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Sepaton Releases Appliance to Automate Tivoli Virtual Tape Processes


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Backup and recovery solution provider Sepaton has introduced the S2100-ES3 series 2925 backup appliance with new version 7.1 software. The data protection platform adds support of Gresham Enterprise DistribuTape (EDT) version 10.0 to allow IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) users to automate key TSM virtual tape implementation processes; and extends support for KMIP-compliant enterprise key managers with qualification of SafeNet KeySecure version 6.3 EKM. The appliance also gives administrators the flexibility to backup and deduplicate data using Symantec NetBackup OpenStorage (OST) over Fibre Channel in addition to the existing IP connectivity.

Gresham software cuts manual setup time for Tivoli Storage Manager implementation from 4-6 hours to minutes by automating the TSM virtual tape drive device discovery, definition and volume and labeling processes.  Gresham EDT also simplifies ongoing device management and improves TSM performance through advanced features like HBA load balancing and WWPN device mapping.

The new support for Gresham EDT allows TSM users to take full advantage of Sepaton S2100-ES3 grid scalability by enabling new tape devices and media to be added to TSM without disruption to TSM operations. “With Sepaton 7.1 release, the virtual tape drive set up is done more or less automatically in less than 5 minutes, saving hours or days of setup time, bringing the Sepaton system online and active in production, and protecting businesses sooner than without this integration. It eliminates the pain of device configuration and management in a TSM LAN-free environment and just brings the time to recognizing your value and investment in your backup environment much sooner,” Eric Silva, director of marketing, Sepaton, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

In addition, Sepaton provides encryption of data at rest without a performance penalty and now enables customers to use their choice of KMIP-compliant EKMs. With version 7.1, Sepaton added SafeNet KeySecure version 6.3 EKM to its list of qualified enterprise EKMs, including RSA and Thales, so that Sepaton customers that utilize SafeNet’s KeySecure EKM can centrally manage all their encryption keys and simplify their Sepaton encryption deployment. Sepaton also expects to qualify additional EKMs in the coming months.

Sepaton now also enables customers to backup Symantec NetBackup OST via their choice of 8 Gb Fibre Channel, 1 Gb Ethernet or 10 Gb Ethernet protocols for maximum flexibility. This added connectivity provides the flexibility to use OST in traditional Fibre Channel storage network environments or to migrate non-disruptively from one protocol to another or from one backup application to another by leveraging the S2100-ES3’s storage pooling capability.

“Now customers can choose between IP or SAN-based Symantec OST backups depending on their network traffic and their bandwidth utilization, which may change month to month or week to week. OST over Fibre Channel was actually requested by a customer from the EU who was facing tough budgetary times and looking for a way to leverage their current SAN infrastructure as much as possible,” explains Silva. “We believe many customers will find the flexibility of OST over IP and now over Fibre Channel a nice option to have when data volumes continue to grow and budgets continue to be constrained.”

More information about the S2100-ES3 series 2925 is available from Sepaton, Inc.


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