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Posted on September 24, 2019

It’s plain and simple. You must execute backups daily. No excuses!  It’s not just about being able to recover in a disaster; you also need to be able to recover a file that is accidentally overwritten or deleted. If you have high availability and you think you don’t need to back up every day, you really should reconsider your strategy.  Replication ensures that your target and source data are in sync, but if you delete a record or several records you need, you can’t get them back with replication.  Backups

Posted on July 30, 2019

It’s that time of year again, hurricanes, tornadoes and severe thunderstorms are back again.  Which means you’re at risk, especially if you haven’t done a recovery test of your backups recently.  What are you waiting for, a natural disaster? To ensure that your recovery is smooth there are a few things you should keep in mind.   Including making sure you have a backup, that you know how to recover and that you have a system to recover to if yours is no longer usable.  If you don’t have these things

Posted on May 28, 2019

On April 23rd, 2019, IBM announced the newest release of the operating system IBM i 7.4. The announcement contained hundreds of updates to the OS and licensed programs.  One new licensed program, DB2 Mirror for i was also announced. It provides continuous availability for IBM i applications. “Continuous Availability” is a new term, which previously we had High Availability.  How is Continuous Availability different than High Availability? What are the software and hardware requirements for Db2 Mirror for i?  Does DB2 Mirror for i replace all the Data Replication products? 

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Now that I have your attention, I want to discuss a serious topic; disaster recovery.  In the event of an actual disaster, you want to be able to recover as quickly as possible to reduce the number of transactions that you lose, and the business you will lose as a result.  The real question is: Have you ever tested your disaster recovery process? If the answer is, “no” or “not in a few years”, then your DR system might be nothing more than a boat anchor. You’d be surprised by

Questions to Ask Yourself When It Comes to Backup and Recovery
Posted on February 26, 2019

When people talk to us about backup and recovery, one of the most common questions is “how often should I be doing a full system save?” Given we’re about to install PTFs or upgrade the OS, my response is always, “when was your last full system save?” What I do next is show them the QSAVSYS data area to at least find out exactly when the last SAVSYS (Save System, or Go Save option 22) was done. Now, this isn’t proof positive that a Go Save option 21 was taken

Five Things to Consider When Selecting a Cloud Provider
Posted on February 22, 2019

Deciding to move to the cloud is often a decision made by the business; the idea is to reduce overhead and costs.  With so many companies offering cloud-based services, it can be difficult to determine which one is the best fit.  The truth is that not all cloud providers are created equal, and it’s important to consider several things when selecting your cloud provider. The key is that you have to protect your business. Which means you have to find a partner who can deliver the solution you need, and

Posted on December 12, 2018

Just a few more days to shop, to work, and to wait for Christmas. I thought I would share a little story about how iTech Solutions helped Santa prepare for Christmas this year. As many of our readers remember, Santa Claus and his operations at the North Pole are one of our prized customer accounts. We have been helping St. Nick administer his Power Systems since he was running on an AS/400 and our business partner relationship has encompassed many projects and all aspects of his IT infrastructure. When we

Posted on October 24, 2018

Last week I had a customer with a downed POWER5 system due to hardware failure. The situation: The system bezel said that it couldn’t find the disk drives which could’ve been a number of failing parts. This system had a single disk drive mirrored to another. The backup was questionable (i.e., the customer couldn’t guarantee what was on it) on ¼ inch tapes so it was not really compatible with current technology. Also, the customer did not have an active hardware/software maintenance contract. The system was set up for operations

Posted on September 10, 2018

This is a special edition of our newsletter due to Hurricane Florence, and our regular monthly newsletter will be delivered in 2 weeks. If you haven’t subscribed, join 15,000 other IBM i professionals by subscribing here. On Thursday of this week, we are bracing for Hurricane Florence to hit the Carolinas with massive flooding and wind damage up and down the eastern seaboard of the United States.  Right after that, we have Hurricanes Isaac and Helene currently forming in the Atlantic, their direction is still indecisive. It’s hurricane season. Of

Posted on January 12, 2015

According to a study done by Emerson Network Power, 71% of senior-level managers believe that their datacenter is crucial to their company’s success. CEO’s and IT Directors can agree that downtime is a major detriment to business performance, as well as a drain on company budgets. In the same study, Emerson predicted that companies lose an average of $505,500.00 per every 90 minutes of downtime, and sometimes as much as $5,600.00 per minute. Downtime negatively affects almost every aspect of a business, but for many IT Departments, especially those lacking

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