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TapeTrack Tape Management Framework.

2013 Release Features GazillaByte LLC March 2013

ABSTRACT:
The TapeTrack Tape Management Framework is the Swiss Army Knife used by over 4000 enterprises around the world to manage their computer backup tapes. TapeTrack software is based upon the 5 Pillars of Tape Management; Asset Management, Chain of Custody, Library Management, Disaster Recovery and Quality Control and features native integration with mainframe and distributed tape management systems, integration with Microsoft Outlook and Iron Mountains SecureSync along with many time saving options such as drag-and-drop and cut-and-paste.

Introduction
Those charged with the management of computer backup tapes know all-towell the unique set of challenges that they face on a day-to-day basis. Tape has a long history of use in information technology, and despite rumors to the contrary, it is clearly a technology that is here to stay. Just as tape today is a distant relative to the 3420 Reel-to-Reel tape of the mainframe era, the tapes of the future will probably not even contain magnetic tape; just as the disks of the future will not actually be spinning disks. TapeTrack is built around the 5 Pillars of Tape Management: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Asset Management Chain of Custody Library Management Disaster Recovery Quality Control

These principles have guided the development of TapeTrack since our first release and continue to ensure that: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. You always know what tapes you have. You always know where they have been and who has touched them. You always know where they should be. You always know that you have the right tapes pre-identified and offsite in case you need them. You always know that your employees are following best practice in tape management.

TapeTrack has been constantly developed since 1998 and is now used by over 4000 enterprises around the world. It has been specifically designed for the challenges of today and is ready to meet the expectations of tomorrow. It brings us great pride to outline the features of our 2013 release and we hope our hard work brings with it your success in tape management.

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Integration
TapeTrack provides a high level of integration with backup software, billing and chargeback systems and the systems of third-parties such as Iron Mountain. This integration ensures that TapeTrack is always up-to-date and that systems downstream from TapeTrack are also up-to-date.

Windows Integration
The TapeTrack Windows Name Space Extension allows you to view your tape assets from the Windows Shell so you dont have to launch TapeTrack or launch a web browser to view your tape assets. This intuitive interface allows you to see all of your tape assets, irrespective of their location, just as if they were files on your local PC.

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Tape Management System Integration


TapeTrack interfaces natively with distributed and mainframe tape management systems to ensure that your asset management database is always accurate and up-to-date. TapeTrack takes up where the tape management system leaves off and in many cases can out-do the tape management system in areas of vault management removing the requirement to purchase expensive product ad-ons. zSeries Tape Management Systems: CA-1 TLMS RMM Control-M/Tape Zara

Distributed Tape Management Systems: Tivoli Storage Manager CommVault BackupExec NetBackup NetVault Data Protector

iSeries Tape Management Systems: BRMS

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iCalendar Interface
The TapeTrack iCalendar interface allows you to see which computer backup tapes are moving offsite today and which tapes will move back on each day into the future from with your iCalendar enabled office suite such as Microsoft Office, Google Apps, Lotus Notes and your iCelendar enabled tablet device.

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Excel and XML Export


TapeTrack allows you to easily export and import information to and from Microsoft Excel, Open Office and Google Documents. This allows you to manipulate your data using Pivot Tables and graph your information any way you like.

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Iron Mountain SecureSync Integration


The TapeTrack Iron Mountain SecureSync interface provides a comprehensive interface into Iron Mountains SecureSync product. This integration includes: Windows Shell integration so that you can see your offsite tapes without having to login to the SecureSync Web Interface. Automated transmissions to Iron Mountain so that you no longer have to perform data entry. Automated reconciliation and certification to ensure that all the tapes you expect to be offsite are accounted for.

Further reading: http://www.scribd.com/doc/108194196/Using-TapeTrack-as-a-companion-product-to-IronMountain-SecureSync http://doco.tapetrack.com/securesync/

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Compatibility
TapeTrack provides a high degree of compatibility with computer systems ranging from IBM Mainframes through to Windows and Linux servers.

No Middle-ware
TapeTrack is not build upon middle-ware and does not require you to install ODBC drivers, web servers and relational databases (the whole suite installs in under 30 seconds on a base Windows install with no dependencies).

Native Cross-Platform Batch Interface


TapeTrack provides a native cross-platform batch environment for: Windows Linux for Intel Linux for System Z z/OS AIX Solaris HPUX

32 and 64 Bit Support


TapeTrack is available in both 32 and 64 bit versions.

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Flexibility
TapeTrack is flexible enough to be used by a single enterprise in a single location through to a multi-national enterprise with tape assets all over the world.

Multi-Location Support
TapeTrack can support an unlimited number of data process locations and an unlimited number of tape chain of custody locations.

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Multi-Barcode Support
TapeTracks powerful barcode interpretation sub-system can interpret almost any barcode and then slice and dice it so that it looks exactly how you want it to look.

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Multi-Time Zone Support


TapeTracks multi-time zone support allows you to see what time a tape was last updated, both in your local time zone and in the time zone of the user who performed the update.

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Usability
TapeTrack is designed with usability as our number one priority. We wouldnt want to spend our valuable time entering data so we dont expect you to either.

Drag-and-Drop
TapeTrack not only allows you to drag-and-drop tape volumes from one location to another but it also allows you to drag-and-drop files from the Windows Shell so that they can be interpreted and processed.

Cut-and-Paste
TapeTracks cut-and-paste functionality allows you to copy tape information from TapeTrack to other software, but most importantly it allows you to cut tape information from emails, spreadsheets and text files so that you can add and select tapes with ease.

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Functionality
TapeTrack is overflowing with unique functionality.

Tape Library Health


TapeTracks Tape Library Health System looks at over 20 attributes of your tape library and assigns a score that represents overall health of your tape library processes. Library Health scores can be used to benchmark individual data center within an enterprise and they can be used to track library health over time.

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Disaster Recovery Strategies


TapeTrack Disaster Recover Strategies allow you to pre-identify which tapes are needed to restore a particular system or systems to a given point of time so that they can be monitored for their offsite integrity.

Simple Management
TapeTracks Simple Management function allows you to completely automate the cycling of your tapes as they move from one location to another by defining perpetual rules for their management.

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Chain of Custody Certification


TapeTracks Chain of Custody Certification function allows you to reconcile the location of each of your tape volumes and issue digitally signed certificates when they are in the correct location. These certificates can be used during legal proceedings and can be used to certify the permanent loss of a tape volume.

Further reading: http://www.scribd.com/doc/129443710/Chain-of-Custody-Transaction-Certification

Ad-hoc Report Printing


TapeTracks provides a comprehensive ad-hoc printing framework allowing you to quickly and accurately select the information you require.

Barcode Printing
TapeTrack provides its own barcode printing software and interfaces with third-party barcode printing solutions.

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Volume Histories
TapeTrack maintains a comprehensive journal of all critical tape operations and allows you to report on a per tape basis or across the entire library.

LTO Library Health


TapeTracks VeriTape LTO Quality interface allows you to extract LTO tape library health from any LTO volume so that you can accurately see which of your tapes are faulty and which tape drives need services.

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Manage Containers and Tapes


TapeTrack allows you to easily manage both open storage and closed container tape volumes.

Advanced Slot Allocation


TapeTrack allows you to assign groups of tape volumes to a specific physical location such as a GemTrac draw. These volumes will then be automatically assigned slots when they are assigned to that storage location.

Speech Enabled Tape Handling


TapeTracks Speech enabled tape handling allows tape operators to process tapes quickly and with 100% accuracy as they are read storage locations over a wireless headset each time they scan a tape volume.

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Charts and Graphs


TapeTrack provides many different charts and graphs allowing you to visualize your tape library.

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Reliability
TapeTrack is engineered to be highly reliable and many of our customers average 4 x 9s uptime.

High Availability Replication


TapeTracks High Availability component allows you to replication your TapeTrack database between two or more sites without the need for middleware or log shipping.

Extendibility
We actively encourage our users and partners to add their own unique functionality to TapeTrack.

TapeTrack Plug-In Framework


The TapeTrack Plug-In Framework allows users easily to add their own unique functions the TapeTrack Windows software.

TapeTrack Software Development Kit SDK


The TapeTrack Software Development Kit allows users to extent the TapeTrack product beyond the TapeTrack ecosystem.

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About GazillaByte
GazillaByte LLC is based in Colorado USA where it develops and supports its flagship TapeTrack tape management software. Today TapeTrack is used by over 4000 enterprises around the world. These companies range from the top of the Fortune 500 through to newly created technology companies that you are yet to hear of. To learn more about TapeTrack, visit the product website at www.tapetrack.com, or call GazillaByte LLC on +1-720-583-8880 to organize a free 90 day no obligation trial of our unique technology.

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