Cloud products and services provider, EMC Corporation, has signed a two-year extension to its existing technology licensing agreement with IBM for continued collaboration to provide IBM i customers with jointly developed storage interoperability interface and technical support.
The agreement, which is now contracted to 2017, aims to provide those customers with choice, flexibility, and support to deploy a combination of EMC storage with IBM Power Systems technologies.
“The extension of this agreement with EMC to ensure broader storage compatibility and support is another example of the investments we are making to the future of IBM i as an important, strategic element in the IBM systems portfolio,” IBM power and z systems business development director, Ari Kugler, said.
EMC has also announced the D910 interface, which was developed in conjunction with, and is supported by IBM. It is a native 512 byte block fixed block architecture (FBA) interface that is supported by hosts running IBM i 6.1.1 and later, as well as EMC VMAX 20K and 40K storage arrays.
According to EMC, D910 provides the companies’ customers with a fully supported mechanism to use EMC Fast VP technology, while maintaining the benefits of a native IBM i device type and interface. It allows customers to use high volume industry standard format Flash, Fibre Channel, SAS, and SATA drives, and to exploit the performance and efficiency benefits of these drive types in native IBM i environments.
“This exclusive collaboration between EMC and IBM, with the development of technologies like D910, unlocks the ability for our customers to leverage all of the advantages of EMC VMAS storage natively in IBM i environments, helping customers to preserve and extend their mission critical investments in IBM i,” EMC enterprise storage division vice-president, Peter Conway, said.