Why choose Rocket Professional Services for Tape Migration?

Why choose Rocket Professional Services for Tape Migration?

Achieve the fastest ROI on your investment.

Highly qualified staff can migrate supported data sets from any supported tape device (native or virtual) to any other tape device.

This cost-effective migration service includes migrating tape volumes from low-density physical tapes to physical tapes of the same or different capacity, as well as to virtual tape libraries. Migration services are also available for virtual tape library-to-virtual tape library migrations.

We will guide your organization through the migration process with the least amount of disruption to your business environment and end users, maximizing the ROI on your new media or virtual tape hardware investment and lowering your total cost of ownership.

Flexible migration

There are several reasons for migrating to new tape media such as moving to a newer tape format, a new tape library, or even a new data center. 

Tape Migration Professional Services can select specific tape data sets to be copied or migrated based on a wide range of customizable options, including but not limited to: data set name or pattern, expiration date, creation date, number of days idle, ATL/VTL location, data set size, VOLSER/VOLSER range, creation job name or program, MVS catalog status, and outcode.

Migrations to and from a wide range of data types, tape management interface systems, and ATL interfaces are supported.

Data and media integrity

The key to any migration project is the integrity and availability of data after the migration is completed.  Our service safeguards and prevents data corruption or loss during tape-to-tape copying with the candidate selection and conversion functionality. We ensure that failed operations (I/O errors, missing multivolume data sets, and so on) do not force a manual cleanup of the catalog and Tape Management System Catalog (TMC).  Our service determines whether the tape media itself is reliable for use as an output medium and creates “Standard Labels” or “No Labels” to initialize.

Metadata protection

 Protection of metadata is about retaining important data set information. Tape management catalog information from the input record is copied to the output record to preserve the data set name, creation date/time, and last used date/time of the input record. All required system catalog updates are performed.  Tape metadata is critical because it controls the expiration and vaulting processes that the tape management system uses to protect the data on each tape.  Without this protection, tapes might become scratch or not be sent to the vault, which can lead to lost data or failure to recover corrupted data.

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