Mt Xia: Technical Consulting Group

Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery / High Availability
Data Center Automation / Audit Response / Audit Compliance

Additional documents of interest

  • Successful Business Continuity - Part 1 - Users and Groups
    This article was published in the April 2005 issue of AIX Update magazine and discusses system administration needs and requirements oriented around users and groups. The overall emphasis of this series of articles is for implementation of enterprise wide unique identifiers for a variety of parameters, such as user names, group names, UID and GID numbers.
  • Successful Business Continuity - Part 2 - Machine and Host Names
    This article was published in the May 2005 issue of AIX Update magazine and discusses naming structures for machines, systems, adapters, and aliases. The overall emphasis of this series of articles is for implementation of enterprise wide unique identifiers for a variety of parameters.
  • Successful Business Continuity - Part 3 - Volume Names
    This article was published in the December 2005 issue of AIX Update magazine and discusses naming structures for volume groups, logical volumes, log logical volumes, directory mount points, etc. The overall emphasis of this series of articles is for implementation of enterprise wide unique identifiers for a variety of parameters.
  • Successful Business Continuity - Part 4 - MQ Series, Startup/Shutdown Scripts, Error Processing
    This article was published in the April 2006 issue of AIX Update magazine and discusses how to implement AIX in an environment dedicated to business continuity. The topic of this article is the assignment of MQ Series queue names and aliases, resource group startup and shutdown script names (Application startup/shutdown script names), error logging, and error notification.
  • Successful Business Continuity - Part 5 - Miscellaneous topics
    This article was published in the August 2006 issue of AIX Update magazine and discusses how to implement AIX in an environment dedicated to business continuity. A variety of topics is discussed in this article including automated documentation generation and management.
  • Automated Microcode Management System
    One of the most difficult administration tasks in an AIX environment is attempting to keep the firmware and microcode up-to-date. Mt Xia has devised an automated method of gathering the Microcode information, determining which microcode needs to be updated, generating reports, and uploading the required microcode updates to each individual system.
  • Calculating the size of a Virtual Processor
    This document describes the algorithms used to calculate the size of a virtual processor when using shared processors in an LPAR. The IBM documentation describes how to calculate CPU utilization, NOT how to size for configuration, this document clarifies this process. A description of the HMC input fields for the processor tab is included.
  • Basics of Partition Load Manager Setup
    This presentation was provided by Ron Barker from IBM regarding the PLM Basic setup.
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  • vLPAR Automated Deployment Appliance for Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, High Availability, and Virtualization

    Virtual Logical Partition Automated Robot

    vLPARtm

    Thinking inside the box...

    Mt Xia delivers automated solutions for deploying business continuity (BC), disaster recovery (DR), high availability (HA), and virtualization (VIO) as a consumer commodity. This packaged solution called vLPARtm is sold by Mt Xia as an appliance that can plug directly into your datacenter and reduce your administration costs by 75%. vLPARtm can also increase your profits by fully implementing IBM Power 5 architectures and over-subscribing available hardware resources to multiple customers, thus maximizing your return-on-investment (ROI).

    The business continuity methodology developed by Mt Xia and implemented by vLPARtm is characterized by a "build once, run anywhere" mentality. This phrase is meant to illustrate the concept of "containerized" business functions, where all resources related to supporting a business function are grouped together in such a way as to be able to run on any compatible system, in any datacenter, anywhere in the world.

    Each component and piece of a containerized business function is constructed using enterprise wide unique identifiers so that naming and numbering conflicts are eliminated, thus enabling the "build once, run anywhere" mentality. In fact, this container concept enables multiple containers to run simultaneously on the same system, which is a common practice when implementing a disaster recovery plan. In disaster recovery operations, production systems are commonly consolidated onto a single system in the disaster recovery environment.

    With vLPARtm, a datacenter operator has the ability to offer on-demand disaster recovery / high availability clusters, or standalone systems, built in real-time, and all of them being generated by the customer from a simple web based interface.

    For a customer to create their own BC/DR/HA/VIO solutions, they only need to complete one simple web form. Their request is automatically processed and system(s) are created in a matter of minutes, they are notified upon completion and provided with a login name and password to a fully functional cluster of systems. (DR/HA).

    vLPARtm is a true on-demand, turn-key computing solution delivered as a consumer commodity providing automated deployment of business continuity, disaster recovery, high availability and virtualized solutions. These solutions include standardized architectures, service level agreements (SLA), billing structures, and automatically generated documentation.

    vLPARtm Press Release

    vLPARtm provides and fully implements all of the following features:

    • Consumer oriented web based interface to automatically create in real-time:
      • Disaster Recovery / High Availability multi-node clusters
      • High Availability multi-node clusters
      • Standalone systems
    • Real-time creation/configuration of all systems
      • Eliminates wasted resources sitting idle waiting for customer
    • Real-time automated creation/configuration of automated high availabilty
    • Real-time automated creation/configuration of disaster recovery resources
    • Real-time automated creation/configuration of business continuity structures
    • CPU Micropartitioning
    • Dynamic resizing of CPU resources based on system load
    • Dynamic resizing of Memory resources based on system load
    • Redundant access to storage
    • Redundant access to networking
    • "Build once, run anywhere" business continuity design structure
    • Disaster recovery failover to any location
    • High availability failover to another hardware platform
    • Virtualized I/O resources with redundant connections
    • Standardized architecture design
    • Standardized Service Level Agreements (SLA)
    • Standardized customer billing structures
    • State-of-the-Art policies, guidelines, standards, and procedures
    • Automatically generated disaster recovery documentation
    • Automatically generated high availability cluster documentation
    • Automatically generated manual fail-over documentation

    Additional packages integrated into vLPAR:

    • Orwell Disaster Recovery System (Mt Xia, et al)
    • AMMS - Automated Microcode Management System (Mt Xia)
    • OpenCMDB - Web based Configuration Management Database (Open Source)
    • Automated IP address allocation and management (Mt Xia)
    • Automated Documentation generator (Mt Xia)
    • Automated Web based documentation management (Mt Xia)
    • kshAuth - Web based authorization and authentication system (Mt Xia)
    • VIOS - VIO Server - Virtual I/O Server (IBM)
    • HMC - Hardware Management Console (IBM)
    • NIM - Network Installation Manager (IBM)
    • HACMP - High Availability Clustered Multi-Processing (IBM)
    • PLM - Partition Load Manager (IBM)
    • WLM - Work Load Load Manager (IBM)
    • DDNS - Dynamic DNS - Dynamic Domain Name Service (Open Source)


    vLPAR Automated Deployment Appliance for Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, High Availability, and Virtualization

    Contact Mt Xia for more information about providing business continuity to your customers as a consumer commodity. Phone: 615.556.0456 or dfrench@mtxia.com

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