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I have been writing about IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager on Windows and some of the new functions that we released earlier this year like Exchange Server 2010 support and SQL Server 2008 R2 support. We are working on some more exciting enhancements and I want to tell you about an early access program for the next release of FlashCopy Manager. If you are interested in looking at and testing some of the new functions and features of the next release of IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager, please contact your IBM Tivoli Sales Representative to get more information.
This is a nice opportunity to see what is coming in the next release of FlashCopy Manager and test it in your own environment. Act now!
Delbert Hoobler 1000008PR6 email@example.com Tags:  sql tsm vss exchange flashcopy-manager 1,598 Visits
IBM Tivoli Storage Development is currently running a beta program for a new release of FlashCopy Manager.
We are looking for additional participants for this program which could be new or existing FlashCopy Manager users, as well as Data Protection for Exchange or Data Protection for SQL users as those products are incorporated into FlashCopy Manager. IBM is very interested in obtaining valuable customer and business partner input on this release prior to General Availability.
We want you to participate! Why not take advantage of this opportunity to help shape these products while at the same time helping to ensure that your environments are understood and your requirements are met? By participating you'll have the ear of development and will be able to participate in weekly discussions with development. This is a win-win for everyone.
If you are interested in participating in this beta program please contact Mary Anne Filosa (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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I wanted to let everyone know that IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager for Windows Version 2.2.1 was just released!
In June of this year, I blogged about IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager version 2.2.0. I talked about how FlashCopy Manager 2.2 provides fast application-aware backups and restores leveraging advanced snapshot technologies. I also discussed how FlashCopy Manager on Windows 2.2.0 added new support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 as well as other enhanced performance and functionality.
We continue to add more functions and features to IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager. This past Friday (December 10th, 2010), IBM released IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager Version 2.2.1 with the following changes:
Updates Applicable to All Platforms
Updates Applicable to all FlashCopy Manager components that run on AIX, Linux, and Solaris
Updates Applicable to the FlashCopy Manager for Exchange Component
Updates Applicable to the FlashCopy Manager for SQL Component
For more details on the content of this Fix Pack, refer to the technote titled What's new in the Version 2.2.1 IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy® Manager Fix Pack.
For details on downloading this Fix Pack, refer to the technote titled Version 2.2.1: Fix Pack IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy® Manager.
Delbert Hoobler 1000008PR6 firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  tsm tivoli-storage pulse2011 flashcopy-manager tivoli-storage-manager pulse 1,160 Visits
Hi there! Are you going IBM Pulse 2011 in Las Vegas next week? I'm going and I hope you will come join me. I will be presenting Session 1494: Protecting your critical business applications with IBM Tivoli® Storage FlashCopy® Manager on Wednesday, March 2nd at 11:00 am. I will also be in the Pulse Solutions Expo . You can come talk to me and see a demo of FlashCopy Manager on Windows in action. It should be a great week in Vegas. There are a lot of really good education sessions, customer presentations, hands-on labs, BOF sessions, and more. I hope you will stop by and say hello!
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Pulse was amazing! For those of you that attended my presentation on FlashCopy Manager and also stopped by to see me in the Expo... thank you!
I wanted to tell you that IBM will be running a joint beta program featuring upcoming versions of FlashCopy Manager and TSM for Virtual Environments. If you would like to participate in this beta program, please contact the beta project manager, Mary Anne Filosa (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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This is part 3 of a 3 part post on how somebody responsible for a private storage environment could save their company a pile of money by implementing cloud storage techniques. Part I introduced the concept of a storage hypervisor as a first step in transitioning traditional IT into a private cloud storage environment. Part II explained how a storage service catalog, self-service provisioning, and usage-based chargeback can be used to drive down cost. In this 3rd post, I’m going to share some thoughts that should help you be smarter about choosing a storage hypervisor.
The first step is to remind ourselves what we’re trying to accomplish with a storage hypervisor. From our experience deploying over 7000 storage hypervisors, the starting point for most folks is improved efficiency and data mobility. Remember, the basic idea behind hypervisors (server or storage) is that they allow you to gather up physical resources into a pool, and then consume virtual slices of that pool until it’s all gone (this is how you get the really high utilization). The kicker comes from being able to non-disruptively move those slices around. In the case of a storage hypervisor, people are looking for the freedom to move a slice (or virtual volume) from tier to tier, from vendor to vendor, and more recently, from site to site all while the applications are online and accessing the data.
To pull off this level of mobility – in servers or storage – it’s important that the hypervisor not be dependant on the underlying physical hardware for anything except capacity (compute capacity in the case of a server hypervisor like VMware, storage capacity in the case of a storage hypervisor). Think about it… Wouldn’t it be odd to have a pair of VMware ESX hosts in a cluster, one running on IBM hardware and one on HP hardware, and be told that you couldn’t vMotion a virtual machine between the two because some feature of your virtual machine would just stop working? If you tie a virtual machine to a specific piece of hardware in order to take advantage of the function in that hardware, it sort of defeats the whole point of mobility. The same thing applies to storage hypervisors. Virtual volumes that are dependant on a particular physical disk array for some function, say mirroring or snapshotting for example, aren’t really mobile from tier to tier or vendor to vendor any more.
But it’s more than just a philosophical issue, there’s real money at stake (you may want to read what comes next a couple of times). In Part II of this post I discussed using a storage service catalog as a means of defining specific service level needs for your different categories of data. These service levels covered the gamut from capacity efficiency and I/O performance (for you techies that’s RAID levels, thin provisioning, use of solid state disks, etc), to data access resilience and disaster protection (multi-pathing, snapshotting, mirroring…). The reason so many datacenters have an over abundance of tier-1 disk arrays on the floor is because, historically, if you wanted to take advantage of things like thin provisioning, application-integrated snapshot, robust mirroring for disaster recovery, high performance for database workloads, access to solid-state disk, etc… you had to buy tier-1 ‘array capacity’ to get access to these tier-1 ‘storage services’ (did you catch the subtle difference?) Now, I don’t have anything against tier-1 disk arrays (my company sells a really good one). In fact, they have a great reputation for availability (a lot of the bulk in these units are sophisticated, redundant electronics that keep the thing available all the time). But with a good storage hypervisor, tier-1 ‘storage services’ are no longer tied to tier-1 ‘array capacity’ because the service levels are provided by the hypervisor. Capacity…is capacity…and you can choose any kind you want. Many clients we work with are discovering the huge cost savings that can be realized by continuing to deliver tier-1 service (from the hypervisor), only doing it on lower-tier disk arrays. As I noted in Part II of this post, we’ve seen clients shift their mix of ‘array capacity’ from 70% tier-1 to 70% lower-tier arrays while continuing to deliver tier-1 ‘storage services’ to their data. This YouTube video describes an example of that at Sprint.
Smart idea #1: Be careful to understand what, if any, dependency a storage hypervisor has on the capability of an underlying disk array to deliver function to your virtual volumes (like thin provisioning, compression, snapshotting, mirroring, etc.)
Next thought. There are three rather interrelated solution categories in the area of dealing with outages and protecting data.
Smart idea #2: Remembering smart idea #1, be sure that your storage hypervisor has its own ability to provide for disaster avoidance (inter-site mobility), disaster recovery (mirroring that’s integrated with recovery automation tools) and data protection (snapshotting that’s integrated with applications and backup tools).
One final thought. A storage hypervisor isn’t an island unto itself. Like a server hypervisor, it exists in a broader datacenter. Administrators need to be able to see it in the context of the disk arrays it manages, the servers (or virtual machines) that use its virtual volumes, the applications that need backups or clones, the disaster recovery automation that’s coordinating recovery of servers, storage, networks… You get the picture. When the challenges of day-to-day operations happen (and they do happen most every day)…
Smart idea #3: Make a list of all the day-to-day operational things you do today with physical storage, and the things you hope to automate in the future, and be careful to understand if your storage hypervisor is sufficiently instrumented and integrated – or if it’s creating a new island to be separately managed.
I had an opportunity recently to talk on an open microphone podcast with ESG senior analyst Mark Peters about this whole area of storage hypervisors. It was an enlightening conversation full of very actionable thoughts. I recommend listening to the podcast.
And now a word from our sponsors :-) IBM offers the worlds most widely deployed storage hypervisor. With over 7000 deployments, hundreds in the newer inter-site disaster avoidance configuration, we’ve had a lot of opportunity to build some depth. As you evaluate using cloud storage techniques in your private enterprise, you’ll find things I talked about in this blog series available in IBM products today. They can help you save your company a pile of money (and make you look like a genius while you’re doing it).
Storage hypervisor platform: IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller (SVC)
Storage hypervisor management, storage service catalog, and self-service provisioning: Tivoli Storage Productivity Center Standard Edition (TPC SE)
Usage-based chargeback: Tivoli Usage and Accounting Manager (TUAM)
Data protection integration: Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager and Tivoli Storage Manager Unified Recovery
Thanks for staying with me through this blog series – hope you find it valuable!
The conversation continues!
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Did you see that we announced a new version of Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager!
Here are the highlights of IBM® Tivoli® Storage FlashCopy® Manager V3.1:
It will be generally available on October 21, 2011.
Check out the full announcement here:
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IBM is looking for customers and business partners who are interested in participating in an Early Access Program (EAP)/Beta Program for an upcoming release of FlashCopy Manager, Data Protection for SQL, and Data Protection for Exchange. If you would like to nominate your organization to participate in this EAP/Beta, please send an email to:
Mary Anne Filosa (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and be sure to include your organization's name. Once your email is received you will be sent instructions on signing off on the EAP/Beta legal form online and when that signoff has been completed, you will be sent a link to the program's nomination site. We encourage you to respond quickly if you are interested as the program begins in mid December.
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Have you heard? I am sure you have... but if not, check it out!
On October 3, 2012, IBM announced significant enhancements to
the Tivoli Storage Management family of products...
Highlights of the IBM® Tivoli® Storage Manager V6.4 family include:
- Performance enhancements with progressive incremental backup for virtual environments,
removing the requirement to perform periodic full backups in a VMware environment
for Data Protection
- Self-contained, application-consistent backup for Microsoft™ Exchange and
SQL Server running on VMware Simplified deployment and configuration
when integrating with VMware vCenter for Data Protection
- Enhanced recovery performance and reporting of VMware environments
- NetApp SnapMirror and virtual controller support for NetApp snapshot-assisted
progressive incremental backup
- Complex password support and improved user authentication and management by
integration with Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)
- Enhanced Cognos® reporting to monitor backup and archive environments
- New support of data protection and recovery for SAP HANA in-memory databases
Highlights of the IBM® Tivoli® Storage FlashCopy® Manager V3.2 family include:
- Integration with Metro Mirror and Global Mirror functionality on AIX® , HP-UX, Linux™ ,
and Solaris with IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller and IBM XIV® Storage Systems
to provide application consistent backup and restore at a remote facility
for improved disaster recovery
- Integration with N series and NetApp snapshot functionality to provide application
consistent backup and restore on AIX , HP-UX, Linux , Solaris, and Windows™ platforms.
- Advanced data protection and recovery features for VMware vSphere environments
- Import VSS Snapshots only when needed to improve backup performance and management of flashcopies
- Enhanced data protection capabilities for Microsoft™ Exchange 2010 Database Availability Groups (DAG)
- Tivoli Storage Manager integration for File System and Custom Application support on Windows
Usability, scalability, and performance improvements in Microsoft Windows graphical user interfaces (GUIs)
For more details, look here:
TSM 6.4 Announcement:
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IBM Tivoli is looking for interested parties to join our Early Access Program/Beta Program for FlashCopy Manager. If you are interested in taking part, please go to the URL below and complete this initial sign-up form. You will then be contacted by our beta team regarding how to sign off on the beta legal form online. Once that is completed you will be sent a nomination link, where you can nominate your organization.
Signup form: https://www-304.ibm.com/software/support/trial/cst/forms/nomination.wss?id=4523
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IBM is looking for candidates to participate in a beta program for an upcoming release of Tivoli Storage Manager.
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I am often asked... "When can I use FlashCopy Manager with my EMC disk array?" (substitute "EMC" with your favorite vendor)
With FlashCopy Manager for Windows, you can leverage hardware snapshots for any disk array that has a VSS Hardware Provider. This is because Windows has a built-in architecture (referred to as "VSS") that enables pluggable snapshot support. We wrote a developerWorks article that explains how this works and how it integrates with TSM a few years ago. (Note: This article refers to "TSM for Copy Services" instead of "FlashCopy Manager" because it was written before the product name was changed.)
But, with FlashCopy Manager for UNIX and Linux and FlashCopy Manager for VMware, you must wait until support is added for your desired disk array. Last year, IBM partnered with Rocket Software to develop a device adapter pack that plugs in to FlashCopy Manager for UNIX and Linux and FlashCopy Manager for VMware to extend support to more storage devices. You install it on top of an existing FlashCopy Manager (version 4.1 or later) installation on the application server being protected by FlashCopy Manager for UNIX (or on the proxy backup server in case of FlashCopy Manager for VMware) and configure it to talk to the storage device. After that, you are able to leverage the power of FlashCopy Manager snapshot protection for the hardware device supported by that device adapter pack!
At the end of last year, Rocket Software released support for EMC Symmetric (VMAX and DMX). They are planning to add more disk arrays in 2014. If you have devices that you want to see added, contact Rocket Software.
Have a great day!