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IBM® System Storage™ N series with Operations Manager software offers comprehensive monitoring and management for N series enterprise storage and content delivery environments. Operations Manager is designed to provide alerts, reports, and configuration tools from a central control point, helping you keep your storage and content delivery infrastructure in-line with business requirements for high availability and low total cost of ownership.
We focus especially on Protection Manager, which is designed as an intuitive backup and replication management software for IBM System Storage N series unified storage disk-based data protection environments. The application is designed to support data protection and help increase productivity with automated setup and policy-based management.
This IBM Redbooks® publication demonstrates how Operation Manager manages IBM System Storage N series storage from a single view and remotely from anywhere. Operations Manager can monitor and configure all distributed N series storage systems, N series gateways, and data management services to increase the availability and accessibility of their stored and cached data. Operations Manager can monitor the availability and capacity utilization of all its file systems regardless of where they are physically located. It can also analyze the performance utilization of its storage and content delivery network. It is available on Windows® , Linux® , and Solaris™ .
Systems combining block and file storage maximize benefits of server virtualization.
The data center of the future looks an awful lot like data centers of the past in one important respect: storage demands. While the trend toward server virtualization and consolidation is transforming the way data centers are being designed, built and managed, rampant data growth continues to be a limiting factor.
In its annual “Digital Universe” study, EMC projects a nearly 45-fold annual data growth by 2020. Data growth was cited as the No. 1 data center hardware infrastructure challenge in a recent Gartner survey of representatives from 1,004 large enterprises in eight countries.
“While all the top data center hardware infrastructure challenges impact cost to some degree, data growth is particularly associated with increased costs relative to hardware, software, associated maintenance, administration and services,” said April Adams, research director at Gartner. “Given that cost containment remains a key focus for most organizations, positioning technologies to show that they are tightly linked to cost containment, in addition to their other benefits, is a promising approach.”
In order to drive down costs and reduce operational complexity, organizations virtualizing their data centers and beginning the journey to the cloud require a storage infrastructure that is both simple and efficient. Unified storage delivers on both counts.
Unified storage is the combination of block- and file-based storage in the same system with common management. These multiprotocol systems can be attached to servers via IP and/or Fibre Channel.
The Road to Unification
Unified storage is an evolving technology, but not a new technology. A variety of vendors have taken stabs at providing block- and file-oriented storage in a single box since the late 1990s. Some of the earliest attempts involved simply putting two machines together in a single enclosure and then creating a GUI to handle management of both.
Next came NAS gateways, which used a NAS box as an entry to SAN storage. In this setup, a NAS box provides file-based access to applications via a LAN port, and then stores the data on a block-oriented storage array that can be accessed across the SAN. While this approach accommodates both block and file protocols, it has some disadvantages. One of the major problems is that data must be transferred twice — once across the NAS Ethernet connection and again across the Fibre Channel or IP SAN — which adds to I/O latency. Another issue is that the management of NAS gateways continues to be separate from the management of SAN arrays.
More recent unified storage platforms leverage virtualization technology to offer a much deeper integration of file- and block-based storage. A file system performs I/O to disk blocks using a common virtualized disk-volume engine. Virtualization allows administrators to create a seamless pool of unified storage and enables transparent data movement for tiered storage.
While NetApp introduced unified storage to the market several years ago, it is now available from most storage vendors. Many of these solutions include features such as data replication, incremental snapshots and remote mirroring that contribute to robust business continuity capabilities.
Aligning Storage with Virtualization
IT organizations face growing pressure to transform the data center to meet increasing demands for wider access to information, transactions and services. To a great degree, this means creating a technology infrastructure composed of virtualized computing and networking. By breaking the relationship between applications and the IT systems on which they run, virtualization frees system administrators from providing specific hardware with static configurations.
However, many organizations have found that the benefits of virtualization are offset by increased storage complexity and expense. For example, the creation of hundreds or even thousands of virtual server image files often leads to massive storage waste. Because each of these images is typically many gigabytes in size, the total storage required in virtual environments can be 30 percent more than in an equivalent physical environment. As a result, virtual machine sprawl increases operational overhead and compromises storage utilization efficiency and overall business agility.
Unified storage improves utilization by allowing organizations to consolidate and virtualize storage across storage protocols, environments and mixed storage platforms. Combinations of block storage (Fibre Channel or iSCSI) and file storage (NAS systems with CIFS or NFS) can be managed via a common set of features such as snapshots, thin provisioning, tiered provisioning, replication, synchronous mirroring and data migration — all from a single user interface. This shift toward a shared infrastructure enables organizations to achieve storage utilization rates of 85 percent or more, compared to the sub-50-percent rates in standalone storage silos.
“IT managers are looking for storage solutions that not only deliver immediate value, but also enable flexibility and growth over time, so that storage can adapt to changes in an organization's applications, user needs or business demands,” said Mark Peters, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. “Storage solutions that are both virtualized and unified are ideal to address the needs for both storage flexibility and data growth.”
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IBM System Storage TS7610 ProtecTIER Deduplication Appliance Express
The TS7610 is a powerful new addition to the IBM ProtecTIER solution set, which brings the benefits of the reliability and performance of disk-based data protection to mid-sized businesses who need to ensure their backups are successfully completed in a timely manner. The TS7610 brings the added benefit of inline data deduplication which can squeeze up to 25TB or more into a single terabyte of storage. The TS7610 also reduces costs (such as reducing downtime and time spent managing and supporting systems) up to 45% over standard non-deduplicated virtual tape library systems.
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Shopzilla has been a customer of the IBM Real-time Compression technology for over 2 years. Here they describe the benefits of the technology.Shopzilla-IBM Real Time Compression is Transparent
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Technology giant IBM on Tuesday said it has emerged as the top player in the Indian external disk storage systems for the year 2010.
According to IT research firm IDC, IBM India has maintained its 2010 leadership with a 26.2 per cent market share (in revenue terms) and over four per cent points lead over its nearest competitor.
“While the overall external disk storage market in India declined to 1.5 per cent in calender year 2010, according to IDC, IBM has been able to grow its hold in the country given the constant innovation and focus on bringing in storage efficiency,” Sandeep Dutta, Storage, Systems and Technology Group, IBM India/ South Asia told PTI.
Also, in Q4 2010, IBM maintained leadership with a 29 per cent market share and a seven per cent point lead over its nearest competitor in revenue terms.
During the year 2010, IBM launched products like IBM StorwizeV7000 and IBM System Storage DS8000, which helped it to strengthen its leadership position in the market.
During the year, IBM bagged orders from Kotak, Suzlon, Oswal mills, CEAT, L&T (ECC division), Indian Farmer and Fertilizer Cooperative Ltd, Solar Semiconductors and Ratnamani Metals. Read More>
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See how Language Weaver has utilized IBM Real-time Compression and are getting 3 to 1 compression and the solution was totally transparent to their infrastructure.
"There’s a battle going on between CEOs and their IT organizations. The CEO is saying “hey – I go home on the weekends, my kids are on Facebook storing pictures and videos for free, Gmail is always on, this new Web stuff is cheap and simple, I can get to these services from any device, Amazon is selling compute and storage for peanuts – why am I spending so much on IT?—Outsource the lot to the cloud!”
IT’s response? “Uh oh – we’re gonna get squeezed. We need to: Virtualize. Simplify. Do more with less. Cut the fat. Increase responsiveness.”
Technology companies, seeing the pickle their best customers are in, the threat to their business and a way to compete, are responding with VMware and Hyper-V integration, thin provisioning, automated tiering, compression, data deduplication; plenty of marketing too – “to the cloud.” And the last year or so has brought lots of high profile M&A, aimed directly at filling portfolio gaps for areas like unstructured data and simplifying IT (Data Domain, 3PAR, Compellent, Isilon, Storwize, Ocarina, etc). It kind of reminds me of the Three Stooges a little bit – “to the hunt” – lots of action but I can’t help wonder if the big IT vendors really know where they’re going with this over the long haul.
What I mean is that business is good right now. The market’s up; demand looks solid; everyone seems happy. But there’s a big change coming. We’ll look back five years from now and the gains being made in the data center will be ancient history. CEOs will be happy for a while that CIOs are reducing costs. They’ll keep taking down IT as a percentage of revenue. But CEOs are greedy and we all know they’ll want more; much more. It’s why smart people like Paul Maritz say that VMware needs to move beyond cost cutting into delivering deeper business integration and more substantial value. "
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"As the world becomes more interconnected, instrumented and intelligent, more and more information is created. This influx of information creates both challenges and opportunities. Companies must build smarter information infrastructures that can handle all of this information and manage it intelligently. IBM has invested billions of dollars developing smart storage solutions that embody a set of essential technologies: virtualization, thin provisioning, deduplication, compression and automated tiering that will enable you to manage the influx of information and unlock new business opportunities."
In many IT departments, increased user demand has led to haphazard storage growth, resulting in sprawling, heterogeneous storage environments. These environments make it difficult to achieve optimal utilization and to provision storage capacity for new users and applications. Storage virtualization can put an end to these problems. It enables companies to logically aggregate disk storage so capacity can be efficiently allocated across applications and users.