With a new school year underway, vacation season for many come and gone and the Labor Day long-weekend upon us in North America, entering September marks the unofficial end of summer. For many this is a somewhat depressing time of year as we realize that colder temperatures and the on-set of winter aren’t far off.
However it’s not all bad news. Some of us prefer outdoor activities in the fall and winter months and when it comes to business, the fall presents a renewed interest in sharpening our skills and seeking networking opportunities by attending industry conferences and events.
For Storage professionals in North America an ideal opportunity comes in the form of Storage Decisions New York on September 16 & 17. Storage Decisions New York plans to bring together over 500 end-users, independent experts, analysts, and top solution providers to engage in thought-provoking presentations, interactive networking opportunities, and sponsor showcases featuring the latest trends and technologies impacting the storage industry. The 2-day conference, scheduled for is the only place you will find the industry's foremost independent experts – and the most qualified group of storage professionals – under one roof.
As a platinum sponsor of Storage Decisions New York, IBM will have a multi-faceted presence at the conference with ample opportunities to engage with the storage community. One of the highlights is our Tech-in-Action talk, where IBM’s Storage Software Business Strategist Ron Riffe will outline IBM's point of view on The Critical Decisions for Improving The Economics of Storage. Ron will touch on a range of considerations including the need for improved administration, the role of software-defined and the impact of flash – just to name a few.
Over the course of the two-day event, IBM storage experts will be available in booths 24 and 25 to meet attendees and discuss practical solutions to today’s storage challenges. The IBM booth will also be where attendees can pick up their complimentary conference USB key which will loaded with conference-wide materials and presentations.
Storage Decisions New York is worth taking a look at as a great way to kick-off the fall conference cycle. If you're planning to attend stop by and visit us. If you happen to be on the west coast and concerned that New York is too far to travel, don't worry Storage Decisions is stopping in San Francisco on October 30.
IBM Edge2013 is fast approaching and while the conference includes four events within an event to appeal to wide range of attendees, the cornerstone of Edge from my perspective is the rich technical content to be delivered within Technical Edge.
TechnicalEdge is a 4.5 day technical event for IT professionals and practitioners focused on sharpening expertise, discovering new innovations and learning industry best practices. You can check out the published agenda of the over 350 sessions spanning 16 tracks Technical Edge that are sure to hit on the top IT trends, opportunities and challenges we collectively face.
Specifically related to Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure, we’ve embedded over 50 technical sessions, demos and hands-on labs specifically focused on Tivoli solutions with the majority going deep on Tivoli Storage capabilities. Further there’s an additional 30 related sessions of interest to Tivoli users (i.e. IBM Storwize V7000, IBM Flex System Manager, IBM GPFS, etc.). These 80 sessions are scattered across the 16 tracks within the Technical Edge conference. (Hint: You can find the majority of these sessions within the Business Continuity and Systems Management tracks)
Some of the session highlights I’m looking forward to seeing are:
“IBM's New Tivoli Storage Manager Operations Center” – Our new TSM GUI!
“IBM Tivoli Storage Manager and the Cloud” – This session will describe TSM’s multifaceted cloud strategy
“Protection of Virtual Machines using Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments and Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager”
Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments - Data Protection for VMware: Solution Design
Introduction to IBM's Virtual Storage Center (VSC) - Learn how you can gain storage efficiencies and grow your business using VSC’s capabilities.
How IBM SVC, Storwize V7000 and TotalStorage Productivity Center are used in real life to migrate data centers
Additionally, for those that want to roll up their sleeves and get their hands on some of these solutions, I would recommend the following hands-on labs:
IBM’s New Tivoli Storage Manager Operations Center hands-on lab
IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager: New Features and Operation in Version 3.2
A double session - IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments: Protecting and Recovering Virtual Machine Data
We will also have an interesting “Birds of a Feather (BOF)” session on Business Continuity led by Sanjay A. Patel – focused on using the Tivoli Storage Manager suite to help you proactively protect your data.
I encourage you to join us at the Technical Edge and enhance your knowledge of our Tivoli Solutions and look forward to “getting technical” in Vegas. Learn more and register today.
As I’ve been working with many members of the Tivoli Storage team to coordinate our involvement at IBM Edge 2013 and as the conference nears it struck me the other day -- Edge really does have something for everyone. While the historical focus of this event has been storage—and storage content remains particularly strong—this year, IBM is expanding that focus to address related areas of IT optimization as well: cloud, smart analytics and big data, business continuity, and many more.
And not only the IT topics being covered are expanding -- so are the types of audiences that will have an interest in Edge. With four events under one roof, each aimed at the needs of different audiences, Edge 2013 promises not to disappoint – regardless of the role you have in IT. Just in case you aren’t sure if Edge is for you, below is the summary of the “four events within the event” and the highlights of Tivoli Storage in each:
Executive Edge: Executive Edge is a 2.5 day event for IT executives and leaders focusing on discovering new innovations for managing storage growth, accelerating cloud deployments, unlocking the insights from big data, and securing critical information and processes. Deepak Advani, General Manager of IBM Tivoli Software, who takes the stage multiple times in Executive Edge will host a two- hour session entitled "Key Insights for Modernizing Your Data Protection Infrastructure" designed to help you shield critical data from threats both known and unknown. Deepak will not only provide IBM’s perspective on this critically important topic but will invite clients, analysts and IBM Business Partners to the stage to join the discussion. In addition to wealth of thought leadership this session will unveil the latest enhancement to the Tivoli Storage portfolio: IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Operations Center that was previewed to rave reviews earlier this year at Pulse. More details on Executive Edge can be found by previewing the agenda.
Technical Edge: Technical Edge is a 4.5 day technical event for IT professionals and practitioners focused on sharpening expertise, discovering new innovations and learning industry best practices. Featuring over 350 sessions to choose from, you’ll hear from product and developments experts with deep technical expertise who will not only introduce new IBM offerings and updates, but will put them into action through hands-on labs and demonstrations that closely match real-world operating conditions. In particular, for those interested in Storage software there will be 35 Tivoli Storage-led sessions spanning 9 of the 16 technical tracks, with especially deep content in the business continuity and systems management tracks. For more specifics check out the Technical Edge agenda.
MSP Summit: For Managed Service Providers (MSPs), the two-day MSP Summit focuses on topics that are unique to this community and is designed to help organizations accelerate service delivery to become next generation MSPs. Strategic discussions will include topics such as Cloud, Next Generation Systems & Storage, and Big Data. One particularly interesting business opportunity for MSPs today is Cloud-based Backup as a Service with two successful Tivoli Storage MSP’s (Cobalt-Iron and Front-Safe) slated to share their experiences.
Winning Edge: The tail end of Edge will include a three-day sales bootcamp catering to the needs of IBM Business Partner (BP) sales professionals. Everything BP’s need to know to be successful will be discussed such as the opportunities related to IBM’s Butterfly acquisition, Storage Virtualization supported by marketplace perspectives of an independent Storage consultant. This information won’t just be theoretical; it's all founded on the real-world, quantified results already being achieved by IBM Business Partners and customers around the world, also to be discussed.
While I’ve tried to highlight the four discrete events within the Edge event this really only scratches the surface of Edge. There’s all the other valuable aspects – the hours of networking opportunities, Executive 1x1’s and the Solution Expo Hall where you can connect with subject matter experts from over 50 sponsors just to name a few.
Clearly I can’t do the Edge conference justice in a single blog but hopefully this gives you a sense of what you can take advantage of and that there truly is something for everyone at Edge. To learn more please check out the conference website and I hope to see you in Vegas in June at Edge2013.
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
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
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:
What Royce Wells of
International Paper has to say about TSM Operations Center
IBM Global Technology Services (GTS) is using Tivoli Storage Productivity
Center (TPC) to Manage it's Clients Storage Environments
Storage Transformation within IBM and the key enabling capabilities provided by
SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center
of the New TSM Operations Center
Plus, great Livestream footage:
Wojtowecz and Laura DuBois of IDC discussing The Storage Implications from
Buffington of ESG and Tom Hughes discussing Data Protection relative to the hot
trends in IT Today
Foreman Interviewing Thomas Bak on Front-Safe's Award-Winning TSM Portal
Enabling Back-Up as a Service
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.
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;
• Redbook author Gerd Becker of Empalis Consulting, a German-based IBM Premier Business Partner recommended the use of TSM Fastback for Workstations to provide continuous protection and meet shorter Recovery Point Objectives (by the way you can try TSM Fastback for Workstations for free through the currently available trial);
• BJ Klingenberg, Distinguished Engineer in IBM Global Technology Services that uses Tivoli Storage Productivity Center to manage the storage environments of over 1000 accounts and 400 petabytes of data suggested taking 12-hour Storage environment snapshots to facilitate problem isolation and determination as part of a sound change and configuration management strategy;
• Petur Eythorsson of Nyherji, a Managed Service Provider in Iceland that provides management for 50 TSM servers mainly supporting mid-sized Windows-based environments confirmed that like many others, his client base has little patience for any recovery time beyond 2 hours;
• Huey Cantrell of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana reminded us that the overwhelming number of restore requests are for data that was recently backed-up so his IT organization spends it’s time and energy focused on the ability to quickly recover data created in the past few days;
• Eduardo Zalamena of Mitsubishi Motors of Brasil pointed out that within large organizations you can’t treat all data the same way. For example, a 2-hour restore time within some systems can be a catastrophic while for others it may be very appropriate. Eduardo recommended the implementation of system-specific recovery objectives to cost-effectively address requirements;
• John Clarke from United Healthcare that protects over 70 million Americans, has altered his teams approach back-up and recovery focus – emphasizing the restore over back-up primarily because of the emergence of Big Data systems such as Netezza and Teradata.
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
Day 1 and IBM PULSE 2013 for Unified Recovery and Storage
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
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:
- A preview of the upcoming, revolutionary new
user interface for Tivoli Storage Manager
- Improvements in backup and recovery for
- The latest in storage hypervisor technology,
including advance storage virtualization and storage management
- Butterfly storage assessment and migration
- Cloud portals for both storage and backup
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.
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If you are following the developments related to Pulse 2013
you’re likely well aware that Peyton Manning has been announced as the keynote speaker and the evening entertainment at Pulse Palooza will feature Carrie Underwood. If you’ve been to Pulse before you also know you can expect compelling thought leadership in the General Sessions and deep content in over 300 breakout sessions to choose from.
Over and above all that exciting news there’s one thing that keeps attendees coming back year after year – the opportunity to network. Each year following Pulse, attendees tell us through the post-Pulse survey that networking with the over 8000 conference attendees rises to the top as the most valuable aspect of the event.
The opportunity to network with your Storage colleagues at Pulse 2013 will once again be front and center at the conference. Formal opportunities exist such as the Storage Birds of a Feather session, Meet the Experts in Storage, Client Connections along with access to Storage subject matter experts from development and product management in the Expo Hall. And of course in Las Vegas there’ll also be plenty of informal gatherings to connect with Storage professionals to share knowledge and expertise.
A great way to start the networking process is to take in the numerous client-led sessions in the Unified Recovery and Storage Management track within the Cloud and IT Optimization stream at Pulse 2013. Following the track-kick off which features Dave Russell, Research Vice President at Gartner
you’ll have the opportunity to hear IBM clients sharing their experiences, some highlights of which include:
• Learning about the experiences of Chesapeake Energy with the new TSM Backup and Recovery Dashboard based on their participation in the Early Adopters Program;
• Understanding how The University of Sydney is using SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center to provide centralized management of its diverse storage environment;
• Hearing how Banco de Brasil improved its backup capabilities by taking advantage of the latest advancements in Tivoli Storage Manager;
• A panel of experts from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, Kindred Healthcare and Centene Health discussing how they are protecting healthcare data with IBM storage solutions.
While this is just a tiny sampling of the type of organizations that will take to the podium in the Storage track at Pulse there’s a wealth of experience to help you tackle your most pressing Storage Management challenges. Taking in the sessions is only the beginning – connecting with these storage professionals in the numerous networking opportunities at Pulse is how the conference truly comes to life.
If you’re already registered for Pulse start you can start networking now by connecting with the growing list of speakers and other conference attendees on the Pulse2013 Vivastream
site and if not visit the PULSE 2013 home page
for all the conference details and to register today.
Please plan to join IBM and thousands of your peers at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, March 3 to 6, 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.
We kick off the track on Monday with a keynote presentation by Dave Russell, Research Vice President at Gartner. Dave will describe the trends that his team is seeing, and encourage you to take a position on transforming and optimizing your data management infrastructure.
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 can also learn how IBM “eats its own cooking” as the IBM Office of the CIO describes its use of IBM storage management software to drive costs out of our business while meeting the computing demands of a company the size of IBM.
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/ "The postings on this site are my own and don't necessarily represent IBM's positions, strategies or opinions."
I have a friend - he's a sales guy, but he's still a friend - that once had his laptop stolen from his rental car. This put him in a world of hurt. He hadn't been backing it up, so he lost everything that hadn't been transferred to some other system. This included several very large proposals that he had been working on for weeks, as well as information on many contacts and communications. He ended up losing at least one of those deals. All while spending many hours trying to rebuild his professional life. To say that he has been less than effective for the past few weeks would be an understatement.
How about you? If you are gainfully employed and not using a virtual desktop or other cloud service, you likely create, store and manage a great deal of important information on your personal computer. Do you back it up regularly? If you do, have you tested your backups lately to ensure you can actually recover your files if something - anything - goes wrong?
I remember seeing reports from analysts a few years ago that estimated as much as 20% of all corporate data is stored only on employee workstations. This results in a tremendous amount of total risk for organizations, even if the impact of a lost laptop only impacts one employee and the projects and teams that he or she is working on. Leaving the critical task of backup up to these employees has been the normal approach for most businesses, but that's obviously asking for trouble -- most of us will not remember to run a backup, if we even knew how.
And when central IT doesn't provide a solution, the smarter employees (usually the ones that have already experienced critical data loss) will take matters into their own hands. An increasingly popular solution for these employees is to use public cloud services, like DropBox
-- but think about that: do you want your sensitive, corporate information stored on a public cloud service? Yikes!!!
It's time for the IT department to take ownership of this data and provide tools for data protection and recovery that are easy-to-use and don't get in the way of employee productivity. IBM offers an excellent solution: IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack for Workstations. As the name implies, it is part of the industry leading family of scalable, robust, high performance data protection and unified recovery software solutions. It is fully integrated with Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM
) to provide seamless, centralized protection of PCs within the context of enterprise-wide data protection. Or it can also be used standalone, without TSM. FastBack for Workstations
runs in the background, without any intervention needed by the employee. Whenever a file is saved to disk, a copy is made in the local backup repository automatically. That copy can then be replicated, again automatically and transparently, whenever the PC is connected to a network. The replication target can be a TSM Server, a file server, a cloud service, etc. So you have a copy locally to quickly restore individual files when you do something dumb, and you have a full copy off of your system to do a full restore when something worse happens. The central administration console can manage thousands of endpoints.
You can now try FastBack for Workstations for free. Just go to this link
. You will quickly see just how easy it is to set up your backup policies, run your first backup, and be able to perform restores with a simple drag-and-drop operation. "The postings on this site are my own and don't necessarily represent IBM's positions, strategies or opinions."
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We’re getting deep into the planning for our 6th annual PULSE conference (ibm.com/pulse
), and I’m getting very excited about the storage content that is being assembled. Again, it will be at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, March 3 – 6, 2013.
At our Storage Track Kickoff session, we’ll have some new things to announce and highlight, and we’re close to announcing an exciting keynote speaker.
Following the track kickoff, we’ll have 20 breakout sessions on data protection and storage management topics, covering advances in virtual machine protection, disaster recovery, cloud integration, and a lot more. We’re mixing it up a lot more this year to ensure you get a range of perspectives. We’ll have 21 client speakers discussing their experiences and best practices; plus 8 business and technology partners providing insights into added value approaches to storage management who will be complemented by IBMers sharing the new stuff we’ve been working on.
Among the client speakers will be storage professionals from across the globe representing major banking, healthcare, media, industrial and university organizations. There will also be sessions on a variety of cloud topics, including private cloud storage and backup-as-a-service opportunities.
To follow on a theme mentioned by Steve Mills in his keynote at PULSE 2012, we’ll show how IBM “eats its own cooking”, sharing how IBM’s Office of the CIO transformed its massive storage infrastructure; and how IBM’s Strategic Outsourcing services organization is leveraging our products to more effectively manage their clients’ storage environments.
There will be many cool things to see in the expo center again this year, including offerings from many of our ecosystem partners, and you can roll up your sleeves in the hands-on labs and product training and certification areas.
Have you heard about this year’s PULSE PALOOZA entertainment? We rocked the Grand Garden Arena with Maroon5 in 2012, and will follow that with Carrie Underwood in 2013.
Now’s the time to act. Early bird registration, which saves client attendees $500 off the conference fee, closes December 31st. Go to http://ibm.co/pulseregister
and get ready for an outstanding event. I look forward to seeing you there. "The postings on this site are my own and don't necessarily represent IBM's positions, strategies or opinions."
I've written about STORServer before
. They are an IBM Ready-for-Tivoli Software Certified Business Partner, that offers a range of backup and recovery appliances that leverage IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) software. The sweet value add from STORServer, besides putting all the hardware and software together for you, is the nice, simple user interface that they've built in front of TSM.
Earlier this year, STORServer
announced that they would offer the STORServer Console (SSC) as standalone software, enabling customers or other integrators to build their own TSM based backup appliances. SSC allows Tivoli Storage Manager users to operate their environment
entirely from an easy-to-use interface, while maintaining the latest
robust, feature-rich capabilities of TSM. The software gives nearly any
administrator or operator the ability to manage and monitor their TSM
environment with simplicity.
STORServer is now announcing the availability of STORServer Console v3.0
(SSC), which supports client node replication, providing the ability to incrementally replicate a backup client node’s data from one TSM server (source) to a remote TSM server (target) for disaster recovery. In addition, numerous enhancements have been made to SSC v3.0 reports, including:
- New replication activities reports providing information on client node replication processing.
- TSM client version numbers in the client activities report.
- Missed files report that can now be configured to include specified policy domains only.
- Storage pool reports with a new section that identifies unprotected storage pools and provides more information as to why they are considered unprotected.
STORServer is offering a free 45-day demo license at http://storserver.com/STORServerConsole.aspx
. You can read the full press release here
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Cost of backup can be reduced up to 40% with an effective archive
week’s IBM Information
Management on Demand (IOD) event in Las Vegas, Michael Barton (Product
Marketing Manager, IBM Tivoli Storage Software) presented “All-in-One file
archiving with IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Suite for Unified Recovery –Archive
Option.” IOD was attended by more than 12000
attendees and kicked off on October 21 with the General Session featuring analytics
and big data, and continuing all week with keynote sessions on Business
leadership, Information management, Business analytics and Enterprise content
Storage was front and center at IOD with both Michael Barton’s TSM SUR –
Archive presentation, as well as presence in the IBM booth focused on IBM
SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center’s storage analytics engine and capabilities.
into Mike’s presentation:
- One of the analyst said 40
percent of the planet’s data should be archived, or moved out of the
production environment. That seems
reasonable. Applications simply run
better with less data to manage.
- Using a backup system for
archiving can off-load production systems, but can cause bloat in the
backup environment, and make your data harder to find.
- With the rapid growth of
unstructured file data, the benefits of an effective file archiving
solution are becoming more apparent.
Bloated file servers and NAS systems can impact productivity for
users, administrators and backup processes. Archiving can reduce requirements for
power, cooling and floor space.
- Industry analysts estimate the
cost of backup can be reduced up to 40% with an effective archive
solution. IBM's approach to file
archiving implements policy-based tiered storage, so large numbers of
files can be managed effectively.
Storage Manager Suite for Unified Recovery (TSM SUR) Archive solution
enables a simple, scalable solution that can significantly reduce costs for
file storage. This solution supports
information lifecycle management for efficient, long-term data retention
Want to know
how you can save money using Tivoli for
the space required for archive data up to 50%, using deduplication and
migration of archived data between storage tiers and storage systems without
disrupting users or applications
to retire old systems
decades-long retention times
without complexity, using policy-based administration
about this here: Tivoli Storage Manager
– Archive solution
10 October 2012
In my last blog
, I announced that I’ve moved into a new role, focusing on improving the overall experience for Tivoli Storage software customers and users. One of the areas that is a prime focus for me is the initial experience customers have with our products, and anything that can be done to make them easier to acquire, install, configure and gain fast time to value is of huge interest to me.
One way to achieve these goals is through a fully integrated, easy to use, yet enterprise class appliance. There are many backup appliances on the market, and to make it easier for you to choose the right one for you, analyst firm DCIG (dcig.com
) recently published the comprehensive 2012 Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide. This guide can be downloaded for free from http://backupapplianceguide.com/
. In it, they analyze, rank and provide details on 66 backup appliance models from 13 vendors. This report includes only appliances that integrate backup software with server and storage hardware, and astutely excludes deduplication and virtual tape appliances that require a separate backup application to drive data to them.
DCIG’s plan was to rank the appliances into Basic, Good, Excellent and Recommended categories, based on a proprietary methodology with weighted measurements for a broad range of features and functions. But something interesting happened on the way to the publication of this guide: they found that one appliance, the STORServer EBA 3100, out-ranked the others by such a wide margin that they felt compelled to create a new category just for it: “Enterprise.” The STORServer EBA 3100
is the most scalable of STORServer’s offerings that are built on IBM Tivoli Storage Manager backup software, IBM System x servers and IBM System Storage, and they wrap it all in their own simple, intuitive user interface.
Tivoli Storage Manager
provides industry leading levels of functionality, scalability, reliability, performance and return on investment. As such, it can require an experienced hand to properly install and configure it to gain the maximum value. STORServer does all of that for you, leveraging many years of best practice experience, pre-installing and configuring the software, and delivering a ready for action solution.
I recently learned of a hospital
local to me, Cooley Dickinson in Northampton, Massachusetts that realized the value of the STORServer solution to both centralize their formerly siloed approach to backup, but also to enable disaster recovery and business resilience capabilities.
If you are looking to improve your backup and recovery capabilities, due to problems with the scalability, reliability, functionality, performance or operational costs of your current solution, take a look at STORServer. It may be the quickest and easiest way to fix your backup and disaster recovery capabilities.
To learn why IBM Tivoli Storage software may be the right solution for you, whether you or not you decided to deploy it in an appliance, click here
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I Have New Job!
For the past 4+ years at IBM, I was the worldwide product marketing manager for the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) family of data protection and recovery solutions. But as of a month ago, I am now in a brand new role, Customer Experience Product Manager across the Tivoli Storage software group.
I’ve been asked to bring together various IBM business functions to help identify areas for customer experience improvement, measure success, and generally be the champion for all things that will help address a customer’s experience with our products.
In addition to reading and learning and reaching out to like-minded people, my initial efforts have been to assess where we are and the progress we’ve made to date. For example, we’ve made tremendous progress within the TSM family over the past 4 years starting with the release of TSM v6.1 – adding in valuable features such as deduplication, replication, monitoring and reporting, while also streamlining and unifying the user interface. We also introduced a new pricing model that makes it much easier to acquire, manage and forecast your backup software licenses.
The next release of the TSM family will be announced in early Q4-2012, and it will include some exciting enhancements to improve the user experience in TSM, TSM for Virtual Environments and Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager. And next year we’ll be rolling out a brand new user interface that promises to make the day-to-day administration of TSM much, much easier.
We’ll also be rolling out the IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center, our storage hypervisor that was pre-announced at PULSE in March, and it promises to do for storage what VMware and others have done for servers: improve utilization, simplify management, and reduce costs. There are many upcoming events in October that will feature these Tivoli Storage product announcements, and we hope you can join us to hear more details. They are:
IBM Smarter Computing Executive Summit
– Oct 2 – 4, Pinehurst, NCInterop New York 2012 / Enterprise Cloud Summit
– Oct. 1 – 5, New YorkIBM InterConnect 2012
– Oct. 9 – 11, SingaporeSAP TechEd
– Oct. 15 – 19, Las Vegas, NVIBM Information On Demand
– Oct. 21 – 25, Las Vegas, NV
IBM Business Without Limits Storage Days – various dates & locations
Oct. 25, Columbus
Oct. 30, Jacksonville – registration url TBD
Nov. 13, NYC – registration url TBD
Your experience with our products is only one pillar in the building that we’re trying to construct. How does it tie in with your interactions with our marketing and sales teams? Does our story match our solution capabilities? Are you getting what you were promised?
Does the product documentation provide the answers to your questions, or help to avoid needing to ask the questions at all?
And what about support? A recent survey
by STORAGE Magazine of enterprise backup software users rated IBM #1 in the category of support. But what can we be doing better, or differently, to keep you delighted in your relationship with IBM?
At the end of the day, I’m looking at this role in 2 ways:
- What can we fix or improve?
- How can we ensure that everything new that we do is viewed through a customer experience lens?
To be successful, I’m going to need the help of a lot of people who have a vested interest in our success – across all facets of our business, but especially from our customers and partners. Please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any ideas or comments.
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IBM’s Business Without Limits
Recently, I had the distinct pleasure to deliver
a presentation on Data Storage and Compliance at the IBM Tivoli event 'Business
Without Limits 2012' in Bangalore,
India. There are more than 100 attendees who
attended the event from almost every industry.
My Track for the day: Addressing Data Growth, Threats and Compliance; Unified
The volume, velocity and importance of data have
increased dramatically during the past few years to the point where most backup
and archiving solutions can't keep up with the scalability, functionality,
performance, reliability and budget realities of today and tomorrow. Attendees
understood how to reduce backup data capacity by as much as 95%; how to reduce
the amount of new data at risk by 90% or more; and how to simplify global data
recovery operations and achieve compliance by leveraging a unified management
I was privileged to present in such an interactive
session, where customers understood how our broad product portfolio will help
in addressing their business challenges.
IBM now brings ‘Business Without Limits 2012’ to several cities across the United States
in October and November. This is an
exclusive IBM Tivoli event designed to increase awareness and thought
leadership among the IT managers, Infrastructure leaders, Systems
Administrators, Storage Managers, and Data Center Managers. IBM’s Business
Without Limits event is coming soon to the following cities:
Oct 18: Philadelphia
Oct 25: Columbus
The event will focus on how IBM’s Integrated Service Management strategy
brings together the different capabilities to enable integrated delivery of
business services across complex, interconnected physical and digital
IBM’s Business Without Limits event will have the following Storage Tracks:
the pivotal role of storage in modern data center
backup and unifying recovery
your data protection headaches to the cloud
storage analytic and reporting
This conference will explore how you can capitalize on the opportunities of
a smarter planet and remove the barriers to innovation that will help you
achieve “Business without Limits.” As
today’s leaders are transitioning to smarter, flexible cloud infrastructures
that speed the delivery of innovative products and services, effective storage
management becomes a critical component of that success. Please join us at this event to learn more!