Business Continuity

Only a third of UK businesses have confidence in their ability to recover from cyber or other potential disasters.

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IBM i Power Systems Disaster Recover, Security and Support are critical aspects of your infrastructure deployment.

Our solutions are specific to IBM i Power servers (iSeries) environments, and this includes security solutions.

Power Servers (ISeries) Security

Often IBM Power Servers are entirely independent of the clients’ normal server/PC based network. We can help integrate the security of internet-facing environments. Securing the IBM i system and handling the issues associated with having an IBM i system visible over the internet.

We understand both the network security and also the IBM Power Server specifics which are all too often not considered when the IBM Power Server is being used for internet facing purposes such as online trading, payment system systems and customer portals. IMS are uniquely placed as a company that understands both security appliances such as Cisco ASA, Watchguard and the Power servers (iSeries), so we can advise and assist with the setup and vulnerability of these appliances.

Our services include:

Set up and configuration of VPNs using IPSEC

  • IBM i Power Server Backup (BaaS) protection, disaster recovery and security solutions
  • IBM i Power Server DDoS Denial of Service assessment and prevention
  • IBM i Power Server Cisco IOS
  • IBM i Power Server PIX firewalls
  • IBM i Power Server ASA security appliances
  • IBM i Power Server LINUX firewall implementations
  • IBM i Power Server Vulnerability and penetration testing
  • Applying and developing security policies on LAN/WAN IBM i Power Server

Disaster Recovery – System 21 and IBM iSeries

When disaster strikes, your business can be thrown directly in the deep end without a paddle. Without the ability to carry out everyday business processes, your company can be losing money by the second. Preparation for continuation or recovery of  System 21 and IBM i Series needs to be taken very seriously. A loss of critical business systems can prove to be fatal to a business.

Planning for, and being prepared for, the occurrence of a disaster, with our help could save your business and guarantee continuity of business IBM i  Series operations. To ensure you receive the cover you need all our  IBM i Series System 21 Disaster Recovery solutions are tailor-made and created with your business in mind. To ensure you are getting the best possible expertise in ensuring High Availability to your system Integrated Management Solutions (Global) Ltd work with Blue Chip. Blue Chip are recognised market leaders in IBM iSeries hosting, support and managed services. Working together, we are now able to fully support your System 21 and IBM Power servers (iSeries).

Blue Chip’s Disaster Recovery services guarantee that in the event that your company suffers a disaster, whatever that disaster may be, we will get your IBM i Series Power Server System 21 up and running again. We will provide replacement hardware available for you to work on from the Blue Chip Data Centre, or we will deliver replacement hardware to any UK site and guarantee to be on the road within 4 hours.

Within 4 hours of reporting an emergency you can be provided with all of the following;

  • A replacement Power server (iSeries) of the same or greater specification
  • Mobile Recovery – Power servers (iSeries) on the road and on it’s way to your site
  • Data Centre Recovery – iSeries data being restored ready for use at the Blue Chip Disaster Recovery Centre
  • Experienced IBM support technicians to restore your complete system, start to finish
  • IBM Power servers (iSeries) Disaster Recovery Service

IMS delivers business continuity by combining our System 21 expertise with the facilities and expertise of BlueChip.

We strive to ensure our clients receive Best of Breed cloud and infrastructure support services, selected from a broad portfolio of products and services, plus the personal and expert skills of our consultants and our knowledge of your business.

Did you know:-

  • UK businesses suffer an average of 235 hours a year of system downtime. (Source: Dimension Data)
  • Computer related disasters cost British businesses 1.8bn a year (Source: NCC)
  • 20% of companies lose more than £1m, 25% lose £250k to £1m, 43% lose £10k to £450k (Source: PWC)

At IMS we provide DR Planning and Testing solutions that are specific to IBM Power servers (iSeries)/AS400 environments and System 21 (Aurora).

IMS Business Continuity Snapshot:

– iSeries Application Restore, often overlooked in favour of hardware restore or failure but equally important.

– Ship to Site Restore

There are many reasons why your iSeries infrastructure will fail.

IMS employs ITSM for faster response times:
1 hour for business critical and
4 hours for non-critical to meet the deadline of a 24 hour RTO (Recovery Time Objective).

Whilst RPO (Recovery Point Objective) is very much dependent on the clients’ own internal procedures, IMS can provide solutions to decrease RPO to facilitate High Availability.


– Regular performance testing
– Flexibility to invoke for any incident and quantity
– Low Syndication Ratios to 1:10
– ‘Sensible’ geographical reach and coverage
– Accreditations – ISO 9001: 2000, ISO 27001: 2005, SAS 70 Type 2

Hosted Recovery Centre Services

Designed for both internal or outsourced data centre resources, IMS can manage your IBM Power System/iSeries solutions through our secure data centre.

Do not put your IBM iSeries investment at risk.

A comprehensive business continuity plan is key to the survival of any organisation – let’s discuss.

0845 130 8499

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