now ive grabed your attention - perhaps you would like to read on :-)
Our backup solution is as follows:-
software: EDM 4.3 (formerly known as EpochBackup)
hardware: ACL2640 tape library (3 drives) attached to Sun server
o We purchased a second ACL2640 tape library (3 drives) to increase I/O
o We told our EDM reseller about this.
o They said we'd require a second licence for the library manager software.
o we asked how much this was likely to be
o they said 10,000 UKP (16,700 USD)
o we said but we don't want to operate them as independant libraries. We want
to merge the units to create one bigger library and hang it off the same
o they said you can't merge the libraries because the 'pass-thru' option
o we said Oh
o they sent an offial quote for the seceond licence. It had gone up to
25,000 UKP (41,750 USD)
o Hmmm, we smelt a rat and investigated.
o thru our offices in Calgary we discovered that if you merge the libraries
you only require one licence. If you operate the libraries independantly
you need two, because for example, the libraries might be connected to
different servers. On the strength of this we commisioned our ATL resellers
to merge the two units. They also confirmed from EMC in the States that the
merged units were supported.
o the EDM reseller inevitably found out what we were planning and have started
to spook the ATL reseller, saying that it won't work, or it's not supported,
or that it's illegal.
Can anybody out there tell us definitively whether:-
a) EDM supports an ACL2640 with a second slave unit
b) if it requires a second licence
c) if so how much.
Any info would be greatly appreciated (unless you're our reseller).
Amoco Services Limited Unix Systems Administrator