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Happy Monday everyone!
I am not sure if you saw this, but there was a pretty cool Halloween treat from Rocket Software on Friday (10/31/14).
The latest version (1.5) of the Rocket Device Adapter Pack for IBM FlashCopy Manager now supports NetApp and IBM N-Series devices using Clustered Data ONTAP (aka C-Mode). This means you can use IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager to protect your applications and file systems stored on NetApp and IBM N-Series in clustered configurations.
Here are more details:
Became available on October 31, 2014
Will cover NetApp's ONTAP software versions 8.1 and up for both NetApp and IBM N-Series devices configured in clustered mode (C-Mode)
Will allow snapshots to be created for both types of volumes on NetApp devices: the traditional FlexVols and the new Infinite Volumes
Backups created from FlexVols can be mounted to an FCM Backup System and/or offloaded to TSM
Will allow NetApp device owners to leverage FCM's remote mirroring capabilities, utilizing existing SnapMirror pairs to create backups on the offsite storage system
Can be ordered from IBM or from Rocket directly
More details can be found on Rocket Device Adapter Pack for IBM FlashCopy Manager web site.
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.
Read all about it!
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.
ITG Management Report: Cost/Benefit Analysis of IBM Virtual Storage Center Compared to EMC Storage Virtualization Solutions
ITG Management Report: Cost/Benefit Analysis of IBM Virtual Storage Center Compared to VMware Tools for Storage Virtualization and Management
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.