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Fake It After You Make It: Emulation and the Mainframe

Reg Harbeck

May 25, 2023

I get a kick out of how many technical terms and concepts predate electronic computing and have become so pervasive in their IT usage that we’ve often forgotten about their analog origins and meanings. The most obvious of these is probably “computer.” Another one of those terms is “emulate.” Although it might seem a bit […]


TechChannel E-book: How to Enhance Your Data Storage Strategy


September 22, 2021

Running an efficient data center requires constant monitoring and measurement. This means understanding everything from storage best practices and tools for maximizing performance. Data temperature, for example, often determines the percentage of budget that gets devoted to storing different types of data. Once you create process maps based on the data’s temperature, you can better […]


How Air-Gap Backup and Tape-Based Technology Protect Against Cybercrime

John Shuman

February 10, 2021

Cybercrime is a prevalent topic in today’s news. It’s changing the way business is conducted to maintain data integrity and protection from theft. Data is the life blood of any organization; cybercriminals seek to exploit data from human as well as security vulnerabilities inherent to the software or hardware structures. Much of corporate data today […]


4 Customer Journeys From Tape to Cloud

Jim Utsler

December 8, 2020

Necessity, it’s been said, is the mother of invention. Such was the case when information technology outsourcing (ITO) company Blue Hill Data Services faced a number of obstacles as it prepared for the data migration of four mainframe-based customers (including a state pension fund, a large state government, a state government department of labor and […]


A Virtual Tape Primer

Patrick Stanard

November 1, 2018

The word “virtual” is used to describe something that doesn’t physically exist, but is made by software to appear to do so. Virtual tape is an enterprise data storage solution that imitates physical tape drives by storing information on disk drives. In reality, the data is saved in tape format but is actually stored on […]