What are the benefits of having the ability to store data outside of ECKD drives?
Storing data in mass storage systems dedicated to mainframe environments usually involves limiting access to them for reasons of keeping the security requirements and reducing the costs of infrastructure maintenance with the highest level of service availability. An alternative is to use cloud services in the public or private cloud version, which use internal resources with a lower cost of data storage. Having this ability to secure and transfer between mainframe systems and object data stores reduces the risk of data loss. At the same time, it allows you to use data through remote access from many systems, while maintaining full management control.