EMC has turned its VMAX array into a mainframe virtual tape library – the DLm8000, with synchronous replication – in a move that could see tapes banished from mainframe operations. The company last year bought Bus-Tech, a mainframe virtual tape library vendor. EMC has a range of Disk Library for mainframe (DLm) products, …
How much does the one that comes with a lifetime supply of free electricity (to keep all them disks spinning) going to set me back?
Agree, tape is still the way to go. Slow disk obviously is better in every way except cost. Tape is cheap and uses no electricity. The vast majority, 99%, of this long term archived will never be accessed again and is only retained for compliancy purposes.
What's a mainframe?
Oh yeah, my grandfathers computing environment.
Seriously, are people still running these things for all but the most niche of applications?
The world's financial systems run on mainframe, most of the world governments' core systems are mainframe, most utilities run on mainframe, basically any workload you want to make absolutely sure never goes down and needs to be absolutely secure runs on mainframe. You use a mainframe everyday. It is still the best computing system on the planet.