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Bus-Tech’s Mainframe VTL Available through Hitachi Data Systems

2008-07-15 08:00:00

Mainframe Data Library Provides Cost-Effective Mainframe Tape

Replacement with Scalable and Secure Solution

BURLINGTON, Mass.–(EMWNews)–Bus-Tech, Inc., the market leader in mainframe tape-on-disk controllers

and data center connectivity products, today announced their Mainframe

Data Library (MDL) controller is now available through Hitachi Data

Systems. The addition of the Bus-Tech MDL solution increases Hitachis

ability to address the problem of storing mainframe tape data on disk.

Customers can purchase complete Bus-Tech mainframe tape-on-disk

solutions designed for the Hitachi High-performance NAS Platform and

Hitachi Content Archive Platform directly from Hitachi Data Systems.

The partnership provides customers with a single source to deploy an

end-to-end Mainframe VTL solution. The combined solution set will

provide enterprise data centers with lower tape processing costs, faster

backups and restores, improved business continuity and disaster recovery

and the ability to include compliant storage in their mainframe


Hitachi Data Systems will offer Bus-Techs

Mainframe Data Library (MDL) which uses a modular approach for

scalability and high-availability. Additional capacity can be easily

added to handle unexpected changes in a customers

tape processing requirements. This provides an integrated solution to

satisfy the most demanding mainframe tape environments.

Bus-Techs MDL combined with Hitachis

Network Attached Storage (HNAS) can help customers reduce their

dependence on large-scale tape subsystems by providing low-cost

disk-based backup solutions utilizing state-of-the-art disk storage to

replace aging mainframe tape / optical storage. Bus-Techs

MDL combined with Hitachis Content Archive

Platform (HCAP) provides an online enterprise archive environment for

mainframe applications requiring long-term archival. Customers with

applications that write to standard mainframe tapes are able to take

full advantage of the Bus-Tech/HNAS or Bus-Tech/HCAP integration.

We are pleased to offer Bus-Techs

Mainframe VTLs to customers via this partnership,

said John Mansfield, senior vice president, global solutions strategy

and development, Hitachi Data Systems. Mainframe

customers can now build tape-on-disk backup and archiving environments

utilizing the Bus-Tech VTL family to provide consistent fast access to

data, reduce batch processing times, provide superior availability and

scalability, satisfy new regulatory requirements and enhance overall

operational efficiency.

The Hitachi High-performance NAS Platform and Hitachi Content Archive

Platform provide file and content storage services that complement

Hitachi Data Systems services-oriented

storage approach. Hitachi Data Systems

Services Oriented Storage Solutions are built on a market-proven storage

platform, which when combined with Hitachis

controller-based storage Virtualization technology, can be easily

deployed to externally attached, multi-vendor storage devices. Customers

gain many measurable benefits including storage consolidation, improved

utilization of assets, reduced TCO and a lower environmental footprint,

across the enterprise.

The Bus-Tech MDL contains multiple independently operating tape-on-disk

controllers that attach directly to the mainframe FICON or ESCON

input/output channels. They use standard Gigabit Ethernet IP to attach

to the Hitachi High-performance NAS and HTTP to Hitachi Content Archive

Platform storage systems. To the mainframe they emulate 3480/3490/3590

tape drives, allowing mainframe-based applications to transparently

store data by writing files to an emulated tape device.

We are extremely pleased to be entering into

this agreement with Hitachi Data Systems whose exceptional engineering,

customer service and end-user reputation are well respected in the

enterprise data center, stated Al Brandt,

Bus-Techs President. This

agreement with Hitachi Data Systems further positions Bus-Tech as the

industry standard for Virtual Tape Libraries in the mainframe


With HNAS and HCAP, customers are able to complete batch processing in

less time because physical tape handling is eliminated. Deploying backup

and archive data locally or remotely on high availability storage arrays

enhances business continuance and disaster recovery. Regulatory

compliance requirements are satisfied with HCAP, enabling the

replacement of aging optical and WORM tape technologies. Dramatically

reduced footprints, elimination of cartridge consumption, lower

maintenance costs, reduced electrical expenses and significantly reduced

operator intervention combine to deliver unparalleled operational


About Bus-Tech, Inc.

Bus-Tech, Inc. founded in 1987 is the industry’s leading provider of

state-of-the-art connectivity solutions for the data center. The

company’s powerful suite of adapter and platform solutions satisfies

even the most rugged demands of data processing professionals for

high-bandwidth, high-availability and high-performance connectivity.

With more than 20,000 installed sites worldwide, Bus-Tech is a

recognized leader in the data center interconnect market. Headquartered

in Burlington, MA, the company is privately held with locations around

the world. For more information about Bus-Tech and its products, please

visit the Bus-Tech World Wide Web site at,

send e-mail to or

call 800-284-3172 or 781-272-8200.

Bus-Tech Inc.
Jim OConnor, 781-272-8200

Communications, Inc.
Dan Thompson, 978-474-1900

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