UBD Cuts iSeries Backup Window by 71% at Legacy Bank


Legacy Bank
Plano, Texas


  • Lengthy backup: 8 hours
  • Tape drive malfunctions
  • Tape media cost
  • Off-site tape storage and retrieval

Key Solution
LaserVault Universal Backup Device (UBD)

UBD Benefits
  • Backup time cut by 71%
  • No tape required
  • No iSeries DASD space used
  • No off-site tape storage
  • Seamless interface with SAN


Keith Leonhardt, Vice President of Legacy Bank, needed an iSeries® backup solution that would shorten their backup window while allowing him to use no tape; as well as interface with their existing SAN infrastructure for off-site data storage. Keith states:

“We perform two large backups during our nightly update each day and this process is taking over 8 hours to our current tape devices.”


LaserVault Universal Backup Device (UBD™) emulates a Fibre Channel attached LTO tape drive to the iSeries and gives customers the ability to save their iSeries backups to any Windows server hard disk, NAS, SAN or deduplication appliance using standard IBM save/restore commands. Says Keith:

“I couldn’t be more pleased with our LaserVault® solution. Not only is it fast, it’s easy to use. The web interface is great and the installation was painless. We were told it would just emulate a tape drive when we turned it on, and that’s exactly what happened. Other than showing the operators the web interface, there was no training because we just use the normal iSeries save/restore commands.”


Using UBD, Legacy Bank is now saving their backup to disk 90 minutes faster, allowing them to cut their backup window by 71% and interface with their SAN infrastructure. Per Keith:

“Based upon actual job times, our backups are 71% faster than before. On the first night of processing that we used the LaserVault system, my night operator’s shift was 90 minutes shorter than it was previously. This is great for us because his shift was taking longer than eight hours on a normal night anyway.”


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