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Mainframe Tape (including migrated)

DTS owns and maintains tape environments at the State’s Salt Lake City and Richfield data centers.  The mainframe tape environments provide storage at a lower cost than online disk storage for data that does not require the high performance requirements of online disk.  The tape environment can also be used for backup and restore services for business resumption of data stored on mainframe disk.  

This environment includes virtual tape (CA-VTape) and physical tape configurations. Out-of-Area tape creation and removal is available for customers requiring the ability to send tapes to or receive tapes from another facility or offsite storage.  DTS provides automated remote backup and restore processing and vaulting between the Salt Lake City and Richfield data centers.

The DTS tape environment includes automated data migration/compression (called Migration Level 1 – “ML1”) and a second level process to migrate and compress data from disk to tape (called Migration Level 2 –“ML2”). DTS provides automated remote backup/restore processing and vaulting between the Salt Lake City and Richfield data centers.

Product Features and Descriptions

Robust Management Capabilities

Automated data set migration, backup and restore capabilities by using cost-effective tape media.

Automated management providing faster access to tape data.

Automated offsite backup and remote vaulting capability.


Supports industry standard tape formats for physical tapes.


Provides the environment for offsite storage of data for archival or disaster recovery  

Capacity Planning

Capacity planning for future tape growth is based on historical trending.  

Data Compression

Automated data compression to increase capacity and reduce virtual tape costs.

Physically Safe

A secure, climate-controlled environment.


24×7 monitoring.

Reliable Power

Reliable uninterruptible power with UPS, battery, and generator backup.

Offsite Redundancy

All data stored on the CA-VTape virtual tape system is replicated offsite to Richfield Data Center


Storage equipment resides in a level 3 Data Center with multi-Level security access control. Data access is controlled with RACF data security software.

Features Not Included

Business Continuity

Customers are required to establish their own off site backup processes.

Ordering and Provisioning

Standard DTS Mainframe tape storage services can be accessed via Mainframe batch jobs.  Charges are allocated by data set name and are based on MB stored per month.  Service and billing begins at data allocation to the disk storage.  If you would like assistance, please contact the DTS Service Desk.

DTS Responsibilities

All tape and tape storage hardware is maintained by DTS with full support by the hardware vendor.

DTS provides 24×7 monitoring and support for the tape storage environment.

Provide technical support and problem resolution for tape-related issues and questions including, but not limited to, JCL help, job run failure (ABEND), onsite and offsite backup, restores, and vaulting.  

Provide consulting services related to this product.

DTS/Agency Responsibilities

Agencies determine and provide their own application-level backups and restores unless otherwise requested and determine job run times and submission.

Agency purchases tape to be used for out-of-silo distribution if the tape will not be returned to DTS.