ESG Senior Lab Analyst Vinny Choinski discusses ESG's testing of IBM TS7700 Series Virtual Tape Solutions.
Announcer: The following is an ESG Lab Video.
Vinny: In today's always-on world, users expect instant and uninterrupted access to information and applications. When they drive up to an ATM, check out items at the local grocery store, or click on a mobile banking application, they expect things to work. It should come as no surprise that many businesses depend on mainframe environments to deliver their critical applications and that solutions that improve process can play a critical role in helping IT organizations deliver reliable results. In a recent ESG survey, business process improvement was the third most-cited consideration for justifying 2016 IT investments.
With its TS7700 series of virtual tape solutions, IBM helps deliver business process improvement in mainframe environments. The IBM TS7700 is a family of mainframe virtual tape solutions that optimize data protection and business continuance for z System data. Through the use of virtualization and disk cache, the TS7700 family operates at disk speeds while maintaining compatibility with existing tape operations.
ESG Lab performed hands-on evaluation and validation of the TS7700 series of virtual tape solutions at an IBM facility in Tucson, Arizona. Testing was designed to demonstrate ease of use, host system integration, and the solution's scalable performance capabilities. In version 3.0 of the TS7700 series, IBM introduced a web-based GUI that gives a solution the same system management look and feel of other IBM storage products. We found it extremely intuitive and easy to use.
IBM makes it easy to integrate TS7700 systems into existing IBM z System environments because construct names and definitions at the host can be easily matched to TS7700 constructs and names. ESG Lab audited detailed performance testing results and reviewed solution configuration options and specifications. We validated that a base frame TS7760 was capable of delivering more than 2,500 megabytes a second of peak write throughput and can be scaled up to 100 petabytes of capacity with expansion frames and the addition of a TS4500 tape library.
ESG Lab confirmed that the TS7700 series of virtual tape solutions was easy to use and integrated seamlessly into z/OS environments. We were pleased to see the integration of the web-based GUI designed with the same look and feel of other IBM storage solutions.
If you're looking for a virtualized storage solution that matches your mainframe requirements, you might want to look to a team that's been doing it for a while. During our validation, I found it quite impressive to hear an IBM product manager tell a story about a customer system that's been up and running for over 11 years. That's longer than many IT professionals have been at their careers. If your organization relies on IBM z System as a platform for business-critical workloads, ESG recommends that you take a good look at the TS7700 series of virtual tape solutions from IBM. And don't overlook its ability to support other mainframe workloads like your next cloud, mobile, or big data initiative.
If you'd like to learn more, you can read the full validation at IBM's website.