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Published: 19 Oct 2012

If tape libraries could share IT resources and data across all processing platforms, data center complexity and cost could be reduced dramatically. Some vendors advertise enterprise automated tape libraries (ATLs) that support multiple platforms, but they don't support all platforms. Because of technical limitations, users deploy ATLs to support Unix servers or mainframe-hosted applications, yet they don't connect the two platforms to the same ATL. What's needed is a single enterprise tape environment that supports legacy and open platforms. But there are a number of reasons why cross-platform tape support is neither widespread nor well-exploited. Enterprise disk arrays can be easily shared across platforms. But some observers believe tape vendors have gotten off with barely a slap on the wrist for not enabling their products to connect to all of the platforms in the data center. For example, the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) has developed a standard model for shared storage, but barely addresses cross-platform ATL sharing. Do IP networks ... Access >>>

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