Navigating your HA/DR Options for IBM i - Tom Huntington & Brian Nordland

The high availability landscape for IBM i continues to evolve. What was once a simple, one-player logical replication market is now a diverse mix of solutions, including IBM’s PowerHA and Db2 Mirror for i, along with several software-based replication solutions from third-party vendors.  

Given the importance of HA/DR for business continuity, it is essential that you have the right tool for the task. But what are your options and how do you know which will work best in your environment?  

During this webinar, IBM Champions for Power Systems Brian Nordland and Tom Huntington discuss the different types of data replication available for IBM i and where it makes sense to combine solutions. You’ll learn:

  • The current HA/DR options available
  • Pros and Cons of each solution
  • A better understanding of the HA/DR coverage
  • The best method for your environment: Logical Replication, PowerHA, Full System Replication (FSR), DB2 Mirror for i, FlashCopy, or a combination

Whether you’re looking to implement an IBM i high availability, improve your DR abilities, have lost confidence in your current solution, or are simply bringing yourself up to speed with the current methods of achieving HA/DR, this webinar offers a technical explanation of the options available for IBM i.

Tom Huntington

Executive Vice President of Technical Solutions at HelpSystem

Tom Huntington is Executive Vice President of Technical Solutions at HelpSystems, and has been with the company for nearly 30 years. He works with business alliances, acquisitions and large customer relationships and ensures that the HelpSystems software works with other major software and hardware vendors worldwide.

Tom often speaks on enterprise scheduling, security, automation topics, IBM i technology, and the HelpSystems products, and hosts technical presentations on a variety of automation topics. He is the author of the HelpSystems IBM i Marketplace Survey and has written articles on automated operations, security, cloud computing, and business intelligence for leading trade journals and newsletters. He was named an IBM Champion in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 for over three decades of advocation and thought leadership on the IBM i platform.

Brian Nordland

Software Architect, HelpSystems

Brian Nordland is the architect for the PowerHA SystemMirror for i product at HelpSystems. Brian has spoken at events, webinars, and users groups—including COMMON—since 2014. He is a co-inventor on multiple patent applications and co-author on technical publications in high availability and distributed computing.

Prior to joining HelpSystems Brian spent six years with IBM in Rochester, Minnesota. Roles at IBM included being the development architect for PowerHA and working on IBM i virtual I/O and communication I/O device drivers. He earned his master's degree in software engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2017.


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