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TSM server in the cloud?


We are starting to migrate many of our services to cloud (AWS). Although there are several backup tools available in AWS, many of our sys admins still prefer TSM for backing up file shares. Has anyone tried running TSM server in AWS? If so, I would be interested to hear any feedback or recommendations you have. Also, would it be feasible to keep one server local, build one in the cloud, and replicate between the 2 for D/R?


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As far I know, you cannot run a TSM server in the Cloud due to the fact that TSM is a Server-Client relationship setup.

For TSM to be in the Cloud, it must have AWS definitions for someone to start backing up to it. I don't think AWS APIs exists even on newer TSM Server versions.

What is normally done is to have the target storage defined in the Cloud. Why would this not work for you?


Well, we already have 3 production TSM servers running locally on physical hardware, but have moved all stg pools to s3 buckets. So all our client backups are sent to TSM and pushed to cloud container pools that live in s3. This seems to be performing very well for local clients, but not so much for cloud (EC2) clients. EC2 backup data is going from cloud, then to the local TSM server, then back to cloud. Not a great model of efficiency!

So now we are rethinking our backup strategy. Folks have suggested running 2 backup servers - 1 locally for local clients, and 1 in the cloud for EC2 clients. We should, in theory, just be able to install linux and TSM server on EC2 instance, and backup EC2 clients directly to it. We would still use the local TSM server for local clients.

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The Spectrum Protect TLA (Three-Letter Acronym): ISP or something else?

  • Every product needs a TLA, Let's call it ISP (IBM Spectrum Protect).

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  • Let's be formal and just say Spectrum Protect

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