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IT Modernization using Catalogic ECX Copy Data Management and IBM Spectrum Storage

Book Description

Data is the currency of the new economy, and organizations are increasingly tasked with finding better ways to protect, recover, access, share, and use data. Traditional storage technologies are being stretched to the breaking point. This challenge is not because of storage hardware performance, but because management tools and techniques have not kept pace with new requirements. Primary data growth rates of 35% to 50% annually only amplify the problem.

Organizations of all sizes find themselves needing to modernize their IT processes to enable critical new use cases such as storage self-service, Development and Operations (DevOps), and integration of data centers with the Cloud. They are equally challenged with improving management efficiencies for long established IT processes such as data protection, disaster recovery, reporting, and business analytics.

Access to copies of data is the one common feature of all these use cases. However, the slow, manual processes common to IT organizations, including a heavy reliance on labor-intensive scripting and disparate tool sets, are no longer able to deliver the speed and agility required in today's fast-paced world.

Copy Data Management (CDM) is an IT modernization technology that focuses on using existing data in a manner that is efficient, automated, scalable, and easy to use, delivering the data access that is urgently needed to meet the new use cases. Catalogic ECX, with IBM® storage, provides in-place copy data management that modernizes IT processes, enables key use cases, and does it all within existing infrastructure.

This IBM Redbooks® publication shows how Catalogic Software and IBM have partnered together to create an integrated solution that addresses today's IT environment.

Table of Contents

  1. Front cover
  2. Notices
    1. Trademarks
  3. IBM Redbooks promotions
  4. Preface
    1. Authors
    2. Now you can become a published author, too!
    3. Comments welcome
    4. Stay connected to IBM Redbooks
  5. Chapter 1. IT modernization, Copy Data Management, and Catalogic ECX
    1. 1.1 Introduction
    2. 1.2 The shift to bimodal IT
      1. 1.2.1 ECX bridges the bimodal IT gap
    3. 1.3 The copy data solution
      1. 1.3.1 Approaches to CDM
    4. 1.4 Catalogic ECX overview
      1. 1.4.1 ECX solution architecture
      2. 1.4.2 Integration with IBM products
  6. Chapter 2. Catalogic ECX deployment and usage
    1. 2.1 ECX installation
      1. 2.1.1 ECX deployment using VMware
      2. 2.1.2 ECX Cluster Option (ECO) deployment
    2. 2.2 ECX configuration and management by using the management portal
      1. 2.2.1 Accessing the ECX management portal
      2. 2.2.2 The ECX management portal layout
      3. 2.2.3 Configuring sites and providers
      4. 2.2.4 Monitoring jobs in the ECX management portal
  7. Chapter 3. Copy data lifecycle management with Catalogic ECX
    1. 3.1 ECX copy data lifecycle management
    2. 3.2 ECX Copy Workflow technical overview
      1. 3.2.1 ECX VMware Copy Data Policy
      2. 3.2.2 ECX IBM Copy Data Policy
    3. 3.3 ECX Copy workflow examples
      1. 3.3.1 Creating a VMware Copy Data Policy example
      2. 3.3.2 Creating an IBM Copy Data Policy example
    4. 3.4 Application consistency and custom scripting
      1. 3.4.1 VMware consistency
      2. 3.4.2 ECX Policy script integration
      3. 3.4.3 VMware Script Integration
  8. Chapter 4. Copy data orchestration and automation with Catalogic ECX
    1. 4.1 Orchestration and automation
      1. 4.1.1 Using copy data
    2. 4.2 ECX Use Data Workflow technical overview
    3. 4.3 Use cases
      1. 4.3.1 DevTest/DevOps
    4. 4.4 Automated disaster recovery
      1. 4.4.1 Automated DR example
      2. 4.4.2 Business analytics
      3. 4.4.3 Infrastructure as code
  9. Chapter 5. Self-Service for application teams with Catalogic ECX
    1. 5.1 Overview of self-service capabilities in ECX
    2. 5.2 Role-based access control (RBAC)
      1. 5.2.1 Resource pools
      2. 5.2.2 Roles
      3. 5.2.3 Accounts
    3. 5.3 Configuring custom roles
      1. 5.3.1 Storage administrator
      2. 5.3.2 Application administrator
    4. 5.4 Self-service in ECX
      1. 5.4.1 Role of storage administrator
      2. 5.4.2 Role of application owner
  10. Chapter 6. Copy data catalog and analytics with Catalogic ECX
    1. 6.1 Introduction
    2. 6.2 Copy data catalog
      1. 6.2.1 IBM Storage Catalog Data policy
      2. 6.2.2 VMware Catalog Data policy
    3. 6.3 Search
      1. 6.3.1 Searching for objects
    4. 6.4 Data analytics
      1. 6.4.1 Protection compliance
      2. 6.4.2 Storage utilization
  11. Chapter 7. Automation and DevOps with Catalogic ECX
    1. 7.1 DevOps introduction
    2. 7.2 Automation with ECX
    3. 7.3 REST API and Scripting in ECX
      1. 7.3.1 ECX REST API
      2. 7.3.2 Pre/Post scripting
    4. 7.4 DevOps Automation with Puppet
      1. 7.4.1 Example of automating Test/Dev environment by using Puppet and ECX
  12. Chapter 8. Copy Data Management for a hybrid cloud with Catalogic ECX
    1. 8.1 Introduction
    2. 8.2 Hybrid cloud use case: Automated DR testing
      1. 8.2.1 Using Copy Data Management and snapshots for the hybrid cloud
      2. 8.2.2 Example configuration
      3. 8.2.3 Traditional DR testing versus automated DR testing in a hybrid cloud
      4. 8.2.4 Results summary
      5. 8.2.5 Financial impact
      6. 8.2.6 Alternative hybrid cloud use cases
      7. 8.2.7 Conclusion
  13. Related publications
    1. IBM Redbooks
    2. Other publications
    3. Online resources
    4. Help from IBM
  14. Back cover