Feeds

Bus-Tech downsizes VTL for small mainframes

Sub-10TB market beckons

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

Bus-Tech says small and medium businesses with mainframes, who can't afford IBM or Sun StorageTek prices, can buy its down-sized virtual tape library (VTL).

Apparently there are lots of mainframes operated by SMBs, typically hospitals, universities and local government organisations. They often have less than 10TB of data, and, Bus-Tech says, current mainframe VTLs are overkill for them in terms of capacity and price.

So Bus-Tech has built its MDL-100S product, saying it's a more affordable, end-to-end, SMB VTL. It comes with 4.5TB of usable RAID disk storage. Assuming a 2.5-to-1 compression ratio it presents more than 11TB of capacity for tape data, equivalent to more than 5,500 fully-utilised 3490E cartridges. Bus-Tech reckons SMB mainframe shops should view it as a tape-replacement product.

Data protection options include Virtuent Replicator for scheduled or mainframe-initiated asynchronous replication over IP to secondary and tertiary sites. Virtuent Tape Backup gives users the option to backup the internal disks to an IBM LTO-4 tape autoloader if they don't actually want to replace tape.

The MDL-100S is available in either FICON or ESCON configurations and emulates up to 32 tape drives (3480/90 and 3590) on the mainframe. Pricing starts at $35,000 and it is available immediately. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
HP busts out new ProLiant Gen9 servers
Think those are cool? Wait till you get a load of our racks
Like condoms, data now comes in big and HUGE sizes
Linux Foundation lights a fire under storage devs with new conference
Silicon Valley jolted by magnitude 6.1 quake – its biggest in 25 years
Did the earth move for you at VMworld – oh, OK. It just did. A lot
Community chest: Storage firms need to pay open-source debts
Samba implementation? Time to get some devs on the job
Forrester says it's time to give up on physical storage arrays
The physical/virtual storage tipping point may just have arrived
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?