The last time I blogged I was telling you about IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager on Windows and just how cool it was. Well, I am working on some more neat stuff and I wanted to tell you about a beta program for upcoming release of FlashCopy Manager. It is called the Beta program for IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager. If you want to test some of the new functions and features of the upcoming release of IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager, please contact Mary Anne Filosa (firstname.lastname@example.org) or your IBM Sales representative to get details.
The enrollment period is ending soon, so don't wait to be a part of the action!
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In response to: The Pulse Roadmap to Mid-Market Solutions and OpportunitiesIBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack is a great continuous data protection, backup and recovery solution for both midmarket and large enterprise organizations, for branch offices or data centers. For more storage sessions while at Pulse 2010 check out this blog post https://www-950.ibm.com/blogs/tivolistorage/entry/the_pulse_roadmap_to_storage_expertise?lang=en_us
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Live Demo! IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack and IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack for Exchange Scheduled Dates in 2010
Mark Your Calendars!
IBM will be presenting a series of live demonstration dedicated to showing the value of IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) FastBack and TSM FastBack for Exchange data protection products.
These additions to the TSM product family offers the ability to meet aggressive Recovery Point and Recovery Time Objectives in an organization's data protection service.
The TSM FastBack family provides many advanced features including:
Instant Restore allows users to access to their data or application immediately, while the restore is taking place.
Continuous Data Protection sends backup data continuously which allows a recovery to be done to any point in time.
Incremental Forever Backups prevents wasting time and money in performing and storing unnecessary full backups. Each backup appears to be a Full backup, but only the blocks that have been modified are copied.
FastBack Mount allows access to backed up data without it being recovered. This enables data to be validated after backups, the correct data to be identified before it is recovered, or data to be opened and its contents
to be recovered at a more granular level, thus reducing the size and time of the recovery.
Exchange Brick-level Recovery allows individual Exchange mail objects to be recovered from a previous backup without requiring an entire Exchange Database to be recovered. TSM FastBack for Exchange does not
require additional backup processing to provide IMR.
Branch Office Disaster Recovery allows replication of branch office backup data to a central site. This data can be compressed and encrypted during the transfer. The replicated data at the central site can be used
as the source for creating a tape copy of the data or for recovering branch office data and hosts. TSM FastBack allows the backups and replication of multiple branch offices to be monitored with a single tool.
TSM FastBack Bare Machine Recovery allows hosts to be quickly recovered, even to dissimilar hardware.
These demonstrations are open to Customers, Business Partners and IBM employees.
TSM FastBack Demo Schedule for 2010:
Demos will be available in English and Spanish. All English calls will be at 10:30 AM and 3:00 PM Central Time on Thursdays.
All Spanish calls will be available at 1:00 PM Central Time on Wednesdays.
There are Web Conference and Audio Conference components to this demonstration.
Conference ID is FASTBAK
Prior to the web conference, we suggest you do the following:
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2) click on Support
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4) Select attendee type and click Next
5) Proceed with the system check and install any plug-ins required.
English Live Demo Audio Conference:
Title: TSM Fastback LIVE Demo
Toll Free: 800-857-4143
Spanish Live Demo Audio Conference:
USA- Toll Free: 888-359-3613 Toll: 719-325-2348 T/L: 650-2012
Argentina-0800 666 2982; Australia-1 800 138 721; Austria-0800 291 390
Belgium-0 800 77 128; Brazil-0800 891 4391; Bulgaria-00 800 1100 178
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Colombia-01 800 518 0760; Costa Rica-0800 015 0597; Czech Republic-800 900 705
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Portugal-800 819 688; Russia-810 800 2679 1012; Singapore-800 101 1954
Slovenia-0 800 80158; Spain-900 967 691; Sweden-02 079 3083
Switzerland-0 800 563 064; Thailand-001 800 156 205 5311; Trinidad and Tobago-1 800 205 5311
United Kingdom-0800 028 9769; Uruguay-0004 019 0176; Venezuela-0 800 100 5265
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IBM will be providing a series of live web-based demonstrations dedicated to showing you the value of IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager. It will also show you how the product works. These will be DEMOS of live code.
Organizations seeking to improve protection for Business Critical Application Data can leverage Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager to simplify management through integration with IBM Storage Hardware Advanced Snapshot technology. As the first event in a series of Customer Web Conferences we will focus on demonstrating the features of Tivoli FlashCopy Manager for the Microsoft Exchange Environment.
Audience: IBM Customers and their associated IBM and Business Partner Sales representatives
Key Features of Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager include:
Hosts: John F. Miller, IBM North American Sales Executive
Neil Rasmussen, IBM Software Designer for Tivoli Software
Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager Demo Schedule
All calls will begin at 12noon ET for 1 Hour
Web Conference details:
Audio Conference Call details:
To learn more about IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager, please visit:
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I don't know about you, but I have been virtualizing like crazy over the last few years, humongous servers have been turning into medium sized virtual machines, test and lab environments had turned into small files running on my laptop from a flash drive.
My IT department have been virtualizing even more, consolidating servers, sharing storage resources among multiple machines and converting NICs (Network Interface Cards) into virtual switches (I still haven't figured out how they did that).
The move into a virtualized environment is very useful for reducing energy consumption, decreasing physical server and storage foot print and driving up processor and storage utilization but it also has some side effects when it comes to data protection.
The problem begins at the same place that drove us into virtualization to begin with, resource sharing, You may now have 10 virtualized servers running on the same physical host, if your backup process consumed only 5% CPU and IO on your physical server, imagine what would happen if all 10 virtual machines kick off the backup process at the same time...
There are multiple valid approaches for providing data protection to those virtual machines and I’ll try to address each and every one of them in upcoming blogs…
Other enhancements that might not necessarily be backup related but have to be seriously considered when virtualizing include
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In response to: Service Management for Midsize Businesses at PULSEIt's great to see that IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack will be showcased as the back-up and recovery solution for Midsized businesses and included in the Service Management for Midsized Business Track at Pulse 2010. Also be sure to check out the Expo to see the IBM Comprehensive Data Protection Solution Express demonstration
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With only 4 weeks until Pulse 2010 - The Premier Service Management Event - Optimizing the World's Infrastructure, I thought it might be helpful to provide some details around the sessions and activities that will be available to all of you storage and information infrastructure enthusiasts out there....
Here are a few sessions that you can attend each day. Sign up for these sessions and others today (requires only an IBM.com password - you do NOT have to be a Pulse registered attendee to create a Pulse schedule online)!
Go to the on-line agenda tool to see additional Storage and Information Infrastructure sessions that may be of interest to you. There are also sessions in the Expo Theater Stream.
Register and attend Pulse to take full advantage of all that will be offered:
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Yesterday, in discussing IBM's fourth quarter 2009 financial results, IBM CFO Mark Loughridge had this to say about Storage Software:
"Tivoli storage continued its robust growth as customers manage their rapidly growing storage data. Data Protection as well as Storage Management grew double digits, with broad-based geography and sector growth."
If you are already benefiting from IBM Storage Software - Thank you!!
If you haven't yet started taking advantage of IBM Storage Software, come visit us.
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Cloud storage technologies made impressive strides in 2009, and the trend looks to build on that momentum in 2010. IBM is expecting steady growth in cloud storage deployments, especially in the areas of test environments, Web serving, and other non-mission-critical scale-out storage needs.
Standards in this area are just beginning to be discussed and will also be evolving in 2010. Standard file protocols such as CIFS and NFS are obvious starting points for cloud storage access, but other approaches utilizing object storage techniques have also been proposed.
To prepare for cloud storage within the data centers, IT managers will need to determine a small number of focused areas to use as starting points. In the short term, cloud storage is a technology that will be deployed to address specific and unique requirements across the enterprise. Therefore, it is recommended to carefully choose areas to pilot the technology where managers can gain insight into where they can extend usage into other areas and build skills for when it becomes more widely deployable.
Watch this video to gain important insight into what it takes to deploy and manage high available Cloud Storage environments.
Click here for additional information about IBM Cloud Storage Solutions
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Data Reduction Chapter 9: Surviving the tidal wave of data with IBM data reduction solutions
I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable holiday, and I’m looking forward to an exciting and prosperous new year. I’d like to take this opportunity to summarize the topics I’ve been covering in this series of data reduction blogs, and give new readers links to the specific topics that you might be interested in.
Please ask yourself these questions:
Through this series, we’ve shown that IBM is the only vendor with a comprehensive set of data reduction solutions that can be applied at multiple points throughout the data creation and management lifecycle. IBM’s broad portfolio of data reduction solutions gives us the freedom to solve your data storage and management issues with the most effective technology for your particular situation. And IBM is continuing to invest in research and development to further develop and deliver the advanced features our customers are requesting.
To learn more, please download my new Data Reduction whitepaper, view the on-demand webcast with Nick Allen, or visit the Data Reduction solution site.
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In response to: The BIG Questions at PulseThose are great questions.
Additionally, you should consider asking yourself these questions that relate to, "What's the Value of this Data to the organization?"
1. Do you have a plan for recovery of that data if lost or corrupted?
2. How fast is that data growing and how are you dealing with the growth?
3. How are you providing increasing service levels with lower cost?
By attending the Storage and Information Infrastructure track at Pulse 2010, you'll find the answers to the questions I've added along with answers to any additional questions you may have concerning your storage, data, and information management.
Take a look at the video below and see how Tivoliman Tames the Data Juggernaut Beast.
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New Product Announced Dec. 15, 2009
IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack for Workstations is an automated, continuous data protection and recovery software solution for desktop and laptop computers, with central management for thousands of systems, and integration with other Tivoli Storage Management offerings.
Here is the URL for this bookmark: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/tivoli/products/storage-mgr-fastback-workstation/
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Data Reduction Chapter 8: Deduplication with Tivoli Storage Manager 6, FastBack and ProtecTIER
So far in this series, we’ve detailed the challenges that the tidal wave of data is placing on storage administrators, and how a smarter, more holistic and comprehensive approach to data reduction is needed to survive in a way that let’s you do more with less.
We covered eliminating the largest source of duplicate data (full backups) and automating the migration, archiving and deletion of older data. Then, in chapter 7, we covered the basics of data deduplication. Now we’ll detail the differences between IBM’s deduplication offerings, and when to best use each.
Let’s talk first about the deduplication capabilities of Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM). This feature is included at no additional charge for TSM 6 Extended Edition customers. This solution can help to reduce recovery times by enabling you to store more backup data and recovery points on disk rather than tape. It works with the data from all sources – via normal backups, data imported via the TSM API, as well as archive and HSM data. TSM deduplicates your disk-based data pools as a post-process, so there is no impact on backup performance. After running, it automatically reclaims the storage that has been freed up.
TSM already eliminates the most common cause of duplicate data – full backups – so the reduction ratios you can expect from TSM’s deduplication solution are fairly modest – the average is about 40%. But when combined with its progressive incremental backup approach and built-in data compression, TSM’s effective data reduction rate is extremely competitive with any other solution on the market, as has been detailed in a commissioned report written by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), available here (fair warning – registration required – sorry):
Announced today, Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack v6.1 also includes target-side data deduplication to help reduce the capacity required in the FastBack backup repository, adding to its value as the leading near-instant recovery solution on the market for business critical Windows servers and remote/branch offices. Also announced today was Linux support and tighter integration with the Tivoli Storage Manager Integrated Solutions Console (ISC), delivering on IBM’s vision of true enterprise-wide Unified Recovery Management.
IBM System Storage ProtecTIER is a technology leader in performance, scalability, data integrity and reliability. In true apple to apple comparisons this solution is the fastest on the market in real customer environments. A single ProtecTIER system can easily scale in both performance (1000MB/sec) AND capacity (1PB of deduplicated data). ProtecTIER is one of the few solutions that doesn’t rely on a hash algorithm and performs a byte level differential to ensure data is a duplicate for enterprise class data integrity. And ProtecTIER features all IBM best of breed components versus inexpensive OEM'd parts found in competitive products.
ProtecTIER has been proven in very large production environments and is supported worldwide by IBM’s services operations. The TS7650 ProtecTIER Deduplication Family ranges from small (7TB) to medium (18TB) to large-scale (36TB) appliances. And the TS7650G gateway offerings allow you to add the storage of your choice, up to 1PB. Active-Active cluster configurations also provide high availability capabilities.
Video on ProtecTIER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Uk41HpCTqo&feature=related
Review - Choosing TSM or ProtecTIER for Data Deduplication
While TSM works very well in ProtecTIER environments, you wouldn’t use both TSM deduplication and ProtecTIER deduplication simultaneously. That would require twice as much work for no additional benefit. So when should you choose one over the other? Both solutions offer the benefits of target side deduplication: greatly reduced storage capacity requirements (especially when using TSM’s progressive incremental backup). You’ll have lower operational costs, energy usage and Total Cost of Ownership. You also get faster recoveries with more data on disk.
Use TSM 6 built-in data deduplication when you desire that deduplication operations be completely integrated within TSM. You want the benefits of deduplication without the costs of separate hardware or software – it ships for free with TSM 6 Extended Edition. Or you desire end to end data lifecycle management with minimized data store requirements.
Use ProtecTIER when:
• You need the highest performance up to 1000 MB/sec or more
• You have a large amount of data and need scalable capacity and performance
• You need inline deduplication to avoid the operational impact of post processing
• You are deduplicating across multiple TSM (or other backup) servers
• You don’t have TSM and are performing weekly full backups.
To learn more, please visit the Data Reduction Solutions web page and stay tuned for chapter 9, where we’ll summarize IBM’s holistic approach to data reduction and show you how we can help you survive the tidal wave of data.
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In response to: Cooler Planet Crusader-In-ChiefI agree that the guest speaker selection makes a lot of sense with regards to building a smarter planet. It will be interesting to hear what Al Gore has to say.
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Have you played around with IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager on Windows yet? If not, maybe it's time to take a look.
When you think of FlashCopy Manager, think of snapshots. FlashCopy Manager provides fast application-aware backups and restores leveraging advanced snapshot technologies. I have been writing software as a developer for IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for almost 20 years now and this technology is one that is changing the industry. Yes, snapshots have been around for a while, but it isn't until the last few years that applications are really starting to embrace them, and in some cases, even require them for their backup needs. There is just too much data to process, too much overhead to back them up, and too little time. People want their applications to serve email and provide access to database tables, not spend their precious cycles on backups. FlashCopy Manager helps address these issues.
FlashCopy Manager follows up on the heels of IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Copy Services (TSM for CS) which provided snapshot support for Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Exchange Server using Microsoft's Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS). The really cool thing is that you do not need to have a TSM Server in order to use FlashCopy Manager to manage your snapshots. It will work completely stand-alone if you want. But, if you have a TSM Server already, you can use it to extend the power of FlashCopy Manager even more.
What is VSS? VSS is Microsoft's snapshot architecture. It provides the infrastructure for applications, storage vendors, and backup vendors to be able to perform snapshots in a federated and efficient way. Microsoft thinks VSS and snapshots are important enough to require any new software releases that come out of Redmond to be able to be backed up and restored using VSS. If you are running Microsoft Exchange Server or Microsoft SQL Server, you should take a look at snapshots. Microsoft has been supporting snapshots with Exchange and SQL for years, but Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 is kicking it up a notch. Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 is only supporting backups through VSS. Yes, you heard it right, Microsoft does not support legacy style (streaming) backups with Exchange Server 2010. So, if you are planning a move to Exchange Server 2010, it really behooves you to start looking at Microsoft's Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), how it works, and the benefits and complexities it brings with it.
Microsoft's Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) is complex and involves multiple moving parts. It will pay for you to invest some time to understand more about it. I have put together some links that will help you get started:
I encourage you to take a look at Windows VSS snapshots and FlashCopy Manager to see how they might help you. Enjoy!