Rocket Virtual Data Recovery (VDR) is an automated process for creating and recovering cataloged backups of virtual tape backup data targeted for vaulting. VDR automates storing the backups to any local or remote tape device. VDR also provides automated data recovery capabilities regardless of where the backups are located. VDR works seamlessly with your current vaulting methodology and is easy to implement.
Creating backups in your virtual tape library reduces the overall backup window. Use VDR to create stacked copies of these backups to high density media to further reduce vaulted media and media handling costs. VDR backup data is in a non-proprietary format and resides on native media. The media can be read by native drives at the disaster recovery location, which eliminates the expense of using virtual tape libraries at the disaster recovery site.
The architecture in VDR allows virtual tape users to create dual copies of critical data sets and store them in any other virtual or non-virtual tape device. If a production data set becomes unavailable, the dual copy can be restored as the production data set without modifying your production JCL. Since there is no data movement involved, the restore process is completed quickly to ensure timely data availability. The concept is similar to using VDR as a dual copy vaulting solution. However, directing the dual copy backups to another virtual tape device allows for the fastest restoration of the dual copy backups.
VDR enables control of which data sets are stacked together on the VDR backup tapes so that data sets that expire around the same time are stacked together. Media that is returned from the vault, and data sets that are created by the same application, are stacked together to meet recovery priorities.
VDR provides the ability to “recycle” under-utilized tape media without the risk of first returning the backup media to the data center. VDR finds the remaining, unexpired data sets on a backup tape and reselects the original data set for backup. A new, better-utilized backup tape is created and sent to the vault. The less-utilized tape is then expired and returned from the vault. In addition, backups can be recovered directly to DASD from the VDR backup tape – saving a substantial amount of recovery time.