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1 Page 1 Virtual Tape Library for Open Systems Gavin Cole Storage Consultant

2 Page 2 Today’s backup environments - driving new challenges  Traditional backup is not doing the job  Not meeting backup windows  Not meeting reliability objectives  Faster recovery requirements  Managing backup is difficult  Complex, difficult to manage environments  Every customer is unique  Inefficient hardware utilization (tape drives and media)  Consolidation of resources is a necessity  Limit spending on tape - but still need to utilize tape resources  Business acquisitions

3 Page 3 … Sun views Virtual Tape as one of THE key strategies for improving Backup/Recovery Cost of Backup/Restore Solution Value* High Low High Low *Solution Value = Speed of Back-up/ Restore(20%) + Reliability of Back-up(20%)+ Ease of Management(20%) + Scalability(20%) + DR Tolerance(20%) Disk Replication Tape Back-up D2D2T Network Based Replication CDP Tape Emulation SW Disk-based Back up Appliance Tape Back up Solution D2D Solution Traditional D2D Solution D2D2T Solution Entirely Disk-BasedTape and Hybrid Virtual Tape

4 Page 4 Copyright 2005 Sun Microsystems, Inc What Does the VTL Appliance Do?  VTL Appliance emulates tape library, drives, and cartridges  Disk performance with a “tape” look and feel.  Many more “virtual” tape resources  Support for many backup applications  Improve reliability and performance  Simplifies management Application Servers with 3rd Party Backup Software Emulated: Library Drive Cartridges VTL Appliance Tape Automation  Ability to migrate to or from physical tape without impact to servers or backup window

5 Page 5 Copyright 2005 Sun Microsystems, Inc VTL Appliance  Delivered as an integrated appliance  VTL Value – Small datacenter/remote office  VTL1000 series - expandable simple configurations  VTL2000 and 3000 series – performance, capacity, and advanced feature configurations  Simple Administration  Easy to use VTL GUI  Integrated disk management  On-site installation is performed by trained SUN professionals  Professional Services - VTL implementation and integration with your backup application(s)  All components are covered by a two year, 24 x 7, 4 hour response warranty.

6 Page 6 Copyright 2005 Sun Microsystems, Inc VTL Core Features  Emulates multiple virtual tape libraries and drives  Create virtual tapes from physical tapes  Virtual tape compression  High availability configuration (Standard with VTL 3540)  Database/Meta-data protection  Administrator, guest profiles  Multiple backup software support  FC front-end connectivity  FC Disk connectivity  Multiple Physical Library support  SNMP traps  Scriptable CLI

7 Page 7 The Sun StorageTek VTL “plays well with others”  We support the most common Back-up Applications  With others supported soon...

8 Page 8 Copyright 2005 Sun Microsystems, Inc VTL Plus

9 Page 9 Copyright 2005 Sun Microsystems, Inc VTL Components – Server  Sun Advantage – Sun server and Solaris 10 OS  V40z Server – 21 Performance world records  2x MTBF of PC based platforms  Solaris – Considered Secure by US government 30% performance increase - Better I/O management More mature and reliable then Linux Solaris’ binary compatibility  VTL3000 has dual, HA active-active servers for complete protection against the failure of any components  Greater FC connectivity - Up to 28 FC ports per Node  Flexible backup server connectivity Direct FC (p-t-p), Loop, or Switched connections to backup servers  Direct (p-t-p) connections to disk cache  Dual Gbit Ethernet connections  One for Management and one for Replication

10 Page 10 Copyright 2005 Sun Microsystems, Inc Security Scalability Performance  Base Solaris evaluated to EAL 4+  Accepted by US gov't (not Linux!)  From 1 core/cpu to 256 cores/cpu  More efficient I/O stack management than Linux  Large volumes of information  Long retention times  Electronically accessible  Solaris scalability and flexibility gives VTL scalability and flexibility – on the same code base  30% boost received immediately on port to Solaris It matters for VTL because...Solaris is a leading OS for And Solaris opens up future potential areas to exploit – think clustering, fault monitoring, containers, remote management, etc. Why does Solaris matter? Key Solaris features strengthen VTL

11 Page 11 Copyright 2005 Sun Microsystems, Inc VTL Components – Disk Buffer  High performance disk array optimized for virtual tape  4 Gb FC end-to-end connectivity  Modular array using 500 or 750 GB SATA II drives - -specifically configured for sequential or streaming workloads  Global hot spares (no copy back)  Non disruptive reconfigurations Add more capacity without bringing down the appliance  Non disruptive servicing Replace disk spindles without bringing down the appliance  Complete capacity flexibility with out a Fork-lift upgrade  Focus on upgrades vs. replacement  5 TB to 164 TB (useable) throughout the VTL family

12 Page 12 Copyright 2005 Sun Microsystems, Inc VTL Value

13 Page 13 Copyright 2005 Sun Microsystems, Inc VTL Value Architectural Comparison Single Integrated System Sun Fire X4500 Data Server + Sun StorageTek VTL Software Server + Network + Storage Arrays Multiple Disk Arrays Server Storage Network

14 Page 14 Copyright 2005 Sun Microsystems, Inc VTL Value Software is Fully Featured VTL Value – Available July! Virtual Tape Emulation Policy/Configuration Management Service Volume Management IP replication (9/07) Physical Tape Management (9/07) Secure tape (9/07) 64 virtual tape libraries 512 virtual tape drives 1024 virtual tape cartridges Encryption on Physical tape VTL Graphical Interface CLI Call Home – Install and Initial configuration ACSLS SCM-3 (SCSi Media Changer) IP Channel Asynchronous ZFS – RAIDZ Pre configured

15 Page 15 An Excellent Standalone Solution Emulated: Library Drive Cartridges VTL Value VTL Plus Backup Server Option Physical Tape VTL Value enables you to scale upward as your business grows!

16 Page 16 VTL Value is a Key Component to Implementing an enterprise-class “Hub & Spoke” solution VTL Plus Primary Data Center - NY Remote Office - Atlanta VTL Value #1 Remote Office - Chicago VTL Value #2 Remote Office - Dallas Remote Office - LA VTL Value shares the same base code as VTL Plus providing “manage from anywhere” benefits VTL Value #4 VTL Value #2

17 Page 17 Copyright 2005 Sun Microsystems, Inc VTL Optional Features

18 Page 18 Copyright 2005 Sun Microsystems, Inc Tape Caching  The VTL acts as cache to the physical tape library, providing transparent access to data regardless of its location.  Tapes always appear to be inside virtual libraries  Backup application will always have direct access to data  VTL maps directly to tape resources  Policy based migration of virtual cartridges to physical tape  Age of data  Time of day  Disk space used  End of backup  Provides flexible space reclamation policies  Free space immediately upon migration,  After specified retention period,  When running out of space Backup Server VTL Tape Library

19 Page 19 Copyright 2005 Sun Microsystems, Inc VTL Secure Tape Tape Export with Encryption  Portable media protection  Protects data when exported to physical media  Guards against lost or misplaced tapes  Guards against unauthorized access  Works with existing backup environment  No need to change existing backup applications  Encryption done outside backup window to eliminate performance impact  Simple and Effective Key Management  Key(s) generation via user specified “secret phrase” Backup Server VTL Tape Library Backup Server VTL Tape Library ImportExport

20 Page 20 Copyright 2005 Sun Microsystems, Inc VTL Remote Replication for Disaster Recovery Replicated virtual volumes stored in the VTL buffer Local Site Remote Site IP WAN Backup Clients SANSAN Backup servers Options: IP Compression Encryption Remote replication provides the ability to replicate virtual volumes from one VTL to another. In the event of a disaster at the local site recoveries can take place from the remote VTL

21 Page 21 Copyright 2005 Sun Microsystems, Inc Backup Server VTL Encrypted Replication Secure Transmission Remote Replication with Encryption  Secure offsite storage  Replication of virtual tapes across an IP network  Time or capacity based data replication across any distance  Bandwidth-conserving, delta-based replication  No impact to production environment  Encryption protects data in transit and at the remote site  Remote virtual tapes can only be accessed with original key VTL

22 Page 22 Copyright 2005 Sun Microsystems, Inc VTL with ACSLS support Shared Tape resources  ACSLS server v7.x and 6.x support  Uses standard SUN/STK API to address ACSLS server  Leverage SUN VTL – Virtual Library definition  Support for all ACSLS managed libraries (SL8500, PowderHorn, L180, L700, etc.) Backup servers VTL Virtual Tape Library SANSAN Shared Tape Automation Backup Clients ACSLS

23 Page 23 Copyright 2005 Sun Microsystems, Inc VTL Implementation Strategies

24 Page 24 Copyright 2005 Sun Microsystems, Inc VTL Traditional “Parallel” Configuration  VTL presents virtual libraries, drives, and volumes to the backup server  Backup servers access both VTL and physical tape  Backup server(s) - configured with virtual and physical tape resources  ISV backup application manages physical tape devices and cartridges Backup servers VTL Virtual Tape Library SANSAN Tape Automation Backup Clients MIAV (Man In A Van)

25 Page 25 Copyright 2005 Sun Microsystems, Inc VTL “In-Line” Configuration Backup servers VTL Virtual Tape Library SANSAN Tape Automation  VTL presents virtual libraries, drives, and volumes to the backup server  Physical tape accessed via VTL  Tape Caching – automatic access to virtual and physical tapes  Export / Import – automated Export/Archive Backup Clients MIAV (Man In A Van)

26 Page 26 Copyright 2005 Sun Microsystems, Inc Why choose Sun’s VTL? The Sun Partnership Advantage  The StorageTek VTL is part of a complete data protection solution  Integrated VTL Appliance  Tested, tested, and tested again = Better quality assurance for Sun Customers  Widest choice of tape libraries and drives  Backup and recovery solutions - integration and implementation expertise (best practices)  The recognized industry leader in data protection  No one has more experience in backup and recovery  Sales, implementation, and support - Tivoli, Veritas, Legato, and CA  Support for +27 backup and recovery applications  The most experience in virtual tape  VSM is the most popular virtual tape product – over 3700 installed since 1998

27 Page 27 Copyright 2005 Sun Microsystems, Inc Why choose Sun’s VTL? The Sun Partnership Advantage  The power of Sun’s own Customer service and support organization  Full service and support on the entire solution – Single support call  Professional Services – Experts in VTL implementation and integration with backup application  Tying Business Continuance and Disaster Recovery in to the open systems back and restore process  Leveraging “Best Practice” from quality assurance and performance testing  Knowledgeable experts  Knowledge transfer and training

28 Page 28 Copyright 2005 Sun Microsystems, Inc Sun VTL Summary Solving Today’s Backup Problems  Fast flexible virtual tape solution  Uses best in class VTL software and disk technology  Simple and easy to implement  Makes backup and recovery work better  A complete solution from the leader in data protection Problems with backup? … the solution is the Sun VTL and data protection solutions


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