Gresham expands capabilities of virtual tape library

Gresham expands capabilities of virtual tape library

New software version allows users to back up data to disk before migrating it to tape

Gresham Enterprise Storage on Tuesday announced a new version of its virtual tape library software that allows users to back up data to disk and then migrate it to tape.

Gresham Clareti Virtual Tape Library Version 2.0 provides resource use and system fidelity, allowing users to predict capacity allocation as well as uptime. It allows performance to be scaled by stacking more software-based Clareti nodes in parallel and for disk cache to be expanded by provisioning more disk space.

The analytics of Clareti VTL are enabled by an indexing application that monitors the backup operations in real-time and gathers historical data on operations, devices and media.

The stackable node-based architecture allows several nodes to be virtualized into a single virtual tape library image. Each node adds two additional inbound and outbound 4G-bit/sec Fibre Channel connections.

The new version of Clareti also allows tape library consolidation. Several physical tape libraries or other vendor's virtual tape libraries can be positioned behind the server running the Clareti software. Those physical or VTLs are then virtualized and can be presented for management as a single VTL device to the backup software.

Gresham's Clareti includes tape-management functions for recovering data from tape media.

Gresham Clareti VTL 2.0 is expected to be available at the end of this quarter.

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