June 4, 2012 was a big day for the IBM Tivoli Storage team, with the announcement of IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center V5.1 at the IBM EDGE 2012 event in Orlando, FL.
Most compelling in this announcement is the continued adoption of the XIV user experience across the IBM storage family. When IBM acquired XIV in 2008, it brought along arguably the coolest user interface in the storage market. It is simple and intuitive, easy to navigate, and yet provides powerful levels of visibility and control of the storage environment.
Here’s what the new TPC V5.1 main dashboard looks like:
But what was most exciting for me, as the product marketing manager for the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager family (http://www-01.ibm.com/software/tivoli/products/storage-mgr/productline/) was the “Statement of Direction” that was included in the TPC V5.1 Announcement Letter. In it, IBM states that it intends to adapt this advanced administration GUI for use with IBM Tivoli Storage Manager. Woo Hoo!!
- Replaced TSM’s internal relational database with a full DB2 implementation, reducing overall TSM administration time by as much as 40% and enabling massive scalability
- Improved reliability, performance and availability
- Automatic push of client software updates (80% time savings)
- Integrated reporting and monitoring, with Cognos Business Intelligence Reporting tools to help generate custom reports faster
- Unified Recovery Management to manage the entire distributed backup/recovery infrastructure, from mainframe to laptop, from a single admin interface
- A new capacity-based licensing model that eliminates the need to count TSM PVUs (processor value units)
The plan will be to roll out functionality in the new UI incrementally. If there are any specific things, beyond the obvious basic functions, that you would like to see in the first release, please drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will forward it to Product Management.
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