Carlsbad, California-based GigaTrend Inc has begun shipping MasterStation, a high-performance network Tape Server. This turnkey system uses an 80486-based computer to manage the operation of two 4mm Digital Audio Tape drives, called MasterStation/D or two Exabyte Corp 8500 series tape drives, called MasterStation/E. In either configuration, the two tape drives can be written to independently, […]
Carlsbad, California-based GigaTrend Inc has begun shipping MasterStation, a high-performance network Tape Server. This turnkey system uses an 80486-based computer to manage the operation of two 4mm Digital Audio Tape drives, called MasterStation/D or two Exabyte Corp 8500 series tape drives, called MasterStation/E. In either configuration, the two tape drives can be written to independently, simultaneously, or can be mirrored for added security. MasterStation can expand the support of up to seven streaming tape drives while maintaining full concurrent operation. It is being shipped network ready and pre-configured to user specifications: TCNS, FDDI, Ethernet and Token Ring are all supported. The back-up capacities of the Tape Server range from 3Gb to 35Gb. Promised soon is a range of drivers, currently under joint development with a network interface board vendor. The drivers will enhance MasterStation’s back-up speed, which Gigatrend claims is already unmatched, for the above-mentioned networking protocols. At the heart of MasterStation is GigaTrend’s distributed back-up technology, MasterSafe Enterprise software, which enables multiple network nodes to send streams of back-up data to a dedicated node on the network simultaneously. Unlike traditional tape arrays, the system ensures that data from each node is chanelled to a single tape, so avoiding spreading a single back-up job across multiple tapes.
To guarantee the integrity of the network data being backed up, MasterStation enables each of the two tape drives to be written to independently, simultaneously or in a mirroring mode, depending on how the local network administrator elects to configure the Tape Server to do network back-ups. Configuring and initialising MasterStation back-up or restore can be performed with the MasterSafe Enterprise software control module from any workstation. In turn, MasterStation can organise an entire network back-up in an unattended mode or can provide a controlled back-up resource throughout the day for interactive users. Gigatrend’s global tape library and database, the GTLibrary data management system is also included in Masterstation. This is closely coupled with a fully programmable, menu-driven scheduling, tape rotation system. The system receives data which is fed by agents residing at each node to be backed up. These agents are fully compatible with the upcoming 4.0 release of NetWare and have the ability to back up Unix, Macintosh, OS/2, Windows and others through Novell Inc’s Target Service Agents. The MasterStation Tape Server hardware contains six EISA and one AT expansion slots on the personal computer, up to 32Mb of RAM and a 100Mb SCSI hard disk drive. MasterSafe Enterprise network back-up software supports NetWare 2.0 upwards and backs up an unlimited number of file servers and workstations simultaneously. The MasterStation/D with two 4mm drives starts at $17,000. MasterStation/E two 8mm drives starts at $20,000.