Enhancements to IBM Implementation Services for GDPS include the GDPS z/OS Proxy, GDPS/MTMM, and the IBM GDPS Virtual Appliance as new service componentsIBM Asia Pacific Services Announcement AS15-0009
February 24, 2015
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IBM® GDPS® V3.12 includes a number of new capabilities that address improved cross-platform support, enhanced availability, increased scalability, and simplified systems management.
GDPS/PPRC can now support HyperSwap® for systems that are not part of the GDPS sysplex.
GDPS introduces a new product to support Multi-Target PPRC on the IBM DS8870. Initial support is for two synchronous copies from a single primary volume, also known as a Multi-Target Metro Mirror (MTMM) configuration.
For clients who do not run the IBM z/OS® operating system, the new GDPS Virtual Appliance extends GDPS capabilities into IBM z/VM® and Linux on IBM z Systems environments.
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IBM Implementation Services for GDPS, part of the Resiliency Services product line, is a high-availability and disaster-recovery application solution for IBM z Systems environments. GDPS can manage the remote copy configuration and storage subsystem(s), and automate Parallel Sysplex® operational tasks and failure recovery, all from a central point of control, thereby improving application availability across single or multiple sites. GDPS delivers continuous availability through planned and unplanned disk outages.
GDPS/PPRC can now support HyperSwap for systems that are not part of the GDPS sysplex. This capability, provided through use of the z/OS Proxy, a lightweight GDPS agent running on the systems outside the GDPS sysplex, enables more flexibility in the configuration of your overall GDPS environment and the capability to protect either stand-alone z/OS systems or other sysplex environments that may not otherwise warrant a full GDPS implementation. No additional software other than the z/OS proxy is required to be installed on these z/OS Proxy-managed systems. Additionally in GDPS V3.12, new GDPS Health Checks are available for all GDPS products and GDPS/XRC is extended to control DS8000® Easy Tier® Heat Map Transfer.
GDPS introduces a new product to support Multi-Target Metro Mirror on the IBM DS8870. Initial support is for two synchronous copies from a single primary volume, also known as a Multi-Target Metro Mirror (MTMM) configuration. GDPS/MTMM provides similar capabilities as those already available in GDPS/PPRC while extending PPRC management and HyperSwap capabilities to cover the two replication legs. This ability to support two synchronous PPRC relationships from a single primary volume provides additional data protection in the event of a disk subsystem failure or local disaster scenario.
Up to this point, clients had to have the z/OS operating system installed along with the skills to operate and manage z/OS in order to run GDPS. The new IBM GDPS Virtual Appliance extends GDPS capabilities into z/VM and Linux on IBM z Systems environments that do not have z/OS in production. The GDPS Appliance is designed to provide a simple and easy-to-use GDPS platform through the use of a new and intuitive web interface for managing and controlling the environment.
The appliance has GDPS/PPRC and all requisite products preinstalled and customized, which will allow non-z/OS clients to obtain the same benefits of high availability and disaster recovery which, up to now, were available only to clients with z/OS system environments. Through this unique integration approach, z/VM and Linux on IBM z Systems environments will gain the benefits of GDPS in an affordable and easy-to-manage solution.
For a complete list of these new functions, including detailed descriptions of the new IBM GDPS functions announced today, visit
Implementation Services for GDPS is a locally delivered, project-based service that includes the following components:
- Planning to determine availability requirements, configuration recommendations, and implementation and testing plans
- Lessons learned from over 750 implementations worldwide
- GDPS Virtual Appliance installation and policy customization
- Education and training on GDPS setup and operations
- Onsite implementation assistance
- Project management and support throughout the engagement
- One year of ongoing support services for the GDPS control code, providing regular maintenance and access to the IBM GDPS support center
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Detailed prerequisites for all GDPS service products are available at
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|Planned availability date|
IBM Implementation Services for GDPS V3.12
- March 31, 2015
IBM GDPS Virtual Appliance
- April 30, 2015
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|Accessibility by people with disabilities|
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