EMC Launches Auto-failover for VMAX Storage on z/VM

By Stuart J. Johnston

Storage titan EMC announced Wednesday it has extended the automated disaster and recovery capabilities of its virtual data center software to support z/VM installations running on its Symmetrix VMAX storage systems.

The latest release of EMC's (NYSE: EMC) AutoSwap software adds support for z/VM environments with its Geographically Dispersed Disaster Recovery (GDDR) capability.

Addition of the updated software means that, in the event of a planned or unplanned system disruption, GDDR AutoSwap for z/VM will automatically swap operations running in a virtualized Linux session on one IBM System z environment to a secondary site with the least impact, according to an EMC statement.

"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," Brian Gallagher, president of EMC's enterprise storage division, said in the statement.

With compliance requirements for business continuity expanding on a global basis, GDDR AutoSwap for z/VM works with another piece of EMC software, called Symmetrix Remote Data Facility, or SRDF, to automatically failover mainframe workloads for high levels of data and application availability and disaster recovery.

"It enables 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," the statement said.

In addition, EMC and IBM have a multi-year technology licensing agreement that enables EMC to provide a broad range of storage capabilities that will work compatibly with System z environments over time.

"Whether it is VMware, Hyper-V or z/VM, the Symmetrix VMAX family provides the most trusted and powerful set of capabilities for virtualized environments," Gallagher added.

EMC announced GDDR AutoSwap for z/VM at the SHARE mainframe user conference held in Orlando, Fla., this week.

Stuart J. Johnston is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @stuartj1000.

This article was originally published on August 13, 2011