jt wrote: > > Brad, > > Been thinking about this some more... The possibility of NLS (near-line > storage) at FLS (fairly low "scratch" ;-) is HUGE, from what I can tell... > This is something I've always wanted to see...: Take advantage of cheap PC > hardware on the iSeries... G's of cheap memory, T's of cheap RAID.. > Accessed by OS/400... > That's why I posted before (something like): time to market is KEY, because > as soon as IBM gets even a whiff of your success, they may decide to market > the thing themselves. There go your margins... One of the things that is key to my idea is percentage compression , I think it wou be real nice to have a NEAR LineStorage backup device that would hold a terabyte or more for the average AS/400. I'm looking at a price of about $15K for the product, including a backup device for the NLS itself. > You may be able to make a decent living on those margins, and/or IBM may not > enter the market... I'm not worried. > Now, I know your "bag" is putting together great hardware/software combos. > But another possibility is marketing this as a software only solution, to > run on IXA/IXS... Ends the maintenance problem, and encourages IBM to leave > the market to you. That is a thought. However that makes it even easier for the competition, and people wnat plug in and go solutions. They weant things they can rely on and don't have to think about. > One technical question: isn't emulating a 7208 (a serial tape drive) gonna > be a limiting factor in making this work as a NLS device? The tape length > is probably gonna be a minor issue, and probably solvable.. But I wonder > about emulating a tape drive? If you mean for speed, no. I am not trying to be addressable storage for the AS/400. I want something that works with existing AS/400 software utilities to speed up brack and restore, reduce operator interventions, reduce the possibility of operational errors, provide the ability to make permanent backups (CD or DVD-R). -- Brad Jensen firstname.lastname@example.org President Electronic Storage Corporation Tulsa OK USA 918-664-7276 LaserVault Report Retrieval & Data Mining www.Laservault.com www.eufrates.com - Add distance learning to your site with easy course preparation
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