IBM® Tivoli® Storage Manager Suite for Unified Recovery V7.1.2 now includes application integrated hardware snapshot capabilities that enable improved application availability and service levels through high-performance, near-instant restore capabilities that reduce downtime.

IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy® Manager V4.1.2 hardware snapshot-based data protection is added to the following:

  • IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Suite for Unified Recovery V7.1.2
  • IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Suite for Unified Recovery Entry V7.1.2
  • IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Suite for Unified Recovery – Front End V7.1.2
  • IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Suite for Unified Recovery Entry – Front End V7.1.2

IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager V4.1.2 improves application availability with the addition of General Parallel File System (GPFS™) support for near-instant file set level snapshots, in addition to usability improvements and currency enhancements.

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments and IBM FlashCopy Manager provide support for VMware vSphere 6 environments, excluding the ability to protect virtual machines located on VMware Virtual Volumes.

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack®, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack for Bare Machine Recovery, and IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack for Microsoft™ Exchange are no longer included in IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Suite for Unified Recovery.

More information can be found here. (official announcement IBM)

IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager V4.1.2 enhancements:

  • Frequent, nondisruptive file set protection exploiting General Parallel File System (GPFS) software snapshots.
  • Usability enhancements for its VMware configuration wizard to automate connection to third-party storage arrays.
  • Usability enhancements for Microsoft Exchange protection by providing powershell commandlets for archive mailbox restore and public folder restore.
  • Additional support includes VMware vSphere 6 support, excluding the ability to provide snapshot support for virtual machines located on VMware Virtual Volumes.

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments V7.1.2 enhancements:

  • Support for VMware vSphere 6, excluding the ability to protect virtual machines located on VMware Virtual Volumes.
  • The ability to automatically retry on snapshot failure
  • Enables users to more easily perform fully integrated exchange database-level and item-level restores from VMware image backups
  • Automatic identification and processing of VMware Site Recovery Manager resources that do not require protection

Removal of products from IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Suite for Unified Recovery

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack for Microsoft Exchange, and IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack for Bare Machine Recovery are being removed from:

  • IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Suite for Unified Recovery V7.1.2
  • IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Suite for Unified Recovery Entry V7.1.2
  • IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Suite for Unified Recovery – Front End V7.1.2
  • IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Suite for Unified Recovery Entry – Front End V7.1.2

If you are entitled to the products above, you will be able to leverage the hardware snapshot capability through Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager included within the products above. This satisfies many of the same use cases that require application aware snapshots with near-instant recovery capability.

Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager is designed to deliver high levels of data protection for business-critical applications through integrated application snapshot backup and restore capabilities. The applications supported by Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager are IBM DB2®, Oracle, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server, and the VMware vSphere platform. In addition, DB2 and Oracle databases are supported for use either with or without SAP environments. Other applications can be supported on IBM AIX®, HP-UX, Linux™, Solaris, and Microsoft Windows™ platforms through script customization.

These capabilities are achieved through the utilization of advanced storage-specific hardware snapshot technology to help create a high performance, low impact application data protection solution. Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager is easy to install, configure, deploy, and seamlessly integrates with various IBM and non-IBM storage systems.

In addition to the supported devices, Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager on the Microsoft Windows platform supports any storage system that is Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Services (VSS) capable, by using the VSS system provider or a VSS hardware provider who adheres to the Microsoft VSS Provider interface.

Description:

IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager, included in IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Suite for Unified Recovery V7.1.2, delivers high levels of protection for key applications and databases using advanced integrated application snapshot backup and restore capabilities.

IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager:

  • Is easy to install, configure, and deploy. Configuration Wizard provides VMware support for vSphere Web Client.
  • Improves application availability and service levels through high-performance, near-instant restore capabilities that reduce downtime.
  • Supports a wide range of applications, operating systems, and storage systems.
  • Manages application-aware snapshots on EMC, Hitachi, NetApp, IBM, and Volume Shadow Copy Services (VSS) compatible Microsoft Windows storage.
  • Enables fast, simple recovery of individual files, volumes, and mailboxes.
  • Enables instant restore for VMware datastores.
  • Simplifies database cloning.
  • Enables off-site copying for enhanced data protection using either IBM Tivoli Storage Manager or IBM Metro Global Mirror.

Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager V4.1.2 adds support for the following features:

  • Microsoft Windows:
    • Powershell commandlet for Microsoft Exchange Archive Mailbox Restore
    • Powershell commandlet for Microsoft Exchange Public Folder Restore
  • UNIX™ and Linux:
    • Frequent, nondisruptive file set protection exploiting General Parallel File System (GPFS) software snapshots
    • HP 3PAR support as array using the Rocket Device Adapter Pack V1.5
  • VMware:
    • vSphere V6 toleration support, excluding the ability to provide snapshot support for virtual machines located on VMware Virtual Volumes
    • Configuration Wizard to automate connection to third-party storage arrays
    • HP 3PAR support as storage array using the Rocket Device Adapter Pack V1.5

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager V7.1.2 and IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Extended Edition V7.1.2 enhancements:

  • Tivoli Storage Manager Backup-Archive client support for Ubuntu support on Intel™ x86

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Mail V7.1.2 Data Protection for Exchange enhancements:

  • Enables users to more easily perform fully integrated exchange database-level and item-level restores from VMware image backups with a fully automated mount process for exchange image that eliminates manual steps and saves time

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager HSM for Windows V7.1.2 enhancements:

  • Alternate Data Stream Support provides the ability to migrate and retrieve alternate data stream data along with standard file data.

IBM System Storage® Archive Manager V7.1.2 enhancements:

  • The enhancements noted above for Tivoli Storage Manager and Tivoli Storage Manager Extended Edition V7.1.2 are also in System Storage Archive Manager V7.1.2.

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Entry V7.1.2 enhancements:

  • The enhancements noted above for Tivoli Storage Manager V7.1.2, Tivoli Storage Manager Extended Edition V7.1.2, Tivoli Storage Manager for Mail V7.1.2, and Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments V7.1.2 are also included in Tivoli Storage Manager Entry V7.1.2.