Tributary Systems Storage Director® (SD) is a backup storage virtualization and consolidation solution. SD is an any host platform to any storage media or device solution that virtualizes and consolidates backup storage in any heterogeneous datacenter. Storage Director was designed for fault-tolerant, high availability computing environments and meets or exceeds most data backup requirements for speed, capacity, compatibility, and reliability.
Storage Director from Tributary Systems, Inc. offers a state-of-the-art backup storage consolidation platform which can handle requirements from even the most complex environments. Storage Director implements a wide variety of data protection schemes and tape library consolidation, thus eliminating the need to dedicate devices for specific backup purposes.
The technology within Storage Director brings a scalable, flexible, and high-throughput solution to backup and restore operations. No longer do operations staff need to monitor data movement. Storage Director provides dynamic drive sharing, customer defined virtual tape policies, backup to local and remote sites, and a performance improvement over current backup methods.
Storage Director emulates several standard front-end interfaces in which existing backup servers and applications can connect and control. Because Storage Director adheres to using standard interfaces, backup servers can reside on nearly any platform and operating system in the market today. This includes all open platforms (x86 Intel® or AMD based systems) as well as IBM iSeries™ (AS400), IBM Power Systems™ (running AIX, Linux®, and i/OS), IBM PureSystems™ (running i/OS, AIX, Windows® and Linux) HP OpenVMS, HP-UX, Sun® SPARC, and blade systems (running Windows, Linux and UNIX®). Storage Director also has custom developed interfaces for proprietary computing platforms such as IBM Mainframe (running zOS™ and Linux) and HP NonStop (Tandem).
Offsite data storage is often a prerequisite in satisfying complete data backup and security. This can be accomplished by writing data to physical tape and then storing the tapes in an offsite vault. A better and more cost effective approach is to configure Storage Director to electronically transfer encrypted data to and from a remote site. Since the data is readily available at the remote site, restoring using Storage Director at the remote site is an integral part in any disaster recovery plan.
Existing backup servers can utilize the multiple front-end virtual libraries presented by Storage Director. These backup servers view each connected front-end virtual library as dedicated to its needs. Storage Director, in turn, can consolidate these virtual libraries into one or more physical back-end devices – typically a tape library with drives. The result is a reduction in the number of tape libraries and drives needed as well as reduced maintenance costs.
Storage Director is available in the following configurations: ANTARES 900, ANTARES 2100, ANTARES 3300 and ECLIPSE. ANTARES is a low cost, self-contained 3U backup storage appliance for all IBM, HP, Oracle/Sun and open computing platforms running Windows, Linux and UNIX operating systems. ANTARES is also compatible with NetBackup, Simpana, TSM and other backup applications. ECLIPSE is a zero cache solution designed as a translation/ compatibility platform fronting existing backup and de-duplication solutions.
Backup sizes, throughput requirements, tape retention policies, availability requirements, as well as future growth rates will determine which model best fits a customer’s needs.
As backup requirements change, so too can Storage Director. Additional virtual libraries, drives, and tapes are easily added through a client GUI. Additional disk cache enclosures can be introduced into the system and throughput performance and higher availability can be achieved through the multi-node architecture. Storage Director will meet the needs of today and protect your investment by meeting a different set of needs tomorrow.