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Storage has seen tremendous growth in recent years due to the size, type, and complexity of data that is being created. Multimedia files, efforts to go “Green”, and the general desire to be more collaborative in our daily work with all of our data on hand as needed has increased the demand for storage. Analysts state that half of all data in existence today was created within the last five years. What does that say about what the next five years hold?
Latest ESG Report: Tivoli Storage Manager proves to be a “turnkey” solution to a range of data protection issues
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Data protection matters! Actually it matters even more with the advent of big data. The unique challenges of managing & protecting big data has forced IT professionals to relook at their data backup & protection policies.And when they were asked what they would characterize as challenges with their organizations’ current data protection processes and technologies, “cost” & “need to reduce back up time” came out to be the major concerns.
Every year ESG conducts a forward looking spending intention survey. They shared a couple of interesting facts that do not surprise but definitely reinstate my thoughts. When organizations were asked what they would consider most important IT priorities over the next 16-18 months, 30 percent responded back saying “improved data backup & recovery”!
ESG analysts Mark Peters and Tony Palmer shared these insights as they took us through the results of their lab testing on Tivoli Storage Manager. If you are not familiar with IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM), it is a scalable client/server software primarily designed for centralized, automated data protection. The goal of the ESG report is to educate IT professionals and provide insight into the advanced data backup technologies such as forever incremental back up, deduplication and why it is so important in current scenario. Click here for the ESG video.
The TSM Lab validation was performed using a combination of hands on testing, audits of IBM customers in live production environments and detailed discussion with IBM experts. The objective is to validate some of the valuable features and functions of the product and show how those can be used to solve real customer problems, and identify any area of improvement.
IBM has continuously invested in TSM platform bringing innovation to data protection and recovery. ESG evaluates how the newer versions of TSM provide a turnkey solution to a range of data protection issues. They found that the two technologies (deduplication and progressive incremental backups) working in tandem were able to achieve 90 percent data reduction after just six incremental backups and 95 percent data reduction after ten backups. Replication function is also fully integrated with deduplication, thus optimizing quicker recovery during disasters. TSM uses policy-based automation along with intelligent move-and-store techniques, helping to reduce data administration efforts. Over all, ESG’s validation rightfully points to the key enhancements to the TSM platform that drive greater scalability, efficiency, and data availability.
Please register and download the detail 23 page ESG Lab Validation Report here.
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For those of our customers who have upgraded to TPC v5.1 or later, this below post will validate their smart decision to embrace the web-based graphical user interface (GUI). For the rest, go on and read further to understand what you are missing...
Back in June 2012, Tivoli Storage Productivity Center (TPC) v5.1 was announced with two user interfaces for managing the storage infrastructure: the stand-alone GUI and the web-based GUI. The web-based GUI provides a quick access to pages that you can use to monitor the condition, capacity, and relationships of the resources within your storage environment.
The web-based GUI is key to access critical storage information without needing to get glued to your administrator console in your data center premises. The web-based GUI helps you to achieve the following:
- view and acknowledge the status of resources that are monitored; these resources include storage systems, servers, hypervisors, fabrics, and switches
- view summary and detailed information about resources, including properties, usage, capacity, and several key performance metrics
- view the relationships and storage mapping among resources
- view the connectivity between host connections, servers, hypervisors, virtual machines, storage systems, and the fabrics
- identify potential problems and troubleshoot existing problems in a storage environment
- pull reporting, along with drag-and-drop approach to design custom reports that contain detailed information about the properties and performance of monitored resources. Note that the reporting interface also includes a set of predefined reports that provides quick access to preformatted data about resources.
The web-based GUI also allows you to start the element managers for various storage systems and switches. To learn more about managing resources in the web-based GUI, click here to access the TPC information center.
In its latest edition TPC v5.1.1., the web-based GUI is enhanced to provide detailed view of the data path. The data path view shows the connectivity between host connections, servers, hypervisors, virtual machines, storage systems, and the fabrics through which they share storage. You can use this view to monitor status and pinpoint problem areas in selected data paths. This view includes both graphical and tabular representations of the top-level resources in a data path.
You can use the data path view to:
- view the path of data that is shared between resources
- view the fabrics through which resources in a data path are communicating
- view the propagated status of the top-level resources that are in a data path
- view the status of the internal resources for top-level resources that are in a data path
- customize the appearance of the data path view to suit the needs of your environment
- export the data paths view as an image or CSV file
For more information about viewing data paths in the web-based GUI, click here.
Watch a short video on 'Achieving storage efficiency with Tivoli Storage Productivity Center'. With TPC v5.x, both the packaging and pricing are simplified to offer comprehensive management license at competitive prices. To learn more, please reach out to your IBM sales representative or business partner
If you are attending Pulse 2013, stop by and join us in the 'Unified recovery and storage management' sessions.