ADVA gear earns IBM GDPS qualification

DECEMBER 2, 2008 -- ADVA Optical Networking says it successfully completed interoperability testing and qualification of its FSP 3000 platform for a new version of IBM's mainframe clustering protocol based on InfiniBand for the IBM System z Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex (GDPS) environments.

DECEMBER 2, 2008 -- ADVA Optical Networking (search for ADVA) says it successfully completed interoperability testing and qualification of its FSP 3000 platform for a new version of IBM's mainframe clustering protocol based on InfiniBand for the IBM System z Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex (GDPS) environments. Parallel Sysplex InfiniBand (PSIFB) has been introduced as the next-generation of high-bandwidth, low-latency interconnect to further enhance synchronization of System z servers and follow-ons. It is now certified that these links can be extended over the ADVA FSP 3000 platform up to 100 km and will be transparent and support auto negotiation between hosts running single data rate (SDR, 2.5 Gbits/sec) and double data rate (DDR, 5 Gbits/sec) link speeds.

"This qualification is the result of close cooperation with IBM," explained Christian Illmer, senior director of enterprise application solution management at ADVA Optical Networking. "ADVA Optical Networking has always focused on introducing technologies that support high-bandwidth applications with the lowest latency for areas like real-time stock trading, medical image analysis, server clustering and more. For these areas, InfiniBand is a cost-effective solution, available today, with proven technology. This work represents investment protection for customers who already have ADVA Optical Networking solutions in IBM mainframe environments."

ADVA Optical Networking has been qualified to use PSIFB to connect two mainframes across distances of up to 100 km, an advancement in throughput from the 2-Gbit/sEC data rate used in prior generations. Previously, IBM used PSIFB solely inside the mainframe. To connect multiple mainframes, conversion to another protocol like Inter System Channel Links (ISC) was required. The use of PSIFB now eliminates latency caused by protocol conversion. It also enables a more efficient transfer of data, more timely delivery and more accurate synchronization of information between mainframes.

A GDPS-based installation is designed to provide comprehensive disaster recovery and business continuity for large multi-site enterprises. It combines the characteristics of high availability and near-continuous operations to deliver high levels of service. It is based on geographical clusters and data mirroring (point-to-point remote copy, PPRC, or Metro Mirror), including 4-Gbit/sec and 10-Gbit/sec Fibre Channel Inter Switch Link (ISL) technology. These technologies form the backbone of a GDPS/PPRC approach, which is designed to manage and protect IT services by handling planned and unplanned exception conditions. GDPS/PPRC can also help maintain data integrity across multiple volumes and storage subsystems.

"InfiniBand-based links provide the ideal combination of high performance and low latency for our GDPS/PPRC environment," explained Dr. Casimer DeCusatis, distinguished engineer of the IBM System and Technology Group. "These are must-have benefits when it comes to synchronous applications for high-end clustering, business continuity, disaster recovery and grid computing -- all of which are increasingly important services for the new enterprise data center."

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