• Subject: Re: Tape backup solutions
  • From: DAsmussen <DAsmussen@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 22 May 1998 01:26:15 EDT

Chuck,

In a message dated 98-05-20 14:31:19 EDT, you write:

> Dean wrote:
>  
>  <Actually (unless using the "dual porting option"), his /400's are probably
>  connected via SNA, and the tape drive configured as a virtual device on the
/400
>  to which it is not attached...>
>  
>  No (not YET anyway) can you elaborate ? :-)

My current primary client has chosen the "glorified 8-track" (OK, it's
_GREAT_, but the cartridges still look like a darned-expensive 8-track to me!)
as their backup solution -- good given that you can load a rack full and walk
away (and the cleaning cartridge takes care of itself as needed).  Out of the
four systems that I deal with regularly (a 310, a 320, a 530, and a 50S --
other boxes are involved), only one has the tape drive physically attached.
The drive is configured as a device on one box, and as a virtual device on the
others.  Vary it on for the box you need it on, and it works like a champ (as
long as it's not tied up on one of the others).  Advantageous in that you can
get more tape drive for your dollar, a pain in the rear if you need it and
somebody on one of the other boxes has it tied up...

Regards!

Dean Asmussen
Enterprise Systems Consulting, Inc.
Fuquay-Varina, NC  USA
E-Mail:  DAsmussen@aol.com

"No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American
public." -- H.L. Mencken
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