When executives hear the term “Business Continuity,” they tend to think about disaster recovery. But IT professionals know full well that a comprehensive Business Continuity strategy encompasses much more than an effective disaster recovery component.
BMC Software correctly views its Business Continuity solutions as integral to a wider Business Service Management (BSM) initiative. For an organization to prosper in today’s ultra-competitive climate, it must synchronize business processes and IT—across people, across systems, and across continents.
As viewed through a BSM prism, many events can cause a business interruption. A sitewide disaster is only one of many occurrences that can derail a business process. To ensure continuity, numerous data center components and processes must be seamlessly integrated and maintained. These include:
- Hardware: Tangible items that process and store data. Processors, storage devices, tape drives, network routers, and other technology components are generally reliable. However, these components do occasionally fail, resulting in a business interruption.
- Software: Operating systems, database management systems (DBMSes), system management applications, and business applications. Some software has many dependencies (for example, if the operating system fails, all DBMSes and applications running on that OS become unavailable). Migrating to a new version or performing maintenance on an existing version frequently causes IT outages.
- Operations: Personnel and procedures. Both must be maintained to current standards and incorporate expertise to prevent or react to problems in the IT environment. When changes are made to any of the other components of the IT infrastructure, operations must be updated to ensure business continuity and access to data.
If any of the above components fails or degrades, the business process suffers potentially critical consequences. That’s why any discussion of Business Continuity quickly escalates beyond the topic of disaster recovery.
Integrated and Powerful Tools to Ensure Business Continuity
As part of its BSM-centric strategy, BMC offers a comprehensive suite of Business Continuity solutions. Robust disaster recovery tools are an integral part of the company’s offerings, but BMC’s real value proposition lies in its ability to provide end-to-end solutions that address and solve critical continuity issues across an organization’s entire IT and business infrastructure.
BMC® Recovery Management for DB2 provides automation and advisory-level features that facilitate transaction-level recovery on a high-speed, managed basis. Online transaction recovery gives organizations greater control over the recovery process, improving data availability and reducing recovery risk without the need to take databases offline. Release V7.3 enables users to encrypt outbound disaster recovery image copy data sets, as well as speed both local and disaster recovery events, improving the Recovery Time Objective.
BMC® Backup and Recovery Solution for IMS provides automation and advisory-level features that facilitate transaction-level recovery on a high-speed, managed basis. It leverages the company’s exclusive proactive technology, which helps ensure recoverability and reduce technical and business exposures. Version 4.1 adds IMS Recovery Advisor in the IMS console. This powerful utility allows users to monitor events, generate recovery, and monitor the progress of hundreds of recoveries through an easy-to-use GUI.
BMC® Recovery Utility for VSAM provides all the backup services, recovery management, journal-record and log-record management and reporting capabilities necessary for successful application data recovery for CICS/VSAM applications. It automates and simplifies the recovery process, reduces recovery time to improve data availability, and ensures data integrity.