What is GDPS?

IBM GDPS® is a collection of system recovery offerings on the IBM Z® platform, each of which uses services, clustering technologies, and server and storage replication and automation.

Learn how GDPS delivers IT resiliency and how it can be tailored to meet system recovery objectives:


What are the benefits?

Resiliency to support multiple disk replication architectures, high availability, and disaster recovery at any distance from a single point of control – in seconds.

Flexibility to gain data consistency across both z/OS®, z/VM® and guests, plus open system data. GDPS also uses open architecture and is application independent.

Automation of operational tasks for availability and recovery with scripts.

Monitoring of your environment from a single point and in real time to detect any deviation that could impact resiliency.


Explore new capabilities in supported releases

GDPS Version 4.3

New functions in 4.3 include enhancements to GDPS script processing, improved logical corruption protection capabilities, and a new configuration wizard.

GDPS Version 4.2

Implementation services for 4.2 provide simplification of management and operations, plus new functions in the event of a cyberattack.

GDPS Version 4.1

Implementation services for 4.1 provide enhanced protection for clients’ production data to help ensure recovery from a data corruption event.


Meet the GDPS solutions

GDPS Metro addresses the requirements of clients using synchronous replication (Metro Mirror) and is tightly integrated into Parallel Sysplex clustering technology.

GDPS Global orchestrates the recovery of systems that are using asynchronous replication (Global Mirror or z/OS Global Mirror).

GDPS Metro Global combines the local near-continuous availability of GDPS Metro with the unlimited distance recovery options provided by GDPS Global.

GDPS Continuous Availability uses near real-time replication to update data to a second instance of a workload in another location – and to manage the distribution of work across the two copies.

Logical Corruption Protection Manager enables secure point-in-time copies of the critical source data and methods needed to restore corrupted or deleted data back into production.

Engage GDPS services

Once installed, this automated and highly customized application availability solution helps to manage the remote copy configuration and storage subsystem(s); automates Parallel Sysplex operational tasks; and performs failure recovery from a single point of control to improve application availability.

IBM services specialists provide assistance with planning, configuration, customization, testing and training for the GDPS solutions.

GDPS V3.14

General availability: March 2017 
End of service: March 2020

GDPS Continuous Availability 2.1

General availability: March 2018 
End of service: March 2021

GDPS Continuous Availability 2.2

General availability: March 2019 
End of service: March 2022*

GDPS V4.1

General availability: March 2018 
End of service: March 2021

GDPS V4.2

General availability: March 2019 
End of service: March 2022*

GDPS V4.3 and GDPS Continuous Availability V2.3

General availability: March 2020
End of service: March 2023*

Executive summary

Get an overview of this continuous availability and disaster recovery solution.

Deployment tips

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GDPS and resiliency

See how GDPS protects clients' systems of record from logical data corruption.

Prerequisites

GDPS requires generally available and supported levels of z/OS, NetView® and System Automation for z/OS.

Find GDPS training

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Deployment tips

Learn about IBM GDPS active/active overview and planning.

GDPS and resiliency

Learn how GDPS protects clients' systems of record from logical data corruption.

Qualified DWDM vendors

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Footnote

Installation services include:
Synchronous Metro Mirror, Peer-to-Peer Remote Copy (PPRC), Asynchronous Extended Remote Copy (XRC), Asynchronous Global Mirror (GM) disk data mirroring, and software-based replication via IBM InfoSphere Data Replication for z/OS (for Db2®, IMS, and VSAM data using the GDPS Continuous Availability solution).

Disk replication protocols:
GDPS is designed to work with Metro Mirror (PPRC), z/OS Global Mirror (XRC) or Global Mirror disk replication protocols supported by the DS8000 family and made available to vendors. Some disk features require specific commands to be sent to the disk subsystem.

End of service dates:
*Indicates projected date. Actual end of marketing or end of service date has not been announced yet. All statements regarding the future direction and intent of IBM are subjected to change or withdrawal without notice and represents goals and objectives only.