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IBM Power: How Strong Is Your Backup Game?

Jason Hardy on Jun 16, 2022 9:32:06 AM IBM Power, Disaster Recovery, Backup, Cloud

Your business runs on IT and chances are if your systems are down, your business is down. Have you contemplated the shutterstock_1126481693 most common reasons for data loss and whether your strategy can protect you in the event of natural disaster, hardware failure, fire, ransomware, human error or theft? Depending on the reason for your outage, you may experience data loss and need to leverage your backups to recover. Are you confident in your backup and recovery strategy?

One of the simplest tests you can do to assess your backup strategy is to see how you stack up against the 3-2-1 best practices for backups. This requires that you have 3 copies of your data on 2 different media with 1 of them being offsite. When I visit companies and talk to them about their backup strategies, very few are meeting the 3-2-1 best practices.

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POWER10: A simple and smooth migration to the cloud

Jason Hardy on May 11, 2022 10:45:52 AM IBM Power, Cloud

Why haven’t you made the move to IBM Power in the cloud?

Is it because you like the big upfront capital expense and the depreciating asset? Is it because installing PTFs and doing OSshutterstock_422798644 upgrades gives your IT team something to do during slow times? Or maybe it’s because the thought of migration and downtime is just completely overwhelming to you? While I don’t have an answer to the first two reasons above, I’m here to tell you that a migration does not have to be difficult, and downtime can be practically nonexistent.

I recently spent some time with an IBM reseller, and he walked me through the steps of migrating to one of the “big IBM Power in the cloud service providers”. To say that it was complex, and self-service would be an understatement. I know there are many companies that like the self-service cloud model. Give them an interface and they are happy to configure, manage and tweak the environment on their own but I talk to companies every day that want to walk away from hardware management and don’t want the added burden of planning and executing a migration to the cloud. With their limited iSeries expertise on staff, they are happy to offload the project to someone else.

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IBM Power In The Cloud: More Than A Hardware Lift And Shift

Jason Hardy on Apr 8, 2022 9:26:22 AM IBM Power

 

IBM Power In The Cloud: More Than A Hardware Lift And Shift

In my role, I speak with several companies each week about the prospect of migrating from their on-premise IBM Powercloud01 server to our IBM Power Cloud. A common thread that runs through these conversations is a focus on the cost of purchasing and maintaining an on-premise server versus the monthly recurring fee of our cloud based service. Many prospects see this move as a simple lift and shift to cloud infrastructure rather than a modernization strategy.

And while this may be partially true, as most customers are not modernizing their application when migrating, they are overlooking the modernization benefits that the cloud offers to their overall IT strategy. This article will take look at additional benefits that should be considered when contemplating a cloud migration.

Environment: Are you doing the best you can with what you have?
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Moving Time: Why Your IBM i (iSeries) Belongs in the Cloud

Carl Miller on Mar 9, 2022 11:16:09 AM IBM Power, Cloud

shutterstock_1006224250What if you could do one thing to save money, gain time for new projects, and protect your business operations?

That’s what many companies gained when they moved their IBM i to the cloud. After weighing the pros and cons, the reasons to migrate to the cloud are too compelling to ignore. See why the cloud is the best environment for your IBM i, and start planning your move today. You’ll be on your way to cost savings, freed-up staff time, and more protection for your business.

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Solving The Power9 Dilemma

Jason Hardy on Feb 8, 2022 1:23:27 PM IBM Power

Purchase hardware, depreciate hardware, and repeat.

After four years on the market, the Power9 processor is in the process of being replaced by the Power10 chip. Whether yourack21decB are an early adopter of CPUs or a laggard, the challenge for many companies is the timing of the refresh. As leases on the Power9 machines are expiring, companies are struggling with how to bridge the gap between the end of their current Power9 system lease and the release of the Power10 systems. Their typical options include lease renewals, lease buyouts, or purchasing a new Power9 server, but some companies just want to get out of owning and managing hardware and are taking this opportunity to consider a migration to Power Systems in one of a number of clouds.

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Hit by a Ransomware Attack? What to Do Before Recovering Your Data

Carl Miller on Nov 19, 2021 11:08:50 AM Disaster Recovery

ransomware-blogEvery 11 seconds a business is victimized by a ransomware attack, according to Cybersecurity Ventures. Bitdefender reports that in just one year, the number of these incidents has spiked 715%. These attacks are increasing not only in frequency but also in expense. The costs of attacks will total about $20 billion this year, 57 times more than in 2015.

You want to be ready, if and when your organization is attacked. But when ransomware takes down a business, it can be hard to think clearly. And you may have more questions than answers: How long will you be down? Who needs to know? How long will you be working around the clock to recover?

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Could your company recover from a ransomware attack?

Jason Hardy on Oct 22, 2021 2:52:05 PM Veeam, Backup

Could your company recover from a ransomware attack?

blog-10-2021Ransomware attacks in North America rose by 158% between 2019 and 2020, according to cybersecurity firm SonicWall’s 2021 report. For many people, ransomware attacks really hit home when the May 2021 Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack brought fuel shortages to the East Coast — and when the June 2021 JBS meat company attack shut down nine beef plants, causing a nationwide meat shortage. Combined, these two companies paid $16 million in ransom to recover their businesses, and those were just the direct costs paid to the hackers, according to reports from CNBC and WSJ. In addition, each company spent millions more in the recovery and restoration of their business systems.

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Cloud Data Backup: Is more data overwhelming you?

Jason Hardy on Jun 4, 2021 1:59:29 PM Veeam, Backup

Are Your Data Backup Processes and Technology designed to evolve?

shutterstock_1735860746When it comes to data backup, there is one undeniable truth, your data is growing and your processes and technology need to be built to evolve and support that data growth. Every day your data volumes grow, your technology ages and your requirements change. You may not notice these changes day to day or month to month but year to year, if you look, you will see how things have changed.

When I speak with customers, what I tend to see is companies that invested in a backup system years ago, set it up and for the most part forgot about it.

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Data Backup: From Desk Drawer to the Cloud

Jason Hardy on Apr 16, 2021 11:03:15 AM Backup

RSQ-BackupsExecGuide-1200x627-socialtiles12b-1IT and your data are what keep your business up and running but if the systems are working and there is no data, business comes to a halt. That’s why it’s so important for you to have a comprehensive data backup process that includes steps for securely getting your data offsite.

In working with many small businesses, we often find that the one-and-only backup copy of a company’s data is stored in a nearby desk drawer or taken home by an employee each evening. This can lead to the worst-case scenario: not having any data to actually recover when an event occurs.

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The IBM i skills shortage isn’t going away

Jason Hardy on Mar 18, 2021 9:03:57 AM IBM Power, Cloud
blog2The IBM i skills shortage isn’t going away
Here’s what you should do about it

 

A shrinking IBM i talent pool has been a major concern for years. 

Back in 2015, dwindling access to IBM i professionals was blamed by IBM’s own top brass on revenue shortfalls. A system that had been around for nearly three decades, it was only a matter of time until the veterans left for greener pastures. The problem was, and continues to be, that fewer young professionals have been eager to master the same set of skills.

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