IBM has stepped out with significant advancements in FCM 4.1 and TSM 7.1 releases, especially in the virtual environments. Presently, TSM 7.1 VMware mainly supports Changed Block Tracking (CBT) and vSphere 5.5 mechanism, thereby enabling the incremental forever backup suitable for virtual machines (VMs). Additionally, IBM has introduced the third-party range support exclusively for the FCM 4.1 solution. Currently, the FCM has come with snapshot support available for vSphere including an open interface, which offers support for HDS and EMC storage.

IBM, with its new FCM 4.1 and TSM 7.1 releases, offers higher integration, recovery for backup, simplicity, disaster recovery and restore operations for all virtual devices. Following here are some of the key features being introduced in TSM 7.1.

TSM Operations Center

Greater visibility into multiple and individual TSM server environments, including management tasks like provisioning and registration of new users and management of backups allows them to experience higher ease of usage and deployment with IBM Tivoli Storage Manager.

Server Deduplication

Increased data scalability and deduplication of backup, which allows up to ten times ingest rate in comparison to the previous TSM versions. With help of such refinements, now higher amount of data can be able to take advantage by employing the server deduplication tools and techniques. Resultantly, it will allow clients to minimize the infrastructure costs, improving the recovery objectives and shortening backup windows.


It provides clients with full VM instant access and recovery for rapid backup validation present in the TSM depository; facilitating the migrations and allowing VMs to be employed for development, test or in various data mining activities. It also facilitates the SQL object-level recovery and recovery of individual mailbox.

Other TSM 7.1 Refinements

Higher resilience along with HTTPS protocol support, which can be used for NetApp progressive processing of incremental backups; support for a 64-bit Domino 9 servers operating on 64-bit Linux hardware, thereby supporting for Exchange 2013. This, in turn, allows customers in the process of managing all the Microsoft agents of data protection from a single Graphic User Interface.

Future of TSM

IBM has truly done a commendable task of offering an end-to-end data management and protection solution along with the TSM 7.1 release for its users. The main focus was on integrated management, more instinctive user interface; hypervisor protection with greater scale has enabled IBM to place TSM on a superior competitive edge. Moreover, this updated version is much resonating with new prospects in search of greater scalable data protection, management and recovery within the various virtualized environments. On an additional note, the support for third-party storage provided by IBM will make it much more appealing to clients along with its heterogeneous infrastructure and existing storage arrays.

On a concluding note, this efficient software along with its advanced TSM products has enabled organizations to build a sound virtualized environment, which will further ensure secured data protection, management and recovery.