UBD virtual backup deviceInstantly replace your tape backup with UBD for faster, more secure backups and restores. UBD is a fibre channel appliance that plugs into your IBM i instead of your tape drive and supports the same CL and backup commands you are already using. Built in deduplication and replication simplifies your backup process and increases your Disaster/Recovery protection. UBD supports backup for IBM i, Linux, AIX, and Windows servers. UBD is also available as a Windows VM.

UBD virtual backup simplifies the backup and recovery process by instantly replacing the need for physical tape, saving hundreds of hours and providing better protection for your data. Testimonials »

“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 UBD.”
Brad Jensen, CEO of Electronic Storage Corporation, makers of UBD

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’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.

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 virtual backup.”- Ax Synar, VP Solutions


To see more, check out pre-recorded live webcasts here.

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.

“Being able to have virtual backups instead of using tape was an integral part of our DR plan. We can now easily and automatically take frequent snapshots of our data. We use UBD with both our production and development AS/400s. We just upgraded from a Power5 to a Power 8 and the transparency of using UBD is seamless. The transition from the operational and CL side was very easy.”
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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 virtual backup for their two AS/400 servers.”
– Rick Wilson, Solutions Engineer


Considering Using UBD for Backup and Restore?

See just how easily you can do it with UBD. For a limited time, receive a $50 Amazon gift card when you see the live on-line demo.

Experience Faster Backups and Restores

UBD backups are much faster than 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 through tape media. Instead of taking half an hour to read the tape, the restore can take thirty seconds in some cases. UBD vs tape 500x418 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.

“UBD saves a lot of time for us. Previously our daily backups took 30-45 minutes to start, now they start in 10. And the best part about using UBD is the ease of doing a restore.”
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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

Get UBD With the Tapeout Option for Long Term Tape Storage

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, knowing your iSeries backups are reliable, complete and secure in the event of a disaster. 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, such as NetApp, Quantum, Exagrid, EMC Avamar, and Cohesity. UBD is also compatible with all 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 physicalTestimonial graphic for ubd 400x296 tapes involved.  As a comparison, check out our Cost of Tape worksheet to determine how much you may be spending on your tape backups.

UBD also supports CL commands for automating the tape image creation and selection from the IBM 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 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 UBD on-line demo. See how you can speed up and simplify your backups and receive a $50 Amazon gift card when you see the on-line demo. Schedule a time that is convenient for you. All it takes is 30 minutes.

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