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IBM Boosts Business Continuity With Enhanced Data Protection Software

Latest Upgrade Designed to Improve Application Availability and Provide New Information Security Features

ARMONK, NY - 30 Jan 2007: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced enhanced data protection software to help businesses increase application availability, secure information and improve administrative productivity.

Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM), IBM's enterprise data protection software, can help reduce the risks associated with data loss while also helping to reduce complexity and manage costs. As part of the IBM Service Management initiative, TSM plays an integral role in helping customers optimize storage assets, protect the integrity of their data and comply with data retention requirements.

TSM helps address storage challenges posed by the emergence of new compliance requirements, the ever-increasing explosion of data, and application performance issues. New information security features integrated into TSM help protect businesses from service outages that range from deliberate attacks to human error. Built on proven technology that has been protecting business data for more than 13 years, the latest TSM product continues to provide customers with the peace of mind that they can quickly and confidently restore their data and applications due to a business interruption of almost any kind.

IBM customers are already seeing the benefits of the expanded TSM capabilities. "With a client base of top law firms and Fortune 500 companies, we must provide 24x7 application availability and air-tight security for our eDiscovery solutions," said Adam Richardson, Data Protection Architect, EPIQ Systems. "IBM Tivoli Storage Manager provides us with a secure, dependable backup and recovery solution that helps us manage ever increasing amounts of data while maintaining the performance and availability of our IT environment."

New TSM version 5.4 product features and enhancements introduced today include:

"Customers need a comprehensive data protection solution that will help them manage data growth and reduce complexity and that is also part of a larger business continuity solution that will help them reduce the risk of interruptions and recover their information quickly should a disruption occur," said Hershel Harris, VP, IBM Tivoli Storage and Security. "IBM is a leader in providing customers with a storage management solution that is integrated with the newest technologies, such as virtualization and data security, so that they can evolve their storage infrastructure to be more responsive to business needs."

Deeper Integration with IBM Hardware and Software Solutions

By integrating TSM with other IBM storage hardware and software solutions, the software helps customers access, protect, manage and deliver information more efficiently to enable Information on Demand and leverages IBM Service Management initiative -- designed to integrate and automate IT processes.

On the hardware front, TSM now supports application managed encryption with the ability to generate and communicate encryption keys to the IBM System Storage TS1120 drives, IBM's tape encryption solution. This capability helps improve performance by allowing encryption on the tape drive, alleviating the resource intensive encryption processing at the data source.

The new TSM features also enable network attached storage devices, such as IBM's System Storage NSeries, to take advantage of the storage management hierarchy capabilities including centralization of tape resources, off-site vaulting and inclusion in disaster recovery plans automatically generated by TSM -- helping to ensure that if a business interruption occurs, customers have an accurate and up to date plan for quickly restoring business data and operations.

Furthermore, TSM provides support to IBM Storage Process Manager, enabling functionality for secure storage provisioning and data cleanup processes that help customers optimize the utilization of their storage assets. With IBM Storage Process Manager, storage process flows can be created to integrate TSM with other storage infrastructure management tools so that customers can maximize their existing IT investments.

According to a recent IDC report[1], in Q306 IBM's storage software revenue growth was more than three times greater than the overall storage software marketplace, which was measured at 10.7 percent year-over-year growth. As reported by IDC, IBM continued to show the top growth rate of 57.9 percent in the Data Protection and Recovery segment, which includes IBM Tivoli Storage Manager.

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager V5.4 is available for purchase now through IBM and IBM Business Partners. For information about IBM and its storage solutions, please visit http://www.ibm.com/storage.

   

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Meredith Hannon
IBM Media Relations
512-286-3992
merhannon@us.ibm.com

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1 [1] Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Storage Software Tracker Q3 2006.