IBM Cloud Tape Connector Now Connects with Virtual Tape for Cloud e-Vault
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Cloud Storage for mainframe data is becoming much more mainstream than in the past. At the recent SHARE conference in Providence, Rhode Island, there was a very interesting and well-attended panel discussion with several of the top vendors, all providing their views on how this market space is developing. One of the interesting use cases discussed by IBM at SHARE is for smaller clients who have older direct-attached tape drives which are nearing end of life. They are faced with a choice of trying to replace with newer but still used equipment, which is or soon will be out of service, moving up to an expensive Virtual Tape Library (VTL) or exploring cloud storage as an alternative. IBM Cloud Tape Connector for z/OS (CTC) provides a software-defined method to move data stored on tape to public, private or hybrid cloud storage, providing a cost-effective alternative for sites finding themselves in this predicament. In order to avoid disruption to current processes, however they still need to "write to tape", unless they want to overhaul their applications. IBM's Virtual Tape Facility for Mainframe (VTFM) is a software-defined solution allowing existing disk storage to seamlessly mimic real tape, without expensive application or process changes. A new integration between VTFM and CTC provides a provide a seamless e-vaulting solution leaving data available on premise as virtual tape as needed, AND backed up to the cloud. Using the cloud eliminates tape handling, copying, shipping, storage and retrieval, and can provide longer term storage without worry about media degradation. Using VTFM allows seamless retrieval of data for users or applications, and CTC's intuitive interface makes it easy to recover data from the cloud at a DR site if and when needed. These unique capabilities keep IBM’s software-only solution out in front, in the hottest sector of storage software.