Tape Management System

Tape Management System

A Tape Management System (TMS) is computer software that manages the usage and retention of computer backup tapes. This may be done as a stand alone function or as part of a broader backup software package.

The role of a Tape Management System

Categories of Tape Management System

tand-alone Tape Management Systems

Stand-alone Tape Management Systems are predominent on mainframe platforms where tape is used as both a backup and base load storage medium.

Mainframe systems such as IBM's zOS do provide some basic support for tape inventory control via the OS Catalog but as cataloging files is optional it is usually required that an additional software package do the following:

* Ensure that live tape volumes are not over-written.
* Keep a list of tape volumes that are eligible to be over-written (known as scratch tapes).
* Maintain an online catalog of the location of files written to tape and a list of what files reside on each tape volume.

These operations are usually achieved by using operating system hooks to intercept file open and close operations.

Backup Applications

Robotic Control Systems

Off-line Tape Management Systems

Commercially Available Tape Management Systems

Mainframe

tand-alone Tape Management Systems

* BrightStore CA-1 (previously know as UCC-1 and CA-1)
* IBM RMM
* Zara
* BMC Control-M/Tape (previously know as Control-T)
* TLMS

Robotic Control/Management Systems

* StorageTek HSC
* StorageTek ExLM

Distributed Systems

Backup Applications

See List of backup software

Off-line Tape Management Systems

* TapeTrack
* Vertices Tape Management System
* Media Track

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