IBM has launched a new mainframe virtual-tape product designed to improve tape processing and support business continuity.
The System Storage TS7700 Virtualisation Engine is built on a hardware and software architecture that creates a virtual tape grid computing environment through a global awareness function.
This allows users to store data on TS7700s at different sites, with each TS7700 engine able to track where the data is located and access it.
The design is aimed at improving businesses’ disaster recovery capabilities, by allowing the TS7700 to automatically duplicate data to another TS7700 at a second site over standard TCP/IP communications.
The TS7700 includes an advanced policy management function to control physical volume pooling, along with cache management, dual copy, automatic copy across a grid network, and copy mode controls.
It has a standards-based management interface, with statistical reporting. The virtualisation engine is also built on a modular, scaleable architecture to allow for future growth.
The announcement comes as IBM steps up its tape product and service offerings, following last week’s introduction of the IBM System Storage TS1120, a tape drive with drive-based encryption capabilities.
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