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    1) Tape drives
    We currently have a 200Gb tape (uncompressed) at work, you can also use many tape drives and get robotic libraries to automatically change tape. Again, the idea is to back up terrabytes without needing someone to sit there and change disks.

    2) Heat management
    Heat disipation is pretty much equal to power requirements. Our new servers need 700W + tape + monitor, close enough 1000W. How much of an issue it is with one server, well that depends where you put it. Again, at work we have a room with 4 servers, couple switches, couple PCs. To cover that and allow for expansion we just fitted a 7kW AC unit.

    Probably AC won't be needed for a single server, but heat disipation is always a problem.
    Definately worth considering getting a decent chassis and minimal components, gives you more chance to upgrade up to 6 or even 8 drives for example.
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    I do not understand this statement

    As for tape drives, whatever you do, do NOT get an Exabyte!
    I like the VXA tape drives

    I find them an affordable solution for small to medium businesses.

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    Hi MLF,

    I do not understand this statement
    "Exabyte" is a brand name for storage solutions............ they were taken over by Tandberg Data about a year ago?

    I would guess that our colleague has experienced a "Friday afternoon special"?

    That expression comes from the UK automobile industry (do we still have one?...... ah yes......... Nissans are made in Sunderland) Friday is the last day of the production cycle, and happens to be pay day.............. they go to the pub at lunch time, so you don't really want one that was assembled on Friday afternoon
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    Ok i think we would all agree that to define the components needed, esi1 would have to clarify
    - what OS he wants to run
    - What applications will be sitting on that piece of equipment (SQL etc)
    - Backup requirements
    - Heat management requirements *still believe this could be ambigous
    Based on his response it would be easy to choose the hardware at the right price that satisfy his requirements. most def they'll be debate on choice for instance some may prefer RAM by kingston as opposed to samsung or quantum V4 backup drives as oppossed to the VXA. a descision here, once the hardware meets the criteria will simply just be a matter of how well the companies market their products.
    see the sarcasim in my smile ????

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    Every VXA tape drive I have had to fix were piles of crap---guess I have dealt with a bunch of Friday Specials. I think it is a very poor design, especially with the front door and the internal carriage assembly.

    Tim

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    Dont know...never "fixed" one...although had one replaced under warranty VXA-1...and it is still running...5 + years later.

    Have another couple installed.... VXA-2s............ must be at least 3+ years old...never had any hardware issues...

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    The ones I have had to fix were all VXA-1e.

    Tim

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