IT organizations of all sizes are struggling to modernize their operations as end users and development teams demand better ways to protect, recover, access, share and use data. Storage technologies are being stretched to the breaking point: not because of storage hardware performance, but because management tools and techniques have not kept pace with new requirements.
IBM and Catalogic Software have joined forces to tackle these modernization challenges. Together, they are hosting a live web event unveiling a number of joint solutions.
It takes place on Feb. 2nd at 11:00 a.m. EST, and you can register for the event here. If you can’t make the live event or are reading this after the fact, the same link will take you to an on-demand version after the live event concludes.
Before the event, here are five things to know about IBM, Catalogic Software and IT modernization:
- Organizations need to modernize their IT processes in order to enable critical new use cases such as storage self-service, Development and Operations (DevOps) and integration of data centers with the Cloud. Failure to modernize means being left behind.
- By combining the in-place copy data management features of Catalogic ECX software with a host of IBM storage offerings, users can bridge the gap that separates them from truly modern IT. What do we mean by modern? Modern IT features greater automation, user self-service, and API integration to drive DevOps. And it works with your existing storage infrastructure by linking proven IBM data capture and movement processes (FlashCopies, Remote Mirroring) to modern methodologies like self-service, Cloud and DevOps.
- Catalogic ECX extends the reach of data center storage by seamlessly linking it to the IBM SoftLayer cloud. Using a simple, template-based methodology, Catalogic drives native IBM array replication engines and lets you set up movement of data sets into a SoftLayer environment. From there, Catalogic connects your infrastructure and data to the unlimited compute power of the Cloud, letting you easily spin up new workloads for use cases such as automated disaster recovery, test and development, analytics, or anything else you want to do with up-to-date copies of data.
Here’s an example of the easy to use Catalogic ECX interface that is used to create a Copy Data Policy. A Copy Data Policy can include both local storage snapshots as well as replicated copies. ECX handles all the setup, scheduling and retention, and keeps track of everything in its catalog. It even cleans up after itself, so you don’t suffer capacity drain through orphaned resources. Target systems can be local, hosted externally or cloud-based.
Catalogic ECX uses templates to control operations. Templates allow for user self-service, because end users can be restricted to a specific set of actions on specific hardware, and templates enforce rules and limits.
Here is an example of configuring a template which sets copy and replication policies:
- Catalogic ECX is fully enabled by a RESTful API. Every function of the software can be driven through the API (in fact, even the Catalogic GUI makes API calls). This means you can drive ECX operations – taking snapshots, mounting snapshots, spinning up VMs, etc. – all through API calls, which makes ECX a great fit for rapid DevOps operations. For instance, through a simple API call, a DevOps tool such as Puppet can request ECX to spin up a new VM using the latest copy of data that has been replicated to an IBM Storwize v7000 system. By using the most up-to-date data, DevOps operations are more successful.
- Multiple different IBM storage systems are supported by Catalogic ECX. These include:
• IBM Storwize® V7000, V7000F and V7000 Unified* (*support for block volumes only)
• IBM Storwize V5000 and V5000F
• IBM Storwize V3500 and V3700
• IBM FlashSystem™ V9000
• IBM VersaStack
• IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC)
ECX can also make use of FlashCopies of virtual machines created using Spectrum Protect Snapshot.
To learn all the specifics about how IBM and Catalogic ECX work together, download new IBM Redbooks publication, IT Modernization using Catalogic ECX Copy Data Management and IBM Spectrum Storage here.