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Baer Consulting

Managed Cloud Services

Baer Consulting (BCI) is an IBM Business Partner and Managed Solution Provider of IBM system z services and support. BCI supports private cloud delivery partner services (PCDPS) and delivers a comprehensive set of System Z managed care and cloud hosting options for sites looking to adopt cloud services quickly and efficiently. BCI’s Technical Team of SME’s and Consultants are available to advise, plan, manage and assist your daily or strategic Operational project needs. Complete zManaged Care offerings for Mainframe Private Cloud include, system applications monitoring, availability, workload & capacity planning, software upgrades, project planning, installation, deployment, and Disaster Recovery. BCI also provides services for Remote Hosting, performance monitoring and reporting for managing critical systems and applications.

Key types of IBM z Cloud are:

  • Private: An on-premises or off-premises Z Cloud infrastructure where access is limited to an organization and perhaps selected partners. If the private cloud is on premises, the enterprise manages the cloud. If it is off premises, your cloud infrastructure may be managed by Baer Consulting or other third-party service provider.
  • Public: The off-premises infrastructure is shared by the general public. Anyone can purchase a piece of a cloud run by a cloud service provider like AMAZON AWS, Microsoft Azure, etc.
  • Hybrid: This combination of public and private clouds, as well as traditional IT, that are inter-connected and enables data and application portability.
  • Hybrid multi-cloud: Many public and private clouds are joined to enable the movement of data between cloud networks. Flexibility and fluid movement of applications and data are the hallmarks of today’s cloud configurations. Hybrid multi-clouds also are being used to help the business with Legacy Application Re-Hosting and Mainframe Modernization.

Main Drivers for Hybrid Multicloud

BCI’s Managed Cloud Offerings provides Core Data Center Management services for Cloud-Hybrid and Private-Cloud mainframe environments. These new service capabilities leverage and build upon BCIs’ core managed care services for sites desiring to centrally manage a Hybrid System Z Cloud deployment.

BCI Managed Cloud Services:

Baer Consulting (BCI) Managed Cloud Services delivers services and support for Cloud-Hybrid and Private-Cloud Environments.

Transform your data management systems to solve your most pressing issues while preparing for future growth. BCI’s Hybrid Cloud model offers the best mix of technology to deliver the right solution to meet your business goals. Extend your IBM z to participate in a Hybrid Multi-Cloud Infrastructure with cross-platform integration to support your DevOps Modernization Strategy. BCI’s Cloud Services can peer with Amazon’s AWS Cloud or other cloud providers to handle IBM z – p Series, -I Series processing.

zCloud Services:

  • Co-Location, Hosting
  • zSystems Support
  • Backup/Recovery
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Technical Staffing
  • Client Support Center
  • Planning and Consulting

Baer-Consulting (BCI) supports private cloud delivery partner services (PCDPS) and delivers a comprehensive set of System Z managed care and cloud hosting options for sites looking to adopt cloud services quickly and efficiently. BCI’s Technical Team of SME’s and Consultants are available to advise, plan, manage and assist your daily or strategic Operational project needs. Complete zManaged Care offerings for Mainframe Hybrid Cloud include: System Applications Monitoring, availability, Workload & Capacity Planning, software upgrades, project planning, installation, deployment, and providing for timely Disaster Recovery test execution. BCI also provides services for Remote Hosting, performance monitoring and reporting for managing critical systems and applications.

Hybrid Cloud Support

BCI’s zManaged Care offerings for Mainframe Hybrid Cloud include: System Applications Monitoring, availability, Workload & Capacity Planning, software upgrades, project planning, installation, deployment, and providing for timely Disaster Recovery test execution.

We can help transform your data management systems to solve your most pressing issues while preparing for future growth. Hybrid Cloud offers the best mix of technology to deliver the right solution to meet your business goals.

A Hybrid Cloud solution combines the optimal mix of on-premise IT, private cloud, and public cloud to deliver the business value you need. It also allows you to evaluate and integrate new technologies where needed and leverage legacy systems as appropriate.

Benefits of Hybrid Cloud:

  • Availability and resilience
  • Scalability
  • Cost Savings
  • Infrastructure modernization
  • Accelerated application delivery
  • Compliance

BCI’s Managed Hybrid Cloud solution also offers Interconnected MF Services with Amazon AWS and other Multi-Cloud MSP Infrastructures. Pairing BCI’s Mainframe Services with Amazon Web Services will extend capabilities to integrate with IBM zSeries, pSeries and Linux processing.

Hosting & Co-Location

BCI provides clients a flexible choice between managing their IT services and hardware on-premise at your site or using a BCI-supplied computing platform hosted remotely. BCI partners with LightEdge Solutions, a provider of on-premise and hybrid cloud offerings and secure co-location support through their state-of-the-art data center facilities located in Des Moines, IA, Kansas City, MO, Omaha, NE and Denver, CO. LightEdge Facilities Management support is ISO 2000, ISO 27001, SSAE 16 SOC 1,2 & 3 Type II and PCI-DSSv3.0 certified with Data Center Operations meeting HIPAA compliance requirements. Teaming with LightEdge Solutions allows us to provide a secure, seamless cross-platform hosting solution for the enterprise. Mainframe Dev/Ops teams can also access the latest cross-platform technology, allowing you to scale computing resources as your business demands change.

BCI Hosting Services features an IBM Z multi-tenant CP supporting 4 networked co-locations. It allows you to easily manage, transform and upgrade in-house computing services without impact to your existing workloads. Baer Consulting owns and operates our own IBM mainframe environments (CPU, DASD, TAPE) in all four datacenters. Three of these datacenters are Tier-III facilities. BCI can also provide disaster recovery as well as production managed services for IBM mainframe cloud environments. We deliver strategic Implementation/Deployment Road Maps and time-line planning.

Managed Storage-as-a-Service

As the demands for managing massive amounts of data grows, as-a-Service providers offer a scalable, more agile alternative to in-house staff managing storage on-premise. “As-a-Service” means that, instead of buying hardware and then dealing with the day-to-day maintenance and troubleshooting of the secondary storage solution, customers pay for an all-inclusive service which alleviates data center overhead. As-a-Service offerings take care of monitoring, diagnostics, failure management, and software updates. This is particularly valuable as data grows larger because it saves enterprises money by lowering total cost of ownership (TCO).

BCI is your enterprise systems & storage solutions partner. BCI leverages our co-location hosting services for managing your Mainframe and storage server environments

BCI’s storage management solution for z/OS performs backup, restore, archive (migrate) and recall for all z/OS data sets and volume types, including z/OS Unix file-level backup and restore.

Business Continuity

Maintaining availability of legacy workloads is the vital part of operations when your company’s business is driven by critical applications. If you are facing challenges like limited hardware options, reducing services and support costs or SME Staff shortages, then BCI's Mainframe hosting and services agreements can help you to address these data center issues.

BCI also provides a fail-safe, effective disaster recovery (DRP) plan - one that’s documented and tested regularly is essential for limiting downtime, avoiding lost revenue, ensuring a speedy recovery of resources and allowing an organization to restore services to clients quickly.

The first step in creating a DRP that works in the real world is not planning – it is assessing. While most planners will try to create an inventory of the applications that need to be part of the DRP, they miss an important step in the pre-plan process: assessing what the system’s DR capabilities are. They need to perform a DR gap analysis, identify what works, what is missing, and then implement any new updates and re-test the changes to the plan. Why not schedule BCI to analyze, maintain and test your Data Center recovery process to facilitate the preparation for any event that could cause a real enterprise system outage!

BCI - Your enterprise systems DR solutions partner provides:

  • Redundancy Protection - 2-site DR Offering includes one hot site with remote site configured for either warm or cold start
  • Plan to Restore Systems quickly by provisioning for - Tape Restoration, Replication, Global Mirroring, Virtual Tape Migration option
  • Test your system regularly - Perform a one-time test to affirm procedures or an option to schedule multi-drills per year
  • Planning & process validation, document updates to your plan
  • Consulting Services Minimize Outage & Downtime - Strategic Planning, IT business continuity

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