Taming the explosion of information with IBM storage solutions
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2 Taming the explosion of information with IBM storage solutionsMaking the most of more information Those who are charged with managing this data face a complexAs the world becomes more interconnected, instrumented and challenge—one that simultaneously raises issues of how to keepintelligent, the amount of information generated by the people, the cost of data management low while keeping the reliability oftechnologies and objects that populate the planet is swelling to information access high. What’s required is an information infra-unprecedented proportions. Digital data is being generated in structure that helps reduce complexity and cost while at the samemind-boggling amounts—15 petabytes, or more than eight time providing reliable access to trusted, up-to-date data. Thattimes the information contained in all U.S. libraries, every single isn’t easy: According to a recent survey conducted by IBM, halfday.1 This growth shows no signs of stopping. Data volumes in of business leaders said they don’t have sufficient informationgeneral are doubling every 18 to 24 months.2 At least one indus- from across their organization to do their jobs; and one-thirdtry analyst expects annual worldwide information growth rates of said they frequently make major decisions with information they50 to 100 percent to be the norm as businesses and economies don’t trust, or with incomplete information.6 Only with the rightrecover.3 And in just three years, the world’s annual IP traffic is infrastructure in place will the right information be reliablyexpected to total more than half a zettabyte.4 (That’s a trillion available to the people who need it to make the right businessgigabytes—or a one followed by 21 zeroes.) decisions.Dealing with that amount of data would be challenging enough;what makes it even more daunting is that information isn’t justgrowing, it’s changing. Organizations are not only dealing with “ It doesn’t matter if the economy is good orgrowth in structured data that is neatly stored in ﬁelds in data- the economy is awful, data growth neverbases. They are increasingly dealing with unstructured data, too.Unstructured data comes from sources like emails, documents, abates. It is the one constant thing we dealspreadsheets, blogs, web pages, images, audio ﬁles and video with.”ﬁles—and it now constitutes up to 80 percent of data.5 Because itdoesn’t conform to traditional formats, it requires someone or —Steve Duplessie, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Groupsomething to interpret it in order for it to be transformed intoactionable information that organizations can use.
IBM Systems and Technology 3Meeting the challenge with Intelligently moving and managing informationIBM Information Infrastructure solutions Today’s smarter systems require continuous, reliable access toIBM offers an innovative approach to help manage information information, wherever it resides. To help ensure this, thegrowth more effectively, with an information infrastructure that IBM Information Infrastructure includes optimized solutionsefficiently, securely and cost-effectively stores and protects infor- that enable the smart movement and management of informa-mation and optimizes information access. IBM Information tion across storage tiers. These solutions are easy to conﬁgureInfrastructure solutions can help in three key areas: managing and manage, allowing organizations to optimize storage pricethe information explosion, moving and managing information, and performance without adding administrative complexity.and adding capacity without introducing complexity. When organizations are able to intelligently move data between storage solutions, they gain speciﬁc reliability and cost beneﬁts:Managing the information explosionTo better manage more—and more kinds of—information, ● Higher reliability: The ability to shift workloads withoutIBM Information Infrastructure solutions include storage disrupting users means fewer disruptions in service, and thesystems that are optimized for unstructured data and unpre- ability to move active workloads to solid-state service optimizesdictable workloads. IBM offers the top technologies that enable performance.storage optimization, including solid-state storage optimization, ● Lower costs: By migrating older information to more efficient,virtualization, automated failover, and centralized management. lower-cost storage systems, organizations can reduce storageIBM makes it easier to manage archiving and retention opera- costs. They can also control power and cooling requirementstions with integrated disk and tape archives, progressive incre- while expanding throughput and capacity, by moving activemental backup, and policy-based retention. IBM deduplication data to solid-state storage and inactive data to low-costoffers a high level of efficiency that can shrink backup time SATA or tape.requirements signiﬁcantly. And IBM deduplication, thin provi-sioning, virtualization, space-efficient point-in-time copy,compression, and storage resource management solutions canhelp organizations lower physical storage requirements by up to50 percent.7
4 Taming the explosion of information with IBM storage solutionsCapacity growth without added complexity Meeting the need for storage optimizationAs volumes of data grow, it ultimately becomes too complex and and information retentioncostly to respond by continuing to add storage space and admin- Organizations seeking to upgrade their information infrastruc-istration staff. IBM enables organizations to manage more capac- tures in phases will often focus on one of two broad categories:ity with less administration—even in environments that include storage optimization, or information retention. Storage opti-storage from multiple vendors—with storage virtualization and mization initiatives help improve performance and service levelsstorage management solutions that allow administrators to for production workloads. Information retention initiatives helpmanage the infrastructure using familiar tools. IBM supports manage long-term storage functions, such as backup and archive,advanced capabilities for non-IBM storage, including online more effectively.migration, point-in-time copy, and performance management.And IBM Scale Out Network Attached Storage (SONAS) deliv- Storage optimization: Reducing costs and improvingers the capacity of multiple NAS devices with the management performancerequirements of one. IBM solutions optimize storage so that Storage optimization is essential for keeping costs down and per-organizations have less data to manage, higher disk utilization formance up in primary data environments such as productionrates, and a smaller footprint for the storage and backup databases, applications and ﬁle systems. IBM storage optimiza-environment. tion solutions help meet growing throughput, scalability and reliability requirements with innovative technology, proven best practices and knowledgeable experts. These solutions enable organizations to: ● Improve storage price/performance by increasing disk utilization and leveraging tiered storage for performance opti- mization. ● Reduce operating expenses by consolidating data onto new, more efficient storage systems. ● Sustain service levels as the amount of information grows by automating critical storage management processes.Smarter systems for a Smarter Planet
IBM Systems and Technology 5Information archiving and retention: Managing datathroughout its useful lifeThe costs of managing and storing information can be lowered “ The combination of IBM’s storageby simply eliminating duplicate, irrelevant or expired informa- technology, information managementtion. IBM can help organizations develop a smarter archivingstrategy that enables them to retain only information that is products, aggressive ﬁnancing, andrelevant—based on business policy—and delete the rest. best-of-breed integrated services supported byBy coupling smarter archiving with a smarter backup strategy, world-class expertise and proven experience,organizations can shorten the backup process, optimize the stor-age infrastructure and reduce storage management costs. provide the building blocks for the world’sIBM archiving and retention solutions speciﬁcally enable strongest information infrastructureorganizations to: portfolio.”● Know what information to keep and what to delete. —B. R. Allen Associates, “Creating a Dynamic Information Infrastructure,”● Store information safely and affordably for decades. September 2009● Retrieve information after long archive periods, even if the logical format and physical media have changed.● Prevent duplicate or inactive information from slowing down production systems. Information infrastructure solutions from● Move inactive or rarely used data out of costly top-tier the leader in storage innovation storage. IBM is the world’s largest storage and data services organization,● Keep audit information safe, unaltered and undeleted for the with experts around the world, a broad ecosystem of skilled length of its required retention period. IBM Business Partners, and service products to help speed time to value. IBM has practical experience providing storage for some of the world’s largest and most demanding environments, including its own information infrastructure, which supports 400,000 employees around the world, large outsourced data cen- ters, and IBM cloud services. IBM leads the industry in a num- ber of key areas.
6 Taming the explosion of information with IBM storage solutionsConsolidating and moving data with storage virtualization reserve Tier 1 for more active data, while migrating less activeStorage virtualization provides the ability to pool storage systems data to Tier 2—so that active data responds faster, and inactiveinto consolidated, shared capacity that can be managed from a data costs less to store.central point of control. IBM is the industry leader in virtualiza-tion technology, even developing the technology to virtualize IBM tiered disk solutions help optimize data decision makingEMC and other disks. and migration processes, which can help organizations get their data onto the right tier with less effort. IBM can help create aWith the IBM market-leading technology for storage area tiered storage infrastructure that integrates all tiers of storage,network (SAN) virtualization, IBM System Storage® SAN from solid-state disk to tape, to provide more ﬂexible choices forVolume Controller enables higher overall utilization than matching price and performance requirements.individual storage units can attain. Containing the information explosion with improvedVirtualization helps decrease administration costs while increas- storage efficiencying ﬂexibility, disk utilization and throughput. It improves IBM data reduction solutions include deduplication, space-performance, makes storage easier to manage, and simpliﬁes efficient point-in-time copy, compression, and storage resourcemigration. Storage virtualization also complements server virtu- management solutions. IBM capabilities to improve disk utiliza-alization—and IBM can help organizations manage both, with a tion include thin provisioning and disk virtualization. Storagecomprehensive portfolio that includes support for all types of efficiency solutions can help organizations lower physical storagestorage virtualization, including tape, disk and ﬁle systems. requirements by up to 50 percent.7Reducing costs with tiered storage Data deduplication works by helping to eliminate redundantIBM Information Infrastructure solutions can help organizations data, which lessens storage demands. IBM ProtecTIER®reduce costs by using policy-based data movement to get data deduplication addresses the biggest source of duplicateout of costly Tier 1 storage and into less expensive Tier data—backups—with efficient, scalable solutions that won’t2 storage. As data volumes grow, the ﬁnancial pressure grows to disrupt existing backup scripts and processes. IBM solutions can shrink backup windows signiﬁcantly, speed most restores, reduce media costs and reduce data storage capacity demands.
IBM Systems and Technology 7IBM ProtecTIER deduplication solutions use patented IBM helps organizations implement public, private and hybridalgorithms that can speciﬁcally reduce the amount of space cloud storage services, with expert consulting and workload-required for storage in the backup environment by up to a factor optimized systems. IBM speciﬁcally offers three types of cloudof 25, according to IBM tests, with enterprise-class performance solutions for storage and other services:of over 1,000 MB/sec. The capacity reduction that results fromdata deduplication is often expressed as a ratio—essentially the ● IBM Smart Business on the IBM Cloud, with standardizedratio of nominal data to the physical storage used. A 10:1 ratio, services provided on a pay-per-use basisfor example, means data is reduced by a factor of 10, and can be ● Smart Business Cloud services, or private cloud servicesstored in 90 percent less space. behind an organization’s ﬁrewall ● Smart Business Systems, which are purpose-built, integratedExpanding delivery choices with public and private cloud service delivery platform solutions, ready for rapid privatestorage options cloud deploymentIBM offers multiple ﬂexible delivery choices including remotemanaged services, cloud computing, and standard delivery Improving resilience and availability with storage replicationoptions. Unlike many other vendors, IBM offers enterprise- Traditional backups take time, and restores take even longer—ready storage cloud solutions for storage capacity on demand which can be a problem when continuous access to data isand archive. And IBM helps clients prepare for cloud computing critical. IBM helps clients implement more resilient systems withwith practical consulting, foundation technology, and integrated advanced disk mirroring that can failover to alternate sites with-private cloud solutions. out disrupting user operations. MetroMirror and GlobalMirror features in IBM System Storage DS8000® and SAN VolumeCloud computing has the potential to make an enormous ﬁnan- Controller can be used to ensure failover to an alternate datacial impact on an organization by reducing IT labor costs for center within as little as three to ﬁve seconds, enablingconﬁguration, operations, management and monitoring, improv- near-continuous operations. IBM also offers IBM Tivoli®ing capital utilization, reducing provisioning cycle times, and Storage Manager FastBack, an innovative solution that saves datareducing end-user IT support costs. Storage services such as to another system as the data is modiﬁed, rather than waiting forcapacity on demand, backup and archive are among the easiest to a traditional backup to be performed. Users therefore no longeradapt to the cloud computing model. IT storage teams com- have to wait for restores to complete, enabling near-immediatemonly provide storage as a service to other departments, so best access to data in an emergency.practices and service level agreements have become somewhatstandardized over time.