With cloud infrastructures on the rise and data volumes expanding exponentially, organizations need a cost-effective way to manage both primary and backup data that is active, inactive or even archived. Long-term retention of data is a business priority—as is continuous availability from anywhere at any time—but the storage solution must also fit within today’s budget constraints. Storing infrequently accessed data on costly disk storage simply doesn’t make sense. At the same time, physical tape libraries can require long access times, making the use cost-prohibitive in transactional storage infrastructures. That’s where virtualized tape storage comes in.
IBM TS7760 is a mainframe virtual tape solution that optimizes data protection and business continuance for z Systems data. Through the use of virtualization and disk cache, TS7760 operates at disk speeds while maintaining compatibility with existing tape operations. Its fully integrated tiered storage hierarchy takes advantage of both disk and tape technologies to deliver performance for active data and best economics for inactive and archive data.