Backup and recovery implementations often don’t get the ongoing attention they need as IT requirements grow and change.

Backup and recovery plans need to keep up with the dynamic nature of your IT environment.

  • Have you performed a recovery test in the last six months?
  • Are changes to data stores and applications represented in your backup/recovery plans?
  • If an unplanned outage happened today – would you meet all existing service level agreements with your users, customers and vendors?

Answering “no” to any of these questions means you probably have trouble sleeping. The risks are too high not to have resounding YES responses. That is, unless you like living on the edge.


Sirius has Tivoli certified experts who can help you prepare for planned and unplanned outages. We examine your IT environment and business requirements in terms of data retention, backup windows, recovery times, security, efficiency of your products and procedures and overall readiness with a TSM Fitness Check. It’s like a “TSM physical trainer” – helping you to evaluate your current backup/recovery plans and make recommendations to improve the reliability, efficiency and performance of that plan.

Based on the findings, Sirius specialists can help you:

  • Configure and acquire any necessary hardware, software and services to increase the fitness of your plans
  • Ensure the use of best practices
  • Document your environment
  • Implement any new components or upgrades
  • Create and run recovery tests

It’s an affordable (FREE!) way to help you ensure your TSM environment is in great shape, and you and your team are well rested.

The specifics: what to expect

An experienced TSM consultant will spend a day reviewing your TSM implementation, uncovering any issues, and identifying opportunities for improvement. Our consultant will then present findings and recommendations that will help you make your backup and recovery faster, more reliable and easier to manage. With Sirius’ complimentary TSM Fitness Check, our certified TSM consultant will:

1. Review your TSM architecture

  • Assess TSM deployment patterns
  • Confirm deployment on all appropriate systems

2. Check hardware levels

  • Check that hardware running TSM is at a supported level
  • Identify any bottlenecks or major issues

3. Review TSM configuration options

  • Assess conformance to TSM best practices

4. Review output for TSM Operational Reports

  • Help install the Operational Reports component
  • Assess your current usage of Operational Reports

5. Provide a TSM product update

  • Review the latest version functional enhancements
  • Review usage and benefits of new options
  • Help with the download of new client code
  • Identify beneficial migrations to TSM-supported platforms
  • Provide an overview of TSM future directions
  • Install and train your team on the new TSM user interface

6. Offer recommendations

7. Assess the specific benefits of the new TSM terabyte-licensing model

Michael Stempf  is Sirius’ Sr. Storage Solutions Engineer .