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IBM has announced a new suite of integrated data protection solutions designed to help customers of all sizes deal with ever-increasing volumes of information and increased pressure to retain and rapidly recover data to meet legal and regulatory requirements.

IBM's new Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack software - the first new products resulting from IBM's recent acquisition of FilesX - can provide customers with improved business continuity and comprehensive recovery of data and applications. The software also has the ability to address compliance across customer data centers and remote offices. Part of IBM's Tivoli Storage Manager line, the new software expands IBM's existing enterprise data protection solutions with new capabilities to help protect data that resides outside managed servers, on remote networks.

"The explosion of data coupled with increasing compliance requirements is driving the need for customers of all sizes to retain, protect, and recover information," said Kelly Beavers, director, IBM storage software. "These new solutions complement our existing data protection software portfolio by offering backup and recovery features tailored for remote office and mid-market customers."

According to IDC, 180 exabytes (EB) of digital content was created, captured, or replicated in 2006 and the number is expected to multiply by 10 times to 1,800 EB by 2011 (an exabyte is equal to one quintillion bytes).

"As an information technology provider, we require a data protection solution that will help ensure business continuity while also providing us the ability to retain and quickly recover customer information," said Jason Waldrop, CEO of  CWPS. "IBM's new offerings provide a comprehensive data protection solution that will help us secure our own business data, as well as, provide disaster recovery services for our customers."

The new products deliver continuous data protection and near-instant recovery of applications, databases, and file servers:

·       IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack is for continuous data protection and near-instant recovery technology for Windows file servers and applications including Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL, Lotus Domino, Oracle, DB2 and others. The software provides data protection and recovery for applications in data centers or remote branch offices, enterprises, and small-business customers. Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack can eliminate backup windows by continuously capturing data changes at the block level with minimal impact to the systems it protects, according to IBM. Its policy-based approach to data protection allows administrators to improve recovery service levels--specifically Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) on a per-application basis. Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack also provides a nearly instantaneous restore capability that enables applications to be up and running within minutes after data recovery is initiated, while data recovery is performed in the background, the company says.

·       IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack for Microsoft Exchange is for quick and easy restore of individual Exchange objects such as e-mail messages and attachments, contact lists, calendars, tasks and journal entries. The software uses an intuitive interface which can reduce downtime and improve productivity, the company says.

·       IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack for Bare Machine Recovery is to help users easily recover entire systems to a comparable server, to a new server with different hardware, or to a virtual machine. This software provides customers with a tool for performing server migrations, and offers a highly cost-effective business resilience solution for remote branch offices, says IBM.

·       IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack Center combines the three Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack products into a single, convenient package.

"IBM's rapid integration of the FilesX solutions illustrates the complementary nature of both companies' data protection solutions," said Lauren Whitehouse, analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. "With the FilesX acquisition, IBM saw an opportunity to expand its enterprise data protection portfolio to include remote offices and target the mid-market. With the new products announced today, IBM now offers a more comprehensive suite of products that address protection and recovery needs of SMB and enterprise customers."

The new, enterprise-level continuous data protection capabilities complement IBM's existing file-based software called IBM Tivoli Continuous Data Protection for Files, which is targeted at SMB customers as well as laptop and desktop users.

IBM System Storage DS4000 and IBM System Storage DS3000 select models have been added to the suite of storage products intended to integrate with IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack to provide SMB customers with comprehensive data recovery and business continuity solutions.

The new IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack solutions will be available August 15. For more information on the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager family, visit http://www.ibm.com/software/tivoli/products/storage-mgr/

IBM has announced a new suite of integrated data protection solutions designed to help customers of all sizes deal with ever-increasing volumes of information and increased pressure to retain and rapidly recover data to meet legal and regulatory requirements.

IBM's new Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack software - the first new products resulting from IBM's recent acquisition of FilesX - can provide customers with improved business continuity and comprehensive recovery of data and applications. The software also has the ability to address compliance across customer data centers and remote offices. Part of IBM's Tivoli Storage Manager line, the new software expands IBM's existing enterprise data protection solutions with new capabilities to help protect data that resides outside managed servers, on remote networks.

"The explosion of data coupled with increasing compliance requirements is driving the need for customers of all sizes to retain, protect, and recover information," said Kelly Beavers, director, IBM storage software. "These new solutions complement our existing data protection software portfolio by offering backup and recovery features tailored for remote office and mid-market customers."

According to IDC, 180 exabytes (EB) of digital content was created, captured, or replicated in 2006 and the number is expected to multiply by 10 times to 1,800 EB by 2011 (an exabyte is equal to one quintillion bytes).

"As an information technology provider, we require a data protection solution that will help ensure business continuity while also providing us the ability to retain and quickly recover customer information," said Jason Waldrop, CEO of  CWPS. "IBM's new offerings provide a comprehensive data protection solution that will help us secure our own business data, as well as, provide disaster recovery services for our customers."

The new products deliver continuous data protection and near-instant recovery of applications, databases, and file servers:

·       IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack is for continuous data protection and near-instant recovery technology for Windows file servers and applications including Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL, Lotus Domino, Oracle, DB2 and others. The software provides data protection and recovery for applications in data centers or remote branch offices, enterprises, and small-business customers. Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack can eliminate backup windows by continuously capturing data changes at the block level with minimal impact to the systems it protects, according to IBM. Its policy-based approach to data protection allows administrators to improve recovery service levels--specifically Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) on a per-application basis. Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack also provides a nearly instantaneous restore capability that enables applications to be up and running within minutes after data recovery is initiated, while data recovery is performed in the background, the company says.

·       IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack for Microsoft Exchange is for quick and easy restore of individual Exchange objects such as e-mail messages and attachments, contact lists, calendars, tasks and journal entries. The software uses an intuitive interface which can reduce downtime and improve productivity, the company says.

·       IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack for Bare Machine Recovery is to help users easily recover entire systems to a comparable server, to a new server with different hardware, or to a virtual machine. This software provides customers with a tool for performing server migrations, and offers a highly cost-effective business resilience solution for remote branch offices, says IBM.

·       IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack Center combines the three Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack products into a single, convenient package.

"IBM's rapid integration of the FilesX solutions illustrates the complementary nature of both companies' data protection solutions," said Lauren Whitehouse, analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. "With the FilesX acquisition, IBM saw an opportunity to expand its enterprise data protection portfolio to include remote offices and target the mid-market. With the new products announced today, IBM now offers a more comprehensive suite of products that address protection and recovery needs of SMB and enterprise customers."

The new, enterprise-level continuous data protection capabilities complement IBM's existing file-based software called IBM Tivoli Continuous Data Protection for Files, which is targeted at SMB customers as well as laptop and desktop users.

IBM System Storage DS4000 and IBM System Storage DS3000 select models have been added to the suite of storage products intended to integrate with IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack to provide SMB customers with comprehensive data recovery and business continuity solutions.

The new IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack solutions will be available August 15. For more information on the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager family, visit http://www.ibm.com/software/tivoli/products/storage-mgr/

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