Do you have lots of LTO tapes? Do you need to create large archives and restore media efficiently?
Put the tapes into an HPE, IBM, MagStor, Oracle, Overland, Qualstar, Quantum, Spectra, StorageTek or Tandberg Library and let YoYottaID Automation take control.
YoYottaID Automation can control one library and up to 4 LTO drives and these can be any mix of library or standalone.
Automation tapes and drives
See all the loaded tapes on the left, the empty slots on the right. The tape drives are shown at the bottom. There are buttons to manually move, format, mount and eject tapes, but YoYottaID will do all this automatically.
YoYottaID Automation supports up to 4 drives and 160 tape slots. Both mail slots and ordinary slots can be used for tapes, so no spaces are wasted. However it can be quicker to open just the mail slot on a library so the Export button will automatically move a tape into a mail slot.
All tapes must have barcode labels
The labels have a 6 character code with either L5, L6, L7, M8 or L8 on the end for LTO-5, LTO-6, LTO-7 or LTO-8 tapes.For example 123456L5, ABCDEFL6, YO1234L6, 17376AL5.
YoYottaID will use the barcode to format the tape. No need to manually enter the barcode. This is an LTO standard, using more than 6 characters means that your tapes will be difficult to use.
We can supply LTO tapes at great prices with custom YoYottaID labels printed on durable plastic. They have a standard barcode, plus a globally unique NFC chip that allowing easy tracking. You can add unique text labels on the left as shown opposite. So you can clearly label Master and Safety, or add a project ident. Unlike other labels each tape can have a different code, you are not limited to a set sequence.
IBM make all LTO-7 and LTO-8 mechanisms, so we supply IBM Barium Ferrite tapes for perfect compatibility.
Contact email@example.com for a quote.
Select the tapes needed for the archive
Start the archive
Blank tapes will automatically be formatted with the correct barcode, saving time.
LTO + Asset Metadata
After the archive completes, tape health metadata will be stored in the database along with all the assets for each tape.
Then restore assets from the database
Restore clips from archive using project AAF, ALE, EDL or FCPXML files
Add more tapes for larger backups
Add as many tapes as you want as destinations. Make sure you add them to COPY #1. This will make a single copy spanned across multiple tapes.
Spanning larger backups across tapes
Tapes will only be used if needed and they will be loaded and formatted automatically (if blank) then mounted.
So no need to open the LTFS panel.
On completion the database will show which assets are on each tape.
Connecting a library to a Mac
Drives for libraries are available with SAS or Fibre Channel interfaces. To connect a SAS or FC LTO-8, LTO-7, LTO-6 or LTO-5 drive to the old MacPro use the ATTO ExpressSAS H680 or Celerity FC PCIe cards from ATTO.
The H644 card can also be used, although it just has one external connector.
Each SAS connector can control up to four SAS drives using a SFF8088 to 4x SFF8088 cable.
See this link for more details on the ATTO.
To connect a Thunderbolt Mac to a SAS LTO library use the ATTO H680 or Celerity FC cards inside a Thunderbolt PCIe expansion unit, like the Sonnet Echo Express SEL.
ATTO Thunderlink SH1068, SH2068 TB-SAS, ThunderStream SC4808 adaptors, Rxxx RAID cards and Highpoint adaptors are not suitable for use with LTFS tape.
mLogic mBridge SAS unit
An alternative is the mBridge from mLogic connects a Thunderbolt Mac to a SAS LTO tape library. It is rack mountable and has a built in power supply. There is also a FC version available.
YoYotta can supply the mBridge, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
HPE StoreEver 1/8 G2
Holds 1 drive, 8 slots
Holds 1 or 2 drives, 24 slots
Holds 1 to 4 drives, 48 slots
YoYottaID Automation supports the MSL6480 and MSL8096 with up to 4 drives, 160 slots, future YoYottaID options will support 560 slots, 1.4 PB and more drives
Holds 1 to 4 LTO drives, 48 slots
YoYottaID Automation also controls the single drive TS2900 and the two drive IBM TS3100
1 LTO drive, 8 slots
1 or 2 LTO drives, 24 slots
Up to 4 LTO drives, 48 slots
Up to 4 LTO drives, up to 160 slots
1 or 2 LTO drives, 24 slots
Also the Q48 and Q80 tape libraries
Quantum SuperLoader 3
1 LTO drive, available with 8 or 16 slots
1 to 3 LTO drives, 25 or 50 slots, but expandable to 12 drives and 200 slots
New design, fast loading of tapes, recommended unit.
YoYotta can supply Quantum libraries, contact email@example.com for a quote and advice as with multiple LTO-8 or LTO-7 drives you will need fast storage ! YoYottaID Automation also supports the larger i6 unit.
Quantum i40, i80
1 to 3 LTO drives, 40 or 80slots
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