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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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IBM b-type Gen 5 16 Gbps Switches and Network Advisor
Storage Networking

Redbooks, published 9 May 2014

IBM® System Storage® Gen 5 fabric backbones are among the industry's most powerful Fibre Channel switching infrastructure offerings. They provide reliable, scalable, and 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 System z® servers. Designed to increase business agility while providing nonstop access to information and reducing infrastructure and administrative costs, Gen 5 Fibre ... [more]


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Juniper EX2200 Ethernet Switch
Storage Networking

Product Guide, published 7 Mar 2011, last updated 13 Jan 2014

Featuring complete Layer 2 and basic Layer 3 switching capabilities, the Juniper Networks® EX2200 line of fixed configuration Ethernet switches satisfies the branch and low-density wiring closet connectivity requirements of today’s high-performance businesses. Four platform configurations are available offering 24 and forty-eight 10/100/1000BASE-T ports with or without Power over Ethernet (PoE). The PoE-enabled EX2200 models include a maximum system budget of 405 W to deliver up to 15.4 watts of standards-based 802.3af Class 3 PoE or 30 watts of standards-based 802.3at PoE+ for supporting ... [more]


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IBM System Storage SAN06B-R Extension Switch
Storage Networking

Product Guide, published 3 Dec 2013

This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide describes the IBM System Storage® SAN06B-R extension switch. The SAN06B-R extension switch uses advanced Fibre Channel and Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP) technology to provide a fast, highly reliable, and cost-effective network infrastructure for remote data replication, backup, and migration. Leveraging FCIP technology, the SAN06B-R extension switch provides a flexible and extensible platform to move more data faster and farther than ever ... [more]


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IBM SAN Solution Design Best Practices for VMware vSphere ESXi
Storage Networking

Redbooks, published 16 Sep 2013

In this IBM® Redbooks® publication, we describe recommendations based on an IBM b-type storage area network (SAN) environment that is utilizing VMware vSphere ESXi. We describe the hardware and software and the unique features that they bring to the marketplace. We then highlight those features and how they apply to the SAN environment, and the best practices for ensuring that you get the best out of your SAN. For background reading, we recommend the following Redbooks publications: - Introduction to Storage Area Networks and System Networking, SG24-5470 - IBM System Storage SAN Volume ... [more]


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IBM and Cisco: Together for a World Class Data Center
Storage Networking

Redbooks, published 31 Jul 2013

This IBM® Redbooks® publication is an IBM and Cisco collaboration that articulates how IBM and Cisco can bring the benefits of their respective companies to the modern data center. It documents the architectures, solutions, and benefits that can be achieved by implementing a data center based on IBM server, storage, and integrated systems, with the broader Cisco network. We describe how to design a state-of-the art data center and networking infrastructure combining Cisco and IBM solutions. The objective is to provide a reference guide for customers looking to build an infrastructure that is ... [more]


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IBM SAN Volume Controller and IBM FlashSystem 820: Best Practices and Performance Capabilities
Flash storage

Redpaper, published 28 Jun 2013, last updated 24 Jul 2013

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication provides information about the best practices and performance capabilities when implementing a storage solution using IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller (SVC) with IBM FlashSystem™ 820. SVC is a member of the IBM Storwize® family, and FlashSystem 820 was formerly known as the Texas Memory Systems® RAMSAN Model 820. This paper describes a typical system configuration, and a maximum system configuration that can return over 1,400,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) at less than 1 millisecond average response time. This paper also provides ... [more]


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Connecting an IBM PureFlex System to the Network
Storage Networking

Solution Guide, published 30 Jan 2013

Many companies are looking for ways to make their data centers more agile and flexible for the future. Heterogeneous, multi-vendor networks are commonplace and IT managers who deploy a variety of switches in their data centers need to be assured of interoperability. There is always the option of adopting a single vendor strategy, automatically eliminating any interoperability barriers. However, clients choosing a single vendor risk being locked out of new solutions from alternative vendors and unable to exploit cutting-edge technology. IBM® favors a standards-based approach to networking. ... [more]


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IBM iFlow Director Technical Introduction
Storage Networking

Redpaper, published 23 May 2012

IBM® iFlow Director is a high performance, low-latency 10 Gb Ethernet switch integrated flow balancer with policy-based traffic steering capability. It delivers high-availability, scalability, and lower total cost of ownership (TCO) for appliance vendors that offer IBM BladeCenter® based solutions for applications, such as Security Gateways, Wireless Gateways, Lawful Interception & Network Surveillance, Traffic Management & Service Differentiation, and so on. The system throughput can be scaled by adding more blade servers and up to four switches that run iFlow Director. iFlow Director is ... [more]


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IPv6 Introduction and Configuration
Storage Networking

Redpaper, published 21 May 2012

Anyone who is involved with information technology knows that the Internet is running out of IP addresses. The last block of Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) addresses was allocated in 2011. Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is the replacement for IPv4, and it is designed to address the depletion of IP addresses and change the way traffic is managed. This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the concepts and architecture of IPv6 with a focus on:
- An overview of IPv6 features
- An examination of the IPv6 packet format
- An explanation of additional IPv6 functions ... [more]


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IP Multicast Protocol Configuration
Storage Networking

Redpaper, published 30 Apr 2012

The most common transmission scheme used in networks today is unicast, which represents “one-to-one” transmission with one sender and one receiver. Sometimes there is a need for one host to send packets that are received by multiple hosts. The problem with implementing this kind of transmission using unicast is that the stream of packets must be replicated as many times as there are receivers. IP Multicast addresses the problem by intelligently sending only one stream of packets and then replicating the stream when it reaches the target domain that includes multiple receivers or reaches a ... [more]


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