EMC protects mainframe operations with new failover solution

EMC has unveiled new software that automates comprehensive failover and restart operations in multi-site IBM mainframe environments.

EMC has unveiled new software that automates comprehensive failover and restart operations in multi-site IBM mainframe environments.

EMC said EMC Geographically Dispersed Disaster Restart (EMC GDDR) software is faster to deploy, easier to manage and up to 50% less expensive than existing products.

EMC said competitor offerings typically require lengthy planning processes, complex custom scripting, extended debug and test periods, and expensive, long term service contracts.

It said EMC GDDR software delivers the highest levels of availability, and assures automated restart consistency across applications and implementation methodologies via standardised software.

Financial trading company Euroclear is one of the first firms to implement the product.

“As a provider of domestic and cross-border securities settlement and related services, the high availability of our mission-critical IT systems is a fundamental requirement of Euroclear,” said Michael Pilkington, managing director and head of corporate technology at Euroclear.

“Using EMC GDDR, we have taken the availability of our information infrastructure to a new level, providing greater assurance that we will be able to continue delivering our services to clients, even during very severe business-disruption scenarios,” said Pilkington.

Carl Greiner, an analyst at Ovum, said, “Enterprise customers are asking for simplified, standardised disaster restart and recovery functionality that enhances information and system availability across their critical operations.

“With this new solution, EMC is providing mainframe customers with a new level of automation, protection and management agility, and in so doing, is expanding the market for this critical functionality.”

The product is aimed at users of EMC Symmetrix DMX storage systems that are combined with mainframe configurations.

Related story: IBM improves mainframe virtualisation

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