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ELEMENTS integrates a fully indexed archive solution based on LTFS, supporting libraries with multiple drives and hundreds of slots – without additional licensing costs. It supports single tape drives as well as tape libraries without vendor lock, so you can choose your favorite manufacturer or utilize existing hardware. ELEMENTS is tested with tape drives and libraries from Quantum, IBM, HP, Spectralogic, Tandberg and many more.
Without the need for a hardware client, ELEMENTS’ LTFS support makes LTFS tapes accessible through the web-interface, both for reading and writing. For each file and tape metadata is written to a database, establishing a fully indexed archive over time, allowing to search for any keyword and information stored in the archive – just like using a web search engine. Adding customized fields provides the option to include additional information, e.g. customer project IDs, tape location or reference numbers, enhancing the scope of the archive significantly.
Complying with LTFS standards, the job manager will refuse to backup files that exceed the capacity of the tape. But it will allow to create jobs consisting of multiple files or folders that are bigger than one tape and will split them up accordingly. Even when a backup job was started already, with ELEMENTS it is possible to pause the backup job and execute a restore job – and resume the paused backup job after the restore job was finalized. Unlike other archive applications, ELEMENTS allows for creating multiple copies even if only one tape drive is available. With the job manager, jobs can be executed asynchronously which is very important when removing the original files from disk or the recording media.
The LTFS job manager allows for creating backup and archive jobs while keeping track of your files. To verify the consistency of the files written to tape, the job manager will create a MD5-checksum of the files on disk and on tape and will store this information for review. To align files that belong to a certain project or customer, tape groups can be created, while tapes can be added to a tape group at any time to increase capacity. Within a tape group the job manager will try to fill up tapes to use space optimally.