CA Technologies has announced a new tool designed to help ease the burden of data storage and retrieval by linking IBM System z storage to the cloud.
The new Cloud Storage for System z service works with either Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud storage or Riverbed’s Whitewater tool, and CA Technologies said it would significantly reduce the cost of data storage and backup.
It does this by utilising the benefits of these tools from AWS and Riverbed that make it easier to store, archive and retrieve data in the cloud, rather than the more costly and time-consuming on-site services linked to System z that firms may currently be using.
Michael Madden, general manager for Mainframe at the company, said it had developed the new system in response to customers’ needs.
“Increasing data centre costs around storage is a substantial pain point for our System z customers as the drive toward big data continues,” he said.
“This innovation not only shrinks data storage costs and eliminates expensive, purpose-built robots and disks, it also delivers the elastic capacity and flexibility the dynamic data centre demands to respond to business needs across the enterprise.”
Brian Matsubara, head of Global Technology Alliances at AWS, added that the tool was a great example of how the cloud could meet the needs of businesses of all types.
“This is a great demonstration of innovation and cross-ecosystem collaboration,” he said. “Customers who pair CA Technologies System z storage technology with AWS services can benefit from the performance, durability and cost efficiencies of the cloud.”
The launch comes as cloud storage becomes an ever more popular way for firms to move their data online, with services such as Box and now Dropbox looking to offer secure, easy-access systems.
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