In response to: Storage hypervisor round table at SNW Spring 2013Great timing on this post, Ron. I was just reading an editorial by Rich Castagna on searchstorage.com (http://searchstorage.techtarget.com/opinion/Software-defined-storage-Is-hardware-obsolete), pondering whether "software-defined storage" was just the latest marketing hype and that vendors were somehow claiming that this new capability would make storage hardware obsolete.
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Back at the Storage Networking World Fall 2012 conference, I participated in a round table on storage hypervisors hosted by ESG Senior Analyst Mark Peters. I was joined by Claus Mikkelsen - Chief Scientist at Hitachi Data Systems, Mark Davis – CEO of Virsto (now a VMware company), and George Teixeira – CEO of DataCore. Following the conference, Mark Peters posted a very nice series of three video blogs with perspective from the round table participants. They are worth a listen.
The discussion is continuing at SNW Spring 2013 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida. The panel discussion "Analyst Perspective: The Storage Hypervisor: Myth or Reality?" will happen on Tuesday, April 2 at 5:00 pm EDT.
As we prepare for the round table next week, I thought it worthwhile to offer a point of view on storage hypervisors. Check out my new blog – The Line – for more information.
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Clients, analysts, and IBM experts shared their experiences and storage plans on video at Pulse 2013. Take advantage of their perspectives. Use this guide to select videos.
Updated March 18 with new URL for IDC video, and link to more Pulse interviews
Royse Wells, International Paper
Royse Wells, Chief Storage Architect for International Paper discusses
Jeff Jones, UNUM
UNUM Uses Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments
Jeff Jones is senior infrastructure manager at UNUM, a leading provider of financial protection benefits in the
Klavs Kabell, IT-WIT
Modernizing Backup for Today’s Virtual Environments
Klavs Kabell is a Senior System Consultant at IT-WIT, an IBM Business Partner in
Thomas Bak, Front-safe
Cloud backup and archive using TSM and Frontsafe Portal
Front-safe received the Best Cloud Solution award at the IBM Pulse 2013 conference, and the 2013 IBM Beacon Award for the Best Solution to Optimize the World’s Infrastructure. Learn about the value of enabling backup as a cloud service, using Front-safe Portal software.
Laura DuBois, IDC, Steve Steve Wojtowecz, IBM
IDC Update on Cloud and Storage
Laura DuBois, Program VP of Storage for IDC, and Steve Steve Wojtowecz, IBM VP of Storage and Networking Software discuss client opportunities and requirements for storage clouds and compute clouds. Client cloud storage requirements include backup and archive clouds, file storage clouds, and storage that supports compute clouds.
Chris Dotson, IBM CIO Office
IBM’s storage transformation featuring SmartCloud Virtual Center
Chris Dotson works in IBM’s CIO Office as a Senior IT Architect for Services Transformation. He is guiding IBM’s own storage transformation. As a large enterprise, IBM manages over 100 petabytes of data, growing at 25% per year. Chris discusses block storage virtualization, automated block storage tiering, file cloud storage, and automated block storage management at IBM. He shows how
BJ Klingenberg, IBM Global Technology Services
BJ Klingenberg is a Distinguished Engineer and Enterprise Storage Management lead for IBM. BJ shares his experiences using
Jason Buffington, ESG and Tom Hughes, IBM
ESG Update on Data Protection and Current Shifts in IT
Jason Buffington, ESG Senior Analyst, and Tom Hughes, IBM Worldwide Storage Executive discuss business and technical challenges for data protection. Tom and Jason discuss new solutions and Best Practices for protecting data more efficiently and effectively for today’s cloud, mobile and virtual environments.
Colin Dawson, IBM
Colin Dawson, TSM Server Architect introduces
Jonathan Bryce, OpenStack Foundation founder and Todd Moore, IBM
OpenStack Provides Compute, Storage and Network Interoperability for Clouds
The OpenStack Foundation has gained 170 corporate and over 8,200 individual members since its inception in 2012, making it one of the fastest growing cloud standards. Jonathan Bryce, Executive Director and founder of the OpenStack Foundation, and Todd Moore, IBM Software Group Director of Interoperability and Partnerships discuss the capabilities and opportunities for building cloud solutions using OpenStack to manage compute, storage and network resources.
Deepak Advani, IBM
Optimizing IT Infrastructures for Today’s Workloads
Deepak Advani, General Manager of Tivoli Software discusses top issues and opportunities facing clients as they adopt new breeds of applications to engage with customers and improve operations using mobile devices, cloud and analytics.
More interviews can be found at the Pulse Expo interviews playlist on www.youtube.com/ibmpulse
The opinions expressed herein are sorely mine.
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Wow! What an exciting week it has been at Pulse 2013! Especially, for Tivoli Storage! In addition to the inspiring words of Day 3’s keynote speaker, Peyton Manning, I was also equally inspired by many of our Tivoli Storage Business Partners like Cobalt Iron, Silverstring, Front-Safe and STORServer, who led sessions on exciting topics like how to create a cloud service in a TSM environment, to how to transform your data backup costs into business opportunities.
Lets start with the final day of Pulse General Sessions which kicked off to a packed auditorium…..Jamie Thomas, IBM Tivoli VP of Strategy and Development, took the stage first with a panel of IBM Experts including CTOs Dave Lindquist, Jerry Cuomo, Sandy Bird, and Sky Matthews. These key technology leaders, with Jamie facilitating the discussion, led us through their technology roadmaps around what’s new and what’s coming in Cloud, Security Intelligence, the Mobile Enterprise and Smarter Physical Infrastructure. Following this panel discussion, Bruce Ross, General Manager for IBM GTS, helped explain how his team is helping to enable the acceleration of cloud services. It was a great line-up of experts and many shared examples of how our technologies are driving innovation. You can watch the replay of the General Session here.
Next up on the main stage was Pulse 2013 Guest Speaker Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos. Peyton gave a heartfelt speech on the “art and science of decision-making.” Are you making the right decisions to deliver innovation? Are you sticking to your decisions?...were some of the key topics covered. Offering his perspective on Leadership, I think my favorite all-time quote was this: “You can either be a warrior or a worrier.” So true. Decisions backed by facts and data analysis helps you drive the best decisions, and technology has greatly impacted this process, he pointed out. Scott Hebner, WW Tivoli VP of Marketing, joined him onstage with some great Q&A, that ended with Scott going long, “up and out,” to catch a bullet pass from Peyton. And, yes, pass caught, no fumble! Thank goodness.
Now, on to our Tivoli Storage sessions today which featured many of our Business Partners. Thomas Bak, CSO & Partner of Denmark-based Front-safe, kicked off the morning with a very interactive discussion on the topic of how to create cloud service around your Tivoli Storage Manager environment. Front-safe, a recent 2013 Beacon Award winner, is bringing TSM into new markets via a cloud-enabled portal. He mentioned 3,000 end customers are already using this solution for backup, and backing up literally 10,000+ servers! Front-safe’s new cloud backup service provider, i-Sanity, also addressed their model of “backup as a service” and they are the first Front-safe backup service provider in South Africa. You can learn more by watching this great Front-safe video here.
Silverstring Ltd, another Tivoli
Storage Business Partner, led a session with customer Rabobank International, a
large global financial institution with many dispersed TSM systems, who told us
all about best practices that have been used for daily TSM administration. Great content was also shared that focused on
how these best practices and cloud-based automation software can be combined to
actually lower the cost of delivering TSM services and improve service levels.
Later in the
day, Richard Spurlock of Cobalt Iron
held an engaging session on how to transform your backup costs into business
opportunities. Cobalt Iron combines TSM
backup with a cloud experience in a simple deployment model that’s all about
flexible deployment options. Richard
really helped the audience better grasp how the costs and complexity of
enterprise backup can really “bankrupt” its value – and how Cobalt Iron’s
solutions can leverage your backup investments into a flexible and high
value data protection solution. Earlier
in the week, Cobalt Iron had been honored as a recipient of the 2013 Tivoli
Business Partner Awards finalist. Congratulations!
In one of the final Pulse 2013 storage sessions of the day, Business Partner STORServer delivered a compelling presentation on how to provide Backup-as-a-Service with their STORServer Backup Appliance and TSM. This session was of great help for both large enterprises who were looking for how best to charge for backup services, and also MSPs looking for additional revenue streams.
We also heard from customers like Nyherji who told the audience all about how they use FlashCopy Manager with TSM Node Replication to increase service levels and obtain high availability. I was especially interested to hear about all the stellar benefits that these Tivoli storage solutions brought to their business – from absolutely 0 downtime to hugely improved backup and recovery times. As a result, Petur Eythorsson of Nyherji, told a great story of how they completely redesigned their TSM environment and added TSM Node Replication and FlashCopy Manager to complete this solution.
I wrapped up my week at Pulse 2013 visiting with both old and new friends and colleagues later that evening, continuing to recap what was my 3rd, and, I believe, BEST Pulse ever! Congratulations and thank you to the IBM Tivoli Pulse team for a job well done.....I can’t imagine how the next Pulse will trump this one, but, in true Tivoli fashion, I am sure it will.
And, in case you are having Pulse 2013 withdrawals already, we’ve captured some engaging storage videos this week that are already available to you now. I hope you can take a moment to relive some of the great Tivoli Storage moments this week and listen to all the great things that analysts, thought leaders, our customers, and Business Partners are saying about Tivoli Storage solutions:
Plus, great Livestream footage:
And, in case you would like to hear more about what’s new and cool coming from Tivoli Storage, you can always join us again in Vegas this June for IBM Edge2013, which will bring you more opportunities to connect with your colleagues and learn about industry best practices for storage management, virtualization, and cloud technologies.
Live from Pulse2013 recap – Tuesday, March 4, 2013 -- Tuesday Was All About Client Implementation and Experiences!
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Following an outstanding PurePalooza party on Monday night that featured a 2-hour performance by 6-time Grammy Award winner Carrie Underwood, you might have expected Tuesday’s General Session to be a little quieter than usual. However, that wasn’t the case at all as the energetic vibe from today’s session picked up right where Monday left off -- helping to quickly shake off the effects of a wild Monday night for many.
This morning’s 90-minute general session was themed “Best Practices in Action” and featured a client panel of IT leaders from AT&T, Equifax, Carolinas Healthcare System and the Port of Cartagena sharing how they are converting opportunities from Cloud, Mobility and Smarter Physical Infrastructures into tangible business outcomes.
The Unified Recovery & Storage Management track picked up on the General session theme with Tuesday’s breakout sessions featuring no fewer than TEN Tivoli Storage clients sharing real-life examples of how they were applying IBM Tivoli Back-Up and Recovery and Storage Management solutions to address a host of complex challenges. While this represents a just a tiny sliver of the valuable content, some of the session take-aways included:
• Irfan Karachiwala (Ph. D), Manager, Enterprise Data Strategy at Kindred Healthcare, a post-acute healthcare provider with over 450 locations in the U.S. has realized improvements in Recovery Point and Recovery Time Objectives by switching from data only backups to VM-based image back-ups using Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments;
On a day that put IBM clients “front and center”, it was only fitting to close Tuesday with the Tivoli Storage Birds of Feather meeting. This two hour, highly-interactive discussion gave clients the opportunity to get all their questions answered and provide direct feedback to Tivoli Storage Executives, Developers and Product Managers.
Based on the buzz around the Storage breakouts it was clear that the client focus on Tuesday was a hit so a huge thank-you to all the clients who took the time to prepare and share their stories at Pulse2013. Pulse wouldn't be a reality without your contributions!!!
As another Pulse begins to wind down, it’s time to start thinking about IBM Edge2013 in June. The Edge conference will bring us back to Las Vegas to hear more clients describe how they are Optimizing Storage and IT. If you weren’t able to join the 8000 of us at Pulse2013, start making plans to attend Edge by finding out everything you need to know (including the early-bird discount available through the end of April) at the IBM Edge2013 Conference website.
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The opening day of Pulse 2013 was one of the most exciting days I’ve had in 15 years at IBM. The fanfare, crowds, and keynotes were great. Carrie Underwood rocked. But the real excitement was about
People don’t usually get excited about backup software, but I heard the following comments:
“I’d like to congratulate the development team for the work they’ve done. I’ve been working with TSM for more than 10 years, and this is a great interface”
- Maria Carlizza,
“This is flat out awesome. This is the best graphical user interface I’ve seen in the TSM world”
- Cyrus Niltchian, IBM Storage Technical Enablement
Wanda Prather, a TSM Consultant, User Group leader and member of the Early Access Program for
I met some of the developers involved in this transformation. Marttine Wedlake is the User Interface Architect for
Monday was a big day for Analyst involvement at Pulse. Analysts from Gartner, IDC and ESG offered guidance for storage professionals.
Dave Russell from Gartner kicked off the Storage track. Dave offered 5 top storage recommendations, ideas on the role of storage in cloud computing, and tips for modernizing backup.
Top storage recommendations: The role of storage in cloud computing: Modernizing backup: Laura DuBois, from IDC and Jason Buffington from ESG also provided their perspectives on storage. Watch Laura and Jason present at Pulse2013 at the following links: See more Pulse 2013 videos at ibm.com/pulse Are you attending Pulse 2013? Share your experiences with us. The opinions expressed herein are sorely mine.
Top storage recommendations:
The role of storage in cloud computing:
Laura DuBois, from IDC and Jason Buffington from ESG also provided their perspectives on storage. Watch Laura and Jason present at Pulse2013 at the following links:
See more Pulse 2013 videos at ibm.com/pulse
Are you attending Pulse 2013? Share your experiences with us.
The opinions expressed herein are sorely mine.
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Day 1 and IBM PULSE 2013 for Unified Recovery and Storage Management
I had the pleasure of organizing the Tivoli Storage Software track for Pulse this year, and if the first day is any measure, this is going to be a really awesome week. If you weren’t able to make it to Las Vegas for the event this year, you can catch most of the action on LiveStream at ibm.com/pulse.
Before the official kickoff of the conference on Sunday evening, we spent Sunday with more than 1000 of our business partners from around the world, sharing strategies for working together to help our mutual customers transform their businesses and position themselves for success in the new world. During this pre-Pulse event, we had two breakout sessions that were very well attended.
First was Don Dishinger of our Worldwide Tivoli Storage sales team sharing strategies for moving storage into the Cloud. In this session, Don showed how traditional hardware and software resellers can move their businesses from “selling stuff” to “selling services”, in particular selling data backup and recovery services built on Tivoli Storage Manager. To help demonstrate this opportunity, Don was joined by Thomas Bak, co-founder of Front-safe, the developer of a cloud business portal for TSM, and Richard Spurlock, CEO of Cobalt Iron, a managed service provider that offers backup services based on TSM and the Front-safe portal.
Thomas and Richard really drove home the fact that this is a great time to be an IBM storage partner. The market is going through an enormous transformational shift – customers are saying, “make it simple, cut my costs, and if possible, do it for me” – and between us, we have the solutions and the services to take advantage of these shifts like nobody else.
Front-safe and Cobalt Iron were both honored with Tivoli Partner Awards during the luncheon gala for their work in bringing IBM and Tivoli Storage into entirely new market segments.
The second breakout session focused on helping our mutual customers improve their storage efficiency, and showing them how to do so using the analysis and migration tools from our latest acquisition, Butterfly Software. Tom Hughes, formerly of Butterfly, made a very strong case for storage being a huge business opportunity as organizations of all sizes struggle with the combination of data growth, sprawling IT complexity, increasing service level expectations, and tight budgets. The combination of Tivoli and STG storage offerings can make an enormous difference in these areas, and Tom showed our partners how to use Butterfly to prove it to their customers.
There was also a Tivoli Storage Virtual User Group meeting on Sunday afternoon, where we arranged 3 speakers selected by the user community. Svenni Gunnarsson, UNIX Infrastructure Engineer at Landesbankinn (Iceland) described more than a decade of architecting, growing and managing Tivoli Storage Manager and SAN Volume Controller. Patrick Jobin of Storagepipe described how his company uses Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack as the basis for a backup service that provides his customers with non-disruptive, continuous protection and near-instant recovery of their critical data. And finally, Ron Hermann of IBM STG explained the science of data deduplication.
Not a bad start, before the start, of Pulse this year.
The conference officially kicked off at 6:00 PM with the opening of the traditional Expo Reception, where thousands of people make a mad dash for the food, the drinks, and to see the latest in what IBM and dozens of our partners are showing off this year. But we held a very special event within the Tivoli User Community Lounge in the Expo Hall: this year, 2013, is the 20th birthday of Tivoli Storage Manager, and we took the opening of Pulse as the opportunity to share and celebrate it with our customers, partners, and product development team, many of whom have been associated with the product from those early days before it was called TSM, years before IBM even acquired Tivoli in 1996. Yes, TSM was originally developed within IBM in the early 1990’s and released in 1993 as ADSM – AdStar Distributed Storage Manager.
In the expo itself, the Tivoli Storage team is showing off some really cool things this year:
The next 3 days of Pulse promise to be just as packed with content, news and fun. We have 38 speakers across 21 breakout sessions, starting with Dave Russell, VP of Storage Research at Gartner kicking off the track at 2:00 on Monday. Customers from across the globe will share their experience – lessons learned and best practices – with our solutions, our partners will offer new opportunities for optimizing storage services and resources, and a selection of experts from IBM will show what’s new, and how IBM is using these solutions internally to help our business succeed against the challenges of data growth.
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Day 1 at Pulse 2013 was grand and exciting! I am not in Vegas and how do I know? No points for guessing, all thanks to social media #IBMPulse and my friends in Vegas who are tweeting away every moment of the event.
Today is for IBM’s business partners! Deepak Advani, Tivoli General Manger reemphasized on the role of Business partners and how critical it is for IT innovations to achieve business results. Todd has very well captured the essence of this event in his Pulse blog.
Day 1 was also the day of awards!! Congratulations are in order
!IBM Tivoli Award for Best Data Management Center Solution was picked up by CobaltIron. CobaltIron will cover their solution during their Wednesday session, including how to transform data backup costs into a business opportunity – a must attend session! (Watch out for session# 1914, Room# 114, 2:00pm on Mar 6)
Front-Safe got the IBM Tivoli Award for the Best Cloud Solutions. Watch out for their session on March 6 (session# 2436, room# 114) highlighting how to create a Cloud Service around IBM Tivoli Storage Manager.
Then came the real example of how we turn opportunities to positive outcomes, Chris Gartner! We talk about technologies all day, but the one that created ripples in twitter.com was the “Pursuit for Happiness”. Thanks Todd for live blogging from Pulse.
Day 1 evening was reserved for Birthday Celebrations! Yes, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Birthday turns 20!! The celebration marks two decades of back-up and recovery management leadership. Solution expo hall was abuzz with storage enthusiasts! Thanks to Dave Russell of Gartner Inc for having joined TSM's 20th birthday celebrations!! Needless to say, what a great way to network with Storage experts from around the world!
And what a way to end the Day 1, but a musical extravaganza! Bella Electric Strings performed at the Expo opening.
Thanks folks for bringing Pulse to people who are tracking and trending the world over. What I may not know is how much you all won in the blackjack J..Have a good one!