• February 22, 2020

Preparing for the Worst

At a previous job, one of our systems notified us there had been a disk failure. I was not too concerned, as we had redundancy built into the disk array. In short order; however, we had several other disks fail, and the system came down hard. We would later find out there was a manufacturing […]

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The Hidden Costs of Application Unavailability

When a technology application or system goes down, it can be fairly easy to calculate the cost in terms of lost productivity, IT support, and the effects on the bottom line (missed service level agreements). But what about the hidden costs that don’t show up on the balance sheet? Most of us don’t even think […]

Are you thankful for what your disaster recovery solution brings to the table?

Who really wants to be that DBA–sitting down to a Thanksgiving dinner with loved ones, wondering if the recovery plan you chose is a complete one? Here’s a brief story about a customer’s technical lead determined not to be that DBA. Just before the start of winter holidays, he decided to put his disaster recovery […]

IT jungle: iCluster monitoring and management goes mobile

“IBM i shops that use Rocket Software‘s iCluster can now monitor and manage their high availability setup remotely from the comfort of a smartphone. The new HTML5 interface delivered last week with iCluster version 7.1 TR2 is the first dedicated smartphone interface from Rocket, which plans to add new functions in the months and years […]

Checking group switch readiness using RTVSWCHRDY

The old joke used New Yorkers on tourists who ask “How do I get to Radio City Music Hall?” – to which the response is always “practice, practice, practice”, also applies to high availability. To ensure you have a valid backup system that you can switch to in case of a disaster or for planned […]

High Availability: do you have peace of mind?

I understand the pressure to never be down. Never lose data. Never miss an order. Never miss your company’s revenue goals. It’s brutal and I will never ever forget it. When I was running a data center, I remember sitting at a football game with my son on a weekend and getting THE CALL. I […]

Choosing the Right iCluster Release

Did you know that since Rocket Software acquired the iCluster business from IBM in January of 2012, that the iCluster product has gone through 2 major releases (Rocket iCluster 7.1 and Rocket iCluster 7.1 TR1) with a third major release scheduled for Q4 of this year?