Opinion question from those who use tape drives or VTLs:
Think this actually lives up to the billing of being a tape drive replacement for SMBs? The drive costs $650 internal, $680 external, media is $490 (from CDW) for a 500GB cartridge. Compare this to about $3000 for a LTO-3 (which stores 400GB native) and $40 per LTO-3 tape.
The difference between this and just buying external disks is that the actual hard disk drives are 2.5" enterprise-grade HDDs (as opposed to 3.5" consumer grade ones) and come in a shock-resistant case. From what I read, the MTBF (mean time between failures) on the drives is in the million hour range... but MTBF isn't everything. It tends not to cover media that is unmounted and left in storage for years.
I'm just idly curious. I've seen removable disk solutions come and go, but this one seems to have some backing behind it.