IBM TSM solutions in the field of information infrastructure management

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (IBM TSM) for Application Servers

Key features:

  • Safeguards critical e-business infrastructure from data loss;
  • Increases the availability of the WebSphere application server;
  • minimizes operating costs;
  • simplifies the work of administrators and increases its efficiency through centralized management.

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (IBM TSM) for Application Servers protects the infrastructure and data of applications running on WebSphere application servers from data loss and increases their availability. It works with the WebSphere Application Server to provide reproducible, interactive backups of the WebSphere Application Server environment, including the WebSphere administrative database (DB2 Universal Database), configuration data, and deployed application files. Changes to the WebSphere environment, such as the addition of applications, are detected and included in the backup automatically, keeping it up to date. If data is lost or compromised, Tivoli Storage Manager for Application Servers can automatically restore data from the WebSphere Application Server environment.

In a WebSphere administrative domain, the management module runs on a single WebSphere application server and receives current WebSphere domain configuration information via a specialized API interface. Interacting with the system in this way, Tivoli Storage Manager for Application Servers in hot mode generates a backup of the DB2 universal database and the corresponding administrative database server transaction log files. From there, the data is transferred to the Tivoli Storage Manager server, which writes it to the intended storage media: hard disks, optical disks, or tape.

Having completed the backup of the WebSphere administrative database, Tivoli Storage Manager for Application Servers reads application data, particularly Java servlets, on each WebSphere application server within the WebSphere administrative domain and sends it to Tivoli Storage Manager. The data is sent over a local area network (LAN) or storage area network (SAN).

At this point, Tivoli Storage Manager manages the data with robust storage management features. Similarly, in the case of data recovery, Tivoli Storage Manager for Application Servers recovers the administrative database and retrieves only the required transaction log files from the Tivoli Storage Manager server. After restoring the log files, Tivoli Storage Manager for Application Servers recreates the administrative database and restores the application data of the associated WebSphere application server.

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IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (IBM TSM) for Databases

Protect the information in various databases

Key features:

  • Combines Tivoli Storage Manager with backup utilities from other vendors;
  • Ensures continuous 24/7 availability of critical business data;
  • centralizes the management of the storage environment and provides disaster recovery capability;
  • optimizes resource consumption;
  • helps ensure data integrity;
  • supports data transfer without consuming local network and server resources.

Tivoli Storage Manager for Databases and backup utilities from other vendors

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (IBM TSM) for Databases helps protect a wide range of applications and databases, regardless of where and how data is stored. Using Tivoli Storage Manager for Databases further extends the automation capabilities of the Tivoli Storage Manager family of products by combining them with certified backup utilities and interfaces offered by other vendors. By optimizing storage resources and automating management tasks, Tivoli Storage Manager for Databases helps you reduce the costs associated with managing a distributed storage environment. It protects information in Oracle, Informix, and Microsoft SQL Server databases. Tivoli Storage Manager for Databases functionality is included with IBM DB2 Universal Databases, so DB2 UDB users do not have to purchase this product separately. For SAP R/3 systems with their databases, Tivoli offers a special product, Tivoli Storage Manager for ERP.

Ensuring data integrity

The ability to restore an e-business environment to the state it was in at a particular point in time is extremely important. To protect data from corruption during backup and recovery, Tivoli Storage Manager for Databases uses only certified backup utilities and interfaces offered by RDBMS vendors-Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, and Informix.

Microsoft SQL Server databases – Tivoli Storage Manager Data Protection for SQL client, which comes with a Windows GUI, uses special APIs from Microsoft for backups. This provides a professional, comprehensive solution for managing the storage environment of Microsoft SQL 7 or SQL 2000 databases. The Tivoli Storage Manager Data Protection for SQL client features include the ability to automate scheduled backups, save multiple versions of your SQL database and transaction log backups, and bring both the database and transaction log backups to a point in time. In addition, you can optimize the performance of the backup session by setting up multi-buffer caching and automatically deactivating the previous backup after a new full backup.

Oracle Databases – The Tivoli Storage Manager Data Protection for Oracle client is designed to apply the highly automated storage management features of the Tivoli Storage Manager server to your Oracle 8i or Oracle 9i databases, achieved through consistency between the Tivoli Storage Manager server and the Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN) utility. This allows you to perform a full backup or a copy of only the table area of the database while the database is online or offline. In addition, a full database restore can be performed while the database is offline. Backups of archived registration files associated with your company’s databases can also be performed. In addition, the Tivoli software allows you to use the functionality of the RMAN 2.0 utility to perform a duplex backup, which transfers the backup simultaneously to two separate tape drives. It is possible to optimize backup performance with configurable multi-buffer caching (as with Microsoft SQL) and run a synchronization utility to reconcile inventory information between the Tivoli Storage Manager server and the Oracle catalog.

Informix databases – The Tivoli Storage Manager Data Protection client for Informix is designed to apply the automated storage management features of the Tivoli Storage Manager server to the 32 64-bit Informix databases by having an interface between the Tivoli Storage Manager server and the Informix ON-Bar utility. In addition, the Tivoli Storage Manager client for Informix can support concurrent sessions for both backup and restore. This will help to make more efficient use of network resources during regular backup procedures and reduce the time required to restore Informix databases.

Supports data transfers without consuming local network and server resources

Tivoli Storage Manager for Databases supports data transfers in SAN environments without consuming local network resources, freeing the local network from additional network traffic. The off-grid transfer capability allows you to transfer backup and recovery information from a SAN-connected tape library that can be shared among Tivoli Storage Manager servers. This capability provides an alternate route for data transfer, providing resources for more simultaneous client connections and relieving the local network of unnecessary load.

Tivoli Storage Manager for Databases forms the basis for the Tivoli Storage Manager for Hardware application and can perform backups with little or no disruption to the operating system and network, enhancing the FlashCopy feature of IBM Enterprise Storage Servers (working name Shark). By combining these software products, you can avoid performance degradation during online backups.

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IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (IBM TSM) for Mail

Mail management – virtually anytime, anywhere

Key features:

  • Effectively protects and manages Lotus Domino mail;
  • effectively protects and manages Microsoft Exchange mail.

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (IBM TSM) for Mail serves as an efficient solution for backing up and restoring email files and databases and enabling smooth operation of business processes. To extend functionality, implement hot backups and improve data recovery efficiency, the solution uses application programming interfaces provided by email application providers. As a result, Tivoli Storage Manager for Mail can help you successfully handle the increasing amount of new and changing data, and help you maintain 24/7 application availability.

Tivoli Storage Manager for Mail provides a high level of security to keep important data in two of the most popular messaging and collaboration environments, Lotus Domino and Microsoft Exchange.

Effective protection and management in a Lotus Domino environment

Tivoli Storage Manager for Mail streamlines Lotus Domino database backup and recovery, taking advantage of the redesigned Lotus Domino server architecture in version 5. The solution features a special Application Program Interface (API) for database backup and restores, which allows full online backups of individual databases without shutting down the server.

Additional features:

  • Parallel backup sessions to improve performance;
  • policy management;
  • running backups without load on local network (operating “system network” SAN);
  • support for clustered environments;
  • automatic monitoring of data storage expiration and version control;
  • data recovery on an additional server;
  • wide platform coverage;
  • graphical user interface (GUI) – only Microsoft Windows and command-line interface.

Effective protection and management in a Microsoft Exchange environment

Tivoli Storage Manager for Mail supports both Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5 and Microsoft Exchange 2000. It uses the Microsoft-supplied backup API to help increase data protection reliability and provide a professional, comprehensive storage management solution for the Exchange environment.

Tivoli Storage Manager for Mail helps secure a group of Exchange server storage by creating a copy of it along with copies of the corresponding transaction log files. To perform the backup, a communication session is held with the Tivoli Storage Manager server, and then the Exchange server is informed that a backup is being prepared. The data is read from the Exchange server and sent to the Tivoli Storage Manager server, after which the Exchange server is notified that the backup is complete and the Tivoli Storage Manager server communication session ends.

To protect Microsoft Exchange data, Tivoli Storage Manager for Mail can create various types of backups defined in Microsoft’s backup APIs.

Additional features:

  • Parallel backup sessions to improve performance;
  • automatic management of transaction log files;
  • support for Windows 2000 Installer;
  • policy management;
  • support for Microsoft Cluster Server (MSCS) backups;
  • automatic monitoring of data retention expiration and version management;
  • performance of backups without load on the local network (operation of the “system network” SAN);
  • accessibility of Windows GUI interface.

With the Exchange ExMerge Utility, supported by Tivoli Storage Manager features, you can set up backups at the individual mailbox level.

Complementary software products

IBM Content Manager CommonStore for Lotus Domino and IBM Content Manager CommonStore for Exchange Server provide individual or policy-based offloading of mail or attachments. As part of IBM’s integrated portfolio of IBM Content Manager enterprise content management solutions, CommonStore integrates Lotus Domino and Microsoft Exchange Server with IBM archives.

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IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (IBM TSM) for Enterprise Resource Planning

Robust management of your business-critical data storage environment

Key features:

  • Enables reliable backup and recovery of data in heterogeneous enterprise-wide environments;
  • Manages policies and processes centrally
  • Reduces network congestion through parallel use of multiple data paths and SANs
  • connects SAP DBA with the capabilities of IBM Tivoli Storage Manager;
  • strengthens client- and server-side information processing capabilities;
  • improves administrator productivity with the browser-based Administration Assistant module.

Proven data protection solution in SAP /3

Cost-effective and reliable information management services for SAP R/3 systems with IBM DB2 or Oracle database servers help you cope with ever-increasing database volumes, the growing number of SAP R/3 systems, expanding online processes and time constraints for system administration.

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (IBM TSM) for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), specifically designed and optimized for the SAP R/3 environment, is designed to automate processes, optimize productivity and increase the productivity of system administrators. IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for ERP uses SAP DBA, a database administration suite integrated with SAP R/3, to monitor and manage databases. Tivoli Storage Manager for ERP connects SAP DBA with Tivoli Storage Manager, provides the ability to automatically manage backup archives and consolidate resources to serve multiple SAP R/3 systems. Acting as an intelligent interface for SAP DBA, Tivoli Storage Manager for ERP is proven to work with SAP in heterogeneous environments, supporting large-scale backup, recovery, data cloning, and disaster recovery of multiple SAP R/3 systems.

SAN Application

The local network offload provided by Tivoli Storage Manager for ERP is provided by referring heterogeneous servers to tape libraries via SAN, with the ability to share libraries. This enables work systems to send data directly to the tapes and query the necessary data from the tapes. The ability to transfer data bypassing the LAN, especially for data recovery, allows administrators to query data over the SAN without actually affecting the LAN.

This solution can be extended to support SAP R/3 on an IBM Enterprise Storage Server (ESS) through the use of FlashCopy, which can help virtually avoid server degradation when performing backups.

With IBM ESS FlashCopy, you can make an instant copy of a specific set of disk volumes, providing direct access to target volume data and significantly reducing the impact of backup on production server performance.

Reliable backup and recovery of critical data

For Oracle database object backup and recovery, Tivoli Storage Manager for ERP uses proprietary SAP utilities that scan database objects as a temporary file list.

Tivoli Storage Manager for ERP receives management according to the parameters specified in its configuration, sorts files for optimal load and bandwidth balancing, and opens a specified number of sessions. To maximize performance, these sessions run in parallel and transfer data between the SAP R/3 database and the storage devices.

Tivoli Storage Manager for ERP supports Oracle database incremental backup methodology using Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN). Incremental backups write only those blocks of database information that have changed since the last full backup, thereby reducing the total amount of data to be backed up.

To provide DB2 UDB users with the same automation and performance optimization capabilities, Tivoli Storage Manager for ERP connects to DB2 UDB and uses R/3-optimized BRArchive features. It supports DB2 backup modes.

In order to reduce network congestion problems, Tivoli Storage Manager for ERP can use multiple routes to exchange data with the Tivoli Storage Manager server simultaneously. The number of sessions can be set separately for each route depending on its bandwidth. In addition, multiple Tivoli Storage Manager servers can be used for simultaneous backup and recovery processes, which helps to overcome server bandwidth issues.

Integration with Tivoli Storage Manager and Tivoli Enterprise

To protect critical system data, Tivoli Storage Manager for ERP and its optional Administration Assistant module can work directly with Tivoli Storage Manager and provide data backup and recovery in heterogeneous environments. For Tivoli Storage Manager, Tivoli Decision Support and Tivoli Decision Support Guide are available to help you make realistic decisions about software and hardware allocation and determine how those decisions will affect your company.

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (IBM TSM) for Hardware

Increase the availability and protection of your critical databases to perform backups with almost no degradation in running system performance

Key Features:

  • Performs backups with almost no degradation in running system performance;
  • implements a serverless architecture;
  • improves return on investment in SAN technology;
  • Integrates and optimizes company data protection solutions.

Backup with almost no degradation in running system performance

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Hardware (IBM TSM) helps protect business-critical databases that require 24/7 availability. This product offers new opportunities for high-performance backup of business-critical applications, effectively eliminating the negative impact of backup on the performance of a running system. This is achieved by integrating the FlashCopy features of IBM Enterprise Storage Server (ESS) with Tivoli Storage Manager and its DB2, Oracle and SAP R/3 database protection capabilities. The EMC Symmetrix TimeFinder product also integrates with Tivoli Storage Manager and its Oracle and SAP R/3 database protection capabilities. In addition, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Hardware extends the capabilities of IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for databases and IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for ERP to backup processes and enables them with almost no performance degradation to the running system.

Integrated solution: IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Hardware

This solution uses robust ESS technology and advanced FlashCopy features. In normal operation, production data is written to source volumes, while dedicated volumes are allocated within the ESS system for backup purposes. This solution is sometimes referred to as serverless backup.

The production and backup servers are connected to the same ESS system via a SAN. The production server is assigned source volumes, while the backup server is assigned special target volumes (destination volumes). While the application is still running (writing data to the source volumes), you can start the Tivoli Storage manager for Hardware and activate the FlashCopy feature of the ESS system. Essentially, FlashCopy commands the ESS system to instantly create a copy of the source volumes on the target volumes. After Tivoli Storage Manager for Hardware imports the volume groups and mounts the file systems of the target volumes, Tivoli Storage Manager for ERP/databases will be called, which will back up the application data on the Tivoli Storage Manager server by reading the data just copied. At the end of the backup process, Tivoli Storage Manager for Hardware frees the target volumes of the ESS system and returns them for future use. These volumes are now free and can be used for other purposes, such as as target volumes to support additional applications or when forming the basis for advanced cloning functions. The entire process can take place online (hot) and virtually eliminates the work server load associated with backup.

Support for EMC Symmetrix systems

This product has functionality comparable to the Split Mirror of the EMC Symmetrix TimeFinder system so backups can be performed with little or no degradation to the performance of the running system.

Specifications: Hardware – EMC Symmetrix system with TimeFinder licensed interface; Software – Tivoli Storage Manager 4.1; Tivoli Data Protection for Oracle 2.1.0 or Tivoli Data Protection for SAP R/3 3.1.2 or higher; Oracle 8i, 8.1.5; Sun Solaris 7.

Integration and optimization of data protection products

Tivoli Storage Manager for Hardware integrates and optimizes the capabilities of its three predecessors: Tivoli Storage Manager, Tivoli’s flagship storage management product; Tivoli Storage Manager for databases or Tivoli Storage Manager for ERP; and the FlashCopy features of IBM ESS “Shark” Copy Services.

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