IBM Systems Storage Software Blog
Delbert Hoobler 1000008PR6 firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  storage-management flashcopy fcm storage-software tsm storage 1,608 Visits
The last time I blogged I was telling you about IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager on Windows and just how cool it was. Well, I am working on some more neat stuff and I wanted to tell you about a beta program for upcoming release of FlashCopy Manager. It is called the Beta program for IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager. If you want to test some of the new functions and features of the upcoming release of IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager, please contact Mary Anne Filosa (email@example.com) or your IBM Sales representative to get details.
The enrollment period is ending soon, so don't wait to be a part of the action!
Tiffeni Woodhams 270001Q08F WOODHAMS@US.IBM.COM Tags:  storage-blog data-reduction ibmstorage data-management pulse2010 dynamic-infrastructure pulse data-recovery data-availability ibm backup-recovery data-protection storage-software tivoli ibmpulse service-management virtualization 2 Comments 2,363 Visits
The count down is on... with only 2 weeks left to Pulse 2010, I wanted to give you and update on additional perks you'll have access to if you register and attend.
Meet the Experts!
Talk one-on-one with Product Experts
Visit the Expo!
Share Your Story
This year at Pulse 2010 we are scheduling video tape interviews with clients who are willing to share their thoughts on what they are doing to achieve visibility, control, and automation in their infrastructure. We will be filming client videos at Pulse starting Sunday, February 21, through Wednesday, February 24. The content will be used to produce short videos that we will leverage to tell the needs clients are addressing in their organizations. Our customers have been sharing their stories throughout 2009 as you can see below. Interested in participating? Notify me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Oren Wolf 270002KMMG email@example.com Tags:  virtualization storage storage-software storage-blog data-protection backup-recovery data-recovery backup 2,388 Visits
on my previous blog i've discussed some of the viable approaches to data protection with virtual machines, before i dwell into the pros and cons of each approach i'd like to discuss the fundamental differences between file level and block level backup (and solicit your input :-) ).
Encapsulation is one of the basic rules for software design, simply put, it's the computer geek's equivalent of the famous "Don't ask, don't tell" policy. The idea is pretty simple, let's assume our File System is component A and our Disk System is component B. Component A and B publish a public interface that others can use, but they hide their internal mechanisms from the other components. This enables us to do some nifty tricks, such as RAID, as far as the file system is concerned it is working with a "regular disk", it is unaware of the fact that our disk system had actually taken the 100GB disk space that we defined and partitioned it into multiple strips that are actually located across 5 different disks in order to provide it (the FS) with better performance and hardware fault tolerant. There are other ways where this principle is used but you have to agree that it comes in pretty handy.
But, why do i even mention "encapsulation", and how is that relevant to File VS Block level backups?
The point i am trying to make is that the Disk level is not aware of the "file contents"and the File System is not aware of the "disk layout", this actually dictates the pros and cons of those two very different approaches to data protection.
With file level backups it's really easy to define which files you want to protect, than when the time comes, someone has to access the files and move the data they contain to some sort of data repository, in order to do that you must deal with issues such as:
- Open files
- Interdependencies between multiple files
- Identifying which (sub)files have changed
- For structured data (databases etc.), do we backup the entire file (or file group) or only the portions that have changed?
Block level backups are usually pretty straight forward, there's a mechanism that keeps track of the changed in "realtime" (this usually enables CDP, but that's a whole different story) and when the time comes the data will be moved to the data repository, but this technology has its own challenges
- Minimum granularity is usually a volume
- Hard to exclude unused file data (page file?)
- Recovering files from a block level backup
- Communicating with applications (and File System) to ensure backup consistency.
Generally speaking block level backups have a "lower overhead" than file level backup, so, if you decided to virtualize your environment and keep using agents on the individual virtual machines, you would probably want to use a block level backup solution. File Level backups are still viable (especially if they skip the "indexing" process by using an FS filter or journaling and allow for "sub file" incremental backup), but you will need to be more careful when planning your backup windows in order to prevent VM sprawl.
Stay tuned, next we'll discuss other approaches such as proxy backups
Richard Vining 2700019R2A firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  data-reduction data-management hsm deduplication space-managment recovery tivoli archive backup storage-blog 2,936 Visits
On 19 March 2010, IBM will release Tivoli Storage Manager V6.2, the next in a long line of enhancements to the leader in enterprise-wide data protection, unified recovery management and effective data reduction. Highlighting this release is the addition of source (client-side) data deduplication, tighter integration with TSM FastBack, enhanced support for virtual server environments, automatic deployment of Windows client upgrades, and improved automation and performance of back-end data management processing.
Full details of this announcement are in the TSM 6.2 Announcement Letter
John Foley 12000084U0 FOLEYJOH@US.IBM.COM Tags:  smart-archive storage-blog ibm information-archive ibmstorage ibm-storage 1,655 Visits
The end of last year was pretty hectic for a lot of us and you might not have attended IBM's "Information on Demand Gala" but as a refresher, we introduced our Smart Archive Strategy. Several of my customers have been asking for a refresher on the topic and we've just posted a short video describing this comprehensive approach that combines IBM software, systems and service capabilities designed to help you extract value and gain new intelligence from information by collecting, organizing, analyzing and leveraging that information. For more information, watch this video, visit the IBM Smart Archive Strategy Website and meet me at Pulse 2010 by attending the Storage Track sessions to discuss your specific archiving needs.
Richard Vining 2700019R2A email@example.com Tags:  flashcopy storage-blog instant-restore recovery-management snapshot tivoli data-protection 2,416 Visits
IBM will be providing a series of live web-based demonstrations dedicated to showing you the value of IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager. It will also show you how the product works. These will be DEMOS of live code.
Organizations seeking to improve protection for Business Critical Application Data can leverage Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager to simplify management through integration with IBM Storage Hardware Advanced Snapshot technology. As the first event in a series of Customer Web Conferences we will focus on demonstrating the features of Tivoli FlashCopy Manager for the Microsoft Exchange Environment.
Audience: IBM Customers and their associated IBM and Business Partner Sales representatives
Key Features of Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager include:
Hosts: John F. Miller, IBM North American Sales Executive
Neil Rasmussen, IBM Software Designer for Tivoli Software
Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager Demo Schedule
All calls will begin at 12noon ET for 1 Hour
Web Conference details:
Audio Conference Call details:
To learn more about IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager, please visit:
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Tiffeni Woodhams 270001Q08F WOODHAMS@US.IBM.COM Tags:  fastback demonstration instatnt-restore large-eterprise disaster-recovery midmarket tivoli storage-blog storage-software data-protection backup ibmstorage microsoft-exchange branch-office continuous-data-protectio... recover 4,801 Visits
Live Demo! IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack and IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack for Exchange Scheduled Dates in 2010
Mark Your Calendars!
IBM will be presenting a series of live demonstration dedicated to showing the value of IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) FastBack and TSM FastBack for Exchange data protection products.
These additions to the TSM product family offers the ability to meet aggressive Recovery Point and Recovery Time Objectives in an organization's data protection service.
The TSM FastBack family provides many advanced features including:
Instant Restore allows users to access to their data or application immediately, while the restore is taking place.
Continuous Data Protection sends backup data continuously which allows a recovery to be done to any point in time.
Incremental Forever Backups prevents wasting time and money in performing and storing unnecessary full backups. Each backup appears to be a Full backup, but only the blocks that have been modified are copied.
FastBack Mount allows access to backed up data without it being recovered. This enables data to be validated after backups, the correct data to be identified before it is recovered, or data to be opened and its contents
to be recovered at a more granular level, thus reducing the size and time of the recovery.
Exchange Brick-level Recovery allows individual Exchange mail objects to be recovered from a previous backup without requiring an entire Exchange Database to be recovered. TSM FastBack for Exchange does not
require additional backup processing to provide IMR.
Branch Office Disaster Recovery allows replication of branch office backup data to a central site. This data can be compressed and encrypted during the transfer. The replicated data at the central site can be used
as the source for creating a tape copy of the data or for recovering branch office data and hosts. TSM FastBack allows the backups and replication of multiple branch offices to be monitored with a single tool.
TSM FastBack Bare Machine Recovery allows hosts to be quickly recovered, even to dissimilar hardware.
These demonstrations are open to Customers, Business Partners and IBM employees.
TSM FastBack Demo Schedule for 2010:
Demos will be available in English and Spanish. All English calls will be at 10:30 AM and 3:00 PM Central Time on Thursdays.
All Spanish calls will be available at 1:00 PM Central Time on Wednesdays.
There are Web Conference and Audio Conference components to this demonstration.
Conference ID is FASTBAK
Prior to the web conference, we suggest you do the following:
1) go to www.sametimeunyte.com
2) click on Support
3) click on Lotus Sametime Unyte Meeting System Check
4) Select attendee type and click Next
5) Proceed with the system check and install any plug-ins required.
English Live Demo Audio Conference:
Title: TSM Fastback LIVE Demo
Toll Free: 800-857-4143
Spanish Live Demo Audio Conference:
USA- Toll Free: 888-359-3613 Toll: 719-325-2348 T/L: 650-2012
Argentina-0800 666 2982; Australia-1 800 138 721; Austria-0800 291 390
Belgium-0 800 77 128; Brazil-0800 891 4391; Bulgaria-00 800 1100 178
Chile-123 0020 9673; China, Northern-10 800 714 1159; China, Southern-10 800 140 1141
Colombia-01 800 518 0760; Costa Rica-0800 015 0597; Czech Republic-800 900 705
Denmark-80 884 789; Finland-0 800 1 119654; France-0 800 902 956
Panama-08 600 205 3173; Peru-0 800 53 354; Philippines-1 800 1110 0845
Portugal-800 819 688; Russia-810 800 2679 1012; Singapore-800 101 1954
Slovenia-0 800 80158; Spain-900 967 691; Sweden-02 079 3083
Switzerland-0 800 563 064; Thailand-001 800 156 205 5311; Trinidad and Tobago-1 800 205 5311
United Kingdom-0800 028 9769; Uruguay-0004 019 0176; Venezuela-0 800 100 5265
Tiffeni Woodhams 270001Q08F WOODHAMS@US.IBM.COM Tags:  ibmpulse storage storage-blog pulse2010 pulse information-infrastructur... 1,275 Visits
Today (Monday) was an action packed and exciting day.
The day started off with the General Session where Al Zollar, the General Manager of Tivoli started off with the discussion around Smarter Planet and how the world is getting smarter - Instrumented - Interconnected - Intelligent. He gave several examples of how companies are shifting to become smarter, smarter buildings, smarter healthcare, smarter citeis etc. By becoming smarter Al explained that both Risk and Complexity can be reduced.
I enjoyed hearing about Capital Region of Denmark and how they have over 1.5 Billion bytes archived and they revolutionized their storage management so that they manage all that data with 4 staff members.
The presentation then went into Integrated Service Management for Data Centers, for Design & Delivery, and for Industries which consists of
and the importance of... Visibility, Control, and Automation!
There were also some new storage announcements made in the general session (stop by the expo to see the demo of each product):
The other speakers included Rational General Manager Danny Sabbah to dive deeper into Integrated Service Management for Design & Delivery, Laura Sanders Tivoli Vice President of Strategy & Development for an entertaining demonstration with live code showing a smarter city (accompanied by Dave Lindquist IBM Fellow, Vice President & CTO, Tivoli Software and Dr. Wing To Vice President Strategy and Product Management, Tivoli Software). After the demo the last IBM speaker was Mike Rhodin and he went more into more depth around Integrated Service Management for Industries.
The guest speaker to wrap up the General Session was former Vice President of the United States, Al Gore.
After the General Session, the rest of my day is a blur. It was filled with attending the Storage & Information Infrastructure track kick-off, meetings with customers and business partners to do impromptu video interviews/podcasts, tweeting, reporting storage highlights for the Pulse Points daily newsletter, checking out the expo and the demos and scheduling more video interviews. I had to have walked at least 6 miles today with making trips to and from the conferenece center several times. I was a little bummbed that I wasn't able to attend as many of the customer case sessions in the storage track, I'll have to make up for that tomorrow.
Tiffeni Woodhams 270001Q08F WOODHAMS@US.IBM.COM Tags:  tivoli pulse2010 ibmstorage partners archive pulse storage-software ibmpulse infromation-archive storage-blog 1 Comment 1,717 Visits
Pulse kicked-off today with the Business Partner Summit. I attended the IBM Information Archive session where the partners attending and I learned about the Archiving Ecosystem and how IBM Infromation Archive helps: reduce costs, improve productivity / effeciency and reduce risks. Information Archive is a simplified, cloud-ready smart business system.
Some important questions to help understand whether or not an archiving solution is needed include:
The partners in the session had a lot of great comments and questions.
If you are a partner and you were unable to attend the IBM Information Archive session (or you attended but want to hear more) you can attend the other sessions that are scheduled at Pulse:
A technical look inside IBM's next generation archive appliance Tuesday 3:30-4:30pm @ RM 120
IBM's Smart Archive Strategy Simplifying Information Retention Tuesday 5:00-6:00pm @ RM 120
Birds of a Feather: IBM Smart Archive Strategy Discussion Tuesday 6:00-7:00pm @ RM 120
Next stop for me is the Pulse 2010 Business Partner Summit General Session!
Tiffeni Woodhams 270001Q08F WOODHAMS@US.IBM.COM Tags:  ibm tivoli rational las-vegas service management pulse olympics 1,147 Visits
In response to: Pulse: The Olympics of Service ManagementIt's amazing that som many countries are represented at Pulse 2010. I wonder how many of them are here to learn about storage....
Tiffeni Woodhams 270001Q08F WOODHAMS@US.IBM.COM Tags:  space-managment archive midmkt storage-blog data-reduction backup tivoli midmarket data-management deduplication hsm mid-market 1,122 Visits
In response to: See Tivoli Storage Management - and me - in action at Pulse 2010Rich, thanks for the recap of some important sessions that will be presented at Pulse. Additional Storage and Information Infrastructure tracks can be found on the Tivoli Storage Blog.
Tiffeni Woodhams 270001Q08F WOODHAMS@US.IBM.COM Tags:  saas midmarket foundations appliance management service ami software amazon tfam fsm monitor system midmkt tivfdt tivoli ibm 1,697 Visits
In response to: The Pulse Roadmap to Mid-Market Solutions and OpportunitiesIBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack is a great continuous data protection, backup and recovery solution for both midmarket and large enterprise organizations, for branch offices or data centers. For more storage sessions while at Pulse 2010 check out this blog post https://www-950.ibm.com/blogs/tivolistorage/entry/the_pulse_roadmap_to_storage_expertise?lang=en_us
Tiffeni Woodhams 270001Q08F WOODHAMS@US.IBM.COM Tags:  ibmpulse pulse pulse2010 storage storage-blog information-infrastrucutr... 1,177 Visits
Pulse 2010 got off to a great start with a very successfule Business Partner Summit. There were several Storage partners that attended the Storage Breakout session. We were even able to get some of them to sign up for professional video interviews...
During the Tivoli Storage Software Strategy and How to Sell It! session Dan Galvan VP IBM Systems Storage Marketing gave an overview of the Smarter Planet initiative and Ron Riffe provided an indepth presentation on the storage software portfolio. Partners were informed of three solution plays that they can focus on for storage. There were many questions that were asked and answered.
We also provided details on how our partners can stay connected during and after Pulse with IBM Storage networks and social media. These networks are also available to our customers and our partners' customers.
Tivoli Storage Blog for getting conference updates and daily highlights from Pulse 2010. This blog is used to discuss many different topics like data reduction, virtualization, new product announcements and more..
IBM Storage Community for manageing your contacts at Pulse, sharing links and bookmarks, and providing feedbak on the conference
IBM Storage on Twitter for listening and contributing to realtime buzz with other Pulse attendees and organizing meetups. Use #ibmpulse in your tweets. You can also follow me on twitter
IBM Storage LinkedIn Group for connecting and networking with individuals interested in IBM Storage
Storage Management on YouTube for viewing and commenting on live stories with Pulse attendees and viewing other storage videos.
Tiffeni Woodhams 270001Q08F WOODHAMS@US.IBM.COM Tags:  storage-blog oakwood pulse virtualization ibmpulse storage-software pulse2010 1 Comment 1,625 Visits
I had the pleasure of interviewing one of our client speakers, Brian Perlstein from Oakwood Healthcare System. Brian will be presenting the Oakwood Healthcare System's Virtualization story on Wednesday Feb. 24th at 9:30 to 10:30 am in the Conference Center room 121. Hope to see you there!
Tiffeni Woodhams 270001Q08F WOODHAMS@US.IBM.COM Tags:  vcuhs ibmpule pulse2010 pulse storage-software backup-recovery tivoli ibmstorage storage-blog 2 Comments 2,054 Visits
Yesterday I interviewed Greg Johnson, CTO and Director of Technology and Engineering Services for Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (VCUHS). Greg presented at Pulseon Tuesday and he discussed how VCUHS is transforming IT in a healthcare environment focussing on their storage solutions and backup and recovery solutions. If you weren't able to attend Greg's session on Tuesday at 2:00 - 3:00 pm in the Conference Center room 120, watch the video below and you'll see a high-level recap of what he presented.
Once again, this was a live interview from outside the expo hall in the MGM and the McCarran International Airport, sure is one of the busiest airports in the world... maybe I should have done my interviews inside the conference. I enjoyed the fresh air and the airplanes in the background just adds to the beauty of the live interview. I still think that Journalism is a field that I will not be pursuing... hopefully my interview skills will improve before Pulse 2011, which will be Feb. 27 - Mar. 3 2011.