June 2016: IBM releases IBM Spectrum Protect v7.1.6 and IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot v4.1.6

Accelerates wide area network (WAN) for high speed data transfer using Aspera technology
Administrators can replicate data from one IBM Spectrum Protect Server to another faster, by using High Speed Data Transfer. This capability is particularly beneficial over long distances and impaired networks. Spectrum Protect High Speed Data Transfer helps to achieve disaster recovery goals for rapid off-site replication of business data. IBM Spectrum Protect Servers running Linux on Intel platforms can use this technology to replicate data over long distances at accelerated speeds. High Speed Data Transfer performance varies based on the network infrastructure.

Converts data to a directory-container storage pool
Organizations can take advantage of Spectrum Protect’s deduplication and compression technology to reduce costs, increase performance, and save space even for the data that was already ingested. They can convert existing file and Virtual Tape Library (VTL) type device classes deduplicated storage pools to Spectrum Protect’s directory-container storage pools. This automated conversion function enables organizations to take advantage of the space, management, and database improvements in the new storage pools to increase resource utilization and reduce total cost of ownership. The new function enables administrators to perform the following actions:
– Control and monitor activities from the Operations Center
– Manage when the conversion occurs through schedules
– Efficiently reduce source storage pool utilization for conversions
– Convert multiple legacy pools to a single container pool
– Update policy destinations to reference the new container pool
– Monitor damaged backup data and identify cleanup capabilities

Enhances tape library management in the Operations Center
Organizations can ease device management for Spectrum Protect administrators. Administrators can view and respond to daily tape related management tasks from within the Operations Center with a real-time understanding of tape related actions. This feature lowers administration cost by increasing administrator productivity and by replacing media management spreadsheets with an intuitive visual interface. It includes the following capabilities:
– Tape capacity management
– Tape capacity visibility
– Tape inventory management

Tags virtual machines for VMware data protection
Administrators can manually assign prescribed VMware vSphere tags to VMware virtual machines to control whether a virtual machine is included in a backup operation and furthermore control its retention policy. This feature lowers administration cost by increasing the VMware administrator’s productivity.

IBM Spectrum Protect Blueprint for Linux on Power
IBM Spectrum Protect Blueprints consist of documents, or “cookbooks”, that describe detailed reference architectures to optimize performance as well as include scripts to speed up installation and configuration. This new Blueprint describes a reference architecture for IBM Spectrum Protect running Linux on Power by accelerating time-to-value for Linux on Power systems to reduce Total Cost of Administration.

Instant snapshot restore for non-IBM storage arrays on Microsoft Windows
Spectrum Protect Snapshot has added support for hardware-based volume snapshot instant restore operations for non-IBM storage arrays which have a VSS hardware provider that implements the Microsoft VSS LUN resynchronization Application Programming Interface (API) IVssHardwareSnapshotProviderEx::ResyncLuns. This function, previously only available for IBM storage arrays, provides faster recovery speeds leading to increased system availability.



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