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By Jim Utsler ✦ Photography by Forrest MacCormack

ore than a few people subscribe to the keep-it-simple philosophy. But unfortunately, complexity is sometimes an unavoidable part of life. When one company acquires another, for example, the overall business is likely to benefit, but the IT department can be stretched to its limits with an incompatible IT infrastructure. This can wreak havoc, due to disparate backup designs that must be handled platform by platform. Furniture Brands International faced this exact issue. Over the years, the company has grown tremendously, due largely to acquisitions. The company grew stronger in its industry with more products to offer, but became burdened with a heterogeneous back-end operating environment that included both IBM System z* servers and Power Systems* servers running IBM i. Because these inherited platforms used different backup mechanisms, the company struggled to ensure it could bring its systems up again quickly in the event of an emergency. This isn’t to say it couldn’t, but the process was cumbersome, expensive and time-intensive. With that keep-it-simple philosophy in mind, the organization sought a solution that would back up both its System z and Power* platforms in a single stroke. Although such crossplatform solutions are difficult to come by, the company was undeterred. After speaking with a longtime and trusted business partner, DG Technology Consultants, Furniture Brands found exactly what it was looking for: SecureAgent’s Secure Data Solution (SDS). This platform-agnostic middleman device now lets the company back up both

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its mainframe and Power systems with little hands-on intervention and has the added benefit of reducing tape, storage and personnel costs.

A Virtual Team
Anyone who’s shopped for a sofa, chair or dining-room table is likely to have encountered Furniture Brands. Their brands include Thomasville, Drexel Heritage, Broyhill, Hickory Chair and Lane Furniture. Headquartered in St. Louis, the company caters to all types of customers, including interior designers, independent retailers and big-box stores. And its Thomasville line is sold at its company-owned Thomasville stores. “We try to cover every potential customer, from individual purchasers to designers, said Lacey Griffith, Furniture Brands’ director of IT enterprise applications. “Designers may go over everything we have to offer, so they might buy a sofa from one collection and an ottoman and wing chair from another. We work closely with them to make sure they get the best design for their clients.” The company designs all of its furniture and then either manufactures it internally or outsources it. In both cases, the final products are sent to one of several distribution centers and orders are fulfilled from there. Much of this activity is coordinated in St. Louis, but because of past acquisitions, the company also has facilities in Mississippi and North Carolina. Despite multiple locations, Griffith says the company works together as a “virtual team”; its operational data—whether coming from System z servers (a System z10* and a z890) or Power Systems servers running IBM i— is consolidated into a single datawarehousing environment.



IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012
Table of Contents
Editor’s Desk: Simplicity Itself
IBM Perspective: The Changing Data Center
Insider: Solve the DevOps Challenge With Orchestrated IT
Q&A: Guru Rao Explains How a Better World Begins With Smarter Computing
Case Study: A Comfortable Place: Furniture Brands rests easier with SecureAgent's backup and recovery solution
Cover Story: Smarter By Design: "That's the way to build capacity and hold costs flat," says IBM VP Doug Brown
Feature: Another Dimension: What sets the zEnterprise environment apart?
Tech Corner: How You Do What You Do When You're a z196 CPU
Tips & Techniques: Virtualization Reshapes How Data Is Stored
Solutions: CA Mainframe Application Turner - M4Workbench Eclipse - Virtual Machine Backup
Resources: Advertisers’ Index
Stop Run: Through Three Generations, One Family's Story Shows That While Technology Has Changed, IBM's Fundamental Mission Hasn't
Reference Point - Global events, Education, Resources of Mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - Editor’s Desk: Simplicity Itself
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - IBM Perspective: The Changing Data Center
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - Insider: Solve the DevOps Challenge With Orchestrated IT
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 12
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - Q&A: Guru Rao Explains How a Better World Begins With Smarter Computing
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 14
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - CT1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - CT2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - Case Study: A Comfortable Place: Furniture Brands rests easier with SecureAgent's backup and recovery solution
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 18
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - Cover Story: Smarter By Design: "That's the way to build capacity and hold costs flat," says IBM VP Doug Brown
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 22
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 24
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - Feature: Another Dimension: What sets the zEnterprise environment apart?
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 28
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 30
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - Tech Corner: How You Do What You Do When You're a z196 CPU
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 32
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 33
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 34
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - Tips & Techniques: Virtualization Reshapes How Data Is Stored
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - 38
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - Resources: Advertisers’ Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - Stop Run: Through Three Generations, One Family's Story Shows That While Technology Has Changed, IBM's Fundamental Mission Hasn't
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - Reference Point - Global events, Education, Resources of Mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - BG1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2012 - BG2
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