The Vxa Packet Technology Data Storage Media

By: Mike Nicholson

VXA is a tape backup system utilizing Packet technology to store and retrieve data. With VXA Packets, you enjoy peace of mind with unmatched reliability, speed and capacity.

The VXA Packet Technology offers greater advantage compared to the outdated track-based technology utilized in other tape formats, Packet Technology and VXA drives have many advantages such as the elimination of "back hitching". Back hitching occurs when the data rates between the drive and the host computer system get out of sync - as computers tend to send data in short bursts, while tracking tape drives must transfer data to/from the tape speeds. This means the drive must stop transferring data, rewind, and then move at fixed forward to 're-sync' with the data tracks on the tape.

Since VXA Packet drives read packets and not tracks, the drive can actually match the host transfer rate without back hitching-even to the point where the drive can stop completely, and start up again without ever having to back hitch. This dramatically reduces the wear and tear on the data storage media and ensures greater reliability and longer tape life.

VXA X Tapes are the only tape cartridges extreme-tested by independent labs under the most severe conditions-including violent vibration, immersion in volcanic dust, boiling water and hot coffee, and even freezing cartridges in a block of ice-to assure reliable and complete data restores. VXA is 183 times more able to restore data-even from a damaged tape-than any other tape format. You will find the full range technology tape cartridges including IBM 3480, IBM 3490E, IBM 3590, IBM 3590E, IBM 3570, IBM 3996, SDLT DLT, LTO 100GB, LTO 200GB, LTO 400GB.

Packet Technology enables VXA Packet drives, autoloaders and tapes to read and write data in packets just like the Internet, providing far superior restore integrity, exceptional transfer speeds and scalable tape capacities. With excellent reviews by analysts and data storage media experts, and adoption by major OEMs like IBM, VXA Packet Technology is the new standard in tape backup.

Leading companies around the world have formed and launched the VXA Alliance to promote and support VXA Packet technology as the new standard in tape backup and restore. For more information on how you can buy the latest VXA Packet data storage media please visit www.firscall.co.uk

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