Somehow I missed the news that Visara announced an itty bitty (2U size) FICON-attached DASD (disk storage) unit: the Visara Vi-8810L. Visara also has a line of virtual tape products. They all seem to tick a lot of boxes for those organizations looking for small physical form factor storage options for z/OS, especially.

IBM discontinued its IBM DS6800 (3U size) DASD some time ago, so it’s nice to see Visara trying to fill this niche. And it’s really a form factor issue, when it exists. The IBM DS8884 is superb, and it has better economics than the DS6800 ever did.

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