Capability breeds dependence. The more you can do, the more is asked of you. The more time you save, the more time you spend seeking out ways to save more time or money. If less really is more, how do you do more with less? Effective system monitoring could help you break free of the system shackles and use your System i (iSeries) network to save time and money.
Is a lack of availability costing your business thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars? Assessing the true financial impact of unplanned downtime may surprise you. Placing a dollar amount on this issue is often the first step and biggest motivator to meeting your ongoing availability requirements.
Many IT Managers will be familiar with the ‘disk or die’ ultimatums that a disgruntled system can issue. If the system demands feeding and threatens to shut down if it doesn’t get more disk to chew, it’s time to address the issue of disk once and for all. The expense of using disk to accommodate problems in the hope of buying extra investigation time is a quick fix that few organizations can sustain.
Imagine you had a friend that turned up right before something bad was going to happen and told you how to avoid it. Like if you don't attend to that looping job silently going about its business, the system in India will fall over and the downtime will cost the company hundreds of thousands of dollars in idle work hours. Yes, a friendly forewarning wouldn't be bad. We would suggest employing a job monitor – it's your friend on the inside.
IT Managers are not in the business of luck. They need to prepare for every disaster scenario, every contingency and ensure that even when every object, job and process is running 100% perfectly on the system, some other unforeseen network element doesn't swoop in and ruin all their efforts, just because it resides outside the parameters of the System i. After all, in a situation like this, people remember the one thing that went wrong – not the millions of things that went right – it's unfortunate, but that's life.
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