Implementing IBM Tivoli Storage Manager

This four-part series of tips offers information that can help you decide if IBM's Tivoli Storage Manager is right for your environment and what you need to know before deploying the software.

What you will learn: How to decide if IBM's Tivoli Storage Manager is the right backup software for your IT environment.

IBM's Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) has been around for many years. Introduced in the early 1990s as ADSTAR Distributed Storage Manager (ADSM), the software was built on mainframe data storage management concepts. It has since been widely adopted.

Backup and disaster recovery expert Pierre Dorion offers four tips on deploying TSM, comparing it to "traditional" backup products, outlining best practices, detailing how to use TSM for disk backups and calling your attention to what to watch out for.

  • IBM Tivoli Storage Manager vs. traditional backup

    Learn about the architectural concepts behind IBM's Tivoli Storage Manager backup software and the main differences between it and "traditional" backup products.

  • Best practices using Tivoli Storage Manager

    This segment outlines best practices for designing and implementing a TSM backup environment.

  • Tivoli Storage Manager and disk backups

    This tip discusses integration of disk as a backup medium in a TSM environment.

  • Tivoli Storage Manager pitfalls

    This tip outlines issues that users commonly encounter in a TSM environment.

  • About the author: Pierre Dorion is a certified business continuity professional for Mainland Information Systems Inc.

    This was first published in May 2007

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