December 2016: Introducing IBM Spectrum Protect v8.1 and IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot v8.1

This new release provides advanced capabilities for Cloud and Data Center environments.

IBM Spectrum Protect v8.1 features

Convert existing data on tape and VTL to container pools
Easily migrate your environment from VTLs or tape to cloud-container or directory-container pools using an automated, nondisruptive conversion utility that harvests data from your VTL or tape and moves it to container pools. This enables you to reduces costs immediately by leveraging the scalability and space efficiencies of IBM Spectrum Protect container pools.

Deeper vSphere Web Client integration and day-to-day monitoring
VMware administrators can simplify initial deployments, including centralized configuration of data protection policy and scheduling, directly in the vSphere Web Client. Use VMware tagging to help set policies for retention and schedules, as well as to exclude VMs from backups without leaving the vSphere Web Client interface. They can also perform daily monitoring tasks and redrive failed backups with ease.

Data Protection for Oracle automation features
Automate configuration and operations in Data Protection for Oracle environments, lowering costs for Oracle DBAs.

Support for SAP HANA multitenant database containers and parallel-stream restores
This feature extends data protection for SAP HANA environments to multiple-container mode configurations and increases performance for recovery operations.

Space Management for UNIX/Linux integration with IBM Spectrum Scale and scalability enhancements for IBM Linear Tape File System™ Enterprise Edition environments
Tighter integration between IBM Spectrum Protect for Space Management and IBM Spectrum Scale means increased overall performance, improved recall scalability (especially for IBM Spectrum Archive™ Enterprise Edition workloads), and simplified restore for environments with large numbers of files.

Space Management for Windows enhancements for usability and performance
Space Management on Windows just got easier with GUI enhancements for searching for the filespace, and increased performance during migrations.

New support for IBM Spectrum Clients:
– Data Protection for VMware cooperative application support for Microsoft SQL Server 2016
– Support for Microsoft Windows Server 2016 for the Backup-Archive Client, Hyper-V, Oracle, SQL, Exchange, Workstations, and Space Management for Windows
– Support for Ubuntu 16.04 and 14.04 for the Backup-Archive Client on x86 and Linux on Power® (LE)
– Support for IBM AIX® 7.2 for Data Protection for Oracle

IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot V8.1 features

Exchange item-level restore from VSS persistent snapshots
Automatically mount persistent snapshots to perform rapid Exchange item-level restores. This removes the need to set aside space for a restore and eliminates the time to restore the database itself.

Enables read and write mounts of copy-type VSS snapshots for Microsoft SQL and Microsoft Exchange databases
Leverage VSS persistent snapshots of your SQL and Exchange databases in read/write mode for DevOps or testing without affecting the snapshot itself.

Dynamic allocation with support for Metro Mirror and Global Mirror in UNIX/Linux environments
Automate and federate snapshot LUN provisioning in IBM Spectrum Virtualize environments configured for Metro Mirror or Global Mirror in UNIX/Linux environments.

New support for:
– Windows Server 2016
– DB2 V11
– Parallel sync mode for non-SAP DB2 DPF
– Partitioned ASM disks
– Cloning for DB2 Storage Groups


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