In my opinion, Gartner also recognizes this is a crowded, mature market – after all, everyone has a backup solution. In order to succeed, a vendor must provide added value over traditional solutions that address the growing amount of digital information, the importance of that data to the health of the organization, and the increased service level requirements in an always-on economy.
I believe that Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) has again been noted as a market leader precisely because IBM has continued to add substantial value to the product over the past few years, including:
- No-charge addition of source and target deduplication
- Exponential increase in scalability, to at least 2 billion objects managed by a single server
- Improved RPO/RTO and the elimination of backup windows for critical Windows and Linux servers through the integration of FastBack (FilesX) technologies
- Simplified administration
- Improved performance and reliability
- New reporting and monitoring capabilities
- Enhanced support for N-series (NetApp), Windows and virtual server environments
But Gartner dinged IBM on a couple of valid points. First, they pointed out our slow adoption of advanced techniques for protecting data in virtual server environments. We do have an excellent non-disruptive solution for in-guest backup of Windows and Linux VMs in TSM FastBack; and we added some support for VMware VCB and vStorage APIs for Data Protection to TSM, but the market demands more. And we will be delivering an advanced solution in the very near future that should put us in the lead in this important market segment. And you’ll be able to see it at PULSE 2011 later this month.
Gartner also noted while IBM customers tend to love TSM and refute the perceptions that it is still difficult to deploy and manage (as had been the case years ago), the rest of the market is basically unaware of the improvements and value that the latest versions of TSM deliver. The problem, if you can call it that, is that IBM has more than 1,000 important products in the market, and trying to advertise them individually would be both impractical and ill-advised.
Instead, IBM directs its marketing muscle to higher order strategies, including “Building a Smarter Planet”, Green IT, data center transformation and optimization, integrated service management, security and governance, and of course, cloud computing. It is important to point out that implementing any of these strategic projects, in any size organization, is going to create and rely on a large and growing amount of data. Providing continuous access to this data is a basic requirement for any successful IT service.
In my opinion, only IBM Tivoli provides the data protection and recovery capabilities that can scale and perform to meet these high order challenges, and meet the needs of present and future IT service delivery. To learn more, please visit the Tivoli Storage Management website.
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