EMC has extended a licensing agreement with IBM Corporation that will enable customers to continue to install and utilize EMC and IBM products in their heterogeneous IBM System z environments.
The multi-year agreement facilitates interoperability of EMC Symmetrix DMX storage systems with IBM Peer-to-Peer Remote Copy and Extended Remote Copy (XRC) functions. The licensing agreement also covers additional IBM interfaces, including FlashCopy, Multiple Allegiance, Parallel Access Volumes (PAV), Dynamic PAV, and HyperPAV, which will be supported on EMC Symmetrix systems.
As part of the agreement, IBM will provide EMC with technical specifications that will continue to enable compatibility between EMC Symmetrix DMX storage systems and IBM System z products running the current and future versions of the IBM OS/390 and z/OS operating systems. Financial terms are not being disclosed.
Angela Archon, vice-president: Intellectual Property Licensing at IBM, says: “This extension of an existing agreement resulted from IBM’s ongoing innovation for System z. For years, IBM has been delivering on open standards and giving customers choice. This extension agreement underscores IBM’s commitment to open innovation and is consistent with our drive towards industry interoperability and giving clients the ultimate choice.”
Alex Robertson, EMC Technology Solutions Manager, adds: “This extension of our relationship with IBM will assure the continuation of access to the benefits of EMC’s information infrastructure solutions by IBM System z customers. Through efforts such as this, EMC is furthering its commitment to providing System z customers with industry leading storage systems, software and services.”
In October 2003, EMC and IBM announced a licensing agreement that provided EMC with access to a range of storage interfaces and functionality for other IBM Systems lines and agreed to a mutual exchange of open-standards based interfaces for improved manageability and interoperability. In June 2005, the companies extended their cooperative support agreement, which facilitates mutual response to joint customer issues including, the IBM System i and all other IBM Systems lines.