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John Foley 12000084U0 FOLEYJOH@US.IBM.COM Tags:  smart-archive ibm storage-blog information-archive ibm-storage ibmstorage 1,564 Visits
The end of last year was pretty hectic for a lot of us and you might not have attended IBM's "Information on Demand Gala" but as a refresher, we introduced our Smart Archive Strategy. Several of my customers have been asking for a refresher on the topic and we've just posted a short video describing this comprehensive approach that combines IBM software, systems and service capabilities designed to help you extract value and gain new intelligence from information by collecting, organizing, analyzing and leveraging that information. For more information, watch this video, visit the IBM Smart Archive Strategy Website and meet me at Pulse 2010 by attending the Storage Track sessions to discuss your specific archiving needs.
Richard Vining 2700019R2A email@example.com Tags:  data-reduction data-management hsm deduplication space-managment recovery tivoli archive backup storage-blog 2,804 Visits
On 19 March 2010, IBM will release Tivoli Storage Manager V6.2, the next in a long line of enhancements to the leader in enterprise-wide data protection, unified recovery management and effective data reduction. Highlighting this release is the addition of source (client-side) data deduplication, tighter integration with TSM FastBack, enhanced support for virtual server environments, automatic deployment of Windows client upgrades, and improved automation and performance of back-end data management processing.
Full details of this announcement are in the TSM 6.2 Announcement Letter
Oren Wolf 270002KMMG firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  virtualization storage storage-software storage-blog data-protection data-recovery backup-recovery backup 2,247 Visits
on my previous blog i've discussed some of the viable approaches to data protection with virtual machines, before i dwell into the pros and cons of each approach i'd like to discuss the fundamental differences between file level and block level backup (and solicit your input :-) ).
Encapsulation is one of the basic rules for software design, simply put, it's the computer geek's equivalent of the famous "Don't ask, don't tell" policy. The idea is pretty simple, let's assume our File System is component A and our Disk System is component B. Component A and B publish a public interface that others can use, but they hide their internal mechanisms from the other components. This enables us to do some nifty tricks, such as RAID, as far as the file system is concerned it is working with a "regular disk", it is unaware of the fact that our disk system had actually taken the 100GB disk space that we defined and partitioned it into multiple strips that are actually located across 5 different disks in order to provide it (the FS) with better performance and hardware fault tolerant. There are other ways where this principle is used but you have to agree that it comes in pretty handy.
But, why do i even mention "encapsulation", and how is that relevant to File VS Block level backups?
The point i am trying to make is that the Disk level is not aware of the "file contents"and the File System is not aware of the "disk layout", this actually dictates the pros and cons of those two very different approaches to data protection.
With file level backups it's really easy to define which files you want to protect, than when the time comes, someone has to access the files and move the data they contain to some sort of data repository, in order to do that you must deal with issues such as:
- Open files
- Interdependencies between multiple files
- Identifying which (sub)files have changed
- For structured data (databases etc.), do we backup the entire file (or file group) or only the portions that have changed?
Block level backups are usually pretty straight forward, there's a mechanism that keeps track of the changed in "realtime" (this usually enables CDP, but that's a whole different story) and when the time comes the data will be moved to the data repository, but this technology has its own challenges
- Minimum granularity is usually a volume
- Hard to exclude unused file data (page file?)
- Recovering files from a block level backup
- Communicating with applications (and File System) to ensure backup consistency.
Generally speaking block level backups have a "lower overhead" than file level backup, so, if you decided to virtualize your environment and keep using agents on the individual virtual machines, you would probably want to use a block level backup solution. File Level backups are still viable (especially if they skip the "indexing" process by using an FS filter or journaling and allow for "sub file" incremental backup), but you will need to be more careful when planning your backup windows in order to prevent VM sprawl.
Stay tuned, next we'll discuss other approaches such as proxy backups
Tiffeni Woodhams 270001Q08F WOODHAMS@US.IBM.COM Tags:  tivoli pulse2010 ibmstorage partners archive pulse storage-software ibmpulse infromation-archive storage-blog 1 Comment 1,575 Visits
Pulse kicked-off today with the Business Partner Summit. I attended the IBM Information Archive session where the partners attending and I learned about the Archiving Ecosystem and how IBM Infromation Archive helps: reduce costs, improve productivity / effeciency and reduce risks. Information Archive is a simplified, cloud-ready smart business system.
Some important questions to help understand whether or not an archiving solution is needed include:
The partners in the session had a lot of great comments and questions.
If you are a partner and you were unable to attend the IBM Information Archive session (or you attended but want to hear more) you can attend the other sessions that are scheduled at Pulse:
A technical look inside IBM's next generation archive appliance Tuesday 3:30-4:30pm @ RM 120
IBM's Smart Archive Strategy Simplifying Information Retention Tuesday 5:00-6:00pm @ RM 120
Birds of a Feather: IBM Smart Archive Strategy Discussion Tuesday 6:00-7:00pm @ RM 120
Next stop for me is the Pulse 2010 Business Partner Summit General Session!
Tiffeni Woodhams 270001Q08F WOODHAMS@US.IBM.COM Tags:  ibm tivoli rational las-vegas service management pulse olympics 1,063 Visits
In response to: Pulse: The Olympics of Service ManagementIt's amazing that som many countries are represented at Pulse 2010. I wonder how many of them are here to learn about storage....
Tiffeni Woodhams 270001Q08F WOODHAMS@US.IBM.COM Tags:  pulse ibmpulse pulse2010 storage-blog storage information-infrastrucutr... 1,102 Visits
Pulse 2010 got off to a great start with a very successfule Business Partner Summit. There were several Storage partners that attended the Storage Breakout session. We were even able to get some of them to sign up for professional video interviews...
During the Tivoli Storage Software Strategy and How to Sell It! session Dan Galvan VP IBM Systems Storage Marketing gave an overview of the Smarter Planet initiative and Ron Riffe provided an indepth presentation on the storage software portfolio. Partners were informed of three solution plays that they can focus on for storage. There were many questions that were asked and answered.
We also provided details on how our partners can stay connected during and after Pulse with IBM Storage networks and social media. These networks are also available to our customers and our partners' customers.
Tivoli Storage Blog for getting conference updates and daily highlights from Pulse 2010. This blog is used to discuss many different topics like data reduction, virtualization, new product announcements and more..
IBM Storage Community for manageing your contacts at Pulse, sharing links and bookmarks, and providing feedbak on the conference
IBM Storage on Twitter for listening and contributing to realtime buzz with other Pulse attendees and organizing meetups. Use #ibmpulse in your tweets. You can also follow me on twitter
IBM Storage LinkedIn Group for connecting and networking with individuals interested in IBM Storage
Storage Management on YouTube for viewing and commenting on live stories with Pulse attendees and viewing other storage videos.
Tiffeni Woodhams 270001Q08F WOODHAMS@US.IBM.COM Tags:  ibmpulse storage storage-blog pulse2010 pulse information-infrastructur... 1,190 Visits
Today (Monday) was an action packed and exciting day.
The day started off with the General Session where Al Zollar, the General Manager of Tivoli started off with the discussion around Smarter Planet and how the world is getting smarter - Instrumented - Interconnected - Intelligent. He gave several examples of how companies are shifting to become smarter, smarter buildings, smarter healthcare, smarter citeis etc. By becoming smarter Al explained that both Risk and Complexity can be reduced.
I enjoyed hearing about Capital Region of Denmark and how they have over 1.5 Billion bytes archived and they revolutionized their storage management so that they manage all that data with 4 staff members.
The presentation then went into Integrated Service Management for Data Centers, for Design & Delivery, and for Industries which consists of
and the importance of... Visibility, Control, and Automation!
There were also some new storage announcements made in the general session (stop by the expo to see the demo of each product):
The other speakers included Rational General Manager Danny Sabbah to dive deeper into Integrated Service Management for Design & Delivery, Laura Sanders Tivoli Vice President of Strategy & Development for an entertaining demonstration with live code showing a smarter city (accompanied by Dave Lindquist IBM Fellow, Vice President & CTO, Tivoli Software and Dr. Wing To Vice President Strategy and Product Management, Tivoli Software). After the demo the last IBM speaker was Mike Rhodin and he went more into more depth around Integrated Service Management for Industries.
The guest speaker to wrap up the General Session was former Vice President of the United States, Al Gore.
After the General Session, the rest of my day is a blur. It was filled with attending the Storage & Information Infrastructure track kick-off, meetings with customers and business partners to do impromptu video interviews/podcasts, tweeting, reporting storage highlights for the Pulse Points daily newsletter, checking out the expo and the demos and scheduling more video interviews. I had to have walked at least 6 miles today with making trips to and from the conferenece center several times. I was a little bummbed that I wasn't able to attend as many of the customer case sessions in the storage track, I'll have to make up for that tomorrow.
Tiffeni Woodhams 270001Q08F WOODHAMS@US.IBM.COM Tags:  storage ibmstorage tsm storage-software partner storage-cloud pulse logicalis ibmpulse pulse2010 storage-blog tivoli 1,548 Visits
Today I did several live video interviews. Let me be honest with you, it is clear that I wasn't meant to be in the journalism profession, uhm, now that is the truth!
I met many IBM clients and business partners through out this week at Pulse and today I did an interview with Roger Finney from Logicalis which is an IBM Business Partner. We did this interview right outside the expo hall at the MGM Grand hotel, so you can hear the airplanes going over from McCarran International Airport.
Logicalis has been an IBM Business Partner for over 14 years and they are both Software Value Plus authorized and Tivoli Accredited. In this video, I ask Roger to provide some details about how Logicalis has helped their customers with their storage management needs.
Tiffeni Woodhams 270001Q08F WOODHAMS@US.IBM.COM Tags:  storage-blog pulse oakwood virtualization storage-software ibmpulse pulse2010 1 Comment 1,524 Visits
I had the pleasure of interviewing one of our client speakers, Brian Perlstein from Oakwood Healthcare System. Brian will be presenting the Oakwood Healthcare System's Virtualization story on Wednesday Feb. 24th at 9:30 to 10:30 am in the Conference Center room 121. Hope to see you there!
Tiffeni Woodhams 270001Q08F WOODHAMS@US.IBM.COM Tags:  vcuhs pulse2010 ibmpule pulse storage-software backup-recovery ibmstorage tivoli storage-blog 2 Comments 1,917 Visits
Yesterday I interviewed Greg Johnson, CTO and Director of Technology and Engineering Services for Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (VCUHS). Greg presented at Pulseon Tuesday and he discussed how VCUHS is transforming IT in a healthcare environment focussing on their storage solutions and backup and recovery solutions. If you weren't able to attend Greg's session on Tuesday at 2:00 - 3:00 pm in the Conference Center room 120, watch the video below and you'll see a high-level recap of what he presented.
Once again, this was a live interview from outside the expo hall in the MGM and the McCarran International Airport, sure is one of the busiest airports in the world... maybe I should have done my interviews inside the conference. I enjoyed the fresh air and the airplanes in the background just adds to the beauty of the live interview. I still think that Journalism is a field that I will not be pursuing... hopefully my interview skills will improve before Pulse 2011, which will be Feb. 27 - Mar. 3 2011.
Tiffeni Woodhams 270001Q08F WOODHAMS@US.IBM.COM Tags:  pulse2010 ibmpulse pulse ibmstorage storage storage-management 1,345 Visits
It's been almost 2 weeks since Pulse 2010 in Las Vegas and I'm still playing catch up. I finally finished loading all the pictures I took while at Pulse and last week I finished uploading all my YouTube videos. Check out the IBM Pulse Conference Flickr Group for all the Pulse 2010 photos - the ones I loaded are from tiffwdms. Checkout the Pulse 2010 YouTube videos and for all the Storage YouTube videos you can go directly to the Storage Management Playlist.
If you were unable to attend Pulse 2010 in Las Vegas you can attend the virtual event on March 16, 2010. Register here.
I want to share with you a few of the expert videos that I captured while at Pulse.
Kathy Mitton - Tivoli Storage Expert
Jason Perkins - Tivoli Storage Expert
Rajendran Subramaniam 060000D5Y9 email@example.com Tags:  pulse2010 storage-pulse2010 storage-blog ibmstorage ibmpulse pulse storage xiv 1,158 Visits
In response to: Viral Friday - Video - Pulse 2010 - XIV Demo in the ExpoNice Video.
I added it to the Storage YouTube channel playlist at http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=40B9D25D29105511
Tiffeni Woodhams 270001Q08F WOODHAMS@US.IBM.COM Tags:  storage-blog tivoli service-management pulse ibmpulse pulse2010 storage 1,173 Visits
While I was at Pulse 2010 in Las Vegas, I had the pleasure of meeting and interview Nils Lau Fredriksen, CIO for the Region of Southern Denmark. Nils was one of the five CIOs that participated in the CIO panel during the Day 2 General Session. It was very interesting to hear his experience with implementing integrated service management along with the other CIOs that were on the panel.
Nils went into more depth during his presentation, on Wednesday Feb. 24th, regarding his experience of implementing integrated service management (or what he calls quality management) at The Region of Southern Demark. I attended the session and there were many questions from the audience.
I met up with Nils after his presentation to get a quick interview, which you can watch below...
or in Danish:
Richard Vining 2700019R2A firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  data-reduction retention deduplication data-protection service-management unified-recovery-manageme... risk-management storage-blog backup recovery compliance tivoli archive business-continuity restore disaster-recovery 1 Comment 3,063 Visits
Unified Recovery Management for a Smarter Planet
Welcome to my new blog series which will focus on simplifying the lives of storage and backup administrators. In this first installment, of course, I’ll start laying out the problem as I see it. Hopefully, you’ve seen all the many IBM Smarter Planet commercials on TV over the past year. The basic story is that the planet is smaller and flatter than it used to be, and is more connected economically, socially and technically. I don’t think anyone would argue that information technology has dramatically changed the way people, businesses and governments interact across the planet.
This is because everything is becoming more instrumented, interconnected and intelligent. Cars are talking to sensors embedded in roads, mobile equipment is tracked via GPS, machines of all types are predicting the need for maintenance and calling home to schedule a service call, groceries are talking to store shelves, and intelligent power meters are reducing the waste in transmission systems.
As former U.S. Vice President Al Gore said in his keynote at Pulse2010 last month, “Traffic on the Internet is now dominated by things communicating with things, rather than people communicating with people”.
The result of all this interconnectivity is the creation of enormous amounts of digital information – data. This data is being used for incredible things: finding cures for many diseases, finding oil and gas in new places, dynamically reducing traffic bottlenecks, preventing crime, and improving the delivery of health care – all while reducing costs. But what the commercials fail to mention is that someone has to manage all this data – it has to be stored, protected, available and reliable. The traditional response to data growth has been to throw more capacity at the problem, but this is no longer the ‘green’ thing to do. While the costs of storage capacity continue to decrease, the costs of housing, cooling and managing storage now consume the majority of most IT budgets. We need to find smarter ways to manage more data, ways that require less infrastructure, less power, less people, and yes, less money.
The environments that all of this data reside in are becoming incredibly complex, leading to an unmanageable patchwork of tools and processes that storage administrators have to use in order to attempt to meet the service level needs of their organizations. For example, the numbers of different hardware platforms, operating systems and applications are expanding (and of course each new application is more important than the last), while the places where data is being created and stored are multiplying. And way too many different things can go wrong, each demanding a different type of response.
I’ll be diving deeper into this complexity in the next installment, and later in the series will describe what IBM is doing to help simplify your life. Get ready for the Smarter Planet, and for managing all the data that it’s creating!
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Rajendran Subramaniam 060000D5Y9 email@example.com Tags:  solid-state-storage pulse ibmstorage pulse2010 storage-pulse2010 ibmpulse storage demo 984 Visits
In response to: Viral Friday - Pulse 2010 - Solid-state Storage DemonstrationThanks for this nice video