In case you missed it...
Tivoli Storage Manager and FlashCopy Manager added some significant
new functions in TSM 7.1.1 and FCM 4.1.1 that are available for download
starting today (Sept. 12, 2014).
If you missed the IBM announcement letter, here it is:
Here are some of the highlights of the new functions/features:
- Policy differentiation for replicated data - Different policies for
retention time and number of versions can be defined on the source
and target TSM servers
- Repair files/volume for source server from replication server.
Node replication DR that enables a simplified approach to local
recovery of files that have been damaged on the source server
- Improved scalability for node replication
- Max size of DB2 active log increased from 128gb to 512gb
- DB2 archive logs can be compressed
- DB2 database backups can now be compressed
- DB2 page verification enabled during DB2 database backups
to detect corruption problems earlier
- NIST SP800 compliance
TSM Operations Center:
- Schedules - Create new client schedules. View and change existing schedules.
Receive notifications if the scheduled operations run long.
- Daily Reports - Summary emails provide decision point information and a
quick overview of environment health.
- Policy and Storage Pools - View properties, status, and historical trends.
Change commonly used storage pool settings and start migration and
- Single-page view of server maintenance activities (replication,
storage pool backup and migration, object expiration, space reclamation)
with 2-week history visibility to scripted task details
- Client Management Services – Client Log Diagnostics
See client logs directly along with problem resolution tips
all from a single OC screen
- TSM Operations Center Demo now available on Service Engage!
TSM for VE:
- Expand single-pass hypervisor support to include Hyper-V with
incremental forever backup, restore of full virtual machines
and individual files from image backup, and auto discovery of VMs
- Simplified individual file level recovery for VMware including fully automated
VM mount to enable help desk file level recovery models
- New GUI integrated with vSphere Web Client to enable VMware administrators
to use the same UI for VMware management and data protection, as well as
role-based access control to limit access by Data Center
TSM B/A client:
- Enhanced security with support of 256-bit AES Encryption
- Microsoft Windows 2012 R2 support
- Solaris x86 support
TSM for HSM:
- Improved efficiency in handling failed cluster nodes in large
General Parallel File System (GPFS) Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM) clusters
that enable better cooperation and communication between HSM nodes
- More control over stub file recall that provides the ability to customize
recalls actions and change settings
Data Protection for Exchange:
- Individual mailbox restore usability and performance enhancements
for restoring folders and messages from the mailbox restore browser
- Support for Microsoft Exchange role-based access control (RBAC) to limit rights
available to backup and restore administrators and automatic validation of
permissions in the Configuration Wizard
- Enhanced integrity check handling with built-in intelligence
- Ability to keep and reuse the recovery database during mailbox restore
- Microsoft Windows 2012 R2 support
Data Protection for SQL Server:
- Microsoft SQL Server 2014 support
- Microsoft Windows 2012 R2 support
- Usability enhancements for handling of databases that are in
offline, mirrored, snapshot, or restoring status
- New options: CHECKSUM for legacy backups and VERIFYONLY for legacy restores
FlashCopy Manager for Windows:
- See Data Protection for Exchange enhancements above
- See Data Protection for SQL enhancements above
FlashCopy Manager for VMware:
- New GUI-based Configuration Wizard
- Remote mirroring support (including Metro Mirror/Global Mirror) for
XIV, SVC, and V7000, including coexistence with SRM
- New vSphere Web Client GUI
- NIST SP800-131a compliance
All of this is available to you for download RIGHT NOW!
Enjoy your weekend.
Are you using outdated backup software that needs an upgrade to a modernized data protection solution to save costs?
Just as your growing data initiates the need for more storage infrastructure, the use of outdated backup software also leads to higher storage infrastructure requirements and thus higher costs. Do you know that migrating your storage software to modern backup software would lead to significant cost savings? The Butterfly Backup Analysis Engine analysis tool proves that IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) helps organizations saves up to 38% more in costs. *1
Most legacy backup software apply periodic, full-backup technology, which consumes more system resources, resulting in additional storage cost and a larger backup window. IBM TSM applies progressive incremental backups, which takes an initial full backup and all subsequent backups are incremental - that is, only changes to data are backed up; resulting in highly optimized use of your storage infrastructure, reducing storage requirements and reducing costs considerably.
Looking at the Total Cost Ownership (TCO) of your storage is another element to consider rather than measuring initial license costs. While some backup software vendors offer discounted rates initially, the total cost of operations can be quite high, when the storage resources and capacity to scale are considered. An analyst firm, ESG performed a Lab validation study*2 finding that the two technologies in TSM (deduplication and progressive incremental backups) working in concert were able to achieve 90% data reduction after just six incremental backups and 95% reduction after ten backups. Some of the great benefits of TSM is its data source (client), target (server) side data deduplication and the leverage of Parser technologies with ProtecTIER; which provides a greater data deduplication ratio. Don’t just take our word for it, IDC, an analyst firm has said, "We believe that TSM 7.1 will resonate with new customers looking for highly scalable data protection, recovery, and management in highly virtualized environments." IDC "IBM Enhances Tivoli Storage Manager 7.1 with Key New Features" Doc # 244620 Nov 2013
This is not all. Today’s data storage requirements are taking new turns. Backup environments also need to adapt to new workloads, such as cloud, big data analytics, social business and mobile. Often, that means requirements of higher availability, more frequent backups and faster restores. Backups also need to optimize data protection for new platforms, such as virtual machines. Virtual workloads can be very inefficient and cumbersome to protect using old backup software.
IBM TSM offers simple, scalable and efficient data protection for physical, virtual and cloud environments.
To learn how the Tivoli Storage Manager family can bring multiple benefits to your enterprise and small medium business, go to IBM.com here. Also view the TSM datasheet here.
Check out three of our top assets; 1) TSM datasheet here 2) A Whitepaper on how TSM can also save you money - “Ten ways to save money with IBM data protection” here? 3) And learn how to protect data in VM-ware based environments with IBM Tivoli solutions here. Learn more here.
1. Average of individual customer Analysis Engine Reports from Butterfly Software, May 2013, n=450. The savings include cumulative 36-month hardware, hardware maintenance and electrical power savings. Excludes one-time TSM migration cost.
2. Validated in a TSM Lab Validation Report by Enterprise Strategy Group, Tony Palmer, February, 2013
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IBM positioned in the leader’s quadrant for Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) of the Gartner MQ report
The 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Backup Software and Integrated Appliances report, released on June 16, 2014, included the following important findings identifying shifts occurring in data backup requirements:
By 2018, 40% of organizations will augment with additional products or replace their current backup application
Through 2015, despite the rise of disk-to-disk (D2D), disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) backup will remain the predominant strategy for large enterprises
By 2017, 70% of organizations will have replaced their remote-office tape backup with a disk-based backup solution that incorporates replication, up from 30% today
By 2018, the number of organizations abandoning tape for backup will double, whereas archiving to tape will increase by 25%
By 2016, less than 30% of all big data will be backed up
The Tivoli Storage Manager family fits neatly to fulfill all the above. It is one of the most popular enterprise backup and recovery software products in the world. It is proven to enable unmatched efficiency, simplicity and scalability for virtual, physical and cloud backup environments of all sizes in a cost effective manner, making it an essential ingredient for your enterprise to sustain a competitive advantage.
IBM Tivoli Storage Manager can manage backup and archive data across disk arrays, tape libraries or optical storage and can automatically move data as it ages to lower performance storage. Policies can specify retention time, type of storage media, frequency of backup, data type and hardware to be backed up.
IBM TSM uses a progressive incremental, or "incremental forever" backup scheme to collect backup data. The software takes an initial full backup and all subsequent backups are incremental - that is, only changes to data are backed up.
Tivoli Storage Manager can be configured many different ways to meet your organization's needs. IBM TSM is supported on a variety of hardware, including AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, and Windows Server. TSM's backup client is available for most supported versions of major operating systems.
IBM TSM is also placed this year in the Leader’s quadrant in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Backup Software and Integrated Appliances report:
Gartner Disclaimer: This graphic was published by Gartner, Inc. as part of a larger research document and should be evaluated in the context of the entire document. The Gartner document is available upon request from IBM.
Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
Read the Gartner Magic Quadrant Report for Enterprise backup Software and Integrated Appliances here
The game-changing benefits of choosing TSM over other backup solutions include:
Savings up to 38% in backup infrastructure costs by switching to IBM TSM*1
TSM deduplication and incremental ‘forever’, working together, can save up to 95% storage space*2.
Supports all client data movement methods - disk-to-disk (D2D) and disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T)
TSM backups can be managed from TSM Operations Center or VMware® vCenter. TSM Operations Center delivers breakthrough visibility and consolidates multiple TSM servers for simpler administration of large environments
TSM Family offerings enable near instant recovery for virtual machines, Linux and Windows servers, and Windows workstations. Recovers individual files from VMware snapshot backups in less than 2 minutes.*3
TSM has been reliably protecting client data for 20 years and is a major market share player in enterprise backup software
TSM enables high-speed, policy-based disaster recovery and business continuity
TSM servers can manage billions of objects each, so there is less disruption and complexity as backup workloads grow, which they inevitably do
TSM includes robust remote site replication that supports large workloads
TSM FlashCopy Manager (FCM) can back up 500 VMware images in 15 minutes; and 1000 in 36 minutes.*4
To learn more about the Tivoli Storage Manager family go to IBM.com here. Also view the TSM datasheet here.
It’s time to learn more about how TSM can support your business objectives as well as save you money - “Ten ways to save money with IBM data protection”? Learn more here.
1. Average of individual customer Analysis Engine Reports from Butterfly Software, May 2013, n=450. The savings include cumulative 36-month hardware, hardware maintenance and electrical power savings. Excludes one-time TSM migration cost.
2. Validated in a TSM Lab Validation Report by Enterprise Strategy Group, Tony Palmer, February, 2013
3. Near-instant recovery for VMs is enabled by TSM for VE. Near-instant recovery for Windows and Linux servers is enabled by TSM FastBack. Near-instant recovery for Windows desktops and laptops is enabled by TSM FastBack for Workstations.
4. IBM internal testing.
Blog Author: Hamsa Srinivasan, Worldwide Storage Marketing Manager for IBM Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure software.
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With the release of IBM Tivoli Storage Manager 7.1 has come a great report by IDC: IBM Enhances Tivoli Storage Manager 7.1 with Key New Features. This IDC paper examines what impact IBM's Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) 7.1 and FlashCopy Manager (FCM) 4.1 data protection and recovery solutions will have on the company's competitive positioning and the market.
Download the report today here
Take a few moments and read the flash report along with the below key quotes by IDC on TSM 7.1
"IBM has done an exemplary job of providing its customers a truly end-to-end data protection and management solution with its recent TSM 7.1 release." IDC "IBM Enhances Tivoli Storage Manager 7.1 with Key New Features" Doc # 244620 Nov 2013
"We believe that TSM 7.1 will resonate with new customers looking for highly scalable data protection, recovery, and management in highly virtualized environments." IDC "IBM Enhances Tivoli Storage Manager 7.1 with Key New Features" Doc # 244620 Nov 2013
"IBM's focus on integrated management, hypervisor protection, more intuitive user interface, and greater scale puts TSM on a much stronger competitive footing relative to its competitors." IDC "IBM Enhances Tivoli Storage Manager 7.1 with Key New Features" Doc # 244620 Nov 2013
"In its TSM 7.1 release, IBM has revamped nearly every feature, function, and customer touch point, making TSM much easier to deploy, manage, and scale, particularly in virtualized environments." IDC "IBM Enhances Tivoli Storage Manager 7.1 with Key New Features" Doc # 244620 Nov 2013
"IBM's TSM 7.1 release will serve as a competitive counterweight to recent enhancements from CommVault, EMC, and Symantec." IDC "IBM Enhances Tivoli Storage Manager 7.1 with Key New Features" Doc # 244620 Nov 2013
"We expect that TSM customers will benefit measurably from the added features in TSM 7.1, helping them improve service levels, reduce costs, and mitigate risk." IDC "IBM Enhances Tivoli Storage Manager 7.1 with Key New Features" Doc # 244620 Nov 2013
Danyel Otteson is a Worldwide Storage Marketing Manager for IBM Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure software. Follow me on Twitter: #dotteson
The opinions expressed herein are sorely mine
Been in sales over a decade... sometimes we make things too complicated at IBM. Not this time. Was very impressed with this concise and sharp looking sales playbook for selling our Entry solutions!
Go to the TSM Family sales kit on Parternworld, and click on "Midmarket Playbook to sell our C&SI Entry Storage Software"
will take you to this PDF file. It includes resources like campaign assets, Who to target, questions to ask, and more so that Business Partners AND IBM Sellers can design their own sales prospecting campaign. Very valuable as we enter 2H and pipeline is #1 priority.
Remember.... thousands of companies are VERY frustrated with Symantec Backup Exec right now and their overall relationship with Symantec (many of their good people are quitting the company) so timing is everything to pick up the phone and ATTACK now and sell TSM Entry + VSC Entry and VSC for Storwize!
Do you have Microsoft SQL Servers running in VMware guests? Are you leveraging TSM for Virtual Environments to protect your VMs? Did you know that you can back up those VMware guests at the VM level but restore a single SQL Server database from those VM-level backups?
Take a look at Tommy Hueber's Partitioned Hybrid Model vs. Cooperative Hybrid Model blog entry about this.
Have a great day!
Between the 19th and the 23rd of May, Las Vegas was once again host to the IBM Edge conference. Throughout the five days of the event, more than 5,500 technology leaders and practitioners from 55 countries participated to hundreds of sessions and discussions around the latest developments in Storage Management, IT Operations Analytics and Cloud Optimization.
Right from the beginning – the General Session on the first day of the conference – leading IBM experts like Tom Rosamilia (Senior Vice President, IBM STG) emphasized what was to be the underpinning theme of the entire event: ‘Infrastructure matters because business outcomes matter’. Why? Also on the first day of the event, IBM revealed some of the results of its latest wide ranging study of organizations (due to be released in July 2014); thus, according to the results, even though seven out of 10 organizations recognize the importance of IT infrastructure for competitive advantage and revenues, less than 10% of them say their existing IT infrastructures are fully prepared to address the proliferation of mobile devices, social media, data analytics and cloud computing.
Consequently, the follow-up consisted of several important announcements around storage and infrastructure innovation, over the following days, such as: FlashSystem 840 and the IBM FlashSystem V840, bringing new capabilities through IBM’s VSC, Elastic Storage, which can manage up to a Yotabyte of information across various storage environments, LTFS (Linear Tape File System), EasyTier, IBM’s storage tiering tool and more. You can read all about these recent announcements here.
Steve Wojtowecz (@steve_woj), VP Storage & Network Management SW Development, showed the economic and functional advantages of IBM Virtual Storage Center over competitors such as EMC Virtualization Solutions and VMware Tools, and talked at length about the value of Software Defined Storage in an interview with theCube crew - bit.ly/1oOR7qQ. You can watch many of the great interviews and more of theCube’s videos from IBM Edge 2014 on YouTube here or their channel here.
May 19th also brought EdgeTalks at IBM Edge: a special session hosted by Surjit Chana (Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, IBM STG), whereby TED Talks speakers Ron Finley, John Wilbanks and Peter Singer shared their inspiring insights and experiences with innovations in fields ranging from organic food forests to the latest cybersecurity concerns that affect the world. You can see the replay here.
On another front, the MSP Forum hosted impactful discussions around strategies for flexible hybrid cloud implementations and the priorities, challenges and opportunities that MSP decision makers have when it comes to software defined automation.
The second day of the event kicked things into full gear, mixing an exciting general session focused on Creating an Agile Infrastructure with the Solutions Expo, which displayed all the IBM Software Defined Environments, System Storage, Power Systems and Pure Systems solutions, brilliant music with Sheryl Crow and 11-year old prodigy guitarist Brandon Niederauer, great laughs with Tom Cotter at EdgeLOL and, naturally, lots of sessions about Software Defined Storage, VSC and Cloud. The latter held a lot of weight, due to the estimated 61% of enterprises that will be using a hybrid cloud environment this year. Indeed, signals from across the industries seem to confirm that hybrid may be the winner in the debate of public vs. private cloud, which is why the day also saw IBM’s announcement of its Cloud Manager with OpenStack platform.
By the third day of IBM Edge 2014, more than 55 million impressions worldwide had been generated by the social media activities around the conference. The Social Lounge set up at the event encouraged all participants to be active in social media and the associated crowd chat led to many interesting discussions between analysts, experts and practitioners. Technical Edge - more than 150 expert technical sessions and hands-on labs, covering 14 technical tracks (including Software Defined Environments (SDE) and Storage), Winning Edge – sessions dedicated to providing cutting edge education, insights and opportunities for Business Partners and Sellers, and Executive Edge – talks around overarching aspects of Cloud, Big Data and storage infrastructure, were in full swing, and they were followed, on May 22nd and 23rd, by further engaging sessions around storage, IT Operations Analytics, Workload Automation, ITSM and more.
To wrap up, here are some more replays from the conference that you can watch at your leisure: http://www.livestream.com/ibmedge. Here’s looking forward to next year’s edition and hoping that it will prove as much fun for participants as the one that’s just ended.
One of the favorites that emerged in the just concluded Edge 2014 event were the infographics that tell the Storage Story in a visually appealing and compelling format. Hard to understand facts about virtualization, data management and even competitive comparisons can be consumed easily via these graphically vibrant representations.
Business Partners were given a demonstration on how to leverage Infographics in making better presentations to their clients. This not only excited the audience but encouraged them to participate when they were invited to make their own videos in presenting the Infographics.
Would you like to make powerful presentation too? Grab a camera, pull these infographics and get creative. Your customers will love it!
With more than 90% of decision makers trending to cloud implementation to drive improved business outcomes, it is important to understand the key challenges organizations face when considering Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) in the cloud including:
How to leverage cloud storage as a storage tier for TSM
Moving data into more cost effective architecture while improving recovery
A recent survey was completed to understand how users plan to use TSM in the next three years. The trend indicates that pool usage for primary storage are -- 1). TSM dedup and 2). tier with #5 being identified as cloud. Cloud as #5! The projected growth for XaaS (anything as a service) will definitely have an impact for survey results in te next few years.
Another survey provided a view of the trend for disaster recovery (DR) pool usage over the next three years as follows: 1). TSM replication 39% (tape usage decreased); 2). Node replication increase 30%; 3). Copy storage pool backups to cloud increased to 32%.
Thus, to understand the true value that Data Protection as a Service can provide -- e.g. Xaas [BaaS, DRaas, AaaS, Iaas] the consideration includes:
Partner ecosystem -- build upon open interfaces
Transmission of data to cloud -- be selective about data that goes to the cloud
Security -- encryption in flight / at rest
Economics -- in house TSM, likely cost less
The aspects of cloud data protection solution can be summarized as:
Service Model -- services offered; managed by customer, IBM or 3rd Party
Delivery Model -- private, public, hybrid cloud
Protect Environment -- VMware, HyperV, VMware vCloud Director, OpenStack
SoftLayer Constraints -- SoftLayer cloud storage: SoftLayer hosting TSM services; protecting data hosted in SoftLayer
Enabling Technologies -- self-serve portal / billing / Service Engage; blueprint / appliances; data reduction / deduplication / compression; security encryption; cloud storage cloud gateway; virtualization support; disaster recovery.
Finally, there are various object storage use cases for TSM cloud currently available including:
Low-cost storage tier (tape replacement)
Repository for storage pool and data backup
Object storage replication for DR
Storage pool for server hosted SoftLayer
Note: Currently, a cloud gateway is required for TSM to use cloud object storage.
To learn more about TSM and the Cloud, please feel free to reach out. The Technical Edge deck can be provided by an IBM SME.
Global Program Director
iBM Software Group
Do you need a more simplified approach for deploying Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) for Virtual Environments (VE)? Are you experiencing issues because data backup ratios promised by IBM marketing for TSM cannot be matched? Do you want to know more about how backup experts with multiple deployments are handling? Then, reading this blog can help address your questions while removing some frustration.
First, it is important to note that the solution design case study is based on TSM v6.4, yet is also valid for TSM v7.1 (announced Oct 2013) due to the following criteria:
Scalability and performance
Data reduction capabilities (deduplication)
Administration and monitoring
Hardware snapshot (flashcopy)
Next, the case study covers a client environment with small scale number of VMs (i.e. 500); yet, the findlings / results apply to environments up to 2000 VMs. The detail outlines a strategy leveraging three elements: Transition, VSphere architecture, and Backup Storage Device Selection (see further description of elements at bottom).
First Things First -- Case Study Environment Specs:
500 VM deployment (small scale); yet solution design is same for larger environment up to 2000 VMs
Demonstrates how to achieve objective
Works within infrastructure constraints -- network bandwidth limitation
Multiple retention requirements
Achieve reliable, successful backups
Dedup options include TSM native or appliance.
The dedup ratios should be benchmarked to insure realistic estimates are used.
When considering cost and restore performance, it is important to evaluate the trade-off between performance and storage costs; consider co-location by file space (VM) with tape virtual tape library (VTL) as well as specify critical VMs configured as exception for management.
Now About Those Ratios
If you've attained a dedup ratio closer to 3:1 that can actually equate to 25:1 reduction ratio when you consider whether reduction is based on change data versus the data of entire environment. The case study also examined network constraints, VTL selected and sizing.
Therefore, the main takeaway -- with the right strategy, use of TSM blueprinte and the following simplified estimate considerations:
Occasional full backup
Occasional image restore
Initial phase-in contingency
DR (disaster recovery) contingency
TSM for VE delivers a cost effective, simplified means to achieve reliable, successful backups.
Note: Optimal design will differ based on environment. Published case study made available upon request.
Global Program Director
IBM Software Group
Case Study Specs:
Scheduling Scope -- How to Achieve multiple retention policies.
Utilized data (planned) 38000 GB
Total VMs -- 500 count
Total ESX -- 25 count
Total Clusters -- 1
Daily data change rate --
Backup window -- 10 hrs
Monthly backup window -- 50 hrs
Daily retention -- 30 days
Monthly retention -- 12 months
Design Environment Constraints:
Eliminate backup traffic from network
Dual retention requirement: daily backup 30 days / monthly backup 12 month
Avg size 100 GB / VM projected
Range < 50 GB - 1.5 TB
38 TB planned / 20 TB actual
Initial full backup phase in requirement how many hours/day
Processing of pre versin ESX hct (CBT not supported)
VSphere Architecture -- Vcenters, data centers, clusters
How does the correspond correspond to retention policy
Is data store capacity evenly distributed or note
Identify network infrastructure for backup/restore
Backup Storage Device Selection --
Cost effective retention vs restore performance
Deduplicaton strategy -- TSM , appliance or both
"By 2015, there'll be four times as much data on the planet as grains of sand - that is truly mind boggling." --Stephen Leonard, General Manager, Sales, Systems & Technology Group
"We tend to look at data like we're driving, looking in the rearview mirror. We need to shift from looking backward to looking forwards." --Arvind Krishna, General Manager, Storage and Software Defined Systems
The Next Generation of Infrastructure
With data predicted to grow beyond imagination, the innovation shift at IBM to address the new challenges is the promise to deliver the next generation of infrastructure that supports automation for real-time response. The infrastructure will understand the application needs through defined policies and standardized APIs that control the configuration of compute, storage and networking and optimizes application execution. Through this approach, organizations will be able to accelerate application deployment cycles and respond in real time to changes in the environment to prevent degradation in performance and ensure service objectives.
The Winning Edge session that took place on the first two days at Edge 2014 was all about how to grow our market share with our new innovative products. The session started with an exclusive sales education event that discussed why Cloud, Analytics, Mobile and Social (CAMS) and Smarter Infrastructure are so important to not just IBM but also to its Business Partners. And how can IBM synergize with Business Partners to do better business?
Business Partners and IBM together need to ask four fundamental questions:
What will you sell?
How will you sell?
How will you differentiate and stand out?
Where are you selling with us/for us?
The focus is around Expanding Opportunities, Enhancing Engagement and Delivering IBM Experience. We have new offerings that include SoftLayer, SmartCloud foundations, Watson Foundation, Security Solutions, Power8 and Flash System. We have new skill and business models that include Business Transformation Workshops and Skills/Think Academy and we want to work with new Business Partners including MSPs and CSPs.
Why we buy from IBM?
In a panel discussion that included clients, Tridatum solutions talked about why they buy from IBM and the new campaign “Made with IBM” was presented to the audience.
And the winners are....
The Winning Edge Awards for Systems Storage went to Glasshouse Systems Inc., Micro Strategies, Inc. and ProActive Solutions, Inc.
We hope to continue winning with innovation happening around IBM x86 products with Lenovo buying IBM’s X86 server business and committing to following the IBM x86 product road map that include Flex and x86-based PureFlex integrated systems.
IBM Edge 2014 Tuesday Storage Recap
Day 2 at IBM Edge 2014 focused on how clients, Business Partners and IBM are working together to build smarter infrastructures to meet the business challenges discussed on Day 1 (cloud, analytics, mobile and social).
Chris O’Connor, @chrisoc_IBM, Vice President of Strategy & Engineering, IBM Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure, spoke about the need to seamlessly extend infrastructures from what organizations own today to what they’ll need in the future. He recommended two approaches:
Cloud-enable existing workloads
Think about ‘cloud first’ for new workloads
The idea is to accelerate time to market and be able to make real time actionable insights. With 70% of enterprises planning to pursue hybrid clouds by 2015, according to a 2013 report by Gartner, a two-pronged approach makes sense.
Andrea Nelson, Director of Storage Marketing at Intel collaborated Gartner’s estimate, saying an estimated 50% of organizations less than 10 years old are putting their IT infrastructures on the cloud today.
Chris spoke about the importance of standards, such as OpenStack, that help organizations quickly assemble Software Defined Systems from components, rather than building clouds a stick at a time. With new development platforms such as IBM’s Code name: BlueMix, organizations can construct enterprise-capable cloud applications faster, without having to deploy a cloud infrastructure.
Mike North, Sr. Director of Programming for the National Football League spoke about the importance of speeding up the infrastructure to enable analytics. ‘Time to truth’ is critical for analytics. With faster processing, the NFL is able to look at 100s of potential schedules and choose the one with the best potential outcomes for their constituents. IBM’s Arvind Krishna suggested that traditional analytics is like driving a car by looking at the rear view mirror – You can only see where you’ve been. Predictive analytics helps you see into the future, react faster, and achieve better business results
Maria Winans, @mariawinans, IBM VP of Social Business, spoke about how IBM and other organizations are driving people-centric engagement for new profit channels. She also spoke about the importance of analytics, saying you can’t personalize customer experiences if you can’t do the required analytics. Maria offered 3 suggestions for successful social business initiatives:
Build shared value
Protect your brand
New mobile applications offer the opportunity to improve customer satisfaction and customer loyalty, as well as generate new revenue. Rapid transformation is happening across industries and geographies. IBM estimates there will be over 1 trillion connected objects and devices by 2015. Mobile applications are enriched by cloud, analytics and social business initiatives.
Storage virtualization and Software Defined Storage
Storage virtualization is the foundation for Software Defined Storage. Virtualization provides an abstraction layer between physical storage and applications that use it. The result is a storage infrastructure that can grow and change without impacting users or applications. Software Defined Storage will be required t manage the vast amounts of data organizations expect to manage in the years ahead.
Steve ‘Woj’ Wojtowecz, @steve_woj, IBM Vice President, Storage Software Development, shared new research from ITG that analyzed storage TCO using IBM, EMC, and VMware storage management solutions. ITG highlighted 4 issues that significantly impact storage TCO:
Storage software costs
Storage administration costs
IBM Virtual Storage Center users were far more successful than their peers using EMC or VMware storage management solutions:
In large enterprises, storage TCO was 72% lower with IBM than EMC
In midsized environments, storage TCO was 35% lower with IBM than VMware storage management.
Jose Garcia, Manager of Enterprise Storage and VMware at UCLA Health System, discussed his storage transformation project. Storage virtualization enabled rapid deployment of an Electronic Health Records system that improves patient care and improves organizational efficiency. Storage virtualization also reduced storage costs and enabled rapid data growth. Improved efficiency saved enough to fund a 3rd data center that will improve resilience and flexibility.
Collaborators wanted. No Eeyores. No squirrels.
Snehal Antani from GE Capital spoke about the importance of delivering IT at market speed, and with commercial intensity. He offered a strategy of dealing with important groups of people in the organization:
Kings and Queens
Collaborators can accelerate change. Identify your collaborators and put them on a pedestal
Cynics are like Eeore in Winnie-the-Pooh. They’ll tell you why change is hard, and focus on what might go wrong. Ignore your cynics.
Kings and Queens are executives and managers who are eager to be offended. They resist change that may impact their empires. They’re a small, but vocal, group. Don’t give them a megaphone.
Snehal also pointed out that technologists can get distracted by new technology, even if it isn’t essential to simplify or accelerate IT delivery. It’s like yelling, ‘Squirrel!’ to distract dogs, as in the movie, Up. GE Capital has signs that say, ‘No Eeyores’ and ‘No squirrels’.
Bottom line: Infrastructure matters
Can the right infrastructure help you build competitive advantage? Yes, of course. Infrastructure matters.
About the author
Mike Barton is a worldwide storage marketing manager at IBM. Mike is a former IT specialist with Gartner TCO and ITIL certifications. The opinions expressed herein are his own.
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IBM Software Defined Storage
TheCUBE by Wikibon
The fact that I like about the Cube is the emphasis on social interaction based on the trending topics. Thanks Dave for trying to find the signal from the noise. The team is doing a great job.
Steve (Woj) Wojtowecz’s conversation with Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman at IBM Edge 2014 was great as he defines software defined environment that includes computing, networks, servers & storage. He pointed that data is the next currency of IT industry. He mentioned adding automation and analytics to the virtualization management layer can reduce workload but administrators are very apprehensive in allowing system to do it.
Insights from partner Bob Elliott @MainlineInfoSy1 add a lot of value, specially when we think how relationship with partners has changed in this highly volatile IT environment. The margins are getting squeezed in hardware businesses. There is a shift from hardware to solution based marketing. In a time like this, business partners are looking for more support from IBM like responding in timely fashion to the needs of BP’s clients. IBM has to take the time to build the loyalty. The best thing that Bob found is that the whole IBM storage portfolio is refreshed and the product line has grown stronger.
Rohit Mehra, VP of Network Infrastructure, IDC, joined the conversation on theCUBE. One thing that caught my attention is his emphasis on the need for companies to reassert themselves. The situation that we are in provides equal opportunities to top guns and startups.
Analyst Jon Toigo is a big advocate of IT practitioners and pointed out that we need to find agile ways to meet the need of the business. But he was very clear that just changing the nomenclature every 6 months would not get us anywhere. He warned and asked to test the water before one jumps on to the open stack as it could be a race to the bottom with a wrong step.
Stephen Jones, CTO , Tridatum Solutions focuses on productivity. Clients don’t care about the buzz words but more on how can one address their issues. Days of partnering with major vendors are over and as a MSP you need to pick one major partner. And for Stephen “IBM is less confused that HP”. IBM with recent product enhancements, can now drive down storage requirements by 95%.
Brendon McCaulley @HeartlandHPY brought out a very interesting topic. How much should we invest in innovation! And its look like Heartland is moving the needle and is putting 50% of budget to innovation. I assume generally market allocates 70% of its budget to operations & 30% to innovation.
According to Carl Deschenes, co president , PCD solution, private cloud creates a very good foundation . The way business partners add value is by matching the technology to their clients’ business requirement. Among the recent customer trends they see clients looking for desktop virtualization and cost reduction.
If you are not there at Edge don’t be disheartened, be there at crowdchat and watch the Cube live interviews and you will get a glimpse of the action happening there.
Welcome to Edge 2014: Day One Recap
The first day of IBM Edge brought together diverse groups of people under one conference: Business Partners and Sales in Winning Edge; Managed Service Providers in the MSP Forum; Executives in Executive Edge and Technical IT people in Technical Edge.
The morning started off with sales and business partners getting inspired by Stephen Leonard, General Manager, Sales, IBM Systems & Technology Group. Stephen set the stage for the conference with making sure that each person understood that IBM is able to Simplify IT—to make IT cost effective; to Innovate IT—it’s about agility & response; Deliver IT for bigger and fast models. Tom Sullivan, Business Unit Executive, IBM Storage Sales Enablement & Education took the recent C-Suite Study/Survey results and shared many stats like: ‘Only 1 in 5 Executives feel comfortable with their spending’ and ‘50% of purchase capacity is being used’. All the stats shared were reasons to effectively engage with the C-Suites and win.
Next up was the panel monitored by David Carliquist, VP, STG Channels who focused on why BPs buy from IBM, featuring Stephen Jones, Tridatum Solutions and Brian Jeffries, ITG (Analyst) and two other panelists. Stephen Jones shared that there is a shift in the market towards mobilizing the workforce and now Cloud will be the way to do business- however; on premise is not going away and with cloud it’s not a rip and replace. Brian Jeffries of ITG who has 30+ years of experience in cost analysis of IT announced the results of his study on how cost effective IBM’s Virtual Storage Center (VSC) is compared to EMC and also to VMware. The results are in and IBM’s VSC lowers total cost of ownership by 72% in comparison to EMC storage virtualization as a result of capacity utilization, reduced costs and tier optimization. To learn more on “Why should storage virtualization users consider IBM over EMC or VMWare” click here to read.
In parallel to the Winning Edge session was the MSP Forum a main stage panel discussion to showcase IBM Technology Partners to MSPs and CSPs. On that panel of “How to Accelerate Growth through a Strategic Partnership with IBM was Thomas Bak of Frontsafe and Richard Base of SilverString. To get a further understanding of the outcomes of the MSP Forum, take a look at Anise Mastin’s blog on “Opportunities & Challenges around evolving MSP business model”
The General Session kicked off after lunch with about 4,200 people from 55 countries learning how Infrastructure Matters: It’s running on hardware somewhere!
Here are some key insights:
New & increasing complex workloads are putting infrastructure on overload
It is imperative to build an infrastructure that enables business growth (70% of budgets are to keep the lights on, some highly effective companies are at 50%)
The right infrastructure is essential for achieving business outcomes in a data-driven world
Mike Reagin, CIO of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi spoke about how IBM is helping them to successful in being truly a digital hospital
With the explosion of data on social and mobile, IT is an enabler of change!
IBM Introduces Software Defined Storage for new workloads; codename: Elastic Storage
"Elastic Storage," the storage that powered IBM Watson...now made available for commercial use
With IBM Storage, grow your business and reduce costs by
Enable new workloads with Software Defined Storage
Maximize performance with Flash (30-50x more effective than standard disk)
Optimize with virtualization
Citigroup saw 100x performance increase by using IBM Elastic Compute and Elastic Storage
The General Session concluded with winning in transition. With the recent announcement of x86 transitioning over to Lenovo it was apparent that this partnership will only spur on greater outcomes for the x86 business with Lenovo.
Shortly after the General Session ended, Executive Edge kicked off a main tent with 3 speakers highlighting how they have innovated for success. Ron Finley of Renegade Gardener, encouraged attendees to grow things: take on a bold initiative. John Wilbanks of Sage Bionetworks encouraged attendees to share things: share your ‘cheap data’ to create wisdom. Peter Singer, Technology Expert, encouraged attendees to do things: by doing cyber hygiene, 94% of all cyber-attacks can be prevented. You can see many of these speakers and more at ibm.com/edge
The day ended with the Solution Center Reception allowing for attendees to network with peers, engage with Business Partners and IBM, experience product demonstrations and take in a few appetizers and drinks.
In a nutshell, Day 1 of IBM Edge was packed full of announcements, information sharing and networking. With four more days ahead, IBM Edge 2014 and it’s three tracks of Technical Edge, Executive Edge and Winning Edge will deliver on the premier event for infrastructure innovation; for IBM is able to Simplify IT, Accelerate IT and Deliver IT.
Stay tuned for more daily recaps!
Danyel Otteson is a Worldwide Storage Marketing Manager for IBM Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure software. Follow me on Twitter: #dotteson
The opinions expressed herein are sorely mine
(On behalf of Anise Mastin)
IBM Edge 2014, the premiere infrastructure conference, kick-off sessions on Monday, May 19, 2014, included a unique and important forum for Manage Service Providers. The MSP Forum began with remarks from Jaime Thomas, General Manager, Storage and Software Defined Systems who reminded attendees that the software defined automation journey must evolve to deliver a more effective and integrated strategy for flexible hybrid cloud implementations. Jaime’s guidance resonated with the audience as Leslie Rosenburg of IDC followed to demonstrate the MSP IT services transformation.
Leslie recognized that technology is in its third evolution of platforms:
Mainframe / terminal
LAN/Internet, Client Server
Cloud, Analytics, Mobile, Social encapsulated by security
For CIO’s in this third evolution, decision makers are seeing a transition of business model requirements, moving from systems to services; from IT agility to business agility and from information to innovation. Yet the needs and means to satisfy those needs are changing in the services landscape as well.
When you consider that at its very foundation, cloud implementations are expected to double in the next couple of years. Innovation is expected to show that 80% of cloud application will be hosted on the top six platform as a service (PaaS). And 75-80% will be big data intensive. Plus new disruptors are expected to enter the MSP space such as GE, Disney, Google.
Add to that the fact that services have moved from project base to transformation services. The key pain has become “consumerazation” of cloud with data proliferation and security -- shifting away from point solutions to business outcomes. The business outcome services will rely increasingly on centralized non-labor based tools and assets.
The evolution of IT service model can be identified in five phases:
Phase I 1990’s Maintenance & Support
Phase II 2000-2005 Project-based professional services
Phase III 2005-2010 Service-led Approach
Phase IV 2010-2014 Consulting led
Phase V 2014 - Beyond Business Outcomes
Thus to remain competitive, MSPs will likely move from the consulting-led model by building new partnerships, alliances as well as mergers and acquisitions
A panel of MSPs followed IDC observations to agree with IDC findings and gave real-world scenarios for challenges they currently face.
For example, Thomas Bak, Founder and Director of Frontsafe, a Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) driven services for data backup and protection on prem and via cloud to more than 4000 clients indicated that to grow his business he initially relied on building relationships with his clients’ preferred IT and preferred applications providers. It’s about having the right technology with the right go-to-market plan as well as leveraging the support from IBM as a partner.
Richard Bates of SilverString indicated that although his company is based in UK, it is important to think globally since his clients are global. His company also relies on the capability of TSM and analytics to transform to the business outcomes model.
Both Joe Jones of Meridian IT and Kirk Zaranti of Logicalis espoused the essential need to evolve their sales force from solution-focus teams to cloud-service delivery teams.
The take away from the MSP Forum provided proof that the evolution for MSP decision makers is to deliver next generation services by remaining relevant with a flexible business model that is supported by an effective platform as well as flexible software to deliver the next phase of services leveraging cloud and analytics to transform to a business outcomes model.
[Software Defined Storage (SDS)] is getting a lot of attention lately by press, analysts and technology providers such as IBM, causing organizations large and small to take notice. SDS describes a set of storage access and data management services that can deliver what IT administrators are most interested in these days:
Lower storage costs
Less reliance on specific storage systems
Simplified data and storage management
Improved utilization of existing resources
International Data Corporation (IDC) published a [taxonomy for Software Defined Storage] which defines software-based storage as a storage software stack running on commodity, off-the-shelf computing hardware. SDS should offer a full suite of storage services and federation of the underlying storage to enable data mobility, according to IDC.
The interesting thing is, while the name Software Defined Storage is relatively new, IBM has been delivering technology and client solutions that match the SDS definition for over a decade.
Matching IDC’s definition, [IBM SAN Volume Controller], introduced in 2003, is an x86-based appliance running Linux code, providing federated storage virtualization across heterogeneous storage platforms and enabling advanced storage services. SAN Volume Controller has been proven to scale to multiple petabytes. This core technology is also included in IBM’s midrange Storwize storage systems. To date, over 55,000 SAN Volume Controller and Storwize systems have been shipped worldwide, making IBM one of the most popular business class storage virtualization solutions.
Sitting on top of the storage virtualization platform, [IBM Virtual Storage Center] offers industry leading end-to-end storage management with analytics driven data management and policy-based automation to enable self-tuning, self-optimizing storage. According to recent research by International Technology Group, IBM’s approach can reduce storage Total Cost of Ownership by [up to 72% compared to EMC solutions in large enterprises], and [up to 35% compared to VMware storage management solutions in mid-size environments].
At the top of IBM’s storage software stack are interfaces that simplify storage, including:
[OpenStack integration], for automated storage provisioning by cloud applications
VMware vSphere integration, which provides VMware administrators with a familiar interface for simplified storage provisioning and management.
IBM advanced graphical interface that dramatically simplifies end-to-end troubleshooting and performance management, provisioning, and other time consuming storage administration tasks
[IBM Cloud Storage Access] user self-service portal, sold separately
While other vendors scramble to build new offerings for SDS, IBM is extending proven technology that can address your needs today and help you migrate to new era workloads whenever you’re ready.
See [IBM Software Defined Storage at the IBM Edge conference] next week in Las Vegas. Software Defined Storage sessions will be presented at Exec Edge and Tech Edge, and we’ll have live demos in the Solution Center.
If you can’t attend Edge, look for video interviews with Brian Jeffery, Managing Director of International Technology Group, and Steve Wojtowecz, VP of Storage and Network Management Software Development, on [TheCUBE, by Wikibon], live on Monday, May 19 and afterwards on demand.
Learn more about VSC and the rest of IBM’s storage software portfolio at: http://www.ibm.com/software/products/category/storage-software.
About the author:
Jason Davison is the Segment Manager for Storage Virtualization and Cloud Solutions in IBM’s Cloud and Smarter Infrastructure product management group. Views expressed are my own.
TSM 7.1 has caught everyone’s attention with its bold moves and richer features. Robert Amatruda of IDC in an IDC Flash mentioned that IBM's focus on integrated management, hypervisor protection, more intuitive user interface, and greater scale puts TSM on a much stronger competitive footing relative to its competitors.
And you will see this trend to continue.
If you are curious about what’s next in Tivoli Storage Manager, you are invited to attend session sTM02 at Technical Edge to learn about enhancements that are on the horizon or are being considered. The session provides a detailed preview of selected future enhancements in the next TSM release and beyond. Join us to discuss potential future direction in areas such as data protection for virtual machines, disaster recovery, data lifecycle management, and simplified administration.
Disclaimer: IBM’s statements regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice at IBM’s sole discretion. Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline our general product direction and it should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision. The information mentioned regarding potential future products is not a commitment, promise, or legal obligation to deliver any material, code or functionality. Information about potential future products may not be incorporated into any contract. The development, release, and timing of any future features or functionality described for our products remains at our sole discretion.
Data protection for virtual machines
IT companies are increasingly leveraging virtualization and cloud solutions. IBM has recognized this trend and responded with delivery of TSM 7.1. Expected future enhancements in this area include improving the user experience for file-level recovery on VMware and extending data protection for Hyper-V. In sessions sTM02 and sTM12, you can also learn about data protection for VMware-hosted applications that cover in-guest, off-host and hybrid solutions.
IBM plans to extend support for replication, including recovery of damaged data and ability to use different retention policies at the source and target TSM servers. These enhancements will offer greater replication flexibility and enable replication to protect against localized failures and large scale disasters.
Data Lifecycle Management
In the future, IBM may enhance TSM’s ability to extend the retention for specific recovery points. Another possible enhancement would improve tracking of historical information on data objects. These enhancements would improve management of data and compliance with regulations.
IBM has greatly simplified the TSM administrative experience, and will continue to do so by extending the Operations Center. Future enhancements will offer greater visibility, control and automation for TSM management. Visit the TSM booth at Edge for a live demo of Tivoli Storage Manager Operations Center.
Come and join us for Edge session sTM02, “Preview of Future IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Enhancements” on Monday 19th May 4:15-5:15 p.m. at Murano 3303, The Venetian, Las Vegas, U.S.
With the popularity of virtual server environments such as VMware ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V, and KVM, comes varied deployments from basic file servers to clustered database applications. One data protection method cannot adequately address the many unique data protection requirements in these environments.
Session sTM12 One Size Does Not Fit All – Data Protection in Virtual Server Environments discusses strategies to protect applications and databases deployed in virtual server environments. Discover the best way to choose the appropriate tools for protecting these environments such as Tivoli Storage Manager Data Protection for VMware, FlashCopy Manager for VMware, and traditional Tivoli Storage Manager data protection agents.
The session will primarily focus on Microsoft SQL and Microsoft Exchange deployments in VMware. Beyond traditional in-guest and off-host data protection for these applications, this session will explore hybrid data protection methods which take the best of breed approach to meet backup and recovery objectives including recovery time objectives, recovery point objectives, and examine other decision factors such as who is initiating the recovery and the granularity of the recovery.
By now, everyone in the IT Industry is convinced about the benefits of virtualization. Server virtualization – Yes! But storage virtualization? That’s not an easy one!
In Server virtualization, we simply divide one physical server into several virtual environments that saves you lots of money and helps wring the best out of your infrastructures, but did you know that an inadequate storage system can actually cause the economic benefits of server virtualization to fall through because virtual machines can consume large amount of storage?
So, why is it that Storage Virtualization still isn’t as popular as Server Virtualization?
In storage virtualization, we group physical storage from multiple network storage devices so that they look like a single storage device that can be managed from a single console. This can raise several complexities when –
Data center has storage products from different vendors
Some vendors provide storage virtualization for their own hardware only
You need availability of virtualized storage features from vendors in non-virtualized offerings
Throw in the further dilemma of choosing where to put your virtualization: hosts? network? or arrays? Or perhaps being bound by vendor lock-in clause?You probably have been buying additional devices and systems on an ad hoc basis to meet new storage demands, but think of the advantages you could gain with a storage architecture (read storage virtualization) that allows you to upgrade when needed and in a cost effective manner! Now that’s enough to convince you on the virtues of storage virtualization……
Let’s find out why IBM’s VSC is the best bet in the market.
A recent ITG report compared IBM VSC solution to other large vendor (EMC, VMware) over a period of 5 years to determine savings,
And the verdict is – IBM Virtual Storage Center (VSC):
The only solution to address large-scale multivendor virtualization
Averaged 72 percent less than EMC for overall costs of ownership
Averaged 35 percent less than VMware over 5-year total cost of ownership
Supports more than 200 platforms -- all of the major vendors -- as well as from many smaller vendors.
You can get behind the calculations and analysis done in the two ITG reports to understand the how and why of it. As one user shared when asked to describe VSC in simple terms, “It works.”
For those interested in FlashCopy Manager for UNIX and Linux and FlashCopy Manager for VMware support for EMC devices...
Available starting today (May 9, 2014), the Rocket Device Adapter Pack, which extends IBM FlashCopy Manager's ability to take snapshots of application data stored on storage devices attached to UNIX & Linux platforms, includes support for EMC VNX devices. This support of VNX enables snapshot-based block-level local backup and recovery, supporting VNX Snapshots, EMC SnapView snapshots and volume cloning with SnapView Clone. The VNX adapter includes support for RAID, meta, and thin provisioned volumes.
Also available at this time in the Rocket Device Adapter Pack are enhancements to the Symmetrix (VMAX and DMX) support which was first made available in December 2013. The Symmetrix support now includes integration with the remote mirroring option (SRDF), which is similar to FCM integration with IBM's metro mirror / global mirror option taking a snapshot of the mirror target. In addition, snapshot operations can be performed on the local side of SRDF remote mirror pairs while IBM FCM's copy services are set for local mode. Further, MAX_VERSIONS can now be set to ADAPTIVE so that the Symmetrix adapter will automatically manage the number of snapshots that are kept, removing the oldest snapshots when necessary.
Take a look at the Rocket Software product info link for more information.
IBM is helping clients improve their data economics through faster and more efficient data storage management from IBM. The storage innovations that helped IBM's Watson in the Jeopardy! challenge are now available to clients across all industries.
With huge advancement in data analytics, winners and losers will be determined by how fast organizations can act on data insights. In the era of Big Data and analytics, IBM believes it is critical to accelerate reliable data access while dramatically reducing its cost.
With that in mind, IBM will deliver storage in new ways to meet Big Data demands. Coming Monday 12th May, IBM storage, IBM Watson & IBM Research all will come together for Storage Signature Moment. Clients, partners, press & analysts highlight IBM’s work in Software Defined technologies and shows how we are ahead of the competition at Data Fast Forum.
IBM will be unveiling innovations to accelerate access to large scale data at Fast Data Forum Software Defined Storage, Superior Business Results May 12.
IBM’s storage transformation connecting IBM System and Technology Group with IBM Software, IBM Watson, and IBM Research is evident and you are going to hear more about
Accelerating access to data – IBM’s elastic storage can move petabytes of data and billions of files in microseconds versus days, providing faster access to unstructured and structured data.
Changing the economics of storage technology – IBM elastic storage addresses the increasing volume, velocity and variety of data growth by reducing storage costs up to 90 percent.
Transforming business models with the cloud – Storage is a pain point for most businesses deploying cloud. IBM’s elastic storage is open providing support for multiple physical storage devices and allowing organizations migrate to an agile, cloud-based storage environment and manage it effectively without having to replace existing storage systems, generating dramatically increased value from existing investments.
Join us for this intimate gathering and discussion with senior executives, clients and influencers.
Tom Rosamilia, Senior Vice President, IBM Systems and Technology Group
IBM: Michael Factor, IBM Research – Israel, DE
IBM: Tom Clark, Distinguished Engineer, Chief Architect Storage Software, C&SI (Tivoli SWG)
IBM: Vincent Hsu, IBM Fellow, CTO Storage (SDS, STG)
Client: Alan Malek, Director of IT, Cypress Semiconductor
Partner: Matt Richards, Vice President, Products, ownCloud
Register for this event now and learn about the breakthroughs from IBM research and other key initiatives around Software Defined Storage.
And if you cannot attend the event at Boston, we will bring the event to you through livestream! Watch the 90-minute influencer and thought leadership event online that highlights IBM’s work in Software Defined technologies and demonstrates how its solutions are helping clients across industries gain faster access to Big Data analytics to improve business performance.
If you are wondering about the ideal data protection plan for your company’s needs, I would suggest you explore the opportunities of hybrid cloud architecture. Investigate on what results you could achieve by choosing a backup technology that is capable of supporting a hybrid approach covering both on-premises and offsite cloud capabilities.
Today’s best hybrid cloud backup architectures combine the fast performance of on-premises technology with an innovative cost model for remote protection in ways that hardly any pure-disk/pure-onsite option can. Jason Buffington, senior analyst, ESG in his paper Hybrid cloud Backup delivers more for less shares his perspective on the increasing importance of a hybrid approach which combines on-premise and cloud capabilities to meet today's data protection requirements.
If that’s sound interesting join us for a webcast “Hybrid Cloud Backups: How to Get More for Less” on 29th April 2014 at 12 am ET. Infoweek will host the LIVE webcast, featuring Analyst speaker, Jason Buffington, Senior Analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG).
Attend this webinar to learn how to:
Understand how organizations are managing the data backup process
Gain insights into the pros and cons of offsite cloud capabilities
Hear the truth why a hybrid approach to a backup architecture would be better
Learn what to look for in a Hybrid Backup Solution
Register for this webinar now and learn why a hybrid approach is a far more realistic and effective way to go for companies of nearly all sizes.
Check out the new IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Protecting Microsoft SQL Databases Hosted in VMware whitepaper that describes how to use TSM for Virtual Environments - Data Protection for VMware and TSM for Mail - Data Protection for Microsoft SQL server together to protect your VMware environments hosting VMs with Microsoft SQL Server.
The goals of this paper are to demonstrate how Tivoli Storage Manager can be used to accomplish the following:
Provide optimized backups of the virtual machine leveraging VMware’s vStorage APIs for Data Protection and changed block tracking technologies
Provide the Microsoft SQL Server database administrator (DBA) the appropriate tools to augment the virtual machine backups with Microsoft SQL Server log backups
Provide the Microsoft SQL Server DBA the appropriate tools to recover a Microsoft SQL database to a desired recovery point using the virtual machine backups in conjunction with the log backups
Have a great day!
Tivoli Storage Manager Entry is here! We announced an exciting new offering to the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) family on 4/15 that is specifically designed for entry and mid-market customers. This is a product with enterprise capabilities at a low price point. It includes TSM native deduplication, node replication, policy management features, advanced support for virtual environment protection, online and centralized data protection for databases, email servers, and SAP. It also has an easy to understand "managed server" charge metric. We are excited that the customers with a smaller environment can experience the data protection security our large customers have enjoyed for many years, with less cost.
Why we are doing this? Because the growth is in the entry and mid-market. According to an Enterprise Strategy Group survey, around 38% businesses have less than 50 physical and virtual servers. That's what we are targeting for with TSM Entry - customers with less than 50 servers that are running Windows or Linux platforms. With our sustained success in the data protection space for large enterprises, we now have a very competitive product to be successful at the entry mid-market. Watch out, competitors.
Our products are getting simpler and easier with our evolution towards an intuitive customer experience. The brand new user interface, TSM Operations Center, introduced in June 2013 debuted with rave reviews from our user's community. A novice user can use the TSM Operation Center dashboard to monitor their entire backup environments. We continue to add more capabilities with each single release. In December 2013, we introduced the TSM Blueprints where prescriptive guidance and automation scripts were provided, reducing the install/configuration process of a TSM server to 3 hours. All of this simplification really helps to raise the comfort level for less skilled users in the midmarket to leverage the power of TSM without worrying about the technology itself. With a price point that anyone can afford, TSM Entry should make the purchase decision a lot easier too!
Want to learn more about TSM Entry? Check out these resources for additional information:
1. TSM Entry Announcement Letter
2. IBM SMB webpage
3. TSM Entry datasheet
4. TSM Operations Center video
Xin Wang, Ph.D.
Product Manager, Tivoli Storage Manager Portfolio
In response to: Do you have the best backup & disaster recovery plan?
Great seminar! Learning the best tips and tools for a best of bread backup & disaster recovery plan was what this Tech Target seminar was all about. During the Dallas, TX session on April 8, the attendees learned that backup & recovery was about having right data, in the right place, at the right time now. It's no longer the situation to have only one data center. For example there maybe 30 branches of a small credit union to manage.
IBM Tivoli Storage Manager is no longer just a command line tool anymore, it's Intuitive, Intelligent and Proven with 20+ years of experience. Attendees had the opportunity to see the demo of 7.1 and hear how the best practice of IBM Blueprints to help with sizing and deployments of TSM. In addition, the TCO study could be conducted on company environments (customer report - data collection - business case/cost prospective) to help them understand the investment they have made with their back & recovery vendor.
Attendees enjoyed the networking and best practices. Why not consider attending one of the upcoming events of Toronto on May 15 or Minneapolis on May 22 . http://storagedecisions.techtarget.com/seminars/Backup_DataProtection.html
While everybody loves the benefits of virtualization - better hardware utilization, improved operational efficiency and higher application availability, it brings with it the necessary evil of protecting data in a virtualized environment, a job most VMware Administrators (VIAs) love to hate!
On the other hand Data protection administrators view virtualization as the inevitable bridge that they have to cross at some point of time and which in turn means a change in their backup approach and methodologies that they could do without.
Adding to the complexity is the additional demand put by Cloud applications on storage environments because services need to be flexible and 100% automated.
What troubles the VMware Administrator?
1) It’s not my job: VIAs are more concerned about running their infrastructures and less bothered about doing backup which they feel is the storage administrator’s job
2) I am not a Storage expert yet I need all the data protection services: VIAs are not storage experts and therefore do not have the necessary skills to manage or protect data but at the same time they need to manage multiple classes of data protection service, including daily backups, frequent snapshots, and remote mirroring. VIAs need the ability to restore VMs and data under the full range of scenarios, ranging from user requests to remote site disaster recovery.
3) Why do I need additional Backup software? VIAs are not very convinced about integrating their infrastructure with additional backup software as most have the capability to offer a range of Data protection services using VMware tools at low or no costs.
4) I need scalability: VM environment needs both administrator scalability and application scalability
Administrator scalability: Managing hundreds or thousands of virtual machines requires automated configuration, provisioning and monitoring.
Application scalability: Managing large scale applications requires VMware-aware storage performance management and advanced data protection for high availability
5) Your backup software does not talk to my infrastructure: Modern backup methodologies are often incompatible with existing physical infrastructure which leads to VIAs seeking alternative solutions
6) This Software still lacks: VMware’s interfaces to storage systems are improving release-to-release but they often come with additional complexity. Feature gaps remain and the VIA User Experience to storage is inconsistent between vendors and is constantly changing
What troubles the Storage Administrator?
1) Protecting Data in a Virtual Environment is not the same: Data protection for physical servers is different from data protection in a virtualized environment. Virtualization means one single physical server is used to consolidate and run several virtual servers. Adding an additional workload of data protection puts a heavy strain on the virtualized infrastructure.
2) Too much to Track: Though VMware images are inherently easy to copy and restore to alternate machines. The challenge has been keeping track of all the copies, so users can restore what they need, when they need it.
3) Too much data: Data protection is challenging when applications hosted on VMware have large amounts of data. Restore and fail-over operations must account for both the applications and their data.
Provide a Data protection solution that empowers the VMWare administrator to protect their data without learning any new tools or calling the backup administrator. The VMware guy should never have to wait while storage does its job. Provide them with software that will help them not only set up their virtual machines but also set up their storage. Plug in the storage reporting into the VMware software so that they can view the status on the same GUI. Add automation and analytics into the system so that neither the VMware expert nor the storage specialist have to do any hands on work. Keep both of them happy and you will not only save time and effort but lot more peaceful hours in the office.
If you find the story here familiar and have some of your own tales to tell, we would be glad to hear about them. Just post them in the comments and we can interlock more on the subject. And yes! Stay tuned for more blogs on VMware coming your way!
You maybe wondering...
What is a best of bread backup & disaster recovery plan?
Do I have an integrated management plan?
Will my plan meet the demands of the ever changing environment?
All good questions. If you are seeking answers to how to build a best of bread backup & disaster recovery plan then this seminar series is an event to attend.
IBM is a proud sponsor of the 2014 A toolkit for comprehensive data protection - seminar and workshop brought to you by TechTarget Storage Media. This seminar is coming to a USA city near you.
Where and When are these seminars?:
Dallas, Texas, April 8 (pictures from event)
Toronto, ON, May 15
Minneapolis, MN, May 22
St. Louis, MO, July 22
New York, NY, July 24
Washington, DC, Dec 2
What's in it for me?
6 hours of FREE practical, tips, tools and resources
Networking with peers and vendors in the storage space
Validate your backup & disaster recovery plan
Hear and get a consultation from independent expert and - Geroge Crump, President and Founder of Storage Switzerland
Seating is limited so keep in mind that only the first 50 qualified people who sign up will be able to attend per city
Where can I go for more information? Click here
Danyel Otteson, WW Storage Marketing Manager for IBM
The opinions expressed herein are sorely mine
Pulse 2014, the Premiere Cloud Conference, has come to a successful close. Let’s take a moment to consider what it means to drive a power-packed “premiere cloud conference” to more than 11,000 attendees comprised of world wide leaders, decision makers, developers, clients and technology partners and actually deliver on the promise. What value-added cloud leadership has now been released into the world?
The Pulse 2014 offered a robust curriculum comprised of 6 streams including 23 tracks, 60+ session, 130 labs and over 350 speakers. During general sessions, keynote leaders highlighted the transformational benefits of cloud and delivered a comprehensive guide for next-generation cloud strategies and developments.
Pulse 2014 was about challenging business leaders to first EMBRACE BOLD and “Think it”. Imagine a path to drive business objectives by exploiting advanced technology, services and capabilities that propel business to new heights -- a path where data is protected and managed in a manner that enables business control and agility.
Deepak Advani, General Manager of IBM Cloud and Smarter Infrastructure spoke about the importance of applying analytics to IT Operations. He shared how the IBM CIO office can now apply data-driven analytics to the storage infrastructure to reduce user cost of storage by 50% through the deployment of IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Centre (VSC). And these data capabilities are no longer just for big business since now these same capabilities have been extended to mid-sized business with the announcement of IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center Entry and IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center for Storwize (http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=AN&subtype=CA&htmlfid=897/ENUS214-072&appname=USN)
In addition, Pulse attendees were inspired to make BOLD MOVES and “Build it”. Steve Mills, Senior Vice President and Group Executive of IBM Software and Systems stretched all to consider moving to a composable business. A composable business helps accelerate the next era of innovation and how organizations like yours build new models for design, services, applications and infrastructure by means of Visibility, Control and Automation.
Finally, Pulse 2014 attendees were offered a roadmap to attain BOLD RESULTS to “Tap Into It”. It’s about reinventing your business with cloud - the proven growth engine for business as well as optimizing IT and service management. The primary thought for business leaders today -- have you put your business in motion? There remains a mandate to do so, NOW. It becomes painfully true when you realized that 50% of the Fortune 500 companies from 1990 no longer exist. In other words, same as change, Cloud is inevitable.
It’s about the internet of things (currently 9 billion devices) occurring through mobile, cloud, social and other technologies to explore new computing and business models. No matter where you are in your business journey, Pulse 2014 was about discovering how your business can be first, how your business can sustain a competitive advantage and how you can effectively drive business success by leveraging cloud-related technology, tools and services. Pulse 2014, the premiere cloud conference delivered as promised. The bell has been rung. It’s time to EMBRACE BOLD, MAKE BOLD MOVES to DRIVE BOLD RESULTS.
See you next year at Pulse 2015!
The much awaited Business Partners Summit at Pulse 2014 on 23 February saw over 2000 attendees. Everyone who turned up at the event returned with enough ammunition in terms of knowledge and networking to make Bold Business moves in 2014.
Key Message - Cloud as a Growth Engine for Business
With Cloud moving out of the IT department to most other business functions, there is immense potential for the global cloud market to grow; in fact, it is estimated to reach $200 billion by 2020! IBM encourages its Business Partners to take grab this opportunity, leverage IBM’s technology and expertise and be a part of this growth.
IBM’s strategy for Business Partner growth and profitability
Mark Register, Vice President, Software Business Partners & Midmarket restated IBM’s commitment to Business Partner growth and profitability with loyalty recognition, skill development and incentives to capture new markets dominating the 2014 strategy.
Take advantage of the IBM Cloud Ecosystem
Sandy Carter, General Manager, Ecosystem Development and Social Business Evangelist encouraged all participants to take advantage of the IBM Cloud Ecosystem as that not only helps Business Partners build their businesses, it helps IBM deliver better client value. The IBM ecosystem can help Business Partners build market and sell solutions and give rewards & incentives for selling solutions hosted by IBM.
Collaborate to meet Client expectations
Nancy Pearson, Vice President, IBM Cloud Category Marketing gave advise on how collaboration between IT, LOB and developers can help assemble solutions quickly from available resources. This will not only help meet client expectations, it can drive business models, promote reinvention, improve decision making and speed time to market.
Deepak Advani, GM Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure, IBM provided executive insights into the bold moves that IBM is making in Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure in 2014. Lot of new capabilities across the Cloud & Infrastructure Portfolio are in the offing. IBM Service Engage for SaaS and on-premise engagement is being launched and the emphasis will be on a practitioner-focused digital experience.
Brendan Hannigan, General Manager, IBM Security Systems, declared IBM Security is the rising star of the IBM Corporation with bold moves to grow the portfolio, the Business Partner ecosystem and programs.
Expert Exchange Sessions
There were 40 expert exchange sessions covering the entire IBM Cloud Portfolio and the IBM Ecosystem. Under Storage, we had Ian Smith, Director of Storage Management, give a talk on winning new accounts, shortening sale cycles and delivering new solutions with the new and enhanced data protection and data management portfolio that includes TSM Blueprints and products for targeting the midmarket.
In another session, Robert Amatruda, Research Director, Data Protection and Recovery, IDC discussed how successful Business Partners are choosing IBM’s proven data protection and storage management platforms to deliver new levels of innovation.
The summit ended with networking, informal discussions and lots of promises for a great year ahead.
IBM’s initiative to bring enterprise level solutions to small & medium businesses continues with VSC Entry product announcement at Pulse on 25th February.
With increasing speed of innovation, the need to move to new technologies is stronger than ever before. There is a growing interest among SMBs to better harness technology but they are worried about costs and having the right skills. To address the small and midsized business storage challenge IBM is now offering a smaller, less expensive and easier to use data management solution package to SMBs. SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center Entry V5.2 and SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center for Storwize Family V5.2 are now available with pricing for use in smaller virtualized data storage configurations.
SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center Entry V5.2 can be used in conjunction with two or fewer SAN Volume Controller (SVC) I/O groups, thereby consisting of up to four machine type 2145 hardware engines, for up to 250 TB of managed capacity.
SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center for Storwize Family V5.2 can be used in conjunction with Storwize family hardware engines providing the data storage virtualization, such as a Storwize V7000 control enclosure, with no restrictions on the quantity of I/O groups.
SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center Entry offers the same features and functions as offered by the SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center V5.2 for larger enterprises, but at a more cost-effective, per-terabyte license for smaller storage environments so all thepain points are covered with the additional option of upgrading to a larger storage solution as the needs grow. It enables easy migration to agile, cloud-based storage environments, enabling organizations to optimize provisioning, capacity, availability, reporting and management for virtualized storage.
With the pressure of adopting Social, Mobile, Analytics & Cloud to drive business growth and to stay ahead of competition, SMBs are realizing the importance of underlying infrastructure & it’s management system. The Entry offering enables easy adoption of enterprise level storage infrastructure management solution that holds the potential to grow & compete in this fast pace environment.
While at Pulse 2014the product has already drawn some positive reviews. Joe King, Vice President of Presales Consulting at CAS Severn (@jckingmd) tweeted: Policy based storage placement is a cakewalk with Virtual Storage Center Entry. The Power of Analytics is here today at
Don’t miss the session "Software-Defined Storage using SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center" today, 1:30pm at Expo Theater #IBMPulse. You will learn how
SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center (VSC) 5.2 makes the life of the storage administrator easier!
VSC becomes a key component in the control plane of a Software-Defined Storage (SDS) solution
VSC can add value to OpenStack-based IaaS solutions
Look into IBM announcement letter for more information. http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=AN&subtype=CA&htmlfid=897/ENUS214-072&appname=USN
Hybrid cloud was a hot topic at Pulse2014. The data intensive nature of data protection makes it a good case study for exploring the business and technical benefits of hybrid cloud.
Figure 1: Storage Press Panel at Pulse2014.
From left to right: Thomas Bak, Front-Safe; Stephen Jones, TriDatum; Ron Hess, Hutchinson Regional Medical Center; Richard Spurlock, Cobalt Iron, Ian Smith, IBM
On Tuesday afternoon, members of the press were treated to a discussion with customers and service providers using hybrid cloud data protection today. Ian Smith, Director of Storage software at IBM moderated the discussion. The panel included experts from 3 continents, including:
Richard Spurlock, CEO, Cobalt Iron
Ron Hess, Client and Infrastructure Services Supervisor, Hutchinson Regional Medical Center
Thomas Bak, CSO, Front-Safe
Stephen Jones, CEO, TriDatum
Alex.Fagioli, CEO, Tectrade
Richard Bates, CTO, Predetar
Christian Svensson, CEO, Cristie Nordic
Pétur Eyþórsson, TSM Architect, Nyherji,
Heinrich Venter, CEO, iSanity
One reporter asked how cloud data protection can deliver the required performance for backup and restore. Richard Spurlock from Cobalt Iron explained how the hybrid cloud model makes it possible for his clients to meet backup and recovery time objectives because he can install equipment in his customers’ facilities. A Cobalt Iron customer, Ron Hess from Hutchison Regional Medical Center in Kansas agreed performance has been excellent with his hybrid cloud solution. Ron explained the hybrid cloud solution frees him to handle other priorities and added, “We’re down one headcount since we began.”
Medical facilities such as Hutchison Regional Medical Center aren’t typically IT pioneers. Ron Hess said data protection is the only cloud solution deployed or under consideration at Hutchison Regional Medical Center, although the current solution may expand to include Disaster Recovery as a Service.
Another service provider, TriDatum based in Atlanta, offers a data protection solution using IBM SoftLayer, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager and Frontsafe cloud portal. He said the IBM and Frontsafe infrastructure resolves scalability issues his customers experienced with old data protection solutions.
Thomas Bak, from cloud portal provider Front-safe added with a smile, “Cloud changes everything”.
Mike Barton is a Worldwide Storage Marketing Manager for IBM Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure software.
The opinions expressed herein are sorely mine
IBM’s Data Protection has all the right pieces
Jason Buffington, Senior Analyst, ESG in his interview to Dave Vellante from Wikibon, said IBM fills out the whole data protection spectrum and that it’s new UI is a great proof point to why it’s not your grand daddy’s solution. One of the top 5 problems people face in protecting a virtualized environment is lack of visibility. IBM’s new UI does a great job in adding that visibility. IBM has all the right pieces with its breadth of data protection solutions. With IBM starting to put cloud more aggressively into the mix, 2014 looks interesting.
Data Protection is a rainbow that must have all the colors
In Jason’s opinion when defining Data protection strategies, one should think of Data Protection as a rainbow with Backup, Snapshots, Replication, Archive and Availability making up for the different colors. So when have you ever seen a rainbow with no green? Mechanism of data protection should not only include the whole range of solutions but must also include a hybrid approach that includes Tape, Disk or the Cloud. Organizations can pick the color from the spectrum, according to what they want to recover and how.
Disk, Tape, Cloud – they are all going to stay
Disk is not going to be the one all and end all. Tape is going to stay, with economic advantages and new innovations like LTFS that makes tape look like disk, adding flexibility and durability. Cloud as a backup service is not the Silver Bullet either because it’s only a deployment mechanism, it does not make your back up problems go away, one still has to run it, run the admin and push the agents out. One needs to have an on premise intermediary appliance for fast recovery before going to the cloud. However when ESG looked at what were the primary use cases of cloud for the next couple of years they found Data Protection at number one and Disaster recovery at number three. Jason suggests that every solution should be considering cloud as part of it.
Data protection need not be so Hard
His advice to IT pros who are worried about cost and complexity of data protection is that it need not be so hard, there are great solutions available that allow you to backup, archive, snapshot, replicate and do an entire range of functions, from a single GUI, to a single data store from a single administrators view. People only need to wake up to the solution and start using it.
Check out other Wikibon Interviews at Pulse 2014
To follow an exciting opening day yesterday, the buzz around bold moves continued on Tuesday, starting bright and early with the day 2 general session.
The morning opened with Steve Mills, Senior Vice-President and Group Executive IBM Software and Systems, “setting the agenda” as he outlined the fundamental mantra that IBM has been delivering of Visibility, Control and Automation as more important than ever in the cloud era.
Steve then turned the stage over to Deepak Advani, General Manager, Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure, IBM Software Group. Over the next 30 mins or so, Deepak was joined by clients from Paychex, Honda Manufacturing and Red Bull Racing to discuss how they were improving business outcomes by embracing disruptive technologies such as big data, analytics, mobile and cloud.
Deepak spoke about the importance of applying analytics to IT Operations. He shared how the IBM CIO office has applied data-driven analytics to the storage infrastructure to reduce user cost of storage by 50% through the deployment of IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Centre (VSC).
Even more exciting is that this type of capability and the resulting benefits are no longer limited to large storage environments. Today IBM announced IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Centre Entry and IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Centre for Storwize. The entry editions are attractively priced for those organizations managing smaller environments, up to 250 TB of data in the case of VSC Entry. Joe King, Vice President of Presales Consulting at CAS Severn (@jckingmd) tweeted:
Policy based storage placement is a cakewalk with Virtual Storage Center Entry. The Power of Analytics is here today at
We also heard from IBM Security expert, Brendan Hannigan, General Manager, IBM Security Systems Division, who spoke about the critical nature of security in cloud. Customers often cite security as the top obstacle to cloud adoption, so Brendan’s message was timely. About being a security guy at a cloud conference, Bendan joked:
I feel like a mosquito at a summer picnic!
He said security breaches cost an average of $11 million in the US, and can take up to 8 months to discover. Fortunately, new solutions from IBM provide end-to-end security, utilizing the cloud, that can reduce successful attacks to near zero.
Following the general session, the Storage track got back into full swing with client, Business Partner and IBM speakers outlining the bold moves they are making. Breakout session highlights from Tuesday included:
Bobby Karim, Unix System Administrator from Allianz Australia discussed how his organization has shifted away from multiple backup and restore tools delivered through 3rd party service providers, and has consolidated all of his organizations data protection requirements to the Tivoli Storage Manager Suite of Unified Recovery (TSMSUR). The flexibility within TSM SUR provides the comprehensive capabilities needed by Allianz to meet it’s recovery point and recovery time objectives while proving much simpler to manage.
Thomas Bak Co-Founder and CSO of Front-safe and Stephen Jones, CTO of TriDatum showcased how they are partnering to deliver private cloud data protection. TriDatum reviewed a case study where they have combined the Front-safe Cloud Portal, Tivoli Storage Manager and its consultative approach to meet it’s clients data protection requirements -- a US-based financial services provider that values of the cost of loss of data at $300,000/day/location now confidently protects data created in it’s 300 branches efficiently and cost-effectively.
Attendees were treated to a live demo of IBM SmartCloud Storage Access, a self-service portal that can reduce storage deployment time up to 95%. Nick Harris explained how SmartCloud Storage Access can work with SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center to enable self-service provisioning for multiple brands of storage systems.
The SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center development team, Ben Randall and Teresa Swingler, provided a live demo of new V5.2 features, including simplified provisioning, performance management, and IBM’s exclusive Tiered Storage Optimizer.
Fernando Dondeo, from Grupo Boticário in Brazil spoke about Data Protection for SAP analytics environments. SAP HANA is a high performance, high value analytics system for SAP. Using IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Data Protection for ERP, Boticario was able to reduce backup time by 77% while providing superior data protection for SAP data.
Finally – while all this great content was being delivered, the Storage pedestals in the Solution Center were hopping. Interested folks lined up to see how the intuitive nature of the TSM Operations Center eases backup administration, how IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Centre drastically simplifies data management tasks and how Butterfly studies continue to illustrate how clients can slash their data protection costs by migrating to the an IBM data protection platform.
I’m excited about another full day tomorrow of rich content but now it’s time to take a breather and enjoy some quality networking time with colleagues tonight during Pulse Palooza – and maybe witness a few “bold moves” of another kind by Pulse attendees on the dance floor.
Greetings from Pulse2014 in Las Vegas.
Over 11,000 attendees at Pulse this year. Can you believe it? The MGM Garden Arena was jammed to the rafters for the opening session, featuring executives from Kuuluu, Twilio, Continental AG and IBM. It's exciting the hear about advances in driverless vehicles, mobile applications and gaming - all driven by cloud.
The transition to cloud has been remarkable. Two years ago at Pulse2012, many people had cloud projects, and were proceeding with caution. Last year, there were many cloud success stories, and active discussion about how cloud might evolve. This year, it's clear that cloud-driven business and IT transformation is in full swing.
Darren Bibby, VP Channels and Alliance Research at IDC predicted that, by 2016, 25% of all software will be subscription based. Organizations must plan for this transition or risk being left behind. Or, as Erich Clementi, Senior VP of IBM Global Technology Services put it, you can, "be the next Blockbuster or the next NetFlix".
2014 Pulse attendees are a remarkable group - Not the type to be left behind by a new trend. There is an incredible amount of learning and sharing going on. It's very encouraging to see our industry is in good hands.
Storage is playing a key role at Pulse, of course. There is a good understanding that clouds run on data, and data needs storage. So, it makes sense that smarter clouds need smarter storage. The connection between storage and top business trends has never been clearer or more relevant to IT.
Highlights of the Monday Storage Track included sessions by Hutchison Regional Medical Center, Chesapeake Energy, and Predetar.
Alistair Mackenzie, Predatar CEO, spoke about several successful clients, including the world's largest cloud service for the education market. Predatar offers a cloud backup solution based on TSM. Predatar includes a dashboard for Line of Business managers that can significantly improve internal communications, reduce complexity and reduce costs.
Paul Conway, from Chesapeake Energy shared experiences using Tivoli Storage Manager Operations Center to manage large workloads with confidence, and without heavy reliance on scripts and experts. As Paul showed screen shots of his TSM Operations Center deployment, his mantra was, "and that was another homegrown script we were able to get rid of".
Ron Hess, Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, described his organization's transformation to hybrid cloud data protection from traditional enterprise backup. Ron said the biggest advantages were faster backups, faster restores, and a savings of 10 to 12 hours per week In administration time.
IBM-led storage sessions were excellent, as well. In the Storage Track kick-off, Ian Smith, IBM's Director of Storage Management described trends we can expect to see in storage, including:
Data location transparency
Data protection transparency
Analytics enabling hybrid clouds
Active risk avoidance
Extending Ian's comments, Rachel Dines from Forrester Research offered 3 tips for Data Protection:
Move beyond backup and Disaster Recovery ... instead, think about business resiliency
Embrace the cloud ... it's here to stay
Prioritize efficiency above all else ... because data is growing but IT budgets are flat.
Thomas Bak, CSO of cloud data protection provider Front-safe commented, "IBM is pushing change more than ever before."
If you're attending Pulse2014, please comment with your highlights of the day.
Mike Barton is a Worldwide Storage Marketing Manager for IBM Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure software.
The opinions expressed herein are sorely mine
Can you believe it, the day is final here, the start of Pulse 2014, The Premier Cloud Conference!
Today has already brought forth some great content and networking opportunities for attendees interested in the storage portfolio.
For the business partners, today was the one day Business Partner Summit where partners from around the world got to hear key messages, results of 2013, market shift analysis and even get inspired from various IBM executives like Sandy Carter, General Manager, Ecosystem and Social Business Evangelist; Deepak Advani, General Manager, Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure; Lou Atanasio, Vice President Global Sales, Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure and list goes on.
Some key storage mentions in the Business Partner Summit can be summed up in the following tweets:
#ibmstorage is a priority focus, #ibmtsm 7.1 delivered on a great user interface for clients says Deepak Advanti
@rodneyforeman promoting the great business partners @CobaltIron and @Frontsafe some #ibmstorage & butterfly tool
@rodneyforeman instills confidence in IBM data protection software.. clients that leave always come back to value of #tsm
@PredatarUK is innovative.. #ibmtsm on the mobile phone, highlighted at #ibmpulse
Mark Register announcing great incentives for partners to make more $ in 2014 at #ibmpulse
IDC, Darren Bibby says the #cloud is inevitable. Is fear or opportunity driving you Partners? #ibmpulse
For the storage client who attended today there was plenty of networking opportunities through the storage user group meeting that met for about 3 hours. At the end of the meeting these two gentlemen exchanges conversations about their storage environment.
Today started the four day offering at Pulse of Hands-on Labs and Certification Testing. Eight Storage software certification exams are available which makes up 10% of all exams that will be taken over the four day period. As for the Hands-on Labs you can explore 12 different storage labs on any one of the 48 computers, 10 more computers then 2013's Lab offerings.
Pulse 2014 promises to be a great week for the storage enthusiast starting tonight with the Solution Expo opening up at 6:00pm PT offering 4 storage peds, a Meet the Expert session, an Expo Theater session along with many partner booths.
Stay tuned for daily recaps of Pulse 2014.
Danyel Otteson, WW Storage Marketing Manager for IBM
The opinions expressed herein are sorely mine
Plan your days to maximize your time and opportunities at Pulse 2014. To get started log in to your account and access the agenda builder tool. You can find & schedule sessions and save it as “My Agenda”.
If you have not registered yet and planning to attend Pulse, here is the thing for you. You can preview Pulse sessions and save the agenda using sample agenda builder. And once you register for Pulse, you can import this agenda into the agenda builder tool.
To list all the storage sessions select Stream as Optimizing IT & Service management and Track as Unified Recovery & Storage Management. This track focuses on range of systems, storage, software and services designed to maximize and protect data, featuring best practices, implementation stories and case studies on unified recovery and storage.
If you find a little hard to navigate directly to the storage sessions through these tools, here is your guiding star. Search by storage session# as mentioned on the chart below to quickly add these to your activities.
And remember your all things at pulse is at #IBMPulse
Key ingredients to a great product in the market are an innovative design, a robust architecture and a good development plan. The Dev@Pulse event at Pulse 2014 provides a great platform for developers to expand their skills, knowledge and start a relationship with IBM.
IBM has opened it’s Pulse conference doors to both IBMers and non IBMers from the world of mobile app and new cloud-based platforms to talk about their experiences, designs and products in this two day FREE event.
Design, Develop, Deploy.
Designers and Developers are invited to attend sessions that cover seven major streams:
Game Design & User Interface
Designing through cloud based platforms
Design in a MobileFirst economy
Futures in Cognitive Computing and AI (Yes! We will talk about Watson)
Impact of design and technology on the world
Development in the Open World
Rapid App Development and Open Source Software
Day 1 will close with an interactive code bash while partying with the DJ at the MGM Grand’s Hakkasan Nightclub while Day 2 will end with live demos by Andrew Spyker and Jerry Cuomo, IBM Software experts, who will walk you through the historical use case that won the best application mash-up from Netflix.
What else can you do at Dev@Pulse?
Besides attending the content rich TED talk-like sessions, you can get your hands on lab with IBM products like Cloud OE, WorkLight, SoftLayer and JazzHub. And at the end of Day 2, you can walk into the Pulse trade show and attend the main key note of the Pulse Conference.
In the past two years that IBM acquired Butterfly, it generated hundreds of Analysis Engine Reports (AER) analyzing billions of gigabytes and established facts about Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) that should make competition sit up and notice.
The Backup Analysis Engine report from Butterfly Software uses light-touch, agent-less software technology to analyze existing heterogeneous data backup environment. It is a non-intrusive analysis based on empirical production data collected in minutes and incorporated into the Backup Analysis Engine report from IBM Butterfly Software.
Why is Butterfly important?
Gartner Magic Quadrant: Backup and Recovery 2013 Competitive analysis says between 2012 and 2016, one-third of organizations will change backup vendors due to frustration over cost, complexity and/or capability. To be able to say conclusively that TSM solution can save backup infrastructure costs by as much as 38% when compared to some of the other competitive products opens the door for IBM to go get these 33% of the organizations looking for a change.
AER is the Key
More demand for AERs is expected with the launch of the automated “self-service” AER generation model. Scheduled to go live at the beginning of 2H 2014, it will scale out as a service to IBM and its Business Partners. These facts drive home the fact that Butterfly AERs have metamorphosed into a well accepted and standard approach to storage infrastructure analytics.
Meet the Butterfly Storage and Backup Assessment Team at Pulse 2014
If the butterfly flutter has caught your interest, visit Pulse 2014 on Feb 23-26 at Las Vegas and meet the folks who deliver Butterfly Storage and Backup Assessments in the IT Optimization section of the IBM booth. Find out how your company can use business analytics to dramatically lower the cost of running your backup and recovery or primary storage infrastructure.
For those of you that have been thinking about leveraging hardware snapshots to protect your Windows application and file servers, I wanted to point you to some really nice videos that Sean Sperry has put together. Sean has written and recorded a series of videos about the new FlashCopy Manager 4.1 for Windows. They cover a variety of topics like Exchange Server 2013, SQL Server, File System protection, remote operation, and three separate videos about using PowerShell and its integration with FlashCopy Manager.
If you have ever wondered how FlashCopy Manager on Windows works and the new functions and features of version 4.1, you should really check out those videos.
Have a great day!
As song writer, Andy Williams says in what is know as one of the top 10 holiday songs, "It's the most wonderful time of the year with kids jingle belling and everyone telling you "Be of good cheer", It's the most wonderful time of the year...". While the holidays maybe over, one of the most wonderful times of the year is the new IBM Premier Cloud Conference, Pulse 2014. There might not be kids at the conference ringing bells, nor people telling you to be of good cheer, but there will be plenty of excitement with your peers and experts as everyone is learning the latest strategy/product developments along with wonderful networking opportunities, so that everyone can all make bold business moves in 2014.
For those of you who have a passion for Storage you will be pleased to know that IBM Pulse 2014 will host the Unified Recovery and Storage Management Track within the Optimizing IT & Service Management Stream. The Unified Recovery and Storage Management track will focus on sharing best practices, success stories and roadmaps with regards to systems, storage, software and services.
Let me take a few moments and give you some answers to some FAQs.
Question: Will there be enough storage sessions to fill three days worth in the Unified Recovery and Storage Management Track?
Answer: Yes! 24 sessions showcasing trends like Cloud, Analytics and Open Stack along with sessions on Tivoli Storage Manager, Virtual Storage Center and more!
Question: Client breakout sessions are always a highlight of the conference, what could I expect?
Answer: We have 7 client sessions along with 2 Partner with clients sessions. You could attend client sessions by China Bank, National Grid, Hutchinson Regional Medical Center and even TD Bank.
Question: Besides the storage breakout sessions what other opportunities do I have to gain knowledge and network?
Answer: 1 - BOF (Birds of a Feather) session, 2 - Expo Theater talks, 4 - IBM pedestals in the Expo Center and many business partner booths, 4 - Meet the Expert Sessions, Labs, Certification and so much more!
Question: I'm interested in previewing some sessions. How can I learn more?
Answer: IBM Pulse is offering the sample agenda builder for anyone not registered for the conference. If you are already registered for Pulse 2014 you can build your agenda
Question: Pulse 2014 sounds great, how can I justify attending?
Answer: Download the Business Justification Letter and share it with your business today
On a personal note, what a privilege it has been to participate in the IBM Pulse conferences for the past 6 years along with the many other "Tivoli" conferences prior. One of my highlights has always been the opportunity to see friends and co-workers who share the same passion for this world of IT. IBM Pulse will be "one of the most wonderful times of the year" and a conference where you can truly network and learn so that you can make those bold moves. Learn more by checking out the IBM Pulse website.
Hope to see you at IBM Pulse 2014 in Las Vegas, February 23-26
Danyel Otteson, WW Storage Marketing Manager for IBM
The opinions expressed herein are sorely mine
I am often asked... "When can I use FlashCopy Manager with my EMC disk array?" (substitute "EMC" with your favorite vendor)
With FlashCopy Manager for Windows, you can leverage hardware snapshots for any disk array that has a VSS Hardware Provider. This is because Windows has a built-in architecture (referred to as "VSS") that enables pluggable snapshot support. We wrote a developerWorks article that explains how this works and how it integrates with TSM a few years ago. (Note: This article refers to "TSM for Copy Services" instead of "FlashCopy Manager" because it was written before the product name was changed.)
But, with FlashCopy Manager for UNIX and Linux and FlashCopy Manager for VMware, you must wait until support is added for your desired disk array. Last year, IBM partnered with Rocket Software to develop a device adapter pack that plugs in to FlashCopy Manager for UNIX and Linux and FlashCopy Manager for VMware to extend support to more storage devices. You install it on top of an existing FlashCopy Manager (version 4.1 or later) installation on the application server being protected by FlashCopy Manager for UNIX (or on the proxy backup server in case of FlashCopy Manager for VMware) and configure it to talk to the storage device. After that, you are able to leverage the power of FlashCopy Manager snapshot protection for the hardware device supported by that device adapter pack!
At the end of last year, Rocket Software released support for EMC Symmetric (VMAX and DMX). They are planning to add more disk arrays in 2014. If you have devices that you want to see added, contact Rocket Software.
Have a great day!
IBM recently published reference architecture blueprints to simplify Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) sizing and deployment, “Blueprint and Server Automated Configuration for Linux x86". Feedback from IBM Business Partners has been positive. In December 2013, Version 1.2 was released for free download.
What is a Reference Architecture Blueprint?
A reference architecture blueprint is a detailed hardware specification designed to manage a specific workload. In this case, the blueprints specify hardware requirements for small, medium and large TSM workloads, using Best Practices for data protection.
Why Use Reference Architecture Blueprints Instead of Sizing?
Traditional backup server sizing is extremely flexible and recommended for unique workloads or where precision is critical. Most of the time, however, a reference architecture blueprint can reduce time and complexity, and improve data protection through standardization and automation.
IBM reference architecture blueprints for TSM have companion configuration scripts that set up TSM for the requested workload quickly and consistently.
I supported TSM for 5 years as an IT Specialist Manager, and have seen many clients struggle with traditional backup server sizing. Even if you can capture details about the current backup workload, which is often impossible, you have to estimate the data growth rate. Sizing errors can result in unhappy application owners or an inability to meet recovery objectives. In contrast, a reference architecture blueprint takes you to a known destination quickly and safely.
Recently, TSM experts had a TSM sizing discussion on ADSM.org. Baltimore-Washington TSM User Group Member Wanda Prather, Stefan Folkerts, and Sergio Fuentes discussed sizing variables: Workload, hardware, storage features. As Wanda says, sizing is, “both an ‘it depends’ and a ‘what not to do’ answer.” I recommend reading her post if you’re interested in backup server sizing.
Reference Architecture Blueprint Details
These reference architectures are based on x86 hardware running Linux and are optimized as disk only storage using TSM data deduplication technology. They have been tested to determine the optimal workloads and limits for each size: Small, Medium or Large. The blueprint includes a document, or “Cookbook”, that describes the three reference architectures in detail, including IBM hardware model numbers and configuration requirements.
IBM also includes two scripts to speed up the installation and configuration, increasing time-to-value:
The first script does a configuration check that will verify the hardware configuration meets the blueprint specifications, validate Linux kernel settings, and verify the configuration of required file systems prior to running the standard TSM Server installation. The script also configures the TSM Server using best practices and: creates a DB2® instance, defines deduplication storage pools with optimal performance settings, defines administrative maintenance tasks optimized for de-duplication scalability, defines TSM database backup to disk, creates a dsmserv.opt file with best practice option overrides, creates policy domains for database, mail and file servers with management classes for 30-, 60- and 120-day retention, and defines backup schedules for all client types that can be easily selected when deploying the desired client workloads.
The second script runs simulated TSM database and storage pool workloads and provides performance measurements that can be used to compare as a reference against those measured on the blueprint configuration.
Please share your experiences with TSM reference architecture blueprints and backup server sizing. What works for you?
Mike Barton is a Worldwide Storage Marketing Manager for IBM.
The opinions expressed herein are sorely mine.
IBM is looking for customers and business partners to participate in the Beta and Early Access Programs for IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center.
Both the Beta and Early Access Programs (EAP) will start later this month and provide participants with an opportunity to influence the design of future Virtual Storage Center enhancements by providing feedback directly to development.
Virtual Storage Center includes all Tivoli Storage Productivity Center functions plus Advanced Analytics such as Storage Tiering Automation, VMware Integration (Clustering support and vSphere Plug-in), Self Service Provisioning and more.
Tivoli Storage Productivity Center and Virtual Storage Center customers are all invited to participate in these programs. As topics are introduced the facilitator will define the boundaries between what is included in Virtual Storage Center versus Tivoli Storage Productivity Center.
To request enrollment in the Beta program, submit the VSC/TPC Beta Signup form.
To request enrollment in the EAP program, submit the VSC/TPC EAP Signup form.
For any questions, contact Mary Anne Filosa: email@example.com
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IBM is looking for candidates to participate in a beta program for an upcoming release of Tivoli Storage Manager.
The beta program is planned to start in late January 2014 including worldwide participation to obtain customer and business partner feedback on the release.
If you are interested in enrolling in this beta program, please submit a sign-up form here:
For any questions, please contact Mary Anne Filosa, firstname.lastname@example.org.
IBM is looking for candidates to participate in an Early Access Program for an upcoming release of Tivoli Storage Manager. An Early Access Program (EAP) consists of web conferences with worldwide participation to obtain customer and business partner feedback on the release's design.
If you are interested in enrolling in this EAP program, please submit a sign-up form here:
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Did you happen to see IBM's announcement on October 29th for the new Tivoli Storage Manager 7.1 and FlashCopy Manager 4.1? If not, go take a look. There are a lot of really cool new features and functions that you need to see. It will available for electronic download on December 13, 2013.
TSM and FCM continues to invest in the Operations Center, virtualization support, application integration, security, centralized management, deduplication, resiliency, useability, ease of use/install, and more. Go read the announcement letter and you will see what I mean.
If you want to see some of this in action, contact your IBM rep.
Backup redesign continues to be toward the top of most analysts’ lists for 2013 IT priorities. I’ve talked a lot about some of the catalysts behind this trend like data growth, big data, VMware and software defined storage. With IT managers redesigning, the incumbent enterprise backup vendors have a lot of motivation to offer innovative solutions that are a bit ahead of the times. The leaders have all placed strategic bets on what the winning formula will be. I discussed these bets in my post “Forrester’s take on enterprise backup and recovery.”
For its part, IBM is being quick about helping IT managers redesign. The help starts with a clear understanding of the economic benefit a redesign can bring. After all, in today’s environment few IT managers make technology moves simply for the sake of technology. Storage is about economics. I discuss this more fully in my post “Does trying to find a better economic approach to storage give you ‘Butterflies’?” But there is still efficient technology that enables these economic savings, and the person in IBM who is ultimately responsible for the technology in IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) is the product manager, Dr. Xin Wang.
Recently I spoke with Xin about the important shifts IT managers are facing and how she is helping IT managers reimagine backup.
The Line*: Xin, I’m going to start with the “Dr.” part of your title. Should folks call you the Backup Doctor?
Xin: (laughing) Well, I don’t know about that. I’m actually a doctor of Applied Physics. One thing that drove me to earn a PhD and has moved me ever since is that I love to learn. I started my career in IBM hard disk drive research, spent some time as a storage software developer and development manager, and have now been working with backup clients as a product manager for several years.
The Line: Wow, I could probably do an entire post just on your career. But let’s stay focused. What have you learned about the challenges IT managers are facing and this whole backup redesign movement?
Xin: It’s interesting. The challenges aren’t secret but they carry big implications for backup. Data is growing like crazy; that’s no secret. But it is now so big that the old method of loading an agent on a server to collect and copy backup data over a network to a tape isn’t keeping up. So IT managers are redesigning.
And what about servers? Servers aren’t servers anymore. Thanks to VMware, they are virtual machines that come, go and move around in a hurry. Traditional backup is too rigid. So IT managers are redesigning.
Administrators are changing too. The generation of backup admins who grew up tuning the environment is giving way to a new generation of backup, VMware and cloud admins who need much more intuitive and automated management tools. And so IT managers are redesigning. (Editorial comment: I discussed the change in administration in my post “Do IT managers really ‘manage’ storage anymore?”)
The Line: Okay, I think I’m seeing your trend. IT managers are redesigning. And it seems like you’ve got a clear idea of why. Can we take your list one at a time? I think my readers would be interested in what you are doing with TSM in each of these areas.
Xin: Sure, that makes sense.
Check back for part 2 of the interview in which Xin shares her near term plans for TSM. If you have questions for Xin, please join the conversation by leaving a comment below.
*The Line is my personal blog, and when it appears in the interview, it represents me as the interviewer.
I recently participated in a Vendor Day Summit for a large prospective client and I had the opportunity to talk with them about their storage management needs. Over the past 2 years, they have seen over 200% growth in the total capacity of their storage infrastructure and near-term projections are expected to continue this trend. Storage growth has also led to performance concerns with tier 1 applications due to the increased demand on the infrastructure. So, we came to the summit to talk to the client about IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center (VSC), IBM’s flagship storage management solution that combines our market leading technologies from IBM SAN Volume Controller, IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center, and IBM FlashCopy Manager along with intelligent analytics and automated management to reduce administrative complexity. It helps improve capacity utilization and slow storage growth, offer flexibility in the placement of workloads to balance performance demand, extend the life of existing storage assets, and reduce the overall cost associated with managing their infrastructure.
During the course of the conversation, it became apparent that the storage administration staff is significantly overburdened by daily tasks like managing provisioning requests, handling fire drills, and troubleshooting end user support calls. VSC is uniquely capable of improving storage administrator efficiency through a variety of key capabilities and we are continuing to enhance those capabilities to address our clients’ most challenging problems.
IBM’s Smarter Storage vision is aimed at providing global data availability across physical, virtual, and cloud environments, to provide unprecedented levels of cost efficiency and simplicity through innovation and applied analytics, and unrivalled client experience and success. VSC has been built from the ground up to embody that vision and provide our clients with a unique storage management experience.
When we first introduced VSC in October, 2012, it included a new user experience that provides intuitive access to various tasks and views within the console to improve administration of complex infrastructures. Many of the legacy views from our market leading storage resource management product, Tivoli Storage Productivity Center, were updated or completely redesigned, based primarily on direct customer feedback. During the development phase, we run an extensive Early Access and Beta Program to enable clients to test our new features and provide direct feedback to our developers, helping to provide that unrivalled client experience and success. However, we knew when we released that first version that there was still work to do. I am pleased to say that in our plans for an upcoming release of VSC, we have made significant strides to further improve the user experience by providing more intuitive troubleshooting tools, especially in the area of performance management, as well as a completely new interface for managing service classes and storage pools. This capability will be critical for clients that are interested in transforming traditional storage environments into a ‘cloud optimized’ infrastructure that standardizes provisioning services and reduces provisioning time from days and weeks to minutes and hours.
Going back to the Vendor Day Summit, this client was also in need of help managing the growth of their environment, a multi-petabyte heterogeneous infrastructure with multiple classes of storage to service their users. One of VSC’s key features at our original launch was the ability to provide intelligent analytics on top of a virtualized storage environment. Leveraging the market leading capabilities of IBM SAN Volume Controller, administrators can create storage pools that include all of their existing storage assets, organized by performance, drive type, RAID level, etc. to consolidate the management of a heterogeneous environment. Workloads can then be quickly provisioned out of these storage pools based on service level requirements to satisfy end user requests. VSC can help the administrator select the appropriate pool of storage for workload placement based on the user defined characteristics of the workload using built-in intelligence about not only the new workload, but also its impact on existing workloads within the storage pools.
Once the workload has been provisioned, VSC collects performance and utilization data, which can be used to build a comprehensive view across the entire infrastructure. The Analytics Engine within Virtual Storage Center can then identify workloads that are not placed on the appropriate tier or class of storage based on their usage patterns. The Analytics Engine will also make recommendations to migrate volumes to a more appropriate tier of storage. This intelligent analytics capability often results in significant levels of cost efficiency for clients, as they are able to migrate many of their workloads off of the most expensive storage.
This capability was especially interesting to our prospective clients at the Vendor Day Summit and our planned upcoming enhancements to automate the migration of those volumes based on the recommendations for the Analytics Engine was viewed as a major advantage. Storage administrators will still have the ability to approve migrations before they are executed, but tying the recommendations for migration with the actual execution tasks is another way IBM is helping clients improve the efficiency of their data center operations.
Stay tuned to learn more about how IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center is helping clients improve storage utilization, availability, performance, and service levels of heterogeneous storage environments.
With a new school year underway, vacation season for many come and gone and the Labor Day long-weekend upon us in North America, entering September marks the unofficial end of summer. For many this is a somewhat depressing time of year as we realize that colder temperatures and the on-set of winter aren’t far off.
However it’s not all bad news. Some of us prefer outdoor activities in the fall and winter months and when it comes to business, the fall presents a renewed interest in sharpening our skills and seeking networking opportunities by attending industry conferences and events.
For Storage professionals in North America an ideal opportunity comes in the form of Storage Decisions New York on September 16 & 17. Storage Decisions New York plans to bring together over 500 end-users, independent experts, analysts, and top solution providers to engage in thought-provoking presentations, interactive networking opportunities, and sponsor showcases featuring the latest trends and technologies impacting the storage industry. The 2-day conference, scheduled for is the only place you will find the industry's foremost independent experts – and the most qualified group of storage professionals – under one roof.
As a platinum sponsor of Storage Decisions New York, IBM will have a multi-faceted presence at the conference with ample opportunities to engage with the storage community. One of the highlights is our Tech-in-Action talk, where IBM’s Storage Software Business Strategist Ron Riffe will outline IBM's point of view on The Critical Decisions for Improving The Economics of Storage. Ron will touch on a range of considerations including the need for improved administration, the role of software-defined and the impact of flash – just to name a few.
Over the course of the two-day event, IBM storage experts will be available in booths 24 and 25 to meet attendees and discuss practical solutions to today’s storage challenges. The IBM booth will also be where attendees can pick up their complimentary conference USB key which will loaded with conference-wide materials and presentations.
Storage Decisions New York is worth taking a look at as a great way to kick-off the fall conference cycle. If you're planning to attend stop by and visit us. If you happen to be on the west coast and concerned that New York is too far to travel, don't worry Storage Decisions is stopping in San Francisco on October 30.