Bus-Tech Joins the NetApp® Partner Program
Burlington, MA - September 29, 2005 -
Bus-Tech, Inc., a market leader in mainframe tape-on-disk
controllers and data center connectivity products, today announced
its Mainframe Appliance for Storage (MAS) tape controller is
qualified with NetApp NearStore® and FAS (or Fabric-Attached
storage) systems, and Decru DataFort™ encryption appliances.
With this announcement, Bus-Tech, NetApp, and Decru, a NetApp
company, are providing customers that are considering mainframe
tape replacement a solution with qualified interoperability,
greater reliability, and enhanced "military-grade" security.
Additionally, Bus-Tech also announced
membership in the NetApp Partner Program. As a member of the NetApp
Partner Program, Bus-Tech will provide a complete mainframe
tape-on-disk solution for standard tape operations through
collaboration with NetApp and Decru. Additionally, as a member of
the program, Bus-Tech is providing WORM (or write once, read many)
virtual tape capability by supporting NetApp SnapLock®,
helping customers to meet the stringent storage requirements of SEC
Rule 17a-4. The solution is also qualified with the Decru DataFort
storage security appliance and NetApp SnapMirror® data
replication, providing a highly secure solution for data
replication and disaster recovery.
"We look forward to working with NetApp to
offer customers new releases of our MAS product that will firmly
position Bus-Tech as a comprehensive enterprise storage solution,"
said Al Brandt, vice president of Operations for Bus-Tech, Inc.
"The MAS solution is well positioned in the mainframe storage
market, and we are thrilled to be a part of the NetApp Partner
Program to continue providing solutions for forward-thinking
The MAS is a tape-on-disk controller that
attaches directly to the mainframe FICON or ESCON input/output
channels and uses standard Gigabit Ethernet IP or Fibre Channel to
attach to NetApp storage systems. To the mainframe, the MAS
emulates up to two-hundred fifty-six 3480/3490 tape drives,
allowing mainframe-based applications to transparently store data
on NearStore storage systems by writing files to an emulated tape
device. Through the joint solution customers will receive the
benefits of the MAS with NearStore, specifically fast data
retrieval, cost competitive disk economics, large capacity in a
small footprint, and industry leading options for data replication.
DataFort appliances can be deployed transparently to provide
wire-speed AES-256 encryption for data before it is written to disk
or transferred to tape.
"We welcome Bus-Tech to the NetApp Partner
Program," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Products and
Partners at Network Appliance. "The performance, scalability and
security of the combined solution will greatly reduce the backup
window and accelerate the average time to restore data in a typical
mainframe environment. These customers are also protecting
themselves-and their customers-by reducing the risk of unauthorized
data access with Decru's industry-leading encryption and security
About the NetApp Partner Program
The NetApp Partner Program provides qualified infrastructure and
application providers with access to NetApp solutions, software
development kits, technical support, training, certification,
product information, and marketing and sales assistance. Customers
benefit by having access to best-of-breed partner solutions that
are tested to work with NetApp storage. Additional information on
the NetApp Partner Program is available at
About Bus-Tech, Inc.
Bus-Tech, Inc. founded in 1987 is the industry's leading provider
of state-of-the-art connectivity solution for the data center to
Original Equipment Manufacturers. The company's powerful suite of
adapter and platform solutions satisfy even the most rugged demands
of data processing professionals for high-bandwidth,
high-availability, and high-performance connectivity. With more
than 15,000 installed sites worldwide, Bus-Tech is a recognized
leader in the data center interconnect market. Headquartered in
Burlington, MA, the company is privately held with locations around
the world. For more information about Bus-Tech and its products,
please visit the Bus-Tech World Wide Web site at
http://www.bustech.com, send email to
email@example.com, or call 800-284-3172 or
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from Bus-Tech's certification with Network Appliance's
NearStore® and FAS products with Bus-Tech's Mainframe
Appliance for Storage (MAS) tape controller. These forward-looking
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