YoYottaID Automation

Supports LTFS & 4 LTO Drives and 48 Slots

Do you have lots of LTO tapes? Do you need to create large archives and restore media efficiently?  Put the tapes into an HPE, IBM, MagStor, Oracle, Overland, Qualstar, Quantum, Spectra, StorageTek or Tandberg Library and let YoYottaID Automation take control.  YoYottaID Automation can control one library and up to 4 LTO drives and these can be any mix of library or standalone.

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Automation tapes and drives
See all the loaded tapes on the left, the empty slots on the right. The tape drives are shown at the bottom. There are buttons to manually move, format, mount and eject tapes, but YoYottaID will do all this automatically.

YoYottaID Automation supports up to 4 drives and 160 tape slots. Both mail slots and ordinary slots can be used for tapes, so no spaces are wasted. However it can be quicker to open just the mail slot on a library so the Export button will automatically move a tape into a mail slot.

LTO tapes
All tapes must have barcode labels

The labels have a 6 character code with either L5, L6 or L7 on the end for LTO-5, LTO-6 or LTO-7 tapes.For example 123456L5, ABCDEFL6, YO1234L6, 17376AL5.

YoYottaID will use the barcode to format the tape. No need to manually enter the barcode. This is an LTO standard, using more than 6 characters means that your tapes will be difficult to use.

Select the tapes needed for the archive

Start the archive
Blank tapes will automatically be formatted with the correct barcode, saving time.

LTO + Asset Metadata
After the archive completes, tape health metadata will be stored in the database along with all the assets for each tape.

Then restore assets from the database

Restore clips from archive using project AAF, ALE, EDL or FCPXML files

Add more tapes for larger backups
Add as many tapes as you want as destinations. Make sure you add them to COPY #1. This will make a single copy spanned across multiple tapes.

Spanning larger backups across tapes
Tapes will only be used if needed and they will be loaded and formatted automatically (if blank) then mounted.

So no need to open the LTFS panel.

On completion the database will show which assets are on each tape.

Connecting a library to a Mac
Drives for libraries are available with SAS or Fibre Channel interfaces. To connect a SAS or FC LTO-5, LTO-6 or LTO-7 drive to the old MacPro use the ATTO

ExpressSAS H680 or Celerity FC PCIe cards from ATTO.

The ATTO SH 2068 Thunderbolt SAS units, Rxxx RAID cards and Highpoint adaptors are not suitable for use with LTFS tape.

Each SAS connector can control up to four SAS drives using a SFF8088 to 4x SFF8088 cable.