Jack, have you looked into this solution, headquartered in Tulsa,
Oklahoma, where I live.
LaserVault Accessi(tm) solution a hybrid cloud backup appliance
Universal Backup Device(tm) (UBD) is a Fibre Channel connected appliance
that appears as a tape device to your IBMi (iSeries, AS/400) host.
This means you can replace your tape drive with UBD(tm) and continue to
backup and restore via BRMS, Robot/Save or other backup software package
without programming changes.