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Reduce your data storage footprintand tame the information explosion white paper

Reduce your data storage footprintand tame the information explosion white paper

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Published by: IBM India Smarter Computing on Sep 21, 2011
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IBMSoftware
White paper
December 2010
Reduce your data storage footprintand tame the information explosion
 
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 Reduce your data storage footprint and tame the information explosion
Contents
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Executive summary
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The costs of managing unabated data growth
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Managing smarter with IBMTivoli storagemanagement solutions
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Holistic data reduction
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Reducing costs, improving service, and managingrisks
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Deploying a smarter storage infrastructure
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Components of a smarter storage infrastructure
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Unified recovery management with IBMTivoli dataprotection solutions
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Storage resource management with IBMTivoliStorage Productivity Center
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Storage virtualization with IBMSystem Storage SAN Volume Controller
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For more information
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 About Tivoli software from IBM
Executive summary
 With ever-increasing data growth worldwide, organizationsmust find smarter ways to store and manage their massive volumes of digital information. IBMTivoli
®
storage manage-ment software solutions provide you with exceptional valueand functionality to maximize your current storage environ-ment and reduce operational and capital costs while improvingservice and managing risks. Flagship products such asIBMTivoli Storage Productivity Center, IBMTivoli Storage Manager, IBMTivoli Storage Manager FastBack 
®
, andIBMSystem Storage
®
SAN Volume Controller can help youbuild a smarter storage infrastructure that scales to meet yourevolving business requirements.IDC estimates that firms are facing a 50 - 60 percent datagrowth annually 
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. The rate of growth will likely accelerate asthe world becomes more instrumented, interconnected andintelligent. However, today’s organizations are looking forsmarter ways to manage the tidal wave of data while adheringto flat or shrinking budgets.
The costs of managing unabated datagrowth
Despite an uncertain economic climate, unabated data growthcontinues due to the digitization of information worldwide,the need to keep more copies of data for longer periods, andthe rapid increase in distributed data sources. This datagrowth translates into a wide range of increasing managementchallenges. At the same time, IT organizations are beingrequired to adhere to higher service level agreements, includ-ing higher availability and zero data loss requirements. Many also face the challenges of integrating disparate systems andprocesses due to ongoing mergers and acquisitions.In the past, companies with these types of challenges wouldhave continued to buy more storage disks and tapes as neededto manage their increasing data. This method of keeping up with data has worked, to a degree, because disk capacity hasdoubled approximately every 18 months, keeping pace withdata accumulation. Costs for storage have come down, makingstorage equipment acquisitions relatively affordable.However, organizations are now beginning to have difficultiesmanaging all of the storage in their environments—the costsof backup and recovery, archiving, expiration, and storageresource management are exploding. Also on the rise are thecosts to power and cool these devices, which are taking upmore and more space on the data center floor.
 
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Managing smarter with IBMTivoli storagemanagement solutions
IBMTivoli storage management solutions offer smarter dataand storage management to help you better utilize yourcurrent storage environment. These solutions can help yourIT organization build and manage a smarter infrastructurethat provides the capabilities and agility to facilitate servicemanagement, asset management, data protection and reten-tion, virtualization, energy efficiency, business resiliency, andsecurity. The service management element of the smarter businessinfrastructure is particularly relevant to the storage environ-ment in that it can help you gain visibility, control, andautomation. Increased visibility enables you to gain muchneeded perspective on your business services and processes. Your organization can benefit by being able to respond fasterand to make better, more informed decisions. Improvedcontrol enables you to better manage risk and complianceinitiatives, optimize resources, and integrate processes. Automation can help you lower costs and build agility into your operations so that you can maximize productivity, reducelabor expenses, and improve quality. Your storage management infrastructure can help you meettoday’s IT challenges if it gives you a holistic view of theentire environment and how it is performing, with customiz-able monitoring and reporting that fit your unique needs; if itis based on strong policies, security and processes that consis-tently provide the desired outcomes; and if it automatically maximizes the utilization of existing resources and adapts tochanges in the environment to maintain the availability of applications and data so that demanding service levelrequirements are satisfied.Gaining visibility, control and automation are keys to buildinga smarter storage infrastructure.IBMTivoli storage management solutions can provide you with increased availability of applications and data throughmore frequent, faster, and more reliable backups.
Holistic data reduction
IBMTivoli Storage Management solutions help you reduce your data storage capacity requirements and costs throughoutthe data lifecycle.
Data discovery and categorization can help you purge datathat is no longer needed by the business, including non-business data such as employees’ personal files.Understanding what data you have can also help you createpolicies for effectively managing it over time.
 Automated hierarchical storage management (HSM) andarchiving help move non-current data from expensive pri-mary storage to more cost-effective secondary storage,reducing acquisition costs as well as improving backup andrecovery processing on your production systems.
Our unique progressive-incremental backup technologiesavoid the massive amount of data duplication caused by backup software that forces periodic full backups.
Data deduplication is built-in at no additional cost: at thebackup client to reduce the amount of data sent over thenetwork and shorten backup windows; and at the backupserver to further reduce capacity requirements.
IBMTivoli Storage Manager is also integrated withIBMSystem Storage ProtecTIER
®
Data Deduplicationsystems and IBMInformation Archive for cost-effective,long-term data retention.
Reducing costs, improving service, andmanaging risks
Not only can a smarter storage infrastructure enabled by IBMaddress your data management concerns, it can also help you reduce costs, improve service levels, and manage risks.

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