• Subject: RE: Tape backup solutions
  • From: Neil Palmer <npalmer@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 22 May 1998 17:00:56 -0500

OK - so it's not REALLY a virtual tape drive connected via SNA as you
implied (ie. the capability to connect to a tape drive physically
attached to another system via an SNA connection, like virtual devices
with passthru), it's merely a tape drive with multi-host connection
feature, very common on 3490/3590 and even some 7208's.    :-)



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> -----Original Message-----
> From: DAsmussen [SMTP:DAsmussen@aol.com]
> Sent: Friday, May 22, 1998 1:26 AM
> To:   MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
> Subject:      Re: Tape backup solutions
> 
> 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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