VXA Tape

Discrete Packet Format™(DPF)

The enabling foundation of VXA® technology is its revolutionary
Discrete Packet Format. DPF enables data to be written and
read in packet form, providing users a data restore capability
unprecedented in the storage industry. The packets are uniquely
addressed and can be read in any sequence.

Variable Speed Operation™(VSO)

Conventional streaming drives must operate at a constant speed,
and when the flow of data to or from the drive is interrupted, the
tape must be stopped and repositioned.This “backhitching”
significantly accelerates media and head wear, which in turn adversely
impacts data reliability and the life of the drive mechanism. In
contrast, the VXA-1 drive adjusts tape motion to match the host
transfer rate, eliminating backhitching. This capability
significantly enhances media and drive reliability while optimizing
backup and restore job times.

OverScan Operation™(OSO)

OverScan Operation is a technique for reading data packets independent
of track shape or geometry. By reading packets with multiple scans,
VXA virtually guarantees data restore. This also ensures media
interchange – data on any VXA tape can be read by any VXA drive.

Re-inventing Tape Storage

66 GB at 6 MB/sec
Designed for 100% reliable restore
Optimal backup and restore job times
Assured media interchange
A new standard in data storage value


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