Most of us carry a life insurance policy. We have it so that if a catastrophe befalls us, our family can continue on with their lives, albeit somewhat hampered. Likewise, many companies use mirroring or some form of data replication to protect their corporate data. Should a catastrophe befall the data center, business processing can continue, albeit with some moderate impact.
But what if you are involved in an accident that leaves you injured, but still alive? Your life insurance policy is not going to help. You need a different kind of coverage to help you through the recovery process.
Most failures in a data center are not full blown site-wide catastrophes - they are localized failures that affect individual databases. The organization is not going to invoke the disaster recovery plan if a single disk volume fails or an application program introduces discrepancies into a database. For these types of failures, mirroring does not help. In fact, if the failure is data related, the data discrepancy is faithfully replicated to the mirror, corrupting the mirror.
Clearly, you need recovery tools for both local and site-wide disasters, just as you need both life and health insurance. But just as with insurance, you don’t want to pay too much.
BMC recovery solutions for DB2, IMS, and VSAM are the fastest, most powerful, and most efficient tools you can buy. They reduce the cost and downtime associated with backup and recovery, and they automate the processes associated with recoveries, thus reducing risk.
Just as you don’t want to leave your family in the lurch if something happens to you, don’t leave your data unprotected.
The postings in this blog are my own and don't necessarily represent BMC's opinion or position