SUMMARY: Tape Library's

From: John Fiori (
Date: Tue Jun 06 2000 - 09:24:26 CDT

Original Question: I am currently involved in the upgrading of our tape
library system. We have a DLT4000 library that has worked great. My question
to the list is has anyone tried the other tape library media such as AIT,
AME 8mm, or other??? How has it performed?? Due to the cost of these systems
I would appreciate your recommendations or your thoughts before making this

Summary: I received 11 responses and the consensus is DLT works great but is
nearing the end of its product cycle. Most responses (7) are going to or are
using the AIT-2 technology and 2 are going to the Exabyte Mammoth2 (M2)
technology. Those who are using the AIT-2 drives are very satisfied with
their performance and quality. The AIT-2 and M2 drives are comparable
technologies as they use 8mm Advanced Metal Evaporated (AME) media. The
AIT-2 holds less data and has slightly slower data
rates than the newer M2 technology see (these are based on
the specification summary’s) but it looks like the AIT-3 drives will be
available soon and they will have more capacity and speed. In pricing these
technologies (I cant give exact amounts) DLT is by far the most expensive
with M2 quite a bit less and AIT-2 the lowest cost. These prices were based
on 2 drive systems with 30 or 40 tape cartridges.

I would like to thank those who responded, as always this is a great list.

John E. Fiori
72 Lyme Road
Hanover, NH 03755-1290
phone: (603) 646-4515 / 4100
fax: (603) 646-4397

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