In today's highly competitive and always-on business environment, companies of any size cannot easily tolerate the loss of data or the loss of access to critical applications for an extended period of time. There are a number of forces that can cause data loss, from an accidental or malicious deletion to virus attacks, disk and system failures, and local and regional disasters. Each of these situations requires a specific approach to protecting and recovering data and getting critical applications back online.
IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack is a next-generation continuous data protection and recovery management platform for Microsoft Windows servers. It combines a number of leading-edge and patented technologies to provide an extensive data protection and recovery solution for mission-critical applications, both in the data center and in remote or branch offices.
Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack can replace the use of tape, especially in small or remote offices that may have a shortage of IT personnel. In larger offices and data centers, it can be integrated with your existing tape backup applications, such as IBM Tivoli Storage Manager, to provide an intermediary disk-based layer for significantly faster backup and recovery capabilities, while eliminating the need to shut down applications in order to run backup jobs.
Continuous data protection
Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack eliminates the need for traditional backup windows by continuously capturing data changes at the block level, with extremely low overhead on the systems it protects. Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack also provides a unique near-instant restore capability that gets your applications and users back up and running within minutes following any data loss, while full data recovery is performed in the background.
Disaster recovery: preparing for the unexpected
A critical requirement in every data protection program is the ability to recover from the loss of an office due to an unplanned event. Fulfilling this requirement entails storing a usable copy of the data from each office in an off-site location that is far enough from the original production facility so as not to be impacted by the same event. More than simple replication of data between sites, these capabilities provide a flexible, policy-based approach to disaster recovery, helping companies balance the complex needs of the business on a per-office basis.
Using the sophisticated Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack policy engine, administrators can select the frequency of backups on a per-application basis. You can set backups to run as often as you need to help ensure a tight recovery point objective (RPO) for your most critical applications, without wasting network bandwidth doing the same for your less-critical data. Multi-threading is used to enable maximum bandwidth utilization, but when disaster recovery data and production data need to be transferred at the same time, you can limit the amount of bandwidth that Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack will attempt to use.
With Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack, data from hundreds of remote servers can be consolidated into a single central data center. A central control station provides a monitoring and management interface, giving full access to the status of your distributed disaster recovery processes and operational status at the remote offices, as well as remote control capabilities.
Integrating remote and central operations
The ability to recover data from remote offices is becoming increasingly crucial as the number of remote offices grows and the amount of data in them increases. Because Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack is an integrated component of IBM Tivoli Storage Manager, it makes it easier for organizations with remote offices to add remote data to their core storage-related processes such as archive, retention and compliance.
Security and reliability
Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack offers industry-standard Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption when a virtual private network (VPN) or other secure channel is not available to your remote offices. The software's protocol uses industry-standard Secure File Transfer Protocol (FTP/S) out-bound connections to perform transfers, eliminating the need for custom firewall configurations at the remote office. To help ensure data integrity for your disaster recovery operations, data sent to the central disaster recovery repository is committed only after all of the data has been received and verified. Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack leverages self-healing capabilities to maintain a reliable and available recovery resource.
Extended backup and recovery solutionsProduct Highlights
Part of the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager product family, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack can be extended through add-on components such as IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack for Microsoft Exchange and IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack for Bare Machine Recovery.
- Help provide continuous data protection and recovery management for Microsoft Windows servers, both in the data center and in remote or branch offices
- Get applications and users back up and running within minutes following any data loss, while full data recovery is performed in the background
- Help eliminate the need for traditional backup windows by continuously capturing data changes at the block level
- Schedule automated data transfers based on flexible, policy-based settings