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IBMi and its predecessor, like the AS400 systems, have always been known for its ease of use, integration, reliability, and dependability. As of now, most of the structures around the world are sold with internal storage. It’s just an additional chunk of the IBMi integration mystery. With an internal disk, the day to day storage, setup, and administration is easy. But the industry is changing rapidly. And the shutdown across the countries seems like a movie.

A virus has stopped everything, and there is nobody to stop it. People shut themselves inside houses and maintained a distance from one another due to fear. Businesses and organizations worldwide suffered because there is no one present on the spot to make sure that crucial business applications need human intervention. Sadly, it’s not a movie it’s real life.

Apart from this, we have hurricanes, storms, and wildfires. And many data centers have been destroyed by the disasters. But the real question is – Does the business have a perfect backup plan? Or how much dedicated they are to getting their backups offsite? If companies are not committed, then it’s next to impossible to get the recovery.

In IBMi or AS400 systems, when we talk about backups, we talk about the importance of having a backup plan for such a reason, and you never know what will happen in the future. So, it’s better to be prepared before chaos arises.

Since the lockdown started, we have heard this multiple times from various companies worried about tape handling. As of now, the story is the same as we are continuously listening to the organization’s thoughts about this. We have concluded that a better way from all such conversations is needed to get our backups offsite.

Real Problem with Physical Tapes

In IBM AS400 systems, the real problem with physical tapes is that you need to physically remove the video from the building. And having a backup is not enough. An organization should have a copy of the backup offsite, which is a problem during the lockdown. If you are not going to the office in the lockdown, you should cross your fingers and wish yourself luck as you have all the data in one place. Unfortunately, if the building catches fire, you’ll be in trouble.

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