Mar 27

Disaster Recovery for the IBM System i5 masses

We are developing a new process which will bring Disaster Recovery capabilities to the masses. The tool we provide will manage the process of applying the journal changes on the remote system on a regular basis. It will be fully automated and have some recovery built in. If you wish to find out more please contact us and we will be happy to share the details with you. As we progress we hope to provide more object level updates to the process which will then bring it more in line with the current HA products but not compete in the HA space, there are already enough solutions out there for that.

As part of the development cycle we will be looking for candidates to help us prove the technology and see what performance enhancements if any we can provide to make it work better. The process will be based on a Remote Journal technology we have discussed in the past but take the process to its final stage and actually apply the changes to the remote objects.

If you wish to help us develop the process and test it in a working environment please let us know and we will be happy to add you to our list of test sites. Once the product is finished we will be offering 30 day no charge trials where you will have the ability to download the objects and install them on your own. We will provide installation documentation which will cover the basics and allow many to install under their own steam, however we will also provide an installation service to initial customers to show how the technology works.

If you are an IBM Business Partner looking for a replication technology that allows customers data to be replicated to your own systems for the purposes of providing DR please let us know, we will be happy to discuss how we can work together and provide a working solution to your customers.

Mar 22

Simple Disaster Recovery

I am looking for feedback, not sure how many hits this blog gets so it may all be in vain! I have an idea about Disaster Recovery for the IBM System i5 which will provide a very cheap solution to many customers. Data Recovery providers could be interested in the solution as well as it offers the provider the option of providing the remote system for data storage. This is not a High Availability Solution! If you need one of those check out our websites and select one of the providers we have listed.

If we had a process which allowed the journal entries to be applied to the database on a regular basis (not synchronously with the source system) would people be interested in such a solution. If the source system is lost you will have your data and journalled objects protected. We would provide the process management around the update of the remote objects but not the application restart etc. Other objects could be added as the solution grows but it will still only provide a level of DR.

The service providers would add the rest of the pieces, they could offer to do the remote backups, they could offer a restore from tape process for the application objects etc. We would also have programs which would replicate user profiles on a constant basis or on a schedule and offer limited object replication. As you can see this is not a High Availability Solution, but it is a better DR solution than a tape restore process offers, your data would be in line with the last received journal entry!

If you feel this is something you would be interested in seeing please comment.

Chris…

Mar 15

PHP RedBook

I have been accepted onto the ReWiki to help improve the IBM Redbook on PHP and the System i5. This will be a living breathing document about PHP on the System i5. If you wish to see the content please visit PHP Zend for i5/OS. As the content grows I am sure it will become a valuable link for all of you who want to implement PHP on the IBM System i5.

Chris….