IBM mainframe customers will have a lot to ponder in the coming months with the company's launch of a new tape/disk storage solution that melds virtualization and grid computing to cut energy costs.
The heart of the system, according to CNNmoney, is the TS7740 virtualization engine that can automatically duplicate tape-based data across three data centers under what the company calls a Virtual Tape Grid. The system also has the ability to boost performance and cache capacity incrementally, or can be outfitted with a 1 TB single-cache drawer. A copy export function provides quick export of data for disaster recovery operations.
IBM has also released a new controller to provide mainframe attachment to the TS1120 tape and, by association, the TS3400 tape library. Mainframe users now have access to the drive-based encryption and twin 18-cartridge drives of the 3400 library.