January 18, 2018 Kevin Mayfield, Senior Solutions Architect at HCL
Hopefully you have an established routine of local backups or cloud backups, and you should be sleeping a little better (when you get a chance to sleep). And like fire-drills or other emergency procedures, you are probably practicing a restore of your backups on another server. You have probably discovered, depending on the size of your data and speed of the system, this restore may take hours. Moving from ontape to onbar helped by enabling parallel backup and restore of your dbspaces, but while backups can happen with the lights on, during a restore, the server won’t be accessible until the restore is complete. You may not be able to afford for your applications to be down that long.
After closing a busy year for Informix at HCL, I was invited to attend the Bytec’s - a major Informix distributor. This was a year end dinner at the beautiful Lindau in Bodensee, in Bayern, southwest of Germany.
After the party my friend Richard Luft picked me up at the hotel in Lindau to kick off a busy day of meetings in Friedrischafen, then Munich, then Stuttgart and then back to Lindau. I was wondering if we would be able to cover the distance of 650km (400 miles), plus all the meetings, and lunch and coffee gatherings, and be back at the hotel as he promised in 12 hrs. He just smiled and answered “Autobahn”.