Bus-Tech Touts Mainframe Backup Improvements

Arthur Cole

Mainframe users, a firm called Bus-Tech says its new appliance can greatly improve your system's tape backup, and lower your tape processing costs to boot, according to Data Storage Connection.


The company says the combination of its Mainframe Data Library (MDL) and Mainframe Appliance for Storage (MAS) boosts throughput by half, delivers better service levels, and lets you bring compliant storage to the mainframe environment.


Both tape-on-disk controllers attach directly to the mainframe using FICON or ESCON I/O channels, with standard Gigabit Ethernet hooking up the storage. A loaded MDL with eight FICON ports delivers more than 600 MBps, and they can be cascaded to bump throughput even higher. Each MDL has a number of independent "Connect Nodes" that cater to at least two FICON or ESCON interfaces, letting it emulate up to 256 tape transports. SNMP monitoring and IDRC compression are also included.


There's also a set of mirroring options for disaster recovery, offering concurrent replication of multiple sites while doing away with things like tape duplexing and specialized channel extension equipment.


Bus-Tech's been around since 1987, so you can't exactly call them a start-up. They've made most of their living forging connections between data centers and OEM equipment, so it's a good bet that they've got something at least worth taking a look at.

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