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Do you need a better solution to work with your Tivoli Storage Manager environment?

By Cyrus Cama, Technical Marketing Engineer, HP BURA


Whatever Backup ISV you use in your backup enterprise—whether it is TSM, Data Protector, CommVault or NetBackup—you know that you need to backup your data. BUT this BURA Sunday ask yourself: How confident are you that will be able to recover your data, and meet your SLAs around your RTOs and RPOs? As you’ve read in past blogs, HP Labs created HP StoreOnce from the ground up, with the intent to rethink dedupe with a primary focus on recovery.


Backup is never thought of as a sexy topic to talk about and is more or less looked upon as an insurance policy. But the whole reason we backup data is to be able to recover it, not just for daily operational restores but, most importantly, for disaster recovery.


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XP7 Always On Disaster Recovery with Online Data Migration

Earlier today, I introduced you to the XP7. In this blog post I want to share with you another ChalkTalk that explains some very cool multi-array virtualization functionality that we call XP7 Always On Disaster Recovery with Online Data Migration. 


I'll let the ChalkTalk do the explaining but there's a short back story here.  I was talking to Karen our worldwide product manager for the XP7 on Monday.  Actually, it was late Monday afternoon.  She talked me through how we can keep a Disaster Recovery Solution working before, during, and after an online data migration. 


She gave me details on how it works and I decided it would make a cool ChalkTalk.  So I set off to do that ChalkTalk yesterday and I think it does a really good job of explaining what this is and how it works.

Which 5 IT areas look to prosper in 2013?

By Andre Carpenter, senior solutions architect


Here’s to 2013! It’s a very exciting time to be in IT—and especially in the storage, cloud and virtualisation space. Last year saw a massive shift in the IT landscape as CIOs really started to show interest in this thing we call cloud computing. More focus on how things can be done better and more cost effectively was one of the prominent drivers behind this surge in interest.


Crystal Ball.jpgLooking into the crystal ball…

I’ve never deemed myself to be a fortune teller of any kind, but I guess in some wacky kind of way it is part of my role: possessing a grasp of what’s happening now and an ability to translate this and interpret the market to foretell what might be happening 6 months, 12 months, 18 months down the track. This is always a beneficial skill for any IT professional to have. This time of year, we see a number of predictions on market trends that appear to be obvious for 2013. Then there are some that may come as a surprise. So let’s take a look at some of the areas that I think will prosper.

Your biggest issue with information protection - get free t-shirt

I'm down to my last question as we get ready to head to HP Discover in Frankfurt.  I'd like you to leave a comment below on what is your biggest challenge around information protection.  If you leave a comment (and follow a few other rules I'll have below), I'll have an HP Storage t-shirt sent to you.  Easy, no?


As we continue to get ready for HP Discover (yes, I'm just a little excited about it!), you can stay in touchMark your calendar.png with what is happening at our page:  You can also register for our announcement webcast by clicking on the "Mark your calendar" graphic.


Making sure the right hand knows what the LeftHand is doing

By Calvin Zito 

Our colleagues at LeftHand Networks have been hard at work since the acquisition announcement in October and one of the fruits from their labor was announced last week.  New for entry-level customers is the SAS Starter SAN.  Based on high-performing SAS drives, this new SAN is ideal for virtual server environments that require more "horsepower" to perform optimally.  The higher performance drives help satisfy the I/O needs of virtual environments, while LeftHand's architecture automatically balances data volumes across all disk drives, network connections and processors.  To read more, click here see the press release here:

You might also be interested knowing that we have a couple of HP LeftHand Networks blogs.  Last week, the team posted a blog about a roadshow in the U.S. and Canada, focused on Disaster Recovery for Virtualized Environments.  You can read about it here:  The other blog is the HP LHN useablity blog.  The latest post on the same topic of disaster recovery can be found here:

Over the next several months, we'll integrate the HP LHN blog into our Around the Storage Block blog - but for now, I'll highlight here when there's a new post. 

Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

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