Pick One or Both: Archival Disk or Tape

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-10-06 Print this article Print

Everybody is seeing increasing amounts of data being created in collaborative environments, made by creative processes and devices, Kloeckner said. IBM believes that an automated cloud computing approach to handle this overflow of information is one that makes sense for a good many enterprises.

"We see this as one element of making information pay off for the enterprise, so to speak," Kloeckner said. "Digital media, medical imaging, Web content, analytics, geospacial data, engineering modeling data, are just some of the use cases. We all know that the interconnection of devices creates a huge amount of data that needs to be managed efficiently, accessed, stored and secured in order to be analyzed."

This is all designed for file-based storage -- it is not block-based or individual record-based storage, or what is contained in a database, Kloeckner said.

Right now, the private cloud software is available in a beta release only. It should be available for full production in a few weeks, Kloeckner said.

IBM is in the process of preparing a public cloud offering, but Kloeckner did not want to speculate on when that might be available for beta testing.

Tivoli and IBM System Storage are the foundations for the new Information Archive, which uses hard disks and tape machines within a single pool. It features deduplication and compression techniques to optimize storage capacity, Kloeckner said.

"When using the archive, a user can designate whether he or she wants to store the files on disk or on tape, and the tape can be stored wherever they want," Kloeckner said.

The hardware-and-software archive uses Big Blue's General Parallel File System, Tivoli Storage Manager and IBM's Enhanced Tamper Protection in an IBM array of the user's choice.

The IBM Information Archive is the first offering announced as part of IBM's unified archiving strategy, called IBM Smart Archive. The archive, available now as a preview, offers long-term storage for any kind of digital file, such as e-mail, images, databases, applications, instant messages, account records, contracts or insurance claim documents, logs, and others.

The archive can be organized into separate collections within a single system, and each collection can be configured with different retention policies and protection levels to meet specific needs -- including business, legal, or regulatory, Kloeckner said.

Finally, IBM's enhanced Cloud Consulting Services are available now to support the new software and hardware packages.

Pricing on these new products and services in available through individual consultation, because deployments vary. For more information, go here.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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