IBM ProtecTIER Implementation and Best Practices Guide

A draft IBM Redbooks publication


This IBM Redbooks® publication provides best practice guidance for planning, installing, configuring, and employing the IBM TS7600 ProtecTIER® family of products. It provides all the latest best practices for practical application of ProtecTIER Software Version 3.4 in business environments. This latest release introduces the new ProtecTIER Enterprise Edition TS7650G DD6 model high performance sever.

This book also includes information on the revolutionary and patented IBM HyperFactor® deduplication engine, along with other data storage efficiency techniques, such as compression and defragmentation.

The IBM System Storage® TS7650G ProtecTIER Deduplication Gateway and the IBM System Storage TS7620 ProtecTIER Deduplication Appliance Express are disk-based data storage systems:

For your existing ProtecTIER solution, this guide provides best practices and suggestions to boost the performance and the effectiveness of the data deduplication with regards to your application platforms for your Virtual Tape Library (VTL), as well as File System Interface ( FSI) systems earlier than version 3.4.

When you build a ProtecTIER data deduplication environment, this guide helps your IT architects and solution designers plan for the best option and scenario for data deduplication for their environments. This book helps you optimize your deduplication ratio, while reducing the hardware, power and cooling, and management costs.

This Redbooks publication provides expertise that was gained from an IBM ProtecTIER System Client Technical Specialist (CTS), development, and Quality Assurance teams.

This planning should be done by the Sales Representative or Business Partner, with the help of an IBM System Client Technical Specialist (CTS) or and IBM Solution Architect.

Table of contents

Part 1. General best practices
Chapter 1. IBM ProtecTIER basics
Chapter 2. Deduplication considerations
Chapter 3. Networking essentials
Chapter 4. Virtual Tape Library guidelines
Chapter 5. ProtecTIER File System Interface: General introduction
Chapter 6. Host attachment considerations for Virtual Tape Library
Part 2. Back-end storage subsystems
Chapter 7. Back-end storage overview
Chapter 8. IBM FlashSystem 900 with System Storage TS7650G ProtecTIER Deduplication Gateway
Chapter 9. IBM Storwize Family and SAN Volume Controller
Chapter 10. IBM XIV Storage System
Chapter 11. IBM System Storage DS8000
Chapter 12. Backup management introduction
Chapter 13. IBM Spectrum Protect
Chapter 14. Symantec NetBackup and BackupExec
Chapter 15. EMC NetWorker
Chapter 16. HP Data Protector
Chapter 17. IBM i and Backup, Recovery, and Media Services
Chapter 18. CommVault
Chapter 19. Veeam FSI-CIFS
Part 3. Application considerations
Chapter 20. Application considerations and data types
Part 4. Replication and disaster recovery
Chapter 21. ProtecTIER replication
Part 5. Backup management, VTL and FSI preferred practices
Chapter 22. Disaster recovery deployment with backup applications
Chapter 23. Hints and tips
Appendix A. ProtecTIER compatibility
Appendix B. ProtecTIER parsers
Appendix C. Managing cartridge sizes with ProtecTIER


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Last Update
31 March 2016

Planned Publish Date
29 April 2016

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