Brad,

Sounds like a great product.

With the volume id and seqnbr that is supplied when you copy to and from
tape, your device could be a file system onto itself.

With access to data stored at an ip addr, you might be able to enable an
unattended ptf and/or release upgrade.  ( no need to load the next volume )

All devices on the system ( tape, display, printer ) can be varied on and
off.  Will your tape emulator respond to the VRYCFG cmd ?

Will all types of save and restores be supported ?   Esp system type saves
like SAVSYS and SAVSECDTA.

When you restore the system after a crash you mount your SAVSYS tape on the
tape drive and IPL the system from source D.  Will the TE ( tape emulator )
support this operation ?

I question that the save will run any faster than it does to a real tape
drive.  Save to save file does not run any faster than save to tape.  Have
you seen actual faster save results ?

Have you reverse engineered the data stream format used on tape operations ?
Or has IBM supplied it to you ?

Can you explain the format of the tape data stream ?

More questions where these came from.

Steve Richter




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