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February 23, 2010

Bus-Tech unveils new version of mainframe data library

Includes library file system, HTML-based configuration utilities and z/OS master console support

By CBR Staff Writer

Bus-Tech has unveiled a new version of mainframe data library (MDL), providing a combination of Intel Server offering with release 7.0 of the company’s Virtuent virtual tape technology.

According to Bus-Tech, the Virtuent 7.0 includes library file system, new HTML-based configuration utilities, z/OS master console support, enhanced data encryption using RSA Key Manager and phone-home capabilities.

The company said that the enhanced library file system enables users to add storage to the virtual tape library as required and introduces storage classes while the z/OS Master Console support allows them to configure their MDL to direct informational, warning and/or error messages to a z/OS master console allowing the mainframe operators to monitor the operation of their virtual tape library.

The z/OS console can be used to issue commands to the MDL in order to query the status and operate the library. Customer can include the MDL into their existing or new RSA Key Manager and gain benefits of security from the provider of security offerings for data protection, the company said.

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In addition, the new version has also been enhanced to provide phone-home capabilities. In the MDL-4000 and 6000 models, the emulation nodes forward alerts to one of the dual access control points (ACPs). The ACPs run an intelligent phone-home application that filters the alerts and, based on severity, sends the alerts to the SNMP manager or as an e-mail alert to the customer and Bus-Tech support.

The new version uses a 64-bit operating system and is built on Intel SR2600 using Intel’s latest XEON 5500 Quad-Core processor technology. The MDL-4000 and 6000 models support newer switching technology for the implementation of 10Gb ethernet later this year.

Al Brandt, president of Bus-Tech, said: “These technical, security and performance improvements to the Mainframe Data Library were driven by customer requirements and show our capability to respond to our customer’s needs. This is just another step in our quest toward advancing data protection and improving overall functionality in the Mainframe VTL marketplace.”

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