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Introduction to IBM Real-time Compression Appliances
Disk storage

Redbooks, published 24 Oct 2013

Continuing its commitment to developing and delivering industry-leading storage technologies, IBM is introducing the IBM Real-time Compression Appliances for NAS, an innovative new storage offering that delivers essential storage efficiency technologies, combined with exceptional ease of use and performance. In an era when the amount of information, particularly in unstructured files, is exploding, but budgets for storing that information are stagnant, IBM Real-time Compression technology offers a powerful tool for better information management, protection, and access. IBM Real-time ... [more]


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Implementing the IBM Storwize V3500
Disk storage

Redbooks, published 21 May 2013, last updated 21 Oct 2013

Businesses of all sizes are faced with the challenge of managing huge volumes of data that are becoming increasingly valuable. But storing this data can be costly, and extracting value from the data is becoming more and more difficult. IT organizations have limited resources and cannot afford to make investment mistakes. The IBM® Storwize® V3500 system provides a smarter solution that is affordable, simple, and efficient, which enables businesses to overcome their storage challenges. IBM Storwize V3500 is the most recent addition to the IBM Storwize family of disk systems. It delivers ... [more]


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IBM z/OS Global Mirror Planning, Operations, and Best Practices
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 20 Oct 2013

IBM® z/OS® Global Mirror (zGM), also known as Extended Remote Copy (XRC), is a combined hardware and software solution that offers the highest levels of continuous data availability in a disaster recovery (DR) and workload movement environment. Available for the IBM DS8000® Storage System, zGM provides an asynchronous remote copy solution. This IBM Redpaper™ publication takes you through best practices for planning, tuning, operating, and monitoring a zGM installation. This publication is intended for clients and storage administrators who need to understand and maintain a zGM ... [more]


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IBM DS8870 and VMware Synergy
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 14 Aug 2013, last updated 20 Aug 2013

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the support of the IBM System Storage® DS8870 for VMware vSphere in general terms. It also describes in greater detail the VMware vSphere Storage APIs Array Integration (VAAI) primitives, the IBM Storage Management Console for VMware plug-in, and the IBM Site Replication Adapter (SRA) for VMWare Site Recovery Manager (SRM). In addition to a high-level overview of the VMWare vSphere suite, this paper emphasizes the interaction of the software components with the IBM System Storage DS8870. It is intended for IT professionals who want an understanding ... [more]


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IBM SAN and SVC Stretched Cluster and VMware Solution Implementation
Disk storage

Redbooks, published 11 Apr 2013, last updated 28 Jul 2013

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the IBM Storage Area Network and IBM SAN Volume Controller Stretched Cluster solution when combined with VMware. We describe guidelines, settings, and implementation steps necessary to achieve a satisfactory implementation. Business continuity and continuous application availability are among the top requirements for many organizations today. Advances in virtualization, storage, and networking have made enhanced business continuity possible. Information technology solutions can now be designed to manage both planned and unplanned outages, and the ... [more]


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IBM System Storage DCS3700 Introduction and Implementation Guide
Disk storage

Redbooks, published 24 Jul 2013

The IBM® System Storage® DCS3700 consists of IBM System Storage DCS3700 storage subsystem and IBM System Storage DCS3700 expansion unit. The DCS3700 features the latest technologies, including 6 Gbps SAS and 8 Gbps Fibre Channel host interfaces, along with 6 Gbps SAS drives. The DCS3700 also features a 10 Gbps iSCSI host interface with an optional Performance Modules system. The DCS3700 provides a simple, efficient, and flexible approach to storage that is based on seven generations of design knowledge and firmware development. The DCS3700 can act as a cost-effective and fully integrated ... [more]


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Space Reclamation in IBM XIV with Windows 2012
Storage Solutions

Web Doc, published 23 Jul 2013

After a host writes to a thin provisioned volume, the physical capacity is allocated to the host file system. Unfortunately, if the host deletes the file, only the host file system frees up that space. The physical capacity of the storage system remains unchanged. The storage system does not free up the capacity from the deleted host file; this capacity is commonly referred to as “dead space”. Obviously, this method is not the most effective one for handling back-end block-level storage. Ideally, when a host deletes files, that space should be reclaimed by the host file system and the ... [more]


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IBM Storwize V7000 and SANSlide Implementation
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 22 Jul 2013

IBM® has announced certification of the Bridgeworks SANSlide Series 150 V7KSVC with its IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller, IBM Storwize® V7000, and Storwize V3700 virtualized storage systems. This combination of SANSlide and the Storwize V7000 system provides a powerful solution for clients who require efficient, IP-based replication over long distances. This certification gives IBM Storwize V7000 clients a fully supported, transparent technology that includes unmatched levels of performance and reliability. With the SANSlide protocol acceleration technology, it is now possible to ... [more]


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IBM XIV Storage System: IBM Hyper-Scale Mobility Overview and Usage
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 10 Jun 2013, last updated 24 Jun 2013

IBM® Hyper-Scale introduces two major new technologies, both implemented in the IBM XIV® Storage System (Gen3 models):
- The first is IBM Hyper-Scale Manager, a flexible, consolidated multi-system management application that was originally released in October 2012 as “Multi-System Manager”. IBM Hyper-Scale Manager is based on and seamlessly integrated with the XIV GUI and spans multiple XIV systems.
- The second new technology, IBM Hyper-Scale Mobility, is the topic of this publication. It is a powerful function for moving volumes between storage containers transparently, ... [more]


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IBM XIV Storage System Thin Provisioning and Space Reclamation
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 18 Jun 2013

Thin provisioning is the practice of passing logical unit number (LUN) sizes up to application servers without actually reserving the total physical capacity of those LUNs for data storage. Thin provisioning is a popular feature of IBM® XIV® Storage System. Data space reclamation helps you enjoy the benefits of thin provisioning. Space reclamation is a storage system function to reclaim a specific amount of disk space for general purpose use after being notified by the file system that the disk space was deleted at the host level. Because XIV thin provisioning and ... [more]


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VMware Implementation with IBM System Storage DS5000
Disk storage

Redbooks, published 14 Jun 2013

In this IBM® Redbooks® publication, we compiled best practices for planning, designing, implementing, and maintaining IBM Midrange Storage Solutions. In this publication, we use IBM System Storage® DS5000 storage subsystem for the implementation procedures, and the same procedures can be used for implementations with DCS3700 or DS3500 storage subsystems. We also compiled configurations for a VMware ESX and VMware ESXi Server host environment. Setting up an IBM Midrange Storage Subsystem is a challenging task. Our principal objective in this book is to provide you with a sufficient overview ... [more]


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XIV Storage System in a VMware Environment
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 20 Mar 2013

The IBM® XIV® Storage System is an excellent choice for VMware storage requirements. XIV achieves consistent high performance by balancing the workload across physical resources. This paper includes information about the following topics: -XIV Storage System and VMware Integration Concepts -XIV Storage System and VMware Implementation Best Practices -XIV Storage System integration harnessing VMware APIs including: ----vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) ----vSphere API for Storage Awareness (VASA) ----vStorage API for Data Protection(VADP) interfacing with Tivoli® Storage FlashCopy® ... [more]


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IBM System Storage N series with VMware vSphere 5
Disk storage

Redbooks, published 28 Feb 2013

This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides a basic introduction to the IBM System Storage® N series, virtualization, and VMware 5.x. It explains how to use the N series with VMware vSphere 5 environments and the benefits of doing so. Examples are given on how to install and set up VMware ESXi server with the N series. The IBM System Storage N series used as a storage foundation offers unified storage solutions that provide industry-leading technologies in the areas of storage efficiencies, instantaneous virtual machine and datastore cloning for virtual servers and virtual desktops, and virtual ... [more]


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Simple Configuration Example for Storwize V7000 FlashCopy and PowerHA SystemMirror for i
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 26 Feb 2013

In April 2012, IBM® PowerHA® SystemMirror® for i (5770-HAS) is adding support of IBM Storwize® V7000 and SAN Volume Controller storage systems to its Metro Mirror, Global Mirror, and IBM FlashCopy® functions with PTF SI45741. This support was originally made available in October 2011 through a no-charge PRPQ. With this latest PTF, the PRPQ is no longer required, and this enhancement is fully supported and translated in the PowerHA product. By using FlashCopy, you can make a copy of IASP and access data in an IASP from a target node by attaching it to the target node. This process minimizes ... [more]


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IBM System Storage DS8000: Host Attachment and Interoperability
Disk storage

Redbooks, published 7 Feb 2013, last updated 14 Feb 2013

This IBM® Redbooks® publication addresses host attachment and interoperability considerations for the IBM System Storage® DS8000® series. Within this book, you can find information about the most popular host operating systems platforms, including Windows®, IBM AIX®, VIOS, Linux®, Solaris, HP-UX, VMware, Apple, and IBM z/OS® The topics covered in this book target administrators or other technical personnel with a working knowledge of storage systems and a general understanding of open systems. You can use this book as guidance when installing, attaching, and configuring System Storage ... [more]


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

Solution Guide, published 27 Jan 2013, last updated 6 Feb 2013

The IBM® System Storage® N series Reference Architecture provides deployment guidelines, workload estimates, and preferred practices for clients who want a proven IBM technology stack for VMware environments. The result is a Reference Architecture for Virtualized Environments (RAVE) utilizing VMware vSphere, IBM System x® or BladeCenter® server, IBM System Networking, and IBM System Storage N series as a storage foundation. The Reference Architecture can be also be used as a foundation to create dynamic cloud solutions and make full use of underlying storage features and functions.This IBM ... [more]


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IBM System Storage N series Quick Reference Guide
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 23 Jan 2013

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication for the IBM System Storage® N series is a Quick Reference Guide that briefly defines some of the key technologies. It summarizes features and benefits and provides web links to access additional information.


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IBM System Storage DS8000 Copy Services Scope Management and Resource Groups
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 11 Jan 2013

The IBM® System Storage® DS8000® offers a policy-based resource management capability. This capability, named resource groups or Copy Services scope management, is the topic of this paper. With Copy Services scope management, Copy Service relationships can be limited to the domain of a set of user-specified resources. Additionally, user IDs can be configured to only allow them to issue Copy Services requests against a specific domain. This capability facilitates multi-tenancy by preventing any host or user from initiating a Copy Services operation that would cross a specific tenant’s domain ... [more]


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IBM System Storage DS5000 Series Hardware Guide
Disk storage

Redbooks, published 10 Jan 2013

This IBM® Redbooks® publication consolidates, in one document, detailed descriptions of the hardware configurations and options offered as part of the IBM System Storage DS5000 families of products. This edition covers updates and additional functions available with the IBM System Storage DS® Storage Manager Version 10.77 (firmware level 7.77). This book presents the concepts and functions used in planning and managing the storage servers, such as multipathing and path failover. The book offers a step-by-step guide to using the Storage Manager to create arrays, logical drives, and other ... [more]


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IBM System Storage DS5000 Series Implementation and Best Practices Guide
Disk storage

Redbooks, published 21 Dec 2012

This IBM® Redbooks® publication represents a compilation of best practices for deploying and configuring the IBM System Storage® DS5000 Series family of products. This book is intended for IBM technical professionals, Business Partners, and customers responsible for the planning, deployment, and maintenance of the IBM System Storage DS5000 Series family of products. We realize that setting up DS5000 Storage Servers can be a complex task. There is no single configuration that will be satisfactory for every application or situation. First, we provide a conceptual framework for understanding ... [more]


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