STORServer, a provider of data backup solutions, announced STORServer Console version 2.0 (SSC), which simplifies management of the STORServer Backup Appliance and IBM Tivoli Storage Manager servers. In addition to providing a major upgrade of the console, SSC version 2.0 can now be purchased as a stand-alone product for TSM users or can be used in conjunction with the STORServer Backup Appliance. The new version is also offered as an upgrade to existing users.
"Now that it is a stand-alone software offering, it means that a Tivoli Storage Manager operation does not have to buy the appliance in order to get our easier-to-user interface management of Tivoli Storage Manager. They can now buy this straight out of the box and begin operating with the console with their own implementation of TSM," John Pearring, manager of sales, STORServer, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "We saw that there was a real need in the Tivoli environment for existing installs."
The combination of SSC and TSM ensures a highly disaster-tolerant environment for corporate data, while simplifying administration of the data protection solution. SSC's user interface allows administrators to quickly and easily schedule administrative activities and reports, handle issues and automate daily tasks.
SSC provides on-demand execution of all routine TSM administrative tasks for storage pool operations. It allows users to schedule and run TSM scripts and responds to custom commands with data-rich, actionable reports. The software enables administrators to easily identify administrative and client schedules via a new, color-coded system, and includes a complete array of volume management features. With SSC, users can easily manage data retention policies, maximize the value of their backup activities and meet reporting requirements, all while cutting down management time.
Along with being a stand-alone product, SSC now works with in conjunction with the 6.3 version of TSM at all levels, Pearring says. "We have adopted all the new technologies."
The new SSC stand-alone product automates more management routines, but also has the command line integrated into the console so users don't have to exit and go to a command line interface with TSM, he adds. "For those who are quite TSM-oriented and know all the commands, they can use the command lines right from the console and that is a very big deal. It just makes life really simple," says Pearring. "That is not something we talk about in the appliance, if ever, with customers. They are going to use the console and the automation that we provide for them without ever thinking about command lines." But in the TSM installed base, users are accustomed to using the command line outside of the interface options they have because it is sometimes just quicker and easier, and now instead of going from one interface to another they can just go to a command line interface and just start typing the code, Pearring explains.
For more information on the STORServer Console or to download the free trial license, visit http://storserver.com/STORServerConsole.aspx.