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A simple way to monitor and report on performance, utilization and health of tape resources. Crossroads ReadVerify Appliance provides full visibility into the utiliza-tion, performance and health of …

A simple way to monitor and report on performance, utilization and health of tape resources. Crossroads ReadVerify Appliance provides full visibility into the utiliza-tion, performance and health of the tape drives and media in a tape library environment. The detailed insight provided by ReadVerify Appliance can lead to operational improvements by helping to complete backup jobs on time, minimize purchases of unnecessary resources and prevent premature wear of overused resources. ReadVerify Appliance collects data directly from the tape drives and library during data transactions, without impacting the storage applications.

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  • 1. IBM Systems and TechnologyData Sheet Crossroads ReadVerify Appliance A simple way to monitor and report on performance, utilization and health of tape resources A tape library, with its associated drives and media, represents a signifi- Highlights cant investment in a corporate data center’s disaster recovery and archive infrastructure. However, while storage applications provide feedback on ●● ● ● Helps reduce data risk by monitoring the success or failure of a data transfer, little information is available on library activity and providing alerts on the health and integrity of the tape drives and resource efficiency or root cause failure isolation. media Data transfer failures and tape errors can be the result of a complex mix ●● ● ● Optimizes tape resources by providing visibility into the root cause of incomplete of issues relating to the tape drives, media, network and applications, and backups, unbalanced drive usage and can increase risks to data, system down time and budget impacts. With low performing assets today’s IT departments operating with fewer personnel, tighter budgets Helps meet regulatory compliance and ●● ● ● and shorter cycles, effective tape monitoring is a vital key to managing reduce long-term data risk through fully costs, preserving data integrity and maintaining system reliability. automated, policy-driven validation of tape media readability (requires ArchiveVerify optional feature) Crossroads ReadVerify Appliance provides full visibility into the utiliza- tion, performance and health of the tape drives and media in a tape library Provides dynamic, multivariable user- ●● ● ● managed reporting for understanding environment. The detailed insight provided by ReadVerify Appliance can complex system interactions and project- lead to operational improvements by helping to complete backup jobs on ing future budget and system needs time, minimize purchases of unnecessary resources and prevent premature wear of overused resources. ReadVerify Appliance collects data directly from the tape drives and library during data transactions, without impacting the storage applications. ReadVerify Appliance also supports two advanced features. ArchiveVerify (optional feature) offers the fully automated ability to verify readability of long-idle or suspicious media, providing an audit trail for regulatory compliance policies. The Read Verify Advanced Reporting integrated feature gives customers the dynamic ability to generate fully customized, multivariable reports for identifying hidden patterns and relationships between the different components of their tape environment.
  • 2. IBM Systems and Technology Data Sheet“Our work is not simply a question of backup and archiving. We also ensure that these processes run in a highly reliable and efficient manner and that the quality of data backup and recovery is always optimal. The ReadVerify Appliance from Crossroads helps us to make this a reality.” —Dr. David Corney, leader of the Petabyte Storage Group, e-Science Centre, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory The ArchiveVerify license enables the ReadVerify Appliance to verify the specified total number of tapes within a library. This 1U ReadVerify Appliance is rack-installable in a customer Each unique tape bar code gets associated with an ArchiveVerify supplied rack and includes ReadVerify functionality for the first license at initial verification. Any tape can be verified an unlim- 500 tape cartridges in an IBM® TS3500 or IBM TS3310 Tape ited number of times, but once the tape is retired, the associated Library. Additional ReadVerify tape capacities are supported license is consumed. with additional feature codes. Optionally, ArchiveVerify and integrated ReadVerify Advanced Reporting functionality are also available as feature codes. These functionality features can be ordered at time of purchase or for already-installed “Crossroads ReadVerify Appliance has IBM TS3500 or TS3310 Tape Libraries. Although the provided statistical data on the health Crossroads ReadVerify Appliance 3222 Model RV1 is available of our tape storage infrastructure through IBM, product fulfillment, service and support are and allowed us to achieve significant provided by Crossroads Systems, Inc. improvement in the performance and The ReadVerify license enables the ReadVerify Appliance to utilization of our backup and archival monitor the specified total number of cartridges situated within resources. We can now evaluate and the libraries. The cartridge count is not associated with specific optimize all of our tape storage operations, tape bar codes; it is measured by the total number of occupied tape slots in the library at any given time. resulting in substantial performance improvements.” —Rico Magsipoc – Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, Chief Technology Officer, UCLA 2
  • 3. IBM Systems and TechnologyData SheetReadVerify Advanced Reporting is a single, turn-on license Why IBM?for each appliance that allows full dynamic reporting across IBM invented the concept of using tape recording media forall monitored libraries and partitions per appliance. data storage in 1952 and has been leading the IT industry ever since. Innovative IBM data storage products help customersReadVerify Appliance is a standalone, self-contained device backup and restore data for business continuity, recover theirthat installs quickly into the storage area network (SAN). data in times of disaster and archive data for long-term recall.ReadVerify Appliance integrates seamlessly into the existingtape environment, and there’s no need to install agents or The Crossroads ReadVerify Appliance complementsadditional servers or purchase components. Data collection IBM’s solution by giving visibility to the overall healthis performed out-of-band of the backup or data application of the tape library environment and components. This isand has no impact on the existing tape storage infrastructure. accomplished through advanced media management features such as performance and utilization analysis, tape media and drive statistical data logging, and automated report and alert functionality. Crossroads ReadVerify Appliance (IBM 3222-RV1)* at a glance 1U Appliance providing real-time tape library monitoring and alerting Individual drive utilization and performance metrics as well as comparisons across drives in a system Statistics correlating activity by drive and cartridge Supports IBM LTO and TS11x0 Tape Drives, as well as additional tape device Tape/drive read/write error correlation and drive cleaning metrics Policy-based alerting and reporting Daily and weekly reporting on tape library system activity—load-balancing, drive performance and utilization, hard/soft errors correlated to drives and tapes, alert activity Configurable alerts on potential data recovery issues, such as communication loss, degrading device conditions, stuck tapes, excessive tape loads Accessible database of all monitored and derived statistics ArchiveVerify optional feature Enables users to ensure that the data written to tape media can be read for recovery or compliance audits Offers a completely automated process to validate media readability based on administrator-applied policies Verification procedures test the entire length of written media with no disruption of existing operations, all while the data remains securely within the library ReadVerify Advanced Reporting integrated feature Generates dynamic, customizable, multivariable reports Identifies complex relationships that may impact system behavior, saving operation and capital expenses Long-range data views help project future budget and system needs 3
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