Library operations are complex and include production processing setup, expediting resource requests, scheduling operator activities, supporting unattended operations and dealing with processing delays.
To streamline these operations, Clemson University’s Multiple Virtual Storage Systems programming group invented Expert Library Manager (ExLM) in 1988. The research was funded by the Clemson University Research Foundation.
ExLM is licensed software that manages automated and virtual tape library resources. It uses customer-defined rules and policies to automate content management, placing tape resources where they are needed, when they are needed. From a single point of control, customers can manage complex storage environments with minimal operating costs.
ExLM helps customers productively use their automated tape libraries by concentrating activity at the best times to minimize robotics and manual activity during peak production windows. Complete consolidated tape management reports are also provided.
ExLM has been upgraded regularly since its release and is still in high demand today. The software is used by approximately 1,000 customers around the world, including major banks, telephone companies, oil companies and government agencies.
This story was originally published in 2007.
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