mLogic tape backup sports Thunderbolt and USB 3.0

If you're an IT manager or responsible for backing up data for long-term archival, you may be interested in a new LTO drive from mLogic called the mTape Connect.

Priced at $4,499, the mTape Connect is squarely aimed at the enterprise market, specifically for long-term data archival. A properly-maintained LTO archive should survive for 15-30 years depending on usage and environmental factors.

The mTape Connect is the latest LTO-6 tape drive from capable of archiving up to 2.5 terabytes of data. It supports Linear Tape File System (LTFS). With an included utility, you can mount mTape cartridges on the desktop, format them, and eject them. The device works with third-party software available for Mac and Windows.

The mTape Connect is equipped with two Thunderbolt connectors so you can daisy-chain it to other Thunderbolt peripherals. There's also a USB 3.0 port.

The mTape Connect goes on sale in June.

  • Speaking as someone who lived through the age of tape backup and had to administer and run those systems, I disagree 1,000% that tape backup is "excellent for long-term data archival and storage." :-) Given that rather large caveat, however this does look like a very good system of it's type.
  • As someone who deals with it daily, no new technology has come to truly compete with current tap backup systems for mass data archival. Yes, Blue-ray can be.. but large backup farm units are not advanced enough, and you cannot complete monthly, weekly duty cycles (write over blue-ray) and reuse them.. Tape is still the go-to for small to large business. and yes, their is cloud.. but most small to large companies will still baulk at giving over sensitive corporate data and much prefer in-house solutions.
  • Good points, and I'm not necessarily in complete disagreement, but I am still not willing to say that they are "excellent for long-term data archival and storage." I would argue that most people using them have never actually done a restore, and thus don't really know if they have a successful backup in the first place. It seems likely that you worked in a more corporate environment than I have though, so I think the requirements, and our experiences or the process are probably entirely different.
  • 2.5? Thats nothing...and who uses tapes anymore? I havent seen tapes in a decade or so. Why are they bringing old tech back? And tapes are slow...VERY SLOW....What is you need something at the beginning of the tape and you are currently at the end.
  • Uhm… you got a suitable alternative? Sent from the iMore App
  • 2.5TB for almost $5K?! What dey be smokin'?!
  • That's the drive price, not the tape price, which is much cheaper. There's really no suitable alternative if your backup needs go beyond just mirroring your drive. Sent from the iMore App
  • Thanks, I figured I was missin' somethin'... :-)
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  • LTO has been a big bag of hurt in terms of reliability of drives and tapes. Too many drives have failed just sitting on a shelf. It's not worth the cost.