21st Century Software Tape/Assist Maximizes Mainframe Tape Utilization

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Companies with reduced IT budgets and aggressive recovery windows can reduce storage costs and improve manageability with unique mainframe tape migration and consolidation solution

21st Century Software has been continuously focused on addressing the recoverability challenges of our clients, and we look forward to discussing how they can leverage Tape/Assist to achieve their tape management and recovery goals at the SHARE conference in early March.

In a tumultuous economic climate where IT budgets are routinely reduced or frozen, companies must maintain focus on ensuring the recoverability of their critical data to preserve service levels and avoid costly downtime.

21st Century Software, Inc., invites mainframe organizations facing these ongoing challenges to visit its booth at the SHARE conference in Austin, Texas, March 1-6, to learn about Tape/Assist--a mainframe tape copy, migration and consolidation tool that helps companies achieve their recoverability objectives while reducing tape management expenses and avoiding new storage purchases.

Tape/Assist helps mainframe companies save on the costs of acquiring new tapes, as well as the management headaches from stacking and tracking data across multiple tapes and formats. Tape/Assist can also speed the data transfer and recovery process, helping organizations meet shrinking RPO/RTO windows and deliver higher levels of service.

At the core of Tape/Assist's data movement capabilities is our director and high speed copy utilities that manage and allocate all input and output media. In addition, backend utility processes assure that tape catalog information reflects the original referential data of the original volume. Tape/Assist ensures all catalog information is also updated so the new volume is properly catalogued, and expiration of the original data is also set so media resources can be reclaimed.

Tape utilization is a key challenge for companies trying to make the most of every IT dollar they spend. With retention and compliance management challenges increasing across every industry, the need for a dependable and proven tape management tool has never been greater. Using Tape/Assist in a tape consolidation or stacking strategy can help maximize tape utilization while ensuring data remains available to all applications.

Tape/Assist is also intended for use by companies that need to protect their tape data during data center moves or transitioning to new tape formats. In each case, Tape/Assist enables a seamless transition to a new tape--regardless of the format--and can also contribute to overall data availability by enabling synchronous replication between tape libraries.

Paul Eckert, chief technology officer, noted, "21st Century Software has been continuously focused on addressing the recoverability challenges of our clients, and we look forward to discussing how they can leverage Tape/Assist to achieve their tape management and recovery goals at the SHARE conference in early March."

Tape/Assist is available for mainframe platforms.

About 21st Century Software, Inc.
For more than 16 years, 21st Century Software has developed integrated recovery management solutions that provide midsize and large organizations with insight, protection and assurance related to their critical enterprise data. Our powerful solutions provide valuable insight into how applications utilize vital data so that our customers can maximize the availability and recoverability of that information.

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