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IBM SAN Survival Guide
Storage Networking

Redbooks, published 13 Aug 2003, last updated 5 Aug 2015

As we all know, large ocean going ships never collide with icebergs. However, occasionally life deals out some unexpected pleasures for us to cope with. Surviving any disaster in life is usually a lot easier if you have prepared adequately by taking into account the likely problems, solutions, and their implementation. In this IBM Redbooks publication, we limit ourselves to those situations in which it is likely that a SAN will be deployed. We present the IBM SAN portfolio of products, going a little under the surface to show the fault tolerant features that they utilize, and then describe ... [more]


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IBM System Storage SAN768B-2 and SAN384B-2 Fabric Backbones
Storage Networking

Product Guide, published 3 Dec 2013, last updated 14 Jul 2015

This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide describes the IBM System Storage® SAN768B-2 and SAN384B-2 fabric backbones. IBM System Storage SAN768B-2 and SAN384B-2 fabric backbones are among the industry's most powerful Fibre Channel (FC) switching infrastructure offerings. They provide reliable, scalable, high-performance foundations for mission-critical storage. These fabric backbones also deliver enterprise connectivity options to add support for IBM FICON® connectivity, offering a high-performing and reliable FICON infrastructure with fast and scalable IBM z Systems™ ... [more]


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Cisco MDS 9250i Multiservice Fabric Switch for IBM System Storage
Storage Networking

Product Guide, published 19 May 2014, last updated 9 Jul 2015

This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide describes the Cisco MDS 9250i Multiservice Fabric Switch. The Cisco MDS 9250i Multiservice Fabric Switch, the next generation of the highly flexible, industry-leading, and proven Cisco MDS 9200 Series Multiservice Switches, is an optimized platform for deploying high performance SAN extension solutions, distributed intelligent fabric services, and cost-effective multiprotocol connectivity for both open systems and mainframe environments. With a compact form factor and advanced capabilities normally that are available only on director-class switches, the ... [more]


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Implementing IBM Real-time Compression in SAN Volume Controller and IBM Storwize V7000
Disk storage

Solution Guide, published 7 Oct 2013, last updated 5 May 2015

The IBM® Redbooks® publication, IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller and Storwize V7000 Best Practices and Performance Guidelines, SG21-7521-03, covers many aspects of implementing compression. This IBM Redbooks Solution Guide complements that publication, provides a detailed review of various workloads and use cases, and serves as a best practices guide for IT professionals who have the tasks of sizing, planning, and implementing compression in IBM SAN Volume Controller and IBM Storwize® V7000. Its target audience also includes customers, IBM, and IBM Business Partners. Use the ... [more]


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Cisco MDS 9148S 16G Multilayer Fabric Switch for IBM System Storage
Storage Networking

Product Guide, published 23 Feb 2015

This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide describes the Cisco MDS 9148S 16G Multilayer Fabric Switch for IBM System Storage® (MDS 9148S). The MDS 9148S is the latest generation of the highly reliable, flexible, and low-cost Cisco MDS 9100 Series switches. It combines high performance with exceptional flexibility and cost-effectiveness. This powerful, compact one rack-unit (1RU) switch scales from 12 to 48 line-rate 16 Gbps Fibre Channel ports.


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Implementing the IBM SAN Volume Controller and FlashSystem 820
Flash storage

Redbooks, published 6 Sep 2013, last updated 10 Nov 2014

In today's 24 x 7 world, there is likely not a business on this planet, IBM® Smarter Planet® or not, that finds that their storage requirements are growing too fast and demand is starting to outpace supply. Not only this, but in this cost-conscious environment of today, the costs of managing this growth are likely to be eating into the IT budget. One way to make better use of existing storage without adding more complexity to the infrastructure is the IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller (SVC). For many years now this has helped business become more flexible, agile, and introduced an ... [more]


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IBM System Networking SAN24B-5 Switch
Storage Networking

Product Guide, published 3 Dec 2013, last updated 29 Oct 2014

This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide describes the IBM System Networking SAN24B-5 switch. The SAN24B-5 is designed to provide outstanding price and performance value, combining flexibility, simplicity, Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology, and enterprise-class functionality in an entry-level switch. The SAN24B-5 is configurable in 12 or 24 ports and supports 2, 4, 8, or 16 Gbps speeds in an efficiently designed 1U form factor. The base unit includes one (249824G/2498-X24) or two (2498-F24) integrated power supplies and fans. A second power supply provides extra redundancy for increased ... [more]


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Implementing IBM Software Defined Network for Virtual Environments
Storage Networking

Redbooks, published 4 Sep 2014

This IBM® Redbooks® publication shows how to integrate IBM Software Defined Network for Virtual Environments (IBM SDN VE) seamlessly within a new or existing data center. This book is aimed at pre- and post-sales support, targeting network administrators and other technical professionals that want to get an overview of this new and exciting technology, and see how it fits into the overall vision of a truly Software Defined Environment. It shows you all of the steps that are required to design, install, maintain, and troubleshoot the IBM SDN VE product. It also highlights specific, real-world ... [more]


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Storage and Network Convergence Using FCoE and iSCSI
Storage Networking

Redbooks, published 31 Jan 2014, last updated 18 Jul 2014

Along with servers and networking infrastructure, networked storage is one of the fundamental components of a modern data center. Because storage networking has evolved over the past two decades, the industry has settled on the basic storage networking technologies. These technologies are Fibre Channel (FC) storage area networks (SANs), Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI)-based Ethernet attachment, and Ethernet-based network-attached storage (NAS). Today, lossless, low-latency, high-speed FC SANs are viewed as the high-performance option for networked storage. iSCSI and NAS are ... [more]


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IBM Distributed Virtual Switch 5000V Quickstart Guide
Storage Networking

Redbooks, published 2 Jul 2014

The IBM® Distributed Virtual Switch 5000V (DVS 5000V) is a software-based network switching solution that is designed for use with the virtualized network resources in a VMware enhanced data center. It works with VMware vSphere and ESXi 5.0 and beyond to provide an IBM Networking OS management plane and advanced Layer 2 features in the control and data planes. It provides a large-scale, secure, and dynamic integrated virtual and physical environment for efficient virtual machine (VM) networking that is aware of server virtualization events, such as VMotion and Distributed Resource Scheduler ... [more]


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