IBM Introduces Transparent Cloud Tiering for DS8880…

Archiving data from mainframe storage systems has been traditionally limited to an on premises physical or virtual tape tier. However, IBM has overcome that limitation with the introduction of Transparent Cloud Tiering (TCT) software that runs on DS8880 storage systems for z Systems. TCT widens the archiving storage targets to cloud environments and that brings the benefits of hybrid cloud with it, such as creating more and better options for managing both capital and operating expenses. Why IBM is doing this reflects the fact that data tends to change in value over time. Keeping older data on primary production storage is expensive not only in terms of storage costs, but also in terms of the resources needed to manage that data (such as for backup and disaster recovery). The solution is to archive less frequently used data to a different (and less expensive tier) of storage, but also making sure that the information can be easily recalled upon request. In the mainframe world, archiving is optimized only for the use of tape. That means an on premises solution, which while useful, lacks some of the benefits of a hybrid cloud solution that IBM TCT supports. Let’s consider that more closely. For more information, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Abstracting Disk/Tape To Solve The Unstructured Data Problem

Unstructured data are consuming vast amounts of disk capacity in data centers, breaking IT budgets. The sheer number of files that make up the unstructured data also breaks the data protection process. Most of this data has not been accessed in years and should be archived. But the mere mention of “archive” conjures up thoughts of complex, hard to manage collection of components that eventually becomes almost as expensive as the production storage it was designed to replace. As we discuss in our video “Protecting Unstructured Data” part of this complexity comes from the fact that IT Professionals have to choose between two imperfect options when selecting the storage device to store archive data, disk or tape. They also have the difficult challenge of identifying and actually moving this old data from production storage to archive storage. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Storage Switzerland Weekly...

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Even if Disk Were Free You’d Still Want Tape

The cost of disk capacity has come down dramatically over the last two decades and, thanks to technologies like scale-out NAS and object storage, the ability to manage petabytes of data is certainly a possibility. But the cost to power and cool this storage plus the cost of data center floor space have increased dramatically. The net impact is that even if storage vendors gave disk capacity away, the cost to maintain that capacity could bankrupt you. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Storage Switzerland Weekly...

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Living On The EDGE: Hardware Matters, Tape Lives, CAMS Gap
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Living On The EDGE: Hardware Matters, Tape Lives, CAMS Gap

LAS VEGAS: As one would expect at an IBM Edge conference, there are a number of products — mainly hardware products (including tape… TAPE!!!) — being announced here, but this week’s other Big Blue Bulletin might provide a better preview of what lies ahead for enterprise IT. Having recently replaced the SoMoClo (social-mobile-cloud) concept with CAMS (cloud-analytics-mobile-social), IBM is announcing a new study that finds the overwhelming majority of organizations — over 90% — are not ‘fully prepared’ (whatever that means) to address the proliferation of cloud computing, analytics, mobile devices, and social media. IBM first unveiled CAMS in February at Pulse, and then fleshed it out somewhat in April at its Impact conference. While infrastructure and hardware are the main attractions at Edge, CAMS is still a key part of the messaging. “What is interesting about IBM and CAMS is that IBM now has products in each of the areas compromising a solution including a large cloud service,” said Rob Enderle, Principal Analyst, Enderle Group. “They recognized that firms often use the cloud for Dev/test but still rarely use it for production and have optimized their solutions to handle this unique dynamic on a global scale.” By overlaying and interleaving their social communications solutions “they can more effectively create a comprehensive solution for their clients,” he said. And with an “near unmatched reputation of staying on the job until the job is done (as opposed to vendors who do drive by solutions abandoning the company after the purchase) IBM is able to now demonstrate customer after customer, at enterprise scale, that has successfully deployed this comprehensive IBM solution.” Enderle said this conference is mostly about showcasing these successes and helping other companies achieve similar results. “To get to this point IBM has been undergoing one of the most massive structure and organizational changes in its entire life but the benefits, according to the cases they are presenting, indicate these changes are starting to pay big dividends.” Mark Peters, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group, said it seems clear that the neat virtuous circle that existed for decades between IT supply abilities and the capabilities demanded of it has been/is being broken by CAMS. “In other words IT was – generally – in balance, but now it is not. This is why there’s so much talk of ‘next generation IT’ or the like….something has to give/change; and it sure as heck isn’t going to be user expectations and needs! IBM’s focus is therefore both logical and encouraging as its overall systems capabilities have the potential to support CAMS better and faster than many other vendors.” Peters added that an ESG...

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