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US20140136775 CREATING A SINGLE LIBRARY IMAGE FROM MULTIPLE INDEPENDENT TAPE LIBRARIES  
A system according to one embodiment includes a plurality of logical libraries configured to store sequential access media therein, a plurality of shuttle cars, and one or more shuttle pathways...
US20110219185 OPTIMIZING EXECUTION OF I/O REQUESTS FOR A DISK DRIVE IN A COMPUTING SYSTEM  
An I/O Optimizer receives an I/O request specifying a plurality of disk blocks of the disk drive for access. A plurality of I/O sub-requests is determined from the I/O request, each I/O...
US20110145497 Cluster Families for Cluster Selection and Cooperative Replication  
An apparatus, system, and method are disclosed to create cluster families for cluster selection and cooperative replication. The clusters are grouped into family members of a cluster family base...
US20060206676 Tape image on non-tape storage device  
A method and system for facilitating the performance of data backups facilitates the storage of information being backed up on a non-tape storage device in a format that facilitates the subsequent...
US20110022760 SATISFYING A REQUEST FOR A PHYSICAL IMPORT/EXPORT SLOT WITH A SLOT THAT IS NOT A PHYSICAL IMPORT/EXPORT SLOT  
A request for a physical import/export (I/E) slot is satisfied using a tape library slot that is not a physical I/E slot. According to one embodiment, the request for the physical I/E slot, that...
US20120102288 METHOD FOR MEDIA ALLOCATION IN A PARTITIONED REMOVABLE MEDIA STORAGE LIBRARY  
An open systems based media storage library system (10) for use by one or more hosts (5) includes a first hosted partition (12A) and a pool partition (14). The first hosted partition (12A) can be...
US20110066799 Enhanced virtual storage replication  
Systems and methods of enhanced virtual storage replication are disclosed. An exemplary method comprises moving a virtual tape from a local virtual library to a remote virtual library. The method...
US20130275667 WRITE PROCEDURE USING ESTIMATED BEST SETTING IN FIRST RUN  
In one general embodiment, a method includes receiving a request for a write operation to be performed in a tape drive, determining an expected transaction size of a next write operation,...
US20130275666 WRITE PROCEDURE USING ESTIMATED BEST SETTING IN FIRST RUN  
In one general embodiment, a tape drive system includes: a read channel; a write channel; logic configured to receiving a request for a write operation to be performed in a tape drive; logic...
US20090240877 VIRTUAL TAPE DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME  
A virtual tape device in between a host and a library device is provided. The virtual tape device includes a physical tape volume and that stores data sent from the host on a logical tape volume...
US20100030957 VIRTUAL TAPE SYSTEM  
A virtual tape system includes an actual tape device having a magnetic tape which stores data. The virtual tape system includes a virtual tape storage device which stores data stored in the actual...
US20120030179 SCALABLE AND USER FRIENDLY FILE VIRTUALIZATION FOR HIERARCHICAL STORAGE  
In one embodiment, a method includes storing files in at least one directory in a first storage tier on at least one random access storage medium, creating an index file which includes entries for...
US20130339598 Intelligent Active Vault Operation  
Example apparatus, methods, and other embodiments concern a tape library controller (TLC) configured to examine import and export commands to provide more intelligent active vault support. One...
US20070214311 Homogeneous device initialization of data storage library subsystems which may have heterogeneous devices  
Device initialization of subsystems of a data storage library determines whether a subsystem is homogeneous, having common types of devices; or is heterogeneous, having mixed types of devices....
US20130246700 DEVICE TYPE OVERRIDE  
A backup system override may be specified to allow a backup system to access a backup created on an old storage device. For example, an archival backup may be accessed long after the storage...
US20090006733 Drive Resources in Storage Library Behind Virtual Library  
Embodiments include methods, apparatus, and systems for managing resources in a physical storage library behind a virtual storage library. In one embodiment, priorities are assigned to copy...
US20110082972 BACKING UP FILESYSTEMS TO A STORAGE DEVICE  
One embodiment is a method that backups up filesystems to a storage device. Filesystems having a longer previous backup time are backed up before filesystems having a shorter previous backup time.
US20050071545 Method for embedding a server into a storage subsystem  
A server is embedded directly into a storage subsystem. When moving between the storage subsystem domain and the server domain, data copying is minimized. Data management functionality written for...
US20090300279 Signature Based Method for Sending Packets to Remote Systems  
A method comprises generating a plurality of signatures, wherein each complex signature corresponds to and identifies a respective one of a plurality of virtual tape complexes, and wherein each...
US20140164693 METHOD OF WRITING A FILE TO A PLURALITY OF MEDIA AND A STORAGE SYSTEM THEREOF  
According to one embodiment, a method for writing a file to a plurality of media includes loading a parent medium into a first drive to retrieve ID information about the parent medium from...
US20120079184 METHODS FOR MANAGING OWNERSHIP OF REDUNDANT DATA AND SYSTEMS THEREOF  
A storage system according to one embodiment includes a first storage tier; a second storage tier; logic for storing instances of a file in the first storage tier and the second storage tier;...
US20090055582 SEGMENTATION OF LOGICAL VOLUMES  
Provided are a method, system, and article of manufacture, wherein a storage manager application implemented in a first computational device maintains a virtual logical volume that represents a...
US20050246509 Tape drive apparatus, method and computer program product  
A validity time interval for backup data of a data backup operation is determined. The validity time interval is limited, e.g., by an expiration date and/or an activation date. Validity date...
US20130232299 CHANGING OWNERSHIP OF CARTRIDGES  
Exemplary method, system, and computer program product embodiments for changing ownership of cartridges, such as virtual cartridges between remotely located virtual tape libraries, are provided....
US20120159063 SELECTING AN INPUT/OUTPUT TAPE VOLUME CACHE  
For selecting an input/output tape volume cache (TVC), a history module maintains access history instances for a plurality of clusters, each cluster comprising a TVC. A request module receives an...
US20070136517 Use of directory revision number to validate directory  
An information storage medium such as a magnetic tape medium records a directory revision number as part of each block written to the medium (e.g., data block, ECC block, or information block)....
US20130132663 READING FILES STORED ON A STORAGE SYSTEM  
A system and method for reading files stored on a storage system is disclosed. The method includes communicatively coupling one or more remote systems for reading files stored in storage with a...
US20090063765 PARALLEL ACCESS VIRTUAL TAPE LIBRARY AND DRIVES  
A system and method described herein allows a virtual tape library (VTL) to perform multiple simultaneous or parallel read/write or access sessions with disk drives or other storage media,...
US20110107140 SELECTIVE WRITE PROTECT FOR DISASTER RECOVERY TESTING  
Various method, system, and computer program product embodiments for implementing selective write-protect by a processor in a data storage system within a plurality of redundant storage systems...
US20150178006 Determining, Displaying and Using Tape Drive Session Information  
Methods and systems for monitoring libraries and library drives. In one embodiment, a method is provided which includes polling the library to determine whether a storage media has been loaded in...
US20110238906 FILE INDEX, METADATA STORAGE, AND FILE SYSTEM MANAGEMENT FOR MAGNETIC TAPE  
In one embodiment, a method includes loading a tape cartridge into at least one tape drive installed in an automated tape library, where a tape of the tape cartridge has at least two partitions;...
US20100082896 Storage system for controlling assignment of storage area to virtual volume storing specific pattern data  
A storage system comprises a storage medium including a plurality of physical storage areas. The storage system controls a host computer to recognize a logical volume having a plurality of virtual...
US20100312922 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING PHYSICAL LOCATION OF ETHERNET-CONNECTED MEDIA DRIVES IN A MEDIA LIBRARY ASSEMBLY  
A system and method for identifying a physical location of an Ethernet-connected media drive in a media library assembly includes connecting a first drive bay that receives the media drive to a...
US20110320679 OFFLOADING VOLUME SPACE RECLAMATION OPERATIONS TO VIRTUAL TAPE SYSTEMS  
A method for offloading volume space reclamation operations to virtual tape systems is disclosed herein. In certain embodiments, such a method includes writing instruction information to a virtual...
US20080263272 DATA STORAGE MANAGEMENT METHOD  
A method for selectively controlling reutilization of space in a virtual tape system (VTS) having a buffer and a multiple volume tape cartridge includes transferring data volume files to the VTS....
US20060282613 Non-disruptive library reset method  
A library is reset as needed in a manner non-disruptive to a host system providing a host command to a drive interfacing with the host system on behalf of the library during a reset of the...
US20150261680 MANAGING A CACHE IN A MULTI-NODE VIRTUAL TAPE CONTROLLER  
A method according to one embodiment includes outputting a first alert when a cache free space size is less than a first threshold and entering into a warning state, and outputting a second alert...
US20050262296 Selective dual copy control of data storage and copying in a peer-to-peer virtual tape server system  
A method of storing data to one of a first or second storage device associated with a data storage system where each storage device provides for the redundant access to and storage of data within...
US20110004727 TAPE STORAGE EMULATION FOR OPEN SYSTEMS ENVIRONMENTS  
A method according to one embodiment is performed in an environment wherein a plurality of backup hosts are connected to a plurality of virtual tape library servers (VTL servers) which in turn are...
US20130007359 ACCESS COMMANDS INCLUDING EXPECTED MEDIA POSITIONS  
Techniques to send and receive access commands are provided. The access commands may include an expected media position. The expected media position may be compared to an actual media position.
US20110145494 VIRTUAL TAPE SERVER AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING TAPE MOUNTING OF THE SAME  
A method of a virtual tape server (VTS) for processing a mount request from a host system, the method comprising the steps of receiving a logical-volume (LVOL) mount request from the host system...
US20060200623 Tape library emulation with automatic configuration and data retention  
Disk based emulation of tape libraries is provided with features that allow easier management and administration of a backup system and also allow increased flexibility to both archive data on...
US20090055583 STORING REDUNDANT SEGMENTS AND PARITY INFORMATION FOR SEGMENTED LOGICAL VOLUMES  
Provided are a method, system, and article of manufacture, wherein a storage manager application implemented in a first computational device maintains a virtual logical volume that has a plurality...
US20080022038 Method and system for controlling access to tape media from a plurality of virtual computers  
A tape library comprises: a plurality of tape media; a plurality of slots in which the plurality of tape media are respectively stored; a drive in which a tape medium extracted from any of the...
US20060080500 Method and system for managing data transfer between different types of tape media  
A method and system for managing the transfer of data from one tape to another. The system uses an operating system to control a plurality of tape drives and a tape manager. The system is...
US20060010285 Virtual storage for removable storage media  
According to the invention, a storage system for emulating a first interface command set different from a second interface command set of a second interface is disclosed. The storage system...
US20070016742 DATA SECURITY IN AN AUTOMATED DATA STORAGE LIBRARY  
An automated data storage library accesses data stored on storage media contained in cartridges in response to commands from an external host. The cartridges include cartridge memory and a...
US20090049311 Efficient Elimination of Access to Data on a Writable Storage Media  
A system provided for eliminating access to data within a writable storage media cartridge. The system comprises a writable storage media drive, such as a tape drive. The writable storage drive...
US20100031080 VIRTUAL TAPE LIBRARY BACKUP SYSTEMS, AND A METHOD OF HARD DISK DRIVE POWER CONTROL  
The present invention discloses a virtual tape library (VTL) backup system, and a method of hard disk drive (HDD) power control in VTL devices. In the VTL backup system, a disk control module...
US20090063763 CONTROLLING WRITING TO MAGNETIC TAPE  
A method for controlling writing for a tape recorder that is connected to a host and sequentially records, as a transaction, a plurality of records that are transferred from the host and stored in...
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