Tivoli Storage Manager

Tivoli Systems Inc. has announced Storage Manager 4.1. Among the software’s new features is the ability to handle automatic backup and tape sharing. Storage Manager 4.1 also has added a so-called LAN-free management feature, which allows servers and storage devices to move data through SAN pipes instead of over a LAN. This takes traffic off the LAN and speeds up the back-up and restoration process, according to Tivoli. Also coming to Storage Manager is the ability to exploit EMC’s TimeFinder technology. TimeFinder is a software feature in the Symmetrix box that lets IS staff take a snapshot of the data running there at various intervals. The snapshots are stored on dedicated TimeFinder disks in the box, and allow for high-speed backup of data for heavy-duty applications such as SAP’s enterprise resources planning software, as well other network files. Tivoli also will provide a development tool kit to tie SAN management tools to NetView, its enterprise management application. Tivoli Storage Manager 4.1 starts at US$2,000 and will be available in July; it runs on Unix, Windows NT/2000 and OS/390. Tivoli Systems is at http://www.tivoli.com.

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