CARTS is a suite of z/OS software solutions that are designed to meet the unique challenges of maximizing your removable storage media utilization. When you put CARTS to work in your data center, you will see real cost savings and operational benefits. Using CARTS to manage your removable media will significantly reduce your need for additional tapes, racks and tape hardware.
CARTS-MediaConversion is an optional CARTS component that transfers datasets from one type of tape media to another. MediaConversion supports the full range of tape formats compatible with 3420, 3480, 3490, 3490E, 3494, or 3495 drives—even Optical 3480/3490s (for long term storage).
You specify the location of the destination scratch tape through the use of esoteric device names or an SMS storage class. Using this technique, you can direct MediaConversion to transfer datasets to a scratch tape mounted on a robot at a remote location. Or, you can migrate your library of older non-compacted tapes to newer compacted tapes by selecting device esoterics that stack datasets on scratch tapes mounted on drives that supports compaction.
CARTS supports tape robots and their accompanying software from the following vendors: