The DLm8000 supports up to 2,048 emulated tape drives, meaning a mainframe stores data in what it sees as up to 2,048 tape drive even though the data is being archived to spinning disk. "With physical tape drives (let's say 16) the user may have to delay the start of their daily processing because all of the drives are in use for a backup operation, or some other task. The customer can devote additional drives to the process, even temporarily," said Jim O'Connor, an EMC senior product marketing manager, in an email reply to questions from Computerworld. "With the high number of virtual drives this problem can be avoided."
EMC has not yet released pricing for the DLm8000.
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