Storage manager from Tivoli gets major overhaul

Storage manager from Tivoli gets major overhaul

By Patricia Daukantas

GCN Staff

Tivoli Systems Inc. has replaced its Adstar Distributed Storage Manager backup software with a Web-style storage management product called Tivoli Storage Manager.

The software originally came from IBM Corp., which acquired Tivoli three years ago. The IBM subsidiary is dropping the ADSM name and adding new features for data transfer within organizations, said Jim Hilbert, vice president and general manager of the Austin, Texas, company.

Tivoli patented Storage Manager's so-called adaptive differencing, which dynamically transfers data at a byte, block, file or volume level, Hilbert said.

Another new feature, dynamic multithreaded transfer, speeds data backup and restoration.

Other features of Storage Manager include LAN-free data transfer for storage area networks; tape resource sharing, which lets multiple Storage Manager servers access the same tape library and hard drives; and network-free rapid recovery, which lets users restore data quickly from a tape or CD-ROM.

The software runs under Microsoft Windows NT, IBM OS/390, Linux and Unix. It works with enterprise applications including Lotus Notes and Domino, Microsoft SQL Server and Exchange Server, and IBM DB2.

Prices for Storage Manager range from $1,500 for a small-server license to $150,000 for a 32-processor server that requires terabytes of backup, Hilbert said. The product is not yet on the General Services Administration's Information Technology Schedule.

Contact Tivoli at 800-284-8654.

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