Please plan to join IBM and thousands of your peers at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, March 3 to 6, 2013.
is IBM’s premier event focused on business transformation and IT optimization, helping clients learn how to turn opportunities into outcomes.
As the planet becomes smarter, it becomes clear that a solid, robust, scalable and cost-effective IT infrastructure is required to create, store and manage all the information at the heart of these new opportunities.
Unified Recovery and Storage Management is the cornerstone track within the Cloud and IT Optimization stream at PULSE 2013. We are putting together a very excited agenda, and I’d like to give you a preview of what you can learn from your peers, thought leaders, and yes, a few IBMers, by attending this track.
We kick off the track on Monday with a keynote presentation by Dave Russell, Research Vice President at Gartner. Dave will describe the trends that his team is seeing, and encourage you to take a position on transforming and optimizing your data management infrastructure.
During the 3 days of breakout sessions, you will learn how many of our customers have started on this journey, including best practices and outcomes. Our speakers include subject matter experts from:
• Two major banks
• Two universities
• Five healthcare organizations
• Several consumer and industrial companies
• Five managed service providers
• A leader in media and entertainment
Some of the top-of-mind topics that will be covered include management and protection of virtualized server and storage environments; advancements in disaster recovery and business continuity; storage in the Cloud, storage as the Cloud, and storage to the Cloud; backup consolidation and simplification; and how to easily cost-justify an efficiency improvement project to your management.
You can also learn how IBM “eats its own cooking” as the IBM Office of the CIO describes its use of IBM storage management software to drive costs out of our business while meeting the computing demands of a company the size of IBM.
You will also have the opportunity to learn about new products and enhancements – we can’t tell you what they are yet, but we’re pretty excited.
You can see who our expert speakers are, what they’ll be speaking about, and start to build your experience at Pulse this year by visiting the Pulse SmartSite and Agenda Builder at: http://www.pulsesmartsite.com/ "The postings on this site are my own and don't necessarily represent IBM's positions, strategies or opinions."
I have a friend - he's a sales guy, but he's still a friend - that once had his laptop stolen from his rental car. This put him in a world of hurt. He hadn't been backing it up, so he lost everything that hadn't been transferred to some other system. This included several very large proposals that he had been working on for weeks, as well as information on many contacts and communications. He ended up losing at least one of those deals. All while spending many hours trying to rebuild his professional life. To say that he has been less than effective for the past few weeks would be an understatement.
How about you? If you are gainfully employed and not using a virtual desktop or other cloud service, you likely create, store and manage a great deal of important information on your personal computer. Do you back it up regularly? If you do, have you tested your backups lately to ensure you can actually recover your files if something - anything - goes wrong?
I remember seeing reports from analysts a few years ago that estimated as much as 20% of all corporate data is stored only on employee workstations. This results in a tremendous amount of total risk for organizations, even if the impact of a lost laptop only impacts one employee and the projects and teams that he or she is working on. Leaving the critical task of backup up to these employees has been the normal approach for most businesses, but that's obviously asking for trouble -- most of us will not remember to run a backup, if we even knew how.
And when central IT doesn't provide a solution, the smarter employees (usually the ones that have already experienced critical data loss) will take matters into their own hands. An increasingly popular solution for these employees is to use public cloud services, like DropBox
-- but think about that: do you want your sensitive, corporate information stored on a public cloud service? Yikes!!!
It's time for the IT department to take ownership of this data and provide tools for data protection and recovery that are easy-to-use and don't get in the way of employee productivity. IBM offers an excellent solution: IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack for Workstations. As the name implies, it is part of the industry leading family of scalable, robust, high performance data protection and unified recovery software solutions. It is fully integrated with Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM
) to provide seamless, centralized protection of PCs within the context of enterprise-wide data protection. Or it can also be used standalone, without TSM. FastBack for Workstations
runs in the background, without any intervention needed by the employee. Whenever a file is saved to disk, a copy is made in the local backup repository automatically. That copy can then be replicated, again automatically and transparently, whenever the PC is connected to a network. The replication target can be a TSM Server, a file server, a cloud service, etc. So you have a copy locally to quickly restore individual files when you do something dumb, and you have a full copy off of your system to do a full restore when something worse happens. The central administration console can manage thousands of endpoints.
You can now try FastBack for Workstations for free. Just go to this link
. You will quickly see just how easy it is to set up your backup policies, run your first backup, and be able to perform restores with a simple drag-and-drop operation. "The postings on this site are my own and don't necessarily represent IBM's positions, strategies or opinions."
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IBM is designing a new administration interface for Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM). We would like your help selecting the name.
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You can follow news about TSM ‘s next administration interface by joining the TSM UI Community on IBM DeveloperWorks, or see us at Pulse 2013
We’re getting deep into the planning for our 6th annual PULSE conference (ibm.com/pulse
), and I’m getting very excited about the storage content that is being assembled. Again, it will be at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, March 3 – 6, 2013.
At our Storage Track Kickoff session, we’ll have some new things to announce and highlight, and we’re close to announcing an exciting keynote speaker.
Following the track kickoff, we’ll have 20 breakout sessions on data protection and storage management topics, covering advances in virtual machine protection, disaster recovery, cloud integration, and a lot more. We’re mixing it up a lot more this year to ensure you get a range of perspectives. We’ll have 21 client speakers discussing their experiences and best practices; plus 8 business and technology partners providing insights into added value approaches to storage management who will be complemented by IBMers sharing the new stuff we’ve been working on.
Among the client speakers will be storage professionals from across the globe representing major banking, healthcare, media, industrial and university organizations. There will also be sessions on a variety of cloud topics, including private cloud storage and backup-as-a-service opportunities.
To follow on a theme mentioned by Steve Mills in his keynote at PULSE 2012, we’ll show how IBM “eats its own cooking”, sharing how IBM’s Office of the CIO transformed its massive storage infrastructure; and how IBM’s Strategic Outsourcing services organization is leveraging our products to more effectively manage their clients’ storage environments.
There will be many cool things to see in the expo center again this year, including offerings from many of our ecosystem partners, and you can roll up your sleeves in the hands-on labs and product training and certification areas.
Have you heard about this year’s PULSE PALOOZA entertainment? We rocked the Grand Garden Arena with Maroon5 in 2012, and will follow that with Carrie Underwood in 2013.
Now’s the time to act. Early bird registration, which saves client attendees $500 off the conference fee, closes December 31st. Go to http://ibm.co/pulseregister
and get ready for an outstanding event. I look forward to seeing you there. "The postings on this site are my own and don't necessarily represent IBM's positions, strategies or opinions."
IBM Tivoli is looking for interested parties to join our Early Access Program/Beta Program for FlashCopy Manager. If you are interested in taking part, please go to the URL below and complete this initial sign-up form. You will then be contacted by our beta team regarding how to sign off on the beta legal form online. Once that is completed you will be sent a nomination link, where you can nominate your organization.
Signup form: https://www-304.ibm.com/software/support/trial/cst/forms/nomination.wss?id=4523
I've written about STORServer before
. They are an IBM Ready-for-Tivoli Software Certified Business Partner, that offers a range of backup and recovery appliances that leverage IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) software. The sweet value add from STORServer, besides putting all the hardware and software together for you, is the nice, simple user interface that they've built in front of TSM.
Earlier this year, STORServer
announced that they would offer the STORServer Console (SSC) as standalone software, enabling customers or other integrators to build their own TSM based backup appliances. SSC allows Tivoli Storage Manager users to operate their environment
entirely from an easy-to-use interface, while maintaining the latest
robust, feature-rich capabilities of TSM. The software gives nearly any
administrator or operator the ability to manage and monitor their TSM
environment with simplicity.
STORServer is now announcing the availability of STORServer Console v3.0
(SSC), which supports client node replication, providing the ability to incrementally replicate a backup client node’s data from one TSM server (source) to a remote TSM server (target) for disaster recovery. In addition, numerous enhancements have been made to SSC v3.0 reports, including:
- New replication activities reports providing information on client node replication processing.
- TSM client version numbers in the client activities report.
- Missed files report that can now be configured to include specified policy domains only.
- Storage pool reports with a new section that identifies unprotected storage pools and provides more information as to why they are considered unprotected.
STORServer is offering a free 45-day demo license at http://storserver.com/STORServerConsole.aspx
. You can read the full press release here
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Data centers across enterprises are witnessing unprecedented data growth, which translates to increased costs and management complexity. One of the leading analyst groups, the Evaluator Group
, has analyzed the storage resource management (SRM) software space and created a detailed insight report to outline how the SRM segment is evolving, and why it is important that storage managers need to have a storage strategy aided with a comprehensive tool such as IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center to better manage future challenges.
Download this report here
, compliments of IBM.
What's more? In addition to simplified management of capacity, performance and provisioning of storage infrastructure, Tivoli Storage Productivity Center V5.1 also enables comprehensive storage replication management.
In many enterprises today, storage replication is riddled with manual errors and/or poorly written in-house scripts that often provide no view of overall copy environment status. Additionally, setup and ongoing management of large-scale copy services is increasingly becoming cumbersome.
To learn more about TPC's advanced replication management capabilities, tune into the upcoming webinar "Simplified storage replication for high data availability
" through Tivoli User Community on Nov 13, 2012 at 11AM ET
. Click here
to register for this event.
Business Continuity experts get ready. As communities in the Northeast US recover from devastating personal losses, people will begin to recover their businesses. We may experience the largest IT recovery effort in history.
Business losses from Hurricane Sandy will be enormous. Besides property loss, there is apt to be significant loss of information. There have never been so many information-driven organizations impacted by a single event. Power grid outages in India last summer impacted ten times more people, over 600 million, but far less of the world's business information.
Many organizations relocated their data ahead of Hurricane Sandy, but others weren’t as lucky. Systems may need to be replaced and data recovered from backup vaults. The extent of data loss could take weeks to assess,
If you have all your data today or, better yet, didn't experience an IT outage, hug your IT team. Keeping your information safe and available has never been more challenging.
To the IT heroes who recover our data after disasters, we salute you. If you’re working on Hurricane Sandy recovery, snap a few photos or capture some video, as a reminder of why we have backup systems. Please share your favorites here.
Cost of backup can be reduced up to 40% with an effective archive
week’s IBM Information
Management on Demand (IOD) event in Las Vegas, Michael Barton (Product
Marketing Manager, IBM Tivoli Storage Software) presented “All-in-One file
archiving with IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Suite for Unified Recovery –Archive
Option.” IOD was attended by more than 12000
attendees and kicked off on October 21 with the General Session featuring analytics
and big data, and continuing all week with keynote sessions on Business
leadership, Information management, Business analytics and Enterprise content
Storage was front and center at IOD with both Michael Barton’s TSM SUR –
Archive presentation, as well as presence in the IBM booth focused on IBM
SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center’s storage analytics engine and capabilities.
into Mike’s presentation:
- One of the analyst said 40
percent of the planet’s data should be archived, or moved out of the
production environment. That seems
reasonable. Applications simply run
better with less data to manage.
- Using a backup system for
archiving can off-load production systems, but can cause bloat in the
backup environment, and make your data harder to find.
- With the rapid growth of
unstructured file data, the benefits of an effective file archiving
solution are becoming more apparent.
Bloated file servers and NAS systems can impact productivity for
users, administrators and backup processes. Archiving can reduce requirements for
power, cooling and floor space.
- Industry analysts estimate the
cost of backup can be reduced up to 40% with an effective archive
solution. IBM's approach to file
archiving implements policy-based tiered storage, so large numbers of
files can be managed effectively.
Storage Manager Suite for Unified Recovery (TSM SUR) Archive solution
enables a simple, scalable solution that can significantly reduce costs for
file storage. This solution supports
information lifecycle management for efficient, long-term data retention
Want to know
how you can save money using Tivoli for
the space required for archive data up to 50%, using deduplication and
migration of archived data between storage tiers and storage systems without
disrupting users or applications
to retire old systems
decades-long retention times
without complexity, using policy-based administration
about this here: Tivoli Storage Manager
– Archive solution
10 October 2012
In my last blog
, I announced that I’ve moved into a new role, focusing on improving the overall experience for Tivoli Storage software customers and users. One of the areas that is a prime focus for me is the initial experience customers have with our products, and anything that can be done to make them easier to acquire, install, configure and gain fast time to value is of huge interest to me.
One way to achieve these goals is through a fully integrated, easy to use, yet enterprise class appliance. There are many backup appliances on the market, and to make it easier for you to choose the right one for you, analyst firm DCIG (dcig.com
) recently published the comprehensive 2012 Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide. This guide can be downloaded for free from http://backupapplianceguide.com/
. In it, they analyze, rank and provide details on 66 backup appliance models from 13 vendors. This report includes only appliances that integrate backup software with server and storage hardware, and astutely excludes deduplication and virtual tape appliances that require a separate backup application to drive data to them.
DCIG’s plan was to rank the appliances into Basic, Good, Excellent and Recommended categories, based on a proprietary methodology with weighted measurements for a broad range of features and functions. But something interesting happened on the way to the publication of this guide: they found that one appliance, the STORServer EBA 3100, out-ranked the others by such a wide margin that they felt compelled to create a new category just for it: “Enterprise.” The STORServer EBA 3100
is the most scalable of STORServer’s offerings that are built on IBM Tivoli Storage Manager backup software, IBM System x servers and IBM System Storage, and they wrap it all in their own simple, intuitive user interface.
Tivoli Storage Manager
provides industry leading levels of functionality, scalability, reliability, performance and return on investment. As such, it can require an experienced hand to properly install and configure it to gain the maximum value. STORServer does all of that for you, leveraging many years of best practice experience, pre-installing and configuring the software, and delivering a ready for action solution.
I recently learned of a hospital
local to me, Cooley Dickinson in Northampton, Massachusetts that realized the value of the STORServer solution to both centralize their formerly siloed approach to backup, but also to enable disaster recovery and business resilience capabilities.
If you are looking to improve your backup and recovery capabilities, due to problems with the scalability, reliability, functionality, performance or operational costs of your current solution, take a look at STORServer. It may be the quickest and easiest way to fix your backup and disaster recovery capabilities.
To learn why IBM Tivoli Storage software may be the right solution for you, whether you or not you decided to deploy it in an appliance, click here
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Server virtualization and storage virtualization go hand in hand. Centralized, virtualized storage is crucial for advanced server virtualization to be flexible and easy to manage. Companies are realizing that to unleash the real potential of cloud agile infrastructure, storage virtualization has to become mainstream like server virtualization.
For many companies, there is a constant need for additional storage resources to support growing volumes of information. And if you don’t focus on managing your storage infrastructure, you can find that one virtual server is running out of storage capacity, even while there is ample capacity in other parts of the network.
With storage virtualization, companies now can make better use of existing investments in disk capacity and can often postpone the need to purchase additional capacity. As storage becomes virtualized, it becomes easier to manage and helps companies to adapt to business needs much faster. And not to forget, it actually costs less!
Have you heard? I am sure you have... but if not, check it out!
On October 3, 2012, IBM announced significant enhancements to
the Tivoli Storage Management family of products...
Highlights of the IBM® Tivoli® Storage Manager V6.4 family include:
- Performance enhancements with progressive incremental backup for virtual environments,
removing the requirement to perform periodic full backups in a VMware environment
for Data Protection
- Self-contained, application-consistent backup for Microsoft™ Exchange and
SQL Server running on VMware Simplified deployment and configuration
when integrating with VMware vCenter for Data Protection
- Enhanced recovery performance and reporting of VMware environments
- NetApp SnapMirror and virtual controller support for NetApp snapshot-assisted
progressive incremental backup
- Complex password support and improved user authentication and management by
integration with Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)
- Enhanced Cognos® reporting to monitor backup and archive environments
- New support of data protection and recovery for SAP HANA in-memory databases
Highlights of the IBM® Tivoli® Storage FlashCopy® Manager V3.2 family include:
- Integration with Metro Mirror and Global Mirror functionality on AIX® , HP-UX, Linux™ ,
and Solaris with IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller and IBM XIV® Storage Systems
to provide application consistent backup and restore at a remote facility
for improved disaster recovery
- Integration with N series and NetApp snapshot functionality to provide application
consistent backup and restore on AIX , HP-UX, Linux , Solaris, and Windows™ platforms.
- Advanced data protection and recovery features for VMware vSphere environments
- Import VSS Snapshots only when needed to improve backup performance and management of flashcopies
- Enhanced data protection capabilities for Microsoft™ Exchange 2010 Database Availability Groups (DAG)
- Tivoli Storage Manager integration for File System and Custom Application support on Windows
Usability, scalability, and performance improvements in Microsoft Windows graphical user interfaces (GUIs)
For more details, look here:
TSM 6.4 Announcement:
In many organizations today, storage replication is riddled with manual errors and/or poorly written in-house scripts that often provide no view of overall copy environment status. Additionally, setup and ongoing management of large-scale copy services is increasingly becoming cumbersome. Tivoli Storage Productivity Center (TPC) enables simplified yet comprehensive control over replication process. With the release of TPC v5.1 in June 2012, the replication management capabilities are now well integrated into the TPC core license.
TPC extends support for FlashCopy, Metro Mirror, Global Mirror, and Metro Global Mirror sessions. While providing central view of the replication environment, TPC provides end-to-end management and tracking of copy services, including both planned and unplanned disaster recovery procedures. In addition, TPC enables practice volume sessions that allow storage managers to test their DR environment without interfering with daily DR operations.
The following new capabilities were added to TPC v5.1:Failover operations that are managed by other applications
Applications such as the IBM Series i Toolkit, VMware Site Recovery Manager, and Veritas Cluster Server manage failover operations for certain session types and storage systems. If an application completes a failover operation for a session, the ‘Severe’ status is displayed for the session. An error message is also generated for the role pairs for which the failover occurred.Additional support for space-efficient volumes in remote copy sessions
You can use extent space-efficient volumes as copy set volumes for the following IBM System Storage® DS8000® session types:
• FlashCopy® (System Storage DS8000 6.2 or later)
• Metro Mirror (System Storage DS8000 6.3 or later)
• Global Mirror or Metro Global Mirror (System Storage DS8000 6.3 or later)Reflash After Recover option for Global Mirror Failover/Failback with Practice sessions
You can use the Reflash After Recover option with System Storage DS8000 version 4.2 or later. Use this option to create a FlashCopy replication between the I2 and J2 volumes after the recovery of a Global Mirror Failover/Failback with Practice session. If you do not use this option, a FlashCopy replication is created only between the I2 and H2 volumes.No Copy option for Global Mirror with Practice and Metro Global Mirror with Practice sessions
You can use the No Copy option with System Storage DS8000 version 4.2 or later. Use this option if you do not want the hardware to write the background copy until the source track is written to. Data is not copied to the I2 volume until the blocks or tracks of the H2 volume are modified.Recovery Point Objective Alerts option for Global Mirror sessions
You can use the Recovery Point Objective Alerts option with IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Storage Server® Model 800, System Storage DS8000, and System Storage DS6000™. Use this option to specify the length of time that you want to set for the recovery point objective (RPO) thresholds. The values determine whether a Warning or Severe alert is generated when the RPO threshold is exceeded for a role pair. The RPO represents the length of time in seconds of data exposure that is acceptable in the event of a disaster.
Learn about these enhancements and more here
For more information on TPC, visit ibm.com
. Download the 2012 Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Storage Resource Management and SAN Management Software, compliments of IBM, here
I Have New Job!
For the past 4+ years at IBM, I was the worldwide product marketing manager for the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) family of data protection and recovery solutions. But as of a month ago, I am now in a brand new role, Customer Experience Product Manager across the Tivoli Storage software group.
I’ve been asked to bring together various IBM business functions to help identify areas for customer experience improvement, measure success, and generally be the champion for all things that will help address a customer’s experience with our products.
In addition to reading and learning and reaching out to like-minded people, my initial efforts have been to assess where we are and the progress we’ve made to date. For example, we’ve made tremendous progress within the TSM family over the past 4 years starting with the release of TSM v6.1 – adding in valuable features such as deduplication, replication, monitoring and reporting, while also streamlining and unifying the user interface. We also introduced a new pricing model that makes it much easier to acquire, manage and forecast your backup software licenses.
The next release of the TSM family will be announced in early Q4-2012, and it will include some exciting enhancements to improve the user experience in TSM, TSM for Virtual Environments and Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager. And next year we’ll be rolling out a brand new user interface that promises to make the day-to-day administration of TSM much, much easier.
We’ll also be rolling out the IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center, our storage hypervisor that was pre-announced at PULSE in March, and it promises to do for storage what VMware and others have done for servers: improve utilization, simplify management, and reduce costs. There are many upcoming events in October that will feature these Tivoli Storage product announcements, and we hope you can join us to hear more details. They are:
IBM Smarter Computing Executive Summit
– Oct 2 – 4, Pinehurst, NCInterop New York 2012 / Enterprise Cloud Summit
– Oct. 1 – 5, New YorkIBM InterConnect 2012
– Oct. 9 – 11, SingaporeSAP TechEd
– Oct. 15 – 19, Las Vegas, NVIBM Information On Demand
– Oct. 21 – 25, Las Vegas, NV
IBM Business Without Limits Storage Days – various dates & locations
Oct. 25, Columbus
Oct. 30, Jacksonville – registration url TBD
Nov. 13, NYC – registration url TBD
Your experience with our products is only one pillar in the building that we’re trying to construct. How does it tie in with your interactions with our marketing and sales teams? Does our story match our solution capabilities? Are you getting what you were promised?
Does the product documentation provide the answers to your questions, or help to avoid needing to ask the questions at all?
And what about support? A recent survey
by STORAGE Magazine of enterprise backup software users rated IBM #1 in the category of support. But what can we be doing better, or differently, to keep you delighted in your relationship with IBM?
At the end of the day, I’m looking at this role in 2 ways:
- What can we fix or improve?
- How can we ensure that everything new that we do is viewed through a customer experience lens?
To be successful, I’m going to need the help of a lot of people who have a vested interest in our success – across all facets of our business, but especially from our customers and partners. Please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any ideas or comments.
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IBM’s Business Without Limits
Recently, I had the distinct pleasure to deliver
a presentation on Data Storage and Compliance at the IBM Tivoli event 'Business
Without Limits 2012' in Bangalore,
India. There are more than 100 attendees who
attended the event from almost every industry.
My Track for the day: Addressing Data Growth, Threats and Compliance; Unified
The volume, velocity and importance of data have
increased dramatically during the past few years to the point where most backup
and archiving solutions can't keep up with the scalability, functionality,
performance, reliability and budget realities of today and tomorrow. Attendees
understood how to reduce backup data capacity by as much as 95%; how to reduce
the amount of new data at risk by 90% or more; and how to simplify global data
recovery operations and achieve compliance by leveraging a unified management
I was privileged to present in such an interactive
session, where customers understood how our broad product portfolio will help
in addressing their business challenges.
IBM now brings ‘Business Without Limits 2012’ to several cities across the United States
in October and November. This is an
exclusive IBM Tivoli event designed to increase awareness and thought
leadership among the IT managers, Infrastructure leaders, Systems
Administrators, Storage Managers, and Data Center Managers. IBM’s Business
Without Limits event is coming soon to the following cities:
Oct 18: Philadelphia
Oct 25: Columbus
The event will focus on how IBM’s Integrated Service Management strategy
brings together the different capabilities to enable integrated delivery of
business services across complex, interconnected physical and digital
IBM’s Business Without Limits event will have the following Storage Tracks:
the pivotal role of storage in modern data center
backup and unifying recovery
your data protection headaches to the cloud
storage analytic and reporting
This conference will explore how you can capitalize on the opportunities of
a smarter planet and remove the barriers to innovation that will help you
achieve “Business without Limits.” As
today’s leaders are transitioning to smarter, flexible cloud infrastructures
that speed the delivery of innovative products and services, effective storage
management becomes a critical component of that success. Please join us at this event to learn more!