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Pulse 2011 Call for Speakers Opens Wednesday, September 22!
Boy oh boy, time sure flies when you're having fun. It seems like I was just at Pulse 2010 in Las Vegas, being a roving reporter, capturing customer, business partner and Subject Matter Expert Videos. It's actually been about nine months and once again it's time to ramp up for Pulse 2011.
Pulse will return to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas February 27 through March 2, 2011. Just like Pulse 2010, we're looking for client speakers to share their success stories and speak in the different track sessions. Do you have a storage success story? What are you doing to make your organization smarter when it comes to storing and backing up your data? How do you gain visibility across your infrastructure, including your storage environment? Are you in control of your data, no matter where it resides? How have you leveraged automation technologies to manage the explosion of data, and the need for instant accessibility? We want to hear from you! What software, hardware and services are you utilizing to deliver better services within your organization, to your internal and external customers? Come share your story of how you're using IBM Storage as a part of your organization's Integrated Service Management implementation.
At Pulse 2010, there were over 300 client speakers and if you weren't a speaker then, you should definitely submit your proposal for Pulse 2011. Check out the benefits of being a client speaker!
Client Speaker Benefits:
Pulse 2011 client speakers will receive complimentary registration to the conference and the first 50 to submit a proposal will receive a FREE hotel accommodations upgrade* to a Celebrity Spa Suite at the MGM Grand if the proposal is accepted!
*The speaker pays for the basic room and will be awarded the upgrade if they submit one of the first 50 papers to be accepted.
Client Speaker Benefits include:
Read Jennifer Dennis' blog Pulse 2011 Call for Speakers - Opens 9/22 @ibm.com/pulse! for details on submitting your proposal. Don't delay, get prepared to submit your proposal right away, those 50 upgrades will be going fast!!!
Here are some customer speaker interviews I did during Pulse 2010, hopefully this will give you an idea of what you can submit for your proposal.
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I have been working in storage and storage management my entire career (which has been more years than I want to admit) and I was recently advised by a wise co-worker to start writing about it. Although blogging has been around for quite some time and has certainly increased in popularity in recent years, this is the first time I have braved this form of communication. I stared at a blank blinking cursor for inspiration and decided to write about one of my favorite storage products, the Tivoli Storage Productivity Center.
Several weeks ago IBM announced the new 4.2 release of Tivoli Storage Productivity Center. This release includes some interesting enhancements that I am excited to see in the product. One feature that has received a lot of buzz is the lightweight storage resource agents. TPC started down the path of lighter agents when they introduced a slimmer, but not completely lightweight version of the agents by moving from Java to C for enhanced performance. These new agents were limited to Windows, AIX, and Linux. The new 4.2 release added HP-UX and Solaris support as well as support for file and database-level management. The new release is backward compatible meaning that customers who want to continue using agents they set up previously can do so. New customers are no longer required to use the Common Agent Manager.
TPC 4.2 has introduced full support for XIV devices. TPC 4.1 did have toleration support for XIV (basic discovery and capacity information), but the new release you can provision, get performance information, and use the data path explorer for your XIV machine.
If you have TPC deployed on a System Storage Productivity Center (SSPC) can upgrade at any time. Customers buying a new SSPC machine after September 3, 2010 will automatically have TPC 4.2 pre-installed on the machine.
I could say a lot more about the new TPC 4.2 release, but instead I am going to point you to a wonderful blog entry that my colleague, Tony Pearson, wrote when the new release was announced. He provides some great insights about the new features in TPC 4.2.
Wow - I made it to the end of my first blog and I am beginning to understand why blogging has become so popular. I am starting to wonder why it took me so long to write my first blog?
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I have been writing about IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager on Windows and some of the new functions that we released earlier this year like Exchange Server 2010 support and SQL Server 2008 R2 support. We are working on some more exciting enhancements and I want to tell you about an early access program for the next release of FlashCopy Manager. If you are interested in looking at and testing some of the new functions and features of the next release of IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager, please contact your IBM Tivoli Sales Representative to get more information.
This is a nice opportunity to see what is coming in the next release of FlashCopy Manager and test it in your own environment. Act now!
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VINCI PLC, based in Watford, UK, is the largest British arm of VINCI, the world’s leading concession and construction group. The company operates in the sectors of building,
civil engineering, air, facilities and technology. VINCI PLC has in the region up to 4,000 employees and its annual turnover exceeds £1 billion.
To consolidate several acquisitions and implement a new ERP system, VINCI PLC needed to extend its storage infrastructure and sought a reliable, flexible, easy-to-manage platform for handling rapid growth.
Read the complete
success stories of other customer implementations of IBM technologies
can be found
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Announcing IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack v6.1.1
IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack is an advanced continuous data protection and near-instant recovery software solution for business-critical Windows and Linux servers in the data center, remote offices and small- to mid-sized enterprises. Customers use Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack to help reduce the amount of data at risk between backups to almost zero, and to reduce the time to recover from almost any data loss to just seconds. TSM FastBack also includes built-in target-side data deduplication; all of this adds up to reducing the costs of storage, bandwidth and administration. Optional add-ons include Bare Machine Recovery to quickly restore the operating system volume to similar, dissimilar and virtual hardware; and granular recovery of individual e-mail objects from Microsoft Exchange.
On July 30, 2010, IBM released Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack v6.1.1 which includes data deduplication across FastBack Servers and locations when consolidating remote office backup to a central Tivoli Storage Manager Server. These enhancements further improve backup and disaster recovery performance, cut costs, and expand on FastBack integration with Tivoli Storage Manager to provide a true Unified Recovery Management platform.
Also in this new release are: support for Microsoft Exchange 2010, including granular e-mail object recovery in TSM FastBack for Microsoft Exchange; doubling the amount of data that a FastBack server can protect; extending near-instant restore capability to Linux volumes; and many other performance and ease-of-use improvements.
For more information, please visit http://www.ibm.com/software/tivoli/products/storage/storage-mgr-fastback/
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Juniper Networks recently published a solution brief regarding the performance boost you get from using TSM Fastback in concert with their WAN optimization (WXC). The value proposition is pretty straightforward: reduced backup times and reduced WAN bandwidth and cost. You can read the full details in the report, but here are a few snippets worth noting:
Conceptual view of the bandwidth savings ...
Savings of backing up 92GB over a 155Mbps link with 100 ms latency:
These savings are above and beyond those you already get with using TSM Fastback (taken from solution brief):
TSM Fastback is a solution that has seen strong adoption from customers with remote offices ... If backup times or bandwidth usage over a WAN are a concern, I suggest you look into the WXC offering from Juniper Networks in concert with TSM Fastback.
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IBM posted Q2 results yesterday showing strong performance by the Tivoli brand. Here is an excerpt from the prepared remarks:
Of particular interest for this blog is the continued strength of the storage software portfolio:
Congrats to the team for their continued success ... looking forward to 2H 2010!
Siemens AG Austria - optimized system performance through parallel data backup solution using IBM Tivoli Storage Manager
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Siemens AG Austria employs about 7,700 staff. Its business activities focus on the three sectors of industry, energy and healthcare as
well as on IT solutions and services.
Siemens needed a secure solution that would enable them to record all the data collected in the control center without any gaps, archive it
for a period of five years and to store it for possible later analysis.
Siemens worked with IBM to create an optimized system performance solution utilizing a parallel data backup system.
IBM Tivoli Storage Management (TSM) supports the parallel backup of databases and thereby enables significant savings in time. The
parallel backup of the databases avoids the in-completion of backups due to the unavailability of individual components. The system solution
offers a high level of quality with optimal performance and is characterized by a high degree of reliability and availability.
Read the complete case study for more information on how Siemens AG Austria optimized system performance through parallel data backup.
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At the recent Gartner IOM 2010 conference in Orlando, Florida, I had the good fortune of listening to a series of interesting topics and meeting some really smart people. As one might have guessed, the bulk of the sessions focused on virtualization and cloud topics. But the one topic that piqued my interested was unrelated to virtualization and cloud - it was deduplication and was hosted by Dave Russell.
The intent of the session was to bring forward a some customer examples that were deploying deduplication technologies in their backup and recovery solutions. Most of you that read this blog know that deduplication and data reduction have been a hot topic in the industry. And as you likely know, almost every major vendor out there offers some form of deduplication with its associated benefits.
This session provided us two customers who were willing to talk about their experiences with deduplication and the benefits they've received. One customer is using CommVault and the other is using IBM Tivoli Storage Manager v6 (TSM). While both customers showcased the quantified benefits from deduplication, the presentation from the TSM customer went beyond just the benefits of deduplication. The TSM customer revealed their quantified benefits and also identified some of the best practices they developed regarding deduplication.
This particular TSM customer is a large producer of natural gas in the U.S. The customers environment has TSM managing about 1.3 petabytes of data from over 1500+ nodes. Overall, their approach to managing backup storage is do it as efficiently as possible and to reduce the overall amount of backup data under management.
Prior to leveraging TSM deduplication, this customer began with "incremental forever" and compression. Once TSM v6 was released, they adopted deduplication at the server and client in concert with the other data reduction features provided by TSM.
As they began evaluating their use of deduplication, they had to deal with demands from their internal customers - DBA and Exchange admins like full backups etc. Furthermore, they had to consider how their rate of data change, evaluate retention policies, and ensure that their restore requirements weren't negatively impacted by the use of deduplication.
After significant testing and planning, the customer decided that they would initially deploy deduplication for their Oracle databases and Windows OS and system state backups. The results of using TSM deduplication were impressive ...
Oracle deduplication results - 75% reduction of Oracle backup data after deduplication. This was on 3.8TB of physical space on disk and about 15 TBs of data on tape.
And their results on Windows OS and System State were a whopping 94% ... taking them from 172GB of managed data down to 11.4 GB. In this scenario, the customer leveraged TSM 6.2 client- or source-side deduplication.
Overall, very impressive results. By leveraging the data reduction features within TSM, the customer was able to save by using less tapes library cells, tape drives, and disks.
In the end, the customer stated that TSM data reduction (with deduplication) helped them meet their objectives - efficiently reduce data under management. Furthermore, it allows them to reduce their overall HW costs and meet or improve restore requirements. The last comment the customer made before closing the session was that with all the various TSM data reduction capabilities in production, their job had ultimately gotten simpler now that their environment was running more efficiently ...
This is a fantastic story that I really enjoy sharing. If you are a TSM customer and have benefited from its data reduction technologies, then please give me a shout as I would like to hear your story as well.
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Chapter 5: Unified Recovery Management – How IBM can Help
In my earlier postings on the topic of Unified Recovery Management (sorry for being away for so long), I laid out in excruciating
detail the complexity that is facing today’s backup administrators: many different applications, on different hardware/OS platforms,
in different locations, with different recovery point and recovery time objectives (RPO & RTO) to meet the operational requirements
of the organization.
In the last entry, I covered some of the many technologies that are available and widely used to address different aspects of this
complex issue. At the heart of the problem is, can any one backup administrator really have true visibility and control of the
entire data protection and recovery process when there are so many solutions and interfaces used.
IBM Software has been working for several years to address this challenge by bringing our various data protection software products
under the control of a single management interface, which is also common with many other IBM Tivoli software products.
The goals of this development initiative are: to manage the entire data protection and recovery infrastructure from a single
administrative interface; to unify the management of data within an integrated portfolio: and to understand where all the recovery
points are, manage them efficiently, and provide the interfaces to recover whatever data is needed, where ever it resides.
This interface is called the Tivoli Integrated Portal (TIP), and from it you can launch, monitor and manage the various Tivoli
Storage data protection and recovery software products:
simplifying management tasks.
A unified Recovery Management approach, such as offered by IBM, can:
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I wanted to share some information about an article that we just published with regards to backing up Exchange Server 2010.
Along with all the other new features of Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft introduced Database Availability Groups (DAGs). DAGs are part of the large focus that Microsoft put on High Availability and Site Resilience within Exchange Server 2010. DAGs allow you to have passive database copies (aka "replicas") that can serve as hot standbys for protection against machine failures, database failures, network failures, viruses, or other issues that may cause an access problem to a database.
DAGs are similar in function to Exchange Server 2007 Cluster Continuous Replication (CCR) replicas. However, they extend the capabilities even further. One of the key benefits that customers get when they use DAGs in their enterprise is the ability to completely offload backups from their production Exchange Servers. That means they can run all of their backups from a database copy instead of the production database so as not to impact their production Exchange servers. This enables the production Exchange Servers to spend their resources on doing what they know best, i.e. handling email and facilitating collaboration.
IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Mail : Data Protection for Exchange and IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager completely support backing up DAG passive database copies. Data Protection for Exchange and FlashCopy Manager also support using those backups to recover the production database as well as for recovering individual mailboxes and items. You can find more details in the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Mail: Data Protection for Microsoft Exchange Server Installation and User's Guide V6.1.2.
We just published an article (which includes a sample script) to help you automate backing up your Exchange Server 2010 DAG databases. We know that you will find this quite helpful in setting up your backup strategy:
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Working with IBM, a hospital in Asia Pacific gained a data protection solution that meets users' data availability requirements,
scales on demand to support a growing warehouse of patient data and medical images, and simplifies data migration and
data recovery tasks.
The benefits of the solution include a 50% reduction in backup window; restores individual Microsoft Exchange objects in minutes;
restores systems in under 10 minutes.
Read the complete case study to see how this Asian Pacific hospital gained peace of mind with virtualixed data protection from IBM.
More success stories of other customer implementations of IBM technologies can be found here
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IBM just announced that Tivoli Storage Manager for Mail - Data Protection for Exchange 6.1.2 and IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager 2.2 now support Microsoft Exchange Server 2010! For more details, read the FlashCopy Manager Version 2.2 announcement or see my blog from yesterday.
There are a few important things to take note of. Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 included some significant changes, a number of which affect backup and restore. For example, under Exchange Server 2010:
With the release of Data Protection for Exchange version 6.1.2 and IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager version 2.2 on June 4, 2010, we have implemented support for these changes. Here are details about the TSM functionality for Exchange Server 2010 that will be available on June 4, 2010:
Note: VSS backups to the TSM Server are enabled without the requirement for a TSM for Copy Services or FlashCopy Manager license.
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In December of last year, I blogged about IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager for Windows version 2.1. I talked about how FlashCopy Manager provides fast application-aware backups and restores leveraging advanced snapshot technologies. I also discussed how FlashCopy Manager on Windows supports Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Exchange Server using Microsoft's Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) and how it integrates into your enterprise whether you have Tivoli Storage Manager or not. So, if you haven't read my previous blog about FlashCopy Manager on Windows, why not check that out first, then come back to learn more about the new features we just announced!
This Friday, June 4, 2010, IBM will release IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager Version 2.2. Some of the exciting new Windows features in this release include:
Did you know? FlashCopy Manager also supports UNIX platforms! Some of the exciting new UNIX features included in FlashCopy Manager Version 2.2 are:
For more details, read the IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager Version 2.2 announcement.
General information about IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager is located here.
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IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center (TPC) for Disk Midrange Edition V4.1 is now Available! Announced last month, TPC for Disk Midrange Edition has been designed to help reduce the complexity of managing midrange SAN environments that include IBM System Storage DS3000, DS4000, DS5000, SAN Volume Controller (SVC) Entry Edition and IBM Virtual Disk System devices by allowing administrators to configure, manage, and monitor performance of their entire midrange storage infrastructure from a single console. This new offering provides customers the equivalent features and functions of Tivoli Storage Productivity Center for Disk enterprise offering at a fraction of the cost... up to 80% off list price.
TPC for Disk Midrange Edition is part of the IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center V4.1 suite of integrated storage infrastructure management products that are designed to help you manage almost every point of your storage network, between the hosts through the fabric and to the physical disks in a multi-site enterprise. It can help simplify and automate the management of storage data and the networks to which they connect.
Utilizing a new Storage Management Initiative - Specification (SMI-S) Common Information Model (CIM) agent, Tivoli Storage Productivity Center for Disk Midrange Edition can provide over 40 difference reports and performance metrics including:
Administrators can monitor and analyze performance statistics for these storage systems down to five minute intervals. The performance data can be viewed in real time in the topology viewer, stored for historical reporting, or used to generate timely alerts by monitoring thresholds for various device parameters.
Tivoli Storage Productivity Center for Disk Midrange Edition is set apart from IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center for Disk because it is:
To learn more, visit the TPC for Disk Midrange Edition Web page and for more information on the IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center suite of products, read the data sheet
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During Pulse 2010 in Las Vegas, I interviewed Alistair Mackenzie from Silverstring, an IBM Business Partner. Just last week Silverstring launched TSMagic; helping you understand your TSM estate like never before... See the news article for more information on TSMagic
Checkout the live video interview with Alistair:
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Unified Recovery Management #4 – Technology Choices
In my last entry, I explored some of the considerations that you should include in an overall data protection and recovery strategy, including matching the value of the data being protected to service level expectations such as Recovery Point Objectives (RPO), Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) and overall costs.
Today I’ll cover some of the many technology choices that are available to help you meet your objectives. As in previous installments in this blog, this adds another layer of complexity to the program – which technology do you use to meet which need? And at the end of the day how many different tools can you really manage effectively to meet the complex challenges of protecting your data?
Tape-based backup is probably still the most widely-used backup method in corporate and government environments. The challenges with tape have been well documented – lots of manual processes that can lead to errors and recovery problems; poor RPO and RTO performance; and the physical movement of tape cartridges that can create data security risks. For these reasons, many organizations have moved to a blend of disk and tape for backup, enabling faster and more frequent backups, and faster restores from disk, while moving backup data to tape in the background for longer-term retention.
Mirroring and replication are good technologies for system-level recovery and fail-over. However they can leave you with a big hole in your recovery strategy – the loss or corruption of individual files - since any loss will be immediately replicated to the backup system, leaving you with 2 bad copies of your data.
Continuous Data Protection, or CDP, takes the benefits of replication and adds in point-in-time recovery options. The problem with CDP is cost – it requires far more storage capacity than other solutions, and can strain network bandwidth as well.
All three of the above technologies are also susceptible to being unable to recover any files that are open at the time of the data loss incident, such as a system crash – although there are utilities available to help mitigate this issue.
Snapshots fix the open file issue by creating application-consistent time-based recovery points. It is necessary to pause or “quiesce” the application for a very short period of time to accomplish a snapshot, but it’s far faster than a tape backup because it only takes incremental changes over a much shorter period of time. Snapshots can be run very frequently, often many times per hour, to meet aggressive Recovery Point Objectives (RPO). Hardware-based snapshot technologies are not always ‘application-aware’, so the consistency (ability to fully recover) of open files can be a problem.
Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity (DR/BC) services are key focus for many organizations, especially given the growing number of natural and man-made threats to normal operations. Some companies handle it themselves, others contract it out. Either way, you’ll need to balance overall costs against benefits, matching the needs of individual applications and locations to the service levels provided.
Data deduplication is a much hyped technology that, depending on where it is applied, can reduce the amount of data that needs to be backed up and sent over the network, or reduce the amount of backup capacity required, or both. Most of the gains claimed by deduplication are in environments that perform weekly full backups that cause an enormous amount of duplication. Check out my blog series on data reduction to learn more about this important topic.
Virtual Tape is a relatively new entrant to the market, combining the best efficiencies of disk and tape, and adding in data deduplication to help meet cost per capacity goals. As a backend repository, a virtual tape library (VTL) does not replace data capture technologies such as backup, replication or archive, but can be an effective complement to them.
I added Reporting to the diagram above, only because you’ll want to have visibility into the functionality and performance of your data protection and recovery environment n order to provide the assurance that your strategy is effective and meeting the needs of the business.
In my next blog, I’ll start to show how IBM can provide encouraging answers to these questions.
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Unified Recovery Management #3: Recovery Considerations
Welcome back! In chapter 2, I probably scared you senseless with the incredible complexity that storage and backup administrators face in trying to manage data across a wide array of infrastructure and application types, adapting tools and processes to react to a wide array of things that can go wrong, all to ensure that the impacts on users and business operations are minimized.
In this chapter, I’ll attempt to put a little structure around how to cost-effectively address this daunting challenge. It’s all about policies that balance the needs of the business against the resources you have – money, people, infrastructure (or more simply, money!).
If you try to take a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to data protection and recovery management, you are either going to spend way too much money (putting the solvency of your organization at risk), or you are not going to meet the needs of the most critical business applications (putting competitiveness and long-term viability at risk).
So the answer is to apply the right technologies and policies to each application need. And yes, this will add another layer of complexity to the environment, but there isn’t much choice.
This diagram lists just some of the things you should consider when creating a recovery plan for each type of data, in each location, for each of the things that can reasonably go wrong.
The first one Recovery Point Objectives (RPO). This measures how much data you’re willing to risk, in terms of the time between backup operations. If you’re backing up a system once each night, you have an RPO of 24 hours, and all of the data created and changed in the 24 hours after the last backup is at risk. That’s obviously not good enough for many applications in many industries, but it is good enough for others.
The second consideration is Recovery Time Objective (RTO). This measures the amount of time it takes to recover from an event. Depending on the type and location of the event, RTO can include the time to determine what happened, deploy any needed hardware and other infrastructure, copy the needed data from the backup repository, recreate any lost data if possible (see RPO above), and reconnect your users and other systems. The longer the RTO, the longer the applicable systems may be down, so planning for a short RTO for the more critical applications is appropriate.
Next, you’ll probably need to consider the costs of the solution in terms of acquisition costs for the solution, plus labor, bandwidth, on-going services, etc. The key to a successful recovery plan is to balance these costs against the needs of the business – ensuring that you are delivering the appropriate levels of RPO and RTO at the lowest possible costs.
The last consideration is probably obvious to everyone, but you’re not going to want to deploy any recovery solution that negatively impacts business operations. For example, applying an aggressive RPO (frequent backups) to a critical application isn’t going to work if the recovery solution requires that you stop and close the application to perform the backup. The cure is not allowed to kill the patient.
So, what can you do? There are lots of choices and point solutions – from many vendors - to address each of the permutations that your plan may have, and I’ll cover many of them in my next blog. Then I’ll start looking at ways to tie all those technologies together to create a truly Unified Recovery Management platform.
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In the second half of 2009 the International Technology Group (ITG) was contracted to do a detailed analysis of IBM and competitive storage offerings for SAP to determine a three year total cost of ownership (TCO) for each product included in the comparison. ITG developed two comparisons one for Large Enterprist accounts and a second for Midmarket accounts and chose approppriate competitive offerings for the comparisons. For the Large Enterprise accounts ITG includes: EMC V-Max systems vs. IBM DS8000 Systems and HP XP2400 vs. IBM XIV Systems. For the Midmarket accounts ITG includes: HP Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) vs. IBM DS5000 Systems and HP EVA vs. IBM XIV Systems. ITG developed three year TCO comparisons and provided IBM an Executive summary and Detailed analysis report that can be share with customers.
Read the outcome of the analysis:
Title: Value Proposition for IBM System Storage Cost/Benefit Case for SAP Deployment in Midsize Installations - Executive Summary
Title: Value Proposition for IBM System Storage Cost/Benefit Case for SAP Deployment in Midsize Installations - Management Brief
Title: Value Proposition for IBM System Storage Cost/Benefit Case for SAP Deployment in Enterprise Installations - Executive Summary
Title: Value Proposition for IBM System Storage Cost/Benefit Case for SAP Deployment in Enterprise Installations - Management Brief
ITG also participated in a Webcast that is available for replay discussing the results of their studies of comparative disk systems cost for SAP environments in large and midsized organizations.