Enterprises running on IBM z13 demand the highest levels of performance, scalability, and availability, particularly for their data storage subsystems. Today, longtime Brocade OEM partner EMC announced several major innovations with the EMC VMAX and EMC Disk Library for mainframe (DLm) that revolutionize mainframe environments. These innovations from EMC, combined with EMC Connectrix B-series Gen 5 FICON SAN platforms can provide IBM z13 end users with extremely high performance, low latency, and “6 9’s” levels of reliability for their mission critical workloads.
Brocade and EMC have a great history of working together to provide world class FICON attached storage solutions to IBM z Systems end users all over the globe. While that history is important, the future looks even brighter! I will be delivering a presentation as part of the mainframe track at EMC World 2015 and wanted to take this opportunity to share some of the things I will be discussing in the presentation.
Cascaded FICON, available since the introduction of 2Gbps switch technology, allows mainframe enterprises tremendous flexibility and the potential for fabric cost savings in their FICON architectures. It is extremely important for business continuity and disaster recovery implementations. But if a customer is to take full advantage of the capabilities of a cascaded FICON fabric they must pay attention to the performance aspects of those deployed fabrics. This article will explore a few of the features of FICON switching devices and fabrics that affect the performance of FICON I/O.
Cut-through the complexity of Storage Networking Management!
Complexity in the data center not only complicates your day-to-day tasks it also exacerbates the problem of maintaining high availability, impairs your ability to provide acceptable performance and efficiency, often increases your overall data center costs and too often inhibits your ability to scale and grow to meet internal demands.
Expensive, home grown expertise is often utilized in data centers to coax as much benefit and value as possible, using a maze of tools and techniques, from your growing FC fabrics and I/O interconnects. However the value actually achieved from these efforts is always variable depending upon each SAN administrator’s capabilities. And troubleshooting actual problems that occur within a SAN infrastructure can be very frustrating and time consuming.
Brocade has been delivering a Gen5 switch portfolio solution that has evolved and now offers you a smarter and more consistent answer for managing all of your storage networking fabrics. Brocade Network Advisor contains several new Fabric Vision technologies that will cut through SAN management complexity while improving your level of confidence and satisfaction in your Brocade I/O infrastructure. Monitoring and Alerting Policy Suite (MAPS) along with Flow Vision, two of those Fabric Vision technologies, deploys breakthrough capabilities that dramatically simplify open systems and mainframe SAN administration, improves the availability and performance of fibre channel SANs, reduces operational costs and can be deployed in a matter of just a few minutes.