Tape Replacement / Tape Drive Emulation
disk-based backup solutions, please see our Backup Appliance
page. For Flash Disk based Magneto/Optical (MO) replacement,
please see our MO_Replacement
Virtual Tape drive - the 'tapeless' tape drive
Avax FlashTape Virtual Tape drive is a magnetic tape drive alternative
- an electronic unit that appears to the host
system as a legacy tape
drive, but stores data to industry
standard Compact Flash (CF) cards.
legacy tape drives are no longer manufactured
repair houses are finding it increasingly difficult to obtain spare
Some applications are written to only operate with a specific
type of tape drive, which creates a problem when the drive fails and
cannot be repaired.
The Avax FlashTape is a small stand-alone unit that offers an
easy alternative by providing tape drive emulation of a variety of
legacy tape drives giving a plug
& play option with the applications that require them.
interface Tape Drive Emulation using Flash Disk as tape.
3490E, IBM3590, DLT4000
DAT, 8MM, AIT, QIC and 9 track SCSI
tape drives. Other emulations are possible - check with your
Avax sales representative.
FlashTape is a
direct replacement for 1/2" tape units using the Pertec interface.
Compact Flash, XD, MMC, Microdrive,
or SD card (via suitable PCMCIA adapter).
tape positioning times – useful for quick
file positioning when reading the
media can be treated as
a single tape
are solid state Compact Flash cards(see image at
— providing rugged and readily available media.
problems of slow backups
shoe-shining the tape drive, which eventually
leads to failures.
be dual-ported so that two or more
Hosts can share the unit.
disk itself can also be saved back to
a regular tape drive in an off-line fashion.—
simply connect the tape drive and
select this function in the menu (with optional display).
Plug & Play installation
small, lightweight alternative to a real
front panel LCD display
shows current drive activity
the SCSI FlashTape drive
or the Pertec
Interface FlashTape Data Sheet in Adobe
INTERFACE FLASH TAPE
Emulator to CF
a legacy reel-to-reel tape drive with a compact unit
that uses readily available Flash Cards as the input/output medium.
Pertec Flash Tape is
the simple way
to retire that bulky legacy reel-to-reel tape drive without the need to
re-write the custom software that runs it! The Flash Tape
has the same Pertec interface that is used on your old tape drive, so
it is a simple "Plug & Play" replacement - except, of course,
no longer need those bulky and increasingly hard to get tape reels.
Just readily available and inexpensive flash cards.
Flash Tape is available in table top or rack mount
Compact Flash, XD, MMC, Microdrive, Memory Stick or
SD card (via suitable PCMCIA adapter).
more information on the Pertec Flash Tape, please download a copy of the data sheet.
DS-1000 (Magnetic Tape Emulator) and DS-2000 (Data Server) systems
are a direct replacement for 1/2" and DAT tape drives. The MTE units
are compatible with systems that use either Pertec or SCSI connection
to the host.
that currently log to magnetic tape, or require input from
legacy tape drives can now use the Magnetic Tape Emulator and either
write the data to CD/DVD or transmit it over intranet/internet for
DS-1000 is for general applications and model DS-2000 is intended
for telecom switches. A DS1000 unit has recently been successfully
installed to replace a Kennedy 9100 as the data logger on a
Siemens-Westinghouse WDPF system at a power generator, as well as
replacing magnetic tape inputs on Scitex 3000 pre-press units and on
various machine tools.
The DS2000 Data Server has been fully tested on the following telephone
System 12, Alcatel E10, NEC Neax61E/K, Neax
Sigma, Lucent 5ESS 3B20, Lucent 5ESS B21, Siemens EWSD, Ericsson AXE10,
Fujitsu F150, Nortel DMS100, Nortel DMS10, NEC NEAX61E.
If your switch is not on the above list, please contact us as switches
are being added almost continuously.
you require a tape emulation unit for a Telco switch other than
those listed above, we will be happy to discuss what needs to be done
to make the product work for you.
- Read more
about Telecom Solutions
the DS-1000 Magnetic
Tape Emulator data sheet in Adobe
Data Server data sheet in Adobe
a copy of a DS-1000
case study (DS-1000
on high speed printer)
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