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Future-Proof Your IBM AIX and IBM i Systems with Cloud-Based Data Protection

Authors Photo Rachel Galvez | May 30, 2024

Key Takeaways:

  • Cloud-based High Availability Disaster Recovery (HA-DR) solutions enhance operational efficiency, leveraging automation to streamline recovery processes and reduce downtime expenses.
  • Adopting unique cloud HA-DR strategies improves data redundancy and security, aligns with strict regulatory standards, and proactively manages disaster risks.
  • For IBM AIX and IBM i systems, solutions like Assure MIMIX provide seamless cloud transition, real-time data replication, and flexible recovery options to ensure continuous system protection.

The shift towards cloud-based solutions for high availability (HA) and disaster recovery (DR) is becoming increasingly essential thanks to a rapidly evolving tech landscape that shows no signs of slowing down.

This transition promises enhanced scalability, flexibility, and cost benefits, but it also introduces a set of challenges that businesses leveraging IBM AIX and IBM i systems must navigate – ranging from data synchronization, to testing, to planning for fallback in the event of problems.

Are you considering leveraging the cloud alongside your existing IBM AIX and IBM i systems infrastructure? It’s time to explore what’s trending in cloud-based HA-DR, top use cases, what you need to succeed, and the benefits you’ll unlock along the way.

2024 Trends: HA-DR in the Cloud

Cloud-based HA-DR solutions offer a resilient framework for managing and mitigating risks associated with system downtimes and data loss.

When you leverage the cloud, you can enhance your operational efficiency, reduce costs, and improve data recovery times. Before diving into how it’s done, let’s take a look at what’s trending and shaping the future of disaster recovery and high availability in the cloud:

  • Rise of AI and machine learning: The integration of AI technologies is transforming DR strategies by enabling predictive analytics, which helps in foreseeing potential issues and automating recovery processes.
  • Automation and orchestration: Cloud solutions are increasingly using automation to streamline testing, failover, and fallback processes, fueling faster recovery times and reducing the need for manual human intervention.
  • Multi-cloud and hybrid cloud strategies: Businesses are adopting flexible DR strategies that span multiple cloud environments, allowing data replication across diverse infrastructures to enhance redundancy and flexibility.
  • Enhanced security measures: With the shift to cloud comes a heightened focus on implementing robust security measures to protect data across all stages of the DR process.
  • Evolving regulatory compliance: As regulations tighten, cloud DR solutions must adapt to meet stringent compliance standards while ensuring data protection and recovery.
  • Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS): DRaaS offers scalable and cost-effective solutions for rapid deployment and management of DR capabilities, reducing the complexity and cost of traditional DR systems.
  • Cost optimization: Cloud-based solutions provide significant cost savings by minimizing the need for physical infrastructure and enabling businesses to pay only for the resources they use.
  • Focus on disaster prevention: There’s a growing emphasis on proactive measures to minimize the likelihood of disasters through enhanced monitoring and infrastructure management.

Read the eBook

5 Best Practices for Ensuring Your IBM i High Availability Solution is Switch-Ready

To ensure your IT staff has the necessary training in monitoring and managing your HA solution, read this eBook for best practices in HA management that ensure smooth planned and unplanned switches.

5 Cloud Use Cases in HA-DR

Organizations like yours across sectors are exploring powerful strategies to enhance operational resilience. Whether you’re running critical applications, testing new features, or showcasing innovations, the cloud offers diverse capabilities to suit each need.

For inspiration in your journey, here are 5 top use cases that can specifically bolster your HA-DR efforts and bring tangible benefits to your business:

  1. Production: Run production AIX, IBM i, Linux, and Windows with high availability and secure connectivity to on-prem apps.
  1. Disaster recovery: Implement robust systems to ensure business continuity during system failures.
  2. Development/test environments: Use the cloud to increase developer productivity, test coverage. and accelerate DevOps adoption with on-demand application environments, without impacting the primary systems.
  3. Virtual labs: Educate and train customers and sales teams with on-demand virtual training labs.
  4. Demos and proof of concepts: Demonstrating product capabilities and test new ideas in a cloud environment – no IT support needed.

High Availability Disaster Recovery

HA-DR for IBM Power Systems

If you’re using IBM Power Systems, the transition to cloud-based HA-DR can be seamlessly managed through solutions like Assure MIMIX for AIX – which helps you protect your IBM AIX servers from downtime and lost data with easy, automated solutions for high availability and disaster recovery.

Here’s a snapshot of what you’re able to achieve:

  • Real-time replication and continuous data protection (CDP): Ensure data integrity and minimize data loss by capturing and replicating data changes instantly across environments. Ensure data recovery from any point in time – while enabling production server rollback to recover from rolling disasters.
  • Flexible recovery options: From immediate failover to comprehensive recovery points, you can tailor your recovery processes to meet your specific needs.
  • Enhanced Power HA: Assure MIMIX DR for AIX extends and enhances IBM Power HA for AIX with offsite protection and point-in-time data recovery.
  • Easy browser-based management: Manage your HA-DR solutions from anywhere, thanks to user-friendly, browser-based interfaces.
  • Ideal solution for cloud migrations: Gain the tools and flexibility necessary for efficient cloud migration and ongoing disaster recovery management.

Take the Next Step Toward Cloud-Powered Success

Adopting cloud-based HA-DR solutions mitigates the dangerous and expensive risks associated with data loss and system downtimes, and positions your businesses to take full advantage of cloud computing’s potential.

As the digital landscape continues to evolve, staying ahead with advanced HA-DR strategies will be key to resiliency, efficiency, and competitive edge.

For a deeper dive into the strategies and solutions for success, watch the on-demand webinar: Protecting Your Power Systems with Cloud-Based HA-DR.

To ensure your IT staff has the necessary training in monitoring and managing your HA solution, read our eBook 5 Best Practices for Ensuring Your IBM i High Availability Solution is Switch-Ready for best practices in HA management that ensure smooth planned and unplanned switches.