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Posted on October 16, 2020
In Episode 24, Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc talk with iTech Solutions’ Patrick Nip about the benefits, features and functions of external storage.


Posted on September 28, 2020
In Episode 23, Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc talk with iTech Solutions’ Amal MacDonald about the industry trends and challenges we are seeing with IBM i security.


Posted on September 4, 2020

Laurie Leblanc

Laurie LeBlanc, iTech Solutions

It’s not often that we hear the stories of a data center being destroyed, but it happens. If your backups remain onsite, or even worse — they stay in the tape library for a week before you remove them, then you are at risk if a disaster strikes.  We actually had a customer who had a fire in their building.  The tape was still in the tape drive.  Pete’s advice was to cut the cable and grab the tape drive and run. This is not a good disaster recovery plan.

Security, recoverability, ease of restoring

When I was a System Administrator in the early 1990s, my colleague and I took our backup tapes home to keep them offsite. I didn’t have a fireproof safe, I just had a box with tapes that I kept safe. On Friday night, the backup would run sometime after the JDE nightly process would finish and the tape would stay in the tape drive until Monday morning at 6 AM when one of us arrived.  That tape stayed in the building all day until after work when it would leave with whoever had the early shift that week. We had a backup, we even took it offsite, but was it really the best solution? No. It was what we knew at the time.


Posted on August 24, 2020
In Episode 22, Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc talk with iTech Solutions’ Paul Rogers about the risks and repercussions of not keeping your hardware current.


Posted on July 23, 2020
In Episode 21, Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc talk with iTech Solutions’ Rick Marcotte about Disaster Recovery and the difference between the various components that make up each DR solution.


Posted on June 25, 2020
In Episode 20 Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc talk with iTech Solutions’ Richie Palma about navigating the new virtual space and the impact that it has had on events, customer engagement, and overall industry education.


Posted on May 13, 2020
In Episode 19 Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc talk with iTech Solutions’ Richie Palma about How to Promote IBM i to Your Business.


Posted on April 1, 2020
In Episode 18 Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc talk about IBM i technologies to know about while working remotely and some of the best practices to follow.


Posted on March 20, 2020
In Episode 17 Laurie LeBlanc talks to Ron Dolan and Richie Palma from iTech Solutions about if your company starts talking about going off platform, what you can do and what you need to think about.


Posted on February 19, 2020
Maybe you’ve seen the Power Roadmaps, or have even asked: “What’s the future of IBM i and Power Systems”? In Episode 16, Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc answer this question and talk about the Staying Power of Power Systems and the future of IBM i. 


Posted on January 22, 2020
In this episode, Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc talk with Carl Novit, Vice President and owner of Foodservice & Restaurant Supply (FRS), about his experience with iTech Solutions and how iTech was able to reduce his recovery time objectives when doing his DR and HA.

Interested in learning more? Click here to read the full case study.


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 protect your business data, which is a valuable asset.


Posted on July 30, 2019
Laurie LeBlanc, iTech
By Laurie LeBlanc

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?

Store Backups offsite

While it may be common sense that you need to keep a copy of your backups offsite for recoverability, we encounter many companies who are not religious about removing tapes from the drive. It’s imperative that you store your backups offsite in case of a disaster.  It doesn’t matter if you use physical tapes or virtual tapes, you need to make sure there is a copy in a second location.

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? 
  • When should I consider using DB2 Mirror for i? 

For the answers to these questions, and more, keep reading.

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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.