virtual tape


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virtual tape

(1) Simulating an infinite number of tape drives to the host system. See virtual tape system.

(2) Backing up to disk first and then to tape. The same application used to back up to tape is used, but the data are intercepted and stored on disk. See D2D.
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For 3590 physical tape users who are confronted with End of Support (Manufacturer's Service Withdrawal) soon, the cost and floor space to deploy full virtual tape solutions at 2 or 3 sites can be prohibitive.
DSI's virtual tape appliances provide high performance backups and compliance assurance at a fraction of the cost of traditional tape solutions and with less time and maintenance required than traditional tape systems.
In 2005, the virtual tape market moved from an evangelist sell to a mainstream product as many enterprises adopted VTLs to meet SLAs, backup window requirements and compliance regulations.
Mark Beard has more than thirty-six years of increasingly responsible information technology positions, including direct storage sales, pre- and post-sales technical support, and management in the storage, virtual tape and disaster recovery markets with the State of Illinois, StorageTek, Sun Microsystems and Alliance Technology Group.
Sun's next generation virtual tape solution will capitalize on the strength of Sun's systems portfolio, including the Solaris(TM) Operating System (OS), to enable customers to streamline their backup processes with enhanced functionality around key requirements including high availability, disaster recovery and back-end physical tape integration and policy-based management.
Unlike D2D systems, which rely upon native OS file systems, virtual tape libraries write data to proprietary file systems and present the data as physical tapes to the backup servers.
According to Ryuichi Ichikawa, Senior Manager, Nissho Electronics Corporation, "This virtual tape library technology lowers administration costs with its simplified backup application configuration and performance tuning making library sharing transparent to the application as well as dynamic tape drive 'sharing' transparent to application.
LUMINEX continues to lead the industry in customer deployments of deduplication for mainframe virtual tape.
Well-designed DBL often provide both file system and virtual tape interfaces for maximum flexibility.
Both the SVT100 and SVT200 are powered by FalconStor's IPStor(R) Virtual Tape Library software and integrate into the MaXXan Operating System (MOS(TM)) software with a high-performance I/O engine for cost-effective and easy deployment.
More and more mainframe customers are replacing existing legacy tape libraries and virtual tape systems with LUMINEX's Channel Gateway mainframe virtual tape and deduplication storage systems.
But a standing-room crowd is only the first clue that virtual tape is a hot topic.

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