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Furniture Brands rests easier with SecureAgent’s backup and recovery solution

Furniture Brands rests easier with SecureAgent’s backup and recovery solution
Furniture Brands’ Lacey Griffith says the company has decreased its disaster-recovery expenses by 50 percent. Photography by Forrest MacCormack

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Customer: Furniture Brands International
Headquarters: St. Louis
Business: Designs, manufactures and distributes furniture
Challenge: Simplify its heterogeneous backup environment
Solution: Deployed SecureAgent’s Secure Data Solution to back up both its mainframe and IBM Power environments and improve disaster-recovery times
Hardware: An IBM System z10, two z890s and several IBM Power Systems servers running IBM i

More than a few people subscribe to the keep-it-simple philosophy. But unfortunately, complexity is sometimes an unavoidable part of life.

When one company acquires another, for example, the overall business is likely to benefit, but the IT department can be stretched to its limits with an incompatible IT infrastructure. This can wreak havoc, due to disparate backup designs that must be handled platform by platform.

Furniture Brands International faced this exact issue. Over the years, the company has grown tremendously, due largely to acquisitions. The company grew stronger in its industry with more products to offer, but became burdened with a heterogeneous back-end operating environment that included both IBM System z* servers and Power Systems* servers running IBM i.

Because these inherited platforms used different backup mechanisms, the company struggled to ensure it could bring its systems up again quickly in the event of an emergency. This isn’t to say it couldn’t, but the process was cumbersome, expensive and time-intensive.

With that keep-it-simple philosophy in mind, the organization sought a solution that would back up both its System z and Power* platforms in a single stroke. Although such cross-platform solutions are difficult to come by, the company was undeterred.

After speaking with a longtime and trusted business partner, DG Technology Consultants, Furniture Brands found exactly what it was looking for: SecureAgent’s Secure Data Solution (SDS). This platform-agnostic middleman device now lets the company back up both its mainframe and Power systems with little hands-on intervention and has the added benefit of reducing tape, storage and personnel costs.

Jim Utsler, IBM Systems Magazine senior writer, has been covering the technology field for more than a decade. Jim can be reached at

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