IBM has announced a solution for Copy Data Management on October 25th 2016:
By modernizing many common IT processes, IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management simplifies copy data management, enabling automation and orchestration of data copies. The copies can then be leveraged for value-creating use cases, whether on-premises or in the cloud. IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management enables the following use cases:
Automated copy management
IT teams can leverage the core policy engine, catalog and reporting of IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management to dramatically improve IT operations that rely on copies of data, including disaster recovery, testing and development, business analytics, and local recovery. IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management improves operations by using automated, servicelevel based copy policies that are consistent, reliable and easily repeatable. This can provide huge savings in operational expenditures. Without IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management, functions that rely heavily on copies are typically managed using a complex mix of scripts, tools or other products not optimized for copy management. With IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management, you have a holistic, simplified approach that greatly reduces cycle time and frees staff to manage more productive projects.
Development and operations (DevOps) organizations are increasingly moving toward modernized DevOps processes for faster delivery of new applications to market. IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management allows the IT team to use their existing storage infrastructure to enable DevOps and to meet the needs of the development teams for rapid deployment of infrastructure. IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management templates define the policies for infrastructure deployment, and the whole system is accessible via the REST API, which is a fundamental requirement for DevOps. With IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management, DevOps teams get “infrastructure as code.” Rather than following legacy processes to requisition IT resources, developers include the infrastructure deployment commands directly within their development systems, such as Chef, Puppet or IBM Bluemix®. Pre-defined scripts and plug-ins for popular DevOps tools simplify implementation.
Next-generation data protection and disaster recovery
Through its template-based management and orchestration of application-aware copies, IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management becomes a powerful solution for next-generation data protection and recovery. Compared to the slow restores of traditional backup, IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management enables IT to mount and instantly access copies that are already in the production storage environment. IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management catalogs all snapshots, replicas, and the solution alerts you if a snap or replication job was missed or failed. Disaster recovery can be fully automated and tested non-disruptively. In addition, IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management can coordinate sending data to Amazon Web Services (AWS) S3. This provides an easy-to-use, low-cost option for longer term or archival storage of protection copies.
Automated test and development
The speed and effectiveness of test and development processes are most often limited by the time it takes to provision IT infrastructure. Typical organizations take weeks to deploy infrastructure; even the most efficient can take several days. With IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management, test and development infrastructure can be spun up in minutes, either on an automated, scheduled basis or with push-button ease on demand.
Leverage hybrid cloud compute
IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management is a powerful enabler of the hybrid cloud that empowers IT to take advantage of cloud compute resources. IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management not only helps you move data to the cloud, it enables you to bring up live application environments that can leverage the less expensive, elastic compute infrastructure in the cloud. You can spin up workloads and then spin them back down reliably. This maximizes the economic benefit of the cloud by using and paying for only the infrastructure you need. IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management is an easy-to-deploy software platform that is designed to leverage the existing infrastructure in the IT environment. It works directly with hypervisor and enterprise storage APIs to provide the overall orchestration layer that leverages the copy services of the underlying infrastructure resources. IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management also integrates with AWS S3 for cloud-based data retention, as well as Puppet, Bluemix and other platforms.