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Published: 29 Oct 2012

Ten years ago, the Hobart Corporation, a commercial food equipment and service provider in Troy, OH, started to move applications off its mainframes to open systems platforms. We also needed to be able to backup and recover those systems. In 1993, the reliability and well-established procedures of the mainframe operations made it the obvious choice for open systems backup. Like many businesses at that time, IT consolidated numerous departmental LANs into an enterprise network, and took responsibility for its file and print servers. With that responsibility increasing, backup and recovery responsibilities grew. Fast forward to 2000: The open system backups now occupied 1,660 mainframe tapes and kept eight tape drives spinning full time. The backup tape contained a total of 2TB of data. Just recycling the obsolete onsite tapes required dozens of operator mounts every day. The large tape inventory and high volume of mounts ate up a significant amount of operator time. The constant filing and retrieval also made lost tapes inevitable. We had a growing problem. ... Access >>>

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