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IBM GDPS: An Introduction to Concepts and Capabilities

A draft IBM Redbooks publication


Last updated on 31 March 2023

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IBM Form #: SG24-6374-18

Authors: David Draper, Mairi Jane Lee, Rosazila Musa, Marie-France Narbey and John Thompson

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    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 that are 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. The extra planning and implementation services available from IBM also 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 read all of 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 Metro

    Chapter 4. GDPS Metro HyperSwap Manager

    Chapter 5. GDPS Global - GM

    Chapter 6. GDPS Continuous Availability solution

    Chapter 7. GDPS Virtual Appliance

    Chapter 8. Combining local and metro continuous availability with out-of-region disaster recovery

    Chapter 9. GDPS Logical Corruption Protection and Testcopy Manager

    Chapter 10. Sample continuous availability and disaster recovery scenarios

    Chapter 11. GDPS Enterprise Portal


    Special Notices

    The material included in this document is in DRAFT form and is provided 'as is' without warranty of any kind. IBM is not responsible for the accuracy or completeness of the material, and may update the document at any time. The final, published document may not include any, or all, of the material included herein. Client assumes all risks associated with Client's use of this document.