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Multiple Tape Backup

By merckstepha ·
I have just being assigned to configure our backup server so that it can use more than one tape drive. I have a Brightstor Arcserve Backup software and I have more than one SureStore DLT80 tape drives connected to different servers.
Is there any kind of connector(s) that I can use to connect all these drives together to the backup server? Please if there is, let me know the name.
How can I configure my backup server to use any of these tape drives automatically/ simultanoeusly?
All help towards solving this issue will be appreciated.

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Autoloader

by Black Panther In reply to Multiple Tape Backup

Have you considered a Tape Library?

http://www.hp.com/products1/storage/products/automatedbackup/autoloaders/18series_tape/index.html

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Already have 8 tapedrives

by merckstepha In reply to Autoloader

Thanks Subtropicalmist,
The situation here is that I already have 7 different Tape Drives and there is no budget right now to buy any new tape drive. If there is any kind of connector that can be used to connect all these drives together to a serve, it will solve my problem.

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Are the drives internal or external?

by Hockeyist In reply to Multiple Tape Backup

Are they external to the server or installed internally?
Once the drives are physically connected together, Arcserve is easy to configure to allow the drives to be used sequentially or concurrently. You could even "RAID" them I believe. I haven't used Arcserve in a few years but remember that adding the drives was farly simple to do. Have a look at the manufacturers support site http://www3.ca.com/Solutions/ProductFamily.asp?ID=115

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by merckstepha In reply to Are the drives internal o ...

I have external tape drives

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Daisychain...

by Hockeyist In reply to

...them. As long as they have unique scsi id's you shouldn't have a problem as long as you install the correct drivers. Are you able to do this?

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