As song writer, Andy Williams says in what is know as one of the top 10 holiday songs, "It's the most wonderful time of the year with kids jingle belling and everyone telling you "Be of good cheer", It's the most wonderful time of the year...". While the holidays maybe over, one of the most wonderful times of the year is the new IBM Premier Cloud Conference, Pulse 2014. There might not be kids at the conference ringing bells, nor people telling you to be of good cheer, but there will be plenty of excitement with your peers and experts as everyone is learning the latest strategy/product developments along with wonderful networking opportunities, so that everyone can all make bold business moves in 2014.
For those of you who have a passion for Storage you will be pleased to know that IBM Pulse 2014 will host the Unified Recovery and Storage Management Track within the Optimizing IT & Service Management Stream. The Unified Recovery and Storage Management track will focus on sharing best practices, success stories and roadmaps with regards to systems, storage, software and services.
Let me take a few moments and give you some answers to some FAQs.
Question: Will there be enough storage sessions to fill three days worth in the Unified Recovery and Storage Management Track?
Answer: Yes! 24 sessions showcasing trends like Cloud, Analytics and Open Stack along with sessions on Tivoli Storage Manager, Virtual Storage Center and more!
Question: Client breakout sessions are always a highlight of the conference, what could I expect?
Answer: We have 7 client sessions along with 2 Partner with clients sessions. You could attend client sessions by China Bank, National Grid, Hutchinson Regional Medical Center and even TD Bank.
Question: Besides the storage breakout sessions what other opportunities do I have to gain knowledge and network?
Answer: 1 - BOF (Birds of a Feather) session, 2 - Expo Theater talks, 4 - IBM pedestals in the Expo Center and many business partner booths, 4 - Meet the Expert Sessions, Labs, Certification and so much more!
Question: I'm interested in previewing some sessions. How can I learn more?
Answer: IBM Pulse is offering the sample agenda builder for anyone not registered for the conference. If you are already registered for Pulse 2014 you can build your agenda
Question: Pulse 2014 sounds great, how can I justify attending?
Answer: Download the Business Justification Letter and share it with your business today
On a personal note, what a privilege it has been to participate in the IBM Pulse conferences for the past 6 years along with the many other "Tivoli" conferences prior. One of my highlights has always been the opportunity to see friends and co-workers who share the same passion for this world of IT. IBM Pulse will be "one of the most wonderful times of the year" and a conference where you can truly network and learn so that you can make those bold moves. Learn more by checking out the IBM Pulse website.
Hope to see you at IBM Pulse 2014 in Las Vegas, February 23-26
Danyel Otteson, WW Storage Marketing Manager for IBM
The opinions expressed herein are sorely mine
Every year I try to publish a set of storage trends that I believe most IT shops are trying to address and where technologies exist to help resolve. Here are my thoughts for 2012...
1) Storage breakthroughs
nipping the “Digital Dark Age” in the bud
Since the early 1990’s, an increasing proportion of data
created and used has been in the form of digital data. Today, the world
produces more than 1.8 zettabytes of digital information a year. Yet, digital storage can in many ways be more perishable
than paper. Disks corrode, bits “rot” and hardware becomes obsolete. This
presents a real concern of a “Digital Dark Age” where digital storage
techniques and formats created today may not be viable in the future as the
technology originally used becomes antiquated. We’ve seen this happen—take the floppy disk for example. A
storage tool that was so ubiquitous people still click on this enduring icon to
“save” their digital work and any word, presentation or spreadsheet
documents—yet most Millennials have never seen it in person. But new research shows storage mediums can be vastly
denser than they are today. While new form factors such as solid state disks
will help us provide more stable longer-term preservation of data, and the
promise of "the cloud" allows access to data anywhere, anytime. Recently, IBM researchers combined the benefits of magnetic hard
drives and solid-state memory to overcome challenges of growing memory demand
and shrinking devices. Called Racetrack memory, this breakthrough could lead to
a new type of data-centric computing that allows massive amounts of stored
information to be accessed in less than a billionth of a second. This storage research challenges previous theoretical
limits to data storage—ensuring our digital universe will always be preserved.
2) Data curation will provide
structure in midst of the data deluge
Now that we have the capability to preserve our digital
universe, we need to find a way to make it useful. We need to take the next
step past data preservation to data curation. Data curation is the active and ongoing management of data
through its lifecycle. This smarter data categorization adds value to data that
will help glean new opportunities, improve the sharing of information and
preserve data for later re-use. Social media is a great example of the power of curated
data. Sites like FaceBook, Google+, Pinterest, etc. compile our digital lives
and gives their users a platform to organize their content. However, there's also a lot of work involved in selecting,
appraising and organizing data to make them accessible and interpretable. The
key is bringing data sets together, organizing them and linking them to related
documents and tools. If data can be stored in a way that provides context,
organizations can find new and useful ways to use that data.
3) Storage analytics will open
new business insights
With data curation allowing organizations the platform to
better utilize their data, analytics will help turn that data into intelligence
and, ultimately, knowledge. With the information that historical trending analytics
and infrastructure analytics provides, you can index and search in a more
intelligent way than ever before. By doing analytics on stored data, in backup
and archive, you can draw business insight from that data, no matter where it
exists. The application of IBM Watson technology for healthcare
provides a good example. Watson collects data from many sources and is able to
analyze the meaning and context. By processing vast amounts of information and
using analytics, it can suggest options targeted to a patient's circumstances,
can assist decision makers, such as physicians and nurses, in identifying the
most likely diagnosis and treatment options for their patients. Through intelligent storage and data retrieval systems, we
can learn more with the information we have today to improve service to
customers or open new revenue streams by leveraging data in new ways.
4) Storage becomes a celebrity
– new business needs are pushing storage into the spotlight
As our digital and data-driven universe expands, certain
industries are able to reach new levels of innovation by having the capacity to
house, organize and instantaneously access information. For example, Hollywood is known for its big budget
blockbusters, but it’s the big storage demands required by new formats such as
digital, CGI, 3D and high definition that’s impacting not just the bottom line,
but studios’ ability to produce these types of movies. Data sets for movies
have become so large it’s at the petabyte level. Filmmakers are beginning to trade in film reels for SSDs
as just one day’s worth of filming can generate hundreds of terabytes of data.
The popularity of these high data-generating formats means studios are looking
for new storage technologies that can handle the demand. The healthcare industry may even be facing an even bigger
data dilemma than the entertainment business. Take a look at the Institute
University of Leipzig, in Germany, which has a major genetic study called LIFE
to examine disease in populations. LIFE is cataloging genetic profiles of
several thousand patients to pinpoint gene mutations and specific proteins.
This process alone generates multiple terabytes of data. Even one 300-bed hospital may generate 30 terabytes of
data per year. Those figures will only grow with higher-resolution medical
imaging, and new tools or services such as making electronic healthcare records
5) Intervention...The Data
In this era of Big Data, more is always better, right? Not
so – especially when every byte of data costs money to store and protect. Businesses are turning into data hoarders and spending too
much time and money collecting useless or bad data, potentially leading to
misguided business decisions. This practice can be changed with simple policy
decisions and implementing existing capabilities in technologies that exist in
smarter storage, but companies are hesitant to delete any data (and many times
duplicate data) due to the fear of needing specific data down the line for
business analytics or compliance purposes. Part of the solution starts with eliminating the copies.
Nearly 75% of the data that exists today is a copy (IDC). By deleting and
disabling redundant information, organizations are investing in data quality
and availability for content that matters to the business. Consider the effect
of unneeded data, costing money by replicating throughout an organization’s information
systems. This outdated data can also potentially be accessed for fraud.
the quality of data is not costly—not getting it right is.
How are you spending your time this weekend? Polishing up your Pulse 2012 storage session abstract, hopefully!
With only 4 days left to submit a 100-word abstract
by Nov. 7, we thought it would be helpful to share some final pointers. Keep in mind that this year's theme
is Business Without Limits and we are seeking to understand how you
gained visibility, control and automation to deliver better business
What are the key benefits to you as a Speaker?
One full Pulse conference pass ($1995 value) and the opportunity to gain visibility for your company, and take advantage of an incredible networking opportunity with over 7,000 industry experts, press, and analysts.Here's some pointers on how to get your Storage Management session abstract accepted:
1. Focus it on topics such as how you used Tivoli Storage Manager to manage "big data"; success with recent upgrades; or cloud storage
2. Tell us about the key business challenges you were trying to solve, and how IBM Tivoli storage solutions helped you address these challenges
3. What was the ROI, or key results, from implementing a Tivoli storage solution, and what valuable lessons did you learn from the experience
Don't forget to register during early bird registration by December 16
if you do not plan to speak at Pulse and attend the conference
complimentary. Early Bird registration can save you up to $700 off
registering onsite! See you at Pulse 2012!
IBM Tivoli Storage Software ROCKS for the 6th Straight Quarter
IBM announced its second quarter earnings
yesterday, 18 Jul 12, showing great results in very a difficult macro economic climate. In his remarks on the investor call, IBM Chief Financial Officer Mark Loughridge specifically called out Tivoli Storage as a strong contributor to these results:
"In software this quarter, we had good growth in our business analytics and storage management offerings ... Tivoli software was up 6 percent at constant currency and gained share, driven by storage software growth of 13 percent at constant currency. Tivoli Storage Management continues to perform exceptionally well, growing double digits at constant currency for the sixth consecutive quarter ... Storage hardware revenue was flat at constant currency, with the value continuing to shift to software, as you saw with the ongoing success we’re having in our Tivoli storage software offerings."
The success of Tivoli Storage Software
is largely the result of the strong growth of the Tivoli Storage Manager family, our flagship data backup and unified recovery management platform. This is obviously a very competitive and highly saturated market segment - everybody has a backup solution in place - and it's a segment that is projected to grow only 8% this year. So why is Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM
) doing so well? We believe its because the requirements for data protection have changed dramatically over the past 3 to 5 years, and we've made the improvements to the product necessary to meet and stay ahead of those challenges.
1. Data is growing at 40% - 60% per year, and legacy backup software, especially those solutions that rely on adding media servers as they scale, cannot keep up with this growth. TSM has seen an 800% increase in it's scalability since 2009, now supporting up to 4 billion data objects in a single TSM server.
2. IT environments have become increasing complex, and important data assets are now created and managed in more places than ever before. Many companies have deployed a wide range of point solutions to handle the different requirements of key applications, virtual machines, remote offices, employee workstations, disaster recovery, etc., but this only brings in more cost and complexity to the point where you lose visibility and control of the overall data protection infrastructure. TSM, however, offers a true Unified Recovery Management
platform that ties all of these advanced technologies together in a single user interface, making it easy to ensure everything is protected and can be recovered quickly when something goes wrong.
3. Costs are out of control - mostly due to points 1 and 2 above. Backup is really just an insurance policy - it doesn't add anything to the top line, so you want to spend as little on it as possible. To address this, we've added tons of new capabilities into TSM at no additional cost, including built-in data deduplication and off-site replication, and we've introduced a back-end capacity pricing model that encourages you to take advantage of TSM's outstanding data reduction
and data lifecycle management capabilities to further reduce your overall cost of ownership.
We are seeing many customers consolidate their diverse backup infrastructures onto the TSM platform, and we are also seeing success with Managed Service Providers (MSPs), some through the "Backed Up by IBM TSM
" partner program, leveraging TSM to offer enterprise-class data protection services to small and medium size businesses and agencies that could not otherwise afford this level of protection.
To learn more about how Tivoli Storage Manager can improve the performance and efficiency of your IT environment, please contact your local IBM rep or Business Partner. We would love to have you be part of our continuing growth and success.
"The postings on this site are my own and don't necessarily represent IBM's positions, strategies or opinions."
IBM Tivoli® Storage Manager FastBack v6.1.1
Advanced Recovery Capabilities for TSM Environments
IMPROVE RECOVERY POINT AND RECOVERY TIME OBJECTIVES
Every IT environment contains applications that are critical to the operations and resilience of the organization. Real pain is experienced when these applications go off-line, or when the data that they rely on is lost or corrupted. Traditional once-per-day backup may be leaving too much new data at risk of loss, and current volume-level recovery processes only extend downtime as all the data is restored following a system failure or other disaster.
IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack performs non-disruptive block-level backups for critical Microsoft® Windows and Linux® applications, in the background with no backup window, as often as needed to assure data protection that meets business requirements. And FastBack provides near-instant recovery of entire volumes, enabling immediate and transparent access to protected data even while it is restored in the background.
TIGHT INTEGRATION WITH TIVOLI STORAGE MANAGER
With the release of Version 6.1.1, TSM FastBack can now be completely integrated into your Tivoli Storage Manager environment. From the TSM Administration Console, FastBack can be launched and managed; you can set FastBack backup policies and initiate restore operations; you view FastBack reports; and you can backup the FastBack repository into the TSM Server for long-term data management and retention.
REMOTE OFFICE BACKUP CONSOLIDATION
TSM FastBack’s automation and ease-of-use make it an excellent choice for protecting and restoring Windows and Linux server data in remote and branch offices. With the new data deduplication capabilities included standard in FastBack v6.1.1, remote office data can now be efficiently and cost-effectively replicated over WAN to a central TSM Server. Fast and easy recovery can be accomplished in the remote office from the local FastBack Server, or in the central site from the TSM Server in disaster recovery situations. Your distributed data can now meet the same levels of protection and retention provided for your core applications through Tivoli Storage Manager.
UNIFIED RECOVERY MANAGEMENT
Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack is an integral member of the TSM Family, providing advanced data protection and recovery capabilities across the entire organization from a single administrator interface.
"The postings on this site are my own and don't necessarily represent IBM's positions, strategies or opinions."
TSM FastBack for Workstations is a centrally-managed solution that reduces the risks of losing important information stored on thousands of personal computers across an entire enterprise, as described here: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/tivoli/products/storage-mgr-fastback-workstation/
IBM will be running a beta program for the next release of this product, providing those taking part with early access to the latest planned enhancements. If you would like to participate, please contact the beta coordinator, Matthew Boult (email@example.com).
Are you interested in the next release of Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM)?
IBM will be running a beta program featuring the upcoming version of TSM.
If you would like to participate in this beta program,
please contact the beta coordinator, Mary Anne Filosa
Pulse was amazing! For those of you that attended my presentation on FlashCopy Manager and also stopped by to see me in the Expo... thank you!
I wanted to tell you that IBM will be running a joint beta program featuring upcoming versions of FlashCopy Manager and TSM for Virtual Environments. If you would like to participate in this beta program, please contact the beta project manager, Mary Anne Filosa (firstname.lastname@example.org).
On May 31 2011, IBM announced the availability of Tivoli Storage Manager Suite for Unified Recovery
, a bundle of ten Tivoli Storage Manager and Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack products, with an easy to order, deploy and manage capacity-based pricing model.
With this offering, you can deploy any of ten different solution components, in any location and quantity to meet the unique data protection and recovery needs across a wide range of systems, applications and service level requirements. The pricing is based on a tiered Terabyte metric that measures the amount of data managed in Tivoli Storage Manager primary storage pools and FastBack repositories. License costs can be dramatically reduced through the use of built-in source and target data deduplication, and there is no charge for duplicate copies of the data that may be used for disaster recovery, testing, data mining and other purposes.
The individual products included in this comprehensive package are:Tivoli Storage Manager Extended Edition
: Provides core backup/restore for a wide range of operating systems; broad support for tiers of storage; NDMP, IBM DB2® and Informix® support; source and target deduplication; advanced disaster recovery planning; and much more.Tivoli Storage Manager for Databases
: Performs online, consistent and centralized backups for Oracle and SQL to avoid downtime; protect vital enterprise data infrastructure and minimize operation costs.Tivoli Storage Manager for Enterprise Resource Planning
: Performs online, consistent and centralized backups for SAP environments.Tivoli Storage Manager for Mail
: Protects data on email servers running Lotus® Domino® or Microsoft® Exchange, with granular restore of Exchange email objects.Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments
: Automatically discovers and protects VMware virtual machines; offloads backup workloads to a centralized server and enables flexible, near-instant recovery.Tivoli Storage Manager for Space Management
: Moves inactive data to reclaim online disk space for important active data; frees administrators from manual file system pruning tasks; and defers the need to purchase additional disk storage.Tivoli Storage Manager for Storage Area Networks
: Provides high-performance backup/restore by removing data transfer from the LAN.Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack
: Provides efficient block-level incremental backup and near-instant restore for critical Microsoft Windows® and Linux® servers and applications, in the data center and in remote offices.Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack for Microsoft Exchange
: Provides the ability to recover individual Microsoft Exchange objects such as email, attachments, calendar entries, contacts and tasks.
Existing customers of Tivoli Storage Manager are also able to take advantage of this new pricing model, which will eliminate the need to count Processor Value Units and help to gain better visibility and control of future licensing costs. For more information on converting to this model, please contact your IBM Sales Rep or Business Partner.
Later this week, I will post a list of the advanced capabilities that Tivoli Storage Manager Suite for Unified Recovery can bring to your IT environment with the overall benefits of reducing data growth, improving operational efficiency and dramatically reducing costs. "The postings on this site are my own and don't necessarily represent IBM's positions, strategies or opinions."
IBM is looking for customers and business partners to participate in the Beta and Early Access Programs for IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center.
Both the Beta and Early Access Programs (EAP) will start later this month and provide participants with an opportunity to influence the design of future Virtual Storage Center enhancements by providing feedback directly to development.
Virtual Storage Center includes all Tivoli Storage Productivity Center functions plus Advanced Analytics such as Storage Tiering Automation, VMware Integration (Clustering support and vSphere Plug-in), Self Service Provisioning and more.
Tivoli Storage Productivity Center and Virtual Storage Center customers are all invited to participate in these programs. As topics are introduced the facilitator will define the boundaries between what is included in Virtual Storage Center versus Tivoli Storage Productivity Center.
To request enrollment in the Beta program, submit the VSC/TPC Beta Signup form.
To request enrollment in the EAP program, submit the VSC/TPC EAP Signup form.
For any questions, contact Mary Anne Filosa: email@example.com
For information, see the Downloads page.
The Tivoli Storage Management team is beginning a new series of educational webcasts for the end user community on a range of topics. The first session will focus on data protection and recovery of virtual server environments -- and you're invited!
Server virtualization has been a boon to the businesses that have embraced it, but it is causing huge headaches for storage administrators. One area of particular concern is backup and recovery, especially as the use of virtual servers grows in production environments.
Are all of the Virtual Machines (VMs) covered with appropriate backup policies? Are you able to manage the sprawl of backup agents as the number of VMs increases? Are you having trouble meeting backup windows and recovery SLAs on your VMs?
Join IBM as we introduce you to the newest addition to the TSM family that is built to provide advanced data protection and fast, flexible recovery of your VMware environments. Join us as we review TSM for Virtual Environments and how it can help you reduce costs while meeting service level requirements. We will have a 20 minute presentation and a 20 minute live demo of the product.
Date: April 14, 2011
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern
Speakers: Greg Van Hise, TSM Software Architect; Rich Vining, Product Marketing Manager
Please register for this event using the On-Line Registration
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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
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:
I recently saw an interesting cry for help on the Internet. A Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) customer had a situation where his company was creating millions of new files every day, and the process of scanning the file system to look for incremental files to back up was becoming a real issue.
In the case of extremely large file systems, the time it takes to look for new or changed files can certainly dominate the amount of time it takes to perform an incremental backup – even if the amount of actual new data is relatively small, the total backup window will be extended as the file system grows.
Many customers resort to FlashCopy
or Snapshot technologies to avoid this situation, and IBM’s storage systems certainly support this approach.
Another interesting solution, if the file system is on Windows or Linux, could be Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack, which performs block-level, incremental backups without the need for a file system scan. It identifies new and changed blocks of data as they are written to disk, and backs them up in the background either continuously or on a scheduled basis, depending on the amount of data you want to leave at risk (Recovery Point Objective).
TSM FastBack is totally integrated with TSM, so it would fit seamlessly into this customer’s environment, with the added benefits of being able to provide granular file-level recovery, as well as FastBack’s unique near-instant restore of the entire file system should that be needed (Recovery Time Objective).
If you have problems meeting your backup windows because of massive file system scans, have a look at TSM FastBack
– it could eliminate your backup windows while improving RPO and RTO.
"The postings on this site are my own and don't necessarily represent IBM's positions, strategies or opinions."