IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2018 - SE20
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3 Unknown Chinks in Your
REBECCA LEVESQUE - CEO
Rebecca Levesque has 20-plus years'
experience working with clients on
Constant cost pressures and growing needs for agility and automation can inhibit
our vision of the mainframe future and discourage innovative thinking. We all know
that nearly every day a new threat emerges and another company's name grabs
unwanted attention in the news. Instead of being victim to changing business needs,
it's time to be a part of the conversation and be seen as an innovator.
Everyone knows hardware is resilient and reliable, but only a small percentage
of outages are true disasters. What about operational recovery? What about
applications? Resiliency and recovery have made tremendous strides in the past
25 years. Yet with some applications, especially batch jobs, practitioners still follow
25-year-old backup and recovery methods. Who has the tribal knowledge to
understand this now?
In our digital world, we expect everything to operate like a utility. If I flip the
light switch, I expect light to come on immediately. Yet business resumption and
resiliency plans do not operate at that speed. Recovery will take time your business
Why is any of this important? Time to data. Time is the most expensive,
nonrenewable resource, and consumers in 2018 expect immediate service.
Here are three chinks in your resiliency armor:
resiliency and recovery strategies.
1. Remote recovery is not enough. Storage remote replication (e.g., Metro/Global
Mirror, SRDF, HUR, etc.) only provides a single, point-in-time copy of your data
for recovery. After investing in a remotely replicated environment for disaster
recovery, management and application owners often think they're recoverable
from a corruption event that affects batch. Remote replication by itself does not
provide protection. A corruption in a batch file will get replicated to the remote
site in a few seconds or less.
2. Tribal knowledge automation. Time to recovery depends on understanding the
intricate data interdependencies known by the original application owner. We
must take advantage of automation tools to speed and simplify recovery for our
critical batch applications to meet business service-level agreement expectations.
3. IT compliance and regulations. Understanding regulations that apply to your
company is paramount to avoiding financial penalties for noncompliance. I often
see two common mistakes: Sharing production and non-production data puts
you at risk for Payment Card Industry noncompliance, and not having a complete
inventory of backups puts you at risk for Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act noncompliance.
My goal is bringing awareness and the ability to manage ever-increasing storage,
close the gap in batch processing and make the mainframe practitioners' job easier.
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