Security credentials (USERID and PASSWORD) are obtained for both the sending and receiving systems. A separate task is created on both systems that performs the transfer operation, each running under the user’s supplied credentials. The existing security system on both the sending and receiving systems controls both the read and write data access.
Parallel Data Mover provides an option for standard AES 256-bit encryption for additional data protection over TCP/IP networks. Transfers over the z/OpenGate channel-based connection are inherently secure due to the Fiber Channel Security Protocol (FC-SP). FC-SP is focused on protecting data in transit throughout the Fibre Channel network. AES 256-bit encryption is optional.
The key differences are the following:
PDM is only required on the source and target systems in the network.
No. Fibre-channel support is only needed for the z/OpenGate accelerator when the highest performance is desired for mainframe to distributed systems connections. PDM supports standard network connections.
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Alebra supports all current and prior releases of the following operating systems, if the release is still supported by the operating system provider.
The diagram below illustrates how two or more z/OpenGate accelerators can be configured to provide redundancy, fault-tolerance and pooled bandwidth between multiple mainframes and open systems servers.
The z/OpenGate is an appliance that can be connected to a zEnterprise system to create an extremely high speed FICON to Fibre channel connection to open systems (Linux, UNIX, Windows) platforms. The z/OpenGate performs 3 major functions:
On z/OS, the device addresses are generated as a Channel-to-Channel Adapter (CTCA). On LUW systems, the device LUNs are discovered as a tape device.
Parallel Data Mover is required on all attached systems to drive the transport. No additional software or drivers are needed.
Alebra is actively developing substantial improvements to our solution portfolio. Among the many planned enhancements include utilization of 16Gb FICON and Fibre Channel connections to deliver the highest throughput possible and other performance improvements. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements.