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Solid State Disks introduces SCSIFlash-Tape replacement drives for legacy systems

September 152016
Solid State Disks introduces SCSIFlash-Tape replacement drives for legacy systems

September 15, 2016.  Solid State Disks Ltd, the advanced storage systems design, development and integration specialist, has launched SCSIFlash-Tape which provides a CompactFlash-based, solid state replacement for traditional SCSI-based, electro-mechanical tape drives on legacy computer-based industrial process control systems that are either obsolete or nearing the end of their life. SCSIFlash-Tape provides a drop-in replacement for the DDS DAT, DLT and QIC tape drives on a variety of host systems.

SCSIFlash-Tape gives OEMs and service providers a solution for supporting their legacy systems. SCSIFlash-Tape’s configurable firmware allows a host match, eliminating the need for any host hardware or software changes. With no software updates or integration required, the host sees SCSIFlash-Tape as if it were the original tape drive.

Offering a field replacement, SCSIFlash-Tape’s configurable firmware, which is field upgradeable via an integral USB port, facilitates a match to any host computer system.  TCP/IP networking via standard RJ45 Ethernet connection is also supported, allowing SCSIFlash-Tape to be connected to any existing local area network for remote configuration, control, diagnostics, backup and restore.

SCSIFlash-Tape requires a 5V power supply and will also fit into a standard floppy disk drive slot using the same fixings. With a small 3.5-inch footprint and using a standard 50 pin SCSI-1 or SCSI-2 connection, SCSIFlash-Tape can be used to replace obsolete 3.5-inch and any larger tape drive using a suitable adaptor. Data transfer rates are up to 6 Mbytes/s sustained.

SCSIFlash-Tape is also available as a network drive upgrade with IP address set up at the factory. This ships complete with Solid State Disks’ FLASH2GUI graphical user interface used for control and configuration of the drive as well as backup and restore operations. FLASH2GUI features multiple login levels to prevent unauthorised use and backup and restore based on the disk image, as well as write protection and erase of the drive contents, along with the ability to set the disk capacity from 1Mb to 64GB, set the drive emulation and the drive’s IP address and name remotely. The image editor controls the backup and restore functionality and includes the ability to view the drive image contents, extract files, folders or the entire disk contents, add and remove files and folders from the disk, add new software install files, and create a new formatted drive.

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