In the past two years that IBM acquired Butterfly, it generated hundreds of Analysis Engine Reports (AER) analyzing billions of gigabytes and established facts about Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) that should make competition sit up and notice.
The Backup Analysis Engine report from Butterfly Software uses light-touch, agent-less software technology to analyze existing heterogeneous data backup environment. It is a non-intrusive analysis based on empirical production data collected in minutes and incorporated into the Backup Analysis Engine report from IBM Butterfly Software.
Why is Butterfly important? Gartner Magic Quadrant: Backup and Recovery 2013 Competitive analysis says between 2012 and 2016, one-third of organizations will change backup vendors due to frustration over cost, complexity and/or capability. To be able to say conclusively that TSM solution can save backup infrastructure costs by as much as 38% when compared to some of the other competitive products opens the door for IBM to go get these 33% of the organizations looking for a change.
AER is the Key More demand for AERs is expected with the launch of the automated “self-service” AER generation model. Scheduled to go live at the beginning of 2H 2014, it will scale out as a service to IBM and its Business Partners. These facts drive home the fact that Butterfly AERs have metamorphosed into a well accepted and standard approach to storage infrastructure analytics.
Meet the Butterfly Storage and Backup Assessment Team at Pulse 2014 If the butterfly flutter has caught your interest, visit Pulse 2014 on Feb 23-26 at Las Vegas and meet the folks who deliver Butterfly Storage and Backup Assessments in the IT Optimization section of the IBM booth. Find out how your company can use business analytics to dramatically lower the cost of running your backup and recovery or primary storage infrastructure.
I am often asked... "When can I use FlashCopy Manager with my EMC disk array?" (substitute "EMC" with your favorite vendor)
With FlashCopy Manager for Windows, you can leverage hardware snapshots for any disk array that has a VSS Hardware Provider. This is because Windows has a built-in architecture (referred to as "VSS") that enables pluggable snapshot support. We wrote a developerWorks article that explains how this works and how it integrates with TSM a few years ago. (Note: This article refers to "TSM for Copy Services" instead of "FlashCopy Manager" because it was written before the product name was changed.)
But, with FlashCopy Manager for UNIX and Linux and FlashCopy Manager for VMware, you must wait until support is added for your desired disk array. Last year, IBM partnered with Rocket Software to develop a device adapter pack that plugs in to FlashCopy Manager for UNIX and Linux and FlashCopy Manager for VMware to extend support to more storage devices. You install it on top of an existing FlashCopy Manager (version 4.1 or later) installation on the application server being protected by FlashCopy Manager for UNIX (or on the proxy backup server in case of FlashCopy Manager for VMware) and configure it to talk to the storage device. After that, you are able to leverage the power of FlashCopy Manager snapshot protection for the hardware device supported by that device adapter pack!
At the end of last year, Rocket Software released support for EMC Symmetric (VMAX and DMX). They are planning to add more disk arrays in 2014. If you have devices that you want to see added, contact Rocket Software.
Recently, Forrester published The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Backup And Recovery Software, Q2 2013. I wasn’t surprised by their suggestion that “CommVault [Sympana 10.0], EMC [Avamar 7.0 and NetWorker 10.1], IBM [TSM 6.4), and Symantec [Netbackup 7.5] lead the pack. It’s a tight four-horse race for the top honors — [they] all scored high on strategy and current offerings.” These are the four vendors that are always pushing and shoving on each other in analyst comparisons. The thing that caught my attention in this report was the expert job analyst Rachel Dines did in pealing back a complex market space to uncover some important strategic observations about each vendor. Read more...
IBM Edge2013 is fast approaching and while the conference includes four events within an event to appeal to wide range of attendees, the cornerstone of Edge from my perspective is the rich technical content to be delivered within Technical Edge.
TechnicalEdge is a 4.5 day technical event for IT professionals and practitioners focused on sharpening expertise, discovering new innovations and learning industry best practices. You can check out the published agenda of the over 350 sessions spanning 16 tracks Technical Edge that are sure to hit on the top IT trends, opportunities and challenges we collectively face.
Specifically related to Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure, we’ve embedded over 50 technical sessions, demos and hands-on labs specifically focused on Tivoli solutions with the majority going deep on Tivoli Storage capabilities. Further there’s an additional 30 related sessions of interest to Tivoli users (i.e. IBM Storwize V7000, IBM Flex System Manager, IBM GPFS, etc.). These 80 sessions are scattered across the 16 tracks within the Technical Edge conference. (Hint: You can find the majority of these sessions within the Business Continuity and Systems Management tracks)
Some of the session highlights I’m looking forward to seeing are:
“IBM's New Tivoli Storage Manager Operations Center” – Our new TSM GUI!
“IBM Tivoli Storage Manager and the Cloud” – This session will describe TSM’s multifaceted cloud strategy
“Protection of Virtual Machines using Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments and Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager”
Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments - Data Protection for VMware: Solution Design
Introduction to IBM's Virtual Storage Center (VSC) - Learn how you can gain storage efficiencies and grow your business using VSC’s capabilities.
How IBM SVC, Storwize V7000 and TotalStorage Productivity Center are used in real life to migrate data centers
Additionally, for those that want to roll up their sleeves and get their hands on some of these solutions, I would recommend the following hands-on labs:
IBM’s New Tivoli Storage Manager Operations Center hands-on lab
IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager: New Features and Operation in Version 3.2
A double session - IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments: Protecting and Recovering Virtual Machine Data
We will also have an interesting “Birds of a Feather (BOF)” session on Business Continuity led by Sanjay A. Patel – focused on using the Tivoli Storage Manager suite to help you proactively protect your data.
I encourage you to join us at the Technical Edge and enhance your knowledge of our Tivoli Solutions and look forward to “getting technical” in Vegas. Learn more and register today.
As I’ve been working with many members of the Tivoli Storage team to coordinate our involvement atIBM Edge 2013and as the conference nears it struck me the other day -- Edge really does have something for everyone. While the historical focus of this event has been storage—and storage content remains particularly strong—this year, IBM is expanding that focus to address related areas of IT optimization as well: cloud, smart analytics and big data, business continuity, and many more.
And not only the IT topics being covered are expanding -- so are the types of audiences that will have an interest in Edge. With four events under one roof, each aimed at the needs of different audiences, Edge 2013 promises not to disappoint – regardless of the role you have in IT. Just in case you aren’t sure if Edge is for you, below is the summary of the “four events within the event” and the highlights of Tivoli Storage in each:
Executive Edge:Executive Edge is a 2.5 day event for IT executives and leaders focusing on discovering new innovations for managing storage growth, accelerating cloud deployments, unlocking the insights from big data, and securing critical information and processes. Deepak Advani, General Manager of IBM Tivoli Software, who takes the stage multiple times in Executive Edge will host a two- hour session entitled "Key Insights for Modernizing Your Data Protection Infrastructure" designed to help you shield critical data from threats both known and unknown. Deepak will not only provide IBM’s perspective on this critically important topic but will invite clients, analysts and IBM Business Partners to the stage to join the discussion. In addition to wealth of thought leadership this session will unveil the latest enhancement to the Tivoli Storage portfolio: IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Operations Center that was previewed to rave reviews earlier this year at Pulse. More details on Executive Edge can be found by previewing the agenda.
Technical Edge: Technical Edge is a 4.5 day technical event for IT professionals and practitioners focused on sharpening expertise, discovering new innovations and learning industry best practices. Featuring over 350 sessions to choose from, you’ll hear from product and developments experts with deep technical expertise who will not only introduce new IBM offerings and updates, but will put them into action through hands-on labs and demonstrations that closely match real-world operating conditions. In particular, for those interested in Storage software there will be 35 Tivoli Storage-led sessions spanning 9 of the 16 technical tracks, with especially deep content in the business continuity and systems management tracks. For more specifics check out the Technical Edgeagenda.
MSP Summit: For Managed Service Providers (MSPs), the two-dayMSP Summitfocuses on topics that are unique to this community and is designed to help organizations accelerate service delivery to become next generation MSPs. Strategic discussions will include topics such as Cloud, Next Generation Systems & Storage, and Big Data. One particularly interesting business opportunity for MSPs today is Cloud-based Backup as a Service with two successful Tivoli Storage MSP’s (Cobalt-Iron and Front-Safe) slated to share their experiences.
Winning Edge: The tail end of Edge will include a three-day sales bootcamp catering to the needs of IBM Business Partner (BP) sales professionals. Everything BP’s need to know to be successful will be discussed such as the opportunities related to IBM’s Butterfly acquisition, Storage Virtualization supported by marketplace perspectives of an independent Storage consultant. This information won’t just be theoretical; it's all founded on the real-world, quantified results already being achieved by IBM Business Partners and customers around the world, also to be discussed.
While I’ve tried to highlight the four discrete events within the Edge event this really only scratches the surface of Edge. There’s all the other valuable aspects – the hours of networking opportunities, Executive 1x1’s and the Solution Expo Hall where you can connect with subject matter experts from over 50 sponsors just to name a few.
Clearly I can’t do the Edge conference justice in a single blog but hopefully this gives you a sense of what you can take advantage of and that there truly is something for everyone at Edge. To learn more please check out the conference website and I hope to see you in Vegas in June at Edge2013.
Royse Wells, Chief Storage Architect for International Paper discusses Tivoli Storage Manager Operations Center, previewed at Pulse 2013.TSM Operations Center is a new graphical interface that helps administrators and management get quick summary views about the backup environment and simplify administration.
Jeff Jones, UNUM
UNUM Uses Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments
Jeff Jones is senior infrastructure manager at UNUM, a leading provider of financial protection benefits in the US and UK.UNUM has about 85% virtual servers today.UNIM uses Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments to deliver faster backups and restores, and reduce the risk of data loss for 650 Windows and Linux VMs.
Klavs Kabell, IT-WIT
Modernizing Backup for Today’s Virtual Environments
Klavs Kabell is a Senior System Consultant at IT-WIT, an IBM Business Partner in Denmark specializing in backup solutions.Klavs discusses how backup solutions have evolved, as VM deployments have grown.Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments helps simplify VM backup administration and tracking, while incremental ‘forever’ technology improves storage efficiency.
Thomas Bak, Front-safe
Cloud backup and archive using TSM and Frontsafe Portal
Front-safe received the Best Cloud Solution award at the IBM Pulse 2013 conference, and the 2013 IBM Beacon Award for the Best Solution to Optimize the World’s Infrastructure.Learn about the value of enabling backup as a cloud service, using Front-safe Portal software.
Laura DuBois, Program VP of Storage for IDC, and Steve Steve Wojtowecz, IBM VP of Storage and Networking Software discuss client opportunities and requirements for storage clouds and compute clouds.Client cloud storage requirements include backup and archive clouds, file storage clouds, and storage that supports compute clouds.
Chris Dotson, IBM CIO Office
IBM’s storage transformation featuring SmartCloud Virtual Center
Chris Dotson works in IBM’s CIO Office as a Senior IT Architect for Services Transformation.He is guiding IBM’s own storage transformation.As a large enterprise, IBM manages over 100 petabytes of data, growing at 25% per year.Chris discusses block storage virtualization, automated block storage tiering, file cloud storage, and automated block storage management at IBM.He shows how SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center is reducing storage costs by 50% with no noticeable performance impact to users.
BJ Klingenberg, IBM Global Technology Services
IBM Global Technology Services Uses Tivoli Storage Productivity Center (TPC) to Manage Clients’ Storage Environments
BJ Klingenberg is a Distinguished Engineer and Enterprise Storage Management lead for IBM.BJ shares his experiences using IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center in IBM’s Service Provider environment. Service Provider environments are governed by Service Level Agreements, so managing capacity, performance and availability are essential capabilities. Storage efficiency is essential to remaining competitive.See how TPC helps IBM deliver outstanding customer service at competitive prices.
Jason Buffington, ESG 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, TSM Server Architect introduces Tivoli Storage Manager Operations Center, the next generation of backup administration from IBM. He describes how TSM Operations Center was designed and built, using extensive user feedback.
Jonathan Bryce, OpenStack Foundation founder and Todd Moore, IBM
OpenStack Provides Compute, Storage and Network Interoperability for Clouds
The OpenStack Foundation has gained 170 corporate and over 8,200 individual members since its inception in 2012, making it one of the fastest growing cloud standards.Jonathan Bryce, Executive Director and founder of the OpenStack Foundation, and Todd Moore, IBM Software Group Director of Interoperability and Partnerships discuss the capabilities and opportunities for building cloud solutions using OpenStack to manage compute, storage and network resources.
Deepak Advani, 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.
Wow!What an exciting week it has
been at Pulse 2013!Especially, for Tivoli Storage!In addition to the inspiring words of Day 3’s
keynote speaker, Peyton Manning, I was also equally inspired by many of our
Tivoli Storage Business Partners like Cobalt Iron, Silverstring, Front-Safe and
STORServer, who led sessions on exciting topics like how to create a cloud
service in a TSM environment, to how to transform your data backup costs into
Lets start with the final day of Pulse General
Sessions which kicked off to a packed auditorium…..Jamie Thomas, IBM
Tivoli VP of Strategy and Development, took the stage first with a panel of IBM
Experts including CTOs Dave Lindquist, Jerry Cuomo, Sandy Bird,
and Sky Matthews.These key
technology leaders, with Jamie facilitating the discussion, led us through
their technology roadmaps around what’s new and what’s coming in Cloud,
Security Intelligence, the Mobile Enterprise and Smarter Physical
Infrastructure.Following this panel
discussion, Bruce Ross, General Manager for IBM GTS, helped explain how
his team is helping to enable the acceleration of cloud services.It was a great line-up of experts and many
shared examples of how our technologies are driving innovation.You canwatch 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
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
Silverstring Ltd, another Tivoli
Storage Business Partner, led a session with customer Rabobank International, a
large global financial institution with many dispersed TSM systems, who told us
all about best practices that have been used for daily TSM administration.Great content was also shared that focused on
how these best practices and cloud-based automation software can be combined to
actually lower the cost of delivering TSM services and improve service levels.
Later in the
day, Richard Spurlock of Cobalt Iron
held an engaging session on how to transform your backup costs into business
opportunities.Cobalt Iron combines TSM
backup with a cloud experience in a simple deployment model that’s all about
flexible deployment options.Richard
really helped the audience better grasp how the costs and complexity of
enterprise backup can really “bankrupt” its value – and how Cobalt Iron’s
solutions can leverage your backup investments into a flexible and high
value data protection solution.Earlier
in the week, Cobalt Iron had been honored as a recipient of the 2013 Tivoli
Business Partner Awards finalist. Congratulations!
In one of the final Pulse 2013
storage sessions of the day, Business Partner STORServer delivered a compelling
presentation on how to provide Backup-as-a-Service with their STORServer Backup
Appliance and TSM.This session was of
great help for both large enterprises who were looking for how best to charge
for backup services, and also MSPs looking for additional revenue streams.
We also heard from
customers like Nyherji who told the audience all about how they use FlashCopy
Manager with TSM Node Replication to increase service levels and obtain high
availability.I was especially interested to hear about all the stellar benefits that these Tivoli storage solutions brought to their
business – from absolutely 0 downtime to hugely improved backup and recovery
times.As a result, Petur Eythorsson of
Nyherji, told a great story of how they completely redesigned their TSM
environment and added TSM Node Replication and FlashCopy Manager to complete
I wrapped up my week at Pulse
2013 visiting with both old and new friends and colleagues later that evening,
continuing to recap what was my 3rd, and, I believe, BEST Pulse
ever!Congratulations and thank you to the IBM Tivoli Pulse team for a job well done.....I can’t imagine how the next Pulse
will trump this one, but, in true Tivoli
fashion, I am sure it will.
And, in case you are having Pulse 2013 withdrawals already, we’ve captured some engaging storage
videos this week that are already available to you now. I hope you can take a moment to relive some
of the great Tivoli Storage moments this week and listen to all the great things that analysts, thought leaders, our customers, and Business Partners are saying
about Tivoli Storage solutions:
And, in case you would like to hear more about what’s
new and cool coming from Tivoli Storage, you can always join us again in Vegas
this June for IBM Edge2013, which will
bring you more opportunities to connect with your colleagues and learn about
industry best practices for storage management, virtualization, and cloud technologies.
Following an outstanding PurePalooza party on Monday night that featured a 2-hour performance by 6-time Grammy Award winner Carrie Underwood, you might have expected Tuesday’s General Session to be a little quieter than usual. However, that wasn’t the case at all as the energetic vibe from today’s session picked up right where Monday left off -- helping to quickly shake off the effects of a wild Monday night for many.
This morning’s 90-minute general session was themed “Best Practices in Action” and featured a client panel of IT leaders from AT&T, Equifax, Carolinas Healthcare System and the Port of Cartagena sharing how they are converting opportunities from Cloud, Mobility and Smarter Physical Infrastructures into tangible business outcomes.
The Unified Recovery & Storage Management track picked up on the General session theme with Tuesday’s breakout sessions featuring no fewer than TEN Tivoli Storage clients sharing real-life examples of how they were applying IBM Tivoli Back-Up and Recovery and Storage Management solutions to address a host of complex challenges. While this represents a just a tiny sliver of the valuable content, some of the session take-aways included:
• Irfan Karachiwala (Ph. D), Manager, Enterprise Data Strategy at Kindred Healthcare, a post-acute healthcare provider with over 450 locations in the U.S. has realized improvements in Recovery Point and Recovery Time Objectives by switching from data only backups to VM-based image back-ups using Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments;
• Redbook author Gerd Becker of Empalis Consulting, a German-based IBM Premier Business Partner recommended the use of TSM Fastback for Workstations to provide continuous protection and meet shorter Recovery Point Objectives (by the way you can try TSM Fastback for Workstations for free through the currently available trial);
• BJ Klingenberg, Distinguished Engineer in IBM Global Technology Services that uses Tivoli Storage Productivity Center to manage the storage environments of over 1000 accounts and 400 petabytes of data suggested taking 12-hour Storage environment snapshots to facilitate problem isolation and determination as part of a sound change and configuration management strategy;
• Petur Eythorsson of Nyherji, a Managed Service Provider in Iceland that provides management for 50 TSM servers mainly supporting mid-sized Windows-based environments confirmed that like many others, his client base has little patience for any recovery time beyond 2 hours;
• Huey Cantrell of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana reminded us that the overwhelming number of restore requests are for data that was recently backed-up so his IT organization spends it’s time and energy focused on the ability to quickly recover data created in the past few days;
• Eduardo Zalamena of Mitsubishi Motors of Brasil pointed out that within large organizations you can’t treat all data the same way. For example, a 2-hour restore time within some systems can be a catastrophic while for others it may be very appropriate. Eduardo recommended the implementation of system-specific recovery objectives to cost-effectively address requirements;
• John Clarke from United Healthcare that protects over 70 million Americans, has altered his teams approach back-up and recovery focus – emphasizing the restore over back-up primarily because of the emergence of Big Data systems such as Netezza and Teradata.
On a day that put IBM clients “front and center”, it was only fitting to close Tuesday with the Tivoli Storage Birds of Feather meeting. This two hour, highly-interactive discussion gave clients the opportunity to get all their questions answered and provide direct feedback to Tivoli Storage Executives, Developers and Product Managers.
Based on the buzz around the Storage breakouts it was clear that the client focus on Tuesday was a hit so a huge thank-you to all the clients who took the time to prepare and share their stories at Pulse2013. Pulse wouldn't be a reality without your contributions!!!
As another Pulse begins to wind down, it’s time to start thinking about IBM Edge2013 in June. The Edge conference will bring us back to Las Vegas to hear more clients describe how they are Optimizing Storage and IT. If you weren’t able to join the 8000 of us at Pulse2013, start making plans to attend Edge by finding out everything you need to know (including the early-bird discount available through the end of April) at the IBM Edge2013 Conference website.
The opening day of Pulse 2013 was one of the most exciting days I’ve had in 15 years at IBM. The fanfare, crowds, and keynotes were great.Carrie Underwood rocked.But the real excitement was about Tivoli storage software.Storage software was making an impression and turning heads.
Tivoli Storage Manager Operations Center is beginning its beta phase with hands-on labs, Expo Center demos, and a developer-led session on Monday afternoon.TSM Operations Center is the next generation of backup administration, and is unlike other backup administration dashboards.TSM Operations Center enables more consolidation, faster problem resolution, and better team collaboration.
People don’t usually get excited about backup software, but I heard the following comments:
"TSM Operations Center is the best thing to happen to TSM since incremental forever"
- Wanda Prather, Baltimore-Washington TSM User Group Member
“I’d like to congratulate the development team for the work they’ve done.I’ve been working with TSM for more than 10 years, and this is a great interface”
- Maria Carlizza, IBM Briefing Center Consultant
“This is flat out awesome.This is the best graphical user interface I’ve seen in the TSM world”
- Cyrus Niltchian, IBM Storage Technical Enablement
Wanda Prather, a TSM Consultant, User Group leader and member of the Early Access Program for TSM Operations Center, said there has been a real change at IBM.“I was amazed to see how fast our feedback was incorporated into the product.Listening has been the key.IBM has turned software development into a 2-way conversation." Two other Early Access Program members offered similar feedback.
I met some of the developers involved in this transformation.Marttine Wedlake is the User Interface Architect for TSM Operations Center.Martine and I worked the TSM Operations Center Ped during the lunch shift.In the afternoon, Colin Dawson and an Early Access Program client led a live demo session on TSM Operations Center.Colin has worked with IBM backup software for 20 years, since version 1 of ADSM (the precursor to TSM).One client called Colin, “the most patient man in the world” for his interest in user requirements.Martine and Colin are just 2 examples of the IBM talent working on TSM.At Pulse, I met 7 people with 20 years or more of TSM development experience.Very impressive!
Monday was a big day for Analyst involvement at Pulse.Analysts from Gartner, IDC and ESG offered guidance for storage professionals.
Dave Russell from Gartner kicked off the Storage track.Dave offered 5 top storage recommendations, ideas on the role of storage in cloud computing, and tips for modernizing backup.
Top storage recommendations:
Deliver services, rather than infrastructure
Focus first on agility and operational efficiency
Manage data growth by deploying and exploiting storage efficiency technologies
Pilot first.Validate at scale
Test your backups and disaster recovery plans
The role of storage in cloud computing:
The primary use case for cloud storage is as a low cost storage tier, often for backup and archiving
Enterprises should view public cloud storage as a storage tier forlatency-tolerant applications
Security remains the biggest inhibitor to cloud storage adoption
Through 2014, despite the rise of disk-to-disk backups, disk-to-disk-to-tape will remain the predominant strategy for large enterprises
92% will replace or augment backups with snapshots or replication
When snapshots are used, replication should also be employed to move the snapshot to a secondary location to mitigate against local hardware issues
Laura DuBois, from IDC and Jason Buffington from ESG also provided their perspectives on storage. Watch Laura and Jason present at Pulse2013 at the following links:
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
Day 1 was also the day of awards!! Congratulations are in
!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
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!
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. 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”!
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.
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
Backup 1000 virtual machines in less than 36 minutes
Is it possible to achieve higher levels of data protection, recovery and availability for the virtualized systems than in your non-virtualized environment? Yes, is what you will hear from IBM and VMware at VMworld® 2012.
We’re all aware of how data protection and recovery has only gotten more complicated with the explosive growth in server virtualization. Applications running on virtual environments are becoming even more critical for business success, and the data volumes residing in virtual environments are growing in leaps and bounds. Also, given the shared physical resources of ESX/ESXi systems, a smarter approach to I/O intensive processes such as backup and recovery are needed.
As a virtual environment user, if you’re looking for faster backup and restore for the VMware datastores, then IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager Version 3.1 (referred to as FCM 3.1) is the answer. It is designed to handle high demands - but how quick can it be?
Seeking to expunge all doubts, and recognizing the demand for efficient and fast backup of virtual machine data residing in VMware datastores, the Tivoli Storage Manager performance team carried out a benchmark test.
To assess how fast FCM 3.1 can meet the data protection demands from VMware virtual environments, the team conducted tests on VMware environments that have up to 1000 on-line virtual machines with a total capacity of 18 TB of disk space.
The results were astounding. Test results for up to 1000 virtual machines (the maximum tested) showed that FlashCopy backup elapsed time increases linearly with the number of virtual machines: * 500 virtual machines can be backed up by FCM 3.1 in 15 minutes
* 1000 virtual machines can be backed up by FCM 3.1 in 36 minutes
So how is this useful to you? FCM 3.1 provides:
* Simplified deployment and management of advanced, application-aware data backup * Improved backup and recovery times from hours to minutes * Improved administrative productivity by simplified management and automation of routine tasks
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 the Overall Storage Software Market, IBM moved up to #2 share rank position in 1Q12, gaining 2.0 share points 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.
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Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) is a unique Ready for IBM Tivoli program
classification for clients, business partners and managed service providers who
use the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager family of offerings as a core component of a
data protection and recovery managed services or cloud-based offering.It is IBM’s new partner program for validated
TSM cloud solutions.
Achieving Ready for IBM Tivoli software validation shows
customers that your solution meets or exceeds IBM compatibility criteria and
successfully integrates with the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager family of
offerings.Backed up by IBM TSM validation further demonstrates your offering
as being an integral part of a TSM cloud or managed service solution.
Sound interesting?Want to learn more?Then be sure
to stop by one of the following venues while you are at Pulse
2012 for more details about this new program and how you can participate:
Partner Summit – Sunday, March 4 - Information on the program will be
included in all the breakout sessions
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
5) Intervention...The Data
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.
the quality of data is not costly—not getting it right is.
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IBM has detailed innovative projects and research that show new
storage approaches to support Big Data growth and drive business innovation.
Healthcare, financial services, media and entertainment, and
scientific research among many industries face the challenge of storing and
managing the proliferation of data to extract critical business value. As
storage needs rise dramatically, storage budgets lag, requiring new innovation
and approaches around storing, managing, and protecting Big Data, cloud data,
virtualized data and more.
Watson-inspired Storage Takes on the Cosmos: IBM is working on a project with the Institute
for Computational Cosmology (ICC) at Durham University in the U.K. and Business
Partner OCF to build a storage system to better store and manipulate Big Data
for its cosmology research on galaxies. ICC is adopting the same IBM General
Parallel File Systemtechnology used in the
IBM Watson system to store and manage more than one petabyte of data from two
significant projects on galaxy formation and the fate of gas outside of
galaxies. The enhanced storage system will enable up to 50 researchers, working
collaboratively to access and review data simultaneously. It will also help ICC
learn to manage data better, storing only essential data and storing it in the
New Storage Platform Delivers More Personalized, Visual
Healthcare: A medical archiving
solution from IBM Business Partners Avnet Technology Solutions and TeraMedica,
Inc. powered by IBM systems, storage and software gives patients and caregivers
instant access to critical medical data at the point-of-care. Developed in
collaboration with IBM, the medical information management offering can manage
up to 10 million medical images, helping health care practitioners provide
better patient care with greater efficiency and at reduced costs. The
integrated platform allows users to manage and view clinical images originating
from different treatments and providers to bring secure, consistent image
management and distribution at point-of-care.
Virtualization Consolidates Storage Footprint for Medical Center: Kaweah Delta Health Care District (KDHCD), a
general medical and surgical hospital in Visalia, Calif., needed to reduce its
operational costs while increasing storage space. To meet these demands, KDHCD
tapped IBM's storage systems to create a new storage platform that reallocates
resources and saves a significant amount of data space with thin-provisioning
technology. Virtualization creates a smaller hardware footprint so the hospital
also saved on power and cooling costs. KDHCD now has a consolidated storage
environment that provides the scalability, ease-of-management, and security to
support critical healthcare data management for the hospital.
TSM FastBack for Workstations is a centrally-managed solution that reduces the risks of losing important information stored on thousands of personal computers across an entire enterprise, as described here:
IBM will be running a beta program for the next release of this product, providing those taking part with early access to the latest planned enhancements. If you would like to participate, please contact the beta coordinator, Matthew Boult (email@example.com).
NEW!! Technical Services Webinar: Capacity Planning in a Tivoli Storage Manager Environment
As much as customers would like to "backup everything and keep it forever", storage is not unlimited. The reality of ever increasing data growth, combined with regulatory compliance and the associated risks make the arduous task of capacity planning for backup ever more critical. A new Reporting and Monitoring tool is available with Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM). This new tool, based on IBM Tivoli Monitoring, can collect and report on historical data and is an integral part of a capacity planning regimen.
This session will demonstrate a capacity planning methodology that conforms to the ITIL Capacity Planning process description by showing how the TSM Reporting and Monitoring tool and other TSM components can be utilized for to ease the pain of capacity planning. Additionally, this session will look at strategies, like data deduplication, to reduce the amount of backup data while maintaining regulatory compliance.
Presenters: Mark Vanderboll, IBM Tivoli Global Response Team Dave Daun, IBM Advanced Technical Skills
Simplify Data Protection and Reduce Costs With Unified Recovery Management
On September 22, we will be hosting an educational webcast that will address the challenges of providing data protection and recovery for rapidly growing amounts of diverse enterprise data. During this call, you will hear about our unified recovery management solution that can help reduce complexity, risk and costs. Included in this solution is a new simple, value-based option for procuring and managing software licenses.
Speaker: Rich Vining, Product Marketing Manager
Date: September 22, 2011 Time: 11:00 AM Eastern US
Please register for this event using this link. After registering you will receive a confirmation note with call-in instructions.
Attention all Tivoli User Community Members! There will be free online training offered on May 26, 2011 from 9:30AM - 1:30PM EST on the topic of: Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments.
The following topics will be covered:
-Explain the different types of virtual machine backups (lecture) -Explain the benefits of Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments (lecture) -Perform full VM-level backups and restores (demo) -Perform file-level backups and restores (demo) -Install and configure Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments (demo) -Perform Block-Level Backups with CBT (demo)
Topics were selected from the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager 6.2 for Virtual Environments workshop and tailored for a one-day online presentation.
Join us on May 17th at 1: p.m. Eastern / 10:00 a.m. Pacific........to hear all about Smarter Storage & Data Management for Virtual Server Environments
Featured Speakers: Richard Vining, IBM Tivoli Storage Product Marketing Manager & John Connor, IBM Tivoli Storage Product Manager
There is a huge transformation happening in IT organizations! These organizations are migrating from single-purpose physical servers to consolidated virtual machine technologies. The benefits of virtualization are many: cutting acquisition, management and facilities costs by reducing the number of physical machines; increasing service levels through faster server provisioning; and enabling new delivery models such as cloud services. However, virtualizing servers does not reduce the amount of data that is created and stored; actually it can have the opposite effect as virtual machines are moved or de-provisioned. This presentation will describe smarter ways of managing all this data and the infrastructure that stores it, and feature IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center family of products.
Join us on May 12th at 2:00 p.m. Eastern / 11:00 a.m. Pacific.............to hear all about Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) for Virtual Environments.
Featured Speakers: Greg Van Hise - IBM Storage Architect & Richard Vining - IBM Product Marketing Manager for TSM
There is no question that server virtualization has been a boost to the businesses that have embraced it, but it is also causing huge headaches for storage administrators. Join IBM industry leaders for this live, interactive event, as they introduce the newest addition to the Tivoli Storage Manager family that was built to provide advanced data protection and fast, flexible recovery of your VMware environments. This online-only event allows you to hear from experts as they review TSM for Virtual Environments and demonstrate how it can help you reduce costs while meeting service level requirements. This event will include a 20 minute presentation, followed by a 20 minute live demo of the actual product.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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!
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
Support for SVC 6.1
Support for IBM Storwize® V7000
Updates Applicable to all FlashCopy Manager components that run on AIX, Linux, and Solaris
Support for AIX 7.1 in non-SAP environments
Support for Oracle ASM on Solaris and Linux
Support for SVC and IBM Storwize® V7000 Space Efficient target volumes for FlashCopy Manager Cloning operations on AIX, Linux, and Solaris
Updates Applicable to the FlashCopy Manager for Exchange Component
Support for VSS backups to a TSM Server without needing a TSM for Copy Services or FCM license
Support for SVC and DS8000 family devices in a VMware guest OS environment
Improved support for VSS backups in clustered and offload environments
Updates Applicable to the FlashCopy Manager for SQL Component
Improvements to Query & Backup Performance in Environments with Large Numbers of SQL Servers
Support for VSS backups to a TSM Server without needing a TSM for Copy Services or FCM license
Support for SVC and DS8000 family devices in a VMware guest OS environment
Improved support for VSS backups in clustered and offload environments
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
IBM Tivoli Storage Development is currently running a beta program for a new release of FlashCopy Manager.
We are looking for additional participants for this program which could be new or existing FlashCopy Manager users, as well as Data Protection for Exchange or Data Protection for SQL users as those products are incorporated into FlashCopy Manager. IBM is very interested in obtaining valuable customer and business partner input on this release prior to General Availability.
We want you to participate! Why not take advantage of this opportunity to help shape these products while at the same time helping to ensure that your environments are understood and your requirements are met? By participating you'll have the ear of development and will be able to participate in weekly discussions with development. This is a win-win for everyone.
If you are interested in participating in this beta program please contact Mary Anne Filosa (email@example.com).
A new supercomputer at the University of Kentucky has placed it in the top 10 of public universities for compute power.
According to UK President Lee T. Todd Jr, "This supercomputer will allow our world-class researchers to discover new solutions to the complex problems facing the Commonwealth, the nation, and the world."
This new high-performance compute cluster comes with 200 terabytes of usable disk storage. This important data is protected by Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) and Heirarchical Storage Manager (HSM) that is connected to the UK central backup system.
I'd like to congratulate UK on making it into the top 10 public university supercomputers. Lastly, I'd like thank them for selecting TSM to protect this critical infrastructure.
You can find the full report on the UK supercomputer at HPCwire.
VINCI PLC, based in Watford, UK, is the largest British arm of
VINCI, the world’s leading concession and construction group. The
company operates in the sectors of building, civil engineering, air,
facilities and technology. VINCI PLC has in the region up to 4,000
employees and its annual turnover exceeds £1 billion. Business need: To consolidate several
acquisitions and implement a new ERP system, VINCI PLC needed to extend
its storage infrastructure and sought a reliable, flexible,
easy-to-manage platform for handling rapid growth.
Juniper Networks recently published a solution brief regarding the performance boost you get from using TSM Fastback in concert with their WAN optimization (WXC). The value proposition is pretty straightforward: reduced backup times and reduced WAN bandwidth and cost. You can read the full details in the report, but here are a few snippets worth noting:
Conceptual view of the bandwidth savings ...
Savings of backing up 92GB over a 155Mbps link with 100 ms latency:
These savings are above and beyond those you already get with using TSM Fastback (taken from solution brief):
The IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack provides an extensive and cost-effective data protection and recovery solution specifically designed to help remote offices maintain operations, regardless of the type of data loss.
The FastBack Client uses next-generation, block-level technology to capture new and changed data on the application servers as frequently as needed—up to true CDP—with almost no performance impact on the applications. This provides for much more granular recovery, leaving much less data at risk of loss than traditional once-a-night backup solutions.
The FastBack Server provides the management, policy engine, and local repository for the protected data. The server includes near-instant restore capabilities, enabling critical applications to resume within seconds following almost any type of data loss. The server also initiates “selective replication” jobs to send copies of selected data over the WAN to another location for disaster recovery and backup consolidation capabilities.
The FastBack DR Server aggregates the backup data from multiple remote offices—enabling extremely fast recovery of remote office workloads should an office go offline for any reason. The FastBack DR Server also can be used to enhance protection of business-critical application servers in the data center, and it integrates easily with central data protection and retention solutions such as IBM’s Tivoli Storage Manager.
TSM Fastback is a solution that has seen strong adoption from customers with remote offices ... If backup times or bandwidth usage over a WAN are a concern, I suggest you look into the WXC offering from Juniper Networks in concert with TSM Fastback.
At the recent Gartner IOM 2010 conference in Orlando, Florida, I had the good fortune of listening to a series of interesting topics and meeting some really smart people. As one might have guessed, the bulk of the sessions focused on virtualization and cloud topics. But the one topic that piqued my interested was unrelated to virtualization and cloud - it was deduplication and was hosted by Dave Russell.
The intent of the session was to bring forward a some customer examples that were deploying deduplication technologies in their backup and recovery solutions. Most of you that read this blog know that deduplication and data reduction have been a hot topic in the industry. And as you likely know, almost every major vendor out there offers some form of deduplication with its associated benefits.
This session provided us two customers who were willing to talk about their experiences with deduplication and the benefits they've received. One customer is using CommVault and the other is using IBM Tivoli Storage Manager v6 (TSM). While both customers showcased the quantified benefits from deduplication, the presentation from the TSM customer went beyond just the benefits of deduplication. The TSM customer revealed their quantified benefits and also identified some of the best practices they developed regarding deduplication.
This particular TSM customer is a large producer of natural gas in the U.S. The customers environment has TSM managing about 1.3 petabytes of data from over 1500+ nodes. Overall, their approach to managing backup storage is do it as efficiently as possible and to reduce the overall amount of backup data under management.
Prior to leveraging TSM deduplication, this customer began with "incremental forever" and compression. Once TSM v6 was released, they adopted deduplication at the server and client in concert with the other data reduction features provided by TSM.
As they began evaluating their use of deduplication, they had to deal with demands from their internal customers - DBA and Exchange admins like full backups etc. Furthermore, they had to consider how their rate of data change, evaluate retention policies, and ensure that their restore requirements weren't negatively impacted by the use of deduplication.
After significant testing and planning, the customer decided that they would initially deploy deduplication for their Oracle databases and Windows OS and system state backups. The results of using TSM deduplication were impressive ...
Oracle deduplication results - 75% reduction of Oracle backup data after deduplication. This was on 3.8TB of physical space on disk and about 15 TBs of data on tape.
And their results on Windows OS and System State were a whopping 94% ... taking them from 172GB of managed data down to 11.4 GB. In this scenario, the customer leveraged TSM 6.2 client- or source-side deduplication.
Overall, very impressive results. By leveraging the data reduction features within TSM, the customer was able to save by using less tapes library cells, tape drives, and disks.
In the end, the customer stated that TSM data reduction (with deduplication) helped them meet their objectives - efficiently reduce data under management. Furthermore, it allows them to reduce their overall HW costs and meet or improve restore requirements. The last comment the customer made before closing the session was that with all the various TSM data reduction capabilities in production, their job had ultimately gotten simpler now that their environment was running more efficiently ...
This is a fantastic story that I really enjoy sharing. If you are a TSM customer and have benefited from its data reduction technologies, then please give me a shout as I would like to hear your story as well.
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.
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:
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:
Legacy-style backups (aka "streaming" backups) are no longer supported by Microsoft
VSS-style backups are the only supported online backup method
Exchange storage groups were removed completely
The Recovery Database replaced the Recovery Storage Group (RSG)
Database Availability Groups (DAGs) have replaced LCR, CCR, and SCR replication
Single Copy Clustering (SCC) is no longer available
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:
Full Exchange Server 2010 support
Command-line Interface (CLI)
Graphical User Interface (GUI)
Database Availability Group (DAG) support
Query Exchange Information
Shows all databases with various attributes
Shows VSS component information
Full, Copy, Incremental, Differential
Back up from production database
Back up from a passive database copy (replica)
Back up to TSM Server
Back up to LOCAL snapshot
Offloaded backup to TSM
Shows all backups with their attributes
Restore from TSM Server
Restore into production database
Restore into "Recovery Database"
VSS Instant Restore from LOCAL snapshot
VSS Fast Restore from LOCAL snapshot
Mailbox Restore (IMR) and Item-Level Recovery
FlashCopy Manager and MMC Integration
Note: VSS backups to the TSM Server are enabled without the requirement for a TSM for Copy Services or FlashCopy Manager license.
Finally, a number of you were a part of the FlashCopy Manager 2.2 Beta Program and/or the Data Protection for Exchange 188.8.131.52 "Limited Availability" program, so thank you for helping us make it a great release!
In December of last year, I blogged about IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager for Windows version 2.1. I talked about how FlashCopy Manager provides fast application-aware backups and restores leveraging advanced snapshot technologies. I also discussed how FlashCopy Manager on Windows supports Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Exchange Server using Microsoft's Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) and how it integrates into your enterprise whether you have Tivoli Storage Manager or not. So, if you haven't read my previous blog about FlashCopy Manager on Windows, why not check that out first, then come back to learn more about the new features we just announced!
This Friday, June 4, 2010, IBM will release IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager Version 2.2. Some of the exciting new Windows features in this release include:
Support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010
Support for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2
Performance improvements for Microsoft Exchange Server mailbox history and mailbox restore operations
Performance improvements for large Microsoft SQL Server environments
Enhanced integration with SAN Volume Controller via enablement of VSS Instant Restore when there are multiple backup generations on space efficient target volumes
Did you know? FlashCopy Manager also supports UNIX platforms! Some of the exciting new UNIX features included in FlashCopy Manager Version 2.2 are:
Support for Linux x64 and Solaris SPARC operating systems
Database cloning support
Enhanced integration with SAN Volume Controller via automatic detection of deleted snapshots
A customizable agent that enables you to back up applications not directly supported by the product
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:
If you were unable to attend the live Pulse 2010 event in Las Vegas, you can still attend the Virtual event - register today. You can also check out the Pulse Comes To You Web site to see if there will be an event in a city near you.
While I was at Pulse 2010 in Las Vegas, I had the opportunity of Interviewing Scott Sterry from Cristie Software Limited. Cristie Bare Machine Recovery integrates with IBM Tivoli Storage Manager to provide a Bare Machine Recovery (BMR) solution for Windows®, Linux, SUN Solaris and HP-UX.
If you were unable to attend the live Pulse 2010 event in Las Vegas, you can still attend the Virtual event - register today. You can also check out the Pulse Comes To You Web site to see if there will be an event in a city near you.
I love how you used your winter/summer clothing exercise as an
example of consolidating storage and the pros and cons of having a
large storage container vs. multiple smaller containers. I also put
my off season clothes in containers and should have started moving
in the spring/summer attire and move out the winter... maybe next
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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!
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…
File based VS block based backups
Keep your existing backup methodology (Agent-based backup)
Perform the backup through the host (VMware console/hyper-v host OS)
Hardware based snapshots
Utilize vendor specific APIs that provide "agentless" or off-host backup (VMware's VCB and vStorage)
Other enhancements that might not necessarily be backup related but have to be seriously considered when virtualizing include
Deduplication (client side or target side)
Stay tuned, I’ll be going into more details around File Based VS Block Based backups in my next blog.
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)! (Mon, 22/Feb)
The Data Juggernaut Meets IBM -- Storage & Information Infrastructure Track Kickoff
How Principal Financial Group Upgraded to TSM 6 in a Veritas Clustered Environment
Sprint Storage Virtualization Success with SVC
How France Telecom Benefits from SVC Management and Thin Provisioning
TSM 6 Upgrade Experience at Brookshire Grocery Company
How Pacific Northern Gas and Tourism Australia achieved near instant recovery while reducing costs and risks with TSM and TSM FastBack
How A Major Dutch Insurance Company Got the Most from Its Storage Environment with SVC and TPC
How OhioHealth and VCU Health Systems Leverage IBM Data Protection Software and Storage Systems to Scale for Growth
A Technical Look Inside IBM's Next-Generation Archive Appliance -- the IBM Information Archive
AT&T Automates Server and Storage Provisioning with Tivoli Provisioning Manager
Reduce your Data Storage Footprint to help Survive the Data Tidal Wave
Implementing TSM FastBack at the US Department of State
The Oakwood Healthcare System's Virtualization Story
Shipping Portal INTTRA Supports the Global Supply Chain with a World-Class IT Infrastructure from IBM
Solving the Business Challenge with Excellence: An IT TotalSolutions Approach Success Case
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:
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."
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:
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)
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!