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Three Compelling Drivers for Implementing an HA Solution on an IBM i Cloud with MIMIX

Connectria Hosting

The emergence of the IBM i Cloud along with dramatic changes in costs have made downtime-reducing solutions accessible for companies of all sizes.

by Connectria Hosting

Editor's note: This article introduces the white paper 3 Compelling Drivers for Implementing an HA Solution on an IBM i Cloud with MIMIX, which is free to download from the MC White Paper Center.

Until recently, high availability solutions for IBM Power Systems servers running IBM i were reserved mostly for larger enterprises with on-premise or dedicated hosting solutions. Given the emergence of the IBM i Cloud, high availability is now dramatically easier to use and a less expensive alternative for organizations of all sizes. Today, just about anyone running an IBM i environment can now afford the “luxury” of real-time, offsite data protection, as well as rapid and complete data recovery in the Cloud.

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Can You Overcome an IT Outage?

Steve Pitcher

“The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance. It is the illusion of knowledge.”

Written by Steve Pitcher

I’ve seen the great quote above attributed to a number of famous scientists, from Stephen Hawking to Albert Einstein. It does sound like a science quote. It was, in fact, stated by Daniel Boorstin, who was the Librarian of the United States Congress from 1975 to 1987. I would modify that statement to make it relevant in the 21st century IT world: The greatest obstacle to business resiliency is not the lack of a high availability or disaster recovery solution, but the untested illusion of having either.

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Maxava's Enterprise+ "Saves the Ship" for Averitt Express

An international shipping company has plenty of trouble if it can’t get its Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) system to replicate accurately under its high availability (HA) system.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

This was the scenario faced in October 2015 by Averitt Express, a provider of freight transportation and supply chain management services based in Cookeville, Tennessee. Averitt offers customized shipping solutions, serves customers in more than 100 countries, and services more than 300 international destinations. Averitt also provides its customers a full suite of web-based shipping tools, EDI services, and transportation and operations management systems. Among other online services Averitt offers its customers are such conveniences as a Bill of Lading creation utility, a transit-time calculator, less-than-truckload service maps based on ZIP code, and downloadable certificates, permits, customs forms, and other documents on demand.

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Three Compelling Drivers for Implementing a High Availability Solution on an IBM i Cloud with MIMIX

 

The emergence of the IBM i Cloud along with dramatic changes in costs have made downtime-reducing solutions accessible for companies of all sizes.

 

Written by Connectria Hosting

 

Until recently, high availability solutions for IBM Power Systems servers running IBM i were reserved mostly for larger enterprises with on-premise or dedicated hosting solutions. Given the emergence of the IBM i Cloud, high availability is now dramatically easier to use and a less expensive alternative for organizations of all sizes. Today, just about anyone running an IBM i environment can now afford the “luxury” of real-time, offsite data protection, as well as rapid and complete data recovery in the cloud.

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Technology Focus: Handling Backup and Recovery Chores In-House

If you need a better answer for in-house data backup services but can't afford full-blown high-availability solutions, here are some other options.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

Thirty years ago (or maybe as recently as last night at some small businesses), a "typical" in-house backup and recovery strategy was to back up all the hard drives on the server and hang the tape in a library until next week, when it would be time to overwrite "Monday's" tape with next Monday's backup.

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TechTip: BRMS for the i, Part 1

BRMS is the strategic tool for backup and recovery support for the IBM i, but how many of us really understand it? In many ways, it's intuitive. But there are still some things you should know.

david shireyWritten by David Shirey

BRMS. Backup Restore Media Services.

 

If you're in the i world, then this is IBM's strategic tool for you to control your backups and, in the event something awful happens, your recovery. It provides a fairly large range of options and also a structure that helps you organize your backups and tell the difference between them a little easier than remembering that BK0703C is the monthly backup and BK0702C is the daily backup. I like to think of BRMS as a two-headed beast.

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DR Strategy Guide for IBM i: Recovery Strategy Requirements

Disaster Recovery (DR) strategies are many and varied.

Written by Maxava

Editor's note: This article introduces the white paper "DR Strategy Guide from Maxava" available free from the MC White Paper Center.

The components of your business impact analysis and mission-critical server rankings will be used as the basis for the development and implementation of a supporting recovery strategy.

Ensure the following information is absolutely clear:

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DR Strategy Guide for IBM i

Don't Wait for a Disaster. Start Planning Today!

Written by MaxAva

Editor's note: This article introduces the white paper "DR Strategy Guide for IBM i" available free from the MC White Paper Center.

 

Organizations cannot control whether or not they will be affected by a natural disaster, an extended power outage, or any other unplanned incident. However, they can ensure their business is prepared to respond to and recover from these events with minimal disruption or impact to their customers.

 

These types of events disrupt business operations, and they all have the potential to cripple a business if a supporting contingency plan is not in place.

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