EMC Announces Storage and Backup Support for New IBM zEnterprise EC12 System

EMC announced storage and backup support for customers deploying the new IBM zEnterprise EC12 Mainframe System. EC12 sites can now implement EMC VMAX Family, EMC Connectrix storage connectivity capabilities, fully automated storage tiering (FAST) software and the EMC Disk Library for mainframe.

“Hybrid cloud and big data are forcing organizations to rethink their overall IT infrastructure, including mainframe environments,” says Brian Gallagher, president of EMC's Enterprise Storage Division. “EMC continues to deliver new innovation for the mainframe community to meet the performance, protection, availability and efficiency requirements demanded by zEnterprise customers—while enabling them to keep up with the mega industry trends of cloud and big data. As the market leader in storage, we’re pleased to support the needs of zEnterprise EC12 customers right out of the gate.”

EMC FAST VP (Fully Automated Storage Tiering for Virtual Pools) automatically optimizes application performance and maximizes the benefits of Flash drives for EC12 mainframe customers. FAST VP for mainframe count-key data (CKD) volumes brings the automation, performance and economies of scale benefits of FAST VP to mainframe-based workloads and applications.

The recently announced EMC DLm8000 is one of the only mainframe virtual tape libraries that ensure consistency between tape data at both production and recovery sites, providing the shortest possible RPO and RTO for critical recovery operations for EC12 environments.

EMC offers one of the industry’s only four-site business resiliency solution using EMC Symmetrix Remote Data Facility (SRDF) and Geographically Dispersed Disaster Restart (GDDR) software. When combined, SRDF and GDDR automation provide near-continuous availability between data centers within a region, as well as continued disaster recovery protection in a second region located an extended geographical distance away. 

EMC AutoSwap supports the EC12 mainframe platform, providing a continuous availability solution, including support for Linux on System z workloads. It does so by enabling non-disruptive swaps of active z/OS and z/VM workloads to secondary disk storage using EMC SRDF software.

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