The Makers of FDR®

INNOVATION DATA PROCESSING Delivers Fastest Solution Ever for IBM z/OS Mainframe Data Protection.

May 21, 2007, Little Falls, NJ-“Innovation Data Processing announces General Availability of the fastest backup solution ever for z/OS mainframe data protection, business continuance and business resiliency, FDR V5.4 Lvl 60”, said Vice President Advance Technology and Innovation spokesman Thomas J Meehan; adding “Customers, for example, can expect to see hardware data replication based disk to disk backup time cut in half on EMC, Hitachi, IBM and SUN/StorageTek disk storage systems”.

Companies today see continual growth pushing up the time it takes to complete their backups, while a new sense of customer service, legislative oversight and regulatory penalties combine to demand near continual 24 x 7 data availability. Understanding the squeeze this phenomenon puts on its IBM z/OS mainframe customers, Innovation is delivering a new release of its FDR Suite that will significantly improve business resiliency with major contributions in the areas of data protection and business continuance, i.e. archive, backup, restore, copy and move.

FDR V5.4 Lvl 60 enhancements to complement existing support for the latest generation of high speed tape drives includes improvements in all FDR and FDRABR archive, backup, restore and copy/move operations; with improvement most noticeable in data set FDRCOPY using “INSTANT” replication technology to copy data. An optional feature “INSTANT” technology enables the use of hardware data replication, by FDR V5.4 Lvl 60, allowing FDRInstant and ABRInstant functions to create local replicas in an instant for non-disruptive backup, rapid recovery from disk and significant reductions in data set copy/move time. There are additional enhancements for new high-capacity disk volumes, where a major portion of the total elapsed time lay in z/OS meta data processing (e.g. allocation, catalog, disk VTOC processing). Meehan adding, “this release includes improvements delivering significant benefit including enhancements in the use of consistency, differential, incremental, copy, no-copy and pre-copy replication technology, as well as increasing use of parallel processing to take advantage of advances in z/OS system I/O services.”

Seamless integration, with EMC TimeFinder, Hitachi ShadowImage, IBM FlashCopy and SUN/StorageTek SnapShot technology allows users to transparently meet evolving business data protection needs and business continuance expectations independent of which storage vendor’s hardware they happen to be using. Upon installing FDR V5.4 Lvl 60, customers can expect to see immediate benefit in the form of significant performance improvements with disk to disk (D2D) backup and data set copy/move times cut in half, depending on the version of a storage vendor’s data replication technology they employ.

INNOVATION INSTANT Performance
Improvement Employing TimeFinder/CLONE Full Volume Operations
  • Objective
    Reduce the impact on the nightly production schedule of a job that must perform full volume and incremental backups of a mix of 654 (3390-3/9/27) volumes.
  • Challenge
    No job structure or job JCL changes.
  • Solution
    FDR V5.4 L60 employ EMC TimeFinder/CLONE Full Volume w/ Consistent, Differential and Pre-Copy.
  • Results
    Run time reduced from ~14 minutes to <2 minutes depending on environment and workload.

INNOVATION INSTANT Performance Improvement Employing TimeFinder/CLONE Data Set Operations
  • Objective
    Improve the performance of four jobs that run concurrently to copy ~350 data sets, accounting for some 111 million tracks.
  • Challenge
    No job structure or job JCL changes.
  • Solution
    FDR V5.4 L60 employ EMC TimeFinder/CLONE Data set ops using parallel data set SNAP tasks to perform 32 concurrent copy operations (MAXTASKS=8).
  • Results
    70% time reduction across four jobs.

In Summary:
Innovation Data Processing, announces FDR V5.4 Lvl 60, the fastest solution available for IBM z/OS mainframe users to meet business data protection, business continuance and business resiliency obligations is available immediately for ordering.

About:
Innovation Data Processing provides secure business data protection and non-disruptive business continuance solutions that improve enterprise business resiliency and privileged information protection with complementary high performance offerings for mainframe and open system environments that include; FDR® for System z, FDR/UPSTREAM® System z Protection for Open Systems & Linux, RESERVOIR® for Open Systems & Linux Business Continuance, FDRINSTANTBACKUP (enabling non-disruptive backup), FDRCRYPT (enabling backup and B2B data exchange encryption), FDRPAS (Non-Disruptive Data Migration), FDRERASE for z/OS and FDRERASE/OPEN (CCEVS Certified Secure Erase), IAM® / IAMAIX (VSAM Application Acceleration), FATS®/FATAR™ and FATSCOPY™ (Tape Media Certification, Volume Copy and Erase).

FDRINSTANTBACKUP and FDRCRYPT are additional cost enhancements to FDR, FDRDSF, FDRABR, FDRAPPL and FDRCOPY.

Further information is available by calling 973-890-7300, e-mailing questions to sales@fdrinnovation.com or visiting our web site at http://www.innovationdp.fdr.com