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Types of tape devices

There are two types of tape devices: local and remote. A local tape device is on a storage system that performs the tape operation. A remote tape device is connected through the network to a host or storage system that is performing the tape operation.

The remote tape device has a trust relationship with the storage system that performs the tape operation. The remote magnetic tape (RMT) protocol, which is a bundled component of Data ONTAP runs on the remote tape device.

Note: SMTape does not support remote tape backups and restores.
Note: You cannot use tape devices associated with tape libraries (media changers) on remote hosts.