Enhancements to IBM Implementation Services for GDPS include the GDPS z/OS Proxy, GDPS/MTMM, and the IBM GDPS Virtual Appliance as new service components

IBM 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

http://www.ibm.com/systems/z/advantages/gdps/whatsnew.html

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

http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/z/advantages/gdps/getstarted/index.html


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IBM Implementation Services for GDPS V3.12

March 31, 2015

IBM GDPS Virtual Appliance

April 30, 2015


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A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance can be requested at

http://www.ibm.com/able/product_accessibility/index.html


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Prices
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For local prices, contact your IBM representative.



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Country/Region Announcement date Notes
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ASEAN February 24, 2015 Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam
India/South Asia February 24, 2015 Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka
Australia February 24, 2015  
Hong Kong February 24, 2015  
Macao February 24, 2015  
New Zealand February 24, 2015  
People's Republic of China February 24, 2015  
South Korea February 24, 2015  
Taiwan February 24, 2015  
Japan IOT
Japan February 24, 2015  
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