On January 25, 2012, VMware officially unveiled its VMware Solution Exchange (VSX), an online virtualization and cloud marketplace designed to help customers, partners and developers locate and purchase VMware-certified products. The VSX showcases solutions from VMware's technology alliance partners, such as IBM. Included in VSX on day one were IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments, v6.3 and IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center Standard Edition, v4.2.2.
IBM TSM for Virtual Environments is an excellent data protection and recovery solution for VMware environments because it:
- Simplifies management of the backup and restore process for virtual machines
- Utilizes VMware’s vStorage APIs for Data Protection, including block-level incremental backups based on VMware’s Changed Block Tracking
- Offloads the backup workload from virtual machines and production VMware ESX hosts to vStorage backup servers
IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center Standard Edition (TPC SE) delivers advanced management for virtual server and storage environments. It provides significant benefits such as:
- Discovery of VMware ESX servers, VMware guest operating system images, storage and which VM images have storage allocated and from where
- Topology and Visualization. Hypervisor views within TPC SE include drill down capability to show all VM images, end to end correlation of SAN storage to ESX servers and VM guests
- Monitoring and Reporting for ESX servers and VM guests, including health status and monitoring, asset reporting, and capacity utilization
- Problem determination and root cause analysis of storage problems, which help discover the 'real' problem in a virtual world
- Storage provisioning from any storage array to any ESX server.
If you want to learn more about these products while you are at Pulse 2012 be sure to visit the Solution Expo and visit our demonstration pedestals:
- Tivoli Storage Analytics – to learn more about the advanced capabilities of TPC SE
- Data Protection for your Virtual Server Environments – to learn more about TSM for Virtual Environments
Finally, if you are already a fan of TSM for VE and/or TPC SE then log into the VMware Solution Exchange and write a product review. Also don’t forget to give the products a 5 star rating!