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PARTNER PERSPECTIVE

SPO NSORED CONT E NT

The More Things
Change, the More
They Stay the Same
21st Century Software
REBECCA LEVESQUE
CEO AND PRESIDENT
With 20-plus years of
experience, Rebecca is
sought after as a
"go-to expert" on
mainframe risk, resiliency
and optimization.
info@21csw.com
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Their storage was replicated. They thought they were prepared. But when
the unforeseen suddenly happened, the damage that ensued was devastating.
It's a story repeated over and over among major brands and organizations of all kinds. Experiencing downtime during a vital sales period,
an online retailer lost millions in revenue and suffered millions more in
damage to their brand. A large financial institution lost online banking
capabilities for several days, causing their CEO to issue an apology. An
international bank saw their entire mainframe environment go down for
eight hours, although they were using the most sophisticated technology.
 The truth is that we have grown increasingly reliant on evolving technologies such as replication for IT disaster recovery. At the same time,
we have diminished our emphasis on knowledge of the big picture as a
defensive strategy. It should come as no surprise that today, gaps in these
defenses are as plentiful as the variety of hardware and software solutions
on which we rely. And our failure to understand the nature and significance of these gaps can have devastating consequences.
There's evidence many of those directly involved fail to recognize that
mission-critical data isn't getting the protection it deserves. A survey targeted at users of IBM mainframes, tells a revealing story. More than 72%
of all respondents believed their IT departments were sufficiently prepared for a major business disruption or disaster to ensure that systems,
applications and data would be accessible within the timeframe they
expect. But more than a third of respondents already had experienced a
major business disruption or declared a disaster, with more than a quarter of those going down for longer than eight hours.
It might surprise you to learn that the article above is an extract of one
published by 21st Century Software more than eight years ago in August
2011, based on a commissioned study by Forrester of company's disaster
recovery practices.
Other than the dollar figures quoted for outage costs, very little has
changed in the years that have passed since this was written. The risk is
still the same, and multimillion-dollar outages continue to be a common
occurrence across all industries. In a 2017 Forrester survey, only 55%
felt their company was prepared or very prepared for an event. Even with
all the advances and investments in technology, the confidence level of
recovery is heading in the wrong direction. How is your company closing
the gaps in your recovery strategy? ■

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Editor's Desk: Enabling your success in a hybrid multicloud world
Currents: Arvind Krishna elected IBM CEO, James Whitehurst elected president
Currents: Solutions
Currents: Sustainable battery composition
Currents: The next generation of IBMers on why IBM Z is relevant
Currents: Women in IT value community and mentorship
Currents: A call to all Canadian mainframers
Partner POV: Develop an effective package management strategy to streamline DevOps
Cover Story: Meet the New IBM z15 and IBM LinuxONE III Models: The latest air-cooled systems can help enhance resiliency, security and availability in a hybrid cloud world
The Business Value of the Transformative IBM Z Platform How Feature 1: The Business Value of the Transformative IBM Z Platform: How IBM Z provides tools and capabilities for digital transformation
TECH Showcase: The IBM DS8900F family of flash storage systems provides improved encryption, disaster recovery, uptime and scalability
Techbits: Linux on IBM Z and IBM LinuxONE: When to use SCSI versus DASD storage
Techbits: Application tier considerations for moving to the cloud or x86
Techbits: Ask the expert: How can I reduce risk when performing an IBM Z hardware upgrade?
Beyond the Box: IBMer David Hilliard on his role as a locomotive engineer for the Catskill Mountain Railroad
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IBM Systems magazine, IBM Z - May/June 2020 - Currents: Solutions
IBM Systems magazine, IBM Z - May/June 2020 - Currents: The next generation of IBMers on why IBM Z is relevant
IBM Systems magazine, IBM Z - May/June 2020 - Currents: Women in IT value community and mentorship
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IBM Systems magazine, IBM Z - May/June 2020 - Partner POV: Develop an effective package management strategy to streamline DevOps
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IBM Systems magazine, IBM Z - May/June 2020 - Cover Story: Meet the New IBM z15 and IBM LinuxONE III Models: The latest air-cooled systems can help enhance resiliency, security and availability in a hybrid cloud world
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IBM Systems magazine, IBM Z - May/June 2020 - The Business Value of the Transformative IBM Z Platform How Feature 1: The Business Value of the Transformative IBM Z Platform: How IBM Z provides tools and capabilities for digital transformation
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IBM Systems magazine, IBM Z - May/June 2020 - TECH Showcase: The IBM DS8900F family of flash storage systems provides improved encryption, disaster recovery, uptime and scalability
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IBM Systems magazine, IBM Z - May/June 2020 - Techbits: Linux on IBM Z and IBM LinuxONE: When to use SCSI versus DASD storage
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IBM Systems magazine, IBM Z - May/June 2020 - Techbits: Application tier considerations for moving to the cloud or x86
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IBM Systems magazine, IBM Z - May/June 2020 - Techbits: Ask the expert: How can I reduce risk when performing an IBM Z hardware upgrade?
IBM Systems magazine, IBM Z - May/June 2020 - Beyond the Box: IBMer David Hilliard on his role as a locomotive engineer for the Catskill Mountain Railroad
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