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requirements," Francis advises.
"If they're both critical, you'll
need them both at the same point,
and they both need to be ready."
Because not all data have the
same availability requirements,
tier three can be backed up on
another less expensive solution.
As part of their planning, organizations should develop a retention
process that includes defining
which data will be on disk, on
tape or not backed up at all.
"You need a strong plan for
the critical data. Retention plans
have to be realistic, and the reality
is we can't keep it all online,"
Francis says. "The plan also
must address changing priorities.
What's important in December
during the holidays may not be
what's important in April. Things
change all the time, and your plan
has to recognize that."
One way to address that
challenge is to have a scalable
solution that can meet varying
needs. Businesses can scale up
or down as requirements change
without being limited by their
current technology.

Big Data Changes
IT Requirements
The growth of big data-with
structured and unstructured data
coming in ever-greater volumes
from an increasing number of

"If you decide to not back
something up, you have to
ask, 'If I don't back it up,
where am I going to get it if
I need it? Is it backed up
somewhere else?' "
-Debbie Francis, senior managing consultant, IBM
Systems Lab Services Executive Advisory Practice

sources-is pushing backup and recovery systems.
Handling massive amounts of diverse data makes
backup and recovery more complex and drives up
IT costs.
"From a big data perspective, we would like to
have it all online and available all the time," Francis
says. "That's convenient, but it's probably not realistic or necessary. Just because you want it doesn't
mean you need it."
To accommodate big data, organizations should
increase their restore capabilities to handle larger
data volumes. Solutions for recovery should be scalable and flexible and reduce backup times to devices.
Disk-based backup solutions have the benefit of
being upgradeable to boost restore times.
"You can update those devices without worrying
about the tape; you can just add more drives,"
Francis says. "We see our largest customers either
implementing or talking about implementing a
disk solution. Tape will just not meet their
requirements anymore."
Implementing a disk-based backup allows a
copy of the data to be easily stored off-site, which is

7 Tips for Successful Backup and Recovery
1.
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3.
4.
5.
6.
7.

Automate to eliminate time-consuming manual processes.
Make the solution scalable to handle changing needs.
Increase speed to recovery for critical data to keep the business running.
Integrate multiple technologies to prevent a single point of failure.
Allow for customization to handle specific requirements.
Secure the data to prevent hacks.
Test regularly to ensure solutions perform as expected.

something businesses should
view as a requirement, Francis
says. Data that's replicated on
disk can be sent to a storage
facility so it's readily assessable.
Doing the same with tape requires
more handling and time from
the IT department, and it's more
susceptible to being damaged.
"One of the things people ask
is, 'Can I reduce the data I'm
keeping?' That's usually not an
option. You can't always rebuild
the data," Francis says. "The key
to recovery is having effective
optimization. This includes being
able to use different technologies,
automation and media to customize a solution to fit your needs.
Keeping all data doesn't mean it
all has to be kept the same way."

Reduce Costs and
Eliminate Surprises
The key to keeping costs from
spiraling out of control is for the
IT and business departments
to agree on what level of risk or
loss is acceptable. The business
department should understand
what solutions are available for
recovery and the costs associated
with them. "Otherwise, business
will say, 'I want all data with
high availability because I need it
quickly.' It's up to IT to educate the
business and say, 'Having all data
immediately available is expensive
and doesn't make sense,' " Francis
says. "Not all data is critical."
Once the departments have
agreed on strategies and the
solution is up and running, regular
testing must take place. "By testing
your strategy, you should know
what'll happen and how long it'll
take," Francis says. "Testing is the
only way to verify this."
Brett Martin is a freelance writer
based in Shakopee, Minnesota. He's

-B.M.

been writing about business and
technology for more than a decade.

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Editor's Desk: Security from every angle
IBM Perspective: Creating a secure foundation for hybrid cloud
Techbits: 'W' is for 'Watson'
Partner PoV: Get everyone in your organization on board with DevOps
It Today: Use analytics to improve DevOps effectiveness
Trends: Analytics can be your best defense against corporate fraud
R&D: IBM's data privacy and consent management technology provides greater control
Case Study: Head of the Class: Pacific Life gets ahead of retirement with Mainframe Academy training program
Cover Story: Defending Digital Domains: The z Systems mainframe proves to be a formidable defense system against cyberthieves
Feature: Securable z Systems: IBM offers platform-specific security solutions to address business needs and demands
Tech Showcase: A comprehensive backup and recovery solution is needed with always-available date
Sponsored Advertising Content: HotTECH Products
Tech Corner: Overview: The latest CICS and IMS updates place z Systems at the center of the API economy
Tech Corner: IMS: IBM IMS helps support innovation to stay competitive
Tech Corner: CICS: Getting started with architecting Java Enterprise Edition in CICS Transaction Server
Solutions: SUPERMON for Tubes, zHISR 2.7
Stop Run: IBMer finds his balance with hiking and mountaineering
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2016 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Cover1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Editor's Desk: Security from every angle
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - IBM Perspective: Creating a secure foundation for hybrid cloud
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Techbits: 'W' is for 'Watson'
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Partner PoV: Get everyone in your organization on board with DevOps
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - It Today: Use analytics to improve DevOps effectiveness
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 16
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Trends: Analytics can be your best defense against corporate fraud
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - R&D: IBM's data privacy and consent management technology provides greater control
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 22
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Case Study: Head of the Class: Pacific Life gets ahead of retirement with Mainframe Academy training program
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 26
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Cover Story: Defending Digital Domains: The z Systems mainframe proves to be a formidable defense system against cyberthieves
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 30
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 31
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 32
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 33
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Feature: Securable z Systems: IBM offers platform-specific security solutions to address business needs and demands
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 36
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 38
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Tech Showcase: A comprehensive backup and recovery solution is needed with always-available date
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 41
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 42
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Sponsored Advertising Content: HotTECH Products
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 48
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 49
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Tech Corner: Overview: The latest CICS and IMS updates place z Systems at the center of the API economy
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 52
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 53
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Tech Corner: IMS: IBM IMS helps support innovation to stay competitive
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 56
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 57
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Tech Corner: CICS: Getting started with architecting Java Enterprise Edition in CICS Transaction Server
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 59
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 60
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 61
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 62
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Solutions: SUPERMON for Tubes, zHISR 2.7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Stop Run: IBMer finds his balance with hiking and mountaineering
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 2016 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
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