How to Make Disaster Recovery for IBM i Affordable

Many organizations rely on their IBM i to run their mission-critical applications. However, if a business continuity or disaster recovery (DR) plan isn't in place to protect them, applications might not survive an unplanned outage. Being unprepared can cripple any enterprise, even mammoth industry leaders. StorageCraft continuity experts tallied the disaster survival rate of companies without a DR plan at less than 10%.

Companies shouldn't need to weigh the expense of high availability (HA) and DR solutions against the cost of an outage, natural disaster, or data breach. Technology analysts at Aberdeen Group found that the average cost of downtime was more than $163,000 an hour. Cloud-based business continuity as a service (BCaaS) provides an economical solution to protecting and preserving your vital data and applications during a traumatic event.

Learn more about how to protect your systems by reading our eBook, Avoiding the Apocalypse: High Availability and Disaster Recovery for IBM i.

Barriers to Disaster Recovery and High Availability

Traditional DR and HA solutions can be cost-prohibitive for many companies. To ensure recovery after an incident, companies need to duplicate their hardware so they can back up all their valuable data and applications.

Reaching 99.999% availability requires that you cluster systems with enough capacity to achieve failover. This means you should provision extra hardware that isn't used for production. To achieve the highest levels of availability, you must install specialized, fault-tolerant servers.

Preparing for a disaster means backing up your resources in a safe and separate geographical location. Replicating servers in a remote data center is expensive. Essentially, your business needs to provision hardware for 2 entire infrastructure environments.

Too Little, Too Late for High Availability

Companies that can afford HA solutions need to test them on a regular basis. IBM has some great HA solutions designed just for IBM i, but these solutions are worthless if they aren't implemented correctly, and the only way to know they have been implemented correctly is to test.

IBM Quick-EDD and MIMIX are the most popular software solutions, both custom-designed for IBM i servers with a whole suite of features. With Quick-EDD, companies can mirror their data to either local or remote sites. Rapid failover and real-time replication ensure continuous data protection. MIMIX replicates to a secondary server and performs regular audits to ensure synchronization. Both can be effective…and expensive.

Some organizations find the software too complex for their in-house staff to install. Bringing in a consultant to help with implementation can be costly. The consultant must be kept throughout testing to ensure the backup works when downtime occurs.

Finding an Affordable Approach to Business Continuity

Cloud-based BCaaS can meet your company's DR and HA challenges. Backup and recovery in the case of an outage, cyberattack, or natural disaster can be acquired on-demand at a subscription rate without paying for infrastructure. There is no need to provision your own duplicate hardware or pay for the real estate and energy costs of housing it. There's also no need to hire smart guys to set it up and run it.

Through MSPs, you have access to data centers in many geographical areas so your data and applications are safe if your physical location is compromised. Risk is easily mitigated in cloud deployments offered by your managed service provider.

Let's face it. Implementing BCaaS for any organization can be daunting. Many organizations want to improve their risk tolerance, and some have already invested in technology to do so. InfoSystems is rare in its ability to provide BCaaS through Managed Services that is easy to deploy and affordable. We work closely with your business to determine what business continuity solution is best for your company.