Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure Storage Blog
Delbert Hoobler 1000008PR6 firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  vss flashcopy ibm tivoli tivoli-storage-manager tivoli-storage flashcopy-manager 1,130 Visits
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!
Vince Padua 0600000RVG email@example.com Tags:  storage-software tivoli fastback bakup data-deduplication tsm ibmstorage acceleration data-protection storage-blog wan juniper optimization ibm recovery 1,857 Visits
Juniper Networks recently published a solution brief regarding the performance boost you get from using TSM Fastback in concert with their WAN optimization (WXC). The value proposition is pretty straightforward: reduced backup times and reduced WAN bandwidth and cost. You can read the full details in the report, but here are a few snippets worth noting:
Conceptual view of the bandwidth savings ...
Savings of backing up 92GB over a 155Mbps link with 100 ms latency:
These savings are above and beyond those you already get with using TSM Fastback (taken from solution brief):
TSM Fastback is a solution that has seen strong adoption from customers with remote offices ... If backup times or bandwidth usage over a WAN are a concern, I suggest you look into the WXC offering from Juniper Networks in concert with TSM Fastback.
Vince Padua 0600000RVG firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  storage-software ibm data-deduplication recovery ibmstorage earnings data-reduction tsm data-protection bakup storage-blog tivoli 1,147 Visits
IBM posted Q2 results yesterday showing strong performance by the Tivoli brand. Here is an excerpt from the prepared remarks:
Of particular interest for this blog is the continued strength of the storage software portfolio:
Congrats to the team for their continued success ... looking forward to 2H 2010!
Re: Silverstring Launches Predatar 6 for TSM to Deliver Smarter Enterprise Data Protection, Near Perfect Backup Success
Tiffeni Woodhams 270001Q08F WOODHAMS@US.IBM.COM Tags:  tivoli smarter storage university planet software manager predatar silverstring aberdeen ibm partner alistair mackenzie brian robertson business 899 Visits
Vince Padua 0600000RVG email@example.com Tags:  tivoli roi bakup data-deduplication tsm recovery storage-software storage-blog ibmstorage ibm data-protection 3 Comments 2,878 Visits
At the recent Gartner IOM 2010 conference in Orlando, Florida, I had the good fortune of listening to a series of interesting topics and meeting some really smart people. As one might have guessed, the bulk of the sessions focused on virtualization and cloud topics. But the one topic that piqued my interested was unrelated to virtualization and cloud - it was deduplication and was hosted by Dave Russell.
The intent of the session was to bring forward a some customer examples that were deploying deduplication technologies in their backup and recovery solutions. Most of you that read this blog know that deduplication and data reduction have been a hot topic in the industry. And as you likely know, almost every major vendor out there offers some form of deduplication with its associated benefits.
This session provided us two customers who were willing to talk about their experiences with deduplication and the benefits they've received. One customer is using CommVault and the other is using IBM Tivoli Storage Manager v6 (TSM). While both customers showcased the quantified benefits from deduplication, the presentation from the TSM customer went beyond just the benefits of deduplication. The TSM customer revealed their quantified benefits and also identified some of the best practices they developed regarding deduplication.
This particular TSM customer is a large producer of natural gas in the U.S. The customers environment has TSM managing about 1.3 petabytes of data from over 1500+ nodes. Overall, their approach to managing backup storage is do it as efficiently as possible and to reduce the overall amount of backup data under management.
Prior to leveraging TSM deduplication, this customer began with "incremental forever" and compression. Once TSM v6 was released, they adopted deduplication at the server and client in concert with the other data reduction features provided by TSM.
As they began evaluating their use of deduplication, they had to deal with demands from their internal customers - DBA and Exchange admins like full backups etc. Furthermore, they had to consider how their rate of data change, evaluate retention policies, and ensure that their restore requirements weren't negatively impacted by the use of deduplication.
After significant testing and planning, the customer decided that they would initially deploy deduplication for their Oracle databases and Windows OS and system state backups. The results of using TSM deduplication were impressive ...
Oracle deduplication results - 75% reduction of Oracle backup data after deduplication. This was on 3.8TB of physical space on disk and about 15 TBs of data on tape.
And their results on Windows OS and System State were a whopping 94% ... taking them from 172GB of managed data down to 11.4 GB. In this scenario, the customer leveraged TSM 6.2 client- or source-side deduplication.
Overall, very impressive results. By leveraging the data reduction features within TSM, the customer was able to save by using less tapes library cells, tape drives, and disks.
In the end, the customer stated that TSM data reduction (with deduplication) helped them meet their objectives - efficiently reduce data under management. Furthermore, it allows them to reduce their overall HW costs and meet or improve restore requirements. The last comment the customer made before closing the session was that with all the various TSM data reduction capabilities in production, their job had ultimately gotten simpler now that their environment was running more efficiently ...
This is a fantastic story that I really enjoy sharing. If you are a TSM customer and have benefited from its data reduction technologies, then please give me a shout as I would like to hear your story as well.
Tiffeni Woodhams 270001Q08F WOODHAMS@US.IBM.COM Tags:  ibmstorage storage-blog tivoli data-availability data-protection storage ibm healthcare virtualization 1,061 Visits
Working with IBM, a hospital in Asia Pacific gained a data protection solution that meets users' data availability requirements,
scales on demand to support a growing warehouse of patient data and medical images, and simplifies data migration and
data recovery tasks.
The benefits of the solution include a 50% reduction in backup window; restores individual Microsoft Exchange objects in minutes;
restores systems in under 10 minutes.
Read the complete case study to see how this Asian Pacific hospital gained peace of mind with virtualixed data protection from IBM.
More success stories of other customer implementations of IBM technologies can be found here
Rajendran Subramaniam 060000D5Y9 firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  archive ibmpulse storage ibm pulse storage-blog information-archive ibmstorage pulse2010 734 Visits
In response to: Viral Friday - Pulse 2010 - Information Archive DemonstrationThanks for the video. Also here is a link to the Smart Archive http://www-01.ibm.com/software/data/smart-archive/?cm_sp=MTE9840
Tiffeni Woodhams 270001Q08F WOODHAMS@US.IBM.COM Tags:  ibm ibmpulse tivoli-storage-manager storage storage-blog bare-machine-recovery tsm recovery ibmstorage pulse pulse2010 1,027 Visits
While I was at Pulse 2010 in Las Vegas, I had the opportunity of Interviewing Scott Sterry from Cristie Software Limited. Cristie Bare Machine Recovery integrates with IBM Tivoli Storage Manager to provide a Bare Machine Recovery (BMR) solution for Windows®, Linux, SUN Solaris and HP-UX.
Rajendran Subramaniam 060000D5Y9 email@example.com Tags:  storage disk ibmpulse pulse nas nseries ibm storage-blog netapp ibmstorage pulse2010 756 Visits
In response to: Viral Friday - Pulse 2010 - N series DemonstrationThanks Tiffeni for the nice video.
Tiffeni Woodhams 270001Q08F WOODHAMS@US.IBM.COM Tags:  ibm tivoli rational las-vegas service management pulse olympics 711 Visits
In response to: Pulse: The Olympics of Service ManagementIt's amazing that som many countries are represented at Pulse 2010. I wonder how many of them are here to learn about storage....
John Foley 12000084U0 FOLEYJOH@US.IBM.COM Tags:  smart-archive storage-blog ibm information-archive ibmstorage ibm-storage 1,186 Visits
The end of last year was pretty hectic for a lot of us and you might not have attended IBM's "Information on Demand Gala" but as a refresher, we introduced our Smart Archive Strategy. Several of my customers have been asking for a refresher on the topic and we've just posted a short video describing this comprehensive approach that combines IBM software, systems and service capabilities designed to help you extract value and gain new intelligence from information by collecting, organizing, analyzing and leveraging that information. For more information, watch this video, visit the IBM Smart Archive Strategy Website and meet me at Pulse 2010 by attending the Storage Track sessions to discuss your specific archiving needs.
Tiffeni Woodhams 270001Q08F WOODHAMS@US.IBM.COM Tags:  storage-blog data-reduction ibmstorage data-management dynamic-infrastructure pulse2010 pulse data-recovery data-availability ibm backup-recovery storage-software data-protection ibmpulse tivoli virtualization service-management 2 Comments 1,494 Visits
The count down is on... with only 2 weeks left to Pulse 2010, I wanted to give you and update on additional perks you'll have access to if you register and attend.
Meet the Experts!
Talk one-on-one with Product Experts
Visit the Expo!
Share Your Story
This year at Pulse 2010 we are scheduling video tape interviews with clients who are willing to share their thoughts on what they are doing to achieve visibility, control, and automation in their infrastructure. We will be filming client videos at Pulse starting Sunday, February 21, through Wednesday, February 24. The content will be used to produce short videos that we will leverage to tell the needs clients are addressing in their organizations. Our customers have been sharing their stories throughout 2009 as you can see below. Interested in participating? Notify me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tiffeni Woodhams 270001Q08F WOODHAMS@US.IBM.COM Tags:  saas midmarket foundations appliance management service ami software amazon tfam fsm monitor system midmkt tivfdt tivoli ibm 1,088 Visits
In response to: The Pulse Roadmap to Mid-Market Solutions and OpportunitiesIBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack is a great continuous data protection, backup and recovery solution for both midmarket and large enterprise organizations, for branch offices or data centers. For more storage sessions while at Pulse 2010 check out this blog post https://www-950.ibm.com/blogs/tivolistorage/entry/the_pulse_roadmap_to_storage_expertise?lang=en_us
Tiffeni Woodhams 270001Q08F WOODHAMS@US.IBM.COM Tags:  appliance tivoli management software amazon system midmarket service monitor tfam saas ami pulse foundations midmkt ibm tivfdt fsm 800 Visits
In response to: Service Management for Midsize Businesses at PULSEIt's great to see that IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack will be showcased as the back-up and recovery solution for Midsized businesses and included in the Service Management for Midsized Business Track at Pulse 2010. Also be sure to check out the Expo to see the IBM Comprehensive Data Protection Solution Express demonstration
Tiffeni Woodhams 270001Q08F WOODHAMS@US.IBM.COM Tags:  tivoli storage information-infrastructur... virtualization pulse ibmpulse pulse2010 data-availability data-management tsm backup-recovery dynamic-infrastructure data-recovery ibmstorage ibm data-reduction storage-blog data-protection tivoli-storage 1,536 Visits
With only 4 weeks until Pulse 2010 - The Premier Service Management Event - Optimizing the World's Infrastructure, I thought it might be helpful to provide some details around the sessions and activities that will be available to all of you storage and information infrastructure enthusiasts out there....
Here are a few sessions that you can attend each day. Sign up for these sessions and others today (requires only an IBM.com password - you do NOT have to be a Pulse registered attendee to create a Pulse schedule online)!
Go to the on-line agenda tool to see additional Storage and Information Infrastructure sessions that may be of interest to you. There are also sessions in the Expo Theater Stream.
Register and attend Pulse to take full advantage of all that will be offered: