Checkout the live video interview with Alistair:
IBM Systems Storage Software Blog
Tiffeni Woodhams 270001Q08F WOODHAMS@US.IBM.COM Tags:  storage-software tsm ibmstorage tivoli silverstring storage business-partner tivoli-storage-manager bp partners 3 Comments 2,325 Visits
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 3,054 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.
Richard Vining 2700019R2A email@example.com Tags:  archive risk-management compliance tivoli-storage-manager recovery tivoli-storage-manager-fa... data-reduction storage-blog data-protection deduplication backup disaster-recovery restore unified-recovery-manageme... retention business-continuity service-management 2 Comments 2,863 Visits
IBM Tivoli® Storage Manager FastBack v6.1.1
Advanced Recovery Capabilities for TSM Environments
IMPROVE RECOVERY POINT AND RECOVERY TIME OBJECTIVES
Every IT environment contains applications that are critical to the operations and resilience of the organization. Real pain is experienced when these applications go off-line, or when the data that they rely on is lost or corrupted. Traditional once-per-day backup may be leaving too much new data at risk of loss, and current volume-level recovery processes only extend downtime as all the data is restored following a system failure or other disaster.
IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack performs non-disruptive block-level backups for critical Microsoft® Windows and Linux® applications, in the background with no backup window, as often as needed to assure data protection that meets business requirements. And FastBack provides near-instant recovery of entire volumes, enabling immediate and transparent access to protected data even while it is restored in the background.
TIGHT INTEGRATION WITH TIVOLI STORAGE MANAGER
With the release of Version 6.1.1, TSM FastBack can now be completely integrated into your Tivoli Storage Manager environment. From the TSM Administration Console, FastBack can be launched and managed; you can set FastBack backup policies and initiate restore operations; you view FastBack reports; and you can backup the FastBack repository into the TSM Server for long-term data management and retention.
TSM FastBack’s automation and ease-of-use make it an excellent choice for protecting and restoring Windows and Linux server data in remote and branch offices. With the new data deduplication capabilities included standard in FastBack v6.1.1, remote office data can now be efficiently and cost-effectively replicated over WAN to a central TSM Server. Fast and easy recovery can be accomplished in the remote office from the local FastBack Server, or in the central site from the TSM Server in disaster recovery situations. Your distributed data can now meet the same levels of protection and retention provided for your core applications through Tivoli Storage Manager.
Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack is an integral member of the TSM Family, providing advanced data protection and recovery capabilities across the entire organization from a single administrator interface.
To learn more, please visit: www.ibm.com/software/tivoli/products/storage/storage-mgr-fastback/
"The postings on this site are my own and don't necessarily represent IBM's positions, strategies or opinions."
Tiffeni Woodhams 270001Q08F WOODHAMS@US.IBM.COM Tags:  tivoli-storage-manager data-recovery tsm data-backup storage-software ibmstorage backup-recovery storage-blog 1 Comment 1,933 Visits
New Video: Tivoli Storage Manager runs a smarter Data Center
Ohio Health has eight member hospitals, nine affiliate hospitals and numerous out-patient facilities throughout Ohio. Their systems run on pSeries hardware for many of the clinical systems with an AIX operating system. They have, between two primary and secondary sites, where they run systems at either site. Backups are critical in their clinical environment because it affects patient care. They use Tivoli Storage Manager for their backup environment. Tivoli Storage Manager writes directly to the primary site and it gets replicated to the second data center. Using a disk-based backup method, they have shaved seven hours off admin processing time because they don't have to write off-site copies.
Watch the video and hear why Ohio Health loves using Tivoli Storage Manager
Delbert Hoobler 1000008PR6 firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  tsm_for_ve data-protection vmware vmware_backup tivoli-storage-manager backup tsm sql_server 1,180 Visits
Check out the new IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Protecting Microsoft SQL Databases Hosted in VMware whitepaper that describes how to use TSM for Virtual Environments - Data Protection for VMware and TSM for Mail - Data Protection for Microsoft SQL server together to protect your VMware environments hosting VMs with Microsoft SQL Server.
The goals of this paper are to demonstrate how Tivoli Storage Manager can be used to accomplish the following:
Have a great day!
Delbert Hoobler 1000008PR6 email@example.com Tags:  flashcopy_manager tsm tsm-virtual-environments tsm_for_ve tivoli-storage tivoli-storage-manager tivol flashcopy-manager 1,213 Visits
IBM is looking for candidates to participate in a beta program for an upcoming release of Tivoli Storage Manager.
Delbert Hoobler 1000008PR6 firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  flashcopy flashcopy-manager flashcopy_manager tivoli tivoli-storage-manager tivoli-storage 1,199 Visits
Delbert Hoobler 1000008PR6 email@example.com Tags:  tivoli-storage-manager flashcopy tivoli-storage flashcopy_manager tivoli tivoli_storage_manager flashcopy-manager 1,857 Visits
IBM Tivoli is looking for interested parties to join our Early Access Program/Beta Program for FlashCopy Manager. If you are interested in taking part, please go to the URL below and complete this initial sign-up form. You will then be contacted by our beta team regarding how to sign off on the beta legal form online. Once that is completed you will be sent a nomination link, where you can nominate your organization.
Signup form: https://www-304.ibm.com/software/support/trial/cst/forms/nomination.wss?id=4523
Delbert Hoobler 1000008PR6 firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  tivoli flashcopy-manager tivoli-storage tivoli-storage-manager 3,060 Visits
Have you heard? I am sure you have... but if not, check it out!
On October 3, 2012, IBM announced significant enhancements to
the Tivoli Storage Management family of products...
Highlights of the IBM® Tivoli® Storage Manager V6.4 family include:
- Performance enhancements with progressive incremental backup for virtual environments,
removing the requirement to perform periodic full backups in a VMware environment
for Data Protection
- Self-contained, application-consistent backup for Microsoft™ Exchange and
SQL Server running on VMware Simplified deployment and configuration
when integrating with VMware vCenter for Data Protection
- Enhanced recovery performance and reporting of VMware environments
- NetApp SnapMirror and virtual controller support for NetApp snapshot-assisted
progressive incremental backup
- Complex password support and improved user authentication and management by
integration with Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)
- Enhanced Cognos® reporting to monitor backup and archive environments
- New support of data protection and recovery for SAP HANA in-memory databases
Highlights of the IBM® Tivoli® Storage FlashCopy® Manager V3.2 family include:
- Integration with Metro Mirror and Global Mirror functionality on AIX® , HP-UX, Linux™ ,
and Solaris with IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller and IBM XIV® Storage Systems
to provide application consistent backup and restore at a remote facility
for improved disaster recovery
- Integration with N series and NetApp snapshot functionality to provide application
consistent backup and restore on AIX , HP-UX, Linux , Solaris, and Windows™ platforms.
- Advanced data protection and recovery features for VMware vSphere environments
- Import VSS Snapshots only when needed to improve backup performance and management of flashcopies
- Enhanced data protection capabilities for Microsoft™ Exchange 2010 Database Availability Groups (DAG)
- Tivoli Storage Manager integration for File System and Custom Application support on Windows
Usability, scalability, and performance improvements in Microsoft Windows graphical user interfaces (GUIs)
For more details, look here:
TSM 6.4 Announcement:
steve wojtowecz 270003B7NV email@example.com Tags:  tsm tpc cloud-storage tivoli-storage-manager managment storage 4,850 Visits
Every year I try to publish a set of storage trends that I believe most IT shops are trying to address and where technologies exist to help resolve. Here are my thoughts for 2012...
1) Storage breakthroughs nipping the “Digital Dark Age” in the bud
Since the early 1990’s, an increasing proportion of data created and used has been in the form of digital data. Today, the world produces more than 1.8 zettabytes of digital information a year. Yet, digital storage can in many ways be more perishable than paper. Disks corrode, bits “rot” and hardware becomes obsolete. This presents a real concern of a “Digital Dark Age” where digital storage techniques and formats created today may not be viable in the future as the technology originally used becomes antiquated. We’ve seen this happen—take the floppy disk for example. A storage tool that was so ubiquitous people still click on this enduring icon to “save” their digital work and any word, presentation or spreadsheet documents—yet most Millennials have never seen it in person. But new research shows storage mediums can be vastly denser than they are today. While new form factors such as solid state disks will help us provide more stable longer-term preservation of data, and the promise of "the cloud" allows access to data anywhere, anytime. Recently, IBM researchers combined the benefits of magnetic hard drives and solid-state memory to overcome challenges of growing memory demand and shrinking devices. Called Racetrack memory, this breakthrough could lead to a new type of data-centric computing that allows massive amounts of stored information to be accessed in less than a billionth of a second. This storage research challenges previous theoretical limits to data storage—ensuring our digital universe will always be preserved.
2) Data curation will provide structure in midst of the data deluge
Now that we have the capability to preserve our digital universe, we need to find a way to make it useful. We need to take the next step past data preservation to data curation. Data curation is the active and ongoing management of data through its lifecycle. This smarter data categorization adds value to data that will help glean new opportunities, improve the sharing of information and preserve data for later re-use. Social media is a great example of the power of curated data. Sites like FaceBook, Google+, Pinterest, etc. compile our digital lives and gives their users a platform to organize their content. However, there's also a lot of work involved in selecting, appraising and organizing data to make them accessible and interpretable. The key is bringing data sets together, organizing them and linking them to related documents and tools. If data can be stored in a way that provides context, organizations can find new and useful ways to use that data.
3) Storage analytics will open new business insights
With data curation allowing organizations the platform to better utilize their data, analytics will help turn that data into intelligence and, ultimately, knowledge. With the information that historical trending analytics and infrastructure analytics provides, you can index and search in a more intelligent way than ever before. By doing analytics on stored data, in backup and archive, you can draw business insight from that data, no matter where it exists. The application of IBM Watson technology for healthcare provides a good example. Watson collects data from many sources and is able to analyze the meaning and context. By processing vast amounts of information and using analytics, it can suggest options targeted to a patient's circumstances, can assist decision makers, such as physicians and nurses, in identifying the most likely diagnosis and treatment options for their patients. Through intelligent storage and data retrieval systems, we can learn more with the information we have today to improve service to customers or open new revenue streams by leveraging data in new ways.
4) Storage becomes a celebrity – new business needs are pushing storage into the spotlight
As our digital and data-driven universe expands, certain industries are able to reach new levels of innovation by having the capacity to house, organize and instantaneously access information. For example, Hollywood is known for its big budget blockbusters, but it’s the big storage demands required by new formats such as digital, CGI, 3D and high definition that’s impacting not just the bottom line, but studios’ ability to produce these types of movies. Data sets for movies have become so large it’s at the petabyte level. Filmmakers are beginning to trade in film reels for SSDs as just one day’s worth of filming can generate hundreds of terabytes of data. The popularity of these high data-generating formats means studios are looking for new storage technologies that can handle the demand. The healthcare industry may even be facing an even bigger data dilemma than the entertainment business. Take a look at the Institute University of Leipzig, in Germany, which has a major genetic study called LIFE to examine disease in populations. LIFE is cataloging genetic profiles of several thousand patients to pinpoint gene mutations and specific proteins. This process alone generates multiple terabytes of data. Even one 300-bed hospital may generate 30 terabytes of data per year. Those figures will only grow with higher-resolution medical imaging, and new tools or services such as making electronic healthcare records available online.
5) Intervention...The Data Hoarder
In this era of Big Data, more is always better, right? Not so – especially when every byte of data costs money to store and protect. Businesses are turning into data hoarders and spending too much time and money collecting useless or bad data, potentially leading to misguided business decisions. This practice can be changed with simple policy decisions and implementing existing capabilities in technologies that exist in smarter storage, but companies are hesitant to delete any data (and many times duplicate data) due to the fear of needing specific data down the line for business analytics or compliance purposes. Part of the solution starts with eliminating the copies. Nearly 75% of the data that exists today is a copy (IDC). By deleting and disabling redundant information, organizations are investing in data quality and availability for content that matters to the business. Consider the effect of unneeded data, costing money by replicating throughout an organization’s information systems. This outdated data can also potentially be accessed for fraud.
Raising the quality of data is not costly—not getting it right is.
Delbert Hoobler 1000008PR6 firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  tivoli data-backup data-protection storage storage-management storage-software tivoli-storage-manager tivoli-storage flashcopy-manager 1,762 Visits
IBM is looking for customers and business partners who are interested in participating in an Early Access Program (EAP)/Beta Program for an upcoming release of FlashCopy Manager, Data Protection for SQL, and Data Protection for Exchange. If you would like to nominate your organization to participate in this EAP/Beta, please send an email to:
Mary Anne Filosa (email@example.com)
and be sure to include your organization's name. Once your email is received you will be sent instructions on signing off on the EAP/Beta legal form online and when that signoff has been completed, you will be sent a link to the program's nomination site. We encourage you to respond quickly if you are interested as the program begins in mid December.
Maria Huntalas 1200007VFS firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  storage hypervisor unified-recovery-manageme... storage-cloud tivoli-storage tivoli-storage-manager 1,245 Visits
The Global Tivoli User Community is hosting an all-day, Storage Focused Tivoli User Group event in New York City October 11th that will cover:
Delbert Hoobler 1000008PR6 email@example.com Tags:  fcm tivoli-storage tivoli tsm tivoli-storage-manager 1,043 Visits
Are you interested in the next release of Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM)?
IBM will be running a beta program featuring the upcoming version of TSM.
If you would like to participate in this beta program,
please contact the beta coordinator, Mary Anne Filosa
Delbert Hoobler 1000008PR6 firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  flashcopy-manager tivoli-storage-manager fcm tivoli-storage tivoli tsm 1,298 Visits
Pulse was amazing! For those of you that attended my presentation on FlashCopy Manager and also stopped by to see me in the Expo... thank you!
I wanted to tell you that IBM will be running a joint beta program featuring upcoming versions of FlashCopy Manager and TSM for Virtual Environments. If you would like to participate in this beta program, please contact the beta project manager, Mary Anne Filosa (email@example.com).
Delbert Hoobler 1000008PR6 firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  tsm tivoli-storage pulse2011 tivoli-storage-manager flashcopy-manager pulse 1,035 Visits
Hi there! Are you going IBM Pulse 2011 in Las Vegas next week? I'm going and I hope you will come join me. I will be presenting Session 1494: Protecting your critical business applications with IBM Tivoli® Storage FlashCopy® Manager on Wednesday, March 2nd at 11:00 am. I will also be in the Pulse Solutions Expo . You can come talk to me and see a demo of FlashCopy Manager on Windows in action. It should be a great week in Vegas. There are a lot of really good education sessions, customer presentations, hands-on labs, BOF sessions, and more. I hope you will stop by and say hello!