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Pulse 2011 Call for Speakers is Now Open!!!! Submit Your IBM Storage Success Story and Register for the Event TODAY!
We made it at last! Pulse 2011 Call for Speakers is now officially open. Read my blog from earlier this week to get an idea of what kind of storage success you can submit for your proposal and also see the benefits you, as a customer, can receive if your proposal is selected.
Don't delay... Call for Speakers will end on Nov. 2 and remember, the first 50 customer proposals selected will get a free room upgrade.
Submit your proposal now!
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VCU Medical Center is one of the leading academic medical centers in the United States and the only academic medical center in central Virginia, offering state-of-the art care in more than 200 specialty areas along with Level 1 trauma care.
For VCU Health System, technology provides the foundation for transforming clinical services and delivering patient care. However, with a heterogeneous storage infrastructure and no single user interface, the team’s three storage engineers faced significant hurdles in managing growing data volumes and recovering data quickly when needed.
Working with IBM, the health system implemented a virtualized, scalable and high-performance storage infrastructure that improves service levels, reduces costs, mitigates risks and supports an increasing amount of data (growing at more than 20 percent annually).
Reduced data recovery time; Process of migrating data has been shortened with greater success probability; Standardization and consolidation of storage systems has reduced the storage footprint and decreased data center temperatures from 43 to 68 degrees; lower cooling and energy cost; Reduced storage spending
“With Tivoli Storage Manager, we can set multiple recovery point objectives and the XIV allows us to keep multiple snapshots of the data without impacting performance. So we can have copies and copies and copies of the data where we couldn’t before.”
—Greg Johnson, CTO and Director, Technology & Engineering Services, VCU Health System
Read the complete case study for more details on how VCU Medical Center worked with IBM to gain uninterrupted data access.
More success stories of other customer implementations of IBM technologies can be found here.
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Please plan to join IBM and thousands of your peers at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, March 3 to 6, 2013.
PULSE 2013 is IBM’s premier event focused on business transformation and IT optimization, helping clients learn how to turn opportunities into outcomes.
As the planet becomes smarter, it becomes clear that a solid, robust, scalable and cost-effective IT infrastructure is required to create, store and manage all the information at the heart of these new opportunities.
Unified Recovery and Storage Management is the cornerstone track within the Cloud and IT Optimization stream at PULSE 2013. We are putting together a very excited agenda, and I’d like to give you a preview of what you can learn from your peers, thought leaders, and yes, a few IBMers, by attending this track.
During the 3 days of breakout sessions, you will learn how many of our customers have started on this journey, including best practices and outcomes. Our speakers include subject matter experts from:
• Two major banks
• Two universities
• Five healthcare organizations
• Several consumer and industrial companies
• Five managed service providers
• A leader in media and entertainment
Some of the top-of-mind topics that will be covered include management and protection of virtualized server and storage environments; advancements in disaster recovery and business continuity; storage in the Cloud, storage as the Cloud, and storage to the Cloud; backup consolidation and simplification; and how to easily cost-justify an efficiency improvement project to your management.
You will also have the opportunity to learn about new products and enhancements – we can’t tell you what they are yet, but we’re pretty excited.
You can see who our expert speakers are, what they’ll be speaking about, and start to build your experience at Pulse this year by visiting the Pulse SmartSite and Agenda Builder at: http://www.pulsesmartsite.com/
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Day 1 and IBM PULSE 2013 for Unified Recovery and Storage Management
I had the pleasure of organizing the Tivoli Storage Software track for Pulse this year, and if the first day is any measure, this is going to be a really awesome week. If you weren’t able to make it to Las Vegas for the event this year, you can catch most of the action on LiveStream at ibm.com/pulse.
Before the official kickoff of the conference on Sunday evening, we spent Sunday with more than 1000 of our business partners from around the world, sharing strategies for working together to help our mutual customers transform their businesses and position themselves for success in the new world. During this pre-Pulse event, we had two breakout sessions that were very well attended.
First was Don Dishinger of our Worldwide Tivoli Storage sales team sharing strategies for moving storage into the Cloud. In this session, Don showed how traditional hardware and software resellers can move their businesses from “selling stuff” to “selling services”, in particular selling data backup and recovery services built on Tivoli Storage Manager. To help demonstrate this opportunity, Don was joined by Thomas Bak, co-founder of Front-safe, the developer of a cloud business portal for TSM, and Richard Spurlock, CEO of Cobalt Iron, a managed service provider that offers backup services based on TSM and the Front-safe portal.
Thomas and Richard really drove home the fact that this is a great time to be an IBM storage partner. The market is going through an enormous transformational shift – customers are saying, “make it simple, cut my costs, and if possible, do it for me” – and between us, we have the solutions and the services to take advantage of these shifts like nobody else.
Front-safe and Cobalt Iron were both honored with Tivoli Partner Awards during the luncheon gala for their work in bringing IBM and Tivoli Storage into entirely new market segments.
The second breakout session focused on helping our mutual customers improve their storage efficiency, and showing them how to do so using the analysis and migration tools from our latest acquisition, Butterfly Software. Tom Hughes, formerly of Butterfly, made a very strong case for storage being a huge business opportunity as organizations of all sizes struggle with the combination of data growth, sprawling IT complexity, increasing service level expectations, and tight budgets. The combination of Tivoli and STG storage offerings can make an enormous difference in these areas, and Tom showed our partners how to use Butterfly to prove it to their customers.
There was also a Tivoli Storage Virtual User Group meeting on Sunday afternoon, where we arranged 3 speakers selected by the user community. Svenni Gunnarsson, UNIX Infrastructure Engineer at Landesbankinn (Iceland) described more than a decade of architecting, growing and managing Tivoli Storage Manager and SAN Volume Controller. Patrick Jobin of Storagepipe described how his company uses Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack as the basis for a backup service that provides his customers with non-disruptive, continuous protection and near-instant recovery of their critical data. And finally, Ron Hermann of IBM STG explained the science of data deduplication.
Not a bad start, before the start, of Pulse this year.
The conference officially kicked off at 6:00 PM with the opening of the traditional Expo Reception, where thousands of people make a mad dash for the food, the drinks, and to see the latest in what IBM and dozens of our partners are showing off this year. But we held a very special event within the Tivoli User Community Lounge in the Expo Hall: this year, 2013, is the 20th birthday of Tivoli Storage Manager, and we took the opening of Pulse as the opportunity to share and celebrate it with our customers, partners, and product development team, many of whom have been associated with the product from those early days before it was called TSM, years before IBM even acquired Tivoli in 1996. Yes, TSM was originally developed within IBM in the early 1990’s and released in 1993 as ADSM – AdStar Distributed Storage Manager.
In the expo itself, the Tivoli Storage team is showing off some really cool things this year:
The next 3 days of Pulse promise to be just as packed with content, news and fun. We have 38 speakers across 21 breakout sessions, starting with Dave Russell, VP of Storage Research at Gartner kicking off the track at 2:00 on Monday. Customers from across the globe will share their experience – lessons learned and best practices – with our solutions, our partners will offer new opportunities for optimizing storage services and resources, and a selection of experts from IBM will show what’s new, and how IBM is using these solutions internally to help our business succeed against the challenges of data growth.
Live from Pulse2013 recap – Tuesday, March 4, 2013 -- Tuesday Was All About Client Implementation and Experiences!
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Following an outstanding PurePalooza party on Monday night that featured a 2-hour performance by 6-time Grammy Award winner Carrie Underwood, you might have expected Tuesday’s General Session to be a little quieter than usual. However, that wasn’t the case at all as the energetic vibe from today’s session picked up right where Monday left off -- helping to quickly shake off the effects of a wild Monday night for many.
This morning’s 90-minute general session was themed “Best Practices in Action” and featured a client panel of IT leaders from AT&T, Equifax, Carolinas Healthcare System and the Port of Cartagena sharing how they are converting opportunities from Cloud, Mobility and Smarter Physical Infrastructures into tangible business outcomes.
The Unified Recovery & Storage Management track picked up on the General session theme with Tuesday’s breakout sessions featuring no fewer than TEN Tivoli Storage clients sharing real-life examples of how they were applying IBM Tivoli Back-Up and Recovery and Storage Management solutions to address a host of complex challenges. While this represents a just a tiny sliver of the valuable content, some of the session take-aways included:
• Irfan Karachiwala (Ph. D), Manager, Enterprise Data Strategy at Kindred Healthcare, a post-acute healthcare provider with over 450 locations in the U.S. has realized improvements in Recovery Point and Recovery Time Objectives by switching from data only backups to VM-based image back-ups using Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments;
On a day that put IBM clients “front and center”, it was only fitting to close Tuesday with the Tivoli Storage Birds of Feather meeting. This two hour, highly-interactive discussion gave clients the opportunity to get all their questions answered and provide direct feedback to Tivoli Storage Executives, Developers and Product Managers.
Based on the buzz around the Storage breakouts it was clear that the client focus on Tuesday was a hit so a huge thank-you to all the clients who took the time to prepare and share their stories at Pulse2013. Pulse wouldn't be a reality without your contributions!!!
As another Pulse begins to wind down, it’s time to start thinking about IBM Edge2013 in June. The Edge conference will bring us back to Las Vegas to hear more clients describe how they are Optimizing Storage and IT. If you weren’t able to join the 8000 of us at Pulse2013, start making plans to attend Edge by finding out everything you need to know (including the early-bird discount available through the end of April) at the IBM Edge2013 Conference website.
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Wow! What an exciting week it has been at Pulse 2013! Especially, for Tivoli Storage! In addition to the inspiring words of Day 3’s keynote speaker, Peyton Manning, I was also equally inspired by many of our Tivoli Storage Business Partners like Cobalt Iron, Silverstring, Front-Safe and STORServer, who led sessions on exciting topics like how to create a cloud service in a TSM environment, to how to transform your data backup costs into business opportunities.
Lets start with the final day of Pulse General Sessions which kicked off to a packed auditorium…..Jamie Thomas, IBM Tivoli VP of Strategy and Development, took the stage first with a panel of IBM Experts including CTOs Dave Lindquist, Jerry Cuomo, Sandy Bird, and Sky Matthews. These key technology leaders, with Jamie facilitating the discussion, led us through their technology roadmaps around what’s new and what’s coming in Cloud, Security Intelligence, the Mobile Enterprise and Smarter Physical Infrastructure. Following this panel discussion, Bruce Ross, General Manager for IBM GTS, helped explain how his team is helping to enable the acceleration of cloud services. It was a great line-up of experts and many shared examples of how our technologies are driving innovation. You can watch the replay of the General Session here.
Next up on the main stage was Pulse 2013 Guest Speaker Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos. Peyton gave a heartfelt speech on the “art and science of decision-making.” Are you making the right decisions to deliver innovation? Are you sticking to your decisions?...were some of the key topics covered. Offering his perspective on Leadership, I think my favorite all-time quote was this: “You can either be a warrior or a worrier.” So true. Decisions backed by facts and data analysis helps you drive the best decisions, and technology has greatly impacted this process, he pointed out. Scott Hebner, WW Tivoli VP of Marketing, joined him onstage with some great Q&A, that ended with Scott going long, “up and out,” to catch a bullet pass from Peyton. And, yes, pass caught, no fumble! Thank goodness.
Now, on to our Tivoli Storage sessions today which featured many of our Business Partners. Thomas Bak, CSO & Partner of Denmark-based Front-safe, kicked off the morning with a very interactive discussion on the topic of how to create cloud service around your Tivoli Storage Manager environment. Front-safe, a recent 2013 Beacon Award winner, is bringing TSM into new markets via a cloud-enabled portal. He mentioned 3,000 end customers are already using this solution for backup, and backing up literally 10,000+ servers! Front-safe’s new cloud backup service provider, i-Sanity, also addressed their model of “backup as a service” and they are the first Front-safe backup service provider in South Africa. You can learn more by watching this great Front-safe video here.
Silverstring Ltd, another Tivoli
Storage Business Partner, led a session with customer Rabobank International, a
large global financial institution with many dispersed TSM systems, who told us
all about best practices that have been used for daily TSM administration. Great content was also shared that focused on
how these best practices and cloud-based automation software can be combined to
actually lower the cost of delivering TSM services and improve service levels.
Later in the
day, Richard Spurlock of Cobalt Iron
held an engaging session on how to transform your backup costs into business
opportunities. Cobalt Iron combines TSM
backup with a cloud experience in a simple deployment model that’s all about
flexible deployment options. Richard
really helped the audience better grasp how the costs and complexity of
enterprise backup can really “bankrupt” its value – and how Cobalt Iron’s
solutions can leverage your backup investments into a flexible and high
value data protection solution. Earlier
in the week, Cobalt Iron had been honored as a recipient of the 2013 Tivoli
Business Partner Awards finalist. Congratulations!
In one of the final Pulse 2013 storage sessions of the day, Business Partner STORServer delivered a compelling presentation on how to provide Backup-as-a-Service with their STORServer Backup Appliance and TSM. This session was of great help for both large enterprises who were looking for how best to charge for backup services, and also MSPs looking for additional revenue streams.
We also heard from customers like Nyherji who told the audience all about how they use FlashCopy Manager with TSM Node Replication to increase service levels and obtain high availability. I was especially interested to hear about all the stellar benefits that these Tivoli storage solutions brought to their business – from absolutely 0 downtime to hugely improved backup and recovery times. As a result, Petur Eythorsson of Nyherji, told a great story of how they completely redesigned their TSM environment and added TSM Node Replication and FlashCopy Manager to complete this solution.
I wrapped up my week at Pulse 2013 visiting with both old and new friends and colleagues later that evening, continuing to recap what was my 3rd, and, I believe, BEST Pulse ever! Congratulations and thank you to the IBM Tivoli Pulse team for a job well done.....I can’t imagine how the next Pulse will trump this one, but, in true Tivoli fashion, I am sure it will.
And, in case you are having Pulse 2013 withdrawals already, we’ve captured some engaging storage videos this week that are already available to you now. I hope you can take a moment to relive some of the great Tivoli Storage moments this week and listen to all the great things that analysts, thought leaders, our customers, and Business Partners are saying about Tivoli Storage solutions:
Plus, great Livestream footage:
And, in case you would like to hear more about what’s new and cool coming from Tivoli Storage, you can always join us again in Vegas this June for IBM Edge2013, which will bring you more opportunities to connect with your colleagues and learn about industry best practices for storage management, virtualization, and cloud technologies.