Geographically Dispersed Resiliency (GDR) for IBM Power Systems is a new automated disaster recovery solution that enables Power Systems users to achieve low recovery times for both planned and unplanned outages. This solution provides systems and data replication monitoring along with server and network management, which helps simplify the tasks associated with recovery while maintaining high availability.
Illustration of GDR for IBM Power Systems
GDR consists of automation software, installation services, and remotely based support for the software after installation.
Here are 5 things to know about GDR:
- Automates disaster recovery operations and increases availability without requiring expert skills. Built-in functionality and IBM support can decrease the need for expert-level skills while helping you shorten your recovery time objective, improve your recovery point objective, optimize backups, and provide simple, highly automated disaster recovery operations through on demand and routine discovery and validation of the environment.
- Provides an easy-to-deploy management interface. Geographically Dispersed Resiliency for Power Systems provides automation software, installation services, and remotely based software support, all aimed at streamlining recovery, testing, and maintenance of a state-of-the-art disaster recovery solution.
- Flexibly adjusts capacity before disaster recovery operations.
The Geographically Dispersed Resiliency for Power Systems provides cross-site or intra-site CPU and memory adjustments before the disaster recovery operations utilizing the capabilities and flexibility of the Power Systems enterprise pool.
- Does not require a clustered configuration, avoiding extra costs such as duplicate software licensing. Software manages data replication and the server and network management tasks associated with restarting systems, applications and workloads in remote locations. Note that the solution can co-exist with IBM PowerHA SystemMirror, IBM PowerVC and IBM LPM environments. For PowerHA SystemMirror Standard Edition customers, the Geographically Dispersed Resiliency solution is a powerful cost effective alternative to the more expensive and hard to manage database replication options as well as it automates your storage based disaster recovery environments.
- Helps streamline recovery. GDR for Power Systems is designed to supply a simple, cost-effective way to significantly reduce recovery time in the event of a planned or unplanned outage. Software manages data replication and the server and network management tasks associated with restarting systems, applications and workloads in remote locations.
As part of the Resiliency portfolio, GDR will continue to be integrated into our Disaster Recovery as a Service offering providing increased value to our client base. IBM intends to extend support to additional IBM and OEM storage platforms for the Geographically Dispersed Resiliency solution offering. IBM's statements regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice at IBM's sole discretion.
This IBM Geographically Dispersed Resiliency for IBM Power Systems publication introduces and provides a broad understanding of the new disaster recovery solution for Power Systems customers. It's solution is a set of software components that together provide a disaster recovery mechanism for virtual machines running on POWER7 processor-based server, or later. This document describes the various components, subsystems, and tasks that are associated with the solution. The following topics are covered in the GDR for IBM Power Systems IBM Redbooks publication:
- High availability and disaster recovery overview
- Planning for the IBM Geographically Dispersed Resiliency (GDR)
- Storage setup for an IBM Geographically Dispersed Resilience (GDR) environment
- Installation and configuration steps for the IBM Geographically Dispersed Resilience (GDR) deployment
- Managing and administering
- Testing scenarios
- IBM Geographically Dispersed Resiliency (GDR) frequently asked questions (FAQ)
For more information on the Geographically Dispersed Resiliency for Power Systems, refer to the following:
IBM Power Systems Home Page
IBM Geographically Dispersed Resiliency for IBM Power Systems
IBM GDR for Power Systems IBM Redbooks publication
IBM GDR For Power Systems Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
IBM GDR Wiki
IBM GDR LinkedIn Discussion Forum