Improving user experience with a STORServer backup appliance
10 October 2012
In my last blog,
I announced that I’ve moved into a new role, focusing on improving the
overall experience for Tivoli Storage software customers and users. One
of the areas that is a prime focus for me is the initial experience
customers have with our products, and anything that can be done to make
them easier to acquire, install, configure and gain fast time to value
is of huge interest to me.
One way to achieve
these goals is through a fully integrated, easy to use, yet enterprise
class appliance. There are many backup appliances on the market, and to
make it easier for you to choose the right one for you, analyst firm
DCIG (dcig.com) recently published the comprehensive 2012 Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide. This guide can be downloaded for free from http://backupapplianceguide.com/.
In it, they analyze, rank and provide details on 66 backup appliance
models from 13 vendors. This report includes only appliances that
integrate backup software with server and storage hardware, and astutely
excludes deduplication and virtual tape appliances that require a
separate backup application to drive data to them.
plan was to rank the appliances into Basic, Good, Excellent and
Recommended categories, based on a proprietary methodology with weighted
measurements for a broad range of features and functions. But something
interesting happened on the way to the publication of this guide: they
found that one appliance, the STORServer EBA 3100, out-ranked the others
by such a wide margin that they felt compelled to create a new category
just for it: “Enterprise.” The STORServer EBA 3100
is the most scalable of STORServer’s offerings that are built on IBM
Tivoli Storage Manager backup software, IBM System x servers and IBM
System Storage, and they wrap it all in their own simple, intuitive user
Tivoli Storage Manager
provides industry leading levels of functionality, scalability,
reliability, performance and return on investment. As such, it can
require an experienced hand to properly install and configure it to gain
the maximum value. STORServer does all of that for you, leveraging many
years of best practice experience, pre-installing and configuring the
software, and delivering a ready for action solution.
I recently learned of a hospital
local to me, Cooley Dickinson in Northampton, Massachusetts that
realized the value of the STORServer solution to both centralize their
formerly siloed approach to backup, but also to enable disaster recovery
and business resilience capabilities.
If you are
looking to improve your backup and recovery capabilities, due to
problems with the scalability, reliability, functionality, performance
or operational costs of your current solution, take a look at
STORServer. It may be the quickest and easiest way to fix your backup
and disaster recovery capabilities.
To learn why
IBM Tivoli Storage software may be the right solution for you, whether
you or not you decided to deploy it in an appliance, click here.
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