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About OpenTech Systems

OpenTech Systems offers “best practices” tape data migration software that has been trusted by storage vendors and outsource providers for over a decade. Using their Tape/Copy software and the experience gained from working with hundreds of customers around the world, our technicians can migrate tape datasets from any supported tape device (native or virtual) to any other tape device including migrating datasets from low density to higher density tapes or from physical tape to virtual tape libraries (VTL) and VTL-to-VTL migrations. Tape/Copy protects the original metafile data often used for life cycle management including the original creation date, creator, last user, last use date, etc. You can visit their website here.



Tape/Copy is a highly-developed, automated system for tape migrations, virtual tape upgrades and consolidations. Tape/Copy uses the data center's Tape Management System Catalog (TMC) as its primary source of information, and interfaces with ATLs from all major robotic library vendors. The easy-to-use ISPF panels allow the user to define selection criteria and output tape characteristics to build jobs that copy or move tape data automatically. Tape/Copy's robust data set selection criteria, extensive reporting, and error recovery features make Tape/Copy the software of choice for professional services world-wide for their tape data migration needs.


Tape/Copy is used by the world's largest tape drive manufacturers to assist their clients for migration needs. Tape/Copy has been used in migrations as small as a few thousand datasets to several million. Tape/Copy is used for new media migrations, virtual tape migration needs and data center consolidations. Opentech Systems can also provide the professional services to assist with any migration projects.

Enhance ATL and VTL performance
Tape/Copy jobs can be used to automatically move "idle" data out of your ATL by copying it to an outside tape without requiring that the tape be physically ejected from the ATL. It can also copy large data files off of virtual tape to native tape to ensure optimum use of your virtual tape space.

Maximize ROI of tape media investment

Tape/Copy's intelligent stacking capabilities allow you to not only select the data to stack, but also specify the desired utilization percentage of the stacked tape.

Tape/Copy also allows users to sort the stacked data by expiration date, group the datasets by creating application and more.

Ensure data integrity

Tape/Copy provides ESTAE protection for the conversion process to ensure that if a copy operation fails (I/O errors, missing multi-volume datasets, etc.), the user if not forced to perform manual clean-up of the catalog and TMC. Tape/Copy will back out all changes to the tape so that it is in pre-conversion status.

Process most proprietary dataset formats
Why use a separate product for copying each proprietary dataset format you produce?

Tape/Copy can process:
- DFSMShsm
- OAM objects
- FDR backups
- DFSMSdss
- CA-View (SAR)
and others.

All tape media formats supported
Tape/Copy can automate the conversion of tape datasets from any tape media or device, to any other tape media or device. Quickly convert old technology tape media to new, higher density media.

Forecast your tape needs
Tape/Copy's extensive reporting features include a comprehensive forecasting report that can be used estimate media, time, and other needs while planning a conversion or migration project.

Retain important dataset information

Tape/Copy copies the field of the tape management catalog from the input record to the output record to preserve the dataset name, creation date/time and last used date/time information. Tape/Copy also makes all required system catalog updates.

Prevent Backend Tape Thrashing

Tape/Copy is able to use VTS volume information gathered from the IBM VTS Bulk Volume Information Retrieval (BVIR) facility to prevent backend tape thrashing when processing many tapes from a VTS by processing datasets in backend volume order.

Module Ed

Breaking news regarding any customer who use the following products:

DLM Control Center, Space Recovery System, Allocation Control Center and Simulate-2000

IBM z/OS 1.12 no longer honours the unprotected page bit for nucleus storage backed by large pages. The DIF memory update routine has been modified to use DAT OFF updates when necessary.

Note: z/OS 1.12 installations must upgrade to at least SCC SL10202 to run any of the above products.

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