Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about UBD, the Universal Backup Device that lets you instantly replace tape backup with disk backup for faster and more reliable backups.

What is the Universal Backup Device (UBD)?

UBD is a Windows rackmount appliance or VM that connects to the iSeries via Fibre Channel  or SAS. UBD emulates an LTO tape drive to your IBM i ( AS/400,  iSeries, System i) , AIX, Linux, or Windows host allowing you to backup to local storage at speeds up to 600 MB/second without changing your current backup procedures.

Can I use my own hardware with UBD?

Yes, UBD can be purchased as software only and will run in a Windows Virtual Machine (VM)

Does UBD need a special connection to the iSeries or other  host?

UBD connects through Fibre Channel or SAS to the iSeries or other host computer

What speed Fibre Channel card should I use?

4GB or 8GB is preferred.

How easy is it to install UBD?

UBD installation is easy and can often be completed with remote support only.

How much training is needed with UBD?

Because UBD uses existing ihost system tape backup commands, most IT staff begin using UBD with minimal training.

How soon after installation can I use UBD?

Many customers begin using UBD within the first hour of installation.

Will UBD eliminate the manual processes that are required with tape backups?

Yes, backups can be automated with UBD and depending on whether you are continuing to use tape for long term backups. Most or all of the physical handling of tapes is no longer needed.

My industry requires we maintain tape backups. Can we still use UBD?

Yes, UBD can be used for onsite backups, shortening your backup windows and giving you instant access to your data, while you continue to keep tapes for long term and archival storage.

What releases of OS/400 and I5/OS does it support?

Everything from V4R5 forward.

Does UBD interface with BRMS or Robot/SAVE?

Yes. UBD will interface with any backup program running on the iSeries, including BRMS, Robot/SAVE or any in-house backup program.

Can UBD compress and encrypt my iSeries backups?

Yes. UBD includes in-line compression and AES-256 encryption.

What sort of compression ratio can I expect?

You should see at least 4 to 1 compression on an average set of saves – more on databases, less on program objects. Our sample results have been 3.6 on run-time objects, 8.0 on a library containing database records, and 10.7 on program source. Your results will vary. Users have reported compression ratios in the 4x to 12x range.

Will compression and encryption slow down my other iSeries jobs?

Absolutely not. Since both compression and encryption occur entirely on the server side it does not cause any overhead on the iSeries.

Will compression and encryption increase my download time?

Compression and Encryption have shown to actually decrease download times in certain situations.

Does the SAVF get written to the iSeries first?

No. UBD does not use SAVF save files. UBD uses IBM’s own backup and restore processes, allowing your iSeries data to be saved directly to the UBD internal disk array or an existing NAS, SAN or deduplication device.

Is UBD as fast as my current tape drive?

UBD will never be slower than your current tape drive, no matter what tape drive you have. Most IBM i users will see significant reductions in backup time with UBD.

How much will I save with UBD?

Every company is different; however, increased time savings, labor savings and immediate access to your data occur when using UBD. If you are currently using tape, you can determine how much you may be spending on tape backups by completing our Cost of Tape Worksheet.

From what media can I save and restore?

Anything that the server considers a drive, including internal hard drives, removable hard drives, USB ‘thumb-drives, NAS, RAID arrays, etc.

Where does UBD store the tape image files?

UBD can store the tape image files to any Windows folder, including your SAN, NAS, HDD, USB HDD, flash drives and any deduplication device.

What are the limitations?

There are no limitations since the host computer sees the UBD as a tape device. Everything you can save to and restore from tape, you can save to and restore from UBD.

How can I determine the size of my current IBM i backup?

To see how much data is stored on your AS400 you can run the following commands:

WRKSYSSTS − This command shows the system disk space in the upper right corner of the display (% of ASP).

WRKDSKSTS − This command shows you these same stats on a per drive basis.

What does “% of ASP” mean?

ASP is the auxiliary storage pool or disk storage space you currently have installed. The % used is the amount of data stored on the ASP.

What size backup can I create with UBD?

With compression turned on, you can store approximately four times the size of your Windows disk storage space. For most people, this will be many terabytes. Many UBD users use deduplication, which can increase storage capacity significantly.

How does UBD help us with our business continuity in case of disaster?

Disasters happen. And any disaster that impacts your business can be devastating. UBD helps you safeguard your data when a disaster strikes and makes sure it is quickly available to ensure your business continuity. UBD gives you easier, faster, more secure backups when it matters most. Learn more with our white paper: How to Avoid a Data Disaster When a Real Disaster Strikes.

Can I copy the tape images for a second backup?

Yes. You can copy the files to another server device.

How much does it cost to add more storage space?

Nothing but the cost of the drives. UBD supports as much storage as you can attach to your server. If you use our compression, you should see between 4 and 8 times the raw capacity of the device. In a real world situation, a 4TB drive should give you between 16TB and 32TB of iSeries backup storage.

Will I be able to restore my libraries on future releases of OS/400 or I5/OS?

We are using IBM’s own software to do the saves and restores. We expect IBM’s software to remain compatible in future releases of the operating system, since they depend on its use also.

If I don’t like UBD, can I get a refund?

We offer a 60-day, no questions asked money-back guarantee on all our products. So the answer is yes, in the first 60 days after install.

Is there a demo available?

The power and simplicity of UBD is best seen through a live on-line demo. To schedule your demo, complete our Contact Us form and we will set up a time that is convenient for you.

How long does the on-line demo take?

The demo usually lasts between 15 and 30 minutes. We always want to allow time to thoroughly answer any questions you may have.

UBD is a product of Electronic Storage Corporation (ESC). Since 1989, ESC has been creating and selling archiving software, primarily to the IBM midrange market.

Our other products are: Replacador, LaserVault Backup, LaserVault Document Management, LaserVault Reports and Content Express.

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