IBM  Optica zVT System 

IBM reports the Optica zVT system now offers a standard set of advanced features that protect your data against cyber-attacks and ransomware while enabling an efficient recovery methodology if your data is compromised or corrupted, which inevitably will occur sooner or later.

Courtesty IBM

The Optica zVT system can be architected using standard features to automate the creation of air-gapped, immutable copies of your backup data to protect from increasingly common modern cyber vulnerabilities.

Here are, according to IBM, the various architectures for implementing the necessary data security features and recovery steps to mitigate your risk. You can, in short, learn from IBM’s experts how efficient and affordable cyber protection can be with its latest mainframe virtual tape.

DancingDinosaur is primarily interested in IBM’s newest mainframe tape systems. That’s the latest zVT, the Optical zVT system that can be architected using standard features to automate the creation of air-gapped, immutable copies of your backup data to provide protection from modern cyber vulnerabilities, which invariably will crop up due to human and system errors or deliberate attacks.

IBM already has consolidated its options to the high-end TS7760, retiring their TS7720 and TS7740 models. Similarly, Oracle has also delivered significant performance and enhancements to its VSM offering, where the latest VSM 7 delivers significant resources when compared with the VSM 6 and older predecessors.

Not to be outdone, Optica Technologies, also  a leader in delivering high quality storage and connectivity solutions for the mainframe, recently announced a relationship with IBM around the Optica enhancements to its Optica zVT.

The zVT comes configured and ships with license support for 16 virtual tape drives, 8TB of RAID-6 protected storage, and hardware compression in an economical 2U appliance. 

In short, welcome to this new world of mainframe tape backup.

To take advantage of this new tape backup world IBM offers three suggestions:.

1–Automate the isolation of your data in addition to standard DR copies and processes

2–Protect your data on-premise and via public-private cloud

3–Efficiently recover via a clean copy of your backup data in any location

Are you ready? This sounds far simpler than when I first encountered enterprise data center tape backup decades ago. It you’re in need of simplified data center tape backup this is probably as good as it gets until the next major advance, which could be coming next year for all anyone can tell.

Alan Radding is DancingDinosaur, a veteran information technology analyst, writer, and ghostwriter. Follow DancingDinosaur on Twitter.

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