IBM's Shark On Prowl at Data Centers With New Business Continuity Features

Customers Gain Improved Data Protection, Standby Storage Capacity on Demand for Ibm's New Flagship Eserver -- the Z990

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SAN FRANCISCO - 13 May 2003: IBM today announced that its TotalStorage Enterprise Storage Server (codenamed "Shark") has been enhanced to provide the new flagship IBM eServer z990 with superior data protection and access for business continuity and efficiency.

The continuing evolution of IBM's TotalStorage Enterprise Storage Server (ESS) with e-Business On Demand capabilities is complemented with an enhanced standby capacity on demand offering, enabling customers to acquire up to 6.9 terabytes of "standby" capacity to help address rapidly changing business needs. Once acquired, this additional capacity can be activated quickly without disrupting operations. IBM also is announcing Peer-to-Peer Remote Copy (PPRC) V2 and FlashCopy V2 for the ESS. The optional advanced copy features can help significantly enhance data mirroring and business continuity for the z990, as well as other server environments.

"As the backbone of IBM's storage product family, we have continued to enhance Shark to deliver increased value to our customers," said Roland Hagan, Storage Systems Vice President, IBM Systems Group. "When coupled with our new flagship zSeries mainframe, the new Shark offers more data protection, performance and accessibility than any other IBM branded storage option to support customers' on demand requirements, which include high availability and protection."

Highlights of today's announcement include:

Powered by numerous innovative technologies, including fast copper microchips and two Gigabit per second (Gbps) FICON data transfer rates, IBM's Enterprise Storage Server Model 800 can help improve the efficiency of customers' storage infrastructures with unique self-management features that enable comprehensive real-time "on the fly" system configuration and management.

When the IBM Enterprise Storage Server is used in conjunction with IBM Tivoli Storage software, customers get further enhanced data protection for the z990 using Tivoli's open-systems data recovery software. IBM Tivoli Storage Manager uses policy-based automation to automate server management operations, provide logical error recovery and LAN free backup to a Tivoli Storage Manager server on the z990. For the ESS, IBM Tivoli Storage Resource Manager provides subsystem reporting, and automated capacity provisioning to maximize file system availability.

"Growing regulatory obligations, such as HIPAA, and the information requirements needed for cost-effective health care are pushing us to an on demand environment," said Greg Pinz, Director of I.S., St. Anthony's Medical Center, St. Louis, MO, which has a 20 terabyte SAN powered by IBM's Enterprise Storage Server , along with IBM Total Storage Enterprise Tape Library 3494 and Tivoli Storage Manager. "The advanced FlashCopy V2 and PPRC V2 functions offer the added flexibility we need for round-the-clock data access and data protection, making our previous storage decisions that much better."

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