Enterprise-Class, High Performance, Highly Available Virtual Tape Solutions
MVTe solutions, featuring Channel Gateway X (CGX) are the culmination of customer driven product enhancements based on hundreds of customer use cases worldwide and decades of research and development. The result is the industry's leading disk-based mainframe virtual tape offering with highly available, high performance storage options that scale to petabytes of virtual tape capacity. No physical tape is required.
How does the solution work?
MVTe includes CGX virtual tape control units, which emulate 3490 or 3590 devices and are plug-compatible with IBM mainframe FICON and ESCON channels. The solution is configured with high performance storage and supports up to 8Gb FICON connectivity to the mainframe to achieve the industry's best FICON performance and throughput. The entire solution is mainframe application transparent, so customers can continue to use existing applications without modification.
Typical MVTe disaster recovery configuration.
For added data protection and security, MVTe offers encryption, key management and remote replication of tape data to secure internal or third party disaster recovery sites. So, the slower, expensive and cumbersome processes associated with packing, shipping and recovering physical tapes can be eliminated, by using MVTe with continuous replication of virtual tapes to a DR site for testing or recovery when needed.
For most data centers, the transition from the old physical tape environment to the new virtual tape solution will require tape migration software and services as well. Luminex is currently the only major mainframe virtual tape vendor that directly provides its own tape migration tools and services.
These tape migration tools and services facilitate a near-seamless, fully secure migration with virtually no impact to enterprise operations. In fact, with Luminex Tape Migration Software, the original tape volume serial numbers and historical information are also retained after cut-over to the new virtual tape environment.
So, with MVTe, customers get all of the products and services needed to ensure a smooth transition to the new solution.