IBM released a whitepaper on Leveraging the Cloud to transform Test and Development. As companies implement software in the cloud on an on-premise platforms for workload sharing, challenges emerge in the movement of that workload between the customer premise and the offsite destination of that data. Does development become hindered if I move that workload offsite or does it have to be in my LAN? Can I move it offsite so workload mobility, flexible system and software configuration, and continuous provisioning be leveraged as a cost effective solution? IBM’s Smart Cloud solution and HyperIP’s WAN Acceleration Virtual Appliance ensures that customers can leverage workload mobility over the WAN, without suffering the performance problems caused by the WAN.
Customers leverage many techniques for moving the workload between the test/dev environment and the customer’s developers. vMotion, Live Migration, FTP, RSYNC, TSM, ProtecTier, etc. All of these applications require the workload to traverse the WAN. TCP/IP has limitations on the movement of big data. HyperIP removes those limitations to significantly improve performance of workload mobility, in excess of 10-12x faster by providing a WAN Acceleration technology that removes packet loss, latency, and out-of-order packets from task. HyperIP then implements block-level data reduction algorithms to significantly reduce the time to move that workload to or from the cloud hosting facility. This all translates to cost effective network transfers and connectivity.
For more information on HyperIP and to request a trial, go to http://www.netex.com .
Enabling TSM Unified Recovery Management Replication
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In the IBM Thought Leadership Whitepaper, 10 Ways to Save Money with IBM TSM, “IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Suite for Unified Recovery simplifies and streamlines storage management, helping organizations control both the risks and costs of data protection and recovery.” This blog post visits the savings NetEx’s HyperIP offers by running TSM Replication, a feature of Tivoli Storage Manager Extended Edition and Tivoli Storage Manager Suite for Unified Recovery, over the WAN.
Previous blog posts talk about the performance improvement of TSM replication over HyperIP (http://www.netex.com/blog/?p=206). The following chart describes the true performance of replication over HyperIP (data provided by NetEx):
HyperIP enables TSM replication to see near wire speed, over any distance, even over lossy WANs. With HyperIP’s block level compression, throughput can literally exceed wire speed by as much as 6x; with lossy WANs, over 12x. This means a replication window that moves GB’s of data can be reduced from hours to minutes, without having to increase the bandwidth of the WAN links between remote TSM server nodes. Bandwidth savings alone can return the HyperIP investment in less than 3 months.
For more information, visit http://www.hyperip.com or contact your IBM Business Partner for more information on Tivoli Storage Manager replication over HyperIP. Stay tuned for upcoming co-sponsored webinars with the IBM Tivoli team and NetEx. NetEx is a proud exhibitor at Pulse 2012.
Author: Steve Thompson, NetEx (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Link to the IBM Tivoli Storage Blog
We recently had an opportunity to test IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) release 6.3 replication in our HyperIP lab. IBM just released this feature as part of their TSM 6.3 release in November. As stated in our previous Blog entry about TSM Backup testing, http://www.netex.com/blog/?p=175, it is important to first determine the overall limits of the native application before WAN acceleration.
Our test configuration included two HyperIP WAN Optimization virtual appliances, two windows servers running TSM 6.3, and a distance simulator for the WAN. The WAN simulator has the ability to inject packet loss, network latency, and other network conditions over various bandwidths that can degrade replication performance.
Like many other applications, replication is designed for the datacenter – to – datacenter movement of corporate data. Most replication applications perform very well when moving data over short distances, or in a metro environment. Customers running TSM Replication, in many cases, will need the remote site to be extended over the WAN, to an internal DR site, DR Service Provider, or Cloud Storage Provider. Any time distance is needed, network conditions such as latency and packet loss can significantly degrade application performance and become a huge impact on the throughput and application efficiency.
In our lab when latency and packet loss is experienced TSM native replication performance slowed by over 80% due to the typical inefficiencies of the TCP transport and not necessarily the fault of the TSM application. When HyperIP was added to the configuration, TSM Replication was able to achieve throughput equivalent to native performance and no delay. In fact HyperIP was able to help TSM Replication achieve near native line speeds at distances represented by 40 ms RTT, 80 ms RTT, 320 ms RTT all the way up to a 1 second RTT. TSM Replication over HyperIP proved to perform quite well at any distance, even with a significant amount of packet loss. In some cases HyperIP will accelerate TSM Replication by 6X. If 2:1 compression is possible then the TSM acceleration with HyperIP may approach 12X. Check it out for yourself. Download HyperIP by clicking on the big orange box above.
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IBM PartnerWorld Link: HyperIP Virtual WAN Optimization
IBM Tivoli Storage Blog Link: NetEx HyperIP Accelerates TSM Replication
Enterprise Remote Backup has become more of a reality than a perception with the advent of enterprise-class backup apps like Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM). Building a central information archive using TSM Client to Server backups and restores can now be done over the WAN with the HyperIP WAN Optimization Virtual Appliance. Case studies, such as this one, Triangle-Ireland, talk about reducing backup and recovery windows between 50%-90% over the existing WAN. Significant flexibility with software because HyperIP scales its virtual footprint from 1Mbs-800Mbs in the same virtual appliance. This allows for a typical hub & spoke architecture from numerous remote sites back to a data center or offsite public or private cloud storage provider. Whether there are 10 remote sites or 400, HyperIP scales to meet with the RTO’s of every site, cluster, or server, virtualized or not.
Tivoli Storage Manager Client or Server software has network tuning parameters and on-board compression as noted in: TSM Performance Tuning Guide. TSM can offload TCP tuning and data compression to HyperIP to recover those precious cycles on their resident servers. HyperIP has the ability to take over session management of the IP data stream and implement software-based, adaptive, block-level compression with no impact on the TSM servers.
For Best Practices for Deploying Tivoli Storage Manager over HyperIP, check out our documentation link: Best Practices for HyperIP Deployment.
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