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How to connect just announced MacPro to Tape??

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I have previous approval to buy a new Mac Pro when they come out, but it looks like the main IO will have to go through Thunderbolt. I currently use a LTO tape drive via PCI SCSI card. What options am I likely to face in the fall for connecting? Looks like a new tape drive might also be in order to keep things simple. Trying to plan ahead a bit.

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Do you mean a PCI Express SCSI Card? There are a couple of Thunderbolt to PCIe cards coming to market. Sonnet's Echo Express is one such device. You should be able to plug your card straight in, and with luck it'll work just as before.

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Tangentially related...

 

I'm in the process of implementing a new Fibre Channel based LTO6 tape loader - connecting it to the last generation of Xserve using an ATTO PCI card.

 

Planning ahead... like you.... for a new machine...  I have confirmed that the ATTO - Thunderlink - Thunderbolt to Fibre Channel adapters are indeed supported by Retrospect - and further spoke with ATTO to confirm they have a ThunderBolt 2 version brewing as well...

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