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Appeared on: Tuesday, February 24, 2009
NEC Introduces the T40A2 Tape Library

NEC Computers, a subsidiary of NEC Corporation, announced the release of its new tape library: the NEC T40A2.

The NEC T40A2 handles maximum native transfer speeds of 240Mb/sec thanks to 2 LTO-4 drives using an SAS or Fiber Channel connection. With 24 cartridges as standard, it is possible to upgrade later to 32 or 40 cartridges, while its tape drives can be easily replaced (coldswap).

Thanks to its Web interface, the tape library enables you to monitor, configure and remotely control all functions through its intuitive control panel.

The NEC T40A2 tape library helps users to automate their backup processes to reduce manual operations and minimize the risk of human error and down time. This means that the NEC T40A2 offers you protection from loss of data with a minimal impact on the operation of your IT system ? regardless of the size or complexity of your applications and storage environment.

The LTO-4 technology allows you to double storage capacity in a limited space. The NEC T40A2 tape library handles up to 2 Ultrium LTO-4 drives using an SAS or Fiber Channel connection. This tape technology offers enhanced capacity, performance and security allowing up to 800 Gb of data to be backed up per drive and per hour at transfer speeds as high as 432 Gb/h, for a maximum of 864 Gb/h with two drives. These tape drives are supplied with WORM (Write Once, Read Many) technology to protect data from alteration and modification. Thanks to its bar code reader technology which records tape location, critical data can be stored more effectively.

In addition, "anti-dust" technology is included at each end of the magazine, to protect it from dust and avoid tape wear. To maximize tape library availability, several components can be easily replaced, in particular the tape drives. It is also possible to add the "hot swap, redundant extractible power supply" option.

The library occupies 4U of rack space and can contain 24, 32 or 40 cartridges, depending on requirements, for a total capacity of 32Tb.

The NEC T40A2 library is available from the end of January from the NEC Computers distribution network at a recommended price of:

- NEC T40A2 SAS Tape library = €10,859 excl. VAT
- NEC T40A2 Fiber Channel Tape library = €12,299 excl. VAT

The pack consists of: 1 tape library, 1 rail kit, 1 SAS or Fiber Channel 3mn cable, 1 LTO cleaning cartridge, standard 3-year on-site warranty


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