Flash, mainframe and tape synergy win the race

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Designing, building and driving a high-powered race car can actually teach us a lot about why IBM DS8888, IBM z Systems and tape are a very powerful combination.

In the 21st century, data has become a very valuable resource for business, and in fact for car racing as well. Take Formula One racing for example.  A typical F1 vehicle derives, analyzes and archives its data from over 150 sensors in real time to help its driver and engineers make better decisions during and after every race. In the digital age, enterprises must follow the example of Formula One racing and derive all the value they can from available data assets.

The always-on, business-critical nature of z Systems environments demands equal levels of performance, reliability and cost advantage from the data storage supporting them. IBM DS8880 storage systems (available on May 31st) are where leading enterprises turn when mission-critical applications require the highest system reliability possible, especially in mainframe environments. Companies can get more than [ref]IBM internal performance benchmark results. 31.5 seconds of downtime per year, on average when Hyperswap is configured and enabled for all systems, utilizing Multi-target PPRC in MGM environments[/ref]99.9999 percent up time through DS8880 family data protection and disaster recovery features. The new IBM DS8888 combines all-flash performance with extremely high availability, an industry-leading spectrum of data management and storage services features and unique integration with IBM z/OS.

A Formula One racing team not only needs very fast, always-on access to the data they generate during a race, they also need to cost-effectively store massive amounts of race day information for analysis at a later date. To address this requirement, they turn to IBM 7760 tape storage systems that feature a fully integrated tiered storage hierarchy. The system takes advantage of both disk and tape technologies to deliver high performance for active data and the best economics for inactive and archive data. TS7760 systems ensure that business-critical data is secure, continuously available and easy to manage.

Together IBM DS8888 and TS7760 provide an entire solution that covers the full data life cycle, from active data sets requiring the highest levels of performance and availability, through less active data still demanding quick access, to archived data needing the most cost-effective storage possible. The synergy between DS8888 and TS7760 boosts system performance while significantly lowering overall storage costs and risks because they are integrated by design and developed through decades of refinement.

Just as high-powered race cars can have their tires changed in less than 2 seconds with nearly 20 mechanics working in precise synchronization, DS8888, z Systems and tape work in perfect harmony to ensure consistent performance to address dynamic workloads while keeping costs under control. This synergy between world-famous IBM storage systems is what helps enterprises of all types win “the race” that is modern business.

Learn more about IBM DS8880 here.

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