IBM Systems Storage Software Blog
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Cloud storage technologies made impressive strides in 2009, and the trend looks to build on that momentum in 2010. IBM is expecting steady growth in cloud storage deployments, especially in the areas of test environments, Web serving, and other non-mission-critical scale-out storage needs.
Standards in this area are just beginning to be discussed and will also be evolving in 2010. Standard file protocols such as CIFS and NFS are obvious starting points for cloud storage access, but other approaches utilizing object storage techniques have also been proposed.
To prepare for cloud storage within the data centers, IT managers will need to determine a small number of focused areas to use as starting points. In the short term, cloud storage is a technology that will be deployed to address specific and unique requirements across the enterprise. Therefore, it is recommended to carefully choose areas to pilot the technology where managers can gain insight into where they can extend usage into other areas and build skills for when it becomes more widely deployable.
Watch this video to gain important insight into what it takes to deploy and manage high available Cloud Storage environments.
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Today I did several live video interviews. Let me be honest with you, it is clear that I wasn't meant to be in the journalism profession, uhm, now that is the truth!
I met many IBM clients and business partners through out this week at Pulse and today I did an interview with Roger Finney from Logicalis which is an IBM Business Partner. We did this interview right outside the expo hall at the MGM Grand hotel, so you can hear the airplanes going over from McCarran International Airport.
Logicalis has been an IBM Business Partner for over 14 years and they are both Software Value Plus authorized and Tivoli Accredited. In this video, I ask Roger to provide some details about how Logicalis has helped their customers with their storage management needs.
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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.
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The Global Tivoli User Community is hosting an all-day, Storage Focused Tivoli User Group event in New York City October 11th that will cover:
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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.
Finding the right balance between performance, capacity, and budget in your storage environment with IBM Spectrum Control Storage Insights
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What makes high performance storage high performing?
This is where IBM’s new SaaS offering, IBM Spectrum Control™ Storage Insights, can be a valuable tool in your storage management operations toolkit.
After all, data is not created equal. Your business organization might have data that is very highly transactional and a few millisecond hiccup can result in lost business or a even a terrible user experience. For example, think high velocity trading in a online brokerage house. On the other hand, some of your data is rarely accessed, but over time can accumulate to a huge amount. For example, think email archives. This is where the tiered storage solution in IBM Spectrum Control Storage Insights enables you to see past and current trends in capacity and space usage, and based on past and current storage usage can offer recommendations for your storage needs.
To get more information on tier planning, click See Details.
The Tier Planning page shows you more information about how your data is currently distributed and the recommended distribution of data across the storage tiers. In the table, the volumes that contain data that is not on the right tier is displayed. To maximize storage efficiency and optimize storage usage, you can decide which volumes you want to down-tier.
See the IBM
Checkout the documentation for IBM Spectrum Control™ Storage Insights in IBM Knowledge Center.
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Hmmmmm........How about with IBM Spectrum Control™ Storage Insights, a new SaaS offering build on the Softlayer cloud infrastructure!
The wait is over!
IBM Spectrum Control™ Storage Insights is live!
This SaaS solution running on SoftLayer can deploy in as little as 5 minutes and show actionable insights in 30 minutes. IBM Spectrum Control Storage Insights is now available on IBM Service Engage.
The value of data is growing, yet visibility into today’s storage environments can be foggy and unclear—the result of expanding IT complexity,
This initial release was developed based on use cases from clients that provided information on what they needed done in their storage environment:
See the IBM
Checkout the documentation for IBM Spectrum Control™ Storage Insights is available in IBM Knowledge Center.