Shield provides premier High Availability and Disaster Recovery products for the IBM i. We believe the products that we develop provide significant return on investment for our customers and we take many of the requests and comments made by customers to develop new enhancements and features.
We have been developing products for IBM i for many years which are based on our experiences gained while implementing High Availability solutions around the world. JQG4i in particular was developed because we saw the gap left by other High Availability Solutions which provided no ability to replicate Job Queue content between the production and backup system. Even IBM's replication tools do not provide cover for these objects which are critical for system recovery. HA4i and DR4i came from seeing the need for cost effective Disaster Recovery and High Availability on the IBM i that were also easy to implement and manage.
IBM i security is often overlooked because it is generally assumed to be secure and little is done to assess just how secure it is. With approximately 300-400,000 installs of IBM i (or one of its predecessors) around the world, it can be found in many operational environments from small manufacturing companies to large banks. Many of these institutions store valuable data in the IBM i database yet FTP services is an area where security is almost nonexistent. The FTP Server and Client are accessible by most users and no activity is logged by the system. This allows users to download any object they wish and no audit trail will be available, imagine if your customer database was passed onto your competition by a disgruntled employee. The new FTP Guard4i product is a tool which will reduce that possibility by providing access controls plus full logging of all FTP activities regardless of the user who carried it out. Don't wait until your data is stolen and used against you, install FTP Guard4i now and secure your FTP services.
We continue to develop the products based on customers feedback and changing technology provided by the IBM i platform. If you need a specific tool to meet a special need you have or would like to see an additional feature added to one of our premier products, make sure you contact us and let us know how we can help. Many of the tools we provided are free of charge and can be downloaded after signing into the site. While some these products are not covered under any maintenance agreement we do actively support and develop them.
Shield delivers products that meet our customers High Availability/Disaster Recovery needs but occasionally we need to find complimentary products for our clients or to delivery functionality within our own products. We endeavour to find companies that provide users with the same level of excellence that we do and have products that meet the high quality standards we have set for our own products. The following companies meet those expectations in the products they provide and Shield is happy to represent them in the North American market.
Aura Equipments of France
Known in the IBM i community for their Easycom for PHP toolkit Aura provide a technology that allows users to integrate IBM i data and objects into PHP based applications running on IBM i, Linux or Windows servers. This technology is used by Shield to deliver their own PHP based interface for their High Availability / Disaster recovery products. We provide both support and licensing for their Easycom for PHP technology and use their iAMP web server to deploy that technology on the IBM i platform.
Halcyon Software UK
Halycon Software which is based in the UK, have been providing automation software for the IBM i for over 20 years. Our experience with their products has proven it to be both feature rich and cost competitive with a support structure that provides cover 24x7 using its various offices around the world. If you are considering an automation product (Job scheduler, System monitoring, Task management) you should add Halcyon Software to the products to check.