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Resume of Dana French: Experience

PositionOrganizationDate

Founder-SponsorAIX ExpertJuly 2010 - Present
AIX Administration Methodology - Global Consolidation Project - The purpose of this project is to provide a standardized business continuity methodology for building, supporting, and maintaining a large world wide, multi-data center IBM AIX environment. The methodology details the entire life cycle of an IBM AIX system, from planning and deployment, through decommission, reclaimation, and recoupment. The focus of this site is the global consolidation of AIX administration methodologies into a single structure.

Owner-FounderSiteOx DatacentersJanuary 2008 - Present
Provider of datacenter facilities for small and medium size businesses. Consulting services for business continuity, disaster recovery, high availability, and virtualization.

President - CEOTriParadigm LLCJuly 2007 - Present
TriParadigm is a partnership of high tech companies specializing in business continuity, disaster recovery, high availability, virtualization, and data center automation. This company was formed to refine and market a data center automation product called “vLPAR” which was designed and developed by Dana French. The “vLPAR” product is sold as an appliance that automatically builds, deploys, configures and provisions entire multi-system, multi-frame, multi-datacenter environments for high availability and disaster recovery.

PresidentMt Xia IncJanuary 1999 - Present
Primary focus is Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, High Availability and integration of new systems into existing infrastructures. I provide enterprise wide management and technical leadership to clients for developing and implementing business continuity methodologies, and in developing automated disaster recovery solutions. These services are performed in support of increasing and-or safeguarding revenue streams, data center consolidation, and outsourcing projects.

Consulting AnalystKPMGFebruary 2013 - March 2013
Subject Matter Expert for Data Center Assessment project with the State of California

Consulting AnalystState of CaliforniaFebruary 2013 - March 2013
Infrastructure Assessment and Cloud Computing Recommendations for IBM AIX Systems

Consulting AnalystOncorJuly 2010 - January 2013
Data Center Migration Consultant for IBM AIX Systems

Consulting AnalystEnergy Future HoldingsJuly 2010 - January 2013
Data Center Migration Consultant for IBM AIX Systems

Consulting AnalystSea WorldNovember 2010 - March 2011
AIX problem resolution consultant

Consulting AnalystMedstar HealthMarch 2009 - March 2011
Data Center Migration: AIX Systems Designer and consultant. Migration of systems between company owned data centers and Dell-Perot data center services provider.

Consulting AnalystDell-PerotMarch 2009 - March 2011
AIX Systems Designer, Data Center Migration Consulting, Virtualization, High Availability, Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity.

Consulting AnalystToyo TiresJanuary 2007 - March 2011
AIX High Availability design and implementation in various data centers across the USA.

Consulting AnalystGlobal Packaging IncJuly 2010 - December 2010
AIX Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery testing in remote facilities provided by IBM at Boulder Colorado.

Consulting AnalystNetJets2008 - 2009
AIX design and implementation of Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, High Availability, Virtualization, and data center automation concepts in their Columbus, OH data centers.

Owner-FounderSiteOx Web Hosting2008 - 2009
Providing Web Site Hosting and Domain Registration Services

Consulting AnalystPerotSystemsJune 2008 - September 2009
Providing IBM AIX consulting services to clients of PerotSystems.

Consulting AnalystCommunity Health SystemsSeptember 2008 - March 2009
AIX Systems Designer and Support Consulting. High Availability, Disaster Recovery, and Business Continuity Consulting.

Writer-AuthorIBM Developerworks2007 - 2009
Author of numerous articles on the topics of Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, High Availability, Data Center Automation and Virtualization.

Writer-AuthorLulu Publishing2007 - 2009
Author of books on Business Continuity, and Korn Shell Programming.

Consulting AnalystMoodysJuly 2008 - December 2008
AIX System Administration and DNS Management for world-wide operations.

Writer-AuthorAIX Update Journal2004 - 2008
Author of numerous articles on the topics of Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, High Availability, Data Center Automation, Virtualization, and Korn Shell Programming.

Consulting AnalystLiberty MutualJuly 2007 - December 2007
Data center automation of AIX deployment in virtualized LPAR environment utilizing vLPAR components. These vLPAR components were licensed to BladeLogic on a proof-of-concept basis for implementation by Liberty Mutual.

Software-Hardware VendorBMC - BladeLogicJuly 2007 - December 2007
Data center automation of AIX deployment in virtualized LPAR environment utilizing vLPAR components. These vLPAR components were licensed to BladeLogic on a proof-of-concept basis for implementation by Liberty Mutual.

Consulting AnalystCapgemini2004 - 2007
AIX design, implementation, support, and maintenance of business continuity, disaster recovery, high availability, virtualization, and data center automation environment in world-wide data centers.

Consulting AnalystCapgemini Energy2004 - 2007
AIX design, implementation, support, and maintenance of business continuity, disaster recovery, high availability, virtualization, and data center automation environment in world-wide data centers.

Consulting AnalystTXUMarch 2003 - December 2007
AIX design, implementation, support, and maintenance of business continuity, disaster recovery, high availability, virtualization, and data center automation environment in world-wide data centers.

Consulting AnalystHardin Construction2004 - 2004
TSM implementation and administration in IBM AIX environments for the purpose of corporate-wide backups.

Consulting AnalystHCA2003 - 2004
AIX design, implementation, support, and maintenance of business continuity, disaster recovery, high availability, virtualization, and data center automation environment in world-wide data centers.

Consulting AnalystFleming CompaniesSeptember 2000 - December 2002
Developed business continuity, disaster recovery, and high availability computing facilities to support critical business functions.

Consulting AnalystFlemingSeptember 2000 - September 2002
Lead the Unix team for the nations largest grocery wholesaler which designed, implemented, supported, and managed over 150 servers on a nationwide network providing business continuity, disaster recovery, and high availability.

Senior Consulting AnalystApplied Intelligence GroupSeptember 1993 - September 1999

Responsible for development of E-Business, E-Services, and E-Management strategies. This includes tactical and strategic implementation of architectures and technologies. Responsible for designing, implementing, and managing conversion of clients to an E-Business model philosophy and mindset.

During the spring of 1993, Applied Intelligence Group hired me to perform some Unix consulting work. They subsequently offered me a job which I accepted. AIG was a systems integration company which specialized in the retail industry. My job was to consult with clients on Unix related issues. AIG clients with whom I worked included -

Eli Witt, Co - I was the lead consultant during Eli Witts LAN/WAN upgrade to these servers running NCR SVR4. This implementation required integrating the servers into a LAN/WAN environment using both TCP/IP and UUCP over leased lines with dial backup. Eli Witts NCR machines ran the Galaxy environment as an emulation of the NCR 9400 ITX systems. The Galaxy environment allowed Eli Witt to migrate from the legacy system into a modern system.

United States Marine Corp - USMC hired AIG to provide 3rd party analysis of an application being written by IBM for the USMC. My job was to analize the design and implementation of the application. The AIX box was used as a central controller.

Stop & Shop - As a subcontractor to IBM and working with Stop & Shop, I was part of a team to integrate Hobart, Franklin and Toledo scales into an AIX environment. This required an indepth knowledge of async communications and application in an AIX environment.

Home Quarters - Home Quarters uses NCR 3400 machines as back office processors. I designed, built, and implemented a shelf tag printing system from an AS/400 at the headquarters to the NCR back office processors. The printers included Printronix and Texas Instruments.

Sonic Driveins - I have performed a number of roles in support of Sonic. I participated in the hardware selection effort for selecting a new restaurant POS system. I was part of a team which designed, wrote, and implemented an unattended installation system for the POS system which ran on a Windows NT platform. I also designed, wrote, implemented and maintained a World Wide Web Support site for Sonic and their vendors.

Urocor - Participated in the systems analysis phase of their World Wide Web conversion effort.

Follett Campus Stores - With Follett Campus Stores I participated in a team to port a Cobol application purchased by Follett onto the AIX-RS/6000. My duties included providing design and implementation consulting to the project team.

Fleming Foods - Performed a Y2K upgrade of all RS/6000 - AIX machines in all warehouses, nationwide. These upgrade could only be performed during the warehouse downtime, which was usually on Saturday from midnight to 6 am or 8 am.

Siemens/Nixdorf and Nordstroms - Provided technical support for a Siemens/Nixdorf development project with Nordstrom. Involved writing a device driver for proprietary Siemens/Nixdorf network card and also required writing a printer configuration system.

Brookshire Brothers, Inc - Designed, built, implemented and supported an enterprise wide LAN/WAN environment which included HQ environment, backoffice, POS, and DSD systems.

Principal ConsultantFrench Consulting1989 - 1993

Owned and operated a consulting company called French Consulting from 1989 to 1993 during which time I worked for a number of clients in various industries. My clients included -

Federal Aviation Administration - Worked with the FAA for 10 months to port the Instrument Approach Procedures Automation system to SunOS environment. Project involved porting a large quantity of fortran code from Data General Mainframe running AOS to fortran and C language on the Sun.

Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems - Designed and built high availability database system for Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems to keep track of error notifications generated by the cellular transmission towers.

Data General - Worked with Aviion servers and Clarion disk arrays in High Availability database environment.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc - During my time working with Wal-Mart, I designed, built, and implemented, distributed Informix Database Systems on NCR platforms. Also worked with Hewlett Packard equipment as a back office processor for the stores, and as intermediate servers to relieve some of the burden from the Teradata machine.

Applied Intelligence Group, Inc - Unix Consulting in retail environment.

ProgrammerEnergy Analysts1980 - 1989

Lead programmer in the development of a Chemical Engineering Softwareprogram which predicted the risk and exposure due to accidents in large petro-chemical facilities.

I designed, wrote, implemented, and supported all of Energy Analysts software products, which included -

  • EAHAP - Energy Analysts Hazards Analysis Program
  • EAEPP - Energy Analysts Exposed Population Predictor
  • EAPRA - Energy Analysts Probabalistic Risk Assessment
  • Chemical Engineering TechnicianApplied Technology Corp1979 - 1979

    In the summer of 1979, while I was on summer vacation during my sophmore year in college, I took a job with a company called Applied Technology, Inc. (ATC) in Norman, OK. My job title was Chemical Engineering Technician and my duties were to assist the company engineers in two large scale testing projects being performed by the company.

    The first project was to test the extinguishment characteristics of Carbon-disulfide in controlled burn situations. The tests were conducted on a prepared test site in Newcastle, OK, adjacent to the South Canadian River. This test site had a large concrete building which contained a test monitoring lab and provided storage for test equipment, tools, etc. The site contained multiple pits of various sizes which were used to burn the Carbon-disulfide. The pits were of three sizes which were 5ftx5ft, 10ftx10ft, and 20ftx20ft. A variety of extinguishment methods were tested on the carbon-disulfide which included low-volume foam, high-volume foam, and dry chemicals. Measurements of several parameters were recorded from the test such as temperature, extinguisher flow and volume, time to extinguishment, etc.

    The second project was to test the burn characteristics of a wide variety of crude oils from around the world. This project was sponsored by the Battelle Institute in Seattle, Washington. There were approximately ten barrels of oil from locations such as Venezuala, Saudia Arabia, California, Alaska, etc.



    Resume of Dana French: Certifications


    Image1.gif  IBM Certified Advanced Technical Expert
    Image1.gif  IBM Certified Specialist - System Support
    Image1.gif  IBM Certificate of Proficiency - Performance and System Tuning
    Image1.gif  IBM Certificate of Proficiency - Installation, Backup and System Recovery
    Image1.gif  IBM Certificate of Proficiency - Communications
    Image1.gif  Emergency Management Institute - Professional Development Series
    Image1.gif  Emergency Management Institute - Emergency Planning
    Image1.gif  Emergency Management Institute - Leadership & Influence
    Image1.gif  Emergency Management Institute - Decision Making & Problem Solving
    Image1.gif  Emergency Management Institute - Effective Communication
    Image1.gif  Emergency Management Institute - Developing & Managing Volunteers
    Image1.gif  Emergency Management Institute - Exercise Design
    Image1.gif  Emergency Management Institute - Principles of Emergency Management
    Image1.gif  Emergency Management Institute - Disaster Basics
    Image1.gif  Emergency Management Institute - Hazardous Materials Prevention
    Image1.gif  Emergency Management Institute - Introduction to Mitigation
    Image1.gif  Emergency Management Institute - National Incident Management System
    Image1.gif  Brainbench - Linux Administration Certification
    Image1.gif  Brainbench - MS Windows Server 2003 Administration Certification
    Image1.gif  Brainbench - Network Security Certification
    Image1.gif  Brainbench - HTML 3.2 Certification


    Resume of Dana French: Publications

    TitlePublisherDate



    AIX Server Build Checklist



    IBM Developer Works



    2nd Quarter 2011


    Quill.gif AIX Server Build Checklist - Not Yet Published

    This article provides a standardized IBM AIX server build checklist including tasks related to facilities preparation, HMC, NIM, virtualization, disaster recovery, business continuity, and data center automation. Also included are time estimates to perform each AIX related task.



    Assign Path Priorities



    IBM Developer Works



    2nd Quarter 2011


    Quill.gif Assign Path Priorities to Virtualized Disks - Not Yet Published

    Discussion of a method for assigning physical path priorities to virtual scsi paths on VIO servers based on even/odd numbers associated with each disk and each path to disk. This script is useful in a Virtualized environment utilizing VIO servers with MPIO on the client LPARs. This script provides the system admin with the ability to manually load balance SAN traffic from client LPARs between dual VIO servers, and across all physical adapters on the VIO server.



    visualSelect Menuing Script



    IBM Developer Works



    2nd Quarter 2011


    Quill.gif visualSelect Menuing and Data Interface - Not Yet Published

    Discussion of a Menuing and data interface system written in Korn Shell 93. This program is to provide a visually selectable interface into any array of values. The menu interface provides the user with the ability select items on the screen using single key presses to peform cursor movement using the PC keyboard arrow keys, PgUp, PgDn, Home, and End keys. It also provides single key press execution for the PC Keyboard function keys.



    AIX Documentation Wiki



    IBM Developer Works



    March 1, 2011


    Quill.gif AIX Documentation Wiki - Configuration and Implementation

    Methodology, configuration, instructions, and scripts for the implementation of an AIX documentation server using MediaWiki software. Included are scripts for the automated creation and upload of categories, pages, and redirects associated with the IBM AIX operating system and related software. This article also discusses a methodology for the design, maintenance, and support of the documentation server to insure business continuity is preserved.



    Dynamic IP Address Allocation



    IBM Developer Works



    July 1, 2009


    Quill.gif Automated and Dynamic IP Address Allocation for Data Center Automation - System Deployment Tools for Business Continuity

    Discussion of the usage of a dynamic DNS for the storage, allocation, and management of IP addresses for system deployment operations in automated data center environments. A step-by-step procedure for the creation and configuration of the AIX dynamic DNS is provided to support automated IP address allocations across multiple subnets.



    AIX Job Spooler



    IBM Developer Works



    April 1, 2009


    Quill.gif AIX Job Spooler - Process and Resource Control

    Job spooling or batch processing are mainframe concepts that are available in the IBM AIX environment, but are rarely implemented. This article describes the configuration, reasons, and purposes for implementing job spooling in AIX environments.



    Enterprise Wide Unique Identifiers



    IBM Developer Works



    January 1, 2009


    Quill.gif Enterprise Wide Unique Identifiers for Business Continuity

    A discussion of Enterprise Wide Unique (EWU) identifiers as they are needed in supporting a business continuity environment. These identifiers provide a mechanism of ensuring a single value for a parameter that must be unique across an entire enterprise. The purpose of this article is to show the value of generating or calculating these values on an as needed basis rather than recording and maintaning these values in spreadsheets and databases.



    Naming Standards



    IBM Developer Works



    November 1, 2008


    Quill.gif Naming Standards for Business Continuity

    In todays partitioned and virtualized computing environments, the requirement for naming standards is more apparent than ever before. Unfortunately there is a wide spread lack of understanding between the different categories of names used to identify managed systems, LPARs, profiles, node names, host names, and aliases. This article defines naming categories and provide standards for creating enterprise wide unique names associated with each category. This article also explains why it is important to distinguish between the different naming categories and how they are an integral part of data center automation projects and an overall business continuity plan.



    KornShell 93 Auditing



    IBM Developer Works



    September 1, 2008


    Quill.gif KornShell 93 Auditing

    New features of the Korn Shell provide system administrators and management with the ability to monitor, track, record, and audit every command executed by any user of a system. This is different from normal the normal shell history, and provides detailed information that includes date, time, tty, user, and the command. This information can be stored locally or transmitted in real time to a remote logging system.



    Shell Curses Function Library



    IBM Developer Works



    March 1, 2008


    Quill.gif Shell Curses Function Library

    Provides the shell programmer the ability to perform text-based cursor movements to specified locations on the screen. This ability permits the creation of menuing and data-entry systems using shell scripts without the need for compiled binaries. These functions are similar to the C language Curses library.



    AIX disaster recovery



    IBM Developer Works



    September 1, 2007


    Quill.gif AIX disaster recovery

    Resolving resource conflicts. This article identifies resource conflicts that typically occur during a disaster recovery implementation and provides suggestions for resolving these conflicts.



    Virtualization Standards 10



    Unpublished



    April 1, 2008


    Quill.gif Virtualization Standards for Business Continuity - Part 10

    This is the tenth of a series of articles defining the policies, guidelines, standards, and procedures that provide the foundation of a virtualized environment, thus enabling business continuity, disaster recovery, and high availability, with an emphasis toward Return On Investment (ROI). This article will discuss standardized procedures for installing the AIX operating system on client LPARs, configuring the network etherchannel adapters, and prioritizing the storage communication on the client LPAR between the VIO servers.



    Virtualization Standards 9



    AIX Update Journal



    March 1, 2008


    Quill.gif Virtualization Standards for Business Continuity - Part 9

    This article will focus on a standardized procedure for building and configuring the client LPAR. The client LPAR will utilize I/O resources provided by dual VIO servers, as described in previous articles in this series. This article includes a shell script called “mklpar” that is used to create and configure client LPARs.



    Virtualization Standards 8



    AIX Update Journal



    February 1, 2008


    Quill.gif Virtualization Standards for Business Continuity - Part 8

    The focus of this article will be to describe a variety of VIO server settings and requirements to support the business continuity methodology described by this series of articles. In a previous article, a script named “mkviolpar” was provided for creating VIO Server LPARs, this article will describe the procedures for installing a VIO Server operating system onto an LPAR created by the “mkviolpar” script, and a number of configuration parameters associated with the VIO Server.



    Virtualization Standards 7



    AIX Update Journal



    November 1, 2007


    Quill.gif Virtualization Standards for Business Continuity - Part 7

    The focus of this article will be to describe a Virtual Target Device (VTD) naming standard that will help the system administrator organize and manage the the associated storage on the VIO Servers and client LPARs.



    Virtualization Standards 6



    AIX Update Journal



    September 1, 2007


    Quill.gif Virtualization Standards for Business Continuity - Part 6

    The focus of this article will be to describe a virtual SCSI adapter slot numbering standard that will help the system administrator organize and manage these adapters and associated storage on the VIO servers and client LPARs.



    Virtualization Standards 5



    AIX Update Journal



    August 1, 2007


    Quill.gif Virtualization Standards for Business Continuity - Part 5

    One of the most difficult tasks in a virtualized AIX environment is identification and association of resources such as virtual SCSI adapters, virtual ethernet adapters, and storage. These tasks become even more difficult in large environments such as the p590 where there may be dozens, if not hundreds of LPARs on a single frame.



    Virtualization Standards 4



    AIX Update Journal



    May 1, 2007


    Quill.gif Virtualization Standards for Business Continuity - Part 4

    The focus of this article is to present a shell script that provides the HTML report generator for the web based reporting mechanism discussed in the previous article in this series, which presented the data gathering portion of the reporting mechanism.



    Virtualization Standards 3



    AIX Update Journal



    March 1, 2007


    Quill.gif Virtualization Standards for Business Continuity - Part 3

    The focus of this article is to define virtual adapter slot numbering standards used by the VIO servers and to discuss the placement of physical adapters within a pSeries frame or I/O drawer. These standards enable the administrator more easily manage and maintain the various I/O components provided by the VIO servers to the client LPARs.



    Virtualization Standards 2



    AIX Update Journal



    February 1, 2007


    Quill.gif Virtualization Standards for Business Continuity - Part 2

    The focus of this article is to define a standardized and repeatable process for creating Virtual I/O Servers in the IBM pSeries environment. The standards detailed here are are result of two years of implementation work refining best practices with respect to system administration, high availability, disaster recovery, and business continuity.



    Virtualization Standards 1



    AIX Update Journal



    December 1, 2006


    Quill.gif Virtualization Standards for Business Continuity - Part 1

    The purpose of this series of articles is to define the policies, guidelines, standards, and procedures that provide the foundation of a virtualized environment enabling business continuity, disaster recovery, and high availability, with an emphasis toward Return On Investment (ROI). Virtualization is the next evolution in the recentralization of the data center. In the last few years, as networking costs have decreased and support costs have increased, the advantages of a centralized data center has reemerged. These advantages include cost reductions for many IT resources including hardware, software, facilities, and personnel. Within a centralized data center further cost reductions are realized by reducing the amount of hardware that is required to support todays business functions. Reducing the hardware in turn reduces the costs associated with facilities, networking, support and maintenance.



    Automated Documentation



    AIX Update Journal



    August 1, 2006


    Quill.gif Successful Business Continuity - Automated Documentation

    This article discusses a number of topics which include the automated generation of documentation, job scheduling, providing privileged access to non-administrators, and finally integrating a business continuity mentality into everyday activities of an organization.



    Automated Process Monitoring



    AIX Update Journal



    July 1, 2006


    Quill.gif Automated Process Monitoring

    This function reads a list of process arguments from a process list file and checks the system process list to see if that process is running, if not it logs an error in the AIX error log. This function is intended to be run from cron once every minute of every day.



    Virtual SCSI adapters in a VIOS



    AIX Update Journal



    May 1, 2006


    Quill.gif Tracking disks and virtual SCSI adapters in a VIO server environment

    The purpose of this script is to map the disks from a VIO server to their respective virtual SCSI slot numbers, virtual adapters, and LDEV numbers. This script is intended to be run on a VIO server in the oem_setup_env environment. The output from this script is a table of information containing the name of the VIO server, hdisk name, virtual adapter name, virtual slot number, the SAN LDEV ID, VTD, and associated partitions.



    Generate Random Passwords



    AIX Update Journal



    April 1, 2006


    Script.gif Generate Secure Random Passwords

    This article describe a script that generates a random password string



    Websphere MQ



    AIX Update Journal



    April 1, 2006


    Quill.gif Successful Business Continuity - Websphere MQ

    This is the fourth in a series of articles discussing how to implement AIX in an environment dedicated to business continuity. The topic of this article is the assignment of MQ Series queue names and aliases, resource group startup and shutdown script names (Application startup/shutdown script names), error logging, and error notification.



    Path Priorities on VIOS



    AIX Update Journal



    February 1, 2006


    Script.gif Setting Path Priorities for Virtualized Disks

    Script to assign priorty to vscsi paths based on even/odd numbers associated with each disk and each path to disk. This script is useful in a Virtualized environment utilizing VIO servers with MPIO on the client LPARs. This script provides the system admin with the ability to manually load balance SAN traffic from client LPARs between dual VIO servers.



    Korn Shell Awk Emulation



    AIX Update Journal



    February 1, 2006


    Script.gif Korn Shell Awk Emulation

    This article describes a korn shell emulation of the awk capability of extracting and reordering fields from an input stream.



    Volume Names



    AIX Update Journal



    November 1, 2005


    Quill.gif Successful Business Continuity - Volume Names

    This is the third in a series of articles discussing how to implement AIX in an environment dedicated to business continuity. The topic of this article is the assignment of volume groups, physical volumes, logical volumes, JFS log logical volumes, file system mount points, resource groups, and major numbers. The name assignments of each of these entities should be unique enterprise wide and be conducive to high availability and disaster recovery.



    Naming Structures



    AIX Update Journal



    May 1, 2005


    Quill.gif Successful Business Continuity - Naming Structures

    This is the second in a series of articles discussing how to implement AIX in an environment dedicated to business continuity. The topic of this article is the assignment of machine names, host names, adapter names, aliases, etc. It is important that the naming scheme provide enterprise wide unique values for each network location for normal operations as well as for disaster recovery and business continuity. The techniques discussed here will illustrate the need for a unique naming scheme for each network location and what constitutes a network location.



    User Names and Groups



    AIX Update Journal



    April 1, 2005


    Quill.gif Successful Business Continuity - User Names and Groups

    During a Disaster Recovery (DR) implementation effort the last thing you want is unexpected hardware and software configuration issues. These tend to consume time, resources, and cause Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) to be missed. In order to ensure business continuity, organizations must design, implement, maintain and enforce policies, procedures, standards, and guidelines that encompass all aspects of their critical business functions.



    Business Continuity Wikipedia Article



    Wikipedia



    January 1, 2009


    World1.gif Business Continuity Wikipedia Article

    Original author of the Wikipedia article on Business Continuity.



    Disaster Recovery Planning Course



    Mt Xia Inc



    2011


    Quill.gif Teaching and Mentoring - Disaster Recovery Planning for the Enterprise

    Instructor led training conducted by Dana French on the subject of Disaster Recovery Planning.



    Korn Shell Programming Course



    Mt Xia Inc



    2011


    Gcapgrey.gif Teaching and Mentoring - Korn Shell Programming

    Instructor led training conducted by Dana French on the subject of Korn Shell Programming.



    IBM AIX Course



    Mt Xia Inc



    2011


    Gcapgrey.gif Teaching and Mentoring - IBM AIX Operating System

    Instructor led training conducted by Dana French on the subject of the IBM AIX Operating System.



    IBM HACMP Course



    Mt Xia Inc



    2011


    Gcapgrey.gif Teaching and Mentoring - IBM HACMP (High Availability)

    Instructor led training conducted by Dana French on the subject of IBM HACMP (High Availability).



    Introduction to Unix and Linux Course



    Mt Xia Inc



    2011


    Gcapgrey.gif Teaching and Mentoring - Introduction to Unix/Linux

    Instructor led training conducted by Dana French on the subjects of Unix and Linux.



    IBM Network Install Manager Course



    Mt Xia Inc



    2011


    Gcapgrey.gif Teaching and Mentoring - IBM Network Install Manager (NIM)

    Instructor led training conducted by Dana French on the subject of the IBM Network Install Manager (NIM).



    Business Continuity Slide Show



    Mt Xia Inc



    2011


    Gcapgrey.gif Slide Show - Business Continuity

    This is slide presentation explaining business continuity concepts and methodologies.



    Business Impact Analysis Slide Show



    Mt Xia Inc



    2011


    Gcapgrey.gif Slide Show - Business Impact Analysis

    This is a slide show describing how to conduct a business impact analysis as part of a disaster recovery planning project.



    Venture Capital Slide Show



    Mt Xia Inc



    2011


    Gcapgrey.gif Slide Show - Venture Capital Presentation Template

    This is a slide show providing a template for a venture capital presentation. This presentation can be used to promote a business or idea to venture capitalists for the purpose of obtaining funding.



    High Availability Slide Show



    Mt Xia Inc



    2011


    Gcapgrey.gif Slide Show - High Availability (HACMP)

    This slide show provides an introduction to HACMP concepts, design, implementation, and support. The concepts described here are intended to be implemented as part of an enterprise wide mentality of business continuity.



    Service Level Agreements Slide Show



    Mt Xia Inc



    2011


    Gcapgrey.gif Slide Show - Service Level Agreements

    This is a slide presentation that describes the considerations when designing and creating Service Level Agreements (SLAs) in large Data Center Environments. A Service Level Agreement is a document between a business function owner and a service provide which describes the roles, responsibilities, support, and maintenance schedules associated with a supported business function.



    Network Install Manager Slide Show



    Mt Xia Inc



    2011


    Gcapgrey.gif Slide Show - Network Install Manager (NIM)

    This slide show describes the design, configuration, and support of the Network Installation Manager (NIM) Servers implemented by Dana French and Mt Xia Inc This slide show is intended to provide guidance for establishing and maintaining NIM servers that support a business continuity IT environment.



    AIX Expert Web Site



    Mt Xia Inc



    2011


    World1.gif Web Site - AIX Expert

    The purpose of this site is to provide a standardized business continuity methodology for building, supporting, and maintaining a large world wide, multi-data center IBM AIX environment. The methodology details the entire life cycle of an IBM AIX system, from planning and deployment, through decommission, reclaimation, and recoupment. The focus of this site is the global consolidation of AIX administration methodologies into a single structure.



    MyLexica Web Site



    Mt Xia Inc



    2011


    World1.gif Web Site - MyLexica

    Mylexica provides tools for aspiring and established authors to help them with writing original works.



    Train By Tweet BC



    Mt Xia Inc



    2012


    Trainbytweet logo 30x25.jpg Business Continuity Training

    Business Continuity training course written and presented by Dana French, provides an overview of how to implement Business Continuity in an organization



    Train By Tweet BIA



    Mt Xia Inc



    2012


    Trainbytweet logo 30x25.jpg Business Impact Analysis

    Business Impact Analysis training course written and presented by Dana French, provides an overview of how to conduct a Business Impact Analysis



    Train By Tweet SLA



    Mt Xia Inc



    2012


    Trainbytweet logo 30x25.jpg Service Level Agreement Training

    Service Level Agreements training course written and presented by Dana French, provides an overview of how to implement Service Level Agreements in an organization



    Train By Tweet VC



    Mt Xia Inc



    2012


    Trainbytweet logo 30x25.jpg Venture Capital

    Venture Capital Presentation Template written and presented by Dana French, provides a template of how to create a presentation when seeking venture capital investors.



    Train By Tweet BIA



    Mt Xia Inc



    2012


    Trainbytweet logo 30x25.jpg Business Impact Analysis

    Business Impact Analysis training course written and presented by Dana French, provides an overview of how to conduct a Business Impact Analysis



    Train By Tweet Korn Shell



    Mt Xia Inc



    2012


    Trainbytweet logo 30x25.jpg Korn Shell Programming

    Korn Shell Programming Training Material - Detailed programming instructions



    Train By Tweet Bourne Shell



    Mt Xia Inc



    2012


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    Resume of Dana French: Teaching and Mentoring

    • Mt Xia Training: Instructor led training conducted by Dana French
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    • LinkedIn: On-line Professional Network
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    Resume of Dana French: Copyrights, Patents, and Trademarks

    • Dana French:
      © AIX::ODM: Copyright 2003 - 2010, All Rights Reserved (url) - A Perl module for retrieving AIX ODM information from an IBM RS/6000 / p-Series System.
      © AIX::ODM: Copyright 2003 - 2010, All Rights Reserved (url) - A Perl module for retrieving AIX ODM information from an IBM RS/6000 / p-Series System.
      © Shell Curses: Copyright 1993 - 2010, All Rights Reserved (wiki) (wiki) - Shell function library providing terminal movement functions to the shell programmer similiar to the C-lanaguage "Curses" library.
      © French Menus: Copyright 1997 - 2010, All Rights Reserved (url) - Character based menuing system based on Shell Curses.
      © kshEvents: Copyright 1998 - 2010, All Rights Reserved - Dynamic, Web Based Events Calendar
      © kshSchedule: Copyright 1998 - 2010, All Rights Reserved - Web based reservation/scheduling system
      © kshLink: Copyright 1998 - 2010, All Rights Reserved - Web Based Communications Control System
      © kshMenus: Copyright 1998 - 2010, All Rights Reserved - Web based GUI menuing system
      © kshBackup: Copyright 1999 - 2010, All Rights Reserved - Automated Backup scheduling system
      © kshSQL: Copyright 1999 - 2010, All Rights Reserved (url) - A relational database management system written in Korn Shell.
      © eStorLink: Copyright 1999 - 2010, All Rights Reserved - Network Communication tool
      © kshIndex: Copyright 2000 - 2010, All Rights Reserved - Web site generator based on Apache fancyIndex
      © DBIforms: Copyright 2001 - 2010, All Rights Reserved - Web based form generator and database interface
      © AutoContent: Copyright 2001 - 2010, All Rights Reserved - Automated documentation generator
      © MenuGen: Copyright 2000 - 2010, All Rights Reserved - Automated web site generator
      © AMMS: Copyright 2004 - 2010, All Rights Reserved - Automated Microcode Management System
      © visualSelect: Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved (url) - Menu and data manipulation functions providing function key, cursor movement, search, and various other capabilities to the shell script programmer.
      © shme: Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved (url) - Lightweight implementation of the MicroEMACS text editor written in shell script code.
      © shvi: Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved (url) - Lightweight implementation of the VI text editor written in shell script code.

    • Mt Xia Inc.:
      ® Enterprise Wide Unique: Trademark of Mt Xia Inc LLC (url)

    • TriParadigm LLC:
      © vLPAR: Copyright 2005 - 2010 by Triparadigm LLC, All Rights Reserved (url) - Data center automation tool providing deployment of high availability disaster recovery, and business continuity in large multi-location, clustered, and virtualized environments.
      © Orwell: Copyright 2004 - 2010, All Rights Reserved - Automated disaster recovery solution
      © BigB: Copyright 2003 - 2010, All Rights Reserved - System integrity authentication
      © OpenCMDB: Copyright 2005 - 2010, All Rights Reserved - Open Configuration Management DataBase
      ® vLPAR: Registered Trademark of TriParadigm LLC (url) -


    Resume of Dana French: Affiliations

  • Company Ownership By Dana French:
    Mt Xia Inc: President (url) - (Twitter) - Focusing on IBM AIX Technical Consulting.
    TriParadigm LLC: President / CEO (url) - Focusing on Sales and Marketing of VLPAR - Data Center Automation Products.
    Site Ox: Owner / Founder (url) Providing Web Hosting, Server Hosting, LPAR Hosting for Small Businesses.
    Mt Knox: Owner / Founder (url) - Providing Data Center Facilities for Disaster Recovery, Colocation, and Production Processing Facilities.
    SwoopMail: Owner / Founder (url) (Twitter) - Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider for Small Businesses. Collaboration Software, custom software development.
    Ridmail: Owner / Founder (url) - Email service provider for Small Businesses.

  • Additional Internet Domains Owned and Operated by Dana French:
    aixexpert.com: AIX Expert (url) IBM AIX Documentation Repository
    hacmpexpert.com: HACMP Expert (url) IBM HACMP Documentation Repository
    mtxunil.com: Mt Xunil (url) Focus is on Linux Technical Consulting
    vlpar.com: VLPAR (url) VLPAR Data Center Automation software marketed by TriParadigm.
    mylexica.com: VLPAR (url) Dictionary, Thesaurus, and Encyclopedia Service provided by Dana French.
    ipaddressdb.com: VLPAR (url) TCP/IP Address automated allocation/deallocation database system provided by Mt Xia Inc.
    dayledger.com: VLPAR (url) Daily Work Journal and Ledger provided by Mt Xia Inc.
    vado.bz: VLPAR (url) Long URL to Short URL conversion utility provided by Mt Xia Inc.


    Resume of Dana French: Current Projects

  • Data Center Facilities:
    • SiteOx Data Centers (url)

  • Data Center Migrations:
    • Large health care provider with multiple data centers

  • IBM AIX Related:

  • Software Development:
    • visualSelect: shell script menuing system(url)
    • shme: MicroEMACS text editor written in shell script (url)
    • shvi: VI text editor written in shell script (url)
    • shunix: Unix utilities written in shell script (url)
    • mylexica: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia
    • ipaddressdb: TCP/IP Address automated allocation/deallocation system
    • dayledger: Daily work journal/ledger service
    • Vado: Long URL to Short URL conversion database

  • Publications:
    • IBM Developerworks: AIX documentation wiki (url)


    Resume of Dana French: Specializations


  • Disaster Recovery:
    • Planning
    • Implementation and Management
    • Support and Maintenance
    • Forensic Analysis
    • Expert Witness
  • Business Continuity:
    • Planning
    • Implementation and Management
    • Support and Maintenance
    • Forensic Analysis
    • Expert Witness
  • Data Center Automation:
    • Planning
    • Implementation and Management
    • Support
    • Software Development
    • Enterprise Analysis
  • Data Center Consolidation and Virtualization:
    • Planning
    • Implementation and Management
    • Support
    • Enterprise Analysis


    Resume of Dana French: Skills


    Skills: BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

    Skill NameSkill LevelLast UsedExperience
    Business ContinuityExpertCurrent > 10 years
    Disaster RecoveryExpertCurrent > 10 years
    Data Center Automation ExpertCurrent > 10 years
    Project ManagementExpertCurrent > 10 years
    Configuration ManagementExpertCurrent > 10 years
    Automated Deployment ManagementExpertCurrent > 10 years
    Data Center ManagementExpertCurrent > 10 years
    Software Design and DevelopmentExpertCurrent > 10 years
    Audit ComplianceExpertCurrent > 10 years
    Regulatory ComplianceExpertCurrent > 10 years
    Offshore Management and OperationsExpertCurrent > 10 years
    SOX SAS70 ITILExpertCurrent5 years


    Skills: HARDWARE PLATFORMS

    Skill NameSkill LevelLast UsedExperience
    IBM pSeriesExpertCurrent > 10 years
    IBM RS6000 ExpertCurrent > 10 years
    SunExpertCurrent > 10 years
    Hewlett PackardExpert Current > 10 years
    DG AviionIntermediate +4 years ago2 years
    DG ClariionIntermediate +4 years ago2 years
    NCR 3400 3500Expert +4 years ago5 years
    NCR 9400Intermediate +4 years ago2 years
    DEC VAXIntermediate +4 years ago9 years
    CiscoExpertCurrent5 years
    EMC SymmetricsExpertCurrent5 years
    EMC CelerraIntermediateCurrent1 year
    EMC ClariionIntermediateCurrent1 years
    EMC PowerpathExpertCurrent5 years
    Hitachi Data SystemsIntermediateCurrent4 years
    HDS HDLMExpertCurrent4 years
    Hewlett Packard SANIntermediateCurrent2 years


    Skills: OPERATING SYSTEMS

    Skill NameSkill LevelLast UsedExperience
    AIXExpertCurrent > 10 years
    AIX HMCExpertCurrent > 10 years
    AIX LPARExpertCurrent > 10 years
    AIX DLPARExpertCurrent > 10 years
    AIX PLMExpertCurrent6 years
    AIX MicropartitionExpertCurrent > 10 years
    AIX VIO Server ExpertCurrent > 10 years
    AIX VIO Server w/ IVMExpertCurrent 3 years
    AIX GPFSExpertCurrent2 years
    SunOS SolarisExpertCurrent > 10 years
    HPUXExpert Current > 10 years
    Linux-Redhat on Intel VMwareExpertCurrent5 years
    Linux-Redhat on IBM Power Big Endian LPARExpertCurrent > 10 years
    Linux-Redhat on IBM Power Little Endian LPARExpertCurrent 2 years
    Linux-Redhat on IBM Power Little Endian KVMExpertCurrent 2 years
    Linux-CentOS on Intel VMwareExpertCurrent 5 years
    Linux-CentOS on IBM Power Big Endian LPARExpertCurrent 2 years
    Linux-CentOS on IBM Power Little Endian LPARExpertCurrent 2 years
    Linux-CentOS on IBM Power Little Endian KVMExpertCurrent 2 years
    Linux-Fedora on Intel VMwareExpertCurrent 5 years
    Linux-Fedora on IBM Power Big Endian LPARExpertCurrent 2 years
    Linux-Fedora on IBM Power Little Endian LPARExpertCurrent 2 years
    Linux-Fedora on IBM Power Little Endian KVMExpertCurrent 2 years
    Linux-SuSEExpertCurrent5 years
    Linux-OpenSuSE on Intel VMwareExpertCurrent5 years
    Linux-OpenSuSE on IBM Power Big Endian LPARExpertCurrent > 10 years
    Linux-OpenSuSE on IBM Power Little Endian LPARExpertCurrent 2 years
    Linux-OpenSuSE on IBM Power Little Endian KVMExpertCurrent 2 years
    Linux-UbuntuExpert Current4 years
    Linux-Ubuntu on Intel VMwareExpertCurrent 2 years
    Linux-Ubuntu on IBM Power Little Endian LPARExpertCurrent 2 years
    Linux-Ubuntu on IBM Power Little Endian KVMExpertCurrent 2 years
    Linux-DebianExpertCurrent2 year
    Linux-Debian on Intel VMwareExpertCurrent2 years
    Linux-Debian on IBM Power Little Endian KVMExpertCurrent 2 years
    Linux-SlackwareExpert+4 years ago 2 years
    MSWinExpertCurrent > 10 years
    Cisco IOSIntermediateCurrent5 years
    CitrixIntermediateCurrent1 year
    MSWindows Term ServerIntermediate2 years ago1 year
    SCO UnixExpert +4 years ago10 years
    BSD UnixExpert +4 years ago > 10 years
    NCR SVR4Expert +4 years ago5 years
    DGUXExpert +4 years ago2 years
    SinixExpert +4 years ago1 year


    Skills: DATABASES

    Skill NameSkill LevelLast UsedExperience
    OracleExpertCurrent > 10 years
    InformixExpertCurrent > 10 years
    DB2ExpertCurrent > 10 years
    MySQLExpertCurrent > 10 years
    PostgresIntermediateCurrent3 years
    SybaseBeginnerCurrent2 years
    IngresIntermediate +4 years ago4 years
    Troll UseIntermediate +4 years ago1 year
    AdabaseBeginner +4 years ago1 year


    Skills: PROGRAMMING

    Skill NameSkill LevelLast UsedExperience
    Korn ShellExpertCurrent > 10 years
    PerlExpertCurrent > 10 years
    Perl DBIExpertCurrent > 10 years
    HTMLExpertCurrent > 10 years
    Bourne ShellExpertCurrent > 10 years
    BASH (Bourne Again SHell)ExpertCurrent > 10 years
    SQLExpertCurrent > 10 years
    JavascriptIntermediateCurrent7 years
    CIntermediateCurrent > 10 years
    MakeExpertCurrent > 10 years
    MS BatchExpertCurrent > 10 years
    FortranExpert +4 years ago8 years
    Visual BasicBeginner +4 years ago3 years


    Skills: NETWORKING

    Skill NameSkill LevelLast UsedExperience
    TCPIPExpertCurrent > 10 years
    HDS Tru-CopyIntermediateCurrent3 years
    SerialExpertCurrent > 10 years
    Dial-upExpertCurrent > 10 years
    UUCPExpertCurrent > 10 years
    NFSExpertCurrent > 10 years
    SLIP PPPExpertCurrent > 10 years
    Dial-on-demandExpertCurrent7 years
    Frame RelayIntermediateCurrent5 years
    SNAIntermediate+4 years ago2 years


    Skills: APPLICATIONS

    Skill NameSkill LevelLast UsedExperience
    AIX HACMPExpertCurrent > 10 years
    AIX PowerHAExpertCurrent5 years
    AIX TCBExpertCurrent8 years
    AIX NIMExpertCurrent > 10 years
    AIX GPFSExpertCurrent2 years
    SUSe Linux YASTExpertCurrent5 years
    ECS CONTROL-MExpertCurrent3 years
    MQSeriesIntermediateCurrent3 years
    MercatorIntermediateCurrent2 years
    SambaExpertCurrent5 years
    NISIntermediate +4 years ago2 years
    KerberosBeginner +4 years ago1 year
    LDAPIntermediate 4 years ago2 years
    Tivoli TSM ServerExpertCurrent > 10 years
    WebminExpertCurrent2 years
    Method1ExpertCurrent > 10 years


    Resume of Dana French: Ventures

    TitlePublisherDate


    Mt Xia



    Mt Xia



    1999


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    Technical Consulting Services

    Focusing on Business Continuity and Data Center Automation for IBM AIX environments in large companies with multiple data centers.


    TriParadigm



    TriParadigm



    2003


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    Data Center Automation Software

    Developers of software for Business Continuity and Data Center Automation


    Site Ox



    Site Ox Data Centers



    2009


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    Site Ox Data Centers

    Hosting, Colocation, Disaster Recovery, Data Center facilities provider


    Swoopmail



    Swoopmail



    2012


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    Software As A Service

    Collaborative Business Software As A Service provider, Office in the Cloud


    Train By Tweet



    @TrainByTweet



    2012


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    Provides training materials such as manuals, documents, instructions via Tweets


    Read By Tweet



    @ReadByTweet



    2012


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    2012


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    @SpeakByTweet



    2012


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    Provides blogs, thoughts, quotes, etc via Tweets


    Speech By Tweet



    @SpeechByTweet



    2012


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