3 Ways for CIOs to Increase Factory Production and IBM Power System (i) High Availability

As any CIO or head of IT in the manufacturing industry knows, your IBM Power System (i) uptime directly affects your factory’s production performance. Here are three time-tested ways to increase your IBM Power System (i) High Availability to help accomplish your production goals while also protecting against disasters, unscheduled system downtimes, and cybersecurity breaches.


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As any CIO or head of IT in the manufacturing industry knows, your IBM Power System (i) uptime directly affects your factory’s production performance. Staying up to date with modern technology advancements provide manufacturing companies with the tools they need to be increasingly profitable in an automated and competitive global market. Maximizing your IBM Power System (i) resources allows you to unlock the full potential of your production capacity, while also protecting against disasters, unscheduled system downtimes, and cybersecurity breaches.

Here are three time-tested ways to increase your IBM Power System (i) High Availability to help accomplish your goals:

1. Utilize IBM Power System (i) existing features to increase efficiency

IBM Power System (i) has been specially designed to manage all complex relational database operations. It distributes the balance of data across all system storage, using as little space possible. IBM Power System (i) also has the ability to run multiple applications alongside one another, keeping them as separate or as integrated as the user desires. Users can operate with far more efficiency and speed than with other platforms, since IBM Power System (i) prevents the slowing of the O/S that occurs when each program is run separately.

2. Get cloud stabilized and redundant - High Availability 24/7

The movement from local to cloud storage has been wholly embraced by the manufacturing sector over the last decade. Companies around the world have reaped the rewards of increased speed, high availability, security, and coordination between different locations of company sites. It has proven tempting for many manufacturing CIOs to keep their servers in-house. However, a recent brief by the consultant group Bain & Company, called Tapping Cloud's Full Potential, found that public cloud servers run by specialized tech companies like IBM, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft consistently deliver a safer and more reliable standard of security. Tech companies are generally quicker to adapt to developments in the field, automatically working to keep your company servers protected.

But any adoption of new technology, even if it is beneficial in the long run, can cause changes to workflow, high availability, and efficiency. There are a variety of solutions to these problems. One, is leveraging IBM Power System (i) “PowerHA for I” program, and another is Vision Solutions’ “MIMIX Availability” software. These types of solutions can help make the creation of backup archives easy (provided with high availability solution), and in the event of downtime, allow for the rapid transfer of information from one server to another. If electrical power is disrupted, for example, you’ll need a backup system to keep your servers online and your data accessible.

Planned downtime — when a system is purposely deactivated to perform updates or repairs — is an aspect of software which all companies must work into their logistics, particularly manufacturing plants that need to be functional 24/7. In addition to software malfunction or physical damage, machines will sometimes be put into downtime in order to upload critical updates or patches to a system. In fact, an unusually long period of uptime can be a sign of system instability or a vulnerability to crashes and viruses. Downtime can be avoided with the right infrastructure in place and external support.

3. Leverage the right IBM Power System (i) support vendor

While IBM Power System (i) can be hosted on the cloud and offer server security, a certified IBM Power System (i) support vendor can help you unlock the system’s full potential and increase your capabilities across the board.

You may believe that your system is operating optimally, however, with the engagement of a qualified IBM Power System (i) expert to continually monitor and adjust it, you can dramatically increase your system’s uptime high availability and performance. A deeper picture of supply chains, forecasts, macro-trends, and precise coordination between multiple factory locations can be at your fingertips anytime, and anywhere.

Rather than taking the time and resources to train onsite employees who may not have the required background or expertise, a third-party vendor can help you maximize your system high availability and rapidly recover from any system disruptions.

The Bottom Line

Finding the right certified IBM Power System (i) business partner is one of the best ways to ensure that your operations run smoothly and that your production line produces at its optimal potential.

If you’d like to explore  the benefits of achieving high availability with help from a cost-effective and certified IBM Power System (i) business partner, feel free to book a time here to speak with our resident IBM Power System (i) expert, Deepak Kohli. He can help you find the best ways to achieve your IT goals.

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