IBM to Tout Storage Manager Benchmark Study

White paper to highlight Tivoli Storage Manager's disaster recovery components.

WASHINGTON—IBM plans to release a white paper next week touting the advantages of its storage management system over the competition, a company official told eWEEK. The report, based on a one-month benchmark study, is slated to demonstrate that the Tivoli Storage Manager has the shortest backup cycle, fastest restoration time and lowest tape usage in its category, the official said.

In light of the security uncertainties of todays environment, IBM is highlighting the disaster recovery components of its storage management products for enterprises. The company credits the systems efficiencies to its use of relational databases, as opposed to flat files, in safe-guarding mission-critical data.

In addition, the Armonk, N.Y., company is working hard to attract government agencies to its products in an era of heightened security consciousness. IBM hosted a symposium here to showcase its e-government software, including WebSphere portals systems, Lotus content management, geospatial data management and storage management.

IBM emphasizes disaster recovery as an integral part of the core storage management system. At the symposium Tuesday, the company provided government IT professionals with a tutorial on how to develop a business recovery plan and activate it in a crisis. In addition to using an efficient backup and storage system, an agency must be able to reach its systems administrator at home and, perhaps most importantly, must be able to locate its disaster recovery plan in a disaster, said Patricia Jiang, technical attaché for Tivoli Software.

"Its really great if someone has gone through and made a disaster recovery plan, but if you cant find it, what good is it," Jiang said.

The Tivoli system integrates all the necessary disaster recovery steps into routine storage management, copying databases and the data on a server and sending it offsite, Jiang said. "Disaster strikes, and the first thing we do is rebuild the TSM server and then repopulate [client and application systems]," she said. "The plan is always in the database."