• September 23, 2021

Will Your IBM i Disaster Recovery Plan Work When a Crisis Hits?

Establishing a high availability and disaster recovery (HA/DR) strategy for your IBM® i system is essential to minimize downtime of your mission-critical applications and data. The global pandemic has underscored that it is crucial to keep your disaster recovery strategy updated and relevant. It has exposed major gaps in business continuity readiness, especially in areas […]

5 steps to ensure your IBM i systems remain online

Recent developments continue to underscore the importance for organizations to maintain high availability and disaster recovery capabilities. Since the pandemic began, an unending wave of cyberattacks and data breach events have caused crippling outages for businesses large and small. The shift to remote work has only intensified the impact of these threats by making disaster […]

Adapting to the new normal: Remote work and the mainframe

Work from home has become an essential business proposition and it’s not just for today. It’s something that we’re going to live with for many years. As a result, we need to rethink how we’re connecting to the mainframe today. Accessing the mainframe First things first, a connection is necessary. Rocket BlueZone Web 3270 emulator. […]

Reducing Shadow IT Through Digital Transformation

All businesses today have a hybrid IT environment. They pay for collections of servers,  be they UNIX servers, Windows servers, cloud servers or mainframe servers. Other IT spending includes mobile,  desktop and end-user devices. In many cases, those budgets might be by server domain, so the mainframe budget is separate and independent of the rest […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Subscribing to iCluster Newsletters

On a monthly basis, Rocket sends a customer newsletter to all iCluster customers. This newsletter covers some of the technical tips provided in this blog, but also some additional information, such as the release of new How to Videos on the iCluster website, news of new events, team member profiles, new releases etc. To subscribe […]

Verifying iCluster Communications

When communications go down between systems in your network or a system goes down, the first test when everything is back up again is a simple PING <node name> command. This will tell you that at least TCP/IP is up and running on the node that went down and your current node can find the […]