- Dell EMC and IBM have extended their existing technology licensing agreements through 2021, continuing to enable Dell EMC’s strict compliance to IBM Z mainframe and IBM i interfaces.
- The multi-decade history of commitment and collaboration to mainframe solutions between Dell EMC and IBM continues
- Continued commitment to supporting the D910 interfaceDell EMC® PowerMax®, VMAX® storage.
- Dell EMC and IBM, in perpetuity, continue to support their Cooperative Support Agreement, in place since 2005, providing the best in worldwide Enterprise Systems support to customers running IBM Z, IBM i, IBM p, Dell EMC & IBM storage, TSM, Legato & VMware.
Dell EMC’s renewal of the IBM System Storage Enterprise Disk Attachment Specifications marks more than a decade of technical specification work between Dell EMC and IBM
Dell EMC and IBM’s collaboration and cooperation in storage is nearly three decades old, dating back to EMC’s introduction of the Symmetrix 1 in 1990. Dell EMC’s licensing of the IBM Enterprise Disk Attachment specification ensures rigid design development and testing on both the part of IBM as well as Dell EMC.
Extending specification licensing that began in 2003, Dell EMC and IBM continue collaborating on the enterprise disk attachment specification to provide IBM Z customers IBM-compliant storage interface interoperability and technical support, providing IBM mainframe customers the choice, flexibility and support needed to deploy a combination of Dell EMC VMAX and PowerMax storage systems and software with IBM Z technologies.
The licensing agreement provides EMC with technical specifications that continue to enable compatibility between Dell EMC VMAX as well as PowerMax storage systems with IBM Z Systems running current and future versions of the IBM Z operating systems.
Dell EMC’s licensing of the IBM specifications has formalized a foundation of development and testing upon which both companies have developed Z systems and compliant storage collaboratively for more than a decade in support of IBM Z customers. Below is a timeline of these joint activities:
- 2003, EMC and IBM first announced a licensing agreement that provided EMC with access to a range of mainframe storage interfaces and functionality for other IBM product lines.
- 2005, the two companies extended a cooperative support agreement which remains in place today. It facilitates mutual response to joint customer issues across various IBM product lines.
- 2009, EMC introduced the Virtual Matrix Architecture and VMAX, enterprise storage that is purpose-built for virtualized data centers—and ensured support for full IBM mainframe interoperability.
- 2010, EMC provided day-one support for IBM's zEnterprise 196, IBM Multi-Track High-Performance FICON while enhancing support for IBM z/OS Global Mirror and z/OS Metro/Global Mirror.
- 2012, the IBM Enterprise Disk Attachment Specification licensing agreement was extended to year-end 2017. EMC offers day-one support of zEnterprise EC12, extending its agreement for ongoing interoperability and innovation—enabling Z customers to leverage EMC Virtual Provisioning™ and Fully Automated Storage Tiering (FAST™) technologies to exploit the benefits of Flash drives.
- 2015, EMC offers day-one support of the IBM z13 as well as mainframe support for the VMAX3 family
- 2016, EMC offers day-one support of the IBM z13s while introducing its all-flash VMAX models 450F & 850F with day-one mainframe support.
- 2017, Dell EMC offers day-one support of the IBM z14; VMAX 950F is introduced by Dell EMC with mainframe support out of the box.
- 2018, Dell EMC offers day-one support of the IBM z14 ZR1; PowerMax 8000 is introduced by Dell EMC with day-one mainframe support, end-to-end NVMe and “Future-Proof SCM-Ready” storage capability.
D910 Specification licensing renewal for VMAX and PowerMax marks more than a decade of IBM compliant Dell EMC storage for IBM i
The D910 specification ensures compliance between Dell EMC and IBM i systems interfaces that are used in Dell EMC VMAX and PowerMax Storage while maintaining the benefits of a native IBM i device type and interface. With the D910 interface, IBM i customers have the flexibility to use high volume industry standard format Flash, Fibre Channel, SAS and SATA drives (in older VMAX models 100k, 200k, 400k) and to exploit the performance and efficiency benefits of these drive types in native IBM i environments.
Dell EMC and IBM engineers have worked together for more than a decade to develop the D910-099 device type, announcing it in 2012. It is a native 512-byte block FBA (Fixed Block Architecture) interface that is supported by hosts running IBM i 6.1.1 and later, for Dell EMC VMAX and PowerMax storage arrays running VMAX Enginuity software (v5876 and later). The D910 native IBM i interface eliminates the need for specially formatted 520 byte per block disks in the external storage array, without requiring the use of the IBM VIOS layer.
Renewal of the D910 technology licensing agreement in 2018 builds on the rich history of Dell EMC and IBM collaboratively supporting innovative technologies for IBM i customers. Here’s another timeline showing our more than a 13-year mutual commitment to IBM i customers:
- 2005, EMC and IBM added cooperative support to the existing agreement, providing a mutual response to joint customer issues.
- 2006, EMC and IBM extended the existing agreement to provide customers with access to a range of storage interfaces and functionality for the IBM i platform and agreed to a mutual exchange of open standards-based interfaces for improved manageability and interoperability.
- 2010, EMC and IBM again extended the existing agreement and began creating specifications for the new D910 device type and interface.
- 2012, EMC and IBM delivered the D910 device type and interface, extending the agreement again another 2 years.
- 2018, Dell EMC renews its licensing of the D910 specification through 2021
Advancing the capability of mainframe storage for our customers is paramount. Renewing these technology licensing agreements in 2018 builds on the rich history of Dell EMC and IBM collaboratively supporting innovative technologies for IBM mainframe customers.
“The refresh of these technology licensing agreements enables Dell EMC to continue to deliver on our decades-long commitment of IBM compatibility and service to our mainframe storage customers,” said Bob Decrescenzo, SVP of Storage Development. “In combination with our IBM partnership, these agreements help Dell EMC advance the development of new mainframe innovations like Mirror Optimizer, zDP, and PAV Optimizer”