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Preparing for a Rebound

Six computing strategies for a recovering economy

Six computing strategies for a recovering economy

If you’re an online retailer, for example, you must have enough cycles to handle customer orders at peak times of the day, every day—not just during the holiday rush. You must determine how to juggle existing resources to give purchase transactions the highest priority, so your Web site performs as expected and customers don’t get frustrated and leave your company’s site before making purchases. A performance-management solution can do real-time resource reapportionment for you, ensuring workloads impacting the bottom line get first priority, while still assuring low-priority workloads get the necessary resources.

A proactive approach to performance management can flag a potential problem before it develops and avoid delays that could hurt the business.

5. Sharpen Your Disaster-Recovery Approach

Disaster recovery (DR) is always a priority for IT due to the costs of data loss—in time, money, reputation and lost business. When faced with environmental growth, mergers and acquisitions, or just rapid change in the infrastructure, DR planning becomes even more complex and is often delayed. Even if funding is cut due to economic reasons, there’s an excellent opportunity to review and update your DR program to be ready when growth resumes.

DR includes tactics such as providing remote data centers. Businesses should be able to switch processing to remote centers in the event of an emergency.

It’s critical to be confident your DR program will work. Capacity-planning models can be used to test DR plans. This enables you to model the transfer of critical production work to DR systems and determine how well they’ll run. Such a model can show what will happen if you don’t have sufficient capacity. It also helps evaluate the risk and plan enough capacity to properly handle DR.

Preventing small problems from becoming major business disasters is important. For example, a common source of failures is a bad SQL change made by a database administrator. Even if the outage is localized, it may result in the loss of business-critical data. With modern data-recovery tools, your mainframe IT staff can quickly isolate the problem’s source and initiate automated procedures for data recovery based on business rules.

Mike Moser, a product management director and program executive within BMC Software's Mainframe Service Management business unit, focuses on issues related to reducing costs while improving IT efficiency and service delivery.


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