HP StoreEver MSL6480 Tape Backup Solution

HP announced the StoreEver MSL6480 Tape Library about a month ago and interest is really beginning to pick up on this easily expandable storage device. Because of that, we had our HP expert put together a few questions that clients recently had.

How does it work?
The first thing you need is the MSL6480 Base Module (PN QU625A). This module holds up to 80 cartridge slots and one to six LTO-5 or LTO-6 tape drives.

What drives are compatible?

Expand this Base Module out with up to six Expansion Modules for a maximum of 3,500 terabytes.

Expand this Base Module out with up to six Expansion Modules for a maximum of 3,500 terabytes.

– HP MSL LTO-5 Ultrium 3000 Fibre Channel (FC) Drive (PN BL544B)
– HP MSL LTO-5 Ultrium 3000 SAS Drive (PN BL540B)
– HP StoreEver MSL LTO-6 Ultrium 6250 FC Drive (PN C0H28A)
– HP StoreEver MSL LTO-6 Ultrium 6250 SAS Drive (PN C0H27A)

Do I want LTO-5 or LTO-6?
While both speed and capacity are factors, it really comes down to the capacity. Compression will most likely be enabled, so for LTO-5 you are looking at a maximum compressed capacity of 3TB and for LTO-6 it’s 6.25TB.
For more details, check out our LTO comparison chart here:
http://www.maximummidrange.com/blog/lto-tape-comparison-charts

With the LTO-6 your max capacity per base or expansion module will be 500TB, with LTO-5 it will be 240TB.
Multiply these numbers by the expansion limit of seven and you get a max of 3,500TB (3.5PB) with LTO-6 and  1,680TB (about 1.7PB) with LTO-5.

Expansion Limit?
Yes, the minimum is one MSL6480 Base Module (PN QU625A) and then you can build out with up to six MSL6480 Expansion Modules (PN QU626A).

Why not use disk?
Disk backup (HDD and Flash) is an excellent solution. For archival storage we still prefer tape due to it’s long-term reliability.
A commonly used backup solution is to use disk for those daily or weekly backups, then use tape for month-end or quarterly backups. For disaster recovery, the tape backup is then moved off-site.

How can I find out more?
The easiest way is to give us a call (855-932-6627) if you prefer email: msl6480@maximummidrange.com

Our HP experts are ready to help you!

 

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