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Despite the challenge, DG Technology eventually found SecureAgent’s platform-agnostic SDS backup appliance. Following a successful 30-day trial, Furniture Brands was confident it had found the tool for the job. “After we went through the trial period, everyone was so impressed that it was clear we were headed in the right direction. In fact, I would’ve been afraid to take the SecureAgent solution away from our operations people, they loved it so much. It could’ve been dangerous,” Griffith jokingly says. The firm now has four SDS appliances, two at each of its data centers. One is hooked up to the z10 at the North Carolina site and another to a z890 at the Mississippi site, with the z10 backing up to the formerly unused z890 in Mississippi and the production z890 backing up to a partition on the z10. The same applies to the company’s Power Systems servers, with one device backing up to the other and vice versa. Acting as a virtual tape library, SDS controls backups by pushing data from one system to the other over a secure TCP/IP connection. That data is then backed up to disk rather than to tape. In the event of a disaster, operations can be brought up on the backup system much more quickly than the previous seven-day window. “The recovery time is unbelievable,” Griffith notes. “Before, if someone needed data, we’d have to find out what tape it was on, find that tape and then mount it. That might have taken 44 hours. Now, we can do it on the fly, with restore requests coming in at around 15 minutes.”

second shift, when most of the backups now occur, and staff can work on other, more productive efforts. Furniture Brands has also reduced the number of tapes it’s using. At its North Carolina data center, for example, it had about 6,500 tapes. Now it has virtually none, so there’s no need to continue paying for tape-vaulting services—saving $16,000 annually. Add to that other costs associated with disaster recovery, including tape purchases and third-party hardware hosting, and the firm has decreased its overall disaster-recovery expense by 50 percent, according to Griffith. And thanks to other IT-related cost-cutting measures, the company has lowered its total mainframe and Power budget from $1.6 million to $1.15 million.

Furniture Brands’ keep-it-simple mindset has allowed it to enable other business-inspired innovations more proactively, thanks in no small part to freeing up personnel to work on other projects and having more cash on hand to support IT initiatives. In fact, Griffith notes the SecureAgent solution had an ROI of less than six months. “Our board was very happy about that, as well as with our new, much quicker disaster-recovery objectives,” he says.

Jim Utsler, IBM Systems Magazine senior writer, has been covering technology for nearly 20 years.

Across-the-Board Savings
The benefits to the SecureAgent solution don’t end there. Because backups no longer run at night, there’s no need to staff the third shift to monitor the backups and swap out tapes. The organization moved the position to the

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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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