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EMC releases updated Autoswap software

Revised EMC GDDR AutoSwap software features support for z/VM environments

EMC has released a new version of its AutoSwap software.
EMC has released a new version of its AutoSwap software.

EMC has released a new version of its AutoSwap software for its Symmetrix VMAX family of storage systems, which is designed to extend its virtual data centre and cloud storage capabilities.

The updated EMC GDDR (Geographically Dispersed Disaster Restart) AutoSwap software now features support for z/VM environments and 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. This update means applications can be continuously available and meets strict governance, risk and compliance mandates.

"With mainframe environments supporting massive numbers of virtual servers, workloads and users, availability becomes an even more pressing issue for IT managers. EMC is adding to its long list of mainframe storage capabilities with EMC GDDR AutoSwap for z/VM.  This technology greatly simplifies and automates key processes required for a fail over to a secondary site, and is becoming an essential capability for mainframe administrators," said Ben Woo, vice president Storage & Big Data, IDC.

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.    

"Symmetrix VMAX is purpose-built for the virtual data centre. Whether it is VMware, Hyper-V or z/VM, the Symmetrix VMAX family provides the most trusted and powerful set of capabilities for virtualised environments.  In addition, Symmetrix has also supported mission-critical mainframe workloads in industries like banking and financial services for more than two decades. EMC GDDR AutoSwap for z/VM extends our mainframe solutions and helps our customers make their virtual data centres more resilient and meet their governance, risk and compliance objectives," said Brian Gallagher, president, Enterprise Storage Division, EMC.