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Tivoli Ventures Downmarket

IBM is the latest storage vendor to offer stripped-down software in an attempt to woo small businesses onto enterprise-style storage management platforms. (See IBM Automates SMBs.)

Today, the vendor took the wraps off a suite of new software, including a slimmer version of its Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM). Unlike the high-end, enterprise version that comes with both backup and archiving, the SMB offering -- TSM Express -- comes with just backup. Also, whereas the enterprise version backs up to both disk and tape, TSM Express backs up only to disk.

Additionally, TSM Express only works on Windows platforms, unlike the original TSM, which supports 13 different operating systems, including HP-UX, Sun Solaris, and Linux.

But at least the SMB version of TSM is significantly cheaper than the enterprise edition. Prices for TSM Express start at $195 per processor, compared to $620 for the full-featured version. A continuous data protection (CDP) option is also available on TSM Express for $35 per desktop or laptop.

Vikram Kanitkar, IT project manager at The New Teacher Project, a New York-based nonprofit, says cost has always been an inhibitor whenever he considered enterprise-level storage management software like Tivoli. But he admits that he likes the sound of TSM Express and feels the software could help him speed up his backup processes. With that kind of pricing structure, that would make us think about it.”

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