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Improving user experience with a STORServer backup appliance

From the Tivoli Storage Blog @ written by Rich Vining.

In my last blog, I announced that I’ve moved into a new role, focusing Improving user experience with a STORServer backup appliance 3on improving the overall experience for Tivoli Storage software customers and users. One of the areas that is a prime focus for me is the initial experience customers have with our products, and anything that can be done to make them easier to acquire, install, configure and gain fast time to value is of huge interest to me.

One way to achieve these goals is through a fully integrated, easy to use, yet enterprise class appliance. There are many backup appliances on the market, and to make it easier for you to choose the right one for you, analyst firm DCIG (dcig.com) recently published the comprehensive 2012 Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide. This guide can be downloaded for free by contacting STORServer. In it, they analyze, rank and provide details on 66 backup appliance models from 13 vendors. This report includes only appliances that integrate backup software with server and storage hardware, and astutely excludes deduplication and virtual tape appliances that require a separate backup application to drive data to them.

DCIG’s plan was to rank the appliances into Basic, Good, Excellent and Recommended categories, based on a proprietary methodology with weighted measurements for a broad range of features and functions. But something interesting happened on the way to the publication of this guide: they found that one appliance, the STORServer EBA 3100, out-ranked the others by such a wide margin that they felt compelled to create a new category just for it: “Enterprise.” The STORServer EBA 3100 is the most scalable of STORServer’s offerings that are built on IBM Tivoli Storage Manager backup software, IBM System x servers and IBM System Storage, and they wrap it all in their own simple, intuitive user interface.

Tivoli Storage Manager provides industry leading levels of functionality, scalability, reliability, performance and return on investment. As such, it can require an experienced hand to properly install and configure it to gain the maximum value. STORServer does all of that for you, leveraging many years of best practice experience, pre-installing and configuring the software, and delivering a ready for action solution.

I recently learned of a hospital local to me, Cooley Dickinson in Northampton, Massachusetts that realized the value of the STORServer backup appliance solution to both centralize their formerly siloed approach to backup, but also to enable disaster recovery and business resilience capabilities.

If you are looking to improve your backup and recovery capabilities, due to problems with the scalability, reliability, functionality, performance or operational costs of your current solution, take a look at STORServer. It may be the quickest and easiest way to fix your backup and disaster recovery capabilities.

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