This portal is to open public enhancement requests against IBM Cloud and its products. To view all of your ideas submitted to IBM, create and manage groups of Ideas, or create an idea explicitly set to be either visible by all (public) or visible only to you and IBM (private), use the IBM Unified Ideas Portal (https://ideas.ibm.com).
Shape the future of IBM!
We invite you to shape the future of IBM, including product roadmaps, by submitting ideas that matter to you the most. Here's how it works:
Search existing ideas
Start by searching and reviewing ideas and requests to enhance a product or service. Take a look at ideas others have posted, and add a comment, vote, or subscribe to updateson them if they matter to you. If you can't find what you are looking for,
Post your ideas
Post an idea.
Get feedback from the IBM team and other customers to refine your idea.
Follow the idea through the IBM Ideas process.
Specific links you will want to bookmark for future use
Synchronous mirroring over 2 locations in one IBM Cloud site for block data as a foundation for availability
Currently we running + 100 customers with one or several LPARS each (Power Server with IBMi). We would like to migrate to IBM Cloud. These customers run mainly their ERP system in IBMi. The ERP system acts like a business hub, with a lot of integrations/communications to other business systems. These ERP systems cannot be seen as "stand alone/silo systems". It is more like the "heart" for the Companies business transactions.
Customers pain (in falling order for our customers)
Hard stops (example storage failure) (Restarting the Business hub after a hard stop is complex, starting the server is not the real problem it is to get in sync with other servers and explain for the end users what to do)
Loosing transactions in case of failure
Data in only one location (Typical customers do not calculate with Metropolitan failures especially in Europe)
Many customers will as example:
not allow to move Data outside EU (GDPR)
outside Canada (Canadian personal data law contra US law)
Today's solution is a storage solution spanning over 2 locations (around 10 KM apart). Hypersswop (IBM Storewize/SVC) functionality is used. The LPAR see only one 'Virtual disk' that under the cover is synchronously mirrored between two different storage situated in two differnt locations. In case of one storrage failure the LPAR dont understand that one storage have failed it just keep on runing and are served from the working storage. (This gives check in most of customer pains)
Today around 50% of our customers demand and pay for the service
New IBM Cloud Solutions:
Implement IBM Technology (Hyperswop or strech cluster) over 2 locations as the foundation for availability.
Let IBMi standard availability/recovery options work on top of the storage:
Live partitioning (LPM/ Remote restart)
Full system mirroring
Let Power/HA use the storrage mirroring instead of in the OS
If possible introduce a one bottom switch for the avalibillity options
Do not place IBM confidential, company confidential, or personal information into any field.