IBM FlashSystem A9000, IBM FlashSystem A9000R, and IBM XIV Storage System: Host Attachment and Interoperability

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 25 July 2019, updated 24 September 2019

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ISBN-10: 073845789
ISBN-13: 9780738457895
IBM Form #: SG24-8368-01
(232 pages)

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Authors: Bertrand Dufrasne, Bert Dufrasne, Roger Eriksson, Detlef Helmbrecht, Petar Kalachev, Bruce Spell


This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides information for attaching the IBM FlashSystem® A9000, IBM FlashSystem A9000R, and IBM XIV® Storage System to various host operating system platforms, such as IBM AIX® and Microsoft Windows.

This publication was last updated in May 2019 to cover the VLAN tagging and port trunking support available with software version 12.3.2 (see in particular section 2.4, “VLAN tagging” on page 67.

The goal is to give an overview of the versatility and compatibility of the IBM Spectrum™ Accelerate family of storage systems with various platforms and environments.

The information that is presented here is not meant as a replacement or substitute for the IBM Storage Host Attachment Kit publications or other product publications. It is meant as a complement and to provide usage guidance and practical illustrations.

This publication does not address attachments to a secondary system used for Remote Mirroring or data migration. These topics are covered in IBM FlashSystem A9000 and IBM FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R Business Continuity Solutions, REDP-5401.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. XIV host connectivity
Chapter 2. IBM FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R host connectivity
Chapter 3. Windows connectivity
Chapter 4. Linux connectivity
Chapter 5. AIX connectivity
Chapter 6. Clients connecting through VIOS
Chapter 7. VMware connectivity

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