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Serverless Backup
Serverless Backup

Freed from transporting backup data, servers have more time for real work.

Doing regular data backups is an essential--and expensive--requirement for business computing. IBM researchers are making backup operations "server-less." Host computers do not read or write the backup data. Instead, the data is copied directly from disk to tape, or disk to disk, on a Storage Area Network (SAN), using the new SCSI Extended Copy command. Freed of the routine data-transport burden, server resources can be used for real work. We are enabling the Tivoli Storage Manager with serverless backup, while keeping its winning features of incremental backup, centralized management, and broad platform support.

Using a SAN to pump backup data is just one step. The connectivity and speed of a SAN enables storage devices to carry the load of bulk data movements, long-distance replication, data snapshots, and even routine processing. The challenge: How can these raw capabilities be turned into real tools to make systems work better?

How does it work?
Where is the Research work?

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Contact David Chambliss for more information.

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