SFI's latest services offering has a built in Return on Investment. Physical tape management is time-consuming, expensive and outdated. SFI will analyze your tape utilization and establish a set of recommendations to eliminate or reduce your physical tape environment in favor of a virtual tape environment.

The project will consist of three and potentially four separate phases: 1. A collection phase. 2. An analysis phase. 3. A recommendation phase. 4. An optional implementation phase. The end-result could potentially involve Mainframe and Distributed Virtual Tape Solutions addressing hardware, physical storage, transportation and people savings. Here are just a few of the detailed findings that we could address from a Mainframe and Distributed perspective.

Mainframe Benefits • Tape Mount Management that involves batch job tape caching that defers mounting tapes. • Backup and ML2 opportunities that migrate backup and ML2 to virtual tape. • Virtual tape requirements that effectively size the virtual tape environment. • WORM tape process improvements. • Conversion requirements that detail the tape library conversion effort.

Distributed Benefits

• Tape contention reduction minimizing backup windows with more virtual tape drives. • WORM Tape process improvements.

SFI addresses process management

SFI has been very active on the process management front lately. Enterprises demand greater responsiveness from IT in support of the business. In order to manage IT more proactively, organizations require both organizational and process modifications to improve the lines of communication.

Whether it is more effectively managing change and asset life-cycles, allocating the appropriate capacity and bandwidth or establishing service level metrics, IT must be more in sync with the needs of the business. Talk to one of SFI's ITIL certified process consultants for more insight as to how you can sync IT with the business. IBM Pulse

SFI will be at IBM Pulse Sunday, February 27 through Tuesday, March 1. Let us know if we can assist you with any of the following IBM products - TWS, TSA, TSM, OMEGAMON XE, RACF, TAAM, HSM, RMM, TOM, ITCAM, WAS, z/OS, DB2, IMS & CICS.

SFI is an intelligent Mainframe software support option Optimizing the mainframe environment with sensible services SFI is one of the largest independent providers of Mainframe software services in North America. The company provides expertise in Mainframe infrastructure management. With approximately 60 consultants, SFI addresses five primary areas of Mainframe software: • Life Extension • Application Support • Modernization • On-going support activities • Training Partnerships with IBM, BMC, and CA allow SFI to stay current on the latest and greatest technology as a means of adding value to your environment.

Contact Information

Marc Heimlich SFI, Inc. 781-272-4300/866-615-0040

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