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Spread Sheet Builder/Parser for Collection of Disaster Recovery Data

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000168310D
Original Publication Date: 2008-Mar-05
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2008-Mar-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 21K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The purpose of the disclosed invention is to streamline and automate the process of processing and implementing a Business Continuity and Resiliency Services (BCRS) customer’s Server Disaster Recovery (DR) requirements. This includes the processing of server requirement data into a usable, readable format and using that data to automatically build the customer’s Logical Partitions (LPARs) via the disclosed invention.

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Spread Sheet Builder/Parser for Collection of Disaster Recovery Data

Disclosed is an invention that will build and populate a spread sheet from server configuration data collected from a customer's server. This spread sheet outlines the customer's systems requirements for a given Disaster Recovery (DR) event. Additionally, this invention will be able to read the resulting spread sheet to supply the outlined server requirements information to a program that will automate the configuration of the outlined Logical Partition (LPAR) configuration on IBM® pSeries® servers.

Current methods for building and populating a customer's systems requirements spread sheet prior to a DR exercise or event requires the customer and/or BCRS representative to manually fill out the spread sheet with the appropriate data depicting the customer's environment. This current process requires large amounts of time from both BCRS customers and BCRS staff in filling in these spread sheets as well as validating them. The manual data entry of these spread sheets is inherently faulty due to human error, therefore, possibly jeopardizing the successful outcome of a customer's DR event.

There is currently no process in place to automate the building of these BCRS spread sheet from the raw configuration data provided by the BCRS snapshot utility used by many BCRS customers prior to their DR events. Nor is there a process to facilitate the automation of building logical partitions on pSeries servers or other vendors' platforms.

The process for usage of this invention is as follows:

Prior to a BCRS DR event, a BCRS customer, who uses the BCRS snapshot utility, transmits the collected snapshot utility output from their servers to BCRS.

The snapshot utility output is then processed by the BCRS customer repository servers.

The spread sheet builder function of the invention is incorporated as...