IBM GDPS Family: An introduction to Concepts and Capabilities

An IBM Redbooks publication

Note: A new draft version of this publication is now available

Published 17 April 2017

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ISBN-10: 0738442534
ISBN-13: 9780738442532
IBM Form #: SG24-6374-12
(412 pages)

Authors: David Clitherow, Sim Schindel, John Thompson, Marie-France Narbey


This IBM® Redbooks® publication presents an overview of the IBM Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex™ (IBM GDPS®) offerings and the roles they play in delivering a business IT resilience solution.

The book begins with general concepts of business IT resilience and disaster recovery, along with issues related to high application availability, data integrity, and performance. These topics are considered within the framework of government regulation, increasing application and infrastructure complexity, and the competitive and rapidly changing modern business environment.

Next, it describes the GDPS family of offerings with specific reference to how they can help you achieve your defined goals for disaster recovery and high availability. Also covered are the features that simplify and enhance data replication activities, the prerequisites for implementing each offering, and tips for planning for the future and immediate business requirements. Tables provide easy-to-use summaries and comparisons of the offerings, and the additional planning and implementation services available from IBM are explained.

Then, several practical client scenarios and requirements are described, along with the most suitable GDPS solution for each case.

The introductory chapters of this publication are intended for a broad technical audience, including IT System Architects, Availability Managers, Technical IT Managers, Operations Managers, System Programmers, and Disaster Recovery Planners. The subsequent chapters provide more technical details about the GDPS offerings, and each can be read independently for those readers who are interested in specific topics. Therefore, if you do read all the chapters, be aware that some information is intentionally repeated.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction to business resilience and the role of GDPS
Chapter 2. Infrastructure planning for availability and GDPS
Chapter 3. GDPS/PPRC
Chapter 4. GDPS/PPRC HyperSwap Manager
Chapter 5. GDPS/XRC
Chapter 6. GDPS/Global Mirror
Chapter 7. GDPS/MTMM
Chapter 8. GDPS/Active-Active solution
Chapter 9. GDPS Virtual Appliance
Chapter 10. GDPS extensions for heterogeneous systems and data
Chapter 11. Combining local and metro continuous availability with out-of-region disaster recovery
Chapter 12. Sample continuous availability and disaster recovery scenarios

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