EMC, a provider of information infrastructure offerings, has acquired Massachusetts-based Bus-Tech, a privately held provider of Virtual Tape Library (VTL) offerings that utilise open systems disk storage to store and retrieve mainframe tape data.
The company said the acquisition will enhance its offerings for mainframe batch processing, backup and recovery, disaster recovery, and data archiving applications.
Bus-Tech will be part of the EMC Backup Recovery Systems division, which delivers disk-based backup and recovery offerings.
EMC said that the combination of disk library and deduplication storage systems with Bus-Tech mainframe virtual tape library controllers gives mainframe users a simple, cost-effective way to eliminate complex and aging tape-based systems.
In addition, the integrated offering will accelerate their batch, backup and disaster recovery processes while providing automation and reliability levels that tape-based systems cannot deliver.
EMC backup recovery systems division president Frank Slootman said mainframe users are not immune to the challenges with tape when it comes to backup and recovery and in a few short years, the application of data deduplication and disk-based storage has literally transformed the backup market.
"The addition of Bus-Tech will enable us to deliver a suite of next-generation mainframe backup products that are highly differentiated in terms of performance, integration and supportability," Slootman said.