[CentOS] Tape drive recommendations

John R Pierce pierce at hogranch.com
Wed Mar 28 22:00:41 UTC 2007

Aron.Darling at Emulex.Com wrote:
> Loader are totally a love/hate relationship.  They do make life a lot
> easier as they do the tape movements for you which can be a tedious
> thing at times.  With a loader or library you can script the entire
> operation with tar, MTX and MT and let cron do all the work for you.
> Always look for the OEM rather than buying the name brand equipment,
> they are most always the same HW and FW with a different model number in
> it.

otoh, its hard to beat a 3 year warranty and on location support from 
the same vendor as your server hardware, assuming your a brand name shop 
in the first place....  hugely reduces finger pointing when there's a 
complex issue to resolve.   with OEM hardware bought on the whitebox 
market, you're often faced with replace or self-repair option at cost.

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