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.
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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.
- What if backup data could overflow onto cloud storage, whenever you needed more space in your on-premises backup environment?
- What if old backups migrated to cloud storage until they expired, using an automated disk-to-disk-to cloud process?
- What if you could implement a basic multi-site data recovery capability faster, without having to wait for equipment to be deployed in a recovery center?
- What if your TSM storage pools could live on the cloud temporarily, to aid a migration or upgrade project?
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.