

Hewlett Packard

StorageWorks Ultrium 3000 LTO 5 SAS   Requires BackupEDGE 03.00.03 or later
StorageWorks Ultrium 1760 LTO 4 SAS    
StorageWorks Ultrium 448 LTO 2 SAS    
StorageWorks Ultrium 960 LTO 3 SAS    
StorageWorks Ultrium 448 LTO 2 SCSI    
StorageWorks Ultrium 460 LTO 2 SCSI    
StorageWorks Ultrium 232 LTO 1 SCSI    
SureStore Ultrium 230 LTO 1 SCSI    
SureStore Ultrium 215 LTO 1 SCSI    
StorageWorks DAT160 DAT160 SAS    
StorageWorks DAT160 DAT160 SAS    
StorageWorks DAT160 DAT160 USB    
StorageWorks DAT72 DAT72 SCSI    
StorageWorks DAT72 DAT72 USB    
StorageWorks DAT40 DAT40 SCSI    
StorageWorks DAT40 DAT40 USB    
StorageWorks DAT24 DAT40 SCSI    
StorageWorks DAT40 DAT40 USB    
StorageWorks DAT40 DAT40 USB    
DLTvs80 DLT SCSI    

IBM

LTO Ultrium 2 LTO 2 SCSI    

Sony

SDX-900V AIT-4 SCSI    
SDX-800V AIT-3 Ex SCSI    
SDX-700V AIT-3 SCSI    
SDX-700C AIT-3 SCSI    
SDX-570V AIT-2 Turbo SATA    
SDX-560V AIT-2 Turbo ATAPI    
SDX-550V AIT-2 Turbo SCSI    
SDX-520V AIT-2 ATAPI    
SDX-500V AIT-2 SCSI    
SDX-500C AIT-2 SCSI    
SDX-470V AIT-1 Turbo SATA    
SDX-460V AIT-1 Turbo ATAPI    
SDX-450V AIT-1 Turbo SCSI    
SDX-420V AIT-1 ATAPI    
SDX-300C AIT-1 SCSI    
SDX-260V AIT-E Turbo ATAPI    
SDX-250V AIT-E Turbo SCSI    
SDT-11000 DDS4 SCSI    
SDT-9000 DDS3 SCSI    
SDT-7000 DDS2 SCSI    

Quantum

LTO4-120 LTO 4 SAS    
TapeStor DAT40 DDS4 SCSI    
DLTvs80 DLT USB    

Tandberg Data Corporation

Tandberg 420LTO LTO 2 SCSI    
SLR100 SLR100 SCSI    
SLR7 SLR7 SCSI    
SLR5 SLR5 SCSI    
Exabyte VXA-320 VXA-3 SCSI    
Exabyte VXA-2 VXA-2 SCSI    
Exabyte VXA-1 VXA-1 SCSI    
Exabyte VXA-1 VXA-1 ATAPI    
Exabyte Mammoth-M2 M2 AME SCSI    

Many Legacy devices from these vendors and from Tecmar, OnStream, WangTek and other vendors have been deleted from the list.

Last Updated - 2016/12/08

 

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