The Makers of FDR®

  • FDRPASVM...Non-Disruptive
  • Migration of z/VM and
  • Linux on z Systems Volumes

Database Solutions

Keeping database applications online, in production and more aligned with 24 x 7 operation will help the organizations bottom line. Not having to shut the database or messaging system down to perform backups seems like a sound business model and with UPSTREAM's database and messaging systems "agents", the model can be reality!

UPSTREAM provides the ability to quiese databases, execute scripts with pre and post backup conditional processing that helps provide a totally automated solution. The UPSTREAM agents make it possible to back up large amounts of data within your scheduled backup windows. The agents provide the solution to the database administrator's problem of not enough time for backups, as they operate transparently to end users, and the reduction in the amount of data incremental backups provide will increase efficiency and reduce network load.



Innovation's membership in Oracles Backup Solution Provider (BSP) program allows FDR/UPSTREAM to operate as an Oracle Media Manager Library product to be used with Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN).

The Oracle Recovery Manager is an full-featured backup facility. Through its use, you can use FDR/UPSTREAM to perform full, incremental, and tablespace backups of databases, and tablespaces. Some of the features supported include backup sets, image copies, and integrity checking, and more. All the powerful features of recovery manager are now available to FDR/UPSTREAM users under both local and Storage Server control.

Multi Channel Support

The Oracle Media Support (together with the features of FDR/UPSTREAM) provides full support for multi-channel RMAN backups on all supported platforms. This results in dramatically improved performance.






FDR/UPSTREAM provides a robust solution for the protection of critical Notes and Domino information, enabling online backups without disrupting user productivity. FDR/UPSTREAM supports Notes databases using the Lotus Notes backup API for Windows, AIX, Solaris and z/OS UNIX Systems Services. This means that UPSTREAM can perform online full backups of databases (even if in use) as well as incremental backups by backing up Notes transaction logs - essential if you are using transaction logging.

The Domino agent provides UPSTREAM the ability to perform on-line full and incremental backups of databases, even if in use, and also supports backing up Notes transaction logs. UPSTREAM can also be used to recover a database in a disaster recovery and as well as a point in time recovery.






FDR/UPSTREAM provides full support for Microsoft Exchange 2007, 2010 and 2013. The FDR/UPSTREAM agent provides full and incremental backups and transaction log backups.



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SQL

Microsoft SQL Server provides a number of backup and restore options that provide DBAs with the flexibility they need to plan their database recovery strategy. Using a Microsoft API, FDR/UPSTREAM can take advantage of these options to aid in the automation of SQL backups and restores. FDR/UPSTREAM provides a backup agent which offers online, full and transaction log backups of SQL databases.






DB2 Universal Database

The FDR/UPSTREAM support for IBM DB/2 Universal Server (UDB) is full-featured providing a backup agent that includes a user exit and supports Windows, AIX, HP-UX, x86 Linux & Linux on System z and Solaris systems. The FDR/UPSTREAM UDB agent features.

  • Online and offline backups
  • Tablespace level backups and restores
  • Includes a user exit for system generated incrementals if you are running in archive log mode
  • The user exit supports roll-forwards from user exit backups facility
  • Supports full backups as a "vendor DLL"
  • The database can be recreated directly from FDR/UPSTREAM backups!
  • Includes a user exit for system generated incrementals if you are running in archive log mode
  • The user exit supports roll-forwards from user exit backups







Innovation's membership in Oracles Backup Solution Provider (BSP) program allows FDR/UPSTREAM to operate as an Oracle Media Manager Library product to be used with Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN).

The Oracle Recovery Manager is an full-featured backup facility. Through its use, you can use FDR/UPSTREAM to perform full, incremental, and tablespace backups of databases, and tablespaces. Some of the features supported include backup sets, image copies, and integrity checking, and more. All the powerful features of recovery manager are now available to FDR/UPSTREAM users under both local and Storage Server control.

Multi Channel Support The Oracle Media Support (together with the features of FDR/UPSTREAM) provides full support for multi-channel RMAN backups on all supported platforms. This results in dramatically improved performance.


Pre & Post Processing...Run Jobs

Preprocess and Postprocessing facilities are UPSTREAM methods for an administrator to prepare a database for some action For some DBAs, it might mean quiese a database, while for other DBAs it could mean to run a SQL script or do work with transaction logs.

The way this could work is by submitting an UPSTREAM z/OS batch job, that contacts the UPSTREAM client, and executes the preprocess program, batch file or script file, resident on that machine, to be run immediately before the UPSTREAM function. Once that is successfully completed, the next step in the job could be to start the actual backup of the database. If the preprocess or postprocess job fails (can't be run or returns a non-zero return code), the UPSTREAM function will not be performed, and the entire function will return a non-zero return code on the host.When the backup is completed the postprocessing facility could then be automatically executed.

The result is a totally automated method to safely and securely to backup your databases while providing information to both z/OS and database administrators on the success or failure of the operation!

FDR/UPSTREAM includes features that allow remote computers (z/OS and other workstation/servers) to run a batch file or program on a workstation/server or for you to submit existing host jobs. FDR/UPSTREAM z/OS batch jobs send a return code indicating whether the requested function has successfully completed. For backups or restores, this return code indicates whether the backup or restore worked successfully (0 = success, 4 = minor problems, 8 = failure, 16 bad news) These return codes are often used with a z/OS Job scheduling system to determine whether to perform additional functions or provide notification to an administrator.

Given the differences between LAN and UNIX system return codes compared to z/OS return codes, they could be meaningless to each other. The z/OS mainframe has a long standing convention for how return codes work and don't relate to a server/workstation program return code, as it often is simply 0 for successes and non-zero for failure. To help equate the two, UPSTREAM provides a mapping facility for server/workstation return codes to host return codes. Using the Return Code Map feature, allows you to map the job return code to a condition code consistent with the way that z/OS host condition codes work.

These are several examples of the coordinated and cohesive support UPSTREAM provides for large database applications that make the DBA and z/OS storage administrator a team protecting the corporation's databases assets.


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