While Tivoli Storage Manager already provides a very effective solution for the challenge of protecting VMware systems, the new IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments offering provides additional improvements for backup efficiencies and advanced recovery capabilities. IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments eliminates the burden of running backups on a virtual machine by leveraging VMware’s vStorage APIs for Data Protection, which offload backup workloads from the virtual guest machines to a centralized vStorage backup server. The vStorage backup server takes full and incremental snapshots of virtual machines, processes the backups and sends the results to an IBM Tivoli Storage Manager server.
The central vStorage server can itself be installed in a VMware guest, and requires no storage capacity of its own, so this advanced solution can be implemented without the need to additional hardware.
Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments provides customers with flexible recovery options: restore individual files, disk volumes or entire Virtual Machines from a single-pass backup. Access to full Microsoft® Windows and Linux® disk volumes can be restored in just a few minutes while the data is copied in the background, reducing downtime by hours or days.
Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments also includes the ability to automatically discover new Virtual Machines as they are brought on-line, and auto-assign backup policies so that all data remains protected.
Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments integrates with and extends the role of Tivoli Storage Manager in meeting needs for backup and recovery, online database and application protection, disaster recovery, data reduction, bare-machine recovery, space management, and archiving and retrieval. In the virtualized environment, it provides both improved frequency of backups to reduce the amount of data at risk, and faster recovery of data to reduce downtime following a failure.
Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments will be demonstrated at the IBM PULSE 2011 event in Las Vegas (ibm.com/pulse) starting Feb. 27th. More product information is available at http://www.ibm.com/software/tivoli/products/storage-mgr-ve/. The full announcement can be found at here.
Lauren Whitehouse, Sr. Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group: http://www.dataprotectionperspectives.com/2011/02/ibm-tsm-for-virtual-environments-closes-gaps/
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