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The NASRP.com White Paper library is a powerful resource available to the Enterprise IT and business professional. Here you will find white papers, vendor documentation, case studies and product information to help you expand your knowledge on a wide variety of technology topics including Storage, Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity, and Business Resilience. The documents listed on this page have been nominated by NASRP members as providing important information on topics of interest to the Enterprise Systems and Recovery Professional.

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White Papers

  • The seven essential practices for effective business continuity management  (IBM)
    June 2015
    In today’s global environment, organizations face an increasing range of opportunities and simultaneously, expanding risks. As a result, executive teams and boards of directors within many organizations are paying closer attention to enterprise risk management. when BIAs are performed by IT, there can be a tendency to “force fit” business requirements into existing technology recovery capabilities.
  • news.pb.com/white-papers/best-practices-in-business-continuity.download
  • The unexpected can happen to any organization, at any time. While you cannot control the unexpected, you can control how you respond. (PDF)  
    Pitney Bowes
    How planning for the worst can be the best thing for your business. Best practices in business continuity
  • Business continuity management, security can work together to safeguard data (PDF)  
    July 2015
    IBM
    Organizations that involve business continuity management teams in data breach planning and response can reduce the likelihood of data breach. data breaches can affect thousands of records, overall savings can be significant: BCM involvement can reduce the total cost of each data breach
  • Top 3 Considerations When Building Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Service Offerings(PDF)  
    April 2012 Arcserv
    SMBs have the same business continuity (BC) and Disaster Recovery (DR) needs as large enterprises, but the lack of IT resources, budget and experience can prove overwhelming.... Clearly, ensuring a comprehensive backup and restore strategy is the cornerstone to any data protection service, but delivering BC and DR services demand far more. MSPs new to this market can build their first service offering as a simple managed backup and restore service for SMBs, as even this relatively simple approach can be challenging to any IT staff with minimal resources, time and knowledge. This service may involve helping select the best backup solution for the environment, deploying the solution across the enterprise, scheduling backups, monitoring and reporting, and data restoration.
  • White Paper Understanding Business Continuity. (PDF)  
    FISERV
    Because no one can predict every potential scenario, it is essential to have a business continuity plan to overcome unexpected situations. business continuity
  • The unexpected can happen to any organization, at any time. While you cannot control the unexpected, you can control how you respond. (PDF)  
    Pitney Bowes
    How planning for the worst can be the best thing for your business. Best practices in business continuity
  • Best Practices in Business Continuity and Disaster. Recovery. (PDF) Sponsored by: Riverbed Technology. (IDC)
    2011
    Laura DuBois
    IDC research highlights a number of practical challenges frequently at odds with a firm's continuity and recovery objectives
  • A Consolidation, Virtualization and Power Study on the IBM System z10 (IBM)
    Document Revised: 06/14/2008
    Document Author: Elisabeth Stahl, Additional Author(s): Michael Buechele, John Rankin
    As the cost of power grows significantly and data centers start to need more power than they have available, consolidation and virtualization become important energy management strategies for corporations around the world. IBM has long been a champion of energy efficiency and the new IBM System z10 is an outstanding platform for the integration of power efficiency and performance. This paper will demonstrate the IBM System z10 as an excellent system for power efficiency and performance, discuss server consolidation and virtualization implementation and strategies, and highlight a power benchmarking study on this platform. The paper will conclude with next steps in power benchmarking for the IBM System z10.
    White Paper WP101265
  • DB2 Recovery Expert for z/OS  (IBM)
    April 2008
    IBM DB2 Recovery Expert for z/OS v2.1 introduces System Backup and Restore Services which allows you to back up and restore entire DB2 subsystems using the advanced techniques provided by storage subsystems. System Backup and Restore Services uses the DB2 BACKUP SYSTEM utility, IBM FlashCopy® facilities, or TimeFinder/Mirror and TimeFinder/Snap facilities to provide full backups of DB2 data and logs on a DB2 subsystem.
    White Paper
  • Linux on System z, an end-to-end view: from Sizing to Performance Analysis to Capacity Planning  (IBM)
    12/04/2006
    Eduardo Oliveira
    Clients are thinking whether or not their mainframes are capable of absorbing the consolidated workloads from their current non-Mainframe servers. This presentation will discuss a scenario where a few Intel based servers were consolidated into an entry level zSeries machine, We will discuss the initial server consolidation sizing, the migration process, the simulation scenarios, and the final results obtained by running the zCP3000 tool against the "z" environment.. The presentation will conclude with the "real world" findings, comparing the projected utilization against the actual results measured by the z/VM monitor with Linux as a guest.
    Product(s) covered: Linux on zSeries; xSeries; zSeries 800; zSeries; z/VM
  • The Next IT Transformation - Things You Need to Know  (IBM)
    12-03-2007
    Carl Wohlers
    A survey of the things driving IT transformation in today's world, and where it is headed.
    zSeries, System z, Whitepaper
  • A Perspective on the Transformation of zSeries to Support New Workloads  (IBM)
    2007
    Carl Wohlers
    A sweeping introduction and overview to forces that shaped the world of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Enterprise Application Integration (EAI), and how IBM's System z plays a strategic role in that initiative.
    zSeries, System z, z9, z10, Washington Systems Center Whitepaper
  • Split Mirror Backup & Recovery with SAP, Oracle8i and ESS on SUN Solaris (IBM)
    By Sathees Kodi, Advisory Software Engineer, IBM
    This solution will provide the High Availability and disaster Recovery capability for IBM storage servers environment White Paper
  • A Synopsis of System z Crypto Hardware  (IBM)
    Date: 05/14/2008
    The IBM System z cryptographic hardware provides a rich array of encryption capabilities. The functionality available depends on the specific platform and the hardware that has been installed. This document begins with a brief introduction of crypto functions, and issues common to all the platforms, and then provides a synopsis of the zSeries crypto hardware up to the newly announced z10.
    z10 Crypto White Paper
  • System z for new workloads – faster, cheaper and better than alternatives (IBM)
    12-03-2007
    Carl Wohlers
    For many, platform selection boils down to three basic evaluation criteria: is it faster, cheaper and better than the alternative? The following brief is intended to answer this question for System z. System z has undergone substantial change over the past 24 months and it is useful to consider this change in the light of the aforementioned question."
    zSeries, System z, z10, Whitepaper
  • Use Good Business Continuity Management to Prepare for a Disaster - Gartner  Technical and management techniques can help companies be more resilient after catastrophic events.
  • http://public.dhe.ibm.com/common/ssi/ecm/bu/en/buw03034usen/BUW03034USEN.PDF
  • z/OS: Planning Considerations for HiperDispatch Mode  (IBM)
    Document Revised: 04/02/2008
    Document Author: Kathy Walsh Additional Author(s): Steve Grabarits
    With the introduction of the IBM System z10 processor, z/OS workload management and dispatching have been enhanced to take advantage of the System z10 hardware design. A new mode of dispatching called HiperDispatch has been implemented to provide additional processing efficiencies. This White Paper describes planning considerations related to HiperDispatch.
    z10; z/OS, HiperDispatch

Links to Vendor Resources

EMC

  • Extracting Value from Chaos
    EMC: OIDC’s Digital Universe Study, “Extracting Value from Chaos” finds that the world’s information is more than doubling every two years. Read the study to learn more. State of the Universe: An Executive Summary As we mark the fifth anniversary of our annual study of the digital universe, it behooves us to take stock of what we have learned about it over the years. We always knew it was big – in 2010 cracking the zettabyte barrier. In 2011, the amount of information created and replicated will surpass 1.8 zettabytes (1.8 trillion gigabytes) - growing by a factor of 9 in just five years.
  • EMC 15-Minute Guide to Smarter Backup
    This guide details how smarter backup delivers transformational benefits to key backup use cases like tape replacement for backup and mainframe, DR, virtual environments, Oracle, SAP, Microsoft, file data, and edge locations/devices. November 28, 2013
    | Guides | Avamar, Data Domain, NetWorker, Data Protection Advisor
  • The Critical Need to Protect Mainframe Business-Critical Applications
    Robert Amatruda
    January 2012
    This IDC White Paper examines the typical enterprise organization's need to protect and recover business applications running on mainframe systems. It also evaluates the EMC Disk Library for mainframe storage solution in meeting the requirements for mainframe business-critical application protection and recovery. IDC research indicates that much of the world's information resides on mainframe systems. In large enterprise environments, this has been the case for some time. Despite platform migrations from z/OS to Unix, Linux, and Windows, many critical Global Headquarters applications and workloads are still running on mainframe systems. The established processes and legacy applications on mainframe systems in many of the world's largest corporations — and in multiple units within those organizations — have allowed the mainframe to outlive many of its rivals. In industries such as banking, transportation, finance, insurance, government, and utilities, mainframe systems continue to run critical business processes.

HDS

  • Data Protection: Downtime Is Money. Smarter Approaches to Data Protection and Recovery 
    By Hitachi Data Systems
    April 2015
    Examine the hidden costs and the interrelation of costs and policy choices in the area of data protection and recovery, and how solutions from Hitachi Data Systems can help you avoid these surprises. The primary attributes for measuring the effectiveness of a data protection and recovery solution are backup window, recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO). These measure the time it takes to perform the protection operation, the interval between protection operations, and the time it takes to perform a recovery operation following an error, failure or disaster.
  • Mainframe Storage Compatibility and Innovation With Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G1000 
    Hitachi Dynamic Tiering for Mainframe Delivers Top Performance for Large Financial Institution The Hitachi Two-Pillar Approach to Mainframe Storage Hitachi and Hitachi Data Systems design and develop IBM mainframe compatible storage systems with a two-pillar approach: compatibility and innovation.
  • Why Choose an IBM® FICON® Switched Network?  
    Build the Optimal Mainframe Storage Architecture With Hitachi Data Systems and Brocade

IBM

  • About GDPS  
    GDPS helps automate recovery procedures...
  • Business Continuity  
    New risks. New imperatives. A new approach.
  • DS6K-DS8K Data Replication
    IBM Systems & Technology Group (STG) and IBM Advanced Technical Support (ATS)
    April 2007
    A two-page PowerPoint presentation describing the various data replication options available on the DS6K and DS8K storage subsystems.
  • GDPS z/OS Global Mirror Versus Global Mirror Walter Muehlenstaedt(IBM)
    A look at IBMs BD/DR solutions including a Business Continuity Overview and a discussion of Business Continuity Objectives. An in-depth look a various Unlimited Distance D/R Solutions, including Global Mirror z/OS, Global Mirror and three-site CA/DR Solutions for z/OS® data only or z/OS® and Open data.
  • Redbook: GDPS Family - An Introduction to Concepts and Capabilities
    Author{s) Frank Kyne, Noshir Dhondy, David Raften, Mark Ratte, Gene Sale
    30 March 2007
    Abstract This IBM Redbooks publication presents an overview of the GDPS family of offerings and the role they play in delivering a business IT resilience solution.
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    -   Overview of business resilience requirements
    -   Technologies that support IT resilience
    -   Introduction to GDPS family of offerings
    -   This Redbooks publication was produced by a team of specialists from around the world working at the International Technical Support Organization, Poughkeepsie Center.
    New Information
    -   This document has been updated to reflect changes and new capabilities in GDPS 3.3 and GDPS 3.4.
    -   A new section, “Synchronous vs. Asynchronous” on page 18, was added to explain the business impact of using Synchronous and Asynchronous remote copy technologies.
    -   A new Chapter, Chapter 7, “Combining Local/Metro HA with out-of-region DR” on page 121 discussing the GDPS/MGM and GDPS/MzGM offerings.
    -   MultiPlatform for System Z now supports native zLinux LPARs using CKD devices. -   GDPS/PPRC and GDPS HyperSwap™ Manager have been enhanced to provide coexistence support for HyperSwap and TDMF.
    -   IMS™ XRF coexistence support added to GDPS/PPRC and GDPS HyperSwap Manager. -   GDPS/PPRC provides for transparent exploitation of the PPRC Failover and Failback support if available in all disk subsystems.
    -   GDPS/Global Mirror has been enhanced to provide “No UCB FlashCopy®’ support. -   Zero Suspend FlashCopy support added to GDPS/XRC and GDPS/MzGM.
    -   Availability of a GDPS Qualification Program for vendor storage subsystems. -   New WEB GUI interface support added for GDPS/PPRC.
    -   GDPS/PPRC and GDPS HyperSwap Manager have been enhanced so that a HyperSwap can now be triggered by a non-responsive primary device, in addition to the existing error conditions that can cause a HyperSwap.
    -   GDPS/PPRC has been enhanced to support the new GDPS Enhanced Recovery Services in z/OS 1.8.
    -   The ability has been added to GDPS/PPRC to do a planned freeze covering both CKD and FBA devices.
    -   FlashCopy support for Open LUN devices has been added to GDPS/PPRC and GDPS HyperSwap Manager.
    -   GDPS/XRC has been enhanced to support the new asynchronous write support for system logger staging data sets added in z/OS 1.7.
  • Redbook: IBM System Storage Business Continuity Solutions Overview
    Author(s) Charlotte Brooks, Clem Leung, Aslam Mirza, Curtis Neal, Yin Lei Qiu, John Sing, Francis TH Wong, Ian R Wright
    16 February 2007
    This IBM Redbook presents an overview and descriptions of IBM System Storage Business Continuity Solutions for Backup / Restore, Rapid Data Recovery, and Continuous Availability.
    IT Business Continuity concepts are discussed; advice, tips, and a roadmap for selecting the optimum IT Business Continuity solution for your organization is provided.

  • Redbook: IBM System Storage Business Continuity: Part 1 Planning Guide
    Author(s) Charlotte Brooks, Clem Leung, Aslam Mirza, Curtis Neal, Yin Lei Qiu, John Sing, Francis TH Wong, Ian R Wright
    07 March 2007
    This IBM Redbook introduces the importance of Business Continuity in today's IT environments. It provides a comprehensive guide to planning for IT Business Continuity and can help you design and select an IT Business Continuity solution that is right for your business environment.
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    A disruption to your critical business processes could leave the entire business exposed. Today's organizations face ever-escalating customer demands and expectations. There is no room for downtime. You need to provide your customers with continuous service because your customers have a lot of choices. Your competitors are standing ready to take your place. As you work hard to grow your business, you face the challenge of keeping your business running without a glitch. To remain competitive, you need a resilient IT infrastructure.
    This Redbook discusses the concepts, procedures, and solution selection for Business Continuity in detail, including the essential set of IT Business Continuity requirements that you need to identify a solution. It also presents a rigorous Business Continuity Solution Selection Methodology that includes a sample Business Continuity workshop with step-by-step instructions in defining requirements. This IBM Redbook is meant as a central resource book for IT Business Continuity planning and design.

    It discusses the concepts, procedures, and solution selection for Business Continuity in detail, including the essential set of IT Business Continuity requirements that you need to identify a solution. It also presents a rigorous Business Continuity Solution Selection Methodology that includes a sample Business Continuity workshop with step-by-step instructions in defining requirements. This IBM Redbook is meant as a central resource book for IT Business Continuity planning and design.
  • Redbook: IBM System Storage Business Continuity: Part 2 Solutions Guide
    Author(s) Charlotte Brooks, Clem Leung, Aslam Mirza, Curtis Neal, Yin Lei Qiu, John Sing, Francis TH Wong, Ian R Wright
    08 March 2007
    This IBM Redbook is a companion to IBM System Storage Business Continuity: Part 1 Planning Guide, SG24-6547 . We assume that the reader of this book has understood the concepts of Business Continuity planning described in that book.
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    This Redbook explores IBM System Storage solutions for Business Continuity, within the three segments of Continuous Availability, Rapid Recovery, and Backup and Restore. These solutions are then positioned within the Business Continuity tiers.
    This IBM® Redbook is a companion to the IBM System Storage Business Continuity Guide: Part 1 Planning Guide, SG24-6547. IBM System Storage Business Continuity Guide: Part 1 Planning Guide. It is assumed that the reader of this book has understood the concepts of Business Continuity planning described in part 1.
    The solutions available in each segment are described and presented in more detail on many of the products. In each case, we point the reader to sources of more information.
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