>I currently have single 8mm Exabyte tape drives for my backup
>solutions. I am looking at some autoloaders in the near future, and
>have been advised not to use the 8mm units, but use DLT instead.
>Has anyone had experience with this issue that can offer any advice?
I've used DLTs in my previous job and will begin installing them on
systems that I currently manage. I've had tremendous success with
using DLTs. I've seen backup times decrease to a quarter of the
original time. Furthermore, DLT tapes are much more dependable. I've
read that you can perform over 10,000 backups on a single DLT tape
before it should be replaced because of wear-and-tear. As a real life
testimony, I'm constantly throwing away worn out 8mm tapes, but I've
never thrown away a DLT tape.
The major drawbacks is the upfront investment. DLT units aren't
cheap; the 20/40gb units that we're purchasing cost around $4000.
Another major investment is in tapes. The 20/40gb tapes that we
purchased earlier this week were about $100 per tape.
In short, if you require fast and accurate backups, DLT is the best
>I have received personal opinions from both sales camps but am looking
>for industry opinions.