When backing up files in environments with IBM Spectrum Protect (ISP) and NetApp filers, IBM recommends using dsmISI MAGS because the SnapDiff function will no longer be supported in the future. The IBM website states: dsmISI MAGS integrates with and stores data to IBM Spectrum Protect and uses a highly parallel algorithm that leverages the IBM Spectrum Protect Backup-Archive Client.
IBM Spectrum Protect is still the only software capable of continuously backing up file systems entirely incrementally.
With extremely large file systems, containing many millions or even billions of objects, this approach, however, does have its limits. Very often the time used for identifying changed, new or deleted objects alone takes days or even weeks – and thus renders a service level which requires a daily backup cycle which is impossible to achieve.
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Concat partner General Storage has developed an additional dsmISI module — MAGS “Massive Attack General Storage“ — for IBM Spectrum Protect environments (formerly TSM). It enables incremental backup of large production file services for a wide range of NAS Vendors like EMC, HDS, HPE, IBM, NetApp and/or for Windows file servers.
Spectrum Protect still is the only software capable of continuously backing up file systems entirely incrementally. Very often the time used for identifying changed, new or deleted objects alone takes days or even weeks.
dsmISI MAGS solves this problem by accelerating identification of changes and the resulting movement of data by orders of magnitude.
Even extremely large and busy file systems can be backed up incrementally within a reasonable timespan using regular IBM Spectrum Protect incremental backup when controlled by dsmISI MAGS.
dsmISI MAGS (Massive Attack General Storage) solves this fundamental problem by accelerating identification of changes and the resulting movement of data by orders of magnitude.
Comes with a convenient graphical user interface which supports configuration and shows detailed information about running jobs
Is compatible with most file servers and ISP client software version 6.3 or later
When backing up scale-out file servers (like Dell Isilon/PowerScale), dsmISI MAGS can automatically utilize all reachable cluster nodes to further accelerate backup
In most cases using dsmISI MAGS doesn’t require additional hardware for ISP clients or servers already in use
Even extremely large and busy file systems can be backed up incrementally within a reasonable timespan using regular ISP incremental backup when controlled
by dsmISI MAGS
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