EMC Signs Extension to IBM Licensing Agreement Through 2017
D910 Storage Interface Now Available, Enabling IBM i Customers to Leverage EMC Virtual Provisioning and Fully Automated Storage Tiering Technologies
- EMC and IBM are extending their existing technology licensing agreement by two years through 2017, to provide IBM i customers with storage interoperability interfaces and technical support.
- The multi-year history of commitment and collaboration between EMC and IBM continues to enable customers to deploy combinations of EMC® VMAX® storage and IBM Power Systems technologies.
- A D910 interface provides IBM i customers with the flexibility to use EMC VMAX Virtual Provisioning™ and Fully Automated Storage Tiering (FAST™ VP) technologies to help reduce costs and simplify management in IBM i environments.
D910 Technology Highlights
The D910 provides EMC and IBM customers with a fully supported mechanism to use EMC FAST VP technology, while maintaining the benefits of a native IBM i device type and interface. With the D910 interface, IBM i customers have the flexibility to use high volume industry standard format Flash, Fibre Channel, SAS and SATA drives and to exploit the performance and efficiency benefits of these drive types in native IBM i environments.
EMC and IBM engineers worked together to develop the new D910-099 device type, which is a native 512 byte block FBA (Fixed Block Architecture) interface that is supported by hosts running IBM i 6.1.1 and later, as well as EMC VMAX 20K and EMC VMAX 40K storage arrays running VMAX Enginuity software (v5876 and later). The D910 native IBM i interface eliminates the need for specially formatted 520 byte per block disks in the external storage array, without requiring the use of the IBM VIOS layer.
This announcement is the latest in a rich history of EMC and IBM collaboratively supporting innovative technologies for IBM i customers.
- In 2005, EMC and IBM added cooperative support to the existing agreement, providing a mutual response to joint customer issues.
- In 2006, EMC and IBM extended the existing agreement to provide customers with access to a range of storage interfaces and functionality for the IBM i platform, and agreed to a mutual exchange of open-standards based interfaces for improved manageability and interoperability.
- In 2010, EMC and IBM again extended the existing agreement and began creating specifications for the new D910 device type and interface.
- Today, in 2012, EMC and IBM are delivering the D910 device type and interface, and are again extending the agreement another 2 years.
Ari Kugler, IBM Director Business Development, Power and z Systems
“IBM i running on an IBM Power Systems server offers customers a highly scalable and robust architecture with a proven reputation for exceptional business resilience and low operational costs. The extension of this agreement with EMC to ensure broader storage compatibility and support is another example of the investments we are making to the future of IBM i as an important, strategic element in the IBM systems portfolio.”
Peter C. Conway, Vice President Enterprise Storage Division, EMC
“EMC continues to drive innovation for the unique needs of mission critical virtualized data centers. By extending our agreement with IBM, we’re committing to continue innovating to bring even more value to Power Systems customers running IBM i environments. This exclusive collaboration between EMC and IBM—with the development of technologies like D910—unlocks the ability for our customers to leverage all of the advantages of EMC VMAX storage natively in IBM i environments—helping customers to preserve and extend their mission critical investments in IBM i.”
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