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Cloud Based Backup and Disaster Recovery for IBM iSeries

Having a disaster recovery plan in place is vital to the success of your business. The managed cloud DRaaS solution allows for predictable monthly payments that can be scaled for your unique business needs. By choosing a DRaaS provider with IBM iSeries expertise and years of experience, you can be confident that your IT environment is protected against disaster and disruption.

DNA IT are working with the IBM Cloud to provide customers with the ability to have a modern, cloud based backup and DR solution in place. We cover all IBM Power Systems running AIX and OSi5 in the IBM Cloud.

We can provide a full managed service around running Power based workloads in the IBM Cloud.  Our Power systems on IBM Cloud™ is a fully managed service that leverages the enterprise scale and security of IBM Cloud, so you can focus on developing and managing your applications.

The Risk from CyberCrime

Your business is at serious risk if you cannot recover quickly from an unexpected failure or cyber-attack. Backup and Disaster recovery (DR) for IBM iSeries is a vital part of your security planning, focused on ensuring your critical business systems can be recovered back into production as quickly as possible after an incident, with as little disruption as possible.

While the risk of a hardware or software problem is still present, the more likely cause of a disaster recovery invocation for your IBM iSeries systems anymore is a cyber-attack.  Disaster recovery enables an organization to quickly resume mission-critical functions following an incident.

Unless you have a well-tested and documented disaster recovery solution for your IBM iSeries servers, you are risking a variety of serious issues if there is a disaster. These can range from the loss of valuable data, loss of revenue, very unhappy customers, and suppliers, not to mention the damage done to your brand and corporate reputation.

Benefits of Using a Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery Solution:

There is no point in having a backup and DR plan in place, with all the time and money that went into putting it in place, if the whole thing is reliant on one or two of your key IT staff members being available in the event of a disaster!

Disasters happen when you least expect them and usually in the middle of the night, on thr weekends, or when everyone is away like at Christmas.

A modern backup and disaster recovery system is designed to operate perfectly without relying on any member of your IT staff being available. This way, you have a true emergency response system in place that you know will work, regardless of when the incident happens and who is available from your team.

Some of the benefits of backing up your data with a third-party vendor, such as DNA IT include:


  • Remote Monitoring: Our highly experienced team of IBM Power Systems experts remotely monitor and manage your systems so that you can spend time focused on growing your business. The systems can be hosted in your data centres or by a third party. If any thresholds are detected or performance is compromised, our support centre is notified immediately, and the appropriate action is taken to manage the failover. With DNA IT, your servers are systematically monitored by our team of skilled engineers.


  • Flexibility: The level of support you will require depends on your unique business needs. Some companies choose to protect their entire IT environment, while others choose to only protect the most critical applications. The choice is yours and a customized solution will be created for you to ensure flexibility and scalability. The best part of DRaaS is that you only pay for what you use. If along the way you decide you need to customize your solution, just let us know and we will adjust the service to your needs.


  • Recovery Time Objective and Recovery Point Objective: Our technical experts design a DR solution will that you meet your Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPO). RTO is the targeted time in which your business process must be restored after an interruption to avoid a major business impact. RPO is defined as the maximum time in which your data can be lost without having a major impact on your business and is often between 4 and 24 hours.  Our IBM Power Systems experts will invoke your DR solution based on the tested and proven run-book procedures and per-arranged recovery schedule. This all happens with no input necessary from you the customer, other than calling the invocation in the first place.


  • Low, Predictable Costs: Third-party managed services costs can be surprisingly low. The resources are spread across a pool of clients, making the rates lower than expected. Your payment is also predictable so you will never be surprised and can plan your budget accordingly. By allowing a third party to manage your systems 24/7/365, you save your IT team significant time that can be spent on high-value projects for the business.

Planning a Backup and Recovery Strategy

IBM Power Systems are very reliable, but, like all products, the software requires continuous updates and systems maintenance to function at its best. While you may be able to run your system for years without experiencing any problems, the longer you run your IBM iSeries AS/400, the more likely a problem will occur. Chances are, your business is relying heavily on the data stored on your IBM iSeries servers, so an IBM iSeries disaster recovery plan should be an essential part of your IT operations.

DNA IT work with customers to ensure you have a robust and well tested, practical DR plan in pace that is regularly reviewed to ensure that in the event of a DR or backup invocation, we can get the system back into production as quickly as possible with as little data loss or disruption as technically possible.

The IBM Cloud – A network of networks

Fast, resilient, and seamless around the world.

IBM Cloud delivers unmatched scalability and control because IBM have built a different kind of network—a network of networks. Public, private, and management traffic travel across separate network interfaces, segregating and securing traffic while streamlining management. IBM’s global network boasts more than 2,000Gbps of connectivity between data centers and network points of presence (PoPs). These locations each have multiple 10Gbps transit connections as well as peering links to additional service providers and access networks.

IBM Cloud gives you the highest performing cloud infrastructure available. One platform that takes data centres around the world that are full of the widest range of cloud computing options, and then integrates and automates everything.

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