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  1. 1. Systems and TechnologyData Sheet IBM FastBack for Storwize V7000 Enterprise-class recovery capabilities for IBM midrange storage Mid-sized organizations face the same data management challenges as the Highlights largest enterprises—but the consequences of not meeting these challenges may be even more significant because a single data loss incident can do ● Help provide continuous data protection much greater harm to the continuity and resilience of a smaller organiza- and recovery management for Microsoft Windows and Linux servers, both locally tion. However, mid-sized businesses usually do not have the same budget and replicated to a disaster recovery site and personnel resources to achieve a comprehensive data protection and recovery profile. And as data continues to grow at high compound rates, ● Get applications and users back up and running within minutes following any data the problem is only getting worse. loss, while full data recovery is performed in the background There are a number of forces that can cause data loss, from an accidental ● Help eliminate the need for traditional or malicious deletion of files, to virus attacks, disk and system failures, and backup windows by continuously captur- local and regional disasters. Each of these situations requires a specific ing data changes at the block level approach to protecting and recovering data and getting critical applica- ● Help reduce storage and bandwidth tions back online. requirements with block-level incremental backup, integrated data deduplication and IP-based replication You need an easy-to-use solution that offers advanced capabilities to address all these risks, while reducing the amount of data at risk to ● Schedule automated data transfers almost zero and the amount of time it takes to recover from almost based on flexible, policy-based settings any incident to just a couple of minutes. IBM FastBack for Storwize® V7000 is a smarter data protection and near-instant recovery software solution for business-critical Windows® and Linux® servers connected to the Storwize V7000 storage platform. FastBack for Storwize V7000 includes nondisruptive block-level local backup and near instant recovery plus data deduplication and highly
  2. 2. Systems and TechnologyData Sheet Production Facility Central Data Center / DR Facility Application Server IBM Storwize V7000 Local backup/restore Off-site disaster recovery IP Network Scheduled Replication IBM FastBack for IBM FastBack for Tiered Storwize V7000 Storwize V7000 or Storage Tivoli Storage Manager IBM FastBack for Storwize V7000 provides local and off-site recovery for Windows and Linux applicationsefficient IP-based replication for off-site disaster recovery and IBM FastBack for Storwize V7000 provides a flexible, cost-business resilience. It also includes granular recovery for effective solution for a wide range of data protection and recov-Microsoft® Exchange email objects, including messages, ery needs, including:attachments, contacts, calendar entries, notes, tasks andjournals. ● Mission-critical application protection and recovery. FastBack for Storwize V7000 provides nondisruptive dataIBM FastBack for Storwize V7000 can replace the use of tape, backup as often as you need it, with the ability to quicklyespecially in small or remote offices that may have a shortage restore any data asset from almost any Windows or Linuxof IT personnel. In larger offices and data centers, it can be application—perfect for Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQLintegrated with your existing tape backup applications, such as Server, Oracle, IBM DB2®, mySAP and File Servers.IBM Tivoli Storage Manager, to provide an intermediary disk- ● IP-based selective replication. FastBack for Storwizebased layer for significantly faster backup and recovery capabili- V7000 can asynchronously replicate protected data to anotherties, while eliminating the need to shut down applications in Storwize V7000 storage system in another location, across aorder to run backup jobs. WAN or Internet connection, to provide cost-effective disas- ter recovery capabilities. 2
  3. 3. Systems and TechnologyData Sheet● Remote office backup consolidation. Using FastBack for requirement entails storing a usable copy of the data from each Storwize V7000 in remote and branch offices provides an office in an off-site location that is far enough from the original automated, easy-to-use backup and recovery solution that far production facility so as not to be impacted by the same event. exceeds the capabilities of tape. Management of distributed backup and recovery processes can be centralized to another Adaptive disaster recovery is an integrated feature of FastBack FastBack for Storwize V7000 server or directly integrated for Storwize V7000, offering backup consolidation, data dedu- with IBM Tivoli® Storage Manager. plication, central management, security, network efficiency and● Restore any type of data, anywhere. FastBack for Storwize superior recovery options. More than simple replication of data V7000 provides the capability to restore individual files and between sites, these capabilities provide a flexible, policy-based e-mail objects, folders and databases and disk volumes nearly approach to disaster recovery, helping companies balance the instantly. complex needs of the business on a per-office basis.● Minimized data footprint. The FastBack for Storwize V7000 block-level, incremental-only data capture methodol- Bandwidth-friendly protection ogy is extremely efficient—for both storage space and net- Using the sophisticated FastBack for Storwize V7000 policy work bandwidth—and integrated data deduplication at the engine, administrators can select the frequency of backups and server and across the WAN further reduces capacity and replication on a per-application basis. You can set them to run bandwidth requirements. as often as needed to help ensure a tight recovery point objec- tive (RPO) for your most critical applications, without wastingContinuous data protection network bandwidth doing the same for your less-critical data.IBM FastBack for Storwize V7000 eliminates the need for By matching the policy to the requirements, IT organizationstraditional backup windows by continuously capturing data can save storage capacity, network bandwidth and money. Youchanges at the block level, with extremely low overhead on the can also select how long to keep each data set based on thesystems it protects. These features make it an excellent choice needs of each application.for protecting virtual machines without the need for a separateproxy server. Its flexible policy engine empowers administrators With FastBack for Storwize V7000, data transfers over theto make the best use of IT resources, while providing improved WAN or Internet can be scheduled to make the most effectiverecovery service levels to meet stringent data protection and use of your available bandwidth and to limit the impact onretention requirements on a per-application basis. FastBack other applications. The software securely transfers only thosefor Storwize V7000 also provides a unique near-instant restore data blocks that have changed since the last operation, support-capability that gets your applications and users back up and ing multiple encryption mechanisms, using a block-levelrunning within minutes following any data loss, while full data incremental model that slashes the amount of data sent overrecovery is performed in the background. the WAN or Internet compared to standard replication and file-based backup consolidation solutions. This solution alsoDisaster recovery: Preparing for the automatically bundles large numbers of small files to dramati-unexpected cally reduce the latency overhead associated with TCP/IPA critical requirement in every data protection program is the file transfers. When used in conjunction with Tivoli Storageability to recover from the loss of an office due to an unplanned Manager, transfers across the WAN can also be deduplicatedevent such as a fire, flood or other disaster. Fulfilling this against all other FastBack for Storwize V7000 instances. 3
  4. 4. Systems and TechnologyData SheetFeature BenefitsBlock-level incremental cap- ● Very low impact on application servers—ideal for virtual machinesture ● Eliminates the need for backup windows ● Superior performance with both large numbers of small files and for very large files such as databasesIntegrated data deduplication ● Reduces the amount of disk capacity required ● Post process does not impact backup or application server performancePolicy-based backup engine ● Balances application recovery requirements with processing, network and storage resources ● Select schedule of snapshots based on the needs of each application ● True Continuous Data Protection (CDP)* ● Helps reduce costs while improving recovery service levels for mission-critical applicationsIP-based replication ● Transfer copies of data off-site for disaster recovery, to another Storwize V7000 or to Tivoli Storage Manager ● Incremental-only transfer and scheduling reduces impact on networkStorage area network (SAN) ● SAN-based backup processes that do not impact local area network (LAN) bandwidthbackupInstant Mount/Virtual ● File system view into the backup repository allows click-drag-drop recovery of any file or folderRecovery ● Restores full access to any volume in seconds, while recovery occurs in the backgroundPoint-in-time recovery ● Roll back to any previous point in time to recover from accidental deletions, virus attacks, rolling corruptions, etc. ● Maintain any number of previous generationsGranular email recovery ● Drag-and-drop restore of Microsoft Exchange email objects, such as messages, attachments, calendars, contacts, tasks, notes, journals ● Integrated search capabilitiesRemote office support ● Helps reduce costs of backup system management ● Helps improve backup and recovery service levels ● Helps improve reliability and minimize recovery failuresIntegration with tape ● Leverages current investmentsinfrastructure ● Offloads the impact of tape backups from application serversCentral management ● Centrally manage all backup and recovery operations ● Single Web-based interface ● Manages both local and remote officesFull automation ● “Set it and forget it” policy engine ● Self-managing repository always has a set number of data iterations on hand for easy rollback and fast recoveryApplication aware ● Support for almost all Windows and Linux-based applications, including IBM DB2, Microsoft Exchange and SQL, Oracle and mySAP 4
  5. 5. Systems and TechnologyData SheetCentralized control and reporting capabilities also make it easier to send copies of remote dataWith FastBack for Storwize V7000, data from multiple remote to a central site or to a disaster recovery site while helping toservers can be consolidated into a single central data center. A minimize the risk of data loss during transport.central control station provides a monitoring and managementinterface, giving access to operational status at the remote Security and reliabilityoffices, as well as the central site. FastBack for Storwize V7000 software offers industry-standard Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption when a virtual privateFastBack for Storwize V7000 includes built-in reporting to network (VPN) or other secure channel is not available to yoursummarize how repositories, policies, and snapshots consume distributed offices. The software uses industry-standard Secureresources in your backup environment. There are a dozen types File Transfer Protocol (FTP/S) out-bound connections toof reports that can be run ad hoc or on a scheduled basis. For perform transfers, eliminating the need for custom firewallexample, you can prepare an executive summary to identify the configurations.successful and failed backups and the size of backups, along witha summary of the repository usage. To help ensure data integrity for your disaster recovery operations, data sent to the disaster recovery repository is com-Integrating distributed and central mitted only after all of the data has been received and verified.operations FastBack for Storwize V7000 leverages self-healing capabilitiesThe IP-based replication technology in FastBack for Storwize to maintain a reliable and available recovery resource.V7000 allows administrators to select which volumes to repli-cate and schedule when to send the data over the WAN or Extended backup and recovery solutionsInternet, enabling effective disaster recovery capabilities without When FastBack for Storwize V7000 is used in conjunctionstraining existing bandwidth. with IBM Tivoli Storage Manager, you get an extensive data protection, archive, retention and recovery solution that canThe Storwize V7000 storage platform provides the capacity, help reduce risk and costs, and can help provide exceptionalease-of-management and reliability that many distributed loca- levels of service management.tions require. The ability to recover data from these remoteoffices is becoming increasingly crucial as the number of remote Why IBM?offices grows and the amount of data in them increases. Because Integrated with the IBM Tivoli® Storage Manager family ofFastBack for Storwize V7000 is fully integrated with Tivoli products, IBM FastBack for Storwize V7000 software can offerStorage Manager, it makes it easier for organizations with new levels of resiliency, flexibility, and productivity throughdistributed offices to add remote data to their core storage- extensive data protection and recovery capabilities. This inte-related processes such as archive, retention and compliance. grated platform can help balance the complex demands of theThe software’s data deduplication and adaptive disaster recovery business with ongoing needs for data protection and disaster recovery. 5
  6. 6. Systems and TechnologyData SheetIBM understands that in order for a backup and recovery strat- FastBack for Storwize V7000 can be used in conjunction withegy to be successful, backups have to be completed as often as IBM Tivoli Storage Manager to enable an extensive dataneeded, without human intervention, and in a way that does protection, archive, retention and recovery solution that cannot disrupt day-to-day business activities. FastBack for Storwize help provide exceptional levels of service management.V7000 can help streamline backup processes across the organi-zation, improving business resiliency, increasing employeeproductivity, and reducing operational risks and costs.IBM FastBack for Storwize V7000 at a glanceFor the latest system requirements, visit: and DR Server system requirements:Operating systems● Microsoft Windows 2003 Standard or Enterprise Server (SP1 or later)● Microsoft Windows 2008 Enterprise Server (SP1 or later) 32-bitProcessor● 3 GHz Dual Intel® Pentium® D or compatible; 4 GHz Dual Intel Xeon® recommended for deduplicationMemory● 2 GB RAM, 2 GB virtual memoryAvailable disk space● 200 MB for FastBack Server, 200 MB for Documents and Settings folder, 1 GB for deduplicationLAN connectivity● 1 NIC, 100 Mbps (1 Gbps recommended) 6
  7. 7. Systems and TechnologyData SheetIBM FastBack for Storwize V7000 at a glanceRepository● Any IDE, SCSI, iSCSI, or Fibre Channel disk, three times the capacity of primary storage (five times recommended)Backup Client supported platforms:● Microsoft XP Professional, Service Pack 2 or later● Microsoft Windows 2000 Standard, Advanced or Professional, Service Pack 3 or later● Microsoft Windows 2003 Standard or Enterprise, Service Pack 1 or later● Microsoft Windows 2003 64-bit edition● Microsoft Vista, all editions, Service Pack 1 or later● Microsoft Windows Server 2008 included R2 editions● SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10, Service Pack 2● RedHat Enterprise Linux 5.2 and 5.3 Server Advanced PlatformMicrosoft Cluster support● Supports Microsoft Windows 2003 Cluster Server configurationsMicrosoft VSS support● Integrated with Microsoft VSS writers to back up Exchange and SQL Servers● Note: VSS not available on pre-Windows 2003 platformsMicrosoft Exchange support● Microsoft Exchange 2003, 2007 and 2010Microsoft Active Directory support● Integrated with Microsoft Active Directory for improved administration and securityManagement● Java™-based GUI, SNMP and CLI 7
  8. 8. For more informationTo learn more about IBM FastBack for Storwize V7000, pleasecontact your IBM marketing representative or IBM BusinessPartner, or visit the following website: © Copyright IBM Corporation 2011Additionally, financing solutions from IBM Global Financing IBM Systems and Technology Groupcan enable effective cash management, protection from Route 100 Somers, NY 10589technology obsolescence, improved total cost of ownership andreturn on investment. Also, our Global Asset Recovery Services Produced in the United States of America February 2011help address environmental concerns with new, more All Rights Reservedenergy-efficient solutions. For more information on IBM, the IBM logo,, and Tivoli are trademarks or registeredIBM Global Financing, visit: trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both. If these and other IBM trademarked terms are marked on their first occurrence in this information with a trademark symbol (® or ™), these symbols indicate U.S. registered or common law trademarks owned by IBM at the time this information was published. Such trademarks may also be registered or common law trademarks in other countries. A current list of IBM trademarks is available on the web at “Copyright and trademark information” at Intel and Pentium are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States, other countries or both. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States, other countries, or both. Microsoft and Windows are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both. Storwize, and the Storwize logo are trademarks of Storwize Inc., an International Business Machines Corp. company, and may be registered in many jurisdictions worldwide, and used under license by International Business Machines Corp. Other company, product and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others. This document could include technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. IBM may make changes, improvements or alterations to the products, programs and services described in this document, including termination of such products, programs and services, at any time and without notice. Any statements regarding IBM’s future direction and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice, and represent goals and objectives only. The information contained in this document is current as of the initial date of publication only and is subject to change without notice. IBM shall have no responsibility to update such information. 1 Available for Windows clients only Please Recycle TSD03125-USEN-00