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This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the concepts, architecture, and implementation of the IBM XIV® Storage System.
The XIV Storage System is designed to be a scalable enterprise storage system that is based upon a grid array of hardware components. It can attach to both Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP) and IP network Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI) capable hosts. This system is a good fit for clients who want to be able to grow capacity without managing multiple tiers of storage.
The focus of this edition is on the XIV Gen3 hardware, running Version 11.1.x of the XIV system software. This version introduces support for the Solid State Drive (SSD) Caching. Details about SSD Caching are, however, covered in the IBM Redpaper publication, XIV Storage System SSD Caching Implementation, REDP-4842.
In the first few chapters of this book, we discuss many of the unique and powerful concepts that form the basis of the XIV Storage System logical and physical architecture. We explain how the system is designed to eliminate direct dependencies between the hardware elements and the software that governs the system.
In subsequent chapters, we explain the planning and preparation tasks that are required to deploy the system in your environment. We present a step-by-step procedure describing how to configure and administer the system. We provide illustrations about how to perform those tasks by using the intuitive, yet powerful XIV Storage Manager GUI or the XIV Command Line Interface (XCLI).
We describe the performance characteristics of the XIV Storage System and present options available for alerting and monitoring, including an enhanced Secure Remote Support capability.
Table of contents
Chapter 1. IBM XIV Gen3 Storage System overview
Chapter 2. IBM XIV Storage System logical architecture and concepts
Chapter 3. XIV architecture, components, and planning
Chapter 4. IBM XIV Storage Management software and configuration
Chapter 5. Security
Chapter 6. Performance
Chapter 7. Monitoring
Appendix A. Thin provisioning conceptual examples
Appendix B. Additional LDAP information
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