Between the 19th and the 23rd of May, Las Vegas was once again host to the IBM Edge conference. Throughout the five days of the event, more than 5,500 technology leaders and practitioners from 55 countries participated to hundreds of sessions and discussions around the latest developments in Storage Management, IT Operations Analytics and Cloud Optimization.
Right from the beginning – the General Session on the first day of the conference – leading IBM experts like Tom Rosamilia (Senior Vice President, IBM STG) emphasized what was to be the underpinning theme of the entire event: ‘Infrastructure matters because business outcomes matter’. Why? Also on the first day of the event, IBM revealed some of the results of its latest wide ranging study of organizations (due to be released in July 2014); thus, according to the results, even though seven out of 10 organizations recognize the importance of IT infrastructure for competitive advantage and revenues, less than 10% of them say their existing IT infrastructures are fully prepared to address the proliferation of mobile devices, social media, data analytics and cloud computing.
Consequently, the follow-up consisted of several important announcements around storage and infrastructure innovation, over the following days, such as: FlashSystem 840 and the IBM FlashSystem V840, bringing new capabilities through IBM’s VSC, Elastic Storage, which can manage up to a Yotabyte of information across various storage environments, LTFS (Linear Tape File System), EasyTier, IBM’s storage tiering tool and more. You can read all about these recent announcements here.
Steve Wojtowecz (@steve_woj), VP Storage & Network Management SW Development, showed the economic and functional advantages of IBM Virtual Storage Center over competitors such as EMC Virtualization Solutions and VMware Tools, and talked at length about the value of Software Defined Storage in an interview with theCube crew - bit.ly/1oOR7qQ. You can watch many of the great interviews and more of theCube’s videos from IBM Edge 2014 on YouTube here or their channel here.
May 19th also brought EdgeTalks at IBM Edge: a special session hosted by Surjit Chana (Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, IBM STG), whereby TED Talks speakers Ron Finley, John Wilbanks and Peter Singer shared their inspiring insights and experiences with innovations in fields ranging from organic food forests to the latest cybersecurity concerns that affect the world. You can see the replay here.
On another front, the MSP Forum hosted impactful discussions around strategies for flexible hybrid cloud implementations and the priorities, challenges and opportunities that MSP decision makers have when it comes to software defined automation.
The second day of the event kicked things into full gear, mixing an exciting general session focused on Creating an Agile Infrastructure with the Solutions Expo, which displayed all the IBM Software Defined Environments, System Storage, Power Systems and Pure Systems solutions, brilliant music with Sheryl Crow and 11-year old prodigy guitarist Brandon Niederauer, great laughs with Tom Cotter at EdgeLOL and, naturally, lots of sessions about Software Defined Storage, VSC and Cloud. The latter held a lot of weight, due to the estimated 61% of enterprises that will be using a hybrid cloud environment this year. Indeed, signals from across the industries seem to confirm that hybrid may be the winner in the debate of public vs. private cloud, which is why the day also saw IBM’s announcement of its Cloud Manager with OpenStack platform.
By the third day of IBM Edge 2014, more than 55 million impressions worldwide had been generated by the social media activities around the conference. The Social Lounge set up at the event encouraged all participants to be active in social media and the associated crowd chat led to many interesting discussions between analysts, experts and practitioners. Technical Edge - more than 150 expert technical sessions and hands-on labs, covering 14 technical tracks (including Software Defined Environments (SDE) and Storage), Winning Edge – sessions dedicated to providing cutting edge education, insights and opportunities for Business Partners and Sellers, and Executive Edge – talks around overarching aspects of Cloud, Big Data and storage infrastructure, were in full swing, and they were followed, on May 22nd and 23rd, by further engaging sessions around storage, IT Operations Analytics, Workload Automation, ITSM and more.
To wrap up, here are some more replays from the conference that you can watch at your leisure: http://www.livestream.com/ibmedge. Here’s looking forward to next year’s edition and hoping that it will prove as much fun for participants as the one that’s just ended.
With more than 90% of decision makers trending to cloud implementation to drive improved business outcomes, it is important to understand the key challenges organizations face when considering Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) in the cloud including:
How to leverage cloud storage as a storage tier for TSM
Moving data into more cost effective architecture while improving recovery
A recent survey was completed to understand how users plan to use TSM in the next three years. The trend indicates that pool usage for primary storage are -- 1). TSM dedup and 2). tier with #5 being identified as cloud. Cloud as #5! The projected growth for XaaS (anything as a service) will definitely have an impact for survey results in te next few years.
Another survey provided a view of the trend for disaster recovery (DR) pool usage over the next three years as follows: 1). TSM replication 39% (tape usage decreased); 2). Node replication increase 30%; 3). Copy storage pool backups to cloud increased to 32%.
Thus, to understand the true value that Data Protection as a Service can provide -- e.g. Xaas [BaaS, DRaas, AaaS, Iaas] the consideration includes:
Partner ecosystem -- build upon open interfaces
Transmission of data to cloud -- be selective about data that goes to the cloud
Security -- encryption in flight / at rest
Economics -- in house TSM, likely cost less
The aspects of cloud data protection solution can be summarized as:
Service Model -- services offered; managed by customer, IBM or 3rd Party
Delivery Model -- private, public, hybrid cloud
Protect Environment -- VMware, HyperV, VMware vCloud Director, OpenStack
SoftLayer Constraints -- SoftLayer cloud storage: SoftLayer hosting TSM services; protecting data hosted in SoftLayer
Enabling Technologies -- self-serve portal / billing / Service Engage; blueprint / appliances; data reduction / deduplication / compression; security encryption; cloud storage cloud gateway; virtualization support; disaster recovery.
Finally, there are various object storage use cases for TSM cloud currently available including:
Low-cost storage tier (tape replacement)
Repository for storage pool and data backup
Object storage replication for DR
Storage pool for server hosted SoftLayer
Note: Currently, a cloud gateway is required for TSM to use cloud object storage.
To learn more about TSM and the Cloud, please feel free to reach out. The Technical Edge deck can be provided by an IBM SME.
Global Program Director
iBM Software Group
Do you need a more simplified approach for deploying Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) for Virtual Environments (VE)? Are you experiencing issues because data backup ratios promised by IBM marketing for TSM cannot be matched? Do you want to know more about how backup experts with multiple deployments are handling? Then, reading this blog can help address your questions while removing some frustration.
First, it is important to note that the solution design case study is based on TSM v6.4, yet is also valid for TSM v7.1 (announced Oct 2013) due to the following criteria:
Scalability and performance
Data reduction capabilities (deduplication)
Administration and monitoring
Hardware snapshot (flashcopy)
Next, the case study covers a client environment with small scale number of VMs (i.e. 500); yet, the findlings / results apply to environments up to 2000 VMs. The detail outlines a strategy leveraging three elements: Transition, VSphere architecture, and Backup Storage Device Selection (see further description of elements at bottom).
First Things First -- Case Study Environment Specs:
500 VM deployment (small scale); yet solution design is same for larger environment up to 2000 VMs
Demonstrates how to achieve objective
Works within infrastructure constraints -- network bandwidth limitation
Multiple retention requirements
Achieve reliable, successful backups
Dedup options include TSM native or appliance.
The dedup ratios should be benchmarked to insure realistic estimates are used.
When considering cost and restore performance, it is important to evaluate the trade-off between performance and storage costs; consider co-location by file space (VM) with tape virtual tape library (VTL) as well as specify critical VMs configured as exception for management.
Now About Those Ratios
If you've attained a dedup ratio closer to 3:1 that can actually equate to 25:1 reduction ratio when you consider whether reduction is based on change data versus the data of entire environment. The case study also examined network constraints, VTL selected and sizing.
Therefore, the main takeaway -- with the right strategy, use of TSM blueprinte and the following simplified estimate considerations:
Occasional full backup
Occasional image restore
Initial phase-in contingency
DR (disaster recovery) contingency
TSM for VE delivers a cost effective, simplified means to achieve reliable, successful backups.
Note: Optimal design will differ based on environment. Published case study made available upon request.
Global Program Director
IBM Software Group
Case Study Specs:
Scheduling Scope -- How to Achieve multiple retention policies.
Utilized data (planned) 38000 GB
Total VMs -- 500 count
Total ESX -- 25 count
Total Clusters -- 1
Daily data change rate --
Backup window -- 10 hrs
Monthly backup window -- 50 hrs
Daily retention -- 30 days
Monthly retention -- 12 months
Design Environment Constraints:
Eliminate backup traffic from network
Dual retention requirement: daily backup 30 days / monthly backup 12 month
Avg size 100 GB / VM projected
Range < 50 GB - 1.5 TB
38 TB planned / 20 TB actual
Initial full backup phase in requirement how many hours/day
Processing of pre versin ESX hct (CBT not supported)
VSphere Architecture -- Vcenters, data centers, clusters
How does the correspond correspond to retention policy
Is data store capacity evenly distributed or note
Identify network infrastructure for backup/restore
Backup Storage Device Selection --
Cost effective retention vs restore performance
Deduplicaton strategy -- TSM , appliance or both
IBM Edge 2014 Tuesday Storage Recap
Day 2 at IBM Edge 2014 focused on how clients, Business Partners and IBM are working together to build smarter infrastructures to meet the business challenges discussed on Day 1 (cloud, analytics, mobile and social).
Chris O’Connor, @chrisoc_IBM, Vice President of Strategy & Engineering, IBM Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure, spoke about the need to seamlessly extend infrastructures from what organizations own today to what they’ll need in the future. He recommended two approaches:
Cloud-enable existing workloads
Think about ‘cloud first’ for new workloads
The idea is to accelerate time to market and be able to make real time actionable insights. With 70% of enterprises planning to pursue hybrid clouds by 2015, according to a 2013 report by Gartner, a two-pronged approach makes sense.
Andrea Nelson, Director of Storage Marketing at Intel collaborated Gartner’s estimate, saying an estimated 50% of organizations less than 10 years old are putting their IT infrastructures on the cloud today.
Chris spoke about the importance of standards, such as OpenStack, that help organizations quickly assemble Software Defined Systems from components, rather than building clouds a stick at a time. With new development platforms such as IBM’s Code name: BlueMix, organizations can construct enterprise-capable cloud applications faster, without having to deploy a cloud infrastructure.
Mike North, Sr. Director of Programming for the National Football League spoke about the importance of speeding up the infrastructure to enable analytics. ‘Time to truth’ is critical for analytics. With faster processing, the NFL is able to look at 100s of potential schedules and choose the one with the best potential outcomes for their constituents. IBM’s Arvind Krishna suggested that traditional analytics is like driving a car by looking at the rear view mirror – You can only see where you’ve been. Predictive analytics helps you see into the future, react faster, and achieve better business results
Maria Winans, @mariawinans, IBM VP of Social Business, spoke about how IBM and other organizations are driving people-centric engagement for new profit channels. She also spoke about the importance of analytics, saying you can’t personalize customer experiences if you can’t do the required analytics. Maria offered 3 suggestions for successful social business initiatives:
Build shared value
Protect your brand
New mobile applications offer the opportunity to improve customer satisfaction and customer loyalty, as well as generate new revenue. Rapid transformation is happening across industries and geographies. IBM estimates there will be over 1 trillion connected objects and devices by 2015. Mobile applications are enriched by cloud, analytics and social business initiatives.
Storage virtualization and Software Defined Storage
Storage virtualization is the foundation for Software Defined Storage. Virtualization provides an abstraction layer between physical storage and applications that use it. The result is a storage infrastructure that can grow and change without impacting users or applications. Software Defined Storage will be required t manage the vast amounts of data organizations expect to manage in the years ahead.
Steve ‘Woj’ Wojtowecz, @steve_woj, IBM Vice President, Storage Software Development, shared new research from ITG that analyzed storage TCO using IBM, EMC, and VMware storage management solutions. ITG highlighted 4 issues that significantly impact storage TCO:
Storage software costs
Storage administration costs
IBM Virtual Storage Center users were far more successful than their peers using EMC or VMware storage management solutions:
In large enterprises, storage TCO was 72% lower with IBM than EMC
In midsized environments, storage TCO was 35% lower with IBM than VMware storage management.
Jose Garcia, Manager of Enterprise Storage and VMware at UCLA Health System, discussed his storage transformation project. Storage virtualization enabled rapid deployment of an Electronic Health Records system that improves patient care and improves organizational efficiency. Storage virtualization also reduced storage costs and enabled rapid data growth. Improved efficiency saved enough to fund a 3rd data center that will improve resilience and flexibility.
Collaborators wanted. No Eeyores. No squirrels.
Snehal Antani from GE Capital spoke about the importance of delivering IT at market speed, and with commercial intensity. He offered a strategy of dealing with important groups of people in the organization:
Kings and Queens
Collaborators can accelerate change. Identify your collaborators and put them on a pedestal
Cynics are like Eeore in Winnie-the-Pooh. They’ll tell you why change is hard, and focus on what might go wrong. Ignore your cynics.
Kings and Queens are executives and managers who are eager to be offended. They resist change that may impact their empires. They’re a small, but vocal, group. Don’t give them a megaphone.
Snehal also pointed out that technologists can get distracted by new technology, even if it isn’t essential to simplify or accelerate IT delivery. It’s like yelling, ‘Squirrel!’ to distract dogs, as in the movie, Up. GE Capital has signs that say, ‘No Eeyores’ and ‘No squirrels’.
Bottom line: Infrastructure matters
Can the right infrastructure help you build competitive advantage? Yes, of course. Infrastructure matters.
About the author
Mike Barton is a worldwide storage marketing manager at IBM. Mike is a former IT specialist with Gartner TCO and ITIL certifications. The opinions expressed herein are his own.
ITG Management Report: Cost/Benefit Analysis of IBM Virtual Storage Center Compared to EMC Storage Virtualization Solutions
ITG Management Report: Cost/Benefit Analysis of IBM Virtual Storage Center Compared to VMware Tools for Storage Virtualization and Management
IBM Software Defined Storage
TheCUBE by Wikibon
[Software Defined Storage (SDS)] is getting a lot of attention lately by press, analysts and technology providers such as IBM, causing organizations large and small to take notice. SDS describes a set of storage access and data management services that can deliver what IT administrators are most interested in these days:
Lower storage costs
Less reliance on specific storage systems
Simplified data and storage management
Improved utilization of existing resources
International Data Corporation (IDC) published a [taxonomy for Software Defined Storage] which defines software-based storage as a storage software stack running on commodity, off-the-shelf computing hardware. SDS should offer a full suite of storage services and federation of the underlying storage to enable data mobility, according to IDC.
The interesting thing is, while the name Software Defined Storage is relatively new, IBM has been delivering technology and client solutions that match the SDS definition for over a decade.
Matching IDC’s definition, [IBM SAN Volume Controller], introduced in 2003, is an x86-based appliance running Linux code, providing federated storage virtualization across heterogeneous storage platforms and enabling advanced storage services. SAN Volume Controller has been proven to scale to multiple petabytes. This core technology is also included in IBM’s midrange Storwize storage systems. To date, over 55,000 SAN Volume Controller and Storwize systems have been shipped worldwide, making IBM one of the most popular business class storage virtualization solutions.
Sitting on top of the storage virtualization platform, [IBM Virtual Storage Center] offers industry leading end-to-end storage management with analytics driven data management and policy-based automation to enable self-tuning, self-optimizing storage. According to recent research by International Technology Group, IBM’s approach can reduce storage Total Cost of Ownership by [up to 72% compared to EMC solutions in large enterprises], and [up to 35% compared to VMware storage management solutions in mid-size environments].
At the top of IBM’s storage software stack are interfaces that simplify storage, including:
[OpenStack integration], for automated storage provisioning by cloud applications
VMware vSphere integration, which provides VMware administrators with a familiar interface for simplified storage provisioning and management.
IBM advanced graphical interface that dramatically simplifies end-to-end troubleshooting and performance management, provisioning, and other time consuming storage administration tasks
[IBM Cloud Storage Access] user self-service portal, sold separately
While other vendors scramble to build new offerings for SDS, IBM is extending proven technology that can address your needs today and help you migrate to new era workloads whenever you’re ready.
See [IBM Software Defined Storage at the IBM Edge conference] next week in Las Vegas. Software Defined Storage sessions will be presented at Exec Edge and Tech Edge, and we’ll have live demos in the Solution Center.
If you can’t attend Edge, look for video interviews with Brian Jeffery, Managing Director of International Technology Group, and Steve Wojtowecz, VP of Storage and Network Management Software Development, on [TheCUBE, by Wikibon], live on Monday, May 19 and afterwards on demand.
Learn more about VSC and the rest of IBM’s storage software portfolio at: http://www.ibm.com/software/products/category/storage-software.
About the author:
Jason Davison is the Segment Manager for Storage Virtualization and Cloud Solutions in IBM’s Cloud and Smarter Infrastructure product management group. Views expressed are my own.
By now, everyone in the IT Industry is convinced about the benefits of virtualization. Server virtualization – Yes! But storage virtualization? That’s not an easy one!
In Server virtualization, we simply divide one physical server into several virtual environments that saves you lots of money and helps wring the best out of your infrastructures, but did you know that an inadequate storage system can actually cause the economic benefits of server virtualization to fall through because virtual machines can consume large amount of storage?
So, why is it that Storage Virtualization still isn’t as popular as Server Virtualization?
In storage virtualization, we group physical storage from multiple network storage devices so that they look like a single storage device that can be managed from a single console. This can raise several complexities when –
Data center has storage products from different vendors
Some vendors provide storage virtualization for their own hardware only
You need availability of virtualized storage features from vendors in non-virtualized offerings
Throw in the further dilemma of choosing where to put your virtualization: hosts? network? or arrays? Or perhaps being bound by vendor lock-in clause?You probably have been buying additional devices and systems on an ad hoc basis to meet new storage demands, but think of the advantages you could gain with a storage architecture (read storage virtualization) that allows you to upgrade when needed and in a cost effective manner! Now that’s enough to convince you on the virtues of storage virtualization……
Let’s find out why IBM’s VSC is the best bet in the market.
A recent ITG report compared IBM VSC solution to other large vendor (EMC, VMware) over a period of 5 years to determine savings,
And the verdict is – IBM Virtual Storage Center (VSC):
The only solution to address large-scale multivendor virtualization
Averaged 72 percent less than EMC for overall costs of ownership
Averaged 35 percent less than VMware over 5-year total cost of ownership
Supports more than 200 platforms -- all of the major vendors -- as well as from many smaller vendors.
You can get behind the calculations and analysis done in the two ITG reports to understand the how and why of it. As one user shared when asked to describe VSC in simple terms, “It works.”
In the past two years that IBM acquired Butterfly, it generated hundreds of Analysis Engine Reports (AER) analyzing billions of gigabytes and established facts about Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) that should make competition sit up and notice.
The Backup Analysis Engine report from Butterfly Software uses light-touch, agent-less software technology to analyze existing heterogeneous data backup environment. It is a non-intrusive analysis based on empirical production data collected in minutes and incorporated into the Backup Analysis Engine report from IBM Butterfly Software.
Why is Butterfly important?
Gartner Magic Quadrant: Backup and Recovery 2013 Competitive analysis says between 2012 and 2016, one-third of organizations will change backup vendors due to frustration over cost, complexity and/or capability. To be able to say conclusively that TSM solution can save backup infrastructure costs by as much as 38% when compared to some of the other competitive products opens the door for IBM to go get these 33% of the organizations looking for a change.
AER is the Key
More demand for AERs is expected with the launch of the automated “self-service” AER generation model. Scheduled to go live at the beginning of 2H 2014, it will scale out as a service to IBM and its Business Partners. These facts drive home the fact that Butterfly AERs have metamorphosed into a well accepted and standard approach to storage infrastructure analytics.
Meet the Butterfly Storage and Backup Assessment Team at Pulse 2014
If the butterfly flutter has caught your interest, visit Pulse 2014 on Feb 23-26 at Las Vegas and meet the folks who deliver Butterfly Storage and Backup Assessments in the IT Optimization section of the IBM booth. Find out how your company can use business analytics to dramatically lower the cost of running your backup and recovery or primary storage infrastructure.
I am often asked... "When can I use FlashCopy Manager with my EMC disk array?" (substitute "EMC" with your favorite vendor)
With FlashCopy Manager for Windows, you can leverage hardware snapshots for any disk array that has a VSS Hardware Provider. This is because Windows has a built-in architecture (referred to as "VSS") that enables pluggable snapshot support. We wrote a developerWorks article that explains how this works and how it integrates with TSM a few years ago. (Note: This article refers to "TSM for Copy Services" instead of "FlashCopy Manager" because it was written before the product name was changed.)
But, with FlashCopy Manager for UNIX and Linux and FlashCopy Manager for VMware, you must wait until support is added for your desired disk array. Last year, IBM partnered with Rocket Software to develop a device adapter pack that plugs in to FlashCopy Manager for UNIX and Linux and FlashCopy Manager for VMware to extend support to more storage devices. You install it on top of an existing FlashCopy Manager (version 4.1 or later) installation on the application server being protected by FlashCopy Manager for UNIX (or on the proxy backup server in case of FlashCopy Manager for VMware) and configure it to talk to the storage device. After that, you are able to leverage the power of FlashCopy Manager snapshot protection for the hardware device supported by that device adapter pack!
At the end of last year, Rocket Software released support for EMC Symmetric (VMAX and DMX). They are planning to add more disk arrays in 2014. If you have devices that you want to see added, contact Rocket Software.
Have a great day!
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.
Last Monday, EMC announced ViPR as its new Software-defined Storage platform. Almost simultaneously, Chuck Hollis described it as ‘Breathtaking’ in his usually excellent blog. I must admit, one thing I routinely find breathtaking about EMC is their approach to marketing. They have a knack for being able to take unexceptional technology (or, as in this case, combinations of technology and theories about the future), and spin an extraordinarily compelling story. With all seriousness and without tongue in cheek… Nicely done EMC! Read more.
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.
If you are like most of the clients I deal with, you are starting to recognize the storage part of your infrastructure represents a BIG opportunity for improvement in 2013 – in agility, in efficiency, and in cost. When demand (data growth) outpaces supply (ability of hardware vendors to increase areal density driving down costs) as dramatically as it has begun to do, something has to change in the way storage infrastructure is approached in order to help balance the equation again. That ‘change’ creates a perfect economic environment for vendor innovation resulting in creative new solutions for clients. If you have been paying attention to the storage space, you’ve noticed an increased investment pace as vendors explore technical innovations and try to explain these innovations to potential clients. One of my biggest frustrations though is when the industry can’t settle on terminology for describing a solution approach leaving clients thoroughly confused and paralyzed. Read more...
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.
A recent Enterprise Management Associates (EMATM) research report suggests it is.
I’ve been on the topic of software-defined storage for three posts now – one with my perspective, one covering a multi-vendor round table at Storage Networking World, and now on an intriguing bit of research.
Earlier this year, IBM sponsored EMA research into Demystifying Cloud. The project was intended to collect lessons learned from organizations of all sizes that had completed at least the first stage of their initial private cloud deployment, and then use that data to provide guidance to organizations considering the purchase of cloud technologies. Along the way, EMA discovered what most folks would not have predicted -- the critical role of storage for companies of any size and vertical when planning and implementing a private cloud.
Check out my latest post in TheLine for the rest of the story.
I’m just returning from the SNW Spring conference in
Orlando. It seemed sparsely attended but my 5-foot tall wife of almost 28 years
has always told me that dynamite comes in small packages (I believe her!).
As I noted in my last post, I was in Orlando to participate in
a round table discussion on storage hypervisors hosted by ESG Senior Analyst Mark
Peters. I was joined by Claus Mikkelsen - Chief Scientist at Hitachi Data
Systems, Mark Davis – CEO of Virsto (now a VMware company), and George Teixeira
– CEO of DataCore. Conspicuously missing from the conversation both at this SNW
and at a similar round table held during the SNW Fall 2012 conference was any
representation from EMC. More on that in a moment.
The session this time drew a crowd roughly three times the
size of the Fall 2012 installment – a completely full room. And the level of
audience participation in questioning the panel members further demonstrated just
how much the industry conversation is accelerating. I was pleased to see that
most of the discussion was focused on use
cases for what was interchangeably referred to as storage virtualization, storage
hypervisors, and software-defined storage. Check out my new blog – TheLine – for a view on a few of the use cases that were probed on.
In response to: Storage hypervisor round table at SNW Spring 2013
Great timing on this post, Ron. I was just reading an editorial by
Rich Castagna on searchstorage.com
pondering whether "software-defined storage" was just the latest
marketing hype and that vendors were somehow claiming that this new
capability would make storage hardware obsolete.
You make the point, very eloquently, that this is not hype, that it
has been deployed widely, and that it does not mean the end of
storage hardware -- it just shifts the quantity and the costs of
the storage hardware in the customer's favor, while also creating
new use cases that solve real concerns in the market.
Back at the Storage Networking
World Fall 2012 conference, I participated in a round table on storage
hypervisors hosted by ESG Senior Analyst Mark
Peters. I was joined by Claus Mikkelsen - Chief Scientist at Hitachi Data
Systems, Mark Davis – CEO of Virsto (now a VMware company), and George Teixeira
– CEO of DataCore. Following the conference, Mark Peters posted a very nice series
of three video blogs with perspective from the round table participants. They
are worth a listen.
The discussion is
continuing at SNW Spring 2013 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida. The
panel discussion "Analyst Perspective: The Storage Hypervisor: Myth or
Reality?" will happen on Tuesday, April 2 at 5:00 pm EDT.
As we prepare for the round table next week, I thought it worthwhile
to offer a point of view on storage hypervisors. Check out my new blog – The Line –
for more information.
Clients, analysts, and IBM experts shared their experiences and storage plans on video at Pulse 2013. Take advantage of their perspectives. Use this guide to select videos.
Updated March 18 with new URL for IDC video, and link to more Pulse interviews
Royse Wells, International Paper
TSM Operations Center: The Most Exciting News at Pulse 2013
Royse Wells, Chief Storage Architect for International Paper discusses Tivoli Storage Manager Operations Center, previewed at Pulse 2013. TSM Operations Center is a new graphical interface that helps administrators and management get quick summary views about the backup environment and simplify administration.
Jeff Jones, UNUM
UNUM Uses Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments
Jeff Jones is senior infrastructure manager at UNUM, a leading provider of financial protection benefits in the US and UK. UNUM has about 85% virtual servers today. UNIM uses Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments to deliver faster backups and restores, and reduce the risk of data loss for 650 Windows and Linux VMs.
Klavs Kabell, IT-WIT
Modernizing Backup for Today’s Virtual Environments
Klavs Kabell is a Senior System Consultant at IT-WIT, an IBM Business Partner in Denmark specializing in backup solutions. Klavs discusses how backup solutions have evolved, as VM deployments have grown. Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments helps simplify VM backup administration and tracking, while incremental ‘forever’ technology improves storage efficiency.
Thomas Bak, Front-safe
Cloud backup and archive using TSM and Frontsafe Portal
Front-safe received the Best Cloud Solution award at the IBM Pulse 2013 conference, and the 2013 IBM Beacon Award for the Best Solution to Optimize the World’s Infrastructure. Learn about the value of enabling backup as a cloud service, using Front-safe Portal software.
Laura DuBois, IDC, Steve Steve Wojtowecz, IBM
IDC Update on Cloud and Storage
Laura DuBois, Program VP of Storage for IDC, and Steve Steve Wojtowecz, IBM VP of Storage and Networking Software discuss client opportunities and requirements for storage clouds and compute clouds. Client cloud storage requirements include backup and archive clouds, file storage clouds, and storage that supports compute clouds.
Chris Dotson, IBM CIO Office
IBM’s storage transformation featuring SmartCloud Virtual Center
Chris Dotson works in IBM’s CIO Office as a Senior IT Architect for Services Transformation. He is guiding IBM’s own storage transformation. As a large enterprise, IBM manages over 100 petabytes of data, growing at 25% per year. Chris discusses block storage virtualization, automated block storage tiering, file cloud storage, and automated block storage management at IBM. He shows how SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center is reducing storage costs by 50% with no noticeable performance impact to users.
BJ Klingenberg, IBM Global Technology Services
IBM Global Technology Services Uses Tivoli Storage Productivity Center (TPC) to Manage Clients’ Storage Environments
BJ Klingenberg is a Distinguished Engineer and Enterprise Storage Management lead for IBM. BJ shares his experiences using IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center in IBM’s Service Provider environment. Service Provider environments are governed by Service Level Agreements, so managing capacity, performance and availability are essential capabilities. Storage efficiency is essential to remaining competitive. See how TPC helps IBM deliver outstanding customer service at competitive prices.
Jason Buffington, ESG and Tom Hughes, IBM
ESG Update on Data Protection and Current Shifts in IT
Jason Buffington, ESG Senior Analyst, and Tom Hughes, IBM Worldwide Storage Executive discuss business and technical challenges for data protection. Tom and Jason discuss new solutions and Best Practices for protecting data more efficiently and effectively for today’s cloud, mobile and virtual environments.
Colin Dawson, IBM
Introducing TSM Operations Center
Colin Dawson, TSM Server Architect introduces Tivoli Storage Manager Operations Center, the next generation of backup administration from IBM. He describes how TSM Operations Center was designed and built, using extensive user feedback.
Jonathan Bryce, OpenStack Foundation founder and Todd Moore, IBM
OpenStack Provides Compute, Storage and Network Interoperability for Clouds
The OpenStack Foundation has gained 170 corporate and over 8,200 individual members since its inception in 2012, making it one of the fastest growing cloud standards. Jonathan Bryce, Executive Director and founder of the OpenStack Foundation, and Todd Moore, IBM Software Group Director of Interoperability and Partnerships discuss the capabilities and opportunities for building cloud solutions using OpenStack to manage compute, storage and network resources.
Deepak Advani, General Manager of Tivoli Software discusses top issues and opportunities facing clients as they adopt new breeds of applications to engage with customers and improve operations using mobile devices, cloud and analytics.
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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
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