Buying Guide: Backup Appliances

Post by Drew Robb (thank you)

IDC recently put out a report on the worldwide purpose-built backup appliance (PBBA) market. The big news was declining revenues, which are likely to continue due to changes in the dynamics of this space.

“The worldwide PBBA market experienced a year-over-year decline in the second quarter of 2015 as the market continues to evolve,” said Liz Conner, a storage analyst at IDC. “Focus continues to shift away from hardware-centric, on-premise PBBA systems to hybrid/gateway systems. The results are greater emphasis on backup and deduplication software, the ability to tier or push data to the cloud, and the increasing commoditization of hardware, all of which require market participants to adjust product portfolios accordingly.”

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IBM ProtecTIER Implementation and Best Practices Guide

rb170x32 DRAFT – Last Update : 4.March 2014

IBM ProtecTIER Implementation and Best Practices Guide

This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides best practice guidance for planning, installing, and configuring the IBM TS7600 ProtecTIER® family of products. This guide provides all the latest best practices for using ProtecTIER Software Version PGA 3.3 and the revolutionary and patented IBM HyperFactor® deduplication engine, along with other data storage efficiency techniques, such as compression and defragmentation.

The IBM System Storage® TS7650G ProtecTIER Deduplication Gateway and the IBM System Storage TS7620 ProtecTIER Deduplication Appliance Express are disk-based data storage systems that are configured for three available interfaces:

  • The Virtual Tape Library (VTL) interface is the foundation of ProtecTIER and emulates traditional automated tape libraries.
  • The Symantec NetBackup OpenStorage (OST) API can be integrated with Symantec NetBackup to provide backup-to-disk without having to emulate traditional tape libraries.
  • The File System Interface (FSI) supports Common Internet File System (CIFS) and Network File System (NFS) as backup targets.

When you build a ProtecTIER data deduplication environment, this guide helps your IT architects and solution designers plan for the best option and scenario for data deduplication for their environments. This guide helps you optimize your deduplication ratio, while reducing the hardware, power and cooling, and management costs.

This guide provides expertise that was gained from the IBM ProtecTIER Field Technical Sales Support (FTSS/CSS) Group, development, and Quality Assurance teams.

Harnessing the Power of ProtecTIER and Tivoli Storage Manager

rb170x32 DRAFT – Last Update : 27. Februrary 2014

Harnessing the Power of ProtecTIER and Tivoli Storage Manager

This IBM® Redbooks® publication will help you install, tailor, and configure ProtecTIER® products with Tivoli® Storage Manager to harness the performance and the power of the two products working together as a data protection solution.

This book goes beyond the best practices of each product and provides in-depth explanations of each of the items that are configurable, as well as the underlying reasons behind recommendations, with enough detailed information to allow an administrator to make the right choices about which methods to use when implementing both products to meet and to exceed the business requirements.

This IBM Redbooks publication provides discussion and guidance on the following topics:

  • Terminology and concepts on ProtecTIER and Tivoli Storage Manager.
  • Planning for ProtecTIER running with Tivoli Storage Manager.
  • Setup and configuration of the IBM ProtecTIER device as a storage pool in the Tivoli Storage Manager environment, primarily as a Virtual Tape Library (VTL) interface, with some discussion as a File System Interface (FSI).
  • Day to day administration of ProtecTIER when it is used in a Tivoli Storage Manager environment.
  • Overview of how to plan for Disaster recovery in a ProtecTIER and Tivoli Storage Manager environment.
  • Monitoring and problem solving, and guidance on how to review ProtecTIER logs and Tivoli Storage Manager server logs to identify the source of problems.
  • Hints and tips, and use cases for ProtecTIER and Tivoli Storage Manager administrators.

This IBM Redbooks publication is intended for storage administrators and architects who have ordered and installed IBM ProtecTIER Products and want to implement Tivoli Storage Manager as part of a data protection solution. This book is also intended for anyone that wants to learn more about applying and leveraging the benefits of ProtecTIER running with Tivoli Storage Manager.

Software withdrawal and support discontinuance: Select IBM System Storage ProtecTIER V3.x offerings – Replacements available

Information

Effective immediately, IBM® will withdraw from marketing select programs licensed under the IBM International Program License Agreement.

Effective April 30, 2015, IBM will withdraw support for the select programs licensed under the IBM International Program License Agreement.

Refer to the Withdrawn programs section for complete information.

See more details here

Tape and ProtecTIER Virtual Tape Technical Update for IBM i Customers – Webcast

Tuesday, August 27, 2013,11 a.m. New York, 4 p.m. London, 5 p.m. Paris, 15:00:00 GMT

Join us for a Technical update on Tape and ProtecTIER Virtual Tape in the IBM i world.  Learn about TS1140 and LTO6 Tape and the latest ProtecTIER announcements.  Discover other backup-related tips and tricks for the IBM i customer set.

Please plan on attending this very informative not to be missed 90 minute presentation.

Speakers:

Nancy Roper  – ATS
Tony Abete – ATS 

Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now here

IBM ProtecTIER Implementation and Best Practices Guide

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IBM ProtecTIER Implementation and Best Practices Guide

This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides best practice guidance for planning, installing, and configuring the IBM TS7600 ProtecTIER® family of products. This guide provides all the latest best practices for using ProtecTIER Software Version 3.3 and the revolutionary and patented IBM HyperFactor® deduplication engine, along with other data storage efficiency techniques, such as compression and defragmentation.

The IBM System Storage® TS7650G ProtecTIER Deduplication Gateway and the IBM System Storage TS7620 ProtecTIER Deduplication Appliance Express are disk-based data storage systems that are configured for three available interfaces:

  • The Virtual Tape Library (VTL) interface is the foundation of ProtecTIER and emulates traditional automated tape libraries.
  • The Symantec NetBackup OpenStorage (OST) API can be integrated with Symantec NetBackup to provide backup-to-disk without having to emulate traditional tape libraries.
  • The newly available File System Interface (FSI) supports Common Internet File System (CIFS) and Network File System (NFS) as backup targets.

For your existing ProtecTIER solution, this guide provides best practices and suggestions to boost the performance and the effectiveness of the data deduplication with regards to your application platforms for your VTL, OST, and FSI systems.

When you build a ProtecTIER data deduplication environment, this guide helps your IT architects and solution designers plan for the best option and scenario for data deduplication for their environments. This guide helps you optimize your deduplication ratio, while reducing the hardware, power and cooling, and management costs.

This guide provides expertise that was gained from the IBM ProtecTIER Field Technical Sales Support (FTSS/CSS) Group, development, and Quality Assurance teams.

IBM ProtecTIER Implementation and Best Practices Guide

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IBM ProtecTIER Implementation and Best Practices Guide

This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides best practice guidance for planning, installing, and configuring the IBM TS7600 ProtecTIER® family of products. This guide provides all the latest best practices for using ProtecTIER Software Version 3.3 and the revolutionary and patented IBM HyperFactor® deduplication engine, along with other data storage efficiency techniques, such as compression and defragmentation.

The IBM System Storage® TS7650G ProtecTIER Deduplication Gateway and the IBM System Storage TS7620 ProtecTIER Deduplication Appliance Express are disk-based data storage systems that are configured for three available interfaces:

  • The Virtual Tape Library (VTL) interface is the foundation of ProtecTIER and emulates traditional automated tape libraries.
  • The Symantec NetBackup OpenStorage (OST) API can be integrated with Symantec NetBackup to provide backup-to-disk without having to emulate traditional tape libraries.
  • The newly available File System Interface (FSI) supports Common Internet File System (CIFS) and Network File System (NFS) as backup targets.

For your existing ProtecTIER solution, this guide provides best practices and suggestions to boost the performance and the effectiveness of the data deduplication with regards to your application platforms for your VTL, OST, and FSI systems.

When you build a ProtecTIER data deduplication environment, this guide helps your IT architects and solution designers plan for the best option and scenario for data deduplication for their environments. This guide helps you optimize your deduplication ratio, while reducing the hardware, power and cooling, and management costs.

This guide provides expertise that was gained from the IBM ProtecTIER Field Technical Sales Support (FTSS/CSS) Group, development, and Quality Assurance teams.

IBM fleshes out flash and looks to the next solid state technologies

Good post by Anthony Adshead (thank you) – good insights and a interview with Barry Whyte

IBM recently announced its roadmap for flash and a $1bn investment in its flash and solid state business.

The roadmap includes building more features into the all-flash array devices acquired from Texas Memory Systems (TMS), as well as ditching the single level cell (SLC) flash variants. It also includes the addition of flash to IBM’s existing V7000, DS and XIV arrays.

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Rapid Data Backup and Restore Using NFS on IBM ProtecTIER TS7620 Deduplication Appliance Express

rb170x32 Last Update: 3.April 2013

Rapid Data Backup and Restore Using NFS on IBM ProtecTIER TS7620 Deduplication Appliance Express

This IBM® Redbooks® Solution Guide describes how data backup and restore processes can be speeded up by using the IBM TS7620 ProtecTIER® Deduplication Appliance Express and the newly available Network Attached Storage (NAS) support for Linux- and UNIX-based client backup environments. The File System Interface (FSI) with NFS support helps facilitate rapid data restoration, and the IBM HyperFactor® algorithm helps maximize disk usage by eliminating data duplicates inline from the incoming backup data streams. The TS7620 Appliance Express comes pre bundled with internal disk storage included in a customer-installable, ready-to-run configuration. The ProtecTIER system can be integrated into an existing backup solution, and provides deduplication when saving files with backup solutions such as IBM Tivoli® Storage Manager, Symantec Netbackup, EMC Networker, and IBM i Backup and Recovery and Media Services (BRMS).

For related information about this topic, refer to the following IBM Redbooks publication:
IBM ProtecTIER Implementation and Best Practices Guide, SG24-8025-01

IBM ProtecTIER Implementation and Best Practices Guide

rb170x32 DRAFT – Last Update: 1.April 2013

IBM ProtecTIER Implementation and Best Practices Guide

The IBM System Storage® TS7650G ProtecTIER Deduplication Gateway and the IBM System Storage TS7620 ProtecTIER Deduplication Appliance Express, are disk-based data storage systems configured for three available interfaces:

  • The Virtual Tape Library (VTL) interface is the foundation of ProtecTIER and emulates traditional automated tape libraries.
  • The Symantec NetBackup OpenStorage (OST) API can be integrated with Symantec NetBackup to provide backup-to-disk without having to emulate traditional tape libraries.
  • The newly available File System Interface (FSI) supports Common Internet File System (CIFS) and Network File System (NFS) as a backup target.

For your existing ProtecTIER solution, we provide best practices and suggestions to boost the performance and the effectiveness of the data deduplication with regards to your application platforms for your VTL, OST, and FSI systems.

When building a new ProtecTIER data deduplication environment, this publication helps IT architects and solution designers plan for the best option and scenario for data deduplication for their environments. This guide helps you optimize your deduplication ratio, while reducing the hardware, power and cooling, and management costs.

This guide is designed to provide expertise gained from IBM’s ProtecTIER Field Technical Sales Support (FTSS/CSS) Group, development, and Quality Assurance teams.