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Storage – Understanding Tape Storage z/OS 2.5


3 hours



This course discusses how tape usage in data centers has evolved and looks at the purpose of this medium in today’s environment. An overview of tape storage capabilities is discussed before looking at the emergence of virtual tape and how it is either replacing traditional tape systems, or working with them, to meet the data storage demands of the enterprise.


Operators, System Programmers or Storage Administrators that require an understanding of tape capabilities and tape system operation.


General understanding of data processing in a z/OS operating environment.


After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  • How tape is used by Data Centers today
  • The benefits of virtual tape

Course Content

Introduction to Tape Storage

How Tape Strategies have Evolved
Types of Enterprise Tapes
Tape Storage Capabilities
Linear Tape File System (LTFS)
Tape Usage Scenarios
Tape as a Backup, Archival, and Compliance Medium
Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Tape
Tape Components
Tape Library
Storing Tapes Externally

Virtual Tape Server Fundamentals

Data Center Tape Storage Requirements
The Need for a Virtual Tape Server (VTS)
Virtual Tape and the Cloud
Virtual Tape Security
Tape Virtualization Server Components
Logical Volumes
Tape Virtualization Process
Displaying VTS Status and Attributes
Monitoring VTS Activity
VTS Reporting Tools

Storage – Understanding Tape Storage z/OS 2.5 Mastery Test