UBD’s is a Fibre Channel or SAS connected virtual tape virtual tape appliance for all IBM i (iSeries, AS/400, System i, or AIX) systems. UBD provides fast, reliable and secure backups without physical tapes. UBD eliminates the delays and risks that comes with using tape.

  • UBD emulates a 3580 tape drive
  • Supports OS/400 V5R4 forward
  • Uses existing backup software and procedures so training is minimal
  • Do full system backups and restores without searching for tapes
  • Built-in compression and AES-encryption capabilities
  • Reduces the time and cost of doing tape backups
  • Eliminate most sources of manual error
  • Make physical tapes with UBD TapeOut 
  • Operate from an existing IBM i interface or use easy web interface
  • No limit to the amount of storage
  • Does not take up valuable DASD space
  • Use as gateway device to store backups on your NAS, SAN or any deduplication appliance that supports CIFS, NFS or iSCSI connections, such as:  Exagrid, Cohesity, Rubrik, Quantum, etc.
  • Works with VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V, and other popular hypervisors, eliminating additional hardware expense
  • Faster backups and faster recovery reduces the strain on busy IT personnel

Use UBD instead of tape for IBM Power Systems to immediately save time and improve your backup and recovery operations.

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  • Functional details

    1. Virtual tape appliance or software-only solution
    2. Fibre Channel or SAS connection
    3. Looks EXACTLY like a tape drive to the iSeries
    4. Uses IBM i tape backup commands
    5. Automated remote second copy
    6. Export of tape-image inventory to PDF/Excel/CSV for auditing ease
    7. Capable of simultaneous streams from up to 8 separate servers/LPARs at once
    8. Automatically copies to HD RAID, NAS, SAN, dedupe appliances, etc
    9. Multiple backend connection options such as CIFS, NFS, iSCS available
    10. Well suited to backups for HA/high availability systems
    11. Supports OS/400 V5R4 forward

  • Business problem

    Backups using tape are manually intensive, involve slow processing speeds, and can be unreliable for many reasons, including:

    • human error, including mislabeled/misplaced tapes
    • poor tape quality
    • unavailability/inaccessibility of tapes stored off-site
    • lost, stolen, destroyed tapes
    • tape equipment failure

    UBD eliminates the risks to your business.

  • Business opportunity

    Fast, reliable, and secure backup and recovery systems are critical to business continuity. The risks that come with with using tape media no longer need to be tolerated.

    UBD's simple “lights out” functioning insures backups are done on time every time, and recovery no longer becomes a chore of finding and obtaining the right tape or tapes and hoping that they'll work. 

    IT personnel are freed from the stress of having to manage, transport, and store physical tapes. Management is relieved of the bulk of the worry of ensuring the company data is there when it's needed.

    UBD is hands-down the most affordable and fully functional virtual tape backup and recovery solution available for IBM i systems.

    Replace your tape drive with UBD and continue to backup and restore via BRMS, Robot Save, or other backup software package without programming changes.

    Take a few minutes and see how it works here.

  • Return on investment

    Avoid the pitfalls of manually managing, transferring, and transporting of physical tapes. 

    Increase speed, reliability and security for backups while reducing manual labor, possibilities of human error, and potential for unrecoverable data that is critical to your business.

    Save your business from being dependent on risk-laden tape, and reduce the time your system is unavailable to users increasing overall productivity and improving customer service.

    Food for thought: In case of a disaster, are you able to recover your data on tape fast enough to keep your business in business? Can you afford the risk?



  • Competitive advantage

    Easiest alternative to using physical tape for your IBM i system.

    Set-up a 20-minute live on-line DEMO for your IT team.

    • Fast and easy implementation with minimal staff training
    • Easy to use and learn because it maintains current backup commands and processes
    • Typically remote installs in under an hour
    • Includes in-line compression and AES-256 encryption
    • No limit to storage size
    • Quicker access to your data than tape - every time!
    • Automated email notifications including full library listings
    • Enhanced ransomware protection

    POC systems available for qualified businesses.

    Direct support from UBD developers who know the product best.

  • Industries

    Automotive Industry
    Banking Industry
    Government Central/Federal industry
    Government, State/Provincial/Local Industry
    Industrial Products Industry
    Wholesale Distribution & Services Industry

  • Solution areas

    Cross industry
       Business Process Management and Integration
          Security and Disaster Recovery
       System and data management
          Business Resilience
          Data Handling
          Data Protection and Recovery
          Global Storage Solutions

  • Customer size

    Very Small Business (Less than 50 employees)
    Small Business (50 to 99 employees)
    Midmarket Business (100 to 499 employees)
    Midmarket Business (500 to 1000 employees)
    Large Business (greater than 1000 employees)

  • Languages supported


  • Countries/regions available for distribution

  • Available from these resellers

    Innovative Business Systems
       5218 Comanche Way
       Madison ,  WI   53704
       United States
     Contact name Tom Hinkel
       Phone 608-662-1122
       E-mail thinkel@ibs-madison.com

    Levi Ray & Schoup, Inc.
       2410 W Monroe St
       Springfield ,  IL   62704-1439
       United States
     Contact name Tom Pierpon
       Phone 217-793-3800
       E-mail tom.pieropon@lrs.com

    CAS Severn
       6201 Chevy Chase Drive
       Laurel ,  MD   20707
       United States
     Contact name Kathy Evans
       Phone 800-252-4715
       E-mail kevans@cassevern.com

    IT Solutions Group Inc
       15701 Hwy 50, Suite 204
       Clermont ,  FL   34711
       United States
     Contact name Matt Stadler
       Phone 847-962-7190
       E-mail mstaddler@itsolutions-group.com

       20 Court Street
       Suite 101
       Freehold ,  NJ   07728
       United States
     Contact name Bob Morici
       Phone 732-863-1244
       E-mail bob.morici@thinkvss.com

    DMC Technology Group
       7657 King's Pointe Rd
       Toledo ,  OH   43617
       United States
     Contact name Rich Johnston
       Phone 419.535.2900
       E-mail Rich.Johnston@dmctechgroup.com

    Sanwa Comtec K.K.
       Sanwa Building 3-4-3
       Roppongi, Minato-ku,
       Tokyo ,  Japan   106-0032
     Contact name Satoshi Tojoh
       Phone +81-3-3583-2386
       E-mail tojoh@sct.co.jp

    Team Computing
       Level 3, IBM Tower, 60 City Road
       Southbank ,  VIC   3006
     Contact name Matthew O'Brien
       Phone 1300-832-628
       E-mail MatthewO@teamcomputing.com.au

    Tectrade b.v.
       Kleine Buitenom 8
       AP Culemborg  4101
     Contact name Antoni Uni
       Phone +31 345 547 040
       E-mail auni@tectrade.nl

    ProActive Solutions
       5625 Foxridge Drive
       Mission ,  KS   66202
       United States
     Contact name Patrick Mason
       Phone 816-810-1366
       E-mail PMason@proactivesolutions.com

       3168 Mercer University Dr, Suite 200
       Chamblee ,  GA   30341
       United States
     Contact name Lori Blan
       Phone 770-216-4462
       E-mail lori.blan@spsvar.com

       3721 Cherokee Street
       Kennesaw ,  GA   30144
       United States
     Contact name Harold Raeford
       Phone 404.392.4097
       E-mail hraeford@servit.net

    VSS Inc
       382 Galleria Parkway Suite 400
       Madison ,  MS   39110
       United States
     Contact name Kit Tilghman
       Phone 601.853.8550
       E-mail kit.tilghman@thinkvss.com

    Sirius Computer Systems
       10801 Mastin Blvd, Suite 900
       Overland Park ,  KS   66210
       United States
     Contact name Sheryl Lamkin
       Phone 913-322-2008
       E-mail sheryl.lamkin@siriuscom.com

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Technical information

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  • Hardware/OS platforms

    AIX 5.3
       IBM Systems: Power
    IBM i (i5 formerly i5/OS V5)
       IBM Systems: Power
       IBM Systems: Power
    i 5.4
       IBM Systems: Power
    AIX 6.1
       IBM Systems: Power
    IBM i 6.1
       IBM Systems: Power
    IBM i 7.1
       IBM Systems: Power
    AIX 7.1
       IBM Systems: Power
       IBM Systems: Power
       IBM BladeCenter HSxx (Intel processor-based)
       IBM Systems: Power
    IBM i 7.2
       IBM Systems: Power
    IBM i 7.3
       IBM Systems: Power
    AIX 7.2
       IBM Systems: Power

  • Services

    Infrastructure Solutions: Systems Management & IT Optimization
    Small & Medium Business Solutions

Date last modified:    Jun 25, 2021


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