The Makers of FDR®

INNOVATION and EMC collaborate to improve Enterprise Data Protection

INNOVATION announces new FDRSOS® release, first to employ, EMC® z/SOS for Symmetrix®, EMC TimeFinder® and the newly announced EMC Disk Library for Mainframe (DLm960) with De-duplication.

Little Falls, NJ — December 13, 2010. INNOVATION Data Processing, in conjunction with EMC's announcement of support for the new IBM zEnterprise mainframe together with EMC Symmetrix multi-platform access from System z (i.e. z/SOS for Symmetrix), is announcing FDRSOS V5.4.75 as well as SOSINSTANT.

  • FDRSOS is the first multi-platform disaster recovery and enterprise data protection solution to employ z/SOS for Symmetrix, to directly read and write the same Symmetrix volumes used by the Open Systems business applications themselves, and efficiently store its enterprise backups to the EMC DLm960 with De-duplication.
  • SOSINSTANT, employing EMC TimeFinder, ensures FDRSOS backups are non-disruptive keeping critical and revenue-generating enterprise applications online without compromising information security.
  • FDRSOS with SOSINSTANT is a solution to consolidate hundreds of Open Systems enterprise backup servers onto single z/OS backup server running on System z.

“There is a new wave in enterprise computing. Customers are consolidating open systems servers onto the new zEnterprise 196 mainframes to simplify management and gain greater flexibility. To further reduce operational cost and complexity, customers are also consolidating mainframe and enterprise data onto high performance storage like the Symmetrix VMAX. This dual wave of consolidation creates new opportunities to centralize and simplify the entire backup and recovery process,” according to INNOVATION spokesman and Vice President, Advance Technology, Thomas J Meehan.

Brian Gallagher, President of EMC's Symmetrix and Virtualization Product Group adding, “Symmetrix is the platform of choice in mainframe environments…and its ability to consolidate and get the best utilization and efficiency of storage and backup resources in mixed mainframe and open systems environments will reduce the overall costs.”

According to Meehan, “the combination of FDRSOS and SOSINSTANT is unique. There is no other enterprise disaster recovery or data protection solution today that has the capability of using high performance Systems z FICON channels to non-disruptively backup open systems enterprise data while the business applications themselves remain up and fully available”. Explaining further, “FDRSOS can help clients simplify operations and eliminate the cost of maintaining their disparate backup environments by consolidating and managing them through the mainframe; especially as the EMC z/SOS for Symmetrix facility is now available at no charge to all existing and new Symmetrix and VMAX customers.”

“SOSINSTANT, (a cost option to FDRSOS), is a game changer and another first,” says Meehan. “Now EMC z/SOS customers can easily incorporate management of TimeFinder from their mainframe to near instantaneously create point-in-time backups of the same disk volumes their enterprise business applications are using. They can also keep a disk point-in-time backup for rapid recovery and non-disruptively store an archive copy to the DLm with De-duplication, using only a fraction of the backstore required by conventional solutions.”

The EMC Disk Library for mainframe (DLm960) with De-duplication Storage Expansion Option dramatically improves virtual tape z/OS backup and recovery with the ability to achieve longer onsite retention, optimized replication and lower overall disk and tape storage costs. FDRSOS backup of open systems data now extends the benefits of mainframe data protection with data de-duplication across the entire enterprise.

“I'm very familiar with the FDRSOS technology”, says an executive, responsible for strategic decisions concerning storage at an extremely large international financial and banking institution. Adding“There is no doubt this technology will allow users to consolidate and replace hundreds of enterprise open systems backup servers, their tapes and their associated peripheral storage with FDRSOS running on a System z mainframe utilizing existing z/OS Tape Management and Security Systems”.

“There is a new era of responsiveness and we are delivering a new version of FDRSOS. FDRSOS, with SOSINSTANT, is the fastest, least disruptive and most efficient z/OS solution for multi-platform disaster recovery and enterprise data protection available today”, said Meehan.

INNOVATION Data Processing is a leading international provider of enterprise data protection, business continuance and storage resource management solutions, satisfying customer business information security concerns since 1972. Combining high performance design with non-disruptive virtualization, easy-to-use and extremely reliable backup, recovery, data replication and privileged information protection, INNOVATION solutions seek to eliminate business downtime while addressing data security concerns. Actively partnering with EMC and other leading storage vendors, to ensure technological currency, INNOVATION is the choice of thousands of enterprise customers around the world for their business resiliency needs.

For additional information on INNOVATION solutions and their ability to meet your demand for non-disruptive business data protection, business continuance and storage resource management solutions, call 973-890-7300, e-mail or visit

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