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Accessing dynamic storage device

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711 - Electrical computers and digital processing systems: memory

711100000 - STORAGE ACCESSING AND CONTROL

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20110185117SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANAGING A CACHE IN A MULTI-NODE VIRTUAL TAPE CONTROLLER - According to one embodiment, a system includes a virtual tape library having a cache, a virtual tape controller (VTC) coupled to the virtual tape library, and an interface for coupling at least one host to the VTC. The cache is shared by all the hosts, and a common view of a cache state, a virtual library state, and a number of write requests pending is provided to all the hosts by the VTC. In another embodiment, a method includes receiving data from at least one host using a VTC, storing data received from all the hosts to a cache using the VTC, sending an alert to all the hosts when free space is low and entering into a warning state, sending another alert to all the hosts when free space is critically low and entering into a critical state while allowing previously mounted virtual drives to continue normally.07-28-2011
20090216941Method for saving computer data - The invention relates to a method for saving computer data which consist in transferring the data to be saved from a client computer to a buffer storage formed by the hard disc of a backup server, organised in a plurality of volumes of predetermined size, and in then transferring the data from said buffer storage onto a final medium (for example magnetic cartridge). The invention is characterised in that it consists in recording on said permanent medium, after transferring the volumes from the buffer storage onto the final medium, a single sequence of data specific to each of said volumes (basic data), the method further comprising a step which consists in constituting a database wherein are recorded the basic data.08-27-2009
20130067158Tape Storage Device and Writing Method Therefor - A mechanism is provided for tape writing of small transactions. A first file is written as a plurality of fixed-length data sets (DS), the DS number of the final DS in the plurality of DS is stored in memory as #N(DS#N) and the WP number as #M(WP#M), and the final first file and the second file in the DS following the final DS(DS#N, WP#M) containing the first file are packed and written in sequential DS units, and are stored as DS#N, DS#N+03-14-2013
20110022792SOLID STATE MEMORY DRIVE AND METHOD - A solid state memory drive includes a first interface for receiving solid state memory cartridges; and a second interface for communicatively coupling the solid state memory drive unit with a host system through a drive bay configured to house a cassette tape drive. A host system then includes at least one drive bay configured to receive either the solid state memory drive or a tape cassette drive. A method includes removing a magnetic tape cassette drive from the drive bay; and inserting a solid state memory cartridge drive into the drive bay so as to communicatively interface the solid state memory cartridge drive and the host system.01-27-2011
20090006734APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR SELECTING A CLUSTER - An apparatus, system, and method are disclosed for selecting a source cluster in a distributed storage configuration. A measurement module measures system factors for a plurality of clusters over a plurality of instances. The clusters are in communication over a network and each cluster comprises at least one tape volume cache. A smoothing module applies a smoothing function to the system factors, wherein recent instances have higher weights. A lifespan module calculates a mount-to-dismount lifespan for each cluster from the smoothed system factors. A selection module selects a source cluster for accessing an instance of a specified volume in response to the mount-to-dismount lifespans and a user policy.01-01-2009
20090006733Drive 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 applications and rules determine which when applications are assigned to resources in the physical storage library.01-01-2009
20120239877LOCATING HOST DATA RECORDS ON A PHYSICAL STACKED VOLUME - According to one embodiment, a method for accessing host data records stored on a VTS system includes receiving a mount request to access at least one host data record on a VTS system, determining a number of host compressed data records per physical block on a sequential access storage medium, determining a PBID that corresponds to the requested at least one host data record, accessing a physical block on the sequential access storage medium corresponding to the PBID, and outputting the physical block without outputting an entire logical volume that the physical block is stored to. In another embodiment, a VTS system includes random access storage, sequential access storage, support for at least one virtual volume, a storage manager having logic for determining a PBID that corresponds to a SLBID, and logic for performing the above described method. Other methods are also described.09-20-2012
20120239876MAPPING LOCATIONS OF LOGICAL VOLUME RECORDS ON A PHYSICAL STACKED VOLUME - In one embodiment, a method for accessing host data records stored in a VTS system includes receiving a mount request to access at least one host data record, determining a SLBID corresponding to the requested host data records, determining a PBID that corresponds to the SLBID, accessing a physical block on a sequential access storage medium corresponding to the PBID, and outputting at least the physical block corresponding to the PBID without outputting an entire logical volume that the physical block is stored to. According to another embodiment, a VTS system includes random access storage, sequential access storage, support for at least one virtual volume, a storage manager having logic for determining a PBID that corresponds to a SLBID, and logic for copying a portion of a logical volume from the sequential access storage to the random access storage without copying the entire logical volume. Other embodiments are disclosed also.09-20-2012
20110276755METHOD FOR ANALYZING PERFORMANCE INFORMATION - A performance information display method using a computer, includes the steps, in the computer, of reading out information data of a storage device previously stored in a storage device and information data of a plurality of devices utilizing the storage device, displaying an identifier of the storage device and identifiers of a plurality of devices utilizing the storage device on a screen on the basis of the information data read out, accepting a command to select the displayed identifier of the storage device, and displaying performance information data of the devices utilizing the selected storage device in association on the basis of the accepted command and the information data read out.11-10-2011
20110219184SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR PROVIDING HIGH AVAILABILITY METADATA ABOUT DATA - In one embodiment, a method includes receiving metadata corresponding to data on a removable storage device/medium, storing the metadata to a metadata repository that is not on the removable storage device/medium, associating an identifier with the stored metadata (the identifier corresponding to the removable storage medium/device), and storing the identifier to the metadata repository. According to another embodiment, a computer program product includes a computer readable storage medium having computer readable program code embodied therewith. The computer readable program code comprises computer readable program code configured to: receive metadata corresponding to data on a removable storage device/medium, store the metadata to a metadata repository, associate an identifier corresponding to the removable storage device/medium with the stored metadata, and store the identifier to the metadata repository. Other methods, systems, and devices are presented as well.09-08-2011
20100169564APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ACCESSING DATA - A data access apparatus and method are provided. The data access apparatus includes a first memory, a second memory and a memory controller. The first memory and the second memory have the same memory capacity for respectively storing the neighbor data of an image. The memory controller is coupled to the first memory and the second memory for providing shared control signals and shared address signals, and further providing a plurality of first address signals and a plurality of second address signals to the first memory and the second memory respectively. The memory controller dynamically accesses the first memory and the second memory by different column address strobe (CAS) signal of the shared control signals, the first address signals and the second address signals.07-01-2010
20090119452METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR A SHARABLE STORAGE DEVICE - Systems and methods for sharable tape devices are presented. More particularly, embodiments of a virtual tape server may automatically create a virtual tape device for an identified host such that hosts may interact with corresponding virtual tape devices. Thus, rather than having multiple hosts share a limited number of virtual tape devices, each host may interact with a virtual tape device corresponding only to that host (or a limited number of hosts), allowing substantially simultaneous interactions to take place between multiple hosts and multiple virtual tape devices and substantially alleviating the need of an application on a particular host to take into account other hosts or other applications when scheduling operations.05-07-2009
20120110257VIRTUAL TAPE DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SELECTING PHYSICAL TAPE - A virtual tape device being located between a host and a tape library and storing data as a virtual logical volume in a storage, has a calculator that calculates a time period in which a robot moves, from a cell to a drive device, the physical tape in accordance with an instruction when the instruction is issued to recall the target logical volume redundantly stored on the physical tapes stored in two or more cells included in different tape libraries or in the same tape library and to store the target logical volume, a calculator that calculates a time period for tape positioning, and a unit that calculates a time period on the basis of the time period in which the robot moves from the cell to the drive device and the time period for the tape positioning, and that selects a physical tape corresponding to the shortest time period.05-03-2012
20120036319COMMONALITY FACTORING FOR REMOVABLE MEDIA - Systems and methods for commonality factoring for storing data on removable storage media are described. The systems and methods allow for highly compressed data, e.g., data compressed using archiving or backup methods including de-duplication, to be stored in an efficient manner on portable memory devices such as removable storage cartridges. The methods include breaking data, e.g., data files for backup, into unique chunks and calculating identifiers, e.g., hash identifiers, based on the unique chunks. Redundant chunks can be identified by calculating identifiers and comparing identifiers of other chunks to the identifiers of unique chunks previously calculated. When a redundant chunk is identified, a reference to the existing unique chunk is generated such that the chunk can be reconstituted in relation to other chunks in order to recreate the original data. The method further includes storing one or more of the unique chunks, the identifiers and/or the references on the removable storage medium.02-09-2012
20100082896Storage 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 storage areas, reads the data from the physical storage area assigned to the virtual storage area of the logical volume, determines whether or not the read data includes only the specific pattern data, and cancels the assignment of the physical storage area to the virtual storage area if the read data includes only the specific pattern data.04-01-2010
20090089496Dual-interface data storage apparatus - The present invention discloses a dual interface data storage apparatus, including: a memory module, a first interface and a second interface connected with the memory module, a housing, and a movable carriage for carrying the memory module, the first interface, and the second interface. The housing accommodates the memory module, the first interface and the second interface, and has a first opening at one end and a second opening at the other end for either allowing the first interface or the second interface to pass through the first opening or the second opening.04-02-2009
20100299477MULTI-HOST CONCURRENT WRITING TO MAGNETIC TAPE - According to one embodiment, a method for storing data on a magnetic tape comprises receiving data from two different hosts and simultaneously writing the data from the hosts to the magnetic tape using multiple transducers. In another approach, a method for storing data on a magnetic tape comprises receiving requests to establish a concurrent reservation from multiple hosts and allocating a unique stripe in a wrap to each of the hosts that sent the requests, wherein the wrap is a collection of data tracks to be written simultaneously in one direction of tape movement by multiple transducers of a tape head, and the wrap is logically divided into the stripes. Also, the method includes receiving data from the hosts and simultaneously writing the data from the hosts to the magnetic tape using the multiple transducers. Other systems and methods concerning storing data on magnetic tapes are described as well.11-25-2010
20100005237SCHEDULING READ OPERATIONS DURING DRIVE RECONSTRUCTION IN AN ARRAY OF REDUNDANT DISK DRIVES - Some embodiments of the present invention provide a system that schedules read operations for disk drives in a set of disk drives. During operation, the system monitors a write rate for write operations to a given disk drive in the set of disk drives, wherein vibrations generated by the read operations directed to disk drives in the set of disk drives are transmitted to the given disk drive. Then, the read operations for disk drives in the set of disk drives are scheduled based on the write rate for the given disk drive, thereby limiting interference between the write operations and the vibrations generated by the read operations.01-07-2010
20100005236AUTOMATICALLY ASSIGNING A MULTI-DIMENSIONAL PHYSICAL ADDRESS TO A DATA STORAGE DEVICE - A method of assigning a multi-dimensional physical address to a tape-based data storage device is provided. The method includes accessing a first signal from a first communication path electrically coupled to a first tape-based data storage device, wherein the first signal indicates a physical position of the first tape-based data storage device with respect to a first axis. The method further includes accessing a second signal from a second communication path electrically coupled to the first tape-based data storage device, wherein the second signal is associated with a physical position of the first tape-based data storage device with respect to a second axis. The method also includes determining a unique physical location of the first tape-based data storage device in the second axis based on the second signal and assigning a unique physical address to the first tape-based data storage device, wherein the unique physical address is based on the physical position of the first tape-based data storage device in the first axis and based on the physical position of the first tape-based data storage device in the second axis.01-07-2010
20080301363VIRTUAL TAPE LIBRARY DEVICE - A storage device system comprises interfaces connected to computers, a plurality of magnetic disks, and a control device that controls the plurality of magnetic disks. When a command from one of the computers instructing a tape library device to load a magnetic tape into a tape device is received by one of the interfaces, the control device selects a storage region that is managed as a virtual tape from among storage regions of the magnetic disks. When one of the interfaces receives an access request from the computer to the tape device, the control device controls to access the storage region selected.12-04-2008
20080250197Physical Tape Interchange Format - A virtual tape server for executing a method involving a partitioning of a virtual tape volume into a plurality of virtual tape blocks. The virtual tape volume includes a virtual tape volume header having recovery information, each virtual tape block includes a virtual tape block header identifying the virtual tape volume and a block sequence number, and one or more of the virtual tape blocks includes the virtual tape volume header. The method further involves a formatting of a physical tape volume including each virtual tape block.10-09-2008
20080215806Access control management - In one embodiment, a cartridge library comprises a library controller comprising a first processor module and a memory medium communicatively connected to the processor module, and a cartridge drive controller comprising a second processor module and a memory medium communicatively connected to the processor module. The cartridge drive controller comprises logic instructions stored on a computer readable medium which, when executed, cause the first processor module to receive, from a management component coupled to the cartridge library, at least one access control parameter, wherein the access control parameter identifies at least one of a user, a server, a command, or a time, record, in a memory medium coupled to the cartridge library, the at least one access control parameter; receive a request for at least one resource of the cartridge library; and use the access control parameter in determining whether to grant access to the at least one resource of the cartridge library.09-04-2008
20100005238MULTI-SERIAL INTERFACE STACKED-DIE MEMORY ARCHITECTURE - Systems and methods disclosed herein substantially concurrently transfer a plurality of streams of commands, addresses, and/or data across a corresponding plurality of serialized communication link interfaces (SCLIs) between one or more originating devices or destination devices such as a processor and a switch. At the switch, one or more commands, addresses, or data corresponding to each stream can be transferred to a corresponding destination memory vault controller (MVC) associated with a corresponding memory vault. The destination MVC can perform write operations, read operations, and/or memory vault housekeeping operations independently from concurrent operations associated with other MVCs coupled to a corresponding plurality of memory vaults.01-07-2010
20090164714METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ANALYZING A MASS DATA STORAGE DEVICE, SUCH AS FOR TROUBLESHOOTING A CARTRIDGE TAPE DRIVE - Method and apparatus for analyzing a mass data storage device, such as for troubleshooting a cartridge tape drive device. In one embodiment, the method comprises: physically associating non-volatile memory with a removable media storage device, storing information in the non-volatile memory regarding characteristics of the removable media storage device, and providing the non-volatile memory and the removable media storage device for service. Information stored in the non-volatile memory is available for use by a service technician. This information includes at least a first data structure associated with a state of the removable media storage device before servicing and at least a second data structure associated with historical information regarding operation of the removable media storage device.06-25-2009
20090177836Methods and apparatuses for managing data in a computer storage system - Data stored on disk drives in a storage system is automatically migrated to tape after a first predetermined time period according to a migration policy specified for the data. When the data stored to tape is to be accessed and has been deleted from the disk drives, the data is retrieved from the tape storage and stored back to the disk drives. The data is retained on the disk drives for a second predetermined time period according to a cache policy specified for the data, and then automatically deleted from the disk drives when the second predetermined time period has expired. In an alternative embodiment, when data stored to a particular disk drive has not been accessed for a predetermined time period, the particular disk drive is spun down to conserve energy. Spun down disk drives are spun up automatically when they contain results relevant to a search request.07-09-2009
20090055583STORING 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 of segments created by the storage manager application. At least one additional copy of at least one of the plurality of segments is maintained in at least one linear storage medium of a secondary storage. A request for data is received, at the first computational device, from a second computational device. At least one of the plurality of segments and the at least one additional copy are used to respond to the received request for data.02-26-2009
20110225357System for Determining Allocation of Tape Drive Resources for a Secure Data Erase Process - A system is provided to ensure a timely secure data erase by determining whether allocating an additional tape drive would improve secure data erase performance by evaluating a quantity of physical volumes to be secure data erased, a maximum queued threshold, an average time to an erasure deadline and a minimum expiration threshold. An additional tape drive is allocated for the secure data erase process when it is determined that allocating an additional tape drive would improve secure data erase performance.09-15-2011
20110225356Method for Determining Allocation of Tape Drive Resources for a Secure Data Erase Process - A method and computer program product are provided to ensure a timely secure data erase by determining whether allocating an additional tape drive would improve secure data erase performance by evaluating a quantity of physical volumes to be secure data erased, a maximum queued threshold, an average time to an erasure deadline and a minimum expiration threshold. An additional tape drive is allocated for the secure data erase process when it is determined that allocating an additional tape drive would improve secure data erase performance.09-15-2011
20090063763CONTROLLING 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 a buffer is provided, including receiving a synchronous command for a first transaction from the host; in response to the synchronous command, sequentially writing the plurality of records stored in the buffer to a tape as the first transaction; receiving the size of a second transaction following the first transaction from the host; calculating time for a backhitch associated with an operation of the synchronous command for the first transaction on the basis of the size; and performing the backhitch on the basis of the time for the backhitch.03-05-2009
20120144107SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONCURRENTLY ACCESSING A VIRTUAL TAPE LIBRARY BY MULTIPLE COMPUTING DEVICES - Virtual tape libraries (VTLs) and methods for concurrently accessing a VTL are provided. One VTL includes memory partitioned into multiple volumes, multiple virtual drives, and a processor. The processor is configured to enable multiple applications to concurrently access a virtual storage volume in a first or second access mode. One method includes receiving a first request for a first application to access a virtual storage volume to write data to or read data from the virtual storage volume and granting the first request. The method further includes receiving a second request for a second application to concurrently access the virtual storage volume to write data to or read data from the virtual storage volume, determining if the first and second requests are compatible, and accepting or denying the second request based on the determination. Also provided are physical computer storage mediums including computer code for performing the above method.06-07-2012
20090055582SEGMENTATION 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 plurality of segments of a linear storage medium of a secondary storage, wherein the virtual logical volume and the plurality of segments are created by the storage manager application. A request for data is received at the first computational device, from a second computational device. The storage manager application moves selected segments of the plurality of segments from the linear storage medium of the secondary storage to a cache storage, in anticipation that the requested data is included in the selected segments that are moved from the linear storage medium of the secondary storage to the cache storage.02-26-2009
20120079184METHODS 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; logic for receiving a request to access the file or instance thereof from a user in a group of users; logic for providing the user requesting access to the file with remote access to an instance of the file on the first storage tier that is not being used by any other user in the group of users; logic for setting an ownership status of the instance of the file on the first storage tier to owned by the user requesting access to the file; and logic for setting an ownership status of an unused instance of the file on the second storage tier from owned by the user requesting access to the file to unowned or owned by a second user which previously owned the instance of the file on the first storage tier. Additional systems, methods, and computer program products are also presented.03-29-2012
20080263271System for Selectively Performing a Secure Data Erase to Ensure Timely Erasure - A system is provided to ensure a timely secure data erase by determining an erasure deadline for each physical volume of a plurality of physical volumes and calculating a remaining time for each physical volume. The remaining time is calculated for each physical volume by comparing a current date to the erasure deadline of each physical volume respectively. The physical volumes may then be sorted based on the remaining time and the physical volume with a shortest calculated remaining time will be selectively secure data erased.10-23-2008
20120198146SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR STORING DATA WITH HOST CONFIGURATION OF STORAGE MEDIA - Systems and methods for storing and retrieving data on a magnetic tape accessed by a tape drive having an associated tape drive processor in communication with a host computer having an associated host processor include writing data to at least one partition within a logical volume having an associated number of sections designated by the host computer from a predetermined number of sections associated with the magnetic tape, wherein each partition extends across one section.08-02-2012
20090248974OPTIMIZING OPERATIONAL REQUESTS OF LOGICAL VOLUMES - A method, system, apparatus and computer program product for determining an optimal file operational time in a data storage system for use with a tape media storing data in a serpentine pattern on tape media is provided. The operational time is optimized based on a “sequence on tape” algorithm, a “minimum reversal of direction on tape” algorithm, or a “minimum delay to next data” algorithm. A model is used to determine the predicted performance of each of the algorithms, and the algorithm that provides the minimum overall operational time is chosen and applied for carrying out an operational process on the tape media.10-01-2009
20100185813Virtual tape device, virtual library system, and virtual tape control method - A virtual tape control method for controlling a virtual tape device includes performing a migration process for storing data stored in a logical volume to a physical volume of a library device belonging to the virtual tape device, and automatically extracting the data stored in the logical volume on which the migration process is completed at the performing, and exporting the data to a physical volume of a library device of a sub-center via a network.07-22-2010
20090077310APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR OPTIMIZING FAST ACCESS DATA STORAGE ON SEGMENTED TAPE MEDIA - An apparatus and system are disclosed for optimizing fast access data storage on segmented tape media. The apparatus, in one embodiment, is configured to selectively write data to a tape storage medium. The selection module may select data for storage as one of fast access and slower access. Fast access data may be stored on the first segment, or fast access portion, of a tape storage medium to provide optimal speed for data retrieval. Slower access data may be stored on the remaining available storage space of the tape storage medium. Additionally, read requests for fast access data may be accessed more quickly than read requests for slower access data. Thus, user data may be selected and written to a tape storage medium relative to a preferred access time.03-19-2009
20100161895Securing data on data cartridges - Techniques are described for securing data on data cartridges, such as a Linear Tape-Open (LTO) data cartridge. The techniques include modifying a portion of a cartridge memory (CM) chip of the cartridge in a way that a cartridge drive will be unable to access the data cartridge and to prevent modification of the CM chip by the cartridge drive. In one embodiment, a system includes a data cartridge including a CM chip, a chip reader to read data from and write data to the CM chip, and a computing device to control the chip reader. The computing device causes the chip reader to read data from the cartridge memory chip of the data cartridge and to modify a portion of memory of the chip to prevent unauthorized reads and writes to the data cartridge, without rendering the modification irreversible.06-24-2010
20090077311Storage control method and system for performing backup and/or restoration - A second storage system (SS03-19-2009
20090077309DATA TRANSFER - A virtual tape library including a module which is operable to issue input and output commands to a tape drive connected to the virtual tape library, wherein an input command is a command to write data to a tape connected to the tape drive and an output command is a command to read data from a tape connected to the tape drive.03-19-2009
20120036318EFFICIENT REWRITE TECHNIQUE FOR TAPE DRIVES - A method for efficiently rewriting data to tape is disclosed herein. In one embodiment, such a method includes writing a data set to tape, the data set comprising S sub data sets of fixed size, each sub data set comprising N code word interleaves (CWIs). The method further includes reading the data set while writing it to the tape to identify faulty CWIs. While reading the data set, the method buffers the faulty CWIs (such as by storing, identifying, and/or marking the faulty CWIs) for later retrieval. When the end of the data set is reached, the method writes corrected versions of the faulty CWIs to the end of the data set. A corresponding apparatus is also disclosed and claimed herein.02-09-2012
20100250844SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ACCESS TO MEDIA LIBRARIES - Embodiments of the present invention provide a media library controller that can communicate with multiple physical libraries that are physically separate from each other. The media library controller can maintain a virtualized aggregate media library representing the physical media libraries with which it is in communication. From the physical media libraries, the media library controller can establish a virtual media library and associate a host with the virtual media library. The virtual media library can represent the portions of a physical media library to which the host is allowed access.09-30-2010
20100199035File server and file management method - A file server achieving sufficient power-saving effect is provided. The file server is capable of operating an on-line storage medium (in a state in which reading/writing can be started immediately in response to a file read/write request) and an off-line storage medium (which has to be started up upon receiving a read/write request). Upon reception of a stream file write request, the file server's processing unit acquires bit rate information from the stream file, calculates the file's splitting position from the bit rate information and startup time of the off-line storage medium, and stores a first part (up to the splitting position) in the on-line storage medium while storing the remaining second part in the off-line storage medium. Upon reception of a stream file read request, the processing unit reads out the first part while starting up the off-line storage medium and reading out the second part.08-05-2010
20100306462VIRTUAL TAPE APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF VIRTUAL TAPE APPARATUS, AND CONTROL SECTION OF ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A virtual tape apparatus is interposed between a host and a tape device so as to store data transmitted from the host to a logical tape volume. The virtual tape apparatus includes: a data communication unit that receives data transmitted from the host; a RAID device having a logical tape volume for storing the data; a management table that manages attribute information of data stored in the physical tape volume; a position determination section that determines the write starting position of the data stored in the logical tape volume on the physical tape volume based on the management table; and a drive control unit that writes data in the logical tape volume to the physical tape volume based on a result of the determination.12-02-2010
20130132663READING 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 first set of files according to a predetermined data format and in a cache memory with a second set of files, the second set of files being a subset of the first set of files. Next one or more remote systems are received at least one read request for reading a sequence of files. A determination is made, among the files of the sequence of files, whether one or more cached files are already stored in the cache memory and whether one or more remaining files are not already stored in the cache memory. Creating, within the one or more remaining files, an order according to which the remaining files should be read on the storage system.05-23-2013
20110010495AUTONOMIC RECLAMATION PROCESSING ON SEQUENTIAL STORAGE MEDIA - Various embodiments for autonomic reclamation of data stored on at least one sequential storage media are provided. In one exemplary embodiment, active data stored on the at least one sequential storage media is identified. The active data is read out from a reclamation memory. The active data is stored in a sequential order by starting at a beginning block address of the at least one sequential storage media.01-13-2011
20100180074VIRTUAL TAPE LIBRARY - An embodiment of the invention relates to a virtual tape library apparatus providing a plurality of emulated tape storage elements. The apparatus comprises local, non-tape based storage, a store storing a data structure which associates the emulated tape storage elements with the local or a remote storage, a first interface to provide access to the local storage, in response to tape library commands identifying emulated tape storage elements associated with the local storage, a second interface to provide access to the remote storage, in response to tape library commands identifying emulated tape storage elements associated with the remote storage, and a command processor, which receives tape library commands relating to emulated storage elements, and generates respective commands for the remote storage when received library commands relate to the remote storage.07-15-2010
20110145494VIRTUAL 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 using a virtual-tape drive (VTD) of the virtual tape server; determining whether the logical volume is present in a virtual storage region (cache) using a controller in the virtual tape server; determining using the controller, if it is determined that the logical volume is not present in the virtual storage region, whether the mount request is a write request; and notifying, if it is determined that the mount request is a write request, the host system of completion of the mounting without reading the requested logical volume from a physical tape library that is externally connected to the virtual tape server into the virtual storage region.06-16-2011
20110082972BACKING 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.04-07-2011
20110179222APPARATUS, METHOD AND PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR DETERMINING THE DATA RECALL ORDER - To provide a technique for optimizing the processing order of recall requests in which the average latency time of a host apparatus is minimized. A storage manager accepts a request of the host apparatus for the recalling data from a tape library, and stores the request in a queue table. In response to storage of the request, the storage manager calculates the latency time for each request in all the conceivable execution orders for all the requests stored in the queue table. The storage manager determines the execution order which minimizes the total calculated latency time for all the requests including the active request, and rearranges the requests in the queue table.07-21-2011
20110107024EXTENDED LOGICAL WORM DATA INTEGRITY PROTECTION - A data storage system stores logical data object(s), each identified by a logical identifier. A control is configured to assign a unique WORM (Write Once Read Many) identifier to the logical data object, and stores the unique WORM identifier as associated with the logical identifier, in a database maintained by the control so as to be persistent. Data storage is configured to write the logical data object with a header with the unique WORM identifier. The control, in order to allow the logical data object to be accessed externally to the control, requires matching the unique WORM identifier in the header of a logical data object to the unique WORM identifier of the persistent database for the logical object. The unique WORM identifier is formed of a checksum hash value related to nonce fields comprising at least the logical identifier of the logical data object, an incrementing token, and a time stamp.05-05-2011
20090240877VIRTUAL 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 includes, a receiver that receives a mount/unmount command and a job identifier relating to the command which are sent from the host, a storage device that stores the logical tape volume, a storage table that stores the job identifier and a logical tape volume to be accessed by a job indicated by the job identifier, and a controller that controls, based on the storage table, transfer of data relating to the job identifier between the logical tape volume and the physical tape volume.09-24-2009
20080244171APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR UTILIZING TAPE MEDIA SEGMENTATION - An apparatus and system are presented for utilizing tape storage media segmentation to improve data access performance. A segmented tape storage medium within a tape cartridge having a first and second segment is utilized. A selection module allows a user to select a user-defined capacity of the tape storage medium that is less than the usable capacity of the tape storage medium. The user-defined capacity allows the user to prefer improved data access over tape storage capacity. Data, when written to the tape, is written only within the user-defined capacity. Data may be written exclusively on the first segment or written on both the first segment and second segment allowing data access to be improved. In addition, the user-defined capacity may correspond to the full capacity of the tape storage media.10-02-2008
20100293328MANAGING FIRST LEVEL STORAGE IN A MULTI-HOST ENVIRONMENT - A virtual tape server (VTS) and a method for managing shared first level storage, such as a disk cache, among multiple virtual tape servers are provided. Such a system and method manage first level storage to accommodate two or more host processing systems by maintaining adequate free space in the cache for each host and by preventing one host, such as a mainframe, from taking over free space from another host, such as a Linux system.11-18-2010
20120210057RESOURCE MANAGEMENT FOR DATA STORAGE SERVICES - Provided are a method, system, and an article of manufacture, wherein resources corresponding to at least one copy pool are acquired, and wherein the at least one copy pool has been defined for a first primary storage pool of a storage hierarchy. The acquired resources are retained, in response to determining that data cannot be written to the first primary storage pool. The data is written to the at least one copy pool, in response to writing the data to a second primary storage pool of the storage hierarchy.08-16-2012
20090300279Signature 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 virtual tape complex comprises one or more subsystems and a control store linked to the one or more subsystems. For each virtual tape complex, a copy of the corresponding signature is stored in the control store corresponding to the virtual tape complex.12-03-2009
20100030957VIRTUAL 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 tape device as a virtual tape volume, first computers to be connected to a host computer which instructs a storing of data in the actual tape device, and a reading of data from the actual tape device, control an interface with the host computer, second computers which control the virtual tape volume of the virtual tape storage device, third computers which control a writing of the data into the actual tape device, and a local disk controller which stores the data in one of storage devices mounted one in each of the first computers, each of the second computers, and each of the third computers.02-04-2010
20100030956APPARATUS AND METHOD TO STORE ORIGINAL POINT-IN-TIME DATA - A method to store point-in-time data, comprising establishing a block size, providing source data storage comprising (S) blocks, and target data storage comprising (T) blocks. The method configures (B) source storage segments and (B) target storage segments, and receives updated point-in-time data for original point-in-time data written to an (i)th source storage segment. The method then determines if a (j)th target storage segment comprises available storage capacity to store the original point-in-time data. If a (j)th target storage segment comprises available storage capacity to store the original point-in-time data, the method writes the original point-in-time data to that (j)th target storage segment.02-04-2010
20080263272DATA 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. The buffer transfers the data making up these files as virtual tape volumes (VTVs) to different locations of the cartridge for storage. A file is selectively designated for the VTS to delete from storage after a date included with the file has elapsed by deleting the VTVs corresponding to the file from the cartridge to reuse space of the cartridge. The method includes detecting if a file transferred as VTVs to the cartridge has been designated for deletion. The VTS is prohibited from deleting the file after the date has elapsed if the file was not designated for deletion and is allowed to delete the file after the date has elapsed if the file was not designated for deletion.10-23-2008
20120047324SEQUENTIAL ACCESS STORAGE AND DATA DE-DUPLICATION - An example method includes determining a configuration of two or more partitions for a sequential access medium. At least one partition stores data de-duplication data structures while at least one other partition stores a repository of unique data blocks associated with the data structures. The method also includes controlling a data de-duplication computer to configure the sequential access medium according to the configuration. The method includes producing an output sequence for writing the data structures and a set of unique data blocks associated with the set of data structures to the sequential access medium as configured with the two or more partitions. One embodiment includes controlling a data de-duplication computer to write the data de-duplication data structures and the set of unique data blocks to the sequential access medium according to the output sequence.02-23-2012
20120179868AUTONOMIC RECLAMATION PROCESSING FOR TAPES - Various embodiments for autonomic reclamation processing for tapes are provided. Instructions are received to perform reclamation processing on the formatted tape. Formatted tape is loaded into a tape drive for buffering active data during reclamation processing and consolidating all of the active data in capacity optimized manner on the same formatted tape. The formatted tape comprises metadata denoting active and inactive data blocks for files. The meta data of the formatted tape is read into a reclamation memory. The table is sorted and a starting block address is sorted. All active files ordered in the table starting at the starting block address are read into the reclamation memory. The files are written from the reclamation memory to the formatted tape from the starting block address and updating the table with new block addresses of the files. The meta data is updated with the updated table.07-12-2012
20120011311STORAGE 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 storage areas, reads the data from the physical storage area assigned to the virtual storage area of the logical volume, determines whether or not the read data includes only the specific pattern data, and cancels the assignment of the physical storage area to the virtual storage area if the read data includes only the specific pattern data.01-12-2012
20120059985SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ALLOCATING CONTROL OF STORAGE MEDIA IN A NETWORK ENVIRONMENT - A method for dynamically allocating control of a storage device, the method comprising receiving an access request from a first computer requesting access to a storage device; directing, based upon the access request, a first storage controller computer to assume an inactive state with respect to control of the storage device; and directing, based upon the access request, a second storage controller computer to assume an active state with respect to control of the storage device.03-08-2012
20120159063SELECTING 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 access request for a logical volume wherein an instance of the logical volume is stored on each of the plurality of clusters and each instance of the logical volume is synchronized with each other instance of the logical volume. An adjustment module weights the access history instances in favor of recent access history instances. A calculation module calculates an affinity of the logical volume instance stored on each cluster of the plurality of clusters. A selection module selects a cluster TVC with a highest logical volume affinity as the TVC for the logical volume.06-21-2012
20110066799Enhanced 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 also comprises ejecting the virtual tape moved to the remote virtual library. The method also comprises recycling the ejected virtual tape at the local virtual library based on a remote retention policy.03-17-2011
20110107023Automatically Linking Partitions on a Tape Media Device - A system and method for automatically linking partitions on storage media for use within a storage management system is provided to minimize wasted space on the storage media, the time and expense traditionally spent reclaiming partitions containing invalid data, and the computer processing capability required to write data to and read data from the storage media. The storage management system includes a partitioned storage tape, a host application running on a server, and an archive device. The host application is operative to track location information for each host file or data object written to the storage tape. Using the location information, the host application is able to identify one or more “free” or writable partitions that are created on the storage tape as host files expire. Moreover, when writing host files to the storage tape, the archive device is operative to automatically link the writable partitions to form logical volumes such that when reading host files from the storage tape, the archive device can automatically navigate through the logical volumes.05-05-2011
20110099328EFFICIENTLY RESTORING DATA FROM A SEQUENTIAL-ACCESS BACKUP ARCHIVE - A method for efficiently restoring data from a sequential-access backup archive includes receiving a candidate list identifying data sets that are potentially contained within a sequential-access backup archive. The method further receives a filter list identifying data sets that are desired to be restored from the backup archive. Using the candidate list and filter list, the method generates a search list identifying data sets that are to be ignored when searching the backup archive. The method then sequentially performs multiple searches of the backup archive such that the multiple searches collectively perform a single pass through the backup archive. When performing these searches, each search begins from the last accessed portion of the backup archive and stops upon encountering a data set not explicitly ignored by the search list. A corresponding system, apparatus, and computer program product are also disclosed herein.04-28-2011
20120221786APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR READING DATA FROM A TAPE - An apparatus and method for writing data to be played back onto a tape is provided. Included is an acquisition unit for acquiring data to be written onto the tape, a writing unit for writing the data to the tape, and a determination unit for determining a data amount of a leading part of the data to be stored in a place separate from a place where the data is stored so that a part following the leading part is made ready to be played back before playback of the leading part ends, to reduce the time taken to read the data from the tape. Also included is an extraction unit for extracting the data and a storage unit for storing the leading part of the data.08-30-2012
20100205365HARD DRIVE ACCESSING METHOD AND HARD DRIVE ACCESSING SYSTEM SUPPORTING MAXIMUM TRANSMISSION RATE OF HARD DRIVE - A hard drive assessing method and a hard drive assessing system supporting a maximum transmission rate of a hard drive are provided, wherein the hard drive is accessed by a controller, and both the controller and the hard drive support a plurality of transmission rates. The maximum transmission rate of the hard drive is first obtained. When the controller reads data from the hard drive, the transmission rate of the controller is set to be not lower than the maximum transmission rate, and the transmission rate of the hard drive is maintained at the maximum transmission rate. When the controller writes data into the hard drive, the transmission rate of the controller is reduced to be lower than the maximum transmission rate, and the transmission rate of the hard drive is maintained at the maximum transmission rate. Thereby, the hard drive can be accessed at its maximum transmission rate.08-12-2010
20120179867TAPE DATA MANAGEMENT - Systems and methods for managing data with respect to tape storage are provided. The system includes a data manager for receiving metadata related to content and for generating a proxy file system which mirrors the data structure of the content data. The system further includes a server coupled to a tape device, the server receiving the content data directly from a data source and providing the content data the tape device for storage on a formatted tape media.07-12-2012
20120084500SYSTEM, METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR CREATING A SINGLE LIBRARY IMAGE FROM MULTIPLE INDEPENDENT TAPE LIBRARIES - In one embodiment, a system includes a library manager for communicating with a plurality of logical libraries having data organized therein and stored on sequential access media therein, wherein the library manager controls movement operations of a plurality of shuttle cars along one or more shuttle pathways, wherein each of the shuttle cars are for transporting a sequential access medium between any of the plurality of logical libraries, wherein each of the logical libraries comprises at least one local station for sending and/or receiving shuttle cars to and/or from the plurality of logical libraries, wherein the one or more shuttle pathways connect the stations in a multi-drop arrangement, wherein each destination station is represented by a unique export-only address, and wherein all source stations are represented by a common import-only address. Other systems, methods, and computer program products are also described according to various embodiments.04-05-2012
20120084499SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANAGING A VIRTUAL TAPE LIBRARY DOMAIN - Systems and methods for managing a virtual tape library (VTL) domain capable of being coupled to a host are provided. One system includes a plurality of VTL nodes configured to store multiple scratch erased volumes. Each VTL node comprises a processor configured to perform at least a portion of the below method. One method includes receiving a request from the host to de-mount a volume in one of the plurality of VTL nodes, transferring the volume to a scratch category in response to receiving the request, erasing data in the volume and categorizing the volume as a scratch erased volume, and providing ownership of the scratch erased volume to a VTL node in the plurality of VTL nodes based on pre-determined criteria for the plurality of VTL nodes. Also provided are computer storage mediums including computer code for performing the above method.04-05-2012
20110004727TAPE 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 connected to each of a plurality of disk library units (DLUs), each VTL server being adapted to receive tape storage commands, and in response to receiving a tape storage command, the respective VTL server accepts the tape storage command and responding as if the VTL server were the respective target tape storage device, and wherein data simultaneously streaming from the plurality of backup hosts is received by multiple of the VTL servers, where the multiple VTL servers receiving the simultaneously streamed data write to the same DLU.01-06-2011
20120271993VIRTUAL TAPE SYSTEMS USING PHYSICAL TAPE CACHING - According to one embodiment, a system includes a virtual tape server coupled to at least one tape library, a library manager in communication with the at least one tape library and the virtual tape server, a memory adapted for acting as logical tape storage and a physical tape drive for processing physical tape media adapted for buffering deduplication operations, logic adapted for receiving a data stream from a host system, logic adapted for sending data from the data stream when the data stream is active to at least one of the memory and the tape drive based on whether at least one of a plurality of conditions is met, and logic adapted for sending previously stored data stream data from the tape drive to the memory when the data stream is inactive during a deduplication operation. Other systems and methods are also described according to more embodiments.10-25-2012
20110238906FILE 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; writing plurality of data blocks on a first of the partitions; and writing an index on a second of the partitions, wherein the index includes information about at least one of files and the blocks on the first partition09-29-2011
20110238905PRIMARY STORAGE MEDIA WITH ASSOCIATED SECONDARY STORAGE MEDIA FOR EFFICIENT DATA MANAGEMENT - A system according to one embodiment includes a tape cartridge, the tape cartridge comprising: a housing; a magnetic recording tape in the housing; and a non-tape nonvolatile memory coupled to the housing, the nonvolatile memory being for storing therein an index comprising file system information for a plurality of files stored on the magnetic recording tape. A method for storing data on a tape cartridge according to one embodiment includes writing a plurality of files to a magnetic recording tape of a tape cartridge; and writing an index to a non-tape nonvolatile memory of the tape cartridge, the index including information about locations of data of the plurality of files on the magnetic recording tape.09-29-2011
20110276754PARTIAL VOLUME ACCESS IN A PHYSICAL STACKED VOLUME - In one embodiment, a VTS system includes a tape volume cache, a storage drive for interacting with sequential access storage media; logic for receiving a mount request to access host data record(s) stored on a storage medium, the mount request including a virtual volume identifier of a logical volume and a logical block identifier of the first requested host data record therein; logic for issuing a locate command to position the sequential access storage medium to about a physical block in the logical volume having at least a portion of the requested host data record(s) therein based on the virtual volume identifier and the logical block identifier; logic for creating and supporting a partial virtual volume in the tape volume cache; and logic for copying at least the physical block to the partial virtual volume. Other systems, methods, and computer program products are also described, according to other embodiments.11-10-2011
20110276753LOCATING LOGICAL VOLUME RECORDS ON A PHYSICAL STACKED VOLUME - According to one embodiment, a method for accessing host data records stored on a VTS system includes receiving a mount request to access at least one host data record on a VTS system, determining a number of host compressed data records per physical block on a sequential access storage medium, determining a PBID that corresponds to the requested at least one host data record, accessing a physical block on the sequential access storage medium corresponding to the PBID, and outputting the physical block without outputting an entire logical volume that the physical block is stored to. In another embodiment, a VTS system includes random access storage, sequential access storage, support for at least one virtual volume, a storage manager having logic for determining a PBID that corresponds to a SLBID, and logic for performing the above described method. Other methods, systems, and computer program products are also described.11-10-2011
20120102267IMPLEMENTING ENHANCED DATA STORAGE ON REMOVABLE MEDIA TO OPTIMIZE PERFORMANCE AND RELIBILITY - A method, system, and computer program product are provided for implementing enhanced data storage in a removable media library to optimize performance and reliability. When two volumes are initially formatted, user specified affinity information is used to identify an affinity between a first volume and a second volume for storing data. A user specified affinity type value is defined by the user specified affinity information. The first volume to be formatted is selected from a first removable media library (RML) and formatted. The second volume to be formatted is selected based upon an identified user specified affinity type value.04-26-2012
20100205366AUTOMATIC MEDIA READYING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A OPTICAL MEDIUM WITH FILE SYSTEMS - In one aspect of the invention, a computer system comprises application logic executable to search an optical medium for at least one type of file system that may be resident on the optical medium. In response to identifying the presence of at least one type of file system resident on the optical medium, the system readies a media driver of an apparatus to make the at least one file system available for access.08-12-2010
20110219185OPTIMIZING 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 sub-request specifying a set of one or more adjacent disk blocks of the plurality of disk blocks along the same cylinder. A plurality of execution sequences for performing the plurality of I/O sub-requests is determined. For each of the plurality of execution sequences, a total estimated execution time for performing the I/O sub-requests according to the execution sequence is calculated. One of the plurality of execution sequences for performing the I/O sub-requests is selected based, at least in part, on the total estimated execution times for the plurality of execution sequences. A disk drive controller is instructed to perform the I/O sub-requests according to the selected execution sequence.09-08-2011
20120284456METHOD FOR APPENDING DATA TO TAPE MEDIUM, AND APPARATUS EMPLOYING THE SAME - An information recording apparatus and method. The method includes sequentially writing datasets to a recording medium so that each of the datasets can be identified from a certain number indicating an order that the dataset was written, and from the number of writing operations (WP) carried out for the dataset of the certain number to identify a newest dataset among datasets having the same certain number; appending a new dataset onto the old dataset; and controlling execution, in the case where an error occurs at the time of the appending, of the appending step on the old dataset, in a position shifted forward on the recording medium such that the new dataset overwrites a part of the old dataset.11-08-2012
20130185500AUTONOMIC RECLAMATION PROCESSING FOR TAPES - Various embodiments for autonomic reclamation processing for tapes are provided. Instructions are received to perform reclamation processing on the formatted tape. Formatted tape is loaded into a tape drive for buffering active data during reclamation processing and consolidating all of the active data in capacity optimized manner on the same formatted tape. The formatted tape comprises metadata denoting active and inactive data blocks for files. The meta data of the formatted tape is read into a reclamation memory. The table is sorted and a starting block address is sorted. All active files ordered in the table starting at the starting block address are read into the reclamation memory. The files are written from the reclamation memory to the formatted tape from the starting block address and updating the table with new block addresses of the files. The meta data is updated with the updated table.07-18-2013
20120290784TAPE DRIVE, TAPE DRIVE RECORDING SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR SELECTING IMPROVED TAPE SPEED IN RESPONSE TO INTERMITTENT READ REQUESTS - A tape drive, tape drive recording system, and method are provided for improving tape speed selection during data transfer. The tape drive includes a buffer, a tape for recording the data to be temporarily stored in the buffer, and a read head. The tape drive further includes a reading controller that initially sets a tape speed such that a drive transfer rate matches a host transfer rate as closely as possible and that drives the tape at the tape speed. To address backhitching caused by one or more host transfer halts, the reading controller subsequently adjusts the tape speed such that the drive transfer rate is lower than the host transfer rate by recalculating the host transfer rate in consideration of the host transfer and the host transfer halt and setting the tape speed such that the drive transfer rate matches the recalculated host transfer rate as closely as possible.11-15-2012
20130205081VIRTUAL TAPE DEVICE AND TAPE MOUNT CONTROL METHOD - A virtual tape device includes a storage unit, an instruction unit, and a reading unit. The storage unit stores a plurality of logical volumes. The instruction unit receives a request for mounting a specified logical volume from an information processing apparatus. The instruction unit issues a mount instruction to both a physical tape device communicated to the virtual tape device and a virtual device communicated to the virtual tape device when the specified logical volume is not stored in the storage unit. The mount instruction instructs to mount the specified logical volume. The reading unit reads data of the specified logical volume to the storage unit from a device which outputs a mount completion notification first among both of the devices which have received the mount instruction.08-08-2013
20130205083VIRTUAL TAPE DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD OF VIRTUAL TAPE DEVICE - A virtual tape device includes a memory to record logical volume information that includes an identifier of a logical volume, an identifier of a physical volume that stores data of the logical volume, and information that indicates whether the data of the logical volume is cached in a cache unit, in association with each other. A determining unit that, when a copy command to copy data of the logical volume stored in a first physical volume to a second physical volume is received, determines whether a logical volume cached in the cache unit exists among the logical volumes, and a storage control unit that, when it is determined that the logical volume cached in the cache unit exists among the logical volumes, stores the data of the logical volume cached in the cache unit to the second physical volume without reference to an order indicated in the copy command.08-08-2013
20130205082VIRTUAL TAPE DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD OF VIRTUAL TAPE DEVICE - A virtual tape device includes a storage unit, a cache determining unit, a selector, and a cache controller. The storage unit records logical volume information associated with an identifier of a logical volume, an updated time of the logical volume, information indicating whether the logical volume is allocated to a cache, an identifier of a physical volume storing data of the logical volume, and information indicating whether the physical volume are mounted in a physical tape drive. The cache determining unit determines, based on the logical volume information, whether the logical volume exists on the cache, when a request to store the logical volume on the cache is received and the cache does not have an available capacity. The selector selects the logical volume based on the determined result as an off-cache target logical volume. The selected logical volume is off-cached by the cache controller.08-08-2013
20120079185TAPE STORAGE SYSTEM INCLUDING MULTIPLE TAPE STORAGE APPARATUSES - A tape storage system according to one embodiment includes two or more tape storage apparatuses each having a buffer divided in fixed-length segments, and being connectable to a host, where a first of the tape storage apparatuses is configured to receive multiple data clusters and a synchronization request from a host, and, when one of the segments of the buffer is accumulated and filled with the data, to write the accumulated data onto a tape. A second of the tape storage apparatuses is connected to the first tape storage apparatus, the second tape storage apparatus being configured to receive the multiple data clusters sent from the host via the first tape storage apparatus, and being configured to write a predetermined number of data clusters accumulated in the segments thereof onto a second tape at a timing corresponding to the synchronization request.03-29-2012

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