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TSM
Tivoli
Storage
Manager
ADSM

TSM is the world's most commercially successful client/server based backup system!

Tivoli Systems Inc, an IBM company, now offers Tivoli Storage Management Solutions. The products offered within Tivoli Storage Management Solutions replace the Adstar Distributed Storage Management product set.

The Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM), which was formerly known as ADSTAR Distributed Storage Management (ADSM), is an example of technology developed in the Storage Systems and Servers Department of Computer Science at Almaden Research Center that has become a major force in the storage industry. TSM is a client/server based system that provides backup, archive, and disk space management services to a wide range of clients.

Features of the product include:

  • True incremental backup (no full backups required)
  • More than 30 client platforms and 8 server platforms supported, with complete interoperability
  • Transparent file migration and recall for client disk space management
  • Server storage hierarchy with client policies and migration rules
  • Centralized backup scheduling and monitoring
  • A C language API for developing installation-written applications
  • Command line, GUI, and Web-based clients
  • An integrated server database for all internal information, with SQL '92 and ODBC access support
  • Server support for a huge number of disk, tape, and optical storage devices

The TSM server is used for a variety of other applications beyond simply backup and space management. Its flexibility and breadth of device support have made it the object server of choice for everything from digital library projects to tape file stacking applications. Various projects are underway at Almaden to extend the functionality of TSM, including projects related to:

  • File Differencing
  • Storage Area Networks (SAN)
  • High-speed data communication paths
  • Distributed nodes

An outgrowth of our work at Almaden is a project we call Storage Tank. Its purpose is to design and build the next generation application storage subsystem.

Related Links:
Tivoli Storage Management
The 3466 Network Storage Manager

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