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Tape Drive Repair – The Smart Decision

posted by Darren McLaws 2:45 PM
Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Imagine this scenario. You walk into the data storage room at your business to change out a tape drive on your aged tape drives. You insert the tape and start the machine, but instead you hear a strange noise….. the tape has jammed and is no longer feeding but the head is still spinning….in a panic you hit the stop button. Now what?

We all know there are things that can go wrong with tape drives. Sometimes they’re not cleaned often enough and dust, media particles, and other contaminants could corrupt the drive. Maybe constant use and the vibrations have caused the read/write head to become misaligned. Maybe its head life has simply expired.

Regardless of the problem, you are faced with a choice. You could buy a new system which would cost thousands upon thousands of dollars…..or you can trust CPU Inc.’s professionally trained and highly skilled technicians to repair your tape drives. We apply a unique and effective method in which we keep all parts and supplies on site which translates into one of the fastest turnaround rates in the industry. In most cases, we are able to have your tape drive repaired and on its way back to you the same day it’s received.

We’ve recently increased our repair services to include all the following models-

  • 18 track – 256 track (3480, 3490, 3490E, 3590, 3590E)
  • 4mm tape drives (DDS-1, DDS-2, DDS-3, DDS-4, etc)
  • 8mm tape drives (AIT-1, AIT-2, AIT-3, SAIT, Exabyte, etc)
  • DLT and LTO
  • 9-track tape drives
  • Fujitsu, IBM, Tandem, JVC and other brands

Updating Your Data Storage Solution

posted by Darren McLaws 1:20 PM
Thursday, July 16, 2009

As new technologies continue to unveil in the data storage market, many businesses are asking themselves the nagging questions, “Should we upgrade our tape based storage system to disk or a hard drive solution? Would it save us enough money in the long run to pay more now for an upgrade?” These are important questions that should be addressed with much consideration and care. There is a common tendency for each of us as humans to want to be impulsive in obtaining the newest and latest of everything. This passion does not exclude the desire for companies to be up to date with new storage devices.

There has been an enormous shift in the market, especially lately, in favor of consumer demand for data deduplication devices that store changes from backup to backup instead of storing full file copies. This unique approach reduces the disk space required by at least 10, and up to 50 to 1, delivering unparalleled cost savings and performance all in a solution that is less than 30% the cost of standard SATA based storage. A popular data deduplication company, Acronis, announced just yesterday that they have released a device that can calculate the amount of money any particular business can save by switching from their old storage system to one of their data deduplication systems. The deduplication calculator, “quickly estimates the storage savings an organization could realize using deduplication to cut storage requirements.” For example, ” a customer with 10 servers and 2TB of data that changes 5 percent per day and is kept for four weeks, will save about $20,000 in storage costs annually.”

Just because a fancily designed calculator says you’re going to save “X” amount of money per year by switching to a new system, doesn’t mean it is necessarily the best way to go for each person or business. These guys are, of course, trying to sell their product just like the rest of us and if it takes a money saving calculator to convince some than that is what they are going to provide. There are however, many criteria that should be considered when deciding whether or not to upgrade your storage solution.

One obvious aspect is the cost of upgrade. A completely new disk based backup solution for an average sized company is going to cost upwards of $20,000. In the end it may save you enough money to compensate for the high upfront cost but it still boils down to whether or not you have that kind of dispensable cash in your porcelain pig. Maybe you have one tape drive that needs to be replaced while the rest of your system is in tact and working fine. In this case, perhaps purchasing a newly refurbished  IBM 3590 E11 would be sufficient and would save you thousands of dollars without sacrificing valuable downtime required to order in a whole new system.

That leads to another aspect to consider which is the time it will take to set up a new disk based backup system. A good system should only take minutes to setup and begin working properly. If it needs anything more than an IP address, a system name, and the creation of one or more destination NAS shares to get online, then it is too complex. Also, once installed, the system should require almost no on-going management. It should worry about capacity, backup verification, and simply alert you when something needs attention. If the new system doesn’t line up with any of these criteria than it is probably not worth the hassle of upgrading from your old system.

As with any big decision in life, you should talk with an expert on data storage before making any rash choices. Our representatives at CPUInc are highly qualified and will make absolutely sure you get exactly the right product tailored to your specific needs. We can help you upgrade to the newest disk-based backup solution with byte-level data de-duplication or help maintain your previous tape drives with affordable refurbished models from all the major brands. Contact us today for a free consultation and to find out more about our products and services.

Data Deduplication and Storage Talk Brews with Dell and CommVault

posted by Darren McLaws 12:29 PM
Thursday, June 18, 2009

Dell is looking to beef up it’s storage features on its products and the debate is hot as to which company Dell should strive to acquire in an attempt to do this. A couple of different names fostering reputations in the storage department are CommVault, Acronis, BakBone and DataCore. All of these could offer Dell the benefit of owning a storage-focused software vendor. Dell hopes that an acquisition of this type is just what it needs to restore and maintain its growth that it has been historically known for.

As of now, CommVault seems to be in the forefront of the talk. Meanwhile, EMC and NetApp are engaged in a war in striving to obtain the data deduplication leader Data Domain. Because these, and many other competitors, seem to be gaining an edge on Dell, it is in their best interest to dive into their deep pockets and make a move such as the one they are trying for here with CommVault. There is an issue with the deal though that could potentially arise and that is in regards to the software required to run CommVault’s dedupe technology. It only works with CommVaults Simpana software. Also, if Dell were to purchase CommVault, it would likely hurt its relationship with Symantec. Severing these type of relationships in business can prove quite costly in the long run so Dell needs to be careful with its choice in the matter.

Another possible storage provider that Dell is looking into is a smaller company in San Diego called Bakbone. This would be an easier target to shoot at due to their size and could probably save some of the big relationship issues associated with acquiring CommVault. However, Dell has the money and a bigger buy out could be just what they need to climb out of the valley they’ve been in. At any rate, the debate continues and only time will tell what the honchos over at Dell will do.

For a more complete reading of the story, check out the article on Channel Web.

Cristalink Releases New Firestreamer Software Utility

posted by Darren McLaws 4:07 PM
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Many businesses and individuals have made the transition from tape drives to other (newer) systems of data storage and backup. It is not as though the need for tape is no longer there as it definitely is. Tape is still a cheaper form of backup, especially if you are already using a tape based system. Upgrading to a newer system means completely throwing out your old tape-based systems and purchasing brand new disk or hard drive systems that are quite costly. However, many looking to backup data, especially video data, might prefer the option of being able to back it up on devices other than tape.

Firestreamer is a good software that has been around for a while that makes your desired storage device appear as a regular tape drive to other applications running on your computer so that you can use the powerful Windows Backup Utility (NTBackup) to backup and restore your files and folders to and from your device.

The latest version of the software (Firestreamer Virtual Tape Library 4.0) was just released and is available for a free 30 day trial download on Cristalink’s site.

They say that it is completely redesigned from the older version and can support up to 8 virtual tape libraries with up to 255 tape drives and 60,000 storage slots per library. How it works is that it seemlessly integrates with the existing tape-based backup software and enables it to access a wide range of non-tape based storage media. This obviously makes it possible for long-term and off-site retention of data without the need for tape drives.

With the new version, there is a wide range of supported storage mediums including:

  • files on any accessible storage devices
  • SAN
  • NAS
  • external hard disk drives (HDD)
  • RDX removable disks
  • Blu-ray
  • Iomega REV
  • HD DVD
  • DVD, and more.

They boast that Firestreamer operates on all 32 and 64 bit editions of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and 2008, and is compatible with Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager.

How Can a Snap Server from Overland Help Your Business?

posted by Darren McLaws 12:59 PM
Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Understanding that many people are more apt to learning visually and audibly, I was browsing around youtube this morning and found a good product explanation video put out by Overland. Here, Overland brings to light the many features and benefits for companies to use snap servers in creating a data management strategy that is capable of protecting vital corporate, or small office information.

I decided many of our customers might benefit from this product demo video so we’re featuring it here on our blog. Enjoy!

Find out more from our professionals about our snap server product line by filling out our request quote form to the right or on the linked page.

3 New Overland (Adaptec) Snap Server Product Pages Launched

posted by Darren McLaws 11:22 AM
Tuesday, May 19, 2009

We know it may seem like we’re over doing it with all the updates on the Overland (Adaptec) Snap Server stuff. It seems like that’s all we have been writing about for the past few weeks now. Furthermore, we have only written three posts in three weeks so it also may feel like we have been slacking off in our blog writing. We assure you there is a good reason for this. The reason is that we have been spending the majority of our time building up our new product pages for our Overland (Adaptec) Snap Server product line.

Just today our web developers finished three more product pages for the Snap Server 520, the Snap Server 620, and Overland’s newest in this line the Snap Server 650. Soon to come will be two new product pages for the Overland Snap Expansion S50 and the Overland SnapGuardianOS operating system derived from Linux.

For each of these new pages, these are obviously the first drafts so we invite you to take a look and read through them. We accept the fact that there may be mistakes, typos, or inconsistencies. For this reason, we encourage your feedback and opinions on how we can better optimize these and any of our product pages to provide our customers with the most accurate and important information regarding our products and services. And, as always, if you’d like more information than you see here about our Snape Servers you need only fill out the request quote form to the right or on the linked page.

Snap Server 210 and 410 Product Pages

posted by Darren McLaws 12:08 PM
Friday, May 15, 2009

As an update on the progress of our Snap Server product pages, we’re announcing the launching of two new product pages on our site for the Overland (Adaptec) Snap Server 210 and Snap Server 410. These were finished yesterday and provide additional information regarding two of our top selling NAS systems.

As always, you can attain price quotes and receive answers to your questions about these and any of our products by filling out the request quote form to the right or on the linked page.

CPUInc. Makes Headline News with New Look

posted by Darren McLaws 12:29 PM
Thursday, March 26, 2009

A press release article about our recent updates to the site has been distributed by PRWeb, a popular online newswire. This is obviously big news for us, and is also big news for our customers. We are dedicated to becoming the top provider of new and reconditioned systems for storage and backup solutions, and are pleased to have our name being distributed to those who are seeking what we have to offer.

The release, in addition to informing others of our new website, discusses a little about our company, how we started, our focus, and emphasizes some of the major products we provide. All of which can be found right here on our site. The news article that was released can be viewed by clicking on the link below.

While we are excited about the attention, our number one concern is that we provide our customers with the best possible products and services. So, in regards to our website, if there is anything you see here or notice that needs changing, please let us know. Also let us know if you don’t see something that you would like to find here. For information on any of our products or to receive a quote please fill out any of the forms on the right sidebar or on the “request quote” page. We hope you enjoy your stay with us and look forward to serving you for all of your storage and backup needs.

Keeping With the Times

posted by Darren McLaws 5:14 PM
Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Well we’ve done it. The “pass the time” hobby of newlyweds and mothers has quickly become the most popular source of new information for even the largest corporations. The blogging scene has exploded and we couldn’t let the ship pass by without jumping on board.

Here at Computer Peripherals Unlimited Inc., we’re dedicated to providing you not only with unprecedented customer service and quality products, but also with the latest and unbiased information about our products, brands, and even our competitors. We desire that our customers have the most positive experience possible in visiting our site and working with us to improve the storage and backup systems of their business(s). This is the reason for the changes you’ve seen in the past few months with our website.

We’ve worked with our professional web designers and programmers to create a more user friendly and visually appealing website for our customers. A lot of change has taken place here at CPUInc and there will be more to come in the near future. However, one thing that has not changed, is our vast inventory of quality tape drives and tape library systems.

We welcome you to our blog, and trust you will find value in the entries posted frequently in the future. We promise to work tirelessly to make it a helpful resource to you and your business. We encourage feedback and participation from you in order to help us make an online destination that fulfills the needs of it’s customers and viewers.

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