To provide effective data protection, address regulatory requirements, archive business data and ensure high availability (HA) for continuous business operations, organisations need an infrastructure that can help manage data from online application storage to offline, permanent archive media. Tape is a key part of both the backup and archive lifecycle of data. Tape is the storage option with the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) for protecting data, for securely backing up and storing data both short term and for long term archives and for record keeping and disaster recovery (DR). As data centres and the data they store grow, data protection can become more complex, involving continuous backup, multiple sites, off-site recovery, DR testing and many other processes to insure your data is protected. This growth can lead to increased backup and restore times as well as higher data management overhead and costs.
IBM TS7700 Virtualisation Engine is the solution
The IBM TS7700 Virtualisation Engine is a family of mainframe virtual tape solutions that optimise data protection and business continuance for System z data. Through the use of virtualisation and disk cache, the TS7700 family operates at disk speeds while maintaining compatibility with existing tape operations. The TS7700 family of System z tape virtualisation is offered in two models: the TS7720, which uses only virtual tape drives and tape cartridge volumes and the TS7740, which not only stores the data on virtual tape drives, but also writes data by policy to physical tape. This fully integrated tiered storage hierarchy of disk and tape takes advantage of both tape and disk technologies to deliver performance for active data and best economics for inactive data. With the TS7740, tape and disk are combined to provide a flexible, policy-managed configuration that offers the benefits of both types of storage. Deploying these innovative models can help reduce batch processing time, TCO and management overhead.