Developing an IBM Disaster Recovery Plan

Disaster recovery is an important part of any business strategy. In fact, a recent IBM Marketplace Survey found that 62 percent of respondents ranked High availability/disaster recovery as a top priority. Developing a comprehensive disaster recovery plan is an important step in protecting your organization from data loss and downtime during unplanned events.

Your ibm disaster recovery plan should include procedures for recovering from a variety of disasters, including environmental or natural disasters (flood, earthquake, volcano, hurricane), power disruptions, fire, hardware or software failures, employee errors or sabotage, terrorist attacks, and bomb or shooter threats. The plan should also contain procedures for responding to a data corruption or theft incident.

Disaster Recovery Plans are a set of instructions and scripts that help you recover your IBM Spectrum Protect server from an unexpected disaster or outage. When a disaster occurs, the Disaster Recovery Manager (DRM) function helps you restore your database to the point in time that was recorded by the last backup operation. DRM stores these plans, scripts, and other information in a disaster recovery plan file that you can use to recover the server from an unexpected outage or disaster. You can add site-specific information to the disaster recovery plan file by using the RECOVERY.INSTRUCTIONS stanzas in the plan file.

The IBM Cloud Private disaster recovery process is designed to minimize the impact of an unlikely catastrophic event that could disrupt your Production environment capabilities. In the event of a disaster, IBM will switch your Production environment capabilities to use a Disaster Recovery (DR) instance that is backed up and synced with the latest data from your Production environment. This DR instance is designed to provide services similar to those of the Production environment to customers, but with reduced availability and latency.

When a disaster occurs, DRM automatically encrypts the contents of the Disaster Recovery Plan files that you create, and then moves them to the DR site. The Disaster Recovery Manager (DRM) software at the DR site then restores the data from the Disaster Recovery Plan file to the original location on the server machine. In addition, DRM records the characteristics of the server machine and any other additional information that you store in the Disaster Recovery Plan files.

DRM maintains a disaster recovery plan file for each DB2 for i database instance on each DR host. The disaster recovery plan file contains the information that is required to restore a database to a point in time that was recorded by the last data backup operation before the Disaster Recovery Plan was created. To prepare for a disaster, you can run a Disaster Recovery drill and test the recovery of your IBM Spectrum Protect server. Drills help you identify potential problems that might occur during a disaster, such as a faulty backup tape or insufficient DR resources at the replacement site. You can also use the DR drill to train your staff and ensure that you have an effective disaster recovery strategy.

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