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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Feb 24, 2021

Cloud storage solutions for i support for Azure

Cloud storage solutions for IBM i support for Azure

Use Case:

I have multiple customers looking to run their BRMS backups to Azure

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Jan 4, 2023


    In spite of the MinIO option for accessing Azure via an S3 protocol (although it requires a separate server to deploy and has various caveats around accessing populated blob storage containers), there is a need for support for Azure natively in ICC. Ideally this would support public and private endpoints with blob storage, even if Azure are trying to meet us halfway(?) by providing SFTP as a supported access protocol.

    Why do we need this? Because, like it or not, Skytap are providing cloud solutions for Power on Azure and Microsoft are supporting this. To hope that Skytap customers will procure S3 storage for backups is not realistic - it will just drive customers off the platform (IBM i) entirely. It was honestly slipshod deployment to create ICC without Azure support in the first place.

  • Guest
    Feb 14, 2022

    Hi SamirYaghmour,

    I've created a tool on GitHUB for backing up using SAVF on Azure BLOB storage using menues.
    It's just a PASE (BASH) script, so you could adjust and save your image catalog to AZURE.

    Good Luck!

  • Guest
    Jan 31, 2022

    There's a new feature on Azure Blob: SFTP gateway... Maybe you can add SFTP support to ICC

  • Guest
    Jan 10, 2022

    Have you tried using SSHFS from a Linux box in the middle?
    You can mount your IFS folder with your Image Catalog backup on a Linux Box using SSHFS (NFS is really slow) and use AZCopy to Azure Blob Storage.
    I know people doing that with some success.
    Good luck

  • Guest
    Mar 16, 2021

    The CEAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a MEDIUM priority requirement that should be addressed.

    Background: The COMMON Europe Advisory Council (CEAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CEAC has a crucial role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual RFEs on the broader IBM i community and has therefore reviewed your RFE.

    To find out how CEAC help to shape the future of IBM i, see CEAC @ and the article "The Five Hottest IBM i RFEs Of The Quarter" at

    Therese Eaton – CEAC Program Manager, IBM

  • Guest
    Feb 26, 2021

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Virtualization, Cloud
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Save, Restore
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None