Written by Pedro Y. Acosta
Safeguard Your Business with IBM Z Flexible Capacity for Cyber Resiliency
In today’s increasingly digital-driven world, IT plays a critical role in every aspect of business. The infrastructure is the foundation of the IT operations, it drives productivity, customer experience, and even brand reputation. As a result, every business needs to be able to recover quickly from any event that disrupts IT operations in a proven way and be viable for extended periods.
Flexible Capacity for Cyber Resiliency is a new IBM solution that improves the resiliency of the IT infrastructure built with the new IBM Z servers. This is a Capacity on Demand (CoD) offering for IBM z16 and IBM LinuxONE 4 family of servers. It enables you to shift capacity between participating machines at different sites and stay at the target site for up to one year with greater flexibility and control. This helps you:
- Proactively avoid outages by shifting workloads to another site before a problem occurs.
- Test disaster recovery plans and ensure that business-critical workloads can be shifted and run at full capacity at an alternative site.
- Improve business continuity by ensuring you can run production workloads from your alternative site while maintaining adequate capacity at the primary site.
- Meet compliance requirements that require comprehensive and extended testing periods.
Flexible Capacity for Cyber Resiliency provides up to twelve activations, with a duration of up to one year, and up to 24 hours to transfer workloads. This allows for greater flexibility over offerings such as capacity back-up (CBU), which limits real activations to up to 90 days and tests to 10 days. The 24-hour window to transfer workloads means that you can transfer workloads in the least disruptive way possible.
Additionally, you can fully automate the process of shifting capacity between sites using IBM GDPS.
Flexible Capacity can work in conjunction with other temporary records such as CoD, System Recovery Boost (SRB), and TFP for IBM Z hardware.
The following diagram depicts the implementation of Flexible Capacity for Cyber Resiliency in a two-site configuration: