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PRO TECHnology announces QualStar new RLS models with LTO 2 half-height drives

PRO TECHnology is pleased to announce two new RLS LTO libraries from QualStar, the tape library expert.

QualStar® Corporation, headquartered in SIMI VALLEY, California, is a manufacturer of automated tape storage solutions, introduced two new models of its highly regarded RLS-Series Rack mount Tape Library family, designed specifically to leverage the lower cost and smaller packaging of the latest LTO 2 half-height tape drives. Many users want high capacity, but their systems can’t deliver data fast enough to keep LTO 2 full-height tape drives streaming. The new QualStar RLS-8216H, and RLS-8404H with capacity on demand (COD), utilize the new half-height (HH) LTO 2 drives, retaining high capacity-per tape while delivering lower cost and enhanced connectivity for less powerful systems. LTO 2 HH technology offers the same 200 gigabytes-per-tape as the current full-height drives, but at a lower data rate.The two new RLS models leverage the LTO 2 HH form factor to fit twice the number of drives in the same space. The RLS-8404H houses up to four LTO 2 HH tape drives, which doubles the number of simultaneous backup and restore operations within a single library.

The RLS-8216H accepts two drives and sets a new low price point for a QualStar Simply Reliable LTO tape library. Like the RLS-8204 announced recently, the RLS-8404H features COD, which lowers the initial purchase price of the library while making future capacity expansion easy and economical.

The RLS-8404H ships with 2.4 terabytes of native capacity. Up to four, 1.6 terabyte capacity expansion kits can be easily added by the user in a few minutes yielding a total native capacity of 8.8 terabytes, or over 17 TB using built-in data compression.

All RLS-Series models use only 5U (8.75 inches) of rack space, making them ideal choices for small and midsize companies faced with rapidly growing data retention and protection requirements and limited space.

“The new RLS-8216H and 8404H models continue QualStar’s tradition of delivering value to our customers. The new LTO 2 HH drives reduce cost while maintaining high capacity, a real win for end users faced with protecting compliance-driven data growth,” said William Gervais, President and CEO of QualStar.

“Backing up to magnetic tape secured offline is still the most dependable way to isolate and protect data. In today’s high risk environment physically removing media to protect the data from online attacks is a fundamental advantage offered by tape libraries that disk-based offerings cannot provide,’ said Jamal Maraqa, Managing Director of PRO TECHnology.

Both models also support Q-Link™, QualStar’s browser-based remote library manager that enables users to manage any unit from across the room using their intranet, or from around the world via the Internet.

Q-Link lets administrators configure the library, monitor operations, control access and receive e-mail alerts using a built-in, policy-based event notification system. Q-Link provides significant savings by allowing companies to deploy enterprise-class storage to locations without on-site administration.

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