Operations

To quell the growing concerns over data theft, many companies have switched from physical tape backup to disk-based solutions and data vaulting whereby data is transmitted to a Disaster Recovery (DR) site over a public or private network. While this alleviates the obvious worries over physical backup tapes, it presents some considerations for DR testing…

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SmartIS from SEGUS

Does this IT challenge sound familiar? Your data center consists of a complex maze of applications and systems spread across multiple platforms—isolated islands of data spanning Unix, Linux, Windows, and the mainframe. When your people need to query and act on mission-critical data, finding the information they need in the form they need often becomes a tedious, costly, and morale-sapping process…

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TWS/Graph From SEGUS

Tivoli Workload scheduler (TWS) from IBM/TIVOLI is a popular and widely used job scheduling application for both z/OS and distributed system environments. But IT professionals know that in order to maximize its potential, TWS can be augmented and simplified by leading-edge products from third-party suppliers…

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According to leading industry analysts, batch processing accounts for about 50 percent of the work done in most data centers. Although much of that work is performed by mainframes, they share that role with a diverse mix of distributed servers. The result is a heterogeneous IT landscape. These complex environments demand an enterprise-grade management solution such as one provided by enterprise job schedulers that offer breadth of platform and application coverage…

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Job Scheduling: More Important Than Ever

For more than 20 years, mission-critical data processing has relied on the automated initiation, execution, management, integration, and recovery of batch-mode IT processing—scripts, jobs, tasks, and other non-interactive IT processes that manipulate a specific data set. These processes may be application-oriented, such as accounting, payments, supplier management, purchasing, ordering, fulfillment or data mining; or system-oriented, such as data backup, defragmentation, migration, export, transfer, or load operations. Typically, they process multiple data items (accounts, orders, transactions, database records, etc.) and return results as a summary or detail report. This is in contrast to real-time or online operations, which will typically process one item at a time before returning a single result to a specific online user…

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Preparing for disasters is one thing; experiencing them is quite another. Under severe stress and pressure, businesses do what they can to stay online and ensure employee safety. Nevertheless, no matter how well you plan, something’s always overlooked. This article takes a hard look at disaster preparedness and lessons learned since the catastrophic events of hurricanes Katrina and Wilma. Two organizations share what they learned from surviving or simulating substantial disasters—and what they did organizationally and with their systems to stay up and running…

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