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NetStor NS370TB3

The NS372TB3 is a space-saving, versatile and high-performance Thunderbolt 3 LTO case with a big extra. In addition to the two drive bays, the engineers have also installed a SAS expansion port.

The NS372TB3 combines the established LTO technology with the outstanding Thunderbolt 3 interface. SAS drives from leading manufacturers can be used in its 1U enclosure. The LTO tape drives are connected via SFF-8482 interface with 6 Gbps.

Netstor thus enables users of Mac servers - who usually do not have a host bus adapter installed for connection to the LTO system - to back up their data to tape. Of course, Mac and Windows notebooks can also quickly back up to LTO tape via Thunderbolt interface.

The highlight: Thanks to the integrated ATTO-HBA, the expansion enclosure also functions as a SAS bridge. The administrator can also dock JBODs or RAID systems to the external miniSAS port (SFF-8088). This enables any Thunderbolt 3 connected computer to back up data to tape with the NS372TB3 while simultaneously streaming video from the connected RAID system. With a possible data rate of up to 2750 megabytes per second, the Thunderbolt port finally offers enough reserves to be able to execute all these storage processes simultaneously.

Installing the system is also extremely easy: connect the Thunderbolt 3 cable and you're done. With the appropriate software - such as the IBM Tape Diagnostic Tool (ITDT) - the user can access the tapes like a mounted drive via the Linear Tape File System (LTFS).

From a professional point of view, Netstor has installed everything in the NS372TB3 that is necessary for reliable operation: One 250 Watt power supply in server quality as well as two enclosure fans that can be changed from behind during operation.


NetStor NS370TB3 Performance
Depending on the used drive generation, the customer can have the appropriate LTO drives installed in the NS372TB3. The last three generations are suitable for this: LTO-6, -7 or -8.
The fans - in combination with the well thought-out ventilation architecture - prevent heat accumulation within the stable sheet metal enclosure.
The two fast Thunderbolt connectors can be daisy-chained. Additional JBODs or RAID systems can be connected to the miniSAS port (SFF-8088).



Technical Specifications

Model Netstor NS372TB3
Host Interface Thunderbolt 3 (Dual Port USB-C for Daisy Chain)
Data Transfer Rate 40Gbps
No. of LTO(s) Up to 2 * 5.25-inch LTO Tape Driver
LTO Interface SFF-8482 with integrated power
LTO size 210(D) x 134(W) x 42(H) mm
8.3(D) x 5.25(W) x 1.65(H) inch
Thunderbolt Expansion Up to Six Thunderbolt devices
SAS Port One external SAS port (SFF8088)
Fan Cooler Two 75x 75x 28mm Blower (rear)
Power Supply Server-grade 250W Single Power Supply
Low-noise Design
Universal: 100~240VAC, 50/60Hz
Enclosure Dimension 452(D) x 482(W) x 44(H) mm
17.8(D) x 19(W) x 1.73(H) inch
Operating System Mac OS X 10.12.3 above
Windows 10/8
Environmental Requirements Operation Temperature: 5°C ~ 50°C
Storage Temperature: -20°C~ 70°C
Operation Humidity: 10% ~ 80%, non-condensing
Storage Humidity: 5% ~ 95%
Package Content 1U Enclosure x 1
Thunderbolt3-40Gbps cable x 1 (1 meter)
Power Cord x 1