This newest ProtecTIER related Redbook is currently in draft (planned for 28 March 2014), but again full of good information:
IBM ProtecTIER Implementation and Best Practices Guide
From the IBM Redbooks website:
“This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides best practice guidance for planning, installing, and configuring the IBM TS7600 ProtecTIER® family of products. This guide provides all the latest best practices for using ProtecTIER Software Version PGA 3.3.x and the revolutionary and patented IBM HyperFactor® deduplication engine, along with other data storage efficiency techniques, such as compression and defragmentation.”
Also, there are 2 references to previous TSMBlog.org articles in this Redbook.
For more information on IBM ProtecTIER single-stream performance, refer to the following:
For information on Tweaking TSM for Virtual Environments and IBM ProtecTIER
single-stream backup performance refer to:
—- Tommy Hueber
This newest TSM related Redbook is currently in draft (planned for 31 March 2014), but loaded with tons of good information:
Harnessing the Power of ProtecTIER and Tivoli Storage Manager
From the IBM Redbooks website:
“This book discusses implementation of the data protection solution of IBM ProtecTIER running in a Tivoli Storage Manager environment. It walks readers through the process of planning, setting up, and configuring Tivoli Storage Manager in a ProtecTIER environment. We provide guidance, hints and tips, and trouble shooting for implementing Tivoli Storage Manager with ProtecTIER, backup and restore scenarios, and explain the differences in replication and deduplication in ProtecTIER versus Tivoli Storage Manager implementations. Also provided are disaster recovery approaches which focus on the ProtecTIER Virtual Tape Library (VTL) interface, with some discussion as a File System Interface (FSI).”
The previous TSMBLOG.org article IBM ProtecTIER single-stream performance talked about the pitfalls of aggregated performance vs. single-stream performance. It also lists the single-stream performance for the different PT models (DD3, DD4 and DD5). It was stated that the theoretical throughput of a ProtecTIER DD3 single-stream backup is 60 MB/s. But in a real-world scenario we were unable to get even close to that number. The TSM4VE Full VM backups only got to 20-25 MB/s. After tuning and tweaking, the reported 60 MB/s was reached.
This follow-up article will describe the changes that were made to get there. But keep in mind, all the comments regarding “Full system” performance vs. “Single-stream” performance in the referenced article do still apply. The information provided here is just about how to get to that much required maximum single-stream speed.
29th October 2013, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager v7.1 was announced. The software is GA available for download since 13th December 2013. The DVD media will be GA available per 17th January 2014.
As this is a whole new year, I thought this would be a good moment to sum up all the new functionality in one place.
A special side note in relation to TSM4VE. Of course, a new release of TSM4VE is also part of the v7.1 package. This means the 4th major release of TSM4VE within a 36 month time-frame. Good to see all sorts of new things are added again.