Ash Giddings is a product manager at Maxava and an IBM Champion 2022.
Using The Public Cloud For IBM i Disaster Recovery
April 24, 2023 Ash Giddings
Disasters can strike at any time, and it’s essential for organizations to have a disaster recovery plan in place to ensure business continuity. However, creating and maintaining a comprehensive disaster recovery plan can be a daunting task, particularly for organizations that rely on IBM i servers, often running business critical applications that perform key functions together with many interfaces into other servers and applications.
Previously, investments in IBM i disaster recovery solutions were an expensive outlay, requiring significant capital investment in both hardware and software, in addition to the sizable costs associated with running a datacenter.
Fortunately, with the advent …Read more
Why Maxava High Availability?
February 27, 2023 Ash Giddings
Software-based logical replication for IBM i remains a popular solution for high availability and disaster recovery due to its ability to adapt over the years to changing environments like co-locations and the cloud. Maxava HA is known for its efficiency and scalability, but what else sets it apart for large enterprises worldwide?
Negligible CPU Consumed On Production Server
The Audit Journal (QAUDJRN) is a valuable tool for protecting the IBM i server with over 70 auditable events. However, in large environments, it can become overwhelmed with hundreds of thousands of entries every minute. Some logical replication solutions heavily rely on …Read more
Capture Point Restore: The Perfect Companion For High Availability
December 12, 2022 Ash Giddings
Businesses are constantly challenged by cyberattacks, coupled by their ever-increasing diverse nature. Ransomware and malicious data deletion or corruption can originate from both inside or outside of the business and staying out of the headlines by preventing attacks or at worst limiting the impact is high on the agenda for many.
There’s seemingly never a day goes by without a prominent attack being reported, damaging both the tangible capabilities to conduct business at the time, combined with intangible ongoing damage to business reputation that these destructive incidents invariably bring.
Many businesses have wisely invested in high availability for their IBM …Read more
Myth Buster: Changing Your HA/DR Software Is Not Hard Work!
November 9, 2022 Ash Giddings
With inflation putting an added squeeze on IT spend, now is the right time to look at potential HA/DR alternatives. But, given its importance, you need to ensure that you are improving your resilience, and not trading off functionality, performance, and support to make savings.
Logical replication, for high availability and disaster recovery, has been the “go-to” technology for many years, and is still very much the leading approach within the IBM i community.
Nervousness about what costs, implementation effort and trade-offs may be required to change HA/DR solutions, means that many organizations simply rollover the status quo. In doing …Read more
The Case For Software-Based IBM i HA/DR
July 25, 2022 Ash Giddings
Software-based replication surfaced in the 1990s and continues to be a very popular choice for IBM i shops of all sizes, across an array of industry sectors. But what are the benefits of using software solutions versus hardware alternatives for HA/DR? There are a number of benefits that are an outgrowth of an HA/DR strategy that go beyond HA/DR and where the software approach is better than the hardware approach.
The first one is business intelligence.
Due to its reliability, powerful integration capabilities and ability to secure, many choose Power Systems running IBM i as their main database server or …Read more
Why Modernize Your Legacy Monitoring?
April 25, 2022 Ash Giddings
Modernization is everywhere at present, with teams actively looking to bring their business into the 21st century by transforming applications, framework, underlying platform bases, and supporting software.
The underlying aim of any modernization strategy will vary from business to business, although popular drivers include the need to become more agile in an effort to adapt quicker to the needs of the business, to improve efficiency, and to simplify operations. This exercise provides the opportunity to also free up resources and to address the impact of dwindling expertise, evident in many areas of the market.
Certain to be included in …Read more
Maxava Monitor Mi8 And The Cloud Fuels Expansion
February 28, 2022 Ash Giddings
Let’s face it – IBM i used to be an island. Set adrift from other platforms due to its loveable quirkiness and frequently managed by a separate team. It was often considered a real outlier. In recent years IBM has worked tirelessly to make IBM i running on Power Systems feel part of the mainstream server ensemble and is now thought by many as a normal server while managing to maintain what had previously made it unique.
As a result, IBM i is now much more likely to be managed alongside other infrastructure than ever before. The green screen only …Read more