Broadcom Drives New Innovation for Mainframe Storage

August 22, 2022

Broadcom announces a new addition to our mainframe software portfolio that gives enterprises the power and flexibility to transform their mainframe data storage strategies. Broadcom’s CA 1® Flexible Storage™ solution is a modern approach to storage management that provides secure, cost-effective mainframe data storage options for hybrid IT environments. This software-only solution requires no additional infrastructure, saves on costs, and increases confidence in data security. 

The reality for businesses today and into the future is hybrid cloud. Successful organizations know that one of the keys for business success is the seamless integration of IT across their hybrid cloud environment. Mainframe storage teams can now expand their storage strategies to include both cloud as well as inexpensive storage hardware options. 

Addressing Industry Challenges

Installed storage capacity for enterprises is growing at more than 25% annually. It’s a challenge for IT budgets to contain this level of growth. Storage teams that have been frustrated with limited options and high costs have new options for success.

Broadcom’s CA 1® Flexible Storage provides full exploitation of the latest mainframe hardware technology, including on-chip zEnterprise Data Compression and Cryptographic hardware acceleration. This approach brings a new level of flexibility to storage management and is available to all CA 1 Tape Management customers on Day 1 at no additional cost.

The benefits for business are compelling:

  • Flexible and cost-effective: Budgets matter. Moving certain types of data to cloud or commodity storage can greatly reduce storage costs. Customers now have the freedom to match the type of storage that best fits particular data, either on premise or in the cloud, as needed.
  • Efficient: No one likes to reinvent the wheel. You can reuse existing CA 1 policy-based automation for all storage types, including your preferred cloud storage. And, to further minimize resources, the solution ensures that all offload-eligible data is processed using low-cost specialty processors.
  • Secure: With the threat from cyberattacks growing dramatically, data security is, or should be, a top concern for all IT leaders. CA 1® Flexible Storage provides a comprehensive approach to securing data by leveraging the latest z Crypto hardware accelerator and quantum-safe algorithms. This enables backups at a dataset (file) level. Other solutions only provide encryption at a device level, which leaves sensitive information vulnerable to insider threats and external attackers.

Security is Critical for Your Data

CA 1® Flexible Storage expands support for immutable backups, meaning they can’t be modified after being created. This greatly reduces your risk from accidental modification or ransomware attacks.

In addition, the solution positions customers to exploit the latest advancements in IBM z16 and z15 while maximizing the value they get from their current software stack—all without the need for any specialized hardware or non-native z/OS software.

Customers Can Leverage Existing Investment in Industry-Leading Storage Technology

Broadcom is making it easy for existing owners of CA 1® Tape Management to enhance their storage and archiving strategies by entitling them to CA 1® Flexible Storage at no additional cost. This is another example of how Broadcom invests heavily in technologies that benefit customers the most, providing them with the means to amplify the value of their own IT investments. 

We’re committed to working side-by-side in partnership with our customers to address their unique challenges and create new opportunities to drive innovation in their businesses. CA 1® Flexible Storage provides another opportunity to do just that.

Learn more about CA 1 Flexible Storage by viewing 'Futurum Live from the Showroom Floor' video from SHARE Columbus, 2022.

For more information, please reach out to schedule a meeting with one of our mainframe experts.

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