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Harnessing the Power of ProtecTIER and Tivoli Storage Manager

Book Description

This IBM® Redbooks® publication will help you install, tailor, and configure IBM ProtecTIER® products with IBM Tivoli® Storage Manager to harness the performance and the power of the two products working together as a data protection solution.

This book goes beyond the preferred practices of each product and provides in-depth explanations of each of the items that are configurable, and the underlying reasons behind the suggestions. This book provides enough detailed information to allow an administrator to make the correct choices about which methods to use when implementing both products to meet and to exceed the business requirements.

This publication provides descriptions and guidance about the following topics:

  • Terminology and concepts of ProtecTIER and Tivoli Storage Manager

  • Planning for ProtecTIER to run with Tivoli Storage Manager

  • Setup and configuration of the IBM ProtecTIER device as a storage pool in the Tivoli Storage Manager environment, primarily as a Virtual Tape Library (VTL) interface, with a description as a File System Interface (FSI)

  • Day-to-day administration of ProtecTIER when it is used in a Tivoli Storage Manager environment

  • Overview of how to plan for disaster recovery in a ProtecTIER and Tivoli Storage Manager environment

  • Monitoring and problem solving: How a system administrator can review ProtecTIER logs and Tivoli Storage Manager server logs to identify the source of problems

  • Hints, tips, and use cases for ProtecTIER and Tivoli Storage Manager administrators


  • This book is intended for storage administrators and architects who have ordered and installed IBM ProtecTIER Products and want to implement Tivoli Storage Manager as part of a data protection solution. This book is also intended for anyone that wants to learn more about applying and using the benefits of ProtecTIER running with Tivoli Storage Manager.

    Table of Contents

    1. Front cover
    2. Notices
      1. Trademarks
    3. Preface
      1. Authors
      2. Now you can become a published author, too!
      3. Comments welcome
      4. Stay connected to IBM Redbooks
    4. Chapter 1. IBM Tivoli Storage Manager and IBM ProtecTIER
      1. 1.1 Introduction
      2. 1.2 Concepts
        1. 1.2.1 Time
        2. 1.2.2 Hardware potential
        3. 1.2.3 Storage space
      3. 1.3 Terminology and concepts
        1. 1.3.1 Chunk
        2. 1.3.2 Data deduplication
        3. 1.3.3 Node
        4. 1.3.4 Nominal space
      4. 1.4 Summary
    5. Chapter 2. Planning for ProtecTIER running with Tivoli Storage Manager
      1. 2.1 Planning overview - General concepts
        1. 2.1.1 Tivoli Storage Manager deduplication versus ProtecTIER deduplication
        2. 2.1.2 Tivoli Storage Manager replication versus ProtecTIER replication
      2. 2.2 Resources
      3. 2.3 Support matrix
        1. 2.3.1 Independent Software Vendor matrix
      4. 2.4 Business requirements
      5. 2.5 Hardware considerations
        1. 2.5.1 Fault tolerance: Data Path Failover (DPF) and Control Path Failover (CPF)
        2. 2.5.2 Growth
      6. 2.6 Tivoli Storage Manager structure
        1. 2.6.1 Virtual Tape Library and File System Interface
        2. 2.6.2 Physical tape compared to ProtecTIER virtual tape library
        3. 2.6.3 Node replication
        4. 2.6.4 Disk storage pool compared to ProtecTIER VTL storage pool
        5. 2.6.5 Host adapters for Tivoli Storage Manager and ProtecTIER
        6. 2.6.6 Tivoli Storage Manager device driver component
        7. 2.6.7 Copy storage pools
      7. 2.7 Data lifecycle
        1. 2.7.1 Tivoli Storage Manager wheel of life
        2. 2.7.2 Retention
        3. 2.7.3 Volume maintenance
      8. 2.8 Installation planning
        1. 2.8.1 Prerequisites
        2. 2.8.2 Cable considerations
        3. 2.8.3 Multisite rollout
        4. 2.8.4 Staged final plans
        5. 2.8.5 Capacity considerations
        6. 2.8.6 Volume sizes
        7. 2.8.7 Nominal data
      9. 2.9 Licensing
        1. 2.9.1 Licensing options
        2. 2.9.2 Tivoli Storage Manager Suite for Unified Recovery ProtecTIER option
    6. Chapter 3. Setup and configuration details
      1. 3.1 Setup and configuration overview
      2. 3.2 Presenting devices
        1. 3.2.1 SAN zoning
        2. 3.2.2 Device fanout
        3. 3.2.3 LUN masking
        4. 3.2.4 Library and drive sharing
        5. 3.2.5 Multiple libraries
      3. 3.3 Host implementation, procedures, and options
        1. 3.3.1 Correlating devices
        2. 3.3.2 Naming devices
        3. 3.3.3 Verifying redundancy
        4. 3.3.4 Verifying Control Path Failover and Drive Path Failover
      4. 3.4 Mixed environments
        1. 3.4.1 Physical and virtual devices
        2. 3.4.2 Volumes
        3. 3.4.3 Disk pools
      5. 3.5 Tivoli Storage Manager parameters
        1. 3.5.1 STGPOOL
        2. 3.5.2 DEVCLASS
        3. 3.5.3 LIBRARY
      6. 3.6 First-time installation of Tivoli Storage Manager and ProtecTIER VTL integration considerations
        1. 3.6.1 Tivoli Storage Manager simple installation and configuration
        2. 3.6.2 Creating a Virtual Tape Library on the ProtecTIER
        3. 3.6.3 Configuring the Virtual Tape Library from the Tivoli Storage Manager
        4. 3.6.4 Defining device class for the Virtual Tape Library in Tivoli Storage Manager
        5. 3.6.5 Backing up Tivoli Storage Manager database to the Virtual Tape Library
        6. 3.6.6 Creating a storage pool for the Virtual Tape Library
        7. 3.6.7 Updating backup policies to send data to the Virtual Tape Library
        8. 3.6.8 Registering a Tivoli Storage Manager client
        9. 3.6.9 Testing the backup to the Virtual Tape Library
      7. 3.7 Changing the configuration
        1. 3.7.1 Expanding the repository
        2. 3.7.2 Adding libraries or changing dimensions
        3. 3.7.3 Adding replication
        4. 3.7.4 Adding ProtecTIER server nodes
        5. 3.7.5 Modifying volumes
    7. Chapter 4. Administering ProtecTIER
      1. 4.1 Administration overview
      2. 4.2 Reporting and notification
        1. 4.2.1 Options
        2. 4.2.2 Systemview
        3. 4.2.3 Notifications
        4. 4.2.4 ProtecTIER service reports
      3. 4.3 Data types and backup types
        1. 4.3.1 File type categories
      4. 4.4 Performance
        1. 4.4.1 Throughput
        2. 4.4.2 Data reduction
      5. 4.5 Background tasks
        1. 4.5.1 Reclamation
        2. 4.5.2 Migrations
        3. 4.5.3 Maintenance windows
      6. 4.6 File System Interface considerations
    8. Chapter 5. Disaster recovery
      1. 5.1 Disaster recovery overview
      2. 5.2 Configuration options and approaches
      3. 5.3 Recovery time objective and recovery point objective
      4. 5.4 Native replication versus Tivoli Storage Manager node replication
      5. 5.5 Disaster recovery testing
      6. 5.6 Changes to the environment
      7. 5.7 Disaster recovery scenarios
        1. 5.7.1 Single cartridge deleted
        2. 5.7.2 The ProtecTIER repository needs to be re-created
        3. 5.7.3 Replacing the ProtecTIER server nodes
      8. 5.8 Management console considerations
      9. 5.9 Support considerations
      10. 5.10 Additional information
        1. 5.10.1 Example checklist
        2. 5.10.2 Combining physical offsite
    9. Chapter 6. Monitoring and problem solving
      1. 6.1 Overview
      2. 6.2 Operating system logs
        1. 6.2.1 Operating system events and errors
        2. 6.2.2 Driver logs
      3. 6.3 Alerts
        1. 6.3.1 Tivoli Storage Manager alerting
        2. 6.3.2 ProtecTIER alerting
      4. 6.4 Tivoli Storage Manager logging and ProtecTIER timeserver
      5. 6.5 ProtecTIER log
        1. 6.5.1 Alerts log
        2. 6.5.2 Events log
        3. 6.5.3 Internal log
      6. 6.6 Service menu
      7. 6.7 ProtecTIER service reports
      8. 6.8 ProtecTIER space utilization
      9. 6.9 Tivoli Storage Manager tracing
      10. 6.10 Operating system driver tracing
      11. 6.11 Reservation conflicts
      12. 6.12 Installing and configuring the Tivoli Storage Manager Operations Center
        1. 6.12.1 Installing the Tivoli Storage Manager Operations Center
        2. 6.12.2 Configuring the Tivoli Storage Manager Operations Center
        3. 6.12.3 Using the Tivoli Storage Manager Operations Center
    10. Chapter 7. Hints and tips
      1. 7.1 Operating system
        1. 7.1.1 AIX
        2. 7.1.2 Microsoft Windows
        3. 7.1.3 Linux
      2. 7.2 ProtecTIER ssh session
        1. 7.2.1 ProtecTIER Manager GUI hints
        2. 7.2.2 SAN connectivity
        3. 7.2.3 ProtecTIER sizing questionnaire
      3. 7.3 Tivoli Storage Manager select commands
        1. 7.3.1 Listing tape drive serial numbers
        2. 7.3.2 Listing operating system device
        3. 7.3.3 Useful queries for collecting data for the ProtecTIER planning
        4. 7.3.4 Miscellaneous hints and tips
      4. 7.4 Summary
    11. Chapter 8. Use cases
      1. 8.1 Use case 1: Expand the repository
        1. 8.1.1 ProtecTIER Version 3.2 or later differences
      2. 8.2 Use case 2: Disaster recovery test
    12. Glossary
    13. Related publications
      1. IBM Redbooks
      2. Other publications
      3. Online resources
      4. Help from IBM
    14. Back cover
    15. IBM System x Reference Architecture for Hadoop: IBM InfoSphere BigInsights Reference Architecture
      1. Introduction
      2. Business problem and business value
      3. Reference architecture use
      4. Requirements
      5. InfoSphere BigInsights predefined configuration
      6. InfoSphere BigInsights HBase predefined configuration
      7. Deployment considerations
      8. Customizing the predefined configurations
      9. Predefined configuration bill of materials
      10. References
      11. The team who wrote this paper
      12. Now you can become a published author, too!
      13. Stay connected to IBM Redbooks
    16. Notices
      1. Trademarks