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Has IBM cracked the dedupe code with TSM 7.1.3?

Posted by Alistair Mackenzie on 28-Aug-2015 15:30:00

Topics: Data Deduplication, Data Storage, Storage Software, Data Management, dedupe

On August 26th IBM announced v7.1.3 of Spectrum Protect (formerly TSM). The announcement included improvements to the user interface to please VMware administrators and a new device class to leverage public cloud storage.

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Five questions to ask your line of business execs about flash and why you should ask them

Posted by Thomas Cowley on 21-Aug-2015 16:19:00

Topics: Flash, Data Storage, Storage Software, Data Management, business, flash storage

Recently I outlined five key questions that line of business execs should be asking IT staff about Flash storage and why they should be asking those questions.  Now it’s the turn of the IT staff to ask the questions.  Unfortunately many line of business people just see IT as a money pit and they don’t understand the business you deliver.  Silverstring are here to help you get into their good books this year and help you to get your hands on the hot techology that can make your users happy (OK, happier) too.  What’s not to like?

 

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Delivering data protection as a service? How to raise your game

Posted by Alistair Mackenzie on 14-Aug-2015 16:28:00

Topics: Storage Management, Data Storage, Storage Software, Data Management

 You’ve spent a bit of time and a lot of money creating your new Data Protection service. The marketing brochures are done, the sales team are trained and the support team is in place. You’re ready to tell all your customers about this great new way to buy backup and disaster recovery. What could go wrong?

 

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Five questions you need to ask your IT Department about flash and why you should ask them.

Posted by Silverstring on 07-Aug-2015 15:36:31

Topics: Cloud, Flash, Disaster Recovery, Storage Software, DRaaS, BaaS

It’s been hard to miss the almighty shouting across the industry about flash and SSD storage over the past 18 months. We’ve seen it starting to proliferate in some of our early adopting customers.  Obviously, it promises speed, but that’s what the IT industry has promised us all since about forever, but what are the questions you should really be asking your IT department, to understand whether you should be introducing flash storage into your estate, or not?

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Improving data protection with hybrid cloud

Posted by Silverstring on 24-Jul-2015 13:00:00

Topics: Cloud, Flash, Disaster Recovery, Storage Software, hybrid cloud, DRaaS, BaaS

From software and applications, to storage, the cloud continues to dominate the IT agenda. However, with many business-specific factors to consider, hybrid cloud adoption should not be viewed as one of the first steps in a wholesale move to the cloud. Instead, the aim should be to get the best of two or more different elements by bringing them together and creating a faster and more agile solution.

 

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Hybrid cloud solutions- What you need to know

Posted by Seb Barfield on 17-Jul-2015 17:00:00

Topics: Storage Management, Cloud, Flash, Disaster Recovery, Storage Software, Data Management, News, backup, hybrid cloud, DRaaS, BaaS, backup as a services

At Silverstring we take IBM storage software into the global cloud. Utilising the cloud in conjunction with your current TSM setup can provide benefits in disaster recovery scenarios, when archiving data and when being used for applications.

 

The cloud can be used for multiple products across the spectrum range including Spectrum Protect, Spectrum Virtualise, Spectrum Accelerate, Spectrum Scale and Spectrum Control. This article concentrates on uses of Spectrum Protect in a Hybrid Cloud solution

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IBM storage: Turbo Compression – Increase Capacity AND performance without buying any disks.

Posted by Dave White on 03-Jul-2015 10:00:00

Topics: Storage Management, Flash, Storage Software, Data Management, News, backup, turbo compression

 

At the IBM Technical University in Prague, there were many fascinating presentations. Being a technical storage and data protection kind of guy with an aversion to jargon (leveraging synergies etc.), I tried to stay clear of the more ‘salesy’ ones. I did, with heavy heart, attend a lecture entitled “Spectrum Virtualize Infrastructures & Turbo Compression: technology, use cases, financial savings & client studies” by the excellent Pierre Sabloniere. It was a lecture on how to sell IBM storage, but the story he told was so compelling that the technology sells itself.

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Summer Sizzler 2015

Posted by Silverstring on 26-Jun-2015 17:00:00

Topics: Data Management, News, BBQ

This year’s Silverstring Summer Spectacular has a stellar line up and looks to be bigger and better then ever before.

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Are you still paying for backup and disaster recovery as two separate items?

Posted by Thomas Cowley on 19-Jun-2015 10:30:00

Topics: Storage Management, Cloud, Data Storage, Disaster Recovery, Storage Software, Data Management, backup

 The ‘march to the cloud’ continues across much of the business solutions our customers use, but most often people are swapping out like-for-like solutions.  This isn’t always the best way to take advantage of the new capabilities of the cloud.

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What data storage will be required for the Internet of Things?

Posted by Alistair Mackenzie on 12-Jun-2015 14:41:00

Topics: Storage Management, Data Storage, Storage Software, Data Management

 The 1,000-ft. Amazonian Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO) is now the tallest structure in South America, built at a cost of $9 billion. Located 100 miles from the nearest city in the Amazon rainforest, it will give scientists unparalleled insights about climate change. The tower’s data will be readily available to scientists across the globe.

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