Spectra Logic enables iSCSI on tape libraries

Spectra Logic Monday announced that it has the first tape libraries to use the iSCSI protocol, which lets the library operate while attached directly to the network.

The iSCSI protocol is available with each of the company’s Spectra 64K and 20K tape libraries. Deploying it allows users to back up data over the IP network without the need for an external SCSI- or Fibre Channel-to-IP bridge device.

The company also announced that its Spectra 2K tape library, which is suitable for departmental or workgroup deployment will be available this quarter.

The Spectra Logic libraries also use the Network Data Management Protocol, which allows backup over the network.

With a capability called Shared Library Services, the tape libraries can be partitioned to connect to iSCSI and Fibre Channel simultaneously, allowing users to back up to a single library over the LAN or storage-area network.

Pricing for Spectra Logic's full iSCSI tape back-up product line varies by product, and upgrade options are available for existing library customers. The libraries are available now.

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