Disaster Recovery on the Mainframe

Disaster Recovery PlanYour big iron is the backbone of your business. Powerful, reliable, and highly secure, it processes sensitive bulk data with astonishing ease. Yet there is always the possibility of something going wrong. Are you prepared for a mainframe disaster? How would your business suffer if your mainframe went down, even for a short period of time? And how long can you afford for your mainframe to be offline?

These are questions you need to think about. Fortunately, working with a trusted partner can help you find the right answers and create a strategic disaster recovery plan in the event that your mainframe systems go down.

Here are a few tips on how to recover from such a conundrum:

  • Rely on data replication – A thorough disaster recovery strategy for mainframe computing should use automated data replication whenever possible. An automated data replication program will constantly backup information to multiple disks. This offers a basic level of protection so that if one disk is corrupted or destroyed, you have additional copies.
  • Backup data regularly – If you are unsure about whether you have a solid mainframe disaster recovery plan in place, consult with a trusted partner. The first step towards a speedy recovery is to ensure that your data is being offloaded on a regular basis. By having your company’s data backed up to a reliable storage solution, you can mitigate damage in the event that a disaster wipes out all of your onsite storage.
  • Create offsite backups – Ensure these copies are stored off site with reliable connectivity to proven backup technologies. The advantage to having a tape drive backup is that it can be loaded into any mainframe for expedited recovery of data, especially if your backup servers are also compromised.
  • Create a redundant mainframe infrastructure – It is common to think of your mainframe as a single machine. Yet a mainframe infrastructure is comprised of many sites of data storage and computing resources spread out across your company. Having the correct disaster recovery plan in place can protect your business should a single component of your mainframe suffer catastrophic failure

When it comes to disaster recovery for modern mainframe computers, it’s best to look for experienced, professional help. These highly technical machines store and compute massive amounts of valuable data and must be maintained and cared for properly on a regular basis. New Iron Solutions can review your mainframe environment and help implement an effective recovery plan so that your business can be up and running as soon as possible if a disaster ever strikes.

The key is people

Mainframe technology is helping to meet the computing challenges of both today and tomorrow. The key to taking full advantage of that technology is to have the mainframe supported with the right people with the right skill sets. At New Iron Solutions, we can assist you in keeping your mainframe up and running smoothly with full-time, short-term or part-time support. Contact us online today or call 1-844-388-IRON (4766).