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PowerMax 2500 and 8500 for Mainframe and mixed workloads

  • Industry’s first cyber intrusion detection for mainframe based on data collected from PowerMax
  • Industry’s first mainframe data reduction, guaranteed
  • New real-time power monitoring and alerting
  • Up to 3.8 petabytes of effective capacity
  • Industry's most efficient mission-critical storage

Disk Library for mainframe (DLm) release 5.5

DLm now enables organizations to double mainframe virtual tape capacity and leverage Dell DDVE, improving virtual tape TCO.

  • Attach up to two PowerMax storage arrays
  • Attach up to four PowerProtect DD series storage arrays
  • Software defined DDVE enables a wide array of new storage options for DLm

Dell Mainframe Services and Solutions

Dell offers a comprehensive suite of mainframe solutions and services to provide cyber resiliency, data protection, automated recovery and connectivity for your business backed by over 30 years of expertise.

Cyber Intrusion Detection and Protection for Mainframe

Dell zCID, zDP, zCPA and SnapVX technologies enable businesses to detect mainframe cyber intrusions and restore DASD and virtual tape in the event of a cyber-attack while minimizing the amount of space required to do so.

  • Dell SnapVX and zDP technologies provides users with immediate access to point-in-time copies of data in the event of a cyber attack
  • PowerMax DASD allows users to choose scheduling frequencies that match recovery requirements; as granular as every five minutes with an option to make some or all snapshots
  • DLm virtual tape with Power Protect DD storage enables recovery of tape data following a cyber attack, undetected data corruption or human error. Retention lock technology secures tape volume snapshots
  • Save time and expense by creating virtual cyber vaults as well as physical cyber vaults at the primary site, disaster recovery site, or a dedicated cyber recovery location
  • Time to recover from a cyber event is minimized. Data snapshots are pointer-based and do not require data be copied, moved, or rebuilt using journals

Disk Library mainframe

Disk Library mainframe (DLm)

Dell release 5.5 combines massive scalability and new storage options with enterprise class data protection and security for all mainframe workloads.

  • Attach up to two Powermax storage arrays, including the new PowerMax 2500 and PowerMax 8500
  • Attach up to four PowerProtect DD or Data Domain storage arrays
  • GDDR Tape automated fail-over supports multiple DLm sites and enables control of multi-tenant environments
  • PowerProtect DD deduplication provides market-leading capacity and replication bandwidth savings

PowerMax DASD for Mainframe

PowerMax DASD for Mainframe

  • Cyber Intrusion Detection for Z Systems (zCID) mainframe data anomaly detection works in conjunction with Data Protector for Z Systems (zDP) to protect data from a cyber attack
  • Significantly improved storage efficiency with 3:1 compression, more space for cyber protection
  • New rackmount model 2500 and model 8500 (standalone​) provide up to 3.8 and 10 petabytes effective capacity
  • 32Gb FICON connectivity
  • IBM zHyperlink Read Connectivity​ is the fastest data transfer protocol available for mainframe storage
  • Up to 2.8x more performance per watt9, $207K in electricity cost savings10​ enables Mainframe and open systems capacity allocation on demand, improving storage footprint efficiency​

Connectrix FICON Directors for Mainframe

Connectrix FICON Directors for Mainframe

Provide built-in high availability, maximum scalability and unmatched reliability.

  • Delivers high performance to keep pace with all-flash storage environments
  • 32 to 768 mission-critical ports
  • Supports Control Unit Port (CUP)
  • FICON Cascading

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Geographically Dispersed Disaster Restart (GDDR) R6.0

GDDR - Your emergency business continuity button.

  • Automates disaster recovery protection for both DASD and tape
  • Active monitoring of Dell zDP for improved Cyber Security awareness
  • Failover automation preview provides a descriptive view of execution steps in response to planned or unplanned events
  • Automates SRDF/A auto recovery

Essential Resources Resources for Mainframe Solutions

DLm Transforms Mainframe Tape

Read about the business value and technical benefits of replacing existing tape with Dell DLm.

DLm Data Sheet

Read about the features of this virtual library for all mainframe tape use cases.

DLm Spec Sheet

Review the technical specifications for the Dell Disk Library for mainframe.

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