McDATA, a provider of data access solutions, has launched four professional services offerings, designed to help customers justify, plan, deploy and optimise their IT environment
Intended in the main to simplify life for mainframe administrators, the new service offerings will help IT departments who are faced with the difficult challenge of meeting strict data retention and protection demands, while continuing to drive down operational costs.
McDATA sees opportunities in IT organisations looking at FICON (for Fibre connections) migrations and expansions to provide cost-effective performance. It believes that current industry standard management tools do not always provide the level of detailed metrics required to ensure an optimised storage environment, forcing customers to make “best guess” decisions.
In addition, McDATA say that IT infrastructure administrators don’t always have the information they need to determine when or how to add capacity or upgrade infrastructure to achieve the desired result. The company says its new tool-based services are specifically designed to meet the needs of such customers by providing a more granular operational window into the environment, helping companies analyse and plan new FICON deployments more effectively.
The professional services offerings include mainframe infrastructure ROI analysis to allow customers to understand the benefits and financial return of a FICON technology migration, upgrade or expansion before committing to the investment; a mainframe storage I/O healthcheck to give customers detailed metrics about how their storage infrastructure is performing and identify opportunities to optimise performance; and infrastructure ESCON to FICON migration implementation services.