Implementing IBM FlashSystem 840
Almost all technological components in the data center are getting faster; central processing units, network, SAN, and memory. All of them have improved their speed by a minimum of 10X; some of them by 100X, for example the case of data networks. However, spinning disk has only increased it's performance by 1.2 times.
Fortunately flash storage has come along and closed the gap between the other improvements in server technology and storage. Using IBM® FlashSystem™ 840 provides value that goes beyond those benefits that are seen on disk-based arrays. These benefits include better user experience, server and application consolidation, development cycle reduction, application scalability, data center foot-print savings, and improved price performance economics.
This IBM Redbooks® publication introduces clients to the newest member of IBM FlashSystem™ products; IBM FlashSystem 840. It will provide in-depth knowledge of the product architecture, software and hardware, its implementation, and hints and tips. Also illustrated are use cases that show real-world solutions for tiering, flash-only, and preferred read, as well as examples of the benefits gained by integrating FlashSystem storage into business environments.
Also discussed are product integration scenarios running FlashSystem 840 with IBM SAN Volume Controller, as well as IBM PureFlex™ System and IBM Storwize® V7000 consideration when integrating with FlashSystem 840. We also describe best practice guidance for your FlashSystem environment with IBM 16 Gbps b-type products and features, focusing on Fibre Channel design.
This IBM Redbooks publication is intended for pre- and post-sales technical support professionals and storage administrators, and for anyone who wants to understand and learn how to implement this new and exciting technology.
Table of contents
Chapter 1. FlashSystem Storage Introduction
Chapter 2. IBM FlashSystem 840 Architecture
Chapter 3. Planning
Chapter 4. Installation and Configuration
Chapter 5. IBM FlashSystem 840 Client Host Attachment and Implementation
Chapter 6. Using IBM FlashSystem 840
Chapter 7. Configure Settings
Chapter 8. Product Integrations
Chapter 9. Use Cases and Solution
Chapter 10. Hints and Tips
Appendix A. SAN Best Practices for 16 Gbps
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