Scalar i3

LTO Tape Drive Cleaning

LTO Tape Drive Cleaning

Over time all tape drives require cleaning via dedicated cleaning tapes. The average cleaning tape can be used up to 50 times before it is used up and considered “expired”. Once a cleaning tape is expired it is no longer viable and needs to be discarded. Cleaning tapes are considered consumable items that customers must provide in order to keep their tape drives functioning properly.

Extended Data Life Management (EDLM) Best Practices

Extended Data Life Management (EDLM) Best Practices

The EDLM feature allows customers to perform media scans to validate the integrity of the data written to the tape. These scans can be run on a proactive or reactive basis and scan policies can be defined to suite the customer’s needs.  Defining the EDLM scan policies properly to minimize the performance impact of your normal backup jobs is a very important process. Defining these policies can be complex as every customer has different backup requirements or media use cases. The purpose of this Best Practice article is to help define when and how EDLM scans should be performed to maximize the feature along with minimizing the impact to your backup requirements.