Shield Advanced Solutions Ltd
Shield has been providing products and services for the IBM i and all of its predecessors such as 'AS/400','iSeries','i5' and 'Systemi' for over 20 years. The products we have developed for the High Availability and Disaster Recovery market are based on years of experience implementing other companies solutions and feedback from existing clients. This has enabled us to bring to market a suite of products designed to meet the demands of the most demanding IBM i environments around the world. Our current clients confirm we put them first. Shield provides support that goes above and beyond our stated service level and deliver products with features that are only found in products costing a great deal more. Our products encompass the latest technology available from IBM for IBM i and continue to improve as they release new enhancements.
Availability made easy
HA4i is our premier High Availability solution which has continued to grow over a number of Release. The focus of HA4i is to deliver a dependable replication process that requires minimal management. We have made the installation and configuration process as simple as possible which reduces the total cost of ownership and allows changes to be made without the cost of highly paid consultants. The latest version comes with many new features that continue to build on the solid foundation we have built in previous versions. Cost should not be an impediment to protecting your investment, HA4i is an affordable and effective High Availability Product.
Library Vaulting for IBM i
LVLT4i uses the same object and data replication technology used by HA4i with added ability to apply the changes to a remote iASP. Developed primarily for deployment by a Managed Service Provider, LVLT4i is priced by the source system IBM tier group which provides significant benefit for the MSP who generally replicate multiple smaller client systems to a larger target system. This provides significant cost savings over a standard High Availability Solution while still providing efficient data and object replication. LVLT4i is a subscription based pricing model where quarterly fees are paid instead of the outright purchase of the product allowing the MSP to grow their business without the significant cost of purchasing a target license up front.
Disaster Recovery for IBM i
DR4i uses the same apply technology used by HA4i to apply changes from a remote journal receiver to the database and objects. Because it is only installed on the target system where the apply of the data and objects is required, it provides significant cost savings over a full blown High Availability Solution while still providing efficient data replication. This allows customers to move from a non replicated recovery solution such as tape back ups etc to a hot site with ease. Simplicity is built into DR4i to ensure ongoing management is kept to a minimum.
Job Queue tracking
No High Availability solution is complete without the ability to replicate the job queue content, unfortunately many of the solutions on the market today do not offer this capability and those that do, do not provide the level of sophistication that JT4i provides. If you have a High Availability Solution which does not provide this capability, you should be urgently considering the implementation of JT4i, without it recovery after a failure could result in data integrity issues and extended recovery times.
FTP Security for IBM i
We have recently came across a number of clients who are running FTP Services and are not aware of exposures this brings so the development of FTP Guard4i is in response to that need. Once implemented, FTP Guard4i will allow a system administrator to control who can use the IBM i FTP Services and under what controls. This will remove the existing security exposure that exists in many IBM i environments today and greatly reduces the possibility of data or intellectual property theft which many leave themselves open to. Logs are also generated that can be used to trace all of the activities of a user while using the IBM i FTP services.
Object Distribution for IBM i
We are always distributing objects across the systems we use for demo development which can be a time consuming process. Even using FTP to transfer objects requires the objects are first saved to a save file, sent to the remote system and then restored by signing on to the remote system. With RE4i we are now able to distribute the objects using a single command which greatly reduces the time and effort required to manage the multiple systems. There is also a command processor which allows commands to be built on the source system and run on the target system. Security is also maintained as the object and command distribution uses the same profile on the target as it does on the source when running the vital processes. The product is packaged as a LPP and managed using the IBM license repository which greatly simplifies the installation and management of the product. Pricing is very simple with a cost of $500US per install.
With over 20 years of experience we have developed products that meet some of the most demanding requirements but have done this with the end users in mind. Our products should be capable of being installed by most IBM i administrators because we have packaged them using the IBM LPP technology which uses the same commands used by the OS for management and updates. However, if you are unable to facilitate the staff required we offer a number of services designed to deliver a fully installed and configured High Availability / Disaster Recovery environment for you. We also offer technical services around our programming and Apache/PHP knowledge.