This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides best practice guidance for planning, installing, and configuring the IBM TS7600 ProtecTIER® family of products. This guide provides all the latest best practices for using ProtecTIER Software Version 3.3 and 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 that are configured for three available interfaces:
- The Virtual Tape Library (VTL) interface is the foundation of ProtecTIER and emulates traditional automated tape libraries.
- The Symantec NetBackup OpenStorage (OST) API can be integrated with Symantec NetBackup to provide backup-to-disk without having to emulate traditional tape libraries.
- The newly available File System Interface (FSI) supports Common Internet File System (CIFS) and Network File System (NFS) as backup targets.
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 VTL, OST, and FSI systems.
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 guide helps you optimize your deduplication ratio, while reducing the hardware, power and cooling, and management costs.
This guide provides expertise that was gained from the IBM ProtecTIER Field Technical Sales Support (FTSS/CSS) Group, development, and Quality Assurance teams.
Table of contents
Part 1. General best practices
Chapter 1. ProtecTIER basics
Chapter 2. Deduplication considerations
Chapter 3. Virtual Tape Library guidelines
Chapter 4. ProtecTIER File System Interface: General introduction
Chapter 5. Networking essentials
Chapter 6. OpenStorage guidelines
Chapter 7. Host attachment considerations for VTL
Part 2. Back-end storage subsystems
Chapter 8. Back-end storage overview
Chapter 9. IBM Storwize V3700
Chapter 10. IBM SAN Volume Controller, IBM Storwize V7000, and IBM Storwize V7000 Unified Storage
Chapter 11. IBM XIV Storage System
Chapter 12. IBM System Storage DS8000
Part 3. Backup management, VTL, OST, and FSI best practices
Chapter 13. Backup management introduction
Chapter 14. IBM Tivoli Storage Manager
Chapter 15. Symantec NetBackup and BackupExec
Chapter 16. EMC NetWorker
Chapter 17. HP Data Protector
Chapter 18. IBM i and Backup, Recovery, and Media Services
Chapter 19. CommVault
Part 4. Application considerations
Chapter 20. Application considerations and data types
Part 5. Replication and disaster recovery
Chapter 21. ProtecTIER replication
Chapter 22. Disaster recovery deployment with backup applications
Appendix A. ProtecTIER parsers
Appendix B. Entry-level and midrange disks
Appendix C. Networking
Appendix D. Managing cartridge sizes with ProtecTIER