Has anyone heard anything about this device? It sits on the host fiber and looks like a tape library then passes the save out to SAN.
Can you really do "bare metal restores" (D IPL) from it?

Storage Director for the IBM i and Power Systems Environments

* Significantly reduces IBM i backup windows
* Increases data reliability of Backup and Restore
* Runs under all na7ve applica7ons (BRMS, MMS, Savlib) and u7li7es running physical tape
* Requires no changes to exis7ng backup procedures
* Supports iOS V5R3 to V7R1 and VIOS, Linux, AIX
* Connects to the IBM i via standard internal Fibre Channel cards
* Seen by the IBM i as an actual IBM 3584 Tape Library with any version LTO tape drive
* Auto‐configures as na7ve IBM technology to the IBM i, allowing Storage Director
to func7on exactly as an IBM 3584 would, including bare metal restore on an IBM i
* High‐performance backup and restore (over 1.4 GB/sec)
* Supports mul7ple LPARS and data streams
* Supports any physical tape library technology: IBM, Quantum, Oracle/STK, HP, etc.
* Writes physical tape in IBM i na7ve format (restore without Storage Director)
* Achieves data compression rates in cache of 4X to 15X (hardware compression)
* Allows akachment of newer technologies to the IBM i, such as LTO5 and deduplicaton
* Data at rest can be AES 256 Encrypton capable and compliant (cache policy)
* Enhanced WAN replicaton capability to electronically move data to remote locatons, either to
another Storage Director or to a remotely managed physical tape library

More here: http://tinyurl.com/8j8ukxw
Good links at the bottom of the very long page.

I love this stuff. Today my 't's are coming out '7's.


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