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I am looking to implement an LTO-5 tape backup system on a currently shipping Mac OS X Server (10.6.7) tower (PCI Express Card compatible). This backup system would be used only to offload data for long term storage to free up space for current data.

I am new to this so I am not certain whether native support for LTO-5 storage systems exists in Mac OS X Server and whether I need to look into any software in addition to basic filesystem support.

Any insights and links to resources are welcome. Excuse me for the basic nature of this post - I am at the point in my research when I don't even know what the search terms that will bring up relevant results are...

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Not sure if off-topic. We've had meta discussions about shopping questions looking for rare components but I'm not sure what the final result was. Still +1 for mentioning tape drives. – AndrejaKo Jun 5 '11 at 21:02
I would expect to have more LTO users as tapes become economical when storing vast amounts of offline data and perhaps more users familiar with Mac Pro drivers and software for SAS storage. Your software / manpower costs are likely to exceed the $2k to $5k you'll spend on the hardware. – bmike Aug 9 '11 at 18:03
maybe you could explain why you want to do this on a Mac? Extending your scope to include other OS would make this much more mainstream... – Florenz Kley Aug 10 '11 at 20:33

Most new tape drives especially after LTO-4 usually have a SAS interface. Most vendors like HP, IBM, Dell have LTO-5 drives available now. All you would need is to have a SAS PCI express card so that you can connect the tape drive to the server.

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