IBM DS8880 and IBM Z Synergy

An IBM Redpaper publication

Note: A new draft version of this publication is now available

Published 04 April 2018, updated 12 April 2018

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ISBN-10: 0738456691
ISBN-13: 9780738456690
IBM Form #: REDP-5186-02
(108 pages)

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Authors: Jose Gilberto Biondo Jr, Orlando Ariel Fernandez, Robert Gensler, Eddie Lin, Sidney Varoni Jr.


From the beginning, what is known today as IBM® Z always had a close and unique relationship to its storage. Over the years, improvements to the Z processors and storage software, the disk storage systems, and their communication architecture consistently reinforced this synergy.

This IBM Redpaper™ publication summarizes and highlights the various aspects, advanced functions, and technologies that are often pioneered by IBM, and that make the IBM Z and the IBM DS8880 an ideal combination.

This paper is intended for those users who have some familiarity with IBM Z and the IBM DS8000® series and want a condensed but comprehensive overview of the synergy items up to the IBM z14 and the IBM DS8880 Release 8.3 firmware.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Disaster recovery and high availability
Chapter 3. Data protection and backup
Chapter 4. Management and configuration
Chapter 5. IBM Z and DS8880 performance

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