Mainframe Storage

Cloud native for all your mission critical workloads

By RAUL RAUDRY DIAZ DE LEON posted Mon November 09, 2020 03:50 PM


Operating in a hybrid cloud environment is a reality for most enterprise functions today. This means that IT teams are being asked to facilitate, orchestrate, and optimize an enterprise cloud strategy. Enterprises that are assembling harmonized hybrid cloud platforms now will position themselves for greater competitive advantage and lower costs in the future.

IBM's own research has shown that 85% of companies are already operating in hybrid cloud environments. 76% of organizations report they are already using at least two hybrid clouds, and some are using as many as 15. 98% of organizations are forecasting that they will be using multiple hybrid clouds within a few years.


Hybrid Cloud Adoption

Businesses need harmonized hybrid cloud environments, and that requires them to construct and synthesize the right portfolio of public, private, and hybrid clouds with their proprietary IT infrastructures. Organizations are trying to innovate and reduce costs while ensuring the safety and privacy of their data, even when it is moved between data centers or between public and private clouds.

IBM DS8900F provides persistent highly available storage with the ability to maintain the data separately from the container, making it always available to the application, regardless of container location, planned downtime or unexpected disruptions. Additionally, the Red Hat OpenShift support customers to build and deploy enterprise class scale-out microservices applications, providing next-level performance, data protection, resiliency and availability across your hybrid cloud solutions.

IBM DS8900F supports IBM Cloud® Pak™ solutions to enhance and extend the functionality and capabilities of Red Hat OpenShift to give organizations a faster, and more secure way to deploy and maintain cloud-native applications.  With Red Hat OpenShift support, IBM DS8900F unifies traditional and cloud native storage, providing the reliability, availability and security to manage mission-critical containers.

Unifying mission-critical workloads

IBM DS8900F also provide transparent cloud tiering capabilities that allow organizations to introduce hybrid cloud as a new storage tier for data archiving, and data protection and disaster recovery capabilities in IBM Z environments. TCT does not require a server or gateway; it is a software-defined storage feature that leverages existing storage resources, avoiding the need for additional hardware infrastructure. TCT integrates with IBM Cloud Object Storage and can also provide transparent connectivity to IBM Cloud, Amazon S3 cloud storage resources, or IBM TS7700 virtual tape libraries configured as object storage targets.

TCT off-loads the data movement responsibility to the DS8900 without any impact on performance. Thanks to deep integration with z/OS, TCT provides up to 50% savings in mainframe CPU utilization when migrating large data sets as compared to other traditional archiving methods. TCT offers an excellent solution for increasing cyber resilience by making use of the immutability features provided by cloud repositories. It can also be used to create full volume backups to the cloud which can then be restored to any system.