IBM Storage Solutions

Data Storage and Cyber Resilience

Organisations are amassing and mining huge amounts of information – generated by people, business transactions, vehicles, smart devices and more. Collecting data is easy compared to how it can be stored and accessed securely, and cost-effectively. With cyber threats more sophisticated than ever, there is no single technology that meets every aspect of data protection.

IBM Storage – from Tape to Cloud

Data storage and recovery strategies must consider cost, length of backup cycles, speed of recovery, retention periods, data centre footprint and sustainability. From physical tape – as relevant today as ever – to the cloud, organisations have more options to consider than ever. When technologies are correctly selected, implemented and managed, this is a great advantage, but deploying the wrong solutions and services can be costly – and expose data to risk.

Outcomes-based Data Protection with IBM Storage

Rather than a technology-first approach, effective data protection starts with the desired outcomes – and different systems have different outcomes. For each category of data, what recovery points make sense? What performance is needed? What compliance regulations must be met? Once the outcomes are defined, technology can be selected, and as importantly, operational services can be designed. Selecting the right solution and the administrative effort required to achieve the outcomes can challenge already-stretched IT teams.

IBM Storage Service Offerings

As an IBM Platinum Business Partner, CSI has decades of experience working with IBM Storage solutions, from complex cloud storage to tape drives, plus backup and managed services. CSI’s highly accredited specialists help clients design storage and data protection strategies, optimise current platforms and take advantage of the cloud. CSI’s IBM Storage services include:

  • Helix Protect managed services for backup and recovery
  • All-flash storage solutions
  • Physical tape and virtual tape library systems
  • Air-gapped and immutable storage
  • Cloud storage
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Helix Protect Managed Service

CSI’s Helix Protect is a versatile managed service that takes advantage of best-of-breed technologies and can be easily scaled to suit specific data protection outcomes. CSI works with organisations to identify critical systems for fast recovery, design full data protection schedules and deliver reporting, monitoring and analytics across their data estate. Helix Protect includes regular disaster recovery testing.

All-flash IBM Storage

For enterprise-class data protection, CSI implements IBM FlashSystem storage technology, including IBM Spectrum Virtualize software-defined storage. This data management software delivers “six nines” (99.9999%) data availability with no single point of failure, enterprise-proven control software, and non-disruptive maintenance.

IBM Storage Virtual Tape Library (VTL)

VTL systems deliver the improved performance of disk storage without having to change existing tape backup regimes. CSI’s innovative software-based VTL solution runs in a Linux LPAR on an IBM Power System together with FlashSystem storage to create a cost-effective, high-performance and flexible alternative to tape. The VTL only uses resources when backups are running – utilising Power Enterprise Pools to share processor and memory capacity means that at all other times, the VTL resources are available for other functions.

Tape-based IBM Storage

One of the oldest data storage media offers an inexpensive data protection solution that is virtually impervious to cyber-attacks. Tapes can simply be removed from the network creating a physical “air gap” between the data and potential hackers. New IBM LTO9 technology offers up to a 50% increase in storage density and 11% better transfer rates from the previous tape generation.

Safeguarded Copy with IBM Storage

Safeguarded Copy creates isolated, immutable FlashCopy snapshots of data that cannot be compromised, deliberately or by accident. When data is required from the backup volume a new copy is created keeping the immutable volume secure. By using FlashSystem storage to retain the immutable copies, very short recovery times of critical data can be achieved.

IBM Cloud Storage

IBM Cloud storage services offer scalable, secure, and cost-effective data storage that supports legacy and cloud-native workloads. The IBM Cloud can provide object, block and file storage that can be optimised as requirements change. Enhanced governance policies can be enforced across all cloud storage environments.

IBM Cloud for VM Replication

Most IBM Power Systems implementations include adjacent services running on industry-standard servers. CSI’s Helix Cyber Resiliency Service creates native format copies of a VM in the IBM Cloud. VM replicas are fully-functional, so when a disaster strikes, restoring service is simply a matter of switching to the VM replicas. Recovery Time Objectives can be as low as a few minutes.

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