Welcome to the Storage Management Blog, where you can read the perspectives from storage management experts. This Blog provides insights into the storage management solution, as well as technical details about specific IBM products.
Your storage capacity isn’t virtualized? Don’t worry you’re not alone. The concept of virtualization of IT resources is broadly understood, however the deployment and usage of virtualization isn’t as balanced across the datacenter. Virtualization of compute –or- server runtime is commonplace, widely referred to as virtual machines (VM’s) but storage, network, desktops, and other areas that make up the datacenter can just as easily be ‘virtualized’ and deliver value. In this article, I’m going to outline why every datacenter should... [More]
Every year I publish a set of predictions that I think will likely happen in the market space of storage and storage management. Here is my list 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... [More]
IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center V5.2, which is part of IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center, is available worldwide (eGA) and improves the ability to visualize and control storage environments from end to end. These are just some of the features of Tivoli Storage Productivity Center V5.2: Offers comprehensive visibility and centralized management of heterogeneous storage infrastructures with improved device management, custom tags, and agent-less server management from a single interface that is web-based and integrated... [More]
Tivoli Storage Manager Version 6 first GA'd in 2009 with a new internal database, our highest levels of scalability and availability, and new data reduction features such as deduplication at the source and target. Along the way, we published "Deployment Recommendations for TSM v6 Server" to streamline customers' deployment planning and experience, greatly improving time to value for clients. The Deployment Guide is a living document with "real time" updates occurring whenever new insights are discovered in areas such as... [More]
As storage continues to grow in your environment, it is important to know how your storage is performing and that it is tiered correctly in order to reduce costs. The latest on-premises release of IBM Spectrum Control™ (IBM® Tivoli® Storage Productivity Center), a member of the IBM Spectrum Storage™ family, is now available. It is full of consumer oriented features and enhancements that provide the ability to monitor and manage your storage infrastructure efficiently. For the downloads for this release, see... [More]
If you wish to monitor capacity and troubleshoot performance of applications, understand the SAN resources that the applications are dependent on and monitor capacity usage at a department level, then checkout V5.2.5 of IBM Spectrum Control (IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center). In V5.2.5 of IBM Spectrum Control for you can: - Model applications in GPFS environments where filesets are primary containers of application storage. - View a hierarchy list to better understand the application and... [More]
With two major events in as many weeks -- the Fast Data Forum in Boston last week and Edge 2014, which is happening now, IBM created a platform to showcase their leading storage solutions for clients, partners, press and analysts to see. In the IBM Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure portfolio, IBM Virtual Storage Center was highlighted in two reports that portrayed the product very favorably versus its competitors. The first report,... [More]
This fix pack has APAR and defect fixes for Tivoli Storage Productivity Center version 5.1.x upgrades to version 184.108.40.206. This fix pack is a full version of Tivoli Storage Productivity Center and can be applied as an upgrade to any Tivoli Storage Productivity Center 4.x, 5.1.0 or 5.1.1 system. The fix pack media provided for Tivoli Storage Productivity Center 220.127.116.11 does not include a license key. You must have a license key to perform a new installation. If you are applying this fix pack as an upgrade, your existing license will be... [More]
See this download document for the fix pack details and links to the files you will need for the fix pack. This fix pack contains many APAR (an updated APAR Fix List with detailed descriptions is available here) and defect fixes to enrich the customer experience; fix pack 4 now becomes the recommended V4.2.2 level. What's new in this fix pack? The following items are supported starting with Tivoli Storage Productivity Center v4.2.2 fix pack 4 (version 18.104.22.168): DB2 9.7 fix pack 7 and fix pack 8 DS8870 R7.0... [More]
The IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Operations Center is the new web-based interface for managing your storage environment. It is available for the Tivoli Storage Manager 6.3.4 server and 6.4.1 client. See the following YouTube videos for details: Operations Center overview Overview of the installation and configuration of the Operations Center
You have identified the areas you need to gather information on and want to create reports to substantiate the data. However, you are unable to get any existing reports or create any new reports within your Tivoli Storage Productivity/ Tivoli Storage Productivity for Replication V5.x environment. For example, you notice that none of the report creation options are enabled for the Tivoli Storage Productivity for Replication component. Most likely this problem occurs if the Tivoli Storage Productivity for Replication DB2 interface is not... [More]
We recently added a new technical library to Service Management Connect .
The purpose of the technical library is to provide our users with
professionally written technical articles to assist our users with the
implementation and usage of our products. The most recent article
published describes how to use Tivoli Storage Manager to back up and
recover a DB2 database. Here's the overview of what you'll find in that
article: IBM Tivoli Storage Manager is a software product that addresses
the challenges of complex... [More]
Join us on the Tivoli User Community client webcast and opportunity for questions, Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 11:00 am ET, USA. Reserve Your Webcast Seat Now Overview: This TUC webcast will provide insight and detail in the day-to-day operations and challenges of TSM Administrators. Over the years Mr. Perkins has spoken to many TSM and backup administrators to understand their challenges, goals and what they are dealing with in certain aspects of their jobs. He will touch on a few items that he has done to overcome some of the same... [More]
If you have IBM TotalStorage Productivity Center 3.x installed on your system, and want to upgrade to IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center versions 4.1 or 4.2 and later, you can use the new wizard to guide you through the process. The wizard provides information about hardware and software prerequisites, and provides steps that can help you to back up your existing environment before you begin the migration. The wizard includes several migration scenarios to help you choose the migration method that works best for you.
You can find the... [More]