EMC Expands Virtual Data Center Storage Capabilities

EMC Corporation, a storage systems and management provider, announced new software for its Symmetrix VMAX family of storage systems, targeted at virtual data center and cloud storage capabilities. A new version of EMC AutoSwap software, with support for z/VM environments, was unveiled at the recent SHARE user event in Orlando.

The new EMC GDDR (Geographically Dispersed Disaster Restart) AutoSwap for z/VM software offers continuous availability and improved protection for virtualized mainframe environments. It is designed to enable mainframe environments running the z/VM operating system to automatically swap operations between two Symmetrix VMAX storage systems in the event of a disruption for continuous application availability and data protection and to meet strict governance, risk and compliance mandates.

"Symmetrix VMAX is purpose-built for the virtual data center," says Brian Gallagher, president of EMC's Enterprise Storage Division. "Whether it is VMware, Hyper-V or z/VM, the Symmetrix VMAX family provides trusted and powerful capabilities for virtualized environments. EMC GDDR AutoSwap for z/VM extends our mainframe solutions and helps our customers make their virtual data centers more resilient and meet their governance, risk and compliance objectives." In the event of a planned or unplanned disruption, EMC GDDR AutoSwap for z/VM works with EMC SRDF (Symmetrix Remote Data Facility) software to simplify and automate failover of the entire mainframe workloads to a remote site for data and application availability and disaster recovery capabilities.

EMC has a multi-year technology licensing agreement with IBM, enabling EMC to deliver storage capabilities to support System z and provide mainframe environments with the same storage features that EMC offers for virtualized open systems platforms.

More information is available from EMC.