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]
The most significant aspect of any disaster recovery plan is the restoration of data. The hope is that you can restore the data to a state that mimics the most recent completed transaction or saved version. This requires a recovery point objective (RPO) generated by your data protection utility with a timestamp close after that transaction or version. The less data you recreate after any failure, the less time the recovery point objective (RTO) takes to get back up and running. Both the RPO and RTO are integral parts of any disaster recovery.... [More]
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus is a high-performance data protection and recovery solution for your VMWare and Hyper-V virtual environments. It ensures that your virtual machines and their contents are protected quickly, completely, and safely. One important feature in IBM Spectrum Protect Plus the capability to offload data from IBM Spectrum Protect Plus to an IBM Spectrum Protect implementation for long-term retention and archiving of your VM images. Currently, IBM Spectrum Protect Plus only supports the offloading of VMWare VMs, but the... [More]
Do you wish you had all the answers when it comes to IBM Spectrum Protect? Do you need to install the Operations Center or configure a backup-archive client? Do you want to know the best way to monitor your IBM Spectrum Protect storage environment? We’ve put together some useful links to help guide you through the documentation. IBM Knowledge Center To get the latest IBM Spectrum Protect documentation, go to IBM Knowledge Center: https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/SSGSG7/landing/welcome_ssgsg7.html Tip: Beginning with Version... [More]
Everything and Forever. The nirvana of data protection and retention. Also known as the most common answer given to backup administrators from their users. This is where ambitious requirements meet real-world resource and financial constraints. Let’s see how Spectrum Protect Plus handles Operational Recovery as well as Data Reuse . Outside of long term archiving requirements, organizations typically need only 90 days of backup data retention to satisfy 95% of restore requests – the Tier 1 of data protection needs. In the... [More]
Watch this video to see how you can quickly set the location for your storage systems and then use the Cognos® Business Intelligence tool to create a report which shows the storage capacity by location. Let's cut to the chase As a storage administrator, you want to configure the properties of your storage resources so that you can filter or sort the resources in the GUI or in an external application if you export the data. Previously, you modified the properties of each resource individually. Now in IBM Spectrum Control™... [More]
As storage solutions evolve, customers are faced with a bewildering range of possibilities, which continually evolve, including cloud, disk, and tape storage. It's intriguing that so many IBM Spectrum Protect customers continue to rely on a traditional storage medium: tape. Estimates suggest that 50% to 90% of IBM Spectrum Protect customers use tape for at least some of their storage protection requirements. Why? Although hybrid cloud solutions are gaining popularity, tape still offers significant advantages: Protection against... [More]
In this video, you can learn about the performance troubleshooting techniques that you can use in IBM Spectrum Control™ . Watch Bob, the storage administrator, as he investigates a problem raised with a critical medical database application within his organization. Watch Bob use the following techniques to investigate the problem in IBM Spectrum Control: Troubleshoot performance from the point of view of an application. Change which metrics are displayed in the performance charts. View the relationships between resources very easily.... [More]
If you are looking for the latest IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot documentation and would like some tips for how to find what you are looking for, why not checkout this article? Learn how to get started, toggle between versions, or use the image maps to go directly to the information you need, http://ibm.co/29pRMfR .
If you were thinking about installing IBM Spectrum Protect TM Snapshot V4.1.6, you will be interested in the Prerequisite Checker. Save yourself time and effort by running the checker tool in your environment before you install the product. This will help you to preempt some common issues before you proceed to the installation process. To learn more about the Prerequisite Checker and how to run it, check out this article IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot Prerequisite Checker
Are you struggling with growing storage infrastructure costs? Do you stand up new storage arrays every time a new project requires capacity? Do you use spreadsheets and homegrown scripts to keep track of storage assets and utilization? Don't worry, IBM has a better way to manage storage without a complex, time-consuming deployment of software into your existing environment. To learn more, checkout the upcoming webcast, September 16, 1 PM EST , on IBM Spectrum Control Storage Insights, a SaaS offering, from... [More]
The first time I met a mobile application was in 2008. I said to myself, “This is revolutionary and cool!" Since then, I’ve used hundreds of mobile applications. Some of them games, other business applications, but with both, I never really understand the revolution. It was in 2011 when I understood for the first time that it’s not just "cool" as I realized in 2008. I understood for the first time what this revolution meant. “A mobile app is a marketing tool!" "A mobile app can... [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]
Configuring IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot for Oracle just got a whole lot easier. When you install IBM Spectrum Protect™ Snapshot for Oracle V814, you can configure the product for all your Oracle database instances by using the new Configuration Wizard. The Configuration Wizard makes it much easier to change parameters on-demand, update the profile quickly without rerunning the entire process, and propagate the changes for all your Oracle databases managed by that instance of Snapshot. With the Wizard you, the... [More]
Grab a cup of coffee and let’s talk about the latest solution that has been added to IBM’s Data Protection portfolio called Spectrum Protect Plus Spectrum Protect Plus is a revolutionary new data protection and availability solution that simplifies VM and file recovery and access. It unlocks your data to provide value for emerging use cases and can either be implemented as a stand-alone solution or be integrated with IBM Spectrum Protect. There is a 90-day trial software available on IBM Marketplace and by the time... [More]