Staying at the forefront of business means keeping up as technology evolves. Often, that means an upgrade to your IBM i operating system (OS). But an OS upgrade can be risky if you don’t test prior to going live on the new OS version or release. Fortunately, one of the hidden benefits of TECA’s Rapid Rebound service is the opportunity to combine a disaster recovery (DR) test with an updated OS version or release test and verification before attempting to run that new OS version/release on your production environment.
Recovery Testing with TECA Data Safe
The majority of IBM i customers do not have the capability or resources available to test the latest OS level before upgrading their production environments. As such, TECA offers recovery testing as an added value to their popular Rapid Rebound service, ensuring all systems are working seamlessly. TECA recommends disaster recovery testing at least once per year, or even more frequently if possible.
For example, Birchwood Laboratories of Eden Prairie was running on a 7.2 OS level and wanted to upgrade to 7.4. They realized how critical it was to perform OS upgrade testing before migrating to the new system because they simply couldn’t afford a hiccup with their application software. This was, after all, their production environment.
Birchwood was due for a recovery test and during the testing review phase, TECA recommended that a DR test would be a great time to test and verify their applications running on IBM i OS 7.4 as well.
Combining the 7.4 upgrade with the recovery test saved Birchwood time and resources, while allowing them to feel confident knowing their applications would run without issue on the new OS level.
If your organization is planning an OS upgrade or has not recently executed a recovery test, it’s important to schedule a test with TECA Data Safe as soon as possible to ensure your business continuity for the months and years ahead.
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True or False?
Spring can be a time of extreme weather. Floods, tornados, and hurricanes that cause power outages pose a threat to IT systems and business continuity. How much do you know about stormy weather?
“Sharknado” is a tornado that forms over a body of water.
False. Even though a really bad movie of this title exists, a tornado that forms over water is called a “waterspout.”
In 1995, hailstones as big as basketballs pummeled parts of Texas.
False. While basketball-sized hail would certainly be apropos for “March Madness,” the hail in this storm was the size of a cricket ball, which measures 8.81 inches in circumference.
It wasn’t until 1978 that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration first gave a male name to a tropical storm — Tropical Storm Bud.
True. You think they would have named it “Adam,” but nope. “Tropical Storm Bud” sounds like the neighbor you have a beer with on Saturday night.