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STAR 110

For nearly three decades, STAR-1100 has been protecting crucial data stored on magnetic tapes in Unisys OS 2200 data centers around the world. STAR-1100 helps management protect their data, streamline tape operations, and access extensive reporting on tape use.

With DSI’s introduction of its virtual tape library (VTL) systems into the OS 2200 market, operations managers and application users have access to greater levels of productivity. Continuously keeping pace with changing trends in enterprise operations, FCI has enhanced STAR-1100 to extend its comprehensive protection and management features to virtual tape volumes.

User programs and utilities access virtual tape volumes much the same as physical volumes, requiring similar protection against inadvertent overwriting. In STAR 8R1, FCI generalized the scratch tape selection process to support external applications calling STAR to access scratch volumes.

To implement a virtual tape solution under OS 2200, users need a device management function to differentiate between an allocation for a physical tape and a request for a virtual tape. STAR Library Manager enables the attachment of DSI Virtual Tape Libraries to an OS 2200 system. STAR Library Manager detects user requests for virtual tapes, drives and routes, mounting and dismounting requests to the appropriate DSI Virtual Tape Library. It also takes advantage of STAR-1100’s scratch selector service to use scratch pools belonging to the appropriate virtual tape library. STAR Library Manager is tightly integrated with STAR-1100. For additional information about STAR Library Manager, see the page on that topic.

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  • Provides on-line tape protection and security for all tapes, labeled or unlabeled.
  • Collects and records tape usage information automatically, including tape ownership.
  • Functions with the official Media Manager ILES (Independently Linked Exec Subsystem) and requires no local code in the Exec.
  • Offers multiple language support for displaying Media Manager messages in a language other than English.
  • Functions in Fundamental or Security Option 1, 2, or 3 environments.
  • Supports ASCII and EBCDIC labeled tapes.
  • Contains an interactive inquiry/update utility for the librarian and other users under strict security controls. Extensive on-line help is available within the program.
  • Controls a virtually unlimited number of tapes in a single tape library.
  • Includes a Vault Management Subsystem (VMS) which manages the transfer of tapes to and from offsite locations
  • Includes a feature that allows storing tapes via slot number and easily retrieving these tapes at assign time by notifying the operator of a tape's designated slot.
  • Provides a Shared Library Subsystem (SLS) which allows multiple 1100/2200 systems to maintain a single tape library. SLS supports GASIF, NETEX, and TSAM communications links. It also includes an automated means to merge multiple tape libraries into a singl
  • Contains a MAPPER interface and QLP-1100 Report Subsystem for generating customized reports.
  • Includes a Scratch and Clean utility to maintain a scratch pool, automate scratch criteria, and monitor the cleaning process of all tapes. It also provides special protection for FAS backup tapes to ensure they are not scratched prematurely.
  • Contains a Label Printing Subsystem to automatically print gummed labels for round or cartridge output tapes.
  • Provides an Automated Library Subsystem (ALS) to interface with UNISYS or STK Cartridge Tape Libraries.
  • Protects tape library data via comprehensive back-up and recovery processes.
  • Provides automatic handling of foreign tapes without creating a record in the database.
  • Includes the Automatic Attribute Feature (AAF) which eliminates the need to make ECL changes or manual entries to accommodate STAR-1100's enhanced tape handling criteria.
  • Serves administrative needs by providing an extensive set of reports. This includes reports based on volume, filename, vault name, owner, statistics, or an audit report based on tape usage history.
  • Contains a labeling utility to relabel, dump, or unlabel a tape. An on-line interface to the Media Manager within the program ensures tape protection when labeling tapes.
  • Includes a utility for creating or adding records to the on-line database.
  • All STAR-1100 features are highly configurable allowing extensive site customization.

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