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IBM DS8880 Architecture and Implementation (Release 8.3)
Disk storage

Draft Redbooks, last updated 12 Oct 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the concepts, architecture, and implementation of the IBM DS8880 family. The book provides reference information to assist readers who need to plan for, install, and configure the DS8880 systems. The IBM DS8000® family is a high-performance, high-capacity, highly secure, and resilient series of disk storage systems. The DS8880 family is the latest and most advanced of the DS8000 offerings to date. The high availability, multiplatform support, including IBM z Systems®, and simplified management tools help provide a cost-effective path to an on-demand ... [more]


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IBM DS8880 Product Guide (Release 8.3)
Disk storage

Product Guide, published 11 Oct 2017, last updated 12 Oct 2017

This IBM Redbooks® Product Guide gives an overview of the features and functions that are available with the IBM DS8880 models running microcode Release 8.3 (License Machine Code 7.8.3x.xxx). The IBM DS8880 architecture relies on powerful IBM POWER8® processor-based servers that manage the cache to streamline disk input/output (I/O), maximizing performance and throughput. These capabilities are further enhanced with the availability of the second generation of high-performance flash enclosures (HPFE Gen-2). The IBM DS8888, DS8886, and DS8884 models excel at supporting the IBM Z Enterprise ... [more]


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IBM DS8000 EasyTier (for DS8880 R8.3 or later)
Disk storage

Draft Redpaper, last updated 3 Oct 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the concepts and functions of IBM System Storage® Easy Tier® and explains its practical use with the IBM System Storage DS8880 at code level R8.3. Easy Tier is designed to automate data placement throughout the storage system disks pool. It enables the system to (automatically and without disruption to applications) relocate data (at the extent level) across up to three drive tiers. The process is fully automated. Easy Tier also automatically rebalances extents among ranks within the same tier, removing workload skew between ranks, even within ... [more]


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DS8880 High Performance Flash Enclosure Gen2
Flash storage

Draft Product Guide, last updated 3 Oct 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the High-Performance Flash Enclosure Gen2 (HPFE Gen2). HPFE Gen2 is a flash enclosure with flash drives and associated Flash RAID adapter, for use with the DS8880 models.


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IBM DS8880 Thin Provisioning
Disk storage

Draft Redpaper, last updated 3 Oct 2017

Ever-increasing storage demands have a negative effect on an organization’s IT budget and complicate the overall storage infrastructure and management. Companies are looking at ways to use their storage resources more efficiently. Thin provisioning can help by reducing the amount of unused storage that is typically allocated to applications or users. Now available for the IBM® DS8880 for Fixed Block (FB) and Count Key Data (CKD) volumes, thin provisioning defers the allocation of actual space on the storage system until the time that the data must effectively be written to disk. This IBM ... [more]


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