Tape Management for OS 2200

STAR-1100 protects your tape data and manages your volumes: whether round reel, cartridge or virtual.

Managing OS 2200 Tape Operations Around the World

Keeping pace with the advancement of tape technology, from automation to virtual.

  • Protect the data on all your tapes.
  • Organize tape pools for convenient access and monitoring.
  • Seamlessly integrate with external libraries:  virtual or robotic. Tapes protected in all locations.
  • A single view of volume status across multiple partitions (and with your external libraries).
  • Generate reports of your tape inventory.
  • Manage movement to and from off-site vaults.

Lights-out operations?

STAR is nearly a must!

You want to set it up and just let it run.

That’s STAR’s promise to operations staff.

And it fulfills that promise superbly.

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Product Description

STAR-1100 can enhance tape operations at your site.

STAR works well with:

STAR has positive synergy with Library Manager and ESP-Dorado. See how.

Tape Protection - Starting with Architecture

From day 1, STAR’s architecture and design ensure the protection of your tape data. STAR has maintained the integrity of your tape library as technology has evolved: new media types and automation in robotic and virtual external libraries.

  • Protects your data on all tape types: labeled or unlabeled, for all formats: physical, robotic or virtual.
  • Supports ASCII and EBCDIC labeled tapes.
  • Controls a virtually unlimited number of tapes in a single tape library.
  • Integrated with the OS 2200 media and label validating function, Media Manager. No local code in the Exec.
  • Operates within Fundamental Security, or Security Option 1, 2, or 3 environments.
  • Permits privileged administrators to manually update tape information.
  • Collects and records tape usage information automatically, including tape ownership.
  • All tape information is stored in a Tape Inventory File (TIF). The TIF can be distributed among all participating partitions via SLS (Shared Library Subsystem), giving a unified view of your library.
  • SLS monitors volume integrity and resolves any anomalies at each tape access / event.
  • An automated function can merge multiple tape libraries and report any discrepancies.
  • Protects tape library data via comprehensive back-up and recovery processes.
  • Interfaces to virtual and robotic libraries to protect in-use tapes and coordinate scratched tapes.
  • STAR-1100 features are highly configurable allowing extensive site customization.

STAR-1100: trusted by OS 2200 sites around the world.

User Features Help You Manage Your Tapes

You want to be able to manage tape resources among different owner departments. You need to make sure authorized users can access tapes from appropriate pools. To support lights-out operations, you need tape operations to be rock-solid, automated and fool-proof.

STAR-1100 gives you the tool set to accomplish all of this and more.

For all tapes . . .

  • Provides for organizing scratch tapes in pools.
  • Media Manager console messages in languages other than English.
  • Automated utility to manage pools of scratch tapes. Also ensures FAS backup tapes are not scratched prematurely.
  • Provides automatic handling of foreign tapes without creating a record in the inventory file.
  • Automatic Attribute Feature (AAF) eliminates the need to make ECL changes or manual entries to accommodate STAR’s enhanced tape handling criteria.
  • Predefined reports, based on: volume, filename, vault name, owner, statistics, or an audit report based on history of tape use.
  • Users can generate custom reports.
  • A labeling utility can relabel, dump, or unlabel a tape. An interface to the Media Manager ensures tape protection when labeling tapes.

If you have virtual libraries . . .

  • Tight integration with FCI’s product Library Manager, for support of DSI Virtual Tape Libraries.
  • Utilities and interfaces for inter-operation with other virtual library products.

If you have physical tapes . . .

  • A Vault Management Subsystem (VMS) manages the transfer of tapes to and from offsite locations.
  • Cleaning is scheduled via automated runs.
  • A Label Printing Subsystem automatically prints gummed labels for round or cartridge output tapes.

If you have robotic libraries . . .

  • Can associate tapes with slot numbers and conveniently retrieve these tapes at assign time by notifying the operator of a tape’s slot.
  • Scratch synchronization maintained via utilities.

Tape management.  The way it was meant to be.