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Automate your TSM with AutoVAULT

AutoVAULT solved two major problems we were having with IBM’s TSM - Disaster Recovery Manager. Within 30 minutes of installing AutoVAULT, we had it flawlessly automating our tape vaulting process and printing all the media rotation reports we needed. With AutoVAULT, we know the correct media is rotated offsite every day and our data is secure!" ...the rest of the story

                               Mark Loy, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

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AutoVAULT Solves These TSM Vaulting & Disaster Recovery Problems

TSM Problem

AutoVAULT Solution

Automation and Reporting                   

Vaulting process is not automated

Vaulting process is completely automated

No vaulting reports

Includes all the reports you need for easy vaulting

No interface to vaulting companies or external media management software

Automatically interfaces to vaulting companies and external media management software

Vaulting Functions                   

Overcrowded tape library

Gets the most out of your tape library

No error checking

Locates and re-vaults misplaced media

No support for multiple vaults

Allows you to manage multiple vault locations

Disaster Recovery                   

Clumsy offsite media retrieval

Automated offsite media retrieval

Slow, complicated disaster recovery

Recovers your TSM servers quickly and accurately

Automation and Reporting

TSM Problem

AutoVAULT Solution

 Vaulting process is not automated

  • You must write scripts to automate vaulting or run the vaulting commands manually every day.

  • Writing the scripts is a time-consuming and error-prone process.

  • Staff turnover and TSM upgrades make ongoing support challenging and uncertain.   top

 

Vaulting process is completely automated

  • With AutoVAULT, you can configure what TSM media you want to manage and AutoVAULT will automatically check out the media and notify your operators of what media to move.

  • AutoVAULT can be initiated manually by your operators, but it is typically executed automatically by TSM.

  • AutoVAULT will be updated for each new release of TSM, so you will never have to worry about code changes or that the author of your scripts might leave your company.   top

 No vaulting reports

  • You must write media vaulting reports to know what media to move. Like writing scripts for vaulting, creating these custom reports takes plenty of work and adds the potential for human error.   top

 

 

Includes all the vaulting reports you need

  • Media Rotation Reports tell you and TSM which media to vault offsite and which to return.

  • A report of your complete vault inventory is also created.

  • All three reports can be automatically sent via print, email, and/or web.

  • You can customize the report headings and the data sort order separately for each report. 

  • New in 3.3! Media totals are included at the end of each report plus totals per vault location. top

No interface to vaulting companies and external media management software

  • TSM offers no easy way to work with vaulting companies that support electronic reporting or external applications for media management.   top

 

Automatically interfaces with vaulting companies and external media management software

Vaulting Functions

TSM Problem

AutoVAULT Solution

Overcrowded tape library

  • Database, email, or archive media are filling up your tape library.

  • Copying your TDP data delays your daily vaulting.   top

 

 

 

Gets the most out of your tape library

 No error checking

  • TSM has no provision to check for media incorrectly left in the vault or brought back in error.   top

Locates and re-vaults missing media

  • AutoVAULT looks through your tape library for media that should be offsite.

  • If found, AutoVAULT will send the media offsite again.   top

No support for multiple vaults

  • Difficult to manage media in different vault locations.

  • TSM has no easy way to classify your offsite data so that the most critical data is vaulted together for faster restoration, and all other data is vaulted separately.   top

 

Allows you to manage multiple vault locations

  • This is helpful if you would like the added security of keeping two copies of your data offsite at different locations.

  • It also lets you prioritize your data by using two different locations at the same offsite vault. In the event of a disaster, you can more quickly restore your critical data first.

  • AutoVAULT prints vaulting reports by vault location, so the media can be managed separately.   top

Disaster Recovery

TSM Problem

AutoVAULT Solution

Clumsy offsite media retrieval

  • Returning offsite media for an onsite media failure is disruptive to normal vaulting.   top

 

Automated offsite media retrieval

  • You select the volumes you want to retrieve and AutoVAULT generates a report of volumes to return onsite.

  • AutoVAULT excludes the volumes from vaulting so you can continue operating during your restore.   top

Slow, complicated disaster recovery

  • DRM recovery scripts must be expanded into many individual files and run in the correct order, which takes an experienced TSM technician to do it right.

  • Minimal disaster recovery instructions are included.   top

 

 

Recovers your TSM servers quickly and accurately

  • AutoVAULT creates an easy-to-use disaster recovery procedure for you with all the necessary instructions and scripts to quickly and completely recover your TSM server environment.

  • AutoVAULT creates both DRM and AutoVAULT disaster recovery scripts for your use. You can decide which scripts you wish to use.

  • If your TSM technician is unavailable during a disaster, another technician can follow the instructions and successfully complete the recovery.   top

 


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