Reduce your data storage footprintand tame the information explosion white paper
IBM Software December 2010White paperReduce your data storage footprintand tame the information explosion
2 Reduce your data storage footprint and tame the information explosionContents IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller can help you build a smarter storage infrastructure that scales to meet your 2 Executive summary evolving business requirements. 2 The costs of managing unabated data growth IDC estimates that ﬁrms are facing a 50 - 60 percent data 3 Managing smarter with IBM Tivoli storage growth annually1. The rate of growth will likely accelerate as management solutions the world becomes more instrumented, interconnected and intelligent. However, today’s organizations are looking for 3 Holistic data reduction smarter ways to manage the tidal wave of data while adhering 3 Reducing costs, improving service, and managing to ﬂat or shrinking budgets. risks 4 Deploying a smarter storage infrastructure The costs of managing unabated data growth 5 Components of a smarter storage infrastructure Despite an uncertain economic climate, unabated data growth 5 Uniﬁed recovery management with IBM Tivoli data continues due to the digitization of information worldwide, protection solutions the need to keep more copies of data for longer periods, and the rapid increase in distributed data sources. This data 7 Storage resource management with IBM Tivoli growth translates into a wide range of increasing management Storage Productivity Center challenges. At the same time, IT organizations are being required to adhere to higher service level agreements, includ- 7 Storage virtualization with IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller ing higher availability and zero data loss requirements. Many also face the challenges of integrating disparate systems and 8 For more information processes due to ongoing mergers and acquisitions. 8 About Tivoli software from IBM In the past, companies with these types of challenges would have continued to buy more storage disks and tapes as neededExecutive summary to manage their increasing data. This method of keeping upWith ever-increasing data growth worldwide, organizations with data has worked, to a degree, because disk capacity hasmust ﬁnd smarter ways to store and manage their massive doubled approximately every 18 months, keeping pace withvolumes of digital information. IBM Tivoli® storage manage- data accumulation. Costs for storage have come down, makingment software solutions provide you with exceptional value storage equipment acquisitions relatively affordable.and functionality to maximize your current storage environ-ment and reduce operational and capital costs while improving However, organizations are now beginning to have difficultiesservice and managing risks. Flagship products such as managing all of the storage in their environments—the costsIBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center, IBM Tivoli Storage of backup and recovery, archiving, expiration, and storageManager, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack®, and resource management are exploding. Also on the rise are the costs to power and cool these devices, which are taking up more and more space on the data center ﬂoor.
IBM Software 3Managing smarter with IBM Tivoli storage IBM Tivoli storage management solutions can provide youmanagement solutions with increased availability of applications and data throughIBM Tivoli storage management solutions offer smarter data more frequent, faster, and more reliable backups.and storage management to help you better utilize yourcurrent storage environment. These solutions can help your Holistic data reductionIT organization build and manage a smarter infrastructure IBM Tivoli Storage Management solutions help you reducethat provides the capabilities and agility to facilitate service your data storage capacity requirements and costs throughoutmanagement, asset management, data protection and reten- the data lifecycle.tion, virtualization, energy efficiency, business resiliency, andsecurity. ● Data discovery and categorization can help you purge data that is no longer needed by the business, including non-The service management element of the smarter business business data such as employees’ personal ﬁles.infrastructure is particularly relevant to the storage environ- Understanding what data you have can also help you createment in that it can help you gain visibility, control, and policies for effectively managing it over time.automation. Increased visibility enables you to gain much ● Automated hierarchical storage management (HSM) andneeded perspective on your business services and processes. archiving help move non-current data from expensive pri-Your organization can beneﬁt by being able to respond faster mary storage to more cost-effective secondary storage,and to make better, more informed decisions. Improved reducing acquisition costs as well as improving backup andcontrol enables you to better manage risk and compliance recovery processing on your production systems.initiatives, optimize resources, and integrate processes. ● Our unique progressive-incremental backup technologiesAutomation can help you lower costs and build agility into avoid the massive amount of data duplication caused byyour operations so that you can maximize productivity, reduce backup software that forces periodic full backups.labor expenses, and improve quality. ● Data deduplication is built-in at no additional cost: at the backup client to reduce the amount of data sent over theYour storage management infrastructure can help you meet network and shorten backup windows; and at the backuptoday’s IT challenges if it gives you a holistic view of the server to further reduce capacity requirements.entire environment and how it is performing, with customiz- ● IBM Tivoli Storage Manager is also integrated withable monitoring and reporting that ﬁt your unique needs; if it IBM System Storage ProtecTIER® Data Deduplicationis based on strong policies, security and processes that consis- systems and IBM Information Archive for cost-effective,tently provide the desired outcomes; and if it automatically long-term data retention.maximizes the utilization of existing resources and adapts tochanges in the environment to maintain the availability of Reducing costs, improving service, andapplications and data so that demanding service level managing risksrequirements are satisﬁed. Not only can a smarter storage infrastructure enabled by IBM address your data management concerns, it can also helpGaining visibility, control and automation are keys to building you reduce costs, improve service levels, and manage risks.a smarter storage infrastructure.
4 Reduce your data storage footprint and tame the information explosion Remote Office(s) Data Center Storage TSM FastBack TSM FastBack TSM B/A Clients Clients Clients ProtecTIER Applications Applications File Servers File Servers VMware VMware Servers Servers TSM FastBack for Workstations TSM FastBack Server Tiers of Storage Information Archive TSM FastBack Server TSM Servers Incremental-only backup Compression and tape management Data deduplication HSM and archiveFigure 1: IBM takes a holistic approach to data reduction. Furthermore, IBM offers software with built-in technologiesThese solutions can help you reduce costs by improving the to help you manage risk. For example, Tivoli Storagemanageability of the environment and by decreasing the Manager features built-in encryption of data so that when youamount of storage you need to manage your data. We do so store data on tape, it is automatically encrypted. Tivoliholistically by implementing scalable solutions, virtualization, Storage Manager FastBack can backup data many times perstorage management, and data reduction capabilities such as day without impacting operations, and eliminates the need toprogressive-incremental backup, hierarchical storage manage- move tapes from a remote office to a central vault by effi-ment, automated data expiration, and data deduplication. ciently and securely replicating copies of your data over theControlling data and storage capacity growth can reduce both wire to a central site for storage. As a result, you can reduceoperational and capital investment costs. the risks of data loss and lost or stolen tapes.To help you improve service, IBM Tivoli storage management By understanding what you have and how it’s performing, yousolutions can provide you with increased availability of appli- can make smarter decisions about future requirements.cations and data through more frequent, faster, and more reli-able backups. These solutions can also enable faster recoveryof critical data. The result is a reduction in the amount of data Deploying a smarter storage infrastructureat risk, and a reduction in downtime when something goes In deploying a smarter storage infrastructure, IBM can helpwrong. you understand what you have in your storage environment and determine how it’s performing. We offer a holistic
IBM Software 5topology view of your storage infrastructure, along withpredictive analyses, planning, recommendations, and built-in,customizable operational reporting and monitoring tools.Next, IBM can help you optimize and reduce your storagefootprint by implementing a data management lifecycle modelthat can enable you to identify, protect, securely move,archive, and delete data as appropriate. Data deduplication atmultiple storage layers minimizes the amount of data beingretained for operational and disaster recovery. Progressive-incremental backup technology avoids the duplicate data gen-erated by other approaches by creating only one initial fullbackup and then capturing only new and changed data.Next-generation data protection technologies that eliminatethe need to shut down systems to perform regular backupsfurther improve application availability and user productivity,while also reducing the amount of data at risk by performing Figure 2: IBM offers Tivoli storage solutions that help you build and man-more frequent backups. Additionally, IBM can help you imple- age a dynamic storage infrastructure.ment industry-leading and time-trusted data protection soft-ware that scales with your growth without additional cost. Components of a smarter storageFinally, IBM can help you improve utilization of your existing infrastructurestorage resources to reduce capital investments. We can help There are three core components of a smarter storage infra-you implement solutions such as virtualization of your total structure, including recovery management, virtualization, andstorage capacity across vendors, using thin provisioning at the storage resource management. IBM offers a comprehensivevirtualized layer to auto-assign capacity on demand. portfolio of Tivoli storage solutions that align with each of these components, a few of which are highlighted in thisWith a smarter storage infrastructure supported by document.IBM Tivoli storage management software, your organizationwill be able to stay ahead of the tidal wave of data while reduc- Uniﬁed recovery management withing costs, improving service levels and mitigating risks. You IBM Tivoli data protection solutionswill be able to manage more data with less infrastructure, IBM Tivoli data protection solutions help simplify the com-eliminate manual processes and the risks associated with them, plex nature of data recovery through a uniﬁed managementand deliver higher levels of data availability to your users and platform. This allows you to deploy the right technology forcustomers. each data management challenge, without adding additional administrative overhead.IBM can help you improve utilization of your existing storageresources to reduce capital investments.
6 Reduce your data storage footprint and tame the information explosionThe IBM Tivoli Storage Manager family of products is deliv- ● Source- and target-side data deduplication.ering on a vision of uniﬁed recovery management, where data ● Hierarchy of storage to balance the needs of the data withcan be protected and recovered easily and seamlessly, every- the cost of the media.where in the organization, from laptop to mainframe. ● Tape reclamation to reduce expenditures on tape and maxi- mize capacity utilization.To address data and disaster recovery requirements for a broad ● Advanced security capabilities.range of systems and operating systems, IBM Tivoli StorageManager enables the fast backup and recovery of data center Tivoli Storage Manager 6 dramatically increased scalabilityoperations. It provides comprehensive data management and and performance over previous versions. A single Tivolidata reduction capabilities, including: Storage Manager server can now manage up to two billion data objects, which can be ﬁles, databases, and images of entire● Automated, policy-based operations. volumes.● Comprehensive and conﬁgurable reporting and monitoring.● Progressive incremental backup.Figure 3: Tivoli Storage Manager provides customizable operational monitoring and historical reporting capabilities.
IBM Software 7IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack is an advanced data databases, and storage. It provides correlation between hostprotection and near-instant recovery solution for any applica- usage and storage assets as well as comprehensive reporting ontion on Microsoft® Windows® and Linux® servers. It helps virtualized environments.reduce the amount of data at risk between backups to almostzero, and reduces recovery time when something goes wrong Storage virtualization with IBM Systemto just a few minutes. Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack is Storage SAN Volume Controllerideal for protecting virtual servers, as well as physical servers SAN Volume Controller provides a simpliﬁed, standardizedand workstations in remote and branch offices. interface for storage management, even with multivendor conﬁgurations.IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy® Manager enables organiza-tions to perform and manage frequent, near-instant, non- To improve storage ﬂexibility and responsiveness while alsodisruptive, application-aware backups and restores, leveraging reducing costs and improving efficiency, IBM offers Systemadvanced FlashCopy snapshot technologies in IBM storage Storage SAN Volume Controller. SAN Volume Controllersystems. It helps deliver the highest levels of protection for virtually consolidates storage into pools, which improvesmission critical IBM DB2® UDB, SAP, Oracle, Microsoft utilization by up to 30 percent and also helps reduce storageExchange and Microsoft SQL Server applications, and other growth. SAN Volume Controller also enables you to migrateapplications through a scripting interface. data between storage systems without disrupting host systems and applications, and enables you to implement a tieredStorage resource management with storage strategy to maximize your storage investments. SANIBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center Volume Controller provides a simpliﬁed, standardized inter-For storage resource management, IBM Tivoli Storage face for storage management even with multivendor conﬁgu-Productivity Center provides a single interface to manage your rations. This capability can improve administrator productivityentire storage infrastructure, including mixed-vendor storage by up to double. Not only can SAN Volume Controller helpsystems. It can help improve storage utilization, performance, you reduce the cost of storage, it can also help you reduceand service levels through analytics, trending, change conﬁgu- costs associated with storage management and administration.ration, and best practices guidance. The performance opti-mization feature can identify hot spots within your storagepools to help improve overall service levels for end users, afeature that is especially useful when building cloud infrastruc-tures. Tivoli Storage Productivity Center enables you toautomate end-to-end storage provisioning tasks—discovery,adding, scheduling—through a wizard-based process thatprovides operators with superior control over the steps. It hasgreen features that can enable you to conserve disk space byidentifying duplicate data, orphan data, temporary data,non-business data, and infrequently accessed data that can bemigrated to less expensive secondary storage platforms. TivoliStorage Productivity Center can also help reduce storage Figure 4: IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller enables organiza-complexity with storage reporting across host ﬁle systems, tions to combine storage capacity from multiple disk systems into a reservoir of capacity, increasing utilization and simplifying management.