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Implementing a RESTful API to the IBM Storwize Family
Storage Software

Redpaper, published 14 Jan 2015, last updated 23 Jan 2015

The IBM® SAN Volume Controller and Storwize® family currently allows administration through a web-based graphical user interface (GUI), a command-line interface (CLI), and by using Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S). However, certain environments are better suited for a RESTful (related to Representational State Transfer (REST) application programming interfaces (APIs). RESTful APIs use the HTTP verbs to act on a resource. For example, a GET request to /volumes lists all volumes and DELETE /volumes/1 deletes the volume with the ID 1. This paper describes an approach to ... [more]


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IBM SAN Volume Controller 2145-DH8 Introduction and Implementation
Disk storage

Redbooks, published 19 Oct 2014, last updated 22 Jan 2015

Data is the new currency of business, the most critical asset of the modern organization. In fact, enterprises that can gain business insights from their data are twice as likely to outperform their competitors; yet, 72 percent of them have not started or are only planning big data activities. In addition, organizations often spend too much money and time managing where their data is stored. The average firm purchases 24% more storage every year, but uses less than half of the capacity it already has. A member of the IBM® Storwize® family, IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) Data Platform is a ... [more]


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IBM i and IBM Storwize Family: A Practical Guide to Usage Scenarios
Disk storage

Redbooks, published 22 Apr 2014, last updated 13 Jan 2015

The use of external storage and the benefits of virtualization became a topic of discussion in the IBM® i area during the last several years. The question tends to be, what are the advantages of the use of external storage that is attached to an IBM i environment as opposed to the use of internal storage. The use of IBM PowerVM® virtualization technology to virtualize Power server processors and memory also became common in IBM i environments. However, virtualized access to external storage and network resources by using a VIO server is still not widely used. This IBM Redbooks® publication ... [more]


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IBM SAN Volume Controller Standby Storage Engine
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 5 Nov 2014, last updated 19 Dec 2014

This IBM Redpaper describes the procedure for making use of an IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) Standby Storage Engine in a SAN which is not a part of any cluster, but is a candidate and able to join a cluster at a moment’s notice. The purpose of this is to reduce the impact of having an SVC Storage Engine in a cluster go offline for an extended period.


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Implementing the IBM Storwize V7000 Unified Disk System
Disk storage

Redbooks, published 21 Apr 2014, last updated 19 Dec 2014

This IBM® Redbooks® publication introduces the IBM Storwize® V7000 Unified Disk System, a virtualized storage system that consolidates block and file workloads into a single storage system. Advantages include simplicity of management, reduced cost, highly scalable capacity, performance, and high availability. It also offers improved efficiency and flexibility through built-in solid-state drive optimization, thin provisioning, IBM Real-time Compression™, and nondisruptive migration of data from existing storage. The system can virtualize and reuse existing disk systems, which offers a ... [more]


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IBM Hyper-Scale in XIV Storage
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 24 Nov 2014

Organizations are struggling with an unprecedented surge in data, both user-created and machine-created. With an increasing reliance on this rapidly growing data, effective scaling of data storage represents a key challenge for all enterprises. IBM® Hyper-Scale helps you easily overcome provisioning scenarios that normally challenge traditional systems. IBM Hyper-Scale can accommodate several critical client scenarios for centralized administration, data mobility, load balancing, over-provisioning, and storage system repurposing. IBM Hyper-Scale introduces the following major concepts and ... [more]


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IBM XIV Storage System Multi-Site Mirroring
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 15 Sep 2014

Introduced with the IBM® XIV® Storage System software v11.5, the multi-site mirroring function, also referred to as the 3-way mirroring in the XIV GUI, enables world-class high availability and disaster recovery capabilities. As such, the function also enables clients to comply with business, government, and industry-driven requirements and regulations. Essentially, 3-way mirroring as implemented in XIV provides you with:
- Three concurrent copies of data

  • Simple failover and failback mechanism, while keeping data mirrored to ensure business continuity and guarantees: – ... [more]


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    IBM XIV Security with Data-at-Rest Encryption
    Disk storage

    Redpaper, published 18 Dec 2013, last updated 11 Aug 2014

    With the ever-growing landscape of national, state, and local regulations, industry requirements, and increased security threats, ensuring the protection of an organization’s information is a key part of operating a successful business. Encrypting “data at rest” is a key element when addressing these concerns. Most storage products offer encryption at an additional cost. As with all of its features, the IBM® XIV® Storage System provides data-at-rest encryption at no charge. This gives clients the opportunity to take advantage of encryption and still enjoy the lower total cost of ownership ... [more]


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    IBM System Storage N series Software Guide
    Disk storage

    Redbooks, published 31 Jul 2014

    Corporate workgroups, distributed enterprises, and small to medium-sized companies are increasingly seeking to network and consolidate storage to improve availability, share information, reduce costs, and protect and secure information. These organizations require enterprise-class solutions capable of addressing immediate storage needs cost-effectively, while providing an upgrade path for future requirements. IBM® System Storage® N series storage systems and their software capabilities are designed to meet these requirements. IBM System Storage N series storage systems offer an excellent ... [more]


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    LDAP Authentication for IBM DS8000 Storage
    Disk storage

    Redpaper, published 29 Jul 2014

    The IBM® DS8000® series includes the option to replace the locally based user ID and password administration with a centralized directory based approach. This offers a single sign-on capability for multiple DS8000 servers and, possibly, other servers in your environment. This IBM Redpaper™ publication helps DS8000 storage administrators understand the concepts and benefits of a centralized directory. It provides information that is required for implementing a DS8000 authentication approach that is based on the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP). This edition applies particularly ... [more]


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    SAN Volume Controller Second HBA Virtualization Feature
    Disk storage

    Redpaper, published 3 Jun 2014, last updated 25 Jun 2014

    The IBM® SAN Volume Controller (SVC) software-defined storage is based on the IBM System x3550 M3 hardware platform. The original SVC design provides high performance and scalability with a single host bus adapter with four-port 8 Gbps Fibre Channel I/O. Now, you can add a four-port 8 Gbps Fibre Channel host bus adapter (HBA) to the controller (feature code AHA7). It is commonly referred to as the second HBA. This feature is supported on machine type 2145, Model CG8, and it is mutually exclusive of other supported features, such as internal solid-state drives (feature code 4500) and 10 Gbps ... [more]


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    IBM Storwize V5000 and Windows Storage Server
    Disk storage

    Product Guide, published 20 Jun 2014

    With the introduction of the Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2012 offering via the IBM® Reseller Option Kit (ROK) program, clients can now get customized unified storage solutions that precisely match their specific needs. Combined with the IBM System x® servers and preinstalled by an IBM Business Partner, Windows Storage Server delivers enterprise-class storage management technology in an affordable, all-in-one solution. It is a great choice for your business regardless of whether you are a first-time user of network-attached storage (NAS) or you are deploying advanced storage ... [more]


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    IBM XIV Storage System: Host Attachment and Interoperability
    Disk storage

    Redbooks, published 16 Mar 2013, last updated 18 Jun 2014

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides information for attaching the IBM XIV® Storage System to various host operating system platforms, including IBM i. The book provides information and references for combining the XIV Storage System with other storage platforms, host servers, or gateways, including IBM N Series, and IBM ProtecTIER®. It is intended for administrators and architects of enterprise storage systems. The book also addresses using the XIV storage with databases and other storage-oriented application software that include:
    - IBM DB2®
    - VMware ESX
    - Microsoft ... [more]


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    IBM System Storage N series Reference Architecture for Virtualized Environments
    Disk storage

    Redbooks, published 13 Jun 2014

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides deployment guidelines, workload estimates, and preferred practices for clients who want a proven IBM technology stack for virtualized VMware and Microsoft environments. The result is a Reference Architecture for Virtualized Environments (RAVE) that uses VMware vSphere or Microsoft Hypervisor, IBM System x® or IBM BladeCenter® server, IBM System Networking, and IBM System Storage® N series with Clustered Data ONTAP as a storage foundation. The reference architecture can be used as a foundation to create dynamic cloud solutions and make full use of ... [more]


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    IBM System Storage N series Clustered Data ONTAP
    Disk storage

    Redbooks, published 4 Jun 2014

    IBM® System Storage® N series storage systems offer an excellent solution for a broad range of deployment scenarios. IBM System Storage N series storage systems function as a multiprotocol storage device that is designed to allow you to simultaneously serve both file and block-level data across a single network. These activities are demanding procedures that, for some solutions, require multiple, separately managed systems. The flexibility of IBM System Storage N series storage systems, however, allows them to address the storage needs of a wide range of organizations, including distributed ... [more]


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    IBM System Storage N series Hardware Guide
    Disk storage

    Redbooks, published 30 May 2014

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides a detailed look at the features, benefits, and capabilities of the IBM System Storage® N series hardware offerings. The IBM System Storage N series systems can help you tackle the challenge of effective data management by using virtualization technology and a unified storage architecture. The N series delivers low- to high-end enterprise storage and data management capabilities with midrange affordability. Built-in serviceability and manageability features help support your efforts to increase reliability, simplify and unify storage infrastructure and ... [more]


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    IBM DS8870 and NIST SP 800-131a Compliance
    Disk storage

    Redpaper, published 12 Mar 2014, last updated 8 Apr 2014

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes how the IBM DS8870 addresses compliance with the National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST) Special Publication 800-131a (SP 800-131a). This publication helps customers tailor and configure their DS8870 environment to enable it for NIST SP 800-131a compliance.


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    XIV Storage System: A look into Fibre Channel and iSCSI Performance
    Storage Solutions

    Redpaper, published 26 Feb 2014

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication presents the results of head-to-head performance testing of 10 Gb iSCSI and 8 Gb Fibre Channel accessing a Gen3 XIV® and running various workloads. The goal of these tests was to determine the relative performance of these two technologies, and to understand the processor impact of iSCSI over Ethernet.


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    Using the IBM DS8870 in an OpenStack Cloud Environment
    Disk storage

    Solution Guide, published 21 Jan 2014

    The IBM® DS8870 comes with characteristics and functions that make it an ideal storage foundation for building a workload-aware cloud, especially with the availability of the IBM Storage Driver for OpenStack. The IBM Storage Driver for OpenStack enables OpenStack clouds to access the DS8870 storage system. The driver integrates with the OpenStack environment and enables OpenStack applications to take advantage of the DS8870 enterprise-class ... [more]


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    IBM XIV Gen3 with IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller and Storwize V7000
    Disk storage

    Redpaper, published 8 Jan 2014

    This IBM® Redpaper™ describes preferred practices for attaching the IBM XIV® Storage System, Gen3, to either an IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller (SVC) or IBM Storwize® Version 7000 virtual storage. It also explains what to consider in XIV Storage System data migration when you use it in combination with SVC or Storwize V7000 storage. This information is based on the assumption that you have SVC or Storwize V7000 and that you are replacing back-end disk controllers with a new XIV system or adding an XIV as a new managed disk ... [more]


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