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On demand scalability, simpler management and more. [Quantum]

Enterprise Software | Posted on February 14, 2012 by Melissa Alvares

Now Quantum offers you even more reasons to love tape backup.

Once upon a time, small and midsized organizations chose tape backup or stuck with it not because they loved tape – it was often unreliable and complicated to use – but simply because it was more affordable than disk.

 But Quantum’s intelligent tape libraries – like its new Scalar i40 and i80 solutions – are changing the game with features that make today’s tape drives highly reliable, scalable, easy to use and quick to manage, particularly for entry-level and midrange storage environments. In other words, now you can choose tape because it’s not just cheaper, it’s pretty darn effective too.

 Capacity when you need it with on-demand scalability.

Your may know how much capacity your organization needs today but things understandably get murkier when you have to plan two or three years out. Quantum has solved that challenge and made keeping up with data growth simpler, with its capacity on demand (COD) feature. A Scalar i40, for instance, can grow from 25 slots to 40 via a simple license key code. The library is shipped with all slots included but only the designated 25 are turned on. As your capacity needs grow, you can simply purchase a license key code from Softchoice, enter it into an easy setup wizard and presto – more capacity in seconds. With Quantum’s COD feature, you only pay for the capacity you need today and worry about tomorrow’s needs tomorrow.

 Best-in-class iLayer management and monitoring saves time.

Quantum has also made tape simpler than ever to use thanks to its advanced iLayer software, full integrated into both its Scalar i40 and i80 libraries. iLayer leverages 30 years of Quantum expertise to give its tape libraries disk-like management features that boost backup reliability, reduce service calls, speed up issue resolution and lower operation expenses. In fact with proactive diagnostics and an interface that’s a snap to use, library management time is reduced by more than 50% and so are business expenses – gone is the need for a dedicated full-time technical staff member to keep the library up and running. iLayer’s cost- and time-saving functions include:

  • Proactive monitoring, alerting, diagnostics and simple wizards for management and troubleshooting.
  • Extended Data Life Management (EDLM)
  • Partitioning for tape consolidation
  • LUN mapping
  • Control and data path failover
  • Support for SRM tools
  • Advanced drive and media reporting
  • Extended I/E
  • Data Security

 Speaking of security, both Scalar library offerings feature the highest level encryption standard to keep your sensitive data or proprietary corporate intellectual property safe and in line with increasing government requirements for compliance. Tape encryption ensures your data is protected even when it’s being stored offsite.

 All told, Quantum’s Scalar i40 and i80 tape drives help businesses spend less time and money on backup, simplifying everything from initial installation and setup to ongoing management, with the convenient ability to add capacity as storage needs grow. Plus Quantum’s integrated iLayer software allows organizations to benefit from reduced management time and a 50% drop in service calls. And with more than 30,000 iLayer installations around the world, you can feel confident choosing Quantum Scalar tape libraries for your small or midsize business.

From Feb 13th to March 31st 2012 there is a $700 instant rebate on the Scalar i40 and a $1,000 instant rebate on the Scalar i80.  This is an exclusive offer through Softchoice only, so contact your Account Manager for more details.

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