In response to: Viral Friday - Pulse 2010 - Information Archive DemonstrationThanks for the video. Also here is a link to the Smart Archive http://www-01.ibm.com/software/data/smart-archive/?cm_sp=MTE9840
Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure Storage Blog
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Tiffeni Woodhams 270001Q08F WOODHAMS@US.IBM.COM Tags:  virtualization tivoli resource-mgmt storage 680 Visits
In response to: Managing the tidal wave of data with IBM TivoliThanks for posting the white paper. For more infromation about Tivoli Storage visit the blog at http://www.ibm.com/blogs/tivolistorage
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While I was at Pulse 2010 in Las Vegas, I had the opportunity of Interviewing Scott Sterry from Cristie Software Limited. Cristie Bare Machine Recovery integrates with IBM Tivoli Storage Manager to provide a Bare Machine Recovery (BMR) solution for Windows®, Linux, SUN Solaris and HP-UX.
In response to: Storage Consolidation with SONAS and TSMRich,
I love how you used your winter/summer clothing exercise as an example of consolidating storage and the pros and cons of having a large storage container vs. multiple smaller containers. I also put my off season clothes in containers and should have started moving in the spring/summer attire and move out the winter... maybe next weekend.
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In chapter 1, I described how the planet is becoming ‘smarter’ and that this transformation is creating enormous amounts of new data that needs to be effectively managed. In this chapter, I’ll review some of the things that complicate the effort to ensure all this data is properly retained, protected and available when needed.
Ideally, you would like to have a single tool that does everything, across the entire enterprise, providing the ability to effectively respond following any type of event. While many vendors promise to solve your problems, nobody can provide this capability in a single package – the problem is just way too complex. But (tease), IBM is driving toward a unified recovery management capability that enables you to manage a selection of tools from a single administrative interface. More on this next week; first we need to ensure that we appreciate the complexity.
The first category is infrastructure – where is the data?
Your IT shop probably includes several if not many types of hardware: computer platforms such as x86, Power, RISC, Sparc, mainframes, etc. And there are a wide array of storage platforms, including direct-attached (DAS), network-attached (NAS), tape, and I’m sure many of you still have optical disks somewhere. And from many different vendors!
On these platforms, you’re going to have different operating systems: AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, VMware, Windows, z/OS. Then they’re going to be physically located in different places – data centers, staff offices, production facilities, remote/branch offices, disaster recovery sites, and warehouses.
Different types of networks, and the available bandwidth on them, further complicates the system. You have local-area (LAN), wide-area (WAN), storage-area (SAN) and metro-area (MAN) networks; additionally you may have cable networks running to some offices (particularly home offices), telecommunications networks that now carry data, and USB connections to some storage devices. And finally, you likely have important data being created and stored on user workstations.
How many tools do you use just to cover this level of complexity? But wait – there’s more! The next question is: who owns the data?
We also have to matrix in the different type of applications you have – general file systems; email, instant messaging and collaboration systems; databases such as B2, Oracle, SAP, SWL and mySQL; and your industry-specific mission-critical applications such as CAD/CAM, medical records management, software development, manufacturing resource planning (MRP), or customer relationship management (CRM).
Now consider that the data created and used by any of these applications may be on any hardware platform and operating system, in multiple locations, using a variety of networks. A lot of the data may be on user workstations as well. Oh my!
But there’s still more – what can go wrong?
As I noted in my last blog, lots of things can go wrong, any you really need a different response for each of them:
OK, now draw a line from every block on the diagram above to every other block and tell me what your backup and recovery plan is for every line – even in this simple diagram, there are 100 different scenarios, but when you consider all the variables, it may be millions. What tools would you use, who will use them, how long will it take to recover, and how much data will be lost? And what does it cost?
More on that next time!
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In response to: Viral Friday - Pulse 2010 - N series DemonstrationThanks Tiffeni for the nice video.
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In response to: Viral Friday - Pulse 2010 - Solid-state Storage DemonstrationThanks for this nice video
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Unified Recovery Management for a Smarter Planet
Welcome to my new blog series which will focus on simplifying the lives of storage and backup administrators. In this first installment, of course, I’ll start laying out the problem as I see it. Hopefully, you’ve seen all the many IBM Smarter Planet commercials on TV over the past year. The basic story is that the planet is smaller and flatter than it used to be, and is more connected economically, socially and technically. I don’t think anyone would argue that information technology has dramatically changed the way people, businesses and governments interact across the planet.
This is because everything is becoming more instrumented, interconnected and intelligent. Cars are talking to sensors embedded in roads, mobile equipment is tracked via GPS, machines of all types are predicting the need for maintenance and calling home to schedule a service call, groceries are talking to store shelves, and intelligent power meters are reducing the waste in transmission systems.
As former U.S. Vice President Al Gore said in his keynote at Pulse2010 last month, “Traffic on the Internet is now dominated by things communicating with things, rather than people communicating with people”.
The result of all this interconnectivity is the creation of enormous amounts of digital information – data. This data is being used for incredible things: finding cures for many diseases, finding oil and gas in new places, dynamically reducing traffic bottlenecks, preventing crime, and improving the delivery of health care – all while reducing costs. But what the commercials fail to mention is that someone has to manage all this data – it has to be stored, protected, available and reliable. The traditional response to data growth has been to throw more capacity at the problem, but this is no longer the ‘green’ thing to do. While the costs of storage capacity continue to decrease, the costs of housing, cooling and managing storage now consume the majority of most IT budgets. We need to find smarter ways to manage more data, ways that require less infrastructure, less power, less people, and yes, less money.
The environments that all of this data reside in are becoming incredibly complex, leading to an unmanageable patchwork of tools and processes that storage administrators have to use in order to attempt to meet the service level needs of their organizations. For example, the numbers of different hardware platforms, operating systems and applications are expanding (and of course each new application is more important than the last), while the places where data is being created and stored are multiplying. And way too many different things can go wrong, each demanding a different type of response.
I’ll be diving deeper into this complexity in the next installment, and later in the series will describe what IBM is doing to help simplify your life. Get ready for the Smarter Planet, and for managing all the data that it’s creating!
"The postings on this site are my own and don't necessarily represent IBM's positions, strategies or opinions."
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While I was at Pulse 2010 in Las Vegas, I had the pleasure of meeting and interview Nils Lau Fredriksen, CIO for the Region of Southern Denmark. Nils was one of the five CIOs that participated in the CIO panel during the Day 2 General Session. It was very interesting to hear his experience with implementing integrated service management along with the other CIOs that were on the panel.
Nils went into more depth during his presentation, on Wednesday Feb. 24th, regarding his experience of implementing integrated service management (or what he calls quality management) at The Region of Southern Demark. I attended the session and there were many questions from the audience.
I met up with Nils after his presentation to get a quick interview, which you can watch below...
or in Danish:
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In response to: Viral Friday - Video - Pulse 2010 - XIV Demo in the ExpoNice Video.
I added it to the Storage YouTube channel playlist at http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=40B9D25D29105511
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It's been almost 2 weeks since Pulse 2010 in Las Vegas and I'm still playing catch up. I finally finished loading all the pictures I took while at Pulse and last week I finished uploading all my YouTube videos. Check out the IBM Pulse Conference Flickr Group for all the Pulse 2010 photos - the ones I loaded are from tiffwdms. Checkout the Pulse 2010 YouTube videos and for all the Storage YouTube videos you can go directly to the Storage Management Playlist.
If you were unable to attend Pulse 2010 in Las Vegas you can attend the virtual event on March 16, 2010. Register here.
I want to share with you a few of the expert videos that I captured while at Pulse.
Kathy Mitton - Tivoli Storage Expert
Jason Perkins - Tivoli Storage Expert