Reliable Replication and Recovery of IBM Power Systems Movies were predicted to be the death…
When it comes to business continuity, data replication is as good as it gets. Replication leads into high availability (HA), also known as failover solutions. This is the best way to make sure that your business-critical operations are always running, no matter what. Whether it’s partial server loss, downtime from scheduled maintenance, or an unplanned disaster – at the end of the day, replication keeps your company going.
The Nitty-Gritty of Replication
Replication is literally the duplication of data from a production server to a backup server. This happens within seconds, giving you the lowest recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO). Different products accomplish this in different ways. One of the simplest methods for your IBM i system is through MIMIX technology, which has a user-friendly, browser-based interface. MIMIX replicates IBM i data and system values in real time. This occurs transparently; in other words, the replication process happens in the background, so users aren’t interrupted and don’t see or interact with anything other than the production system (unless they choose to switch to the backup location).The replicated data is encrypted and monitored to ensure that it arrives securely at the target, without any interruption or interception along the way.
One of the most appealing aspects of replication is its customizability. Replication speed or frequency can be set to your exact specifications per application. Do you want minutes, or do you want seconds? If you want a nearly identical setup at the target site, you can have your data replicated so that it is only seconds behind the live production. This way, if you choose to restore to a host server and run production from there, it will carry on as if you never stopped working from the main site.
At Baseline Data Services, we use MIMIX technology to virtually eliminate planned and unplanned downtime for IBM i systems. MIMIX is a scalable solution; from SMB to Enterprise, MIMIX becomes an integrated part of your IT environment that keeps business critical applications running 24/7/365. Whether you are a small business or a large corporation, MIMIX delivers the functionality, flexibility and simplicity you require.
The Beauty of Redundancy
Ignore what your third-grade English teacher told you – in this case, redundancy is a good thing. In regards to replication, redundancy means that you have multiple sites with virtually identical data on each one. This ensures business resiliency, reliability, and accessibility;; if one server goes down, you can switch over to the redundant server and pick up right where you left off.
MIMIX replication ensures that the secondary IBM i is always complete and prepared to take over at the press of a button. The benefits are clear for unplanned disasters, but what about planned maintenance? Instead of shutting down production during critical maintenance, you can quickly switch operations to the backup server and run production from the Baseline private IBM i cloud. In the face of unplanned disasters, MIMIX also has an automatic failover option that detects when the primary system becomes unavailable, ensuring that you really don’t miss a beat.
When the production systems come back online, MIMIX will automatically synchronize the two servers. This allows for a simple and seamless transition back to the primary system. Advanced autonomics search for any errors in the replicated data and correct them, so you don’t need operator intervention, or to worry about any discrepancies.
Unique Expertise in a Secure Location
Being able to replicate data is one thing, but being able to replicate for IBM Power Systems and tie this in with failover solutions and layer 2 communications is another thing entirely. At Baseline Data Services, we have this unique expertise. We can act as a secure target for your replicated data by hosting it in our geographically secure, highly audited and managed private cloud. We minimize your costs by virtually eliminating the threat of planned and unplanned downtime. Plus, by letting us be your target for IBM i, you can significantly minimize expenses since you no longer need to invest in duplicated hardware, secure facilities to house this hardware, or people to manage it.
MIMIX makes your data secure and available 24/7/365. Your data is transferred almost immediately to our server, so all of your recent information and any changes made are safe and accessible. Your recovery point objective (RPO) is nearly immediate, and your recovery time objective (RTO) is less than one hour.
In today’s always-on business environment, companies can’t afford to lose business-critical data or slow down business-critical operations. If simple and secure data replication is something your company needs, contact Baseline Data Services at 317-707-3941.