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The Office of the CIO with the State of Nebraska improved data-handling issues with smarter and faster data-storage tools

The Office of the CIO with the State of Nebraska improved data-handling issues with smarter and faster data-storage tools
Fred Lupher, systems programming manager with the OCIO, says the State of Nebraska used System z and System Storage solutions to improve data-backup procedures.

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Customer: State of Nebraska
Headquarters: Lincoln, Neb.
Business: Services provider for government agencies
Challenge: Improving its data- backup procedures
Solution: Installing several new IBM System Storage devices and using VDR Tape/Copy from OpenTech Systems
Hardware: Two IBM System z9 Enterprise Class and a shared IBM System z10 Business Class, as well as an IBM System Storage 3584-L23 Automated Tape Library and 12 IBM System Storage TS1120 tape drives
Software: A variety of homegrown and vendor-supplied applications and VDR Tape/Copy from OpenTech

Data is an organization’s most prized possession. It offers insight into operations and allows decision makers to quickly respond to current and upcoming opportunities. As the influx of data grows at an almost exponential rate, IT departments are sometimes flummoxed when it comes to properly safeguarding and efficiently storing data. These two points can quickly become issues when—no matter how cleverly—older storage technology is used.

For the State of Nebraska’s Office of the CIO (OCIO), this meant overly long backup processes, production-processing delays, expensive storage-media hosting, wasted people hours and inefficient disaster-recovery plans. Dealing with a limited budget, the organization found a way to address these issues and keep costs down.

Working closely with MSI Systems Integrators, which provided the hardware solutions, and OpenTech Systems, which offered some essential software tools, the OCIO has more streamlined backup procedures and an efficient disaster-recovery plan. The new data-storage systems assure the state’s decision makers and their customers will have access to necessary data.

Heavy Lifting

The Lincoln, Neb.-headquartered OCIO is charged with providing many state departments with computing resources. These include hundreds of Time Sharing Option (TSO) users accessing the organization’s mainframe systems, as well as hundreds more accessing both CICS* and database services.

Jim Utsler, IBM Systems Magazine senior writer, has been covering the technology field for more than a decade. Jim can be reached at jjutsler@provide.net.


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