Heavy reliance on Unix and NT servers has thrust increasing manageability & scalability problems on today's organizations. This is especially true with backup and recovery techniques. Traditionally, server-attached storage has been backed-up using a variety of methods, some more effective than others. These methods range from locally attached tape devices (e.g., Travan, QIC, 4mm, 8mm, DLT, etc.) and bulk-storage disk or optical devices (e.g., CD-ROM or DVD jukebox, ZIP, JAZZ, SyQuest, etc.), to remote data transmission via Local Area Network (LAN) to a mainframe platform (using software packages such as ADSM, CAM, etc.).