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DR – Data Center Backup and Recovery Strategies


5 hours



Initial content focuses on the importance for organizations to properly protecting their digital assets from data loss and data corruption. An overview of common data center backup strategies and methods is provided along with details on how encryption is used to safeguard backups. The benefits of using Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex (GDPS) technologies is presented and the various configurations available with this solution are covered in detail. Cloud based facilities such as Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS), and Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS), are discussed, describing the benefits and challenges of each.


This course is suitable for operators and system programmers, but initial content is useful to anyone needing a background on how data is backed up and recovered.


Successful completion of the Interskill DR – Ensuring Data Center Business Continuity course, or equivalent knowledge.


After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe Common Backup Strategies
  • Identify the Types of Storage Medium used for Backups
  • Describe how Various Backups can be Protected with Encryption
  • Describe the Purpose of RTO and RPO
  • Describe the Configuration of GDPS Solutions
  • List the Benefits and Drawbacks of DRaaS
  • Describe the Difference Between Cloud Storage and Cloud Backup, and what BaaS is

Course Content

Introduction to Backup Strategies

Introduction to Data Backups
Backup Considerations
Recovery Time Objective
Recovery Point Objective
Full-Image Backup
Incremental Backup
Data Storage Types
Tape Management
Virtual Tape Server
Backup Cycles and Retention Periods
Encrypting Backups

Business Continuity, Resiliency, and GDPS Capabilities

IT Resiliency
RTOs, RPOs, and Continuous Availability
Parallel Sysplex
Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex
GDPS Automation
GDPS Enterprise Portal
Data Replication
GDPS Disk Replication
Synchronous and Asynchronous Data Transfers
Data Consistency
Server Capacity Flexibility
Cross-site Connectivity
Testing a Disaster Situation

Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex (GDPS)

Introduction to GDPS
GDPS Metro
Single-Leg and Dual-Leg Configuration
GDPS Metro HyperSwap Manager
GDPS Global – XRC
GDPS Disaster Recovery In Real Life
GDPS Global – Global Mirror
GDPS Continuous Availability
GDPS Continuous Availability Workload Automation
GDPS Virtual Appliance

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery and the Cloud

Disaster Recovery Maintenance Costs
Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS)
DRaaS Benefits and Challenges
DRaaS Best Practices
Hybrid Cloud Alternatives
Cloud Storage and Cloud Backup
Cloud Data Replication

DR – Data Center Backup and Recovery Strategies Mastery Test