Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Data Domain Compression

I currently manage 7 Data Domain's (890's and 670's) and none of them are seeing compression above 5x. We obviously need to do some cleanup to get rid of data that is a bad candidate for dedupe, but the question is "where to start?" Have any of you successfully increased you dedupe compression through cleanup? If so what steps did you take?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Rumor Mill Update!

So my source at IBM was right except for the name, but she was close, in that IBM is going to be restructuring its storage software group under the Spectrum Storage moniker (Specter was close but Spectrum is a better title). ZDNet states that IBM will be investing $1 Billion in software defined storage which also means TSM is no longer under the Tivoli division....(Please, Please, Please let this be true!) In my opinion Tivoli was a horrible brand name and IBM should have never put ADSM under its umbrella.

Hopefully we will see some huge changes to TSM to make it more competitive. Some cloud connectivity would be a good start as more companies are implementing hybrid data-centers. I'd also like to see the new administration and reporting tool become a little more flexible with user defined reports, but we'll have to wait and see where this restructuring takes TSM or should we now call it Spectrum Storage Manager?

Monday, February 16, 2015

TSM Rumor Mill

So I was talking with an IBM source about IBM's recent layoffs and she stated that many groups were being restructured and TSM was affected. According to my source she said that TSM is possibly going to have a name change. This is no shock for those who remember when TSM was called ADSM under the ADSTAR (ADvanced STorage And Retrieval) division. A partial name drop was something along the lines of Specter blah blah blah!! So take this rumor with some reservations. IBM is going through a major upheaval as they decide what their service path with be in the future, so it's anybodies guess where TSM will end up.