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We've been working hard. Tapewise v2.50 is coming (honest!) PDF Print E-mail
Tapewise Update
Tuesday, 07 August 2007 11:43

Although there has been, what seems like, and age of no updates, we have been working really hard on the latest release! So hard in fact that we are revving up to version 2.5 from the current 2.08 (although we have had private releases of 2.08.44 and 2.10.46/47 to some customers). Please read on to see some of the new features and changes.

Although there has been, what seems like, and age of no updates, we have been working really hard on the latest release! So hard in fact that we are revving up to version 2.5 from the current 2.08 (although we have had private releases of 2.08.44 and 2.10.46/47 to some customers). Some of the changes and new features added :-

Performance graph : Now records an hours worth of data, with 5 duration view mods (60 / 30 / 15 / 5 / 1) and the ability to scroll. We've also made some massive improvements to the CPU usage of this as well.

Copy from disk : You can now have multiple tasks reading a disk file and writing out.

TEM graph : We've added a new improved view of the TEM graph called TEM%. A TEM% graph takes the data and displays it as a percentage of the threshold, for example say you have a threshold of 50 errors per 1gb, and you actually get 40 errors, then the TEM% graph displays this as 80% of the threshold. While this seems no different, you must remember that each different error that a tape produces will have (in most cases) a different threshold. The current TEM graph can only show the threshold line based on the first data set. a TEM% allows you to see a true picture of the thresholds in an easier to understand graph. We've also added a new zone to this graph to indicate a warn level, and lastly the worst TEM% stat is also recorded so you can see instantly the worse level of the tape on a list.

Standard TEM graph, tape looks ok!
Old style TEM graph, tape looks reasonable!
New TEM% graph, cleary this tape needs more investigation!
New style TEM% graph, tape needs further investigation!

Logs : Now in HTML format (reason later!)

Results : Now stores the last 50 by task number for easy access

File location : In order to move forward with new security policies etc. all of the Tapewise data is being moved to documents/all users/application data/dps/Tapewise, The upgrade process takes this in to account and has a utility to move your data into the correct location (and upgrade the database tables). We have also moved the Registry data from current user to local machine.

Drop out detection : We've also added monitoring to detect when the drive is not writing/reading and record this lost time. We've seen some interesting results where no errors are being reported, yet the drive is obviously having an issue as there is no data transfer taking place. While this is not hard evidence, it is useful information to have, although this is still experimental.

Remote viewer : Has now been removed!

Tapewwwise : Our new inbuilt web-server allows you to see what Tapewise is doing from any networked pc with a web browser on it. This is an optional function which can be turned on/off from the setup screen, and is defaulted to a non-standard port. Tapewwwise starts with a login screen, and you use the same password/username as you would to use the Tapewise application. Once you are logged in, you can see the current Logs (in html format as above) and also have access to the previous logs from here. You can also see a system status screen, latest results, drive status (with mini throughput graph) and a current list of tasks with some basic information allowing you to see where the tasks are up to. By using port forwarding you can even view this information from any Internet site in the world (or at home like me if you need to!)

Tapewwwise

We also have some other exciting news and product development, but details will follow (clue in the picture above!)! At present we are about ready to release this latest version, however we are having a few upgrade issues due to the number of changes and are working hard to improve/complete this. However with summer holiday taking place this could still be a few weeks away.

 

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