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I wanted to share some information about an article that we just published with regards to backing up Exchange Server 2010.
Along with all the other new features of Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft introduced Database Availability Groups (DAGs). DAGs are part of the large focus that Microsoft put on High Availability and Site Resilience within Exchange Server 2010. DAGs allow you to have passive database copies (aka "replicas") that can serve as hot standbys for protection against machine failures, database failures, network failures, viruses, or other issues that may cause an access problem to a database.
DAGs are similar in function to Exchange Server 2007 Cluster Continuous Replication (CCR) replicas. However, they extend the capabilities even further. One of the key benefits that customers get when they use DAGs in their enterprise is the ability to completely offload backups from their production Exchange Servers. That means they can run all of their backups from a database copy instead of the production database so as not to impact their production Exchange servers. This enables the production Exchange Servers to spend their resources on doing what they know best, i.e. handling email and facilitating collaboration.
IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Mail : Data Protection for Exchange and IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager completely support backing up DAG passive database copies. Data Protection for Exchange and FlashCopy Manager also support using those backups to recover the production database as well as for recovering individual mailboxes and items. You can find more details in the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Mail: Data Protection for Microsoft Exchange Server Installation and User's Guide V6.1.2.
We just published an article (which includes a sample script) to help you automate backing up your Exchange Server 2010 DAG databases. We know that you will find this quite helpful in setting up your backup strategy:
Delbert Hoobler 1000008PR6 email@example.com Tags:  storage-software tivoli storage storage-blog storage-management tsm 8 Comments 7,528 Visits
Have you played around with IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager on Windows yet? If not, maybe it's time to take a look.
When you think of FlashCopy Manager, think of snapshots. FlashCopy Manager provides fast application-aware backups and restores leveraging advanced snapshot technologies. I have been writing software as a developer for IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for almost 20 years now and this technology is one that is changing the industry. Yes, snapshots have been around for a while, but it isn't until the last few years that applications are really starting to embrace them, and in some cases, even require them for their backup needs. There is just too much data to process, too much overhead to back them up, and too little time. People want their applications to serve email and provide access to database tables, not spend their precious cycles on backups. FlashCopy Manager helps address these issues.
FlashCopy Manager follows up on the heels of IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Copy Services (TSM for CS) which provided snapshot support for Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Exchange Server using Microsoft's Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS). The really cool thing is that you do not need to have a TSM Server in order to use FlashCopy Manager to manage your snapshots. It will work completely stand-alone if you want. But, if you have a TSM Server already, you can use it to extend the power of FlashCopy Manager even more.
What is VSS? VSS is Microsoft's snapshot architecture. It provides the infrastructure for applications, storage vendors, and backup vendors to be able to perform snapshots in a federated and efficient way. Microsoft thinks VSS and snapshots are important enough to require any new software releases that come out of Redmond to be able to be backed up and restored using VSS. If you are running Microsoft Exchange Server or Microsoft SQL Server, you should take a look at snapshots. Microsoft has been supporting snapshots with Exchange and SQL for years, but Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 is kicking it up a notch. Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 is only supporting backups through VSS. Yes, you heard it right, Microsoft does not support legacy style (streaming) backups with Exchange Server 2010. So, if you are planning a move to Exchange Server 2010, it really behooves you to start looking at Microsoft's Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), how it works, and the benefits and complexities it brings with it.
Microsoft's Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) is complex and involves multiple moving parts. It will pay for you to invest some time to understand more about it. I have put together some links that will help you get started:
I encourage you to take a look at Windows VSS snapshots and FlashCopy Manager to see how they might help you. Enjoy!
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I have been working in storage and storage management my entire career (which has been more years than I want to admit) and I was recently advised by a wise co-worker to start writing about it. Although blogging has been around for quite some time and has certainly increased in popularity in recent years, this is the first time I have braved this form of communication. I stared at a blank blinking cursor for inspiration and decided to write about one of my favorite storage products, the Tivoli Storage Productivity Center.
Several weeks ago IBM announced the new 4.2 release of Tivoli Storage Productivity Center. This release includes some interesting enhancements that I am excited to see in the product. One feature that has received a lot of buzz is the lightweight storage resource agents. TPC started down the path of lighter agents when they introduced a slimmer, but not completely lightweight version of the agents by moving from Java to C for enhanced performance. These new agents were limited to Windows, AIX, and Linux. The new 4.2 release added HP-UX and Solaris support as well as support for file and database-level management. The new release is backward compatible meaning that customers who want to continue using agents they set up previously can do so. New customers are no longer required to use the Common Agent Manager.
TPC 4.2 has introduced full support for XIV devices. TPC 4.1 did have toleration support for XIV (basic discovery and capacity information), but the new release you can provision, get performance information, and use the data path explorer for your XIV machine.
If you have TPC deployed on a System Storage Productivity Center (SSPC) can upgrade at any time. Customers buying a new SSPC machine after September 3, 2010 will automatically have TPC 4.2 pre-installed on the machine.
I could say a lot more about the new TPC 4.2 release, but instead I am going to point you to a wonderful blog entry that my colleague, Tony Pearson, wrote when the new release was announced. He provides some great insights about the new features in TPC 4.2.
Wow - I made it to the end of my first blog and I am beginning to understand why blogging has become so popular. I am starting to wonder why it took me so long to write my first blog?
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During Pulse 2010 in Las Vegas, I interviewed Alistair Mackenzie from Silverstring, an IBM Business Partner. Just last week Silverstring launched TSMagic; helping you understand your TSM estate like never before... See the news article for more information on TSMagic
Checkout the live video interview with Alistair:
Delbert Hoobler 1000008PR6 firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  snapshot tivoli-storage-manager storage-blog flashcopy-manager storage-management tsm flashcopy ibmstorage storage tivoli ibmsoftware storage-software 2 Comments 3,090 Visits
I wanted to let everyone know that IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager for Windows Version 2.2.1 was just released!
In June of this year, I blogged about IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager version 2.2.0. I talked about how FlashCopy Manager 2.2 provides fast application-aware backups and restores leveraging advanced snapshot technologies. I also discussed how FlashCopy Manager on Windows 2.2.0 added new support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 as well as other enhanced performance and functionality.
We continue to add more functions and features to IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager. This past Friday (December 10th, 2010), IBM released IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager Version 2.2.1 with the following changes:
Updates Applicable to All Platforms
Updates Applicable to all FlashCopy Manager components that run on AIX, Linux, and Solaris
Updates Applicable to the FlashCopy Manager for Exchange Component
Updates Applicable to the FlashCopy Manager for SQL Component
For more details on the content of this Fix Pack, refer to the technote titled What's new in the Version 2.2.1 IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy® Manager Fix Pack.
For details on downloading this Fix Pack, refer to the technote titled Version 2.2.1: Fix Pack IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy® Manager.
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IBM just announced that Tivoli Storage Manager for Mail - Data Protection for Exchange 6.1.2 and IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager 2.2 now support Microsoft Exchange Server 2010! For more details, read the FlashCopy Manager Version 2.2 announcement or see my blog from yesterday.
There are a few important things to take note of. Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 included some significant changes, a number of which affect backup and restore. For example, under Exchange Server 2010:
With the release of Data Protection for Exchange version 6.1.2 and IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager version 2.2 on June 4, 2010, we have implemented support for these changes. Here are details about the TSM functionality for Exchange Server 2010 that will be available on June 4, 2010:
Note: VSS backups to the TSM Server are enabled without the requirement for a TSM for Copy Services or FlashCopy Manager license.
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In the second half of 2009 the International Technology Group (ITG) was contracted to do a detailed analysis of IBM and competitive storage offerings for SAP to determine a three year total cost of ownership (TCO) for each product included in the comparison. ITG developed two comparisons one for Large Enterprist accounts and a second for Midmarket accounts and chose approppriate competitive offerings for the comparisons. For the Large Enterprise accounts ITG includes: EMC V-Max systems vs. IBM DS8000 Systems and HP XP2400 vs. IBM XIV Systems. For the Midmarket accounts ITG includes: HP Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) vs. IBM DS5000 Systems and HP EVA vs. IBM XIV Systems. ITG developed three year TCO comparisons and provided IBM an Executive summary and Detailed analysis report that can be share with customers.
Read the outcome of the analysis:
Title: Value Proposition for IBM System Storage Cost/Benefit Case for SAP Deployment in Midsize Installations - Executive Summary
Title: Value Proposition for IBM System Storage Cost/Benefit Case for SAP Deployment in Midsize Installations - Management Brief
Title: Value Proposition for IBM System Storage Cost/Benefit Case for SAP Deployment in Enterprise Installations - Executive Summary
Title: Value Proposition for IBM System Storage Cost/Benefit Case for SAP Deployment in Enterprise Installations - Management Brief
ITG also participated in a Webcast that is available for replay discussing the results of their studies of comparative disk systems cost for SAP environments in large and midsized organizations.
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In preparation for Pulse 2010 in Vegas, I interviewed John Connor, the Pulse track lead for Storage and Information Infrastructure, to help you generate good ideas for submitting your call for speaker abstracts for Pulse. John will actually be reviewing the submissions with a team of other folks, so here is some advice that you can leverage to increase your chances of being accepted to speak at Pulse.
Me: What are the hot topics in the area of storage and information infrastructure today?
John: The hot topics in the area of storage and information infrastructure today are how, in today's tight economy, customers are leveraging storage in their information infrastructure to improve scalability, addressing the performance of their storage management assets, cutting capital expenditures by reducing duplicate data to lower storage capacity needs and simplifying the overall management of their storage infrastructure.
Me: Which topics would you like to see presented at pulse are
John: Ideally I would like to see sessions at Pulse that highlight customer success stories, how Tivoli storage management and/or IBM storage solutions helped customers address the challenges we discussed above.
Me: Who are good candidates for submitting abstracts and why?
John: The best candidates to talk about these successes are the folks who implemented them, which would be our customers. Customers are able to discuss their return on investment and how the IBM storage solutions are benefiting them in their everyday business operations. Another good candidate would be our business partners, accompanying and co-presenting with their clients on the IBM storage solutions they've implemented.
Me: What are you looking for in a good proposal?
John: As I mentioned earlier about the topics I would like to see presented, a good proposal is a customer success story around IBM storage solutions, including Tivoli storage management software, and/or storage hardware and storage services. This proposal should describe the initial pain points or problems that existed, how our solutions helped and the lessons learned that could be applied to other customer situations. This type of proposal and session at Pulse will help others learn from each other.
Me: What are the benefits of submitting an abstract for Pulse?
John: Submitting your abstract is a great way to gain visibility for your work, and your particular solution. Customers that submit abstracts and that are selected will receive a complimentary pass to attend Pulse at no charge ($1,995 value) and admission to on site VIP client lounge. Attending Pulse is not only a great way to share your companys success by implementing IBM storage solutions, but it is also a great education and networking opportunity.
Me: What is the deadline for submitting call for speaker abstracts?
John: The deadline to submit your abstract is Nov. 20th. Dont delay, submit your proposal today.
With such great guidance from John, youre sure to write a perfect proposal. If you have any questions on submitting abstracts for Pulse or want feedback on an idea, just leave a blog comment. Also, be sure to check out this justification letter if you need that extra edge to convince your boss of the value of attending Pulse. I hope to see you there!
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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.
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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
Royse Wells, Chief Storage Architect for International Paper discusses
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
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
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
BJ Klingenberg, IBM Global Technology Services
BJ Klingenberg is a Distinguished Engineer and Enterprise Storage Management lead for IBM. BJ shares his experiences using
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
Colin Dawson, TSM Server Architect introduces
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, IBM
Optimizing IT Infrastructures for Today’s Workloads
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.
More interviews can be found at the Pulse Expo interviews playlist on www.youtube.com/ibmpulse
The opinions expressed herein are sorely mine.
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This is part 2 of a 3 part post on how somebody responsible for a private storage environment could save their company a pile of money by implementing cloud storage techniques. Part I introduced the concept of a storage hypervisor as a first step in transitioning traditional IT into a private cloud storage environment. In this 2nd post, I’m going to explain some of the key storage cloud management controls that can be used to drive down cost.
Storage services are standardized. When it comes to shopping, I avoid (at almost all costs) actually going to the store. You can keep all the time and frustration of traffic, fighting for a parking place, wondering aimlessly through aisles of choices, and standing in checkout lines. I’ll take the simplicity and speed of a good online catalog any day.
The idea of shopping from a catalog isn’t new and the cost efficiency it offers to the supplier isn’t new either. Public storage cloud service providers seized on the catalog idea quickly as both a means of providing a clear description of available services to their clients, and of controlling costs. Here’s the idea… I can go to a public cloud storage provider like Amazon S3, Nirvanix, Google Storage for Developers, or any of a host of other providers, give them my credit card, and get some storage capacity. Now, the “kind” of storage capacity I get depends on the service level I choose from their catalog. These folks each offer a small few different service level options. Amazon S3, for example, offers Standard Storage or Reduced Redundancy Storage (can you guess which one costs less?).
Most of today’s private IT environments represent the complete other end of the pendulum swing – total customization. Every application owner, every business unit, every department wants to have complete flexibility to customize their storage services in any way they want. This expectation is one of the reasons so many private IT environments have such a heavy mix of tier-1 storage. Since there is no structure around the kind of requests that are coming in, the only way to be prepared is to have a disk array that could service anything that shows up. Not very efficient… There has to be a middle ground.
Now, for each catalog entry, there are a variety of service levels that can be defined that cover things like capacity efficiency, I/O performance, data access resilience, and disaster protection. By this point you’re probably rolling your eyes because you know your application owners… and they’re going to want every byte of their data to have the highest available service in each of these areas (and you wonder why you have so much tier-1 storage). A little bit further into this post we’re going to talk about the wonder of usage-based chargeback, but we’re getting ahead of ourselves. For now, let’s assume you’re having a coherent conversation with your application owners and are able to define realistic needs for your database data. Maybe something like this…
From there, you’re back to the wizard. Actually defining the attributes of the catalog entry is a little mundane (lot’s of propeller head knobs and dials to turn), but once you’re done – you’re done! – and life get’s really efficient. So, let’s get the mundane stuff out of the way. First are the capacity efficiency and I/O performance attributes (be sure and notice that for “Database” we are telling the catalog we want virtual volumes – from a storage hypervisor. There will be a test in a paragraph or so :-)
Then the data access resilience attributes.
And finally the disaster protection attributes.
I told you it was a little mundane. But now come the exciting results that really drive cost out of the environment and save a huge amount of administrative time.
First is capital expense. You’re running mostly tier-1 disk arrays today. You have just finished defining the fifteen-ish catalog entries your company is going to use. Some, like “Database”, call for storage services that are often associated with tier-1 disk arrays. Most others don’t. With a little intelligent forecasting, you should be able to determine exactly how much tier-1 storage capability you really need, and how much lower-tier storage you can start using We’ve seen clients shift their mix from 70% tier-1 to 70% lower-tier storage (pretty significant capital expense shift). And if the thought of moving all that existing data from tier-1 to a lower tier makes you shudder, refer back to Part I of this post and look again at the data mobility provided by a good storage hypervisor (Test: did you notice that for “Database” we told the catalog we wanted virtual volumes – from a storage hypervisor…).
The second big savings is in operational expense (keep reading).
Here comes the request from an application owner for 500GB of new “Database” capacity (one of the options available in the storage service catalog) to be attached to some server. After appropriate approvals, the administrator can simply enter the three important pieces of information (type of storage = “Database”, quantity = 500GB, name of the system authorized to access the storage) and click the “Go” button (in TPC SE it’s actually a “Run now” button) to automatically provision and attach the storage. No more complicated checklists or time consuming manual procedures.
Storage is paid per use. It’s the little appreciated – but incredibly powerful tool in the quest to drive cost out of the environment. When end users are aware of the impact of their consumption and service level choices, they tend to make more efficient choices. Conversely (we all know what happens here), when there’s no correlation between service level choices and end user visibility to cost… well… you have a lot of tier-1 storage on the floor.
A chargeback tool like IBM Tivoli Usage and Accounting Manager (TUAM) completes the story we have been building…
Stay tuned for Part III of this post where I’ll explore some technical thoughts you’ll want to consider when picking a storage hypervisor.
The conversation is building! Earlier this week, fellow IBM blogger Tony Pearson joined the conversation with a perspective on Storage Hypervisor integration with VMware. And IBM blogger Rich Vining added a perspective on VMware Data Protection with a Storage Hypervisor. To cap it off, we just completed our first live group chat with over 30 IT managers, industry analysts, independent bloggers, and IBM storage experts.
Join the conversation! The virtual dialogue on this topic will continue in another live group chat on September 30, 2011 from 12 noon to 1pm Eastern Time.
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To borrow a phrase from a fellow blogger… Interest from customers on cloud storage is very, very hot, and that’s been keeping us very, very busy. The interest underscores the fact that public storage cloud providers have sent a “cost shockwave” through the industry and customers are taking notice.
While CIO’s may still be too concerned about security and service levels to put much real corporate information in the public cloud, they have taken notice that these service providers are offering storage capacity at prices that are often lower than what they are paying for their own private storage. Sure, a service provider theoretically has more economy of scale and so could demand a better price from their hardware vendors, but they also have some profit margin to build into their “service”. There has to be more to it. The customers I talk to are wondering what these service providers are doing to operate at those costs – and if any of their techniques can be applied in a private storage environment.
The situation begs the question “what is it that differentiates these public storage clouds from the traditional private storage environments that most clients operate?” From our experience with customers, there are four significant differences.
In this post, I’m going to try to explain these four concepts in sufficient detail that somebody responsible for a private storage environment could walk away with some practical recommendations that could save their company a pile of money. Most of this isn’t really original (the concepts have been around for a while), but so few enterprises operate this way that the person who introduces their company to these ideas often looks like a genius (and who doesn’t like that!!). It’s a long topic, so I’ve broken it into 3 posts.
Storage resources are virtualized. Do you remember back when applications ran on machines that really were physical servers (all that “physical” stuff that kept everything in one place and slowed all your processes down)? Most folks are rapidly putting those days behind them. Server hypervisors and the virtual machines they manage have improved efficiency (no more wasted compute resources), freed up mobility, and ushered in a whole new “cloud” language.
Well, the same ideas apply to storage. As administrators catch on to these ideas, it won’t be long before we’ll be asking the question “Do you remember back when virtual machines used disks that really were physical arrays (all that “physical” stuff that kept everything in one place and slowed all your processes down)?”
But storage hypervisors are more, much more than just virtual slices and data mobility. Remember, we’re trying to think like a service provider who is driving cost out of the equation. Sure, we’re getting high utilization from allocating virtual slices, but are we being as smart as we could be about allocating those slices? A good storage hypervisor helps you be smart.
Are you getting the picture of why so many enterprises are beginning to agree with Gartner that a storage hypervisor can be a great first step in transitioning traditional IT into a private cloud storage environment? Application owners come to you for storage capacity because you’re responsible for the storage at your company. In the old days, if they requested 500GB of capacity, you allocated 500GB off of some tier-1 physical array – and there it sat. But then you discovered storage hypervisors! Now you tell that application owner he has 500GB of capacity… What he really has is a 500GB virtual volume that is thin provisioned, compressed, and backed by lower-tier disks. When he has a few data blocks that get really hot, the storage hypervisor dynamically moves just those blocks to higher tier storage like SSD’s. His virtual disk can be accessed anywhere across vendors, tiers and even datacenters. And in the background you have changed the vendor storage he is actually sitting on twice because you found a better supplier. But he doesn’t know any of this because he only sees the 500GB virtual volume you gave him. It’s “in the cloud”.
Re: IBM Smarter Systems Announcement Webcast: Taming the Information Explosion with IBM System Storage
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Welcome to the Tivoli Storage blog.
We have gathered a team of SMEs from various areas of the business to discuss a variety of topics, spanning different interest areas including customer success stories, upcoming events, Business Partner spotlights, technical tips and tricks, product strategy, roadmaps and hot topics -- and of course, topics of interest to you!
Introducing the team!
BJ Klingenberg: Senior Technical Staff Member - Storage Software, IBM Software Group
BJ has over 25 years of storage software strategy and development experience. He has held various technical and management positions, nearly all of which have been related to storage software. His experience in Enterprise storage management includes DFSMS, DFSMShsm, DFSMSdss, and also Tivoli Storage Manager, Tivoli Storage Productivity Center (TPC) as well as System Storage SAN Volume Controler (SVC). He has also been involved in projects which apply ITIL management best practices to Enterprise Storage Management. BJ is currently focusing on storage archiving solutions. BJ is a graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, and holds a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science from the University of Arizona
Dave Rice: Business Partner Marketing, Tivoli Storage Software
Dave currently works in IBMs Worldwide Software Group where he drives Business Partner Marketing for Tivoli storage software and also has a focus on Asia Pacific and Japan geographies. In this role, Dave influences Business Partner sales pipeline through, lead/pipeline analysis, progression activities, partner communications, and implementing programs that provide Business Partner Opportunity Identification. Dave has been in a broad set of storage software marketing roles for the past 13 years, and has 35 years with IBM. Outside of IBM, Dave's interests include astronomy, as well as home and life improvement projects.
Del Hoobler: Senior Software Engineer
Del is a Senior Software Engineer that has worked for IBM for over 20 years in software design, development and services. For the past 13 years, he has worked on designing and developing software products for the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) suite of products. Most recently, Del was the technical development lead for the TSM Windows snapshot (VSS) support for Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft SQL Server. Del enjoys working with people and helping solve their complicated IT problems.
Devon Helms is currently an intern with the IBM Tivoli Software group and a second year MBA candidate at the Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine. His studies are focus on business strategy and corporate finance. Before returning to the academic world to pursue his MBA, Devon was a business operations and technology consultant. He has been involved in hundreds of engagements, analyzing and improving his customers business processes. After his studies are complete, Devon wants to continue to help clients improve the performance of their businesses through business process and financial analysis. In his free time, Devon is an avid marathon runner, rock climber, and SCUBA diver. Devon lives in Lakewood, CA with his lovely wife, Shana and his 8 year old Siberian Husky and faithful running partner, Frosty.
Greg Tevis: Tivoli Storage Technical Strategist
Greg has over 27 years in IBM storage hardware and software development. He worked in ADSM/TSM architecture and technical support in the 1990s and was one of the original architects of IBM's storage resource management solution, Tivoli Storage Productivity Center (TPC). He currently has responsibility for technology strategy for all Tivoli Storage and was involved in all of the recent IBM Storage acquisitions including XIV, Diligent, FilesX, Novus Consulting, and Arsenal Digital.
Jason has been the product manager for the Tivoli Storage Productivity Center (TPC) family since joining IBM in 2006. Prior to joining IBM, Jason was a product manager at EMC and Prisa Networks, responsible for the road map and strategy of various storage management offerings. When not helping define the direction for TPC, Jason acts as the President for Classic Soccer Club, a youth soccer club where his son currently plays.
John Connor: Product Manager
John is the Product Manager for IBMs flagship data protection and recovery offerings, the Tivoli Storage Manager family. During Johns tenure as product manager, TSM has experienced strong growth; growing faster than the overall market, and gaining market share. Prior to joining the Tivoli Storage Manager team in 2005, John helped drive the business strategy for IBM Retail Store Solutions. Prior to that, John had product and marketing roles in various IBM software businesses including WebSphere and networking software. John has an MBA from Duke University and an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Manhattan College. In his spare time, John enjoys competing in triathlons and has successfully completed an Ironman triathlon.
John R. Foley Jr.: Product Marketing Manager
John is currently a marketing manager within IBM's Tivoli storage software marketing team. John has over 20 years of experience in the areas of storage hardware, storage software and system networking. He has held positions in management, product line management, strategy, business development and marketing. In the past 10 years, he has served on multiple storage projects including SAN storage (fibre channel & iSCSI), Network Attached Storage (NAS) and fibre channel switch offerings. Most recent projects include the introduction of IBM's System Storage N series portfolio stemming from the NetApp OEM agreement and the release to market of IBM's newly introduced Tivoli Storage Productivity Center Version 4 and IBM Information Archive Version 1.
Kelly Beavers: IBM Storage Software Business Line Executive
Kelly joined the IBM Storage Software team in 2004 as Director of Strategy and Product Management for Storage Software and Solutions. Her team is responsible for guiding the development and release of products that capitalize on market/technology trends, and for defining and executing tactical go-to-market plans for IBM storage software solutions across both the Tivoli and Systems Storage brands. Kelly has 28 years with IBM where she's held a variety of roles including Finance, Pricing, Tivoli Channel Development, Director of Customer Insight, managing Market Intelligence, Customer Relations and Marketing Operations. Kelly is married with two daughters, ages 19 and 12.
Matt Anglin: Tivoli Storage Manager Development
Matt has been a member of the Tivoli Storage Manager Server Development Team for 15 years. His areas of expertise include data movement to and within the server, deduplication, shredding, and DB2 interactions. He is the AIX platform export in TSM, and is knowledgeable about other Unix, Linux, and Windows plaforms. Matt lives in Tucson, Arizona.
Matthew Geiser: Manager, Storage Software Product Management
Matt joined IBM in 2001 and has worked in product management and product development for Storage Software offerings including SAN Volume Controller, Tivoli Productivity Center, Tivoli Storage Manager and IBM Information Archive. Matt's current responsibilities include managing the product management team for the storage infrastructure management offerings. Prior to IBM, Matt worked in a variety of operations, project management and software development roles in the banking and energy industries.
Milan Patel: Senior Product Marketing Manager
Milan is responsible for Product Marketing of IBM storage software for virtualized server environments, storage clouds and of course every day issues in storage management like backup, recovery, archiving and replication. Milan has been with IBM for over 6 years working in server and storage systems and storage software marketing groups. Prior to that, Milan spent 13 years in various capacities from development to product management of various server subsystems and systems management.
Richard Vining: Product Marketing Manager
Rich is the Product Marketing Manager responsible for the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager portfolio of products. Rich joined IBM in April 2008 as part of the acquisition of FilesX, where he served as Director of Marketing. Rich has more than 20 years of experience in the data storage industry, holding senior management roles in marketing, alliances, customer support and product management at a number of leading edge companies, including Signiant, OTG Software, Plasmon and Cygnet. Rich enjoys eating, drinking, travelling and golfing (but doesn't everybody?)
Rodney Fannin: Worldwide Channel Manager, Tivoli Storage Software
Rodney has over 15 years of experience in working with Business Partners. Primary responsibilities include refining the channel strategy for Storage software and developing sales and marketing tactics to increase reseller revenue worldwide. Rodney is also a contributing author for the BP Spotlight on our blog.
Roger Wofford: Product Manager
Roger is currently a Product Manager in Tivoli Storage Software. He has experience in Manufacturing, Development, Marketing and Sales within IBM. He enjoys golf, swimming and the Rocky Mountains. Roger plans to blog about how customers use archiving solutions in their storage environments.
Ron Riffe: IBM Storage Software Business Strategist
Ron is currently the business strategist for IBM Storage Software. During the last six years, Ron has been devising and implementing IBM's storage software strategy with a focus on creating greater client value through integrating IBM storage software and storage hardware offerings. Ron has managed storage systems and storage management software for more than 23 years, holding positions in senior management, product line management, strategy and business development for both IBM System Storage and IBM Tivoli Storage. Ron has written papers on the synergies of storage automation and virtualization and frequently speaks at conferences and customer locations on the subject of storage software. Prior to joining IBM, Ron spent 10 years as a corporate storage manager for international manufacturing firm Texas Instruments after receiving a B.S. in Computer Science from Texas A&M University.
Shawn Jaques: Manager, IBM Tivoli Storage Product Management
Shawn has been in his current role as manager of storage software product management for nearly three years. The team is responsible for product strategy, content, positioning and pricing of IBM storage software solutions. Prior, Shawn had product and market management roles in other Tivoli product areas as well as a stint in Tivoli Strategy. Before joining IBM, Shawn was a Consulting Manager at Cap Gemini consulting and an Audit Manager at KPMG. Shawn has a Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Montana. He lives in Boulder, Colorado and enjoys fly-fishing, skiing and hiking with his wife and kids.
Terese Knicky: Analyst Relations Tivoli
Terese is with Tivoli's analyst relation team covering Storage, System z, Job Scheduling and IBM's General Enterprise solutions. Terese was born and raised in Omaha, NE and transplanted to Texas where she enjoys watching her two boys play college football.
And finally, let's talk about me. I'm Tiffeni Woodhams and I have been with IBM for nearly seven years. Currently, I am a Tivoli Storage Marketing Manager where I am responsible for general marketing activities, ranging from pipeline measurement and tracking, providing marketing execution guidance and communications to the geography teams; Tivoli Storage Social Media lead and co-lead for IBM Storage Social computing strategy. I also work on major launches like Dynamic Infrastructure and Information Infrastructure providing the storage messaging and linkages. Prior to this role, I have held several other marketing positions including Tivoli Provisioning Go-to-Market Manager, Benelux Software Marketing Manager focusing on Tivoli, WebSphere, and Lotus, Americas Tivoli Marketing Manager, and Tivoli Launch Strategist. In my spare time, I enjoy playing sports (basketball, softball, and golf), coaching JV girls basketball, riding horses, and spending time with family and friends.
Now that you know a little background on each of the team members, we hope that you will let us know some of your interest areas when it comes to IBM Storage and IBM Tivoli Storage Software solutions. Please post comments to this blog and let us know what you want to hear about.
Some topics we will be discussing in the next month include:
Pulse 2010, the Premier Service Management Event
Data Reduction - the steps to get to where you want to be
Archiving - why you need to do it
Unified Recovery Mangement
New Product announcements and roadmaps.
Thanks and we look forward to hearing your feedback.
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What’s the difference between Big Data and just having a lot of data? Big Data has so much volume, variety or velocity that you have to change the way you think about basic functions, such as data storage, management and protection. Often, you don’t notice a problem with Big Data until something breaks. More organizations are exploring Big Data, and a discussion about infrastructure needs can help drive project success
Last week at IBM Interconnect2015, Bernard Shen from Re-Store shared his experiences implementing Big Data solutions for business and scientific environments. Bernard began with a discussion of the similarities between scientific and business workloads, when they run at a large scale. As business data grows into the petabyte range, much can be learned from scientific workloads that use scale-out supercomputer environments. There are differences, to be sure (file sizes, use cases, etc.), but the similarities are much greater.
When data grows to multiple petabytes, traditional data management and data protection paradigms break down. For example, the time required to find, backup or restore files can be unacceptable using ordinary processes and infrastructures. Supercomputer infrastructures provide a better model, because they’re designed to provide excellent service levels, regardless of data size, by using grid architectures that expand without architectural bottlenecks.
In multi-petabyte environments, small decisions can have big financial impacts. Bernard shared an example of a Life Sciences project needing multiple petabytes of storage. After understanding how the data would be used, Re-Store recommended a flash system for production workloads, funded by storing inactive data on lower cost storage. The solution delivers better performance than expected and saves millions of dollars, compared to the original proposal. Sometimes, it pays to get a second opinion.
Bernard also shared Best Practices for backup and restores in very large environments. Re-Store has experience with remote mirroring, snapshots, incremental backup, and Hierarchical Space Management. By using a combination of techniques, clients can reduce total costs without sacrificing data protection goals.
If your Big Data project uses all-disk storage, you may be spending too much and getting too little in return. Are you ready for a different approach? You could be spending more on innovation, and less on infrastructure.
Learn about Big Data infrastructure solutions from Re-Store and IBM at Caris Life Sciences and University of Colorado. Watch InterConnect General Session Keynotes via InterConnectGO. To stay connected, follow the conversation by using the hashtag #IBMInterConnect or #IBMStorage on Twitter.
About the Author
Mike Barton is a Worldwide Storage Marketing Manager at IBM. Prior to 2007, Mike was a Technical Manager and Principal IT Specialist for IBM, and a Sales Rep and Principal IT Specialist for Sybase. He holds ITIL Foundation and Gartner Group TCO Certifications. Mike has been with IBM over 15 years and has over 25 years of Information Technology experience. The opinions expressed herein are his own.
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On Monday evening, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Product Manager, Tom O’Brien, provided an update on the Data Protection roadmap. A roadmap is a high level development plan that helps customers, business partners and subject matter experts prepare for new capabilities. Check back with the IBM Systems Storage blog for a posting about the Data and Storage Management roadmap, and other storage sessions at InterConnect.
The TSM Family development team is continuing their mission to make IBM storage software more useful (intelligent, intuitive and transparent). The roadmap is focused on innovations that matter, such as better support for hybrid clouds, administration changes that can reduce human error and large scale environment support.
IBM’s transparent development process creates working partnerships with customers throughout the design and development process, with the goals of implementing new features right the first time, and in the right priority order.
I would like to thank the customers who have participated in Beta and Early Access Programs. You’ve done a fantastic job. I encourage readers to participate in these programs and contribute your ideas. If you’re interested, please send a note to Lorena Colston, firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Storage Pool Called ‘DEDUP’
IBM is building a new type of Storage Pool designed for disk-to-disk backups using TSM deduplication. The new design differs from deduplication in prior TSM versions, in that deduplication occurs in-line, at the time of the backup, rather than later, as a post-processing step. That means TSM deduplication works more like deduplication Data Domain and ProtecTIER deduplication appliances, but without the cost and limitations.
‘Dedup’ storage pools have additional benefits. There is less TSM server processing that can interfere with backup windows: Deduplication, reclamation and database reorganization.
Cloud Storage Pools
Cloud storage pools will give TSM Administrators fast access to nearly infinite amounts of storage pool space. No more waiting for data center storage provisioning. No more stress about running out of space in the backup environment.
Cloud storage pools will be easy to deploy. Policies and security are managed from your on-premises TSM environment. TSM servers are not required at the Cloud Service Provider facility.
Web-based self-service restore portal
There’s no service like self-service, especially for data recovery. When data is lost, you want it recovered fast – and the fewer people who know, the better. IBM is building a recovery portal that data owners can use without special training or software. Restores can be requested anytime, from anywhere.
Data Centers and Service Providers will be able to handle day-to-day restore requests without customer service requests or administrator time.
The restore portal is planned initially for VM workloads, but designed to expand to more workloads over time.
Off-site Replication for Everyone
It’s a challenge to move daily backups to recovery centers, in such a way that applications can be recovered quickly should the primary site becomes unavailable. For many organizations, this is an expensive and risky form of insurance, to cover something that will probably never happen. And, like most insurance, it’s no fun to pay or experience a loss.
IBM is making off-site backup replication faster and easier. Set up and monitoring will be integrated into TSM Operations Center. Like other TSM Operations Center features, replication setup is done with a few mouse clicks, and can be monitored at-a-glance, from any browser enabled device.
Performance will be faster, particularly in bad network neighborhoods. Network optimization enables consistently fast throughput, even over long distances and in environments with high packet loss.
These capabilities, combined with Recovery Simulators already available, create a modern data protection environment that gives you confidence your data is protected.
Easier to Buy and Deploy
Two packaging changes are planned: TSM Suite for Unified Recovery will add FlashCopy Manager, and a new pre-packaged TSM Virtual Appliance is expected.
... And That's Not All
Several other planned capabilities were discussed, too. This blog only touches on the highlights. Contact your IBM seller or IBM Business Partner for additional details.
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About the Author
Mike Barton is a Worldwide Storage Marketing Manager at IBM. Prior to 2007, Mike was a Technical Manager and Principal IT Specialist for IBM, and a Sales Rep and Principal IT Specialist for Sybase. He holds ITIL Foundation and Gartner Group TCO Certifications. Mike has been with IBM over 15 years and has over 25 years of Information Technology experience. The opinions expressed herein are his own.
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This morning at IBM InterConnect, IBM executives Steve ‘Woj’ Wojtowecz and Michelle Steen kicked off a week of storage sessions with a broad ranging discussion that included Software Defined Storage, product announcements, and roadmaps.
Over 60 storage sessions this week! There will be presentations by customers, Business Partners, and IBM experts. Sessions will feature cloud solutions, storage for Big Data and Analytics, software-defined storage, data protection updates and more. My colleagues and I will blog about as many sessions as we can, so check the IBM Systems Storage blog for the latest news.
Michelle Steen, Ph. D.
Mgr., IBM Storage Product Management
Software Defined Storage
Last week, IBM announced Spectrum Storage, a Software Defined Storage family of solutions (For details, please see the IBM Press Release, Computerworld, Datamation, Woj’s blog or my blog). Software Defined Storage is the next logical iteration for the intelligence that manages storage systems. Originally, storage management software, such as RAID, ran on servers. At the time, there was no processing power available on disk systems. As disk systems became more powerful, the intelligence moved onto storage systems, where it could deliver better performance. Today, storage systems can be defined entirely in software, not tied to physical storage or servers, creating the opportunity to significantly reduce costs and improve business agility.
Software Defined Storage will be a key enabler for hybrid clouds, internet marketplaces and other applications that require data to be more mobile.
IBM’s approach to Software Defined Storage is more valuable to customers. Other approaches provide minimal capability and try to lock in a particular brand of hardware. IBM’s approach is open, comprehensive, and uses core technology that’s been proven in Data Centers, so it’s ready to be deployed today.
IBM Storage Insights (beta)
A new cloud-based solution running on SoftLayer, Storage Insights deploys in as little as 30 minutes and starts sharing insights immediately. For example, you can quickly identify unused and misallocated storage for reclamation, which can postpone the next storage capacity upgrade. Proprietary analytics from IBM Research provides storage tier optimization recommendations, which can reduce users’ per terabyte cost of storage by up to 50%. Application and department views of storage help data owners ‘see’ their storage, often for the first time. An optional Performance Management module helps troubleshoot application performance issues and optimize data placement.
IBM Virtual Storage Center v5.2.5
Virtual Storage Center (VSC) expands support for IBM Spectrum Scale (GPFS) and Elastic Storage Systems (ESS) file-based storage management. Version 5.2.5 new reports, hard and soft quota views, and performance management. Now, performance can be analyzed in near real time, from the perspective of the file system, its underlying storage, and the fabric in between. This update is the 3rd phased deployment of management capabilities for the Spectrum Scale platform, making VSC the most robust management software for Spectrum Scale.
Learn more about Virtual Storage Center on IBM.com.
IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager v18.104.22.168
FlashCopy Manager (FCM) expands support to include Spectrum Scale snapshots. This addition provides new options for large file system owners. Now, one vendor supports the data owners’ choice of remote mirroring, managed snapshots, incremental backups and policy-based hierarchical space management. You don’t have to pay for the high cost option for all your data, as competitors often recommend.
Learn more about FlashCopy Manager on IBM.com.
Tivoli Storage Manager on the Cloud
IBM Business Resiliency Services announced the availability of Cloud Managed Backup services on SoftLayer, using Tivoli Storage Manager. The solution enables fast deployment of business-class hybrid cloud and cloud-to-cloud managed backup services. IBM has emerged as one of the top managed backup services for business workloads. TSM is the #1 platform in both signings and terabytes managed for IBM Cloud Managed Backup service.
Learn more about IBM Resiliency Services solutions on IBM.com.
Michelle Steen also introduced product roadmaps for both Data and Storage Management (Spectrum Control, TPC/VSC) and Data Protection and Recovery (Spectrum Control, TSM Family). There will be separate breakout sessions this evening and Tuesday afternoon. Please check back for separate blog posts on roadmap sessions. The future is about hybrid clouds, software defined storage, new performance / scalability limits, and usability.
About the Author
Mike Barton is a Worldwide Storage Marketing Manager at IBM. Prior to 2007, Mike was a Technical Manager and Principal IT Specialist for IBM, and a Sales Rep and Principal IT Specialist for Sybase. He holds ITIL Foundation and Gartner Group TCO Certifications. Mike has been with IBM over 15 years and has over 25 years of Information Technology experience. The opinions expressed herein are his own.
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IBM InterConnect 2015 – the premier conference for cloud and mobile kicks off from February 22 – 26 in Las Vegas, Nevada - to deliver one of the most comprehensive technology events ever. While the excitement has already begun, let’s take a look at the top 5 reasons why you shouldn’t miss IBM InterConnect 2015:
InterConnect 2015 offers you over 42 tracks, 8 streams, 3 general sessions to learn from the top industry experts about the latest and the greatest trends and technologies. From development to architecture to operations, InterConnect will provide 1500+ sessions worth of the best education, networking, and exhibits on topics like cloud, mobile, security, DevOps, and more. For instance, hear the latest IBM strategies from key executives like Tom Rosamilia, IBM SVP and gain insight from the General Session guest speakers, Barbara Corcoran, Daymond John, and Robert Herjavec of ABC's Shark Tank. InterConnect 2015 also offers you an opportunity to build your own agenda. Click here to learn more.
Save the date for the InterConnect 2015 Business Partner Summit, being held on February 22nd. This one-day summit offers a wide range of content and relationship building activities; networking with IBM executives, product and industry experts, and other Business Partners; and features bestselling author, venture capitalist, and entrepreneur Josh Linkner as the guest speaker. Download the Business Partner Summit Program Guide.
With great software, comes great responsibility! This year, thousands of software developers, architects, designers, and programmers will leave their language, platform, and editor wars behind to come together for two days of sessions, training, and building with the people and companies who are creating the new technology landscape. Hack, make, break, and shake with people who are super smart at what they do. Just like you. Click here to see what to expect from dev @InterConnect.
The Solution EXPO at InterConnect 2015 is the hub for networking, collaboration, and engagement. We’ve also incorporated new architectural elements which create a modern, functional space that facilitates the many demos and discussions taking place on the EXPO floor. Click here to check the key features included in the Solution EXPO at InterConnect 2015.
InterConnectGO is the digital interactive platform for InterConnect 2015. Hosted by gamer and video star Veronica Belmont, the event features three full days of live streaming video straight to your laptop or mobile device. If you have colleagues who can’t attend InterConnect 2015, encourage them to register for InterConnectGO for the free online digital experience. Also, if you like being on social, there’s a whole new opportunity waiting for you. Just share your InterConnect story or experience and get a chance to be featured as InterConnect Social Jockey on @IBMStorage. Don’t forget to mention @IBMStorage and include hashtag #IBMInterConnect in your posts.
Isn’t it exciting! So what are you waiting for? Register now and be a part of InterConnect 2015 experience! For up-to-the-minutes updates, follow #IBMInterConnect or #IBMStorage on Twitter. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to seeing you at InterConnect 2015!
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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.
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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:
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:
The aspects of cloud data protection solution can be summarized as:
Finally, there are various object storage use cases for TSM cloud currently available including:
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.
Technical Edge 2014: Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments -- A Data Protection for VMWare Case Study
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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:
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:
Now About Those Ratios
Therefore, the main takeaway -- with the right strategy, use of TSM blueprinte and the following simplified estimate considerations:
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.
Scheduling Scope -- How to Achieve multiple retention policies.
Design Environment Constraints:
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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:
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:
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:
IBM Virtual Storage Center users were far more successful than their peers using EMC or VMware storage management solutions:
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:
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
Jason Davison 0600024QUH email@example.com Tags:  defined virtual sds sde management virtualization #thecube storage environments ibm analytics #ibmedge center itg software data openstack 2,317 Visits
[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:
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:
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:
Meghna Chatterjee 270004F02J MEGCHATT@IN.IBM.COM Tags:  center virtualization storage ibm virtual vsc 1,447 Visits
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!
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……
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.”
Meghna Chatterjee 270004F02J MEGCHATT@IN.IBM.COM Tags:  analysis tsm aer storage manager ibm data backup assessment butterfly tivoli 1,315 Visits
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?
AER is the Key
Meet the Butterfly Storage and Backup Assessment Team at Pulse 2014
Delbert Hoobler 1000008PR6 firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  flashcopy-manager storage tivoli-storage tsm 2,170 Visits
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!
Stuart Thomson 060000ANDS email@example.com Tags:  efficiency recovery storage and backup ibm management riffe decisions ron 3,149 Visits
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.
Ron Riffe 100000EXC7 firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  center vipr software-defined vsc defined virtualization virtual emc and managing tagged ibm storage software 2,670 Visits
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.
Scott Drummond 0600028HWC email@example.com Tags:  tpc edge and technical tsm storage tivolii vsc management edge2013 backup recovery 2,380 Visits
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:
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:
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.
Ron Riffe 100000EXC7 firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  storage_hypervisor softwaredefinedstorage storage idc hypervisor virtualization 1,567 Visits
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...
Ron Riffe 100000EXC7 email@example.com Tags:  softwaredefinedstorage storage_hypervisor virtual_storage_center storage hypervisor cloud vsc 1,131 Visits
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.
Check out my latest post in TheLine for the rest of the story.
Ron Riffe 100000EXC7 firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  softwaredefinedstorage vsc snw esg hypervisor storage virtual_storage_center storage_hypervisor 1,056 Visits
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.
Richard Vining 2700019R2A email@example.com Tags:  virtual_storage_center storage snw vsc hypervisor esg storage_hypervisor 1,224 Visits
In response to: Storage hypervisor round table at SNW Spring 2013Great timing on this post, Ron. I was just reading an editorial by Rich Castagna on searchstorage.com (http://searchstorage.techtarget.com/opinion/Software-defined-storage-Is-hardware-obsolete), 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.
Ron Riffe 100000EXC7 firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  esg virtual_storage_center hypervisor vsc storage_hypervisor snw storage 1,231 Visits
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.
Maria Huntalas 1200007VFS email@example.com Tags:  tivoli tsm management pulse back-up recovery disaster tpc storage and cloud ibmpulse 2,902 Visits
Wow! What an exciting week it has been at Pulse 2013! Especially, for Tivoli Storage! In addition to the inspiring words of Day 3’s keynote speaker, Peyton Manning, I was also equally inspired by many of our Tivoli Storage Business Partners like Cobalt Iron, Silverstring, Front-Safe and STORServer, who led sessions on exciting topics like how to create a cloud service in a TSM environment, to how to transform your data backup costs into business opportunities.
Lets start with the final day of Pulse General Sessions which kicked off to a packed auditorium…..Jamie Thomas, IBM Tivoli VP of Strategy and Development, took the stage first with a panel of IBM Experts including CTOs Dave Lindquist, Jerry Cuomo, Sandy Bird, and Sky Matthews. These key technology leaders, with Jamie facilitating the discussion, led us through their technology roadmaps around what’s new and what’s coming in Cloud, Security Intelligence, the Mobile Enterprise and Smarter Physical Infrastructure. Following this panel discussion, Bruce Ross, General Manager for IBM GTS, helped explain how his team is helping to enable the acceleration of cloud services. It was a great line-up of experts and many shared examples of how our technologies are driving innovation. You can watch the replay of the General Session here.
Next up on the main stage was Pulse 2013 Guest Speaker Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos. Peyton gave a heartfelt speech on the “art and science of decision-making.” Are you making the right decisions to deliver innovation? Are you sticking to your decisions?...were some of the key topics covered. Offering his perspective on Leadership, I think my favorite all-time quote was this: “You can either be a warrior or a worrier.” So true. Decisions backed by facts and data analysis helps you drive the best decisions, and technology has greatly impacted this process, he pointed out. Scott Hebner, WW Tivoli VP of Marketing, joined him onstage with some great Q&A, that ended with Scott going long, “up and out,” to catch a bullet pass from Peyton. And, yes, pass caught, no fumble! Thank goodness.
Now, on to our Tivoli Storage sessions today which featured many of our Business Partners. Thomas Bak, CSO & Partner of Denmark-based Front-safe, kicked off the morning with a very interactive discussion on the topic of how to create cloud service around your Tivoli Storage Manager environment. Front-safe, a recent 2013 Beacon Award winner, is bringing TSM into new markets via a cloud-enabled portal. He mentioned 3,000 end customers are already using this solution for backup, and backing up literally 10,000+ servers! Front-safe’s new cloud backup service provider, i-Sanity, also addressed their model of “backup as a service” and they are the first Front-safe backup service provider in South Africa. You can learn more by watching this great Front-safe video here.
Silverstring Ltd, another Tivoli
Storage Business Partner, led a session with customer Rabobank International, a
large global financial institution with many dispersed TSM systems, who told us
all about best practices that have been used for daily TSM administration. Great content was also shared that focused on
how these best practices and cloud-based automation software can be combined to
actually lower the cost of delivering TSM services and improve service levels.
Later in the
day, Richard Spurlock of Cobalt Iron
held an engaging session on how to transform your backup costs into business
opportunities. Cobalt Iron combines TSM
backup with a cloud experience in a simple deployment model that’s all about
flexible deployment options. Richard
really helped the audience better grasp how the costs and complexity of
enterprise backup can really “bankrupt” its value – and how Cobalt Iron’s
solutions can leverage your backup investments into a flexible and high
value data protection solution. Earlier
in the week, Cobalt Iron had been honored as a recipient of the 2013 Tivoli
Business Partner Awards finalist. Congratulations!
In one of the final Pulse 2013 storage sessions of the day, Business Partner STORServer delivered a compelling presentation on how to provide Backup-as-a-Service with their STORServer Backup Appliance and TSM. This session was of great help for both large enterprises who were looking for how best to charge for backup services, and also MSPs looking for additional revenue streams.
We also heard from customers like Nyherji who told the audience all about how they use FlashCopy Manager with TSM Node Replication to increase service levels and obtain high availability. I was especially interested to hear about all the stellar benefits that these Tivoli storage solutions brought to their business – from absolutely 0 downtime to hugely improved backup and recovery times. As a result, Petur Eythorsson of Nyherji, told a great story of how they completely redesigned their TSM environment and added TSM Node Replication and FlashCopy Manager to complete this solution.
I wrapped up my week at Pulse 2013 visiting with both old and new friends and colleagues later that evening, continuing to recap what was my 3rd, and, I believe, BEST Pulse ever! Congratulations and thank you to the IBM Tivoli Pulse team for a job well done.....I can’t imagine how the next Pulse will trump this one, but, in true Tivoli fashion, I am sure it will.
And, in case you are having Pulse 2013 withdrawals already, we’ve captured some engaging storage videos this week that are already available to you now. I hope you can take a moment to relive some of the great Tivoli Storage moments this week and listen to all the great things that analysts, thought leaders, our customers, and Business Partners are saying about Tivoli Storage solutions:
Plus, great Livestream footage:
And, in case you would like to hear more about what’s new and cool coming from Tivoli Storage, you can always join us again in Vegas this June for IBM Edge2013, which will bring you more opportunities to connect with your colleagues and learn about industry best practices for storage management, virtualization, and cloud technologies.
Live from Pulse2013 recap – Tuesday, March 4, 2013 -- Tuesday Was All About Client Implementation and Experiences!
Stuart Thomson 060000ANDS firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  and pulse back-up tpc management disaster tsm ibmpulse tivoli storage recovery cloud 3,633 Visits
Following an outstanding PurePalooza party on Monday night that featured a 2-hour performance by 6-time Grammy Award winner Carrie Underwood, you might have expected Tuesday’s General Session to be a little quieter than usual. However, that wasn’t the case at all as the energetic vibe from today’s session picked up right where Monday left off -- helping to quickly shake off the effects of a wild Monday night for many.
This morning’s 90-minute general session was themed “Best Practices in Action” and featured a client panel of IT leaders from AT&T, Equifax, Carolinas Healthcare System and the Port of Cartagena sharing how they are converting opportunities from Cloud, Mobility and Smarter Physical Infrastructures into tangible business outcomes.
The Unified Recovery & Storage Management track picked up on the General session theme with Tuesday’s breakout sessions featuring no fewer than TEN Tivoli Storage clients sharing real-life examples of how they were applying IBM Tivoli Back-Up and Recovery and Storage Management solutions to address a host of complex challenges. While this represents a just a tiny sliver of the valuable content, some of the session take-aways included:
• Irfan Karachiwala (Ph. D), Manager, Enterprise Data Strategy at Kindred Healthcare, a post-acute healthcare provider with over 450 locations in the U.S. has realized improvements in Recovery Point and Recovery Time Objectives by switching from data only backups to VM-based image back-ups using Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments;
On a day that put IBM clients “front and center”, it was only fitting to close Tuesday with the Tivoli Storage Birds of Feather meeting. This two hour, highly-interactive discussion gave clients the opportunity to get all their questions answered and provide direct feedback to Tivoli Storage Executives, Developers and Product Managers.
Based on the buzz around the Storage breakouts it was clear that the client focus on Tuesday was a hit so a huge thank-you to all the clients who took the time to prepare and share their stories at Pulse2013. Pulse wouldn't be a reality without your contributions!!!
As another Pulse begins to wind down, it’s time to start thinking about IBM Edge2013 in June. The Edge conference will bring us back to Las Vegas to hear more clients describe how they are Optimizing Storage and IT. If you weren’t able to join the 8000 of us at Pulse2013, start making plans to attend Edge by finding out everything you need to know (including the early-bird discount available through the end of April) at the IBM Edge2013 Conference website.
Sudipta Datta 270004UTF4 email@example.com Tags:  tsm gartner chris pulse partners storage birthday #ibmpulse business 2013 celebration ibm 2,292 Visits
Day 1 at Pulse 2013 was grand and exciting! I am not in Vegas and how do I know? No points for guessing, all thanks to social media #IBMPulse and my friends in Vegas who are tweeting away every moment of the event.
Today is for IBM’s business partners! Deepak Advani, Tivoli General Manger reemphasized on the role of Business partners and how critical it is for IT innovations to achieve business results. Todd has very well captured the essence of this event in his Pulse blog.
Day 1 was also the day of awards!! Congratulations are in order
!IBM Tivoli Award for Best Data Management Center Solution was picked up by CobaltIron. CobaltIron will cover their solution during their Wednesday session, including how to transform data backup costs into a business opportunity – a must attend session! (Watch out for session# 1914, Room# 114, 2:00pm on Mar 6)
Front-Safe got the IBM Tivoli Award for the Best Cloud Solutions. Watch out for their session on March 6 (session# 2436, room# 114) highlighting how to create a Cloud Service around IBM Tivoli Storage Manager.
Then came the real example of how we turn opportunities to positive outcomes, Chris Gartner! We talk about technologies all day, but the one that created ripples in twitter.com was the “Pursuit for Happiness”. Thanks Todd for live blogging from Pulse.
Day 1 evening was reserved for Birthday Celebrations! Yes, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Birthday turns 20!! The celebration marks two decades of back-up and recovery management leadership. Solution expo hall was abuzz with storage enthusiasts! Thanks to Dave Russell of Gartner Inc for having joined TSM's 20th birthday celebrations!! Needless to say, what a great way to network with Storage experts from around the world!
And what a way to end the Day 1, but a musical extravaganza! Bella Electric Strings performed at the Expo opening.
Thanks folks for bringing Pulse to people who are tracking and trending the world over. What I may not know is how much you all won in the blackjack J..Have a good one!
Jason Davison 0600024QUH firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  virtual smartcloud center performance cloud tivoli storage optimization vsc 2,773 Visits
Storage has seen tremendous growth in recent years due to the size, type, and complexity of data that is being created. Multimedia files, efforts to go “Green”, and the general desire to be more collaborative in our daily work with all of our data on hand as needed has increased the demand for storage. Analysts state that half of all data in existence today was created within the last five years. What does that say about what the next five years hold?
Latest ESG Report: Tivoli Storage Manager proves to be a “turnkey” solution to a range of data protection issues
Sudipta Datta 270004UTF4 email@example.com Tags:  deduplication esg data ibm backup protection tivoli tsm manager storage analyst review 4,154 Visits
Data protection matters! Actually it matters even more with the advent of big data. The unique challenges of managing & protecting big data has forced IT professionals to relook at their data backup & protection policies.And when they were asked what they would characterize as challenges with their organizations’ current data protection processes and technologies, “cost” & “need to reduce back up time” came out to be the major concerns.
Every year ESG conducts a forward looking spending intention survey. They shared a couple of interesting facts that do not surprise but definitely reinstate my thoughts. When organizations were asked what they would consider most important IT priorities over the next 16-18 months, 30 percent responded back saying “improved data backup & recovery”!
ESG analysts Mark Peters and Tony Palmer shared these insights as they took us through the results of their lab testing on Tivoli Storage Manager. If you are not familiar with IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM), it is a scalable client/server software primarily designed for centralized, automated data protection. The goal of the ESG report is to educate IT professionals and provide insight into the advanced data backup technologies such as forever incremental back up, deduplication and why it is so important in current scenario. Click here for the ESG video.
The TSM Lab validation was performed using a combination of hands on testing, audits of IBM customers in live production environments and detailed discussion with IBM experts. The objective is to validate some of the valuable features and functions of the product and show how those can be used to solve real customer problems, and identify any area of improvement.
IBM has continuously invested in TSM platform bringing innovation to data protection and recovery. ESG evaluates how the newer versions of TSM provide a turnkey solution to a range of data protection issues. They found that the two technologies (deduplication and progressive incremental backups) working in tandem were able to achieve 90 percent data reduction after just six incremental backups and 95 percent data reduction after ten backups. Replication function is also fully integrated with deduplication, thus optimizing quicker recovery during disasters. TSM uses policy-based automation along with intelligent move-and-store techniques, helping to reduce data administration efforts. Over all, ESG’s validation rightfully points to the key enhancements to the TSM platform that drive greater scalability, efficiency, and data availability.
Please register and download the detail 23 page ESG Lab Validation Report here.
Opinions are my own
Stuart Thomson 060000ANDS firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  tivoli pulse recovery data storage protection ibm backup management 3,042 Visits
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:
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.
Richard Vining 2700019R2A email@example.com Tags:  volume hypervisor manager unified vcenter restore protection controller backup recovery vsphere data cloud storage tivoli vadp vm ibmpulse productivity center san 3,197 Visits
Please plan to join IBM and thousands of your peers at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, March 3 to 6, 2013.
PULSE 2013 is IBM’s premier event focused on business transformation and IT optimization, helping clients learn how to turn opportunities into outcomes.
As the planet becomes smarter, it becomes clear that a solid, robust, scalable and cost-effective IT infrastructure is required to create, store and manage all the information at the heart of these new opportunities.
Unified Recovery and Storage Management is the cornerstone track within the Cloud and IT Optimization stream at PULSE 2013. We are putting together a very excited agenda, and I’d like to give you a preview of what you can learn from your peers, thought leaders, and yes, a few IBMers, by attending this track.
During the 3 days of breakout sessions, you will learn how many of our customers have started on this journey, including best practices and outcomes. Our speakers include subject matter experts from:
• Two major banks
• Two universities
• Five healthcare organizations
• Several consumer and industrial companies
• Five managed service providers
• A leader in media and entertainment
Some of the top-of-mind topics that will be covered include management and protection of virtualized server and storage environments; advancements in disaster recovery and business continuity; storage in the Cloud, storage as the Cloud, and storage to the Cloud; backup consolidation and simplification; and how to easily cost-justify an efficiency improvement project to your management.
You will also have the opportunity to learn about new products and enhancements – we can’t tell you what they are yet, but we’re pretty excited.
You can see who our expert speakers are, what they’ll be speaking about, and start to build your experience at Pulse this year by visiting the Pulse SmartSite and Agenda Builder at: http://www.pulsesmartsite.com/
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Richard Vining 2700019R2A firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  restore vm productivity center backup vsphere volume manager virtual vadp tivoli data unified hypervisor controller san vcenter protection recovery storage cloud 3,935 Visits
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.
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Sudipta Datta 270004UTF4 email@example.com Tags:  virtualization customer server cloud software client manage telecom virtual-storage virtualization;data storage study infrastructure ; case manager it quote 6,819 Visits
Server virtualization and storage virtualization go hand in hand. Centralized, virtualized storage is crucial for advanced server virtualization to be flexible and easy to manage. Companies are realizing that to unleash the real potential of cloud agile infrastructure, storage virtualization has to become mainstream like server virtualization.
For many companies, there is a constant need for additional storage resources to support growing volumes of information. And if you don’t focus on managing your storage infrastructure, you can find that one virtual server is running out of storage capacity, even while there is ample capacity in other parts of the network.
With storage virtualization, companies now can make better use of existing investments in disk capacity and can often postpone the need to purchase additional capacity. As storage becomes virtualized, it becomes easier to manage and helps companies to adapt to business needs much faster. And not to forget, it actually costs less!
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I Have New Job!
Interop New York 2012 / Enterprise Cloud Summit – Oct. 1 – 5, New York
IBM InterConnect 2012 – Oct. 9 – 11, Singapore
SAP TechEd – Oct. 15 – 19, Las Vegas, NV
IBM Information On Demand – Oct. 21 – 25, Las Vegas, NV
IBM Business Without Limits Storage Days – various dates & locations
Oct. 18, PhiladelphiaOct. 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 email@example.com 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 Storage Management
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 platform.
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 infrastructure.
IBM’s Business Without Limits event will have the following Storage Tracks:
• Understanding the pivotal role of storage in modern data center
• Modernizing backup and unifying recovery
• Send your data protection headaches to the cloud
• Advanced 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!
Michael Barton 100000SJBP email@example.com Tags:  ibm analytics svc virtualization information-lifecycle snapshot tiering smartcloud cloud-storage storage vmworld business-transformation 3,832 Visits
As an IBM marketing manager, my job includes writing about storage technology. This post is about more than technology, though. It’s about a new breakthrough capability for managing storage costs and service levels.
I recently met with IBM Distinguished Engineer, Mike Sylvia, who has been working on a Business Transformation project to enable automated right tiering for storage in IBM data centers. Right tiering is the notion that data should be hosted on the optimal storage tier to balance cost and performance requirements.
Mike explained that applications tend to be hosted on top tier storage. When he analyzed actual usage patterns, Mike found most data can be effectively hosted on lower cost storage. Mike’s project put numbers to a problem that is often hidden from view and, until now, nearly impossible to solve.
Hosting data on the wrong storage tier turns out to be a huge efficiency problem. Mike predicts IBM will save $13 million over 3 years in one data center, by periodically moving data to the right tier. During the pilot, users saw their cost for storage drop by 50% per TB on average. This is big.
Like many advancements, IBM’s automated right tiering capability is accomplished by integrating existing technology. Mike Sylvia’s project combines storage virtualization, storage management automation and analytics. Today, IBM offers the technology in a bundled solution called SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center.
How does it work?
Step 1. IBM’s storage virtualization controller collects detailed usage metrics about storage it manages throughout the data center, without impacting application performance.
Step 2. IBM’s Storage Analytics Engine studies usage patterns over time to understand performance requirements.
Step 3: Storage tier recommendations are generated in reports that can be shared with application owners and IT management.
Step 4: Storage virtualization enables online data migration, with no disruption to applications or users.
Repeat: Usage patterns change over time, of course, so right tiering becomes an ongoing process.
Why does it work?
Automated right tiering delivers the efficiency benefits of Information Lifecycle Management without the headaches and hidden costs. Automated right tiering has significant benefits for both data owners and IT leaders, so everyone wins.
For example, application and database owners can gain the following benefits:
Applications can move to top tier storage when they need it, without waiting for a maintenance window.
Average storage costs drop significantly, without a drop in services.
IT leaders benefit, too. For example:
Storage tier decisions are based on analysis of actual usage patterns, not predictions. Storage performance management tasks are eliminated.
Data can quickly and easily be moved back to its original storage tier if requested, without incurring an outage.
IBM automated right tiering works with most storage systems, so deployment is nondisruptive.
The technology that enables automated right tiering has significant additional benefits, such as the ability to eliminate scheduled outages for storage system maintenance.
Problem solved. How has your organization addressed the storage right tiering challenge?
Watch a video of Mike Sylvia describing his automated right tiering project at the IBM Edge conference in June, 2012.
Listen to IBM storage virtualization expert and master inventor, Barry Whyte’s 2-part webcast called, “Storage Virtualization - IBM SVC – Benefits”, in April, 2012
Visit IBM’s Virtualized SAP Demo and other smarter solutions at VMworld August 26-30, 2012 in
IBM has bundled automated right tiering technology into a new solution called SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center, available through IBM sellers and Business Partners.
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IDC has recently released its Worldwide Storage Software QView for the first quarter of 2012. In it, IDC estimates that the total Storage Software market for 1Q12 grew about 3.3% over 1Q11. IBM had a solid quarter while Symantec faltered, allowing IBM to take the overall #2 share rank position for 1Q12.
§ In Data Protection and Recovery, IBM held its #2 share rank position, gaining 1.8 points of share over 1Q11.
§ IBM retained its #1 position for Archiving Software growing faster than the market. HP holds #2 spot with its 2011 acquisition of Autonomy.
IBM offers a comprehensive, flexible storage management software portfolio that helps organizations address storage management challenges across the enterprise, including data centers, remote/branch offices and desktop/laptop computers. Learn more about the specific components within the IBM storage software family that can help you create a more responsive and resilient storage infrastructure for your on demand business.
Branavan Ganesan 110000SGFR email@example.com Tags:  business-analytics big-data storage tivoli 1,382 Visits
In a previous post, we talked about the recent reviews that the Tivoli Storage Productivity Center (TPC) received. In particular, we are very pleased with the 'Leader' designation received in the recent Gartner Magic Quadrant review for Storage Resource Management.
Its not just the analyst reactions that are positive. Based upon a customer focused feature list, the product team undertook an overhaul of the Graphical User Interface (GUI) and introduced a dashboard that provideseasy touse comprehensive reporting. To ensure they had got it right, the proposed changes were demonstrated on the Expo floor at the Pulse 2012 conference in Las Vegas earlier this year. Responses from the user base were enthusiastic, to the extent that this next iteration is quickly becoming a sought after item.
A beta test program was initiated at the conference, as the true litmus test that the proposed new features would stand the test in a true production environment. Early responses point to some interesting observations. When polled about their experiences with the next evolution of the product, one of the most talked about aspects were features provided to simplify complex reporting. Beta testers derived great time and productivity benefits from having a picture of the full storage environment; something they had to previously go to multiple places together. A common benefit registeredwas time savings when it came to complex reporting.
What is compelling however is the business analytics that this next iteration yields. Tivoli Storage Productivity Center (TPC) provides detailed topology viewsof the entire storage infrastructure. In the overhauled GUI, administrators can observe the overall health of the environment instantly. A simple 'right click' provides detailedviews on each of the storage network entities. The facilitation of these environment wideviews led a beta customer to observe that 'more than just the storage engineer can now get a simple view of their SAN environment'. What does this mean? It means that what started out as a time saver for the practitioners - the storage engineers - now becomes an entryway for the management team to get a quick look at the overall environment, allowing for higher level strategic discussions about storage environments and needs.
Is this good or bad? A recent survey revealed that CMOs will outspend CIOs on IT by 2017. When I tweeted this I was asked by @jamie_joyce why it would take this long. My answer is that its likely due to the classic tension between a cost saving position on infrastructure vs a growth position on Business Analytics or feature offerings. When you think about Big Data within Business Analytics and the proliferation of mobile devices as two huge growth areas, the commonality is a mass proliferation of data in orders of magnitude never imagined. The conversation comes back to storage,and the associated resource management.
Which way does your company lean? Where is your head in that tension between cost savings and growth when it comes to your storage environment?
I chatted with Product Marketing Manager Amalore Jude about this and the kind of reaction the team got at Pulse in Vegas March of this year when they demo'd thenew GUI interface. He was quite pleased with the response. 'Customers were very excited looking at the new, next-generation interface' he told me 'many are awaiting June 4, when they can actually lay their hands on it.'
Well, June 4 is around the corner. If you are a regular reader of this blog, its quite likely I will meet you at the Edge Conference in Florida next week. If you're there, please tweet me @brenny or find me somehow and say hi.
The conference is selling out but there are still passes available for the Tech Edge portion of the four part event. It's not too late to register. The Tech Edge portion is well laid out with over 250 sessions that are being led by IBMers and customers. Sometimes its better to hear the war stories of your peers when you're trying to figure out how to exploit what you have, or are considering getting.
One customer who is speaking is Gary Fry of Unum. His session on March 6, 10-11am in Rm 115 is on Unum's use of the SAN Volume Controller and his experiences beta testing the new evolution of TPC.
So, if you are going, then I hope to see you out there. If you haven't yet decided, then getting a first look at this next evolution of storage infrastructure management is hopefully good motivation to consider it.