Feeds

Quantum shoots down SpectraLogic product claims

Says it was first with integrated data integrity validation

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

SpectraLogic recently claimed it is the first tape library vendor to have integrated data integrity validation. But competitor Quantum says it introduced this last year.

Quantum's spokesperson said:

First to market with data integrity software was Quantum, which launched iLayer Media Data Integrity Analysis (MeDIA) with its Scalar i6000 tape library last year. MeDIA scans archived cartridges to detect and fix potential media problems to maintain integrity.

While SpectraLogic's pre/post scan features work with just Spectra-certified media, Quantum's MeDIA scans existing LTO-2, LTO-3, LTO-4 and LTO-5 cartridges from any vendor. It is also designed to work in a library managed partition with its own resources so that it runs in the background without affecting operational performance. SpectraLogic's solution requires customers to load tapes into a production library and work the scanning around normal operations.

Backup expert Curtis Preston, creator of the Backup Central resource, said: "I am not aware of anything from Quantum for tape validation. I think the SpectraLogic idea is everyone kept two copies of every tape. That way, when a tape fails validation, you could request the other copy and re-copy it, solving your problem. Otherwise, all you're going to get is "your tape is bad" message, which doesn't help much.

"Although even without the extra tape, the validation feature could also help identify trends. For example, one out of 1,000 tapes of brand X ends up being bad, but five out of 1,000 tapes from brand Y end up being bad. That's very useful information as well."

We asked SpectraLogic for a comment, but the company was unable to get back to us overnight. ®

Bridging the IT gap between rising business demands and ageing tools

More from The Register

next story
10Gbps over crumbling COPPER: Boffins cram bits down telco wire
XG-FAST tech could finesse fiber connections
THE GERMANS ARE CLOUDING: New AWS cloud region spotted
eu-central-1.amazonaws.com, aka, your new Amazon Frankfurt bitbarn
Airbus to send 1,200 TFlops of HPC goodness down the runway
HP scores deal to provide plane-maker with new fleet of data-crunching 'PODs'
Tegile boots Dell array out of chemical biz. Dell responds: Tegile, who?
Upstart says it's up, up and away ... but not on the giants' radar – yet
Dimension Data cloud goes TITSUP down under... after EMC storage fail
Replacement hardware needed as Australian cloud flops for 48-plus hours
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem
Download this brochure to find five ways HP BladeSystem can optimize your business with the power of one.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.