I'm looking into using linux & samba for two purposes:
1) central file server for windows NT users - initially about 20 clients
max, but eventually up to 150.
2) backup for aforementioned server and other NT systems.
3) archival of scanned-in documents (maps, contracts, etc)
Specifically I'd like to know the advantages/disadvantages of DAT vs. DLT
tape systems, especially with Linux. So far I know DLT is newer technology,
stretches to higher capacities,higher transfer speeds, longer tape life and
apparently more reliable (according to NASA anyway). On the downside is the
initial cost. I couldn't find any linux-specific reasons to choose one over
As an aside, the intended server will probably be on of the Dell Poweredge
series - I'd appreciate any comments from people with real world experience
of this particular animal.
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