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Tiffeni Woodhams 270001Q08F WOODHAMS@US.IBM.COM Tags:  storage-blog ibmtivoli ibmstorage information-infrastructur... storage pulse2010 tivoli dynamic-infrastructure pulse service-management ibm 2 Comments 3,209 Visits
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!
Tiffeni Woodhams 270001Q08F WOODHAMS@US.IBM.COM Tags:  ibm storage-software storage ibmstorage tivoli ibmtivoli storage-blog storage-management 1 Comment 6,352 Visits
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.
Delbert Hoobler 1000008PR6 firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  tsm tivuser data-management software storage-blog storage fcm backup 2,199 Visits
Come join me for "Ask the Experts online Jam"!
What is the "Ask the Experts online Jam"?
The "Ask the Experts Online Jam" is a valuable opportunity for the YOU to connect with 75+ real world IBM experts on 30+ Tivoli products. These experts, many from IBM development, are recruited to answer your questions for a concentrated period of 12 hours. (8am eastern - 8pm eastern USA)
When is the "Ask the Experts online Jam"?
November 12th 2009 - 8AM - 8PM Eastern USA. To find the time in your city check out the World Clock meeting planner website.
Here's how it works in brief:
Step 1: You have a question - usually fairly technical;
Step 2: You find the expert that is best suited to answer the question by browsing for an expert by pre-defined category and product specific;
Step 3: You fill in a field on the "Ask the Experts online Jam" web application to submit the question.
Step 4: You receive an email answer to you question(s) and the Ask the Expert JAM web application is updated for other members to see.
Ask questions to over 75+ IBM experts on the following 30+ topics:
Datacenter Management tools: IBM Tivoli Monitoring, IBM Tivoli Composite Application Manager for Transactions and WebSphere/J2EE, Tivoli Application Dependency Discovery Manager, Tivoli Provisioning Manager, Tivoli Service Request Manager,
Network, Service Assurance and Events: Tivoli Netcool Impact, Tivoli Netcool Performance Flow Analyzer, Tivoli Netcool Performance Manager, Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus, Tivoli network Manager, Tivoli Network Manager (Precision and NetView/d),
Asset Management: Asset Management for IT and Enterprise, Enterprise Asset Management Trends and IBM Maximo Industry Solutions,
Security: Tivoli Access Manager, Tivoli Identity Manager, Tivoli Federated Identity Manager, Tivoli Enterprise Acces Manager Single Sign On, Tivoli Compliance Insight Manager, Tivoli Directory Server, Tivoli Key Lifecycle Manager, Tivoli Security Information and Event Manager, Tivoli Security Policy Manager,
Storage: Tivoli Storage Flash Copy Manager on AIX and Windows, Tivoli Storage Manager, Tivoli Storage Productivity Center, Tivoli Storage Mangaer (TSM) Fastback,
z/OS: Netview for z/OS, OMEGAMON, Tivoli Security for Systems z: Tivoli zSecure Suite
Click here for more information.
I personally will be available from 8am to 2pm covering IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager on Windows but there will also be many other storage experts available for the entire 12 hours. Please join us!
Shawn Jaques 1200007FSY email@example.com Tags:  green-it storage-blog storage-management storage energy-effeciency green storage-software energy 2,448 Visits
Living in Boulder, Colorado, I am constantly hearing about "green" initiatives such as recycling, composting, alternative transportation, etc. Over the past several years, my family has been doing a much better job of lessening our impact on the Earth through things such as recycling, buying environmentally friendly products and even signing up for energy saving smart grid technology.
I appreciate when corporations also do their part to reduce their environmental impact by leveraging greener technologies. But let's face it, most corporations act based on the impact to the bottom line (both real or perceived) rather than the impact to the environment. Companies like IBM can make the decisions easier for clients by building products that improve performance while reducing energy or other environmental impacts.
I'm proud when IBM delivers "green" technology and thus wanted to point your attention to this video about energy efficient storage. Craig Smelser, VP of Security and Storage Development at IBM Tivoli, introduces some of the storage challenges that can be addressed with energy efficient IBM storage software solutions.
For more information, click here
Ron Riffe 100000EXC7 firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  scv ibmstorage storage-blog protectier deduplication virtualization storage 3,254 Visits
You've probably heard your mother say "you never get a second chance to make a first impression". So, since today marks my first entry into the blogosphere, I wanted to hit a home run, providing not only some interesting perspective, but also some hard facts that readers can use to potentially save some time and money.
If you have been paying much attention to developments in storage and computing infrastructure in the last few years, you have noticed a significant trend toward virtualization. Servers aren't servers any more, they are virtual machines. Tapes aren't tapes any more, they are virtual tape libraries like the IBM TS7650 ProtecTIER Deduplication Appliance. And in the area of disk virtualization, the most widely adopted approach is the IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC).
Up until now, disk virtualization has been an enterprise-wide thought. Storage managers who are tasked with taking care of hundreds of TB's, and often PB's of disks have for years turned to SVC to help eliminate the pain of migrating data between arrays. For these administrators, disk virtualization with SVC has also helped provide a common set of management interfaces and proceedures across storage from different vendors, and has helped to create a common set of services like thin provisioning, snapshotting, and mirroring across different tiers of storage.
Not every storage manager, though, is responsible for PB's, or even hundreds of TB's of storage. Most administrators are just looking for an affordable and 'easy to manage' means of satisfying the next request for more storage on Exchange, or SAP, or... About a month ago, IBM introduced some important changes in its mid-range disk virtualization product, SVC EE, designed with these storage managers in mind.
Perhaps the best way to describe these changes is with a picture... (Click on the picture to enlarge)
One of the challenges with traditional disk arrays is that they are relatively inflexible. Think about it... the arrays that have a lot of function (thin provisioning, excellent snapshotting, mirroring, etc.) are generally large, monolithic things that can take up a lot of real estate and burn a lot of power before you get to the first byte of storage. On the other hand, the arrays that are more modular -- allowing incremental growth -- generally don't offer the best software capabilities. And what's more, all of them generally charge an arm and a leg for the software capabilities they do offer.
The important thing IBM did was to package its virtual controller software in an affordable form factor and price it in such a way that mid-sized administrators can build and grow their storage infrastructure modularly. Do you need more disk capacity for a new application? Add an IBM DS3400 SAS disk enclosure. Do you have plenty of capacity but just want some more performance or connectivity? Add an SVC 8A4 controller pair. Do you have plenty of performance but just want some more capacity for archiving? Add a DS3400 SATA disk enclosure. With this sort of modular approach to scaling, the incremental cost of adding capacity can be greatly reduced.
Regardless how you choose to grow your virtual disk system, there are a valuable set of services that are all included in the base software license (e.g. no extra charge). They include:
Although I have used IBM DS3400 disk encousures in my example, a virtual disk system of unlimited size can be constructed using any number of IBM DS3400, DS4000 or DS5000 family disks. SVC EE can also virtualize up to 250 disks from other IBM or non-IBM disk systems.
Lower incremental cost for adding capacity. Efficient SAS and SATA disks. A valuable set of software functions included in the base price. Common management from the smallest configuration to the largest. Would that help save some time and money?
Delbert Hoobler 1000008PR6 email@example.com Tags:  storage-software tivoli storage storage-blog storage-management tsm 8 Comments 8,939 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!
Ron Riffe 100000EXC7 firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  tivoli storage-blog storage-management tsm recovery-management tpc fastback ibmstorage storage-software virtualization storage svc 2,120 Visits
Yesterday, in discussing IBM's fourth quarter 2009 financial results, IBM CFO Mark Loughridge had this to say about Storage Software:
"Tivoli storage continued its robust growth as customers manage their rapidly growing storage data. Data Protection as well as Storage Management grew double digits, with broad-based geography and sector growth."
If you are already benefiting from IBM Storage Software - Thank you!!
If you haven't yet started taking advantage of IBM Storage Software, come visit us.
Tiffeni Woodhams 270001Q08F WOODHAMS@US.IBM.COM Tags:  tivoli storage information-infrastructur... virtualization pulse ibmpulse pulse2010 data-availability data-management tsm backup-recovery dynamic-infrastructure data-recovery ibmstorage ibm data-reduction storage-blog data-protection tivoli-storage 3,052 Visits
With only 4 weeks until Pulse 2010 - The Premier Service Management Event - Optimizing the World's Infrastructure, I thought it might be helpful to provide some details around the sessions and activities that will be available to all of you storage and information infrastructure enthusiasts out there....
Here are a few sessions that you can attend each day. Sign up for these sessions and others today (requires only an IBM.com password - you do NOT have to be a Pulse registered attendee to create a Pulse schedule online)!
Go to the on-line agenda tool to see additional Storage and Information Infrastructure sessions that may be of interest to you. There are also sessions in the Expo Theater Stream.
Register and attend Pulse to take full advantage of all that will be offered:
Oren Wolf 270002KMMG email@example.com Tags:  backup tivoli hyper-v tsm storage-software storage backup-recovery storage-management vmware storage-blog 2,128 Visits
I don't know about you, but I have been virtualizing like crazy over the last few years, humongous servers have been turning into medium sized virtual machines, test and lab environments had turned into small files running on my laptop from a flash drive.
My IT department have been virtualizing even more, consolidating servers, sharing storage resources among multiple machines and converting NICs (Network Interface Cards) into virtual switches (I still haven't figured out how they did that).
The move into a virtualized environment is very useful for reducing energy consumption, decreasing physical server and storage foot print and driving up processor and storage utilization but it also has some side effects when it comes to data protection.
The problem begins at the same place that drove us into virtualization to begin with, resource sharing, You may now have 10 virtualized servers running on the same physical host, if your backup process consumed only 5% CPU and IO on your physical server, imagine what would happen if all 10 virtual machines kick off the backup process at the same time...
There are multiple valid approaches for providing data protection to those virtual machines and I’ll try to address each and every one of them in upcoming blogs…
Other enhancements that might not necessarily be backup related but have to be seriously considered when virtualizing include
Delbert Hoobler 1000008PR6 firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  storage-management flashcopy fcm storage-software tsm storage 2,077 Visits
The last time I blogged I was telling you about IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager on Windows and just how cool it was. Well, I am working on some more neat stuff and I wanted to tell you about a beta program for upcoming release of FlashCopy Manager. It is called the Beta program for IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager. If you want to test some of the new functions and features of the upcoming release of IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager, please contact Mary Anne Filosa (email@example.com) or your IBM Sales representative to get details.
The enrollment period is ending soon, so don't wait to be a part of the action!
Oren Wolf 270002KMMG firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  virtualization storage storage-software storage-blog data-protection data-recovery backup-recovery backup 2,751 Visits
on my previous blog i've discussed some of the viable approaches to data protection with virtual machines, before i dwell into the pros and cons of each approach i'd like to discuss the fundamental differences between file level and block level backup (and solicit your input :-) ).
Encapsulation is one of the basic rules for software design, simply put, it's the computer geek's equivalent of the famous "Don't ask, don't tell" policy. The idea is pretty simple, let's assume our File System is component A and our Disk System is component B. Component A and B publish a public interface that others can use, but they hide their internal mechanisms from the other components. This enables us to do some nifty tricks, such as RAID, as far as the file system is concerned it is working with a "regular disk", it is unaware of the fact that our disk system had actually taken the 100GB disk space that we defined and partitioned it into multiple strips that are actually located across 5 different disks in order to provide it (the FS) with better performance and hardware fault tolerant. There are other ways where this principle is used but you have to agree that it comes in pretty handy.
But, why do i even mention "encapsulation", and how is that relevant to File VS Block level backups?
The point i am trying to make is that the Disk level is not aware of the "file contents"and the File System is not aware of the "disk layout", this actually dictates the pros and cons of those two very different approaches to data protection.
With file level backups it's really easy to define which files you want to protect, than when the time comes, someone has to access the files and move the data they contain to some sort of data repository, in order to do that you must deal with issues such as:
- Open files
- Interdependencies between multiple files
- Identifying which (sub)files have changed
- For structured data (databases etc.), do we backup the entire file (or file group) or only the portions that have changed?
Block level backups are usually pretty straight forward, there's a mechanism that keeps track of the changed in "realtime" (this usually enables CDP, but that's a whole different story) and when the time comes the data will be moved to the data repository, but this technology has its own challenges
- Minimum granularity is usually a volume
- Hard to exclude unused file data (page file?)
- Recovering files from a block level backup
- Communicating with applications (and File System) to ensure backup consistency.
Generally speaking block level backups have a "lower overhead" than file level backup, so, if you decided to virtualize your environment and keep using agents on the individual virtual machines, you would probably want to use a block level backup solution. File Level backups are still viable (especially if they skip the "indexing" process by using an FS filter or journaling and allow for "sub file" incremental backup), but you will need to be more careful when planning your backup windows in order to prevent VM sprawl.
Stay tuned, next we'll discuss other approaches such as proxy backups
Tiffeni Woodhams 270001Q08F WOODHAMS@US.IBM.COM Tags:  ibmpulse pulse pulse2010 storage storage-blog information-infrastrucutr... 1,434 Visits
Pulse 2010 got off to a great start with a very successfule Business Partner Summit. There were several Storage partners that attended the Storage Breakout session. We were even able to get some of them to sign up for professional video interviews...
During the Tivoli Storage Software Strategy and How to Sell It! session Dan Galvan VP IBM Systems Storage Marketing gave an overview of the Smarter Planet initiative and Ron Riffe provided an indepth presentation on the storage software portfolio. Partners were informed of three solution plays that they can focus on for storage. There were many questions that were asked and answered.
We also provided details on how our partners can stay connected during and after Pulse with IBM Storage networks and social media. These networks are also available to our customers and our partners' customers.
Tivoli Storage Blog for getting conference updates and daily highlights from Pulse 2010. This blog is used to discuss many different topics like data reduction, virtualization, new product announcements and more..
IBM Storage Community for manageing your contacts at Pulse, sharing links and bookmarks, and providing feedbak on the conference
IBM Storage on Twitter for listening and contributing to realtime buzz with other Pulse attendees and organizing meetups. Use #ibmpulse in your tweets. You can also follow me on twitter
IBM Storage LinkedIn Group for connecting and networking with individuals interested in IBM Storage
Storage Management on YouTube for viewing and commenting on live stories with Pulse attendees and viewing other storage videos.
Tiffeni Woodhams 270001Q08F WOODHAMS@US.IBM.COM Tags:  ibmpulse storage storage-blog pulse2010 pulse information-infrastructur... 1,513 Visits
Today (Monday) was an action packed and exciting day.
The day started off with the General Session where Al Zollar, the General Manager of Tivoli started off with the discussion around Smarter Planet and how the world is getting smarter - Instrumented - Interconnected - Intelligent. He gave several examples of how companies are shifting to become smarter, smarter buildings, smarter healthcare, smarter citeis etc. By becoming smarter Al explained that both Risk and Complexity can be reduced.
I enjoyed hearing about Capital Region of Denmark and how they have over 1.5 Billion bytes archived and they revolutionized their storage management so that they manage all that data with 4 staff members.
The presentation then went into Integrated Service Management for Data Centers, for Design & Delivery, and for Industries which consists of
and the importance of... Visibility, Control, and Automation!
There were also some new storage announcements made in the general session (stop by the expo to see the demo of each product):
The other speakers included Rational General Manager Danny Sabbah to dive deeper into Integrated Service Management for Design & Delivery, Laura Sanders Tivoli Vice President of Strategy & Development for an entertaining demonstration with live code showing a smarter city (accompanied by Dave Lindquist IBM Fellow, Vice President & CTO, Tivoli Software and Dr. Wing To Vice President Strategy and Product Management, Tivoli Software). After the demo the last IBM speaker was Mike Rhodin and he went more into more depth around Integrated Service Management for Industries.
The guest speaker to wrap up the General Session was former Vice President of the United States, Al Gore.
After the General Session, the rest of my day is a blur. It was filled with attending the Storage & Information Infrastructure track kick-off, meetings with customers and business partners to do impromptu video interviews/podcasts, tweeting, reporting storage highlights for the Pulse Points daily newsletter, checking out the expo and the demos and scheduling more video interviews. I had to have walked at least 6 miles today with making trips to and from the conferenece center several times. I was a little bummbed that I wasn't able to attend as many of the customer case sessions in the storage track, I'll have to make up for that tomorrow.
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Today I did several live video interviews. Let me be honest with you, it is clear that I wasn't meant to be in the journalism profession, uhm, now that is the truth!
I met many IBM clients and business partners through out this week at Pulse and today I did an interview with Roger Finney from Logicalis which is an IBM Business Partner. We did this interview right outside the expo hall at the MGM Grand hotel, so you can hear the airplanes going over from McCarran International Airport.
Logicalis has been an IBM Business Partner for over 14 years and they are both Software Value Plus authorized and Tivoli Accredited. In this video, I ask Roger to provide some details about how Logicalis has helped their customers with their storage management needs.
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It's been almost 2 weeks since Pulse 2010 in Las Vegas and I'm still playing catch up. I finally finished loading all the pictures I took while at Pulse and last week I finished uploading all my YouTube videos. Check out the IBM Pulse Conference Flickr Group for all the Pulse 2010 photos - the ones I loaded are from tiffwdms. Checkout the Pulse 2010 YouTube videos and for all the Storage YouTube videos you can go directly to the Storage Management Playlist.
If you were unable to attend Pulse 2010 in Las Vegas you can attend the virtual event on March 16, 2010. Register here.
I want to share with you a few of the expert videos that I captured while at Pulse.
Kathy Mitton - Tivoli Storage Expert
Jason Perkins - Tivoli Storage Expert