Key features


Optimize data placement between the storage system and the enterprise servers attached to it with features such as intelligent caching algorithms, automated quality-of-service management and advanced storage tiering.

High-Performance Flash Enclosure Gen2

Feel confident high-end acceleration will be there when they need it with microsecond response times and exceptional throughput for real-time analytics, cognitive computing and I/O-intensive workloads.

HyperSwap and GDPS integration

Integrate with IBM HyperSwap® and IBM Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex® (GDPS®), as well as sophisticated business-continuity solutions based on IBM z/O S Parallel Sysplex. DS8880F also supports IBM zHyperwrite™, an innovative technology that combines DS8880F and z/O S enhancements to write operations to DB2 logs in Metro Mirror environments.

Power AIX® and IBM i integration

Enable host adapters to give preferential treatment to higher-priority database I/Os with IBM DB2® software. DS8880F copy services are tightly integrated with IBM PowerHA® SystemMirror® for AIX and IBM i, adding assurance for 24x7 business continuity of critical Power servers.

VMWare interoperability

Take advantage of VMware vStorage APIs for array integration, VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager and a VMware vCenter plug-in to offload storage management operations to DS8880F. IBM Storage Management Console for VMware vCenter can help monitor and control storage resources.

Transparent cloud tiering

Introduce hybrid cloud as a new storage tier for simplified backup and archive operations on IBM Z environments. Does not require an additional server or gateway; it is a software-defined storage feature.

Advanced data backup and recovery

Use advanced functions for data backup, remote mirroring and disaster recovery: IBM FlashCopy® supports data availability by creating point-in- time copies without impeding the application server. Metro Mirror provides a no-data-loss remote mirroring. Global Mirror reduces data loss to three seconds or less at virtually any distance. Multiple Target Peer-to-Peer Remote Copy (MT-PPRC) enables two secondary mirror systems with different configuration options.

FICON (zHPF) and DB2 z/OS integration

Achieve extreme performance and improve remote data speed for database-intensive applications through integration with IBM High Performance FICON® (zHPF) and IBM DB2® for z/OS®.

Gain storage visibility, insight, and control

Available at no charge, cloud-based IBM Storage Insights provides a single dashboard that gives you a clear view of all your IBM block storage. You’ll be able to make better decisions by seeing trends in performance and capacity. Storage health information enables you to focus on areas needing attention and when IBM support is needed, Storage Insights simplifies uploading logs, speeds resolution with online configuration data, and provides an overview of open tickets all in one place.

IBM Copy Services Manager

Simplify copy services management for IBM DS8880F through an interface that helps monitor and control copy-services configurations. Designed to scale for thousands of relationships, IBM Copy Services Manager is a single control point to automate and simplify the recovery process.

Full disk encryption

Cleanse sensitive data from systems that are being retired or repurposed through a simple cryptographic erasure. Supports the Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP).

Efficient management and administration

Control storage environments as capacity grows. DS8880F includes intuitive navigation, streamlined configuration processes and helpful links to video tutorials. DS8880F also supports a command-line interface (CLI) and a Storage Management Initiative Specification-conformant (SMI-S) application programming interface (API).

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