UBD (Universal Backup Device) is a backup appliance that plugs into your IBM i and appears as a tape device. UBD contains its own disk storage array and may also be used as a gateway device to store backups on your SAN, NAS or any deduplication appliance that supports CIFS connections. Reviews »
UBD tapeless backup simplifies the backup and restore process by instantly replacing the need for physical tape, saving 100’s of hours, and providing better protection for your data.
UBD’s VM Integration Option
UBD is now compatible with VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V, and other popular hypervisors. A dedicated server for UBD is no longer required. With the VM integration option, businesses save by not having to invest in new hardware, the only purchase being the UBD software which comes with the necessary Fibre Channel card.
UBD Uses All Flash Technology
UBD with All-Flash takes bogged down tape backup operations and supercharges them. Compared with using tape, data recovery becomes a simple task completed in a fraction of the time restoring from tape requires. Granular recovery, combined with the use of SSDs, gives you the ability to recover files in seconds.
“There is a continual drain placed on IT resources today caused by the time-intensive manual processes inherent with using tape for backup and recovery. This negative impact is eliminated with All Flash UBD.”
– Brad Jensen, CEO of Electronic Storage Corporation, makers of UBD.
See How UBD Works
The best way to understand how UBD works is to see it. Watch this quick introductory video to see how you would ‘load a tape’ with tapeless backup.
Use UBD for on-site backups
Use our Universal Backup Device (UBD) for faster, more reliable daily backups and restores via SAVLIB/SAVOBJ, Save 21, BRMS, Robot/SAVE or any other backup software package without programming changes. Using your current tape commands makes using UBD easy to implement and easy to use.
Instead of getting up to retrieve and load one or more tape cartridges, you can use the UBD browser-based interface to create and load a new tape image before backup, eliminating all of the manual processes involved with the physical handling of tapes.
In this short video, Butch Nelms, IBM i Administrator at Mizuno USA, talks about using UBD tapeless backup for their two AS/400 servers.
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Faster backups and restores
UBD backups are generally much faster than with tape. Restores are also faster. Partial restores of individual libraries or objects can be many times faster, because the restore command does not have to seek sequentially thru tape media. Instead of taking half an hour to read thru the tape, the restore can take thirty seconds in some cases. LaserVault has increased Fibre Channel write throughput with UBD to an amazing 409MB/second. See how this compares to tape backup here. If you want the fastest backups for your IBM i, then use UBD to backup to SSD. With speeds of up to 500 MB/sec, you can significantly shorten your backup windows and get quicker access to your data with the fastest recovery speeds.
Since UBD uses your current backup commands and software, it is simple to deploy and easy to use. Incorporating UBD and SSD will allow you to boost your backup functionality while simplifying your backup process. In the end, UBD lets you achieve faster and more reliable backups and recovery for your iSeries or AS/400. Experience the benefits of UBD with a live on-line demo.
Need long term tape storage? Get UBD with the Tapeout Option
Many industries require tape backups for auditing purposes. Get UBD with the Tapeout Option and you can still get the benefits of UBD for your on-site backups, including faster backups and restores with a much simpler backup process and keep tapes for long term and archival storage to satisfy regulation. Here are 10 reasons to add UBD to your tape backup process.
Save your backups to your off-site DR location. A wise man once said, “You never know a tape is bad until it is, and then it is too late.” With UBD you get peace of mind knowing your iSeries backups are reliable, complete and secure in the event of a disaster. Even a small data loss can be devastating.
Ensuring that your backups are current, complete and quickly accessible can make the difference between whether or not your business survives. UBD can help you ensure that it does. Learn more by requesting our white paper: Disaster and Data Loss – How Disk Backups Can Best Save Your Business.
UBD can also be used as a gateway device to store backups on your NAS, SAN or any deduplication appliance that supports CIFS, NFS or iSCSI connections, such as NetApp, Quantum, Exagrid, EMC Avamar, etc. UBD is also compatible with most iSeries or AS/400 cloud backup solutions that support Windows files.
Modernize your backups to save time and money
Automated backups eliminate the manual processes and costs of tape. UBD allows you to automate your iSeries or AS/400 backups so they can be managed from anywhere because there are no physical tapes involved. UBD gives you a fast, reliable and secure backup solution at an affordable price. As a comparison, check out our Cost of Tape worksheet to determine how much you may be spending on your tape backups.
Save money by avoiding the high cost of VTLs. UBD also supports CL commands for automating the tape image creation and selection from the IBM i host side. It’s like a Virtual Tape Library (VTL) without the complicated software, operation requirements and high cost.
How much does using physical tape for your data protection cost your company? We used our cost of tape worksheet to show you what one company was spending. Here are the results.
UBD uses current IBM i commands
UBD uses current IBM i tape commands so the switch to using UBD is fast and easy
Simple installation takes minutes. Our customers are amazed at how easy installation is. Unplug your iSeries or AS/400 tape drive and plug in UBD. Most customers are able to install UBD in under an hour.
Training is simple because UBD does not require programming changes from your current IBM i backup processes.
UBD gives you confidence in your backups while eliminating unnecessary backup headaches.
UBD minimum server requirements
Minimum server requirements for all LaserVault UBD installations:
- Windows Server 2012 R2
- Dual Intel Xeon Quad-Core Processors
- 8GB RAM
- Dual, Hot-plug, Redundant Power Supply
UBD is perfect for any size budget
UBD is perfect for any size business, for any size backup and for any size budget. If you currently have an iSeries, AS/400 or System i, UBD is available in a variety of configurations to meet your business needs and your budget. And UBD doesn’t care about the size of your backup. The size is limited only by your storage device.
Take 30 minutes and let us show you a quick on-line demo of UBD and see how you can speed up and simplify your backups. For a limited time you can receive a $25 Amazon gift card when you see the on-line demo. Schedule a time that is convenient for you. All it takes is 30 minutes.