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Implementing the Storwize V7000 and the IBM System Storage SAN32B-E4 Encryption Switch
Disk storage

Redbooks, published 15 Feb 2012

In this IBM® Redbooks® publication, we describe how these products can be combined to provide an encryption and virtualization solution:
- IBM System Storage® SAN32B-E4 Encryption Switch
- IBM Storwize® V7000
- IBM Tivoli® Key Lifecycle Manager
We describe the terminology that is used in an encrypted and virtualized environment, and we show how to implement these products to take advantage of their strengths. This book is intended for anyone who needs to understand and implement the IBM System Storage SAN32B-E4 Encryption Switch, IBM Storwize V7000, IBM Tivoli Key ... [more]


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Juniper Networks EX4500 10GbE Switch
Storage Networking

Product Guide, published 7 Jun 2011

The Juniper Networks EX4500 10GbE Switch features up to 48 wire-speed 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) ports in a two-rack unit (2U) platform. The Juniper Networks® EX4500 Ethernet Switch delivers Layer 2 and Layer 3 connectivity to networked devices such as System x® servers and other networking switches. Two optional high-speed uplink modules offer four additional 10GbE small form-factor pluggable transceiver (SFP+) ports each for connecting to upstream devices. The EX4500 base switch provides 40 fixed 10GbE pluggable ports that can also support GbE connectors for added flexibility starting in ... [more]


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IBM Converged Switch B32
Storage Networking

Redbooks, published 23 Apr 2011

This IBM® Redbooks® document introduces the IBM Converged Switch B32. This switch supports Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), Fibre Channel, Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE), and traditional Ethernet protocol connectivity for servers and storage. FCoE is a new protocol that can expand Fibre Channel into the Ethernet environment, and it helps to combine and leverage the advantages of two technologies, Fibre Channel protocol and Ethernet. Features of the IBM Converged Switch B32 include:
- A 32-port multiprotocol switch for server I/O consolidation
- Enterprise-class ... [more]


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Implementing an IBM b-type SAN with 8 Gbps Directors and Switches
Storage Networking

Redbooks, published 30 Mar 2011, last updated 1 Apr 2011

"Do everything that is necessary and absolutely nothing that is not." This IBM® Redbooks® publication, written at a Data Center Fabric Manager v10.1.4 and Fabric Operating System v6.4 level, consolidates critical information while also covering procedures and tasks that you are likely to encounter on a daily basis when implementing an IBM b-type SAN. The products that we describe in this book have more functionality than we can possibly cover in a single book. A storage area network (SAN) is a powerful infrastructure for consolidation, distance solutions, and data sharing. The quality ... [more]


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IBM System Storage b-type Multiprotocol Routing: An Introduction and Implementation
Storage Networking

Redbooks, published 11 Mar 2011

The rapid spread and adoption of production storage area networks (SANs) has fueled the need for multiprotocol routers. The routers provide improved scalability, security, and manageability by enabling devices in separate SAN fabrics to communicate without merging fabrics into a single, large SAN fabric. This capability enables clients to initially deploy separate SAN solutions at the departmental and data center levels. Then, clients can consolidate these separate solutions into large enterprise SAN solutions as their experience and requirements grow and change. Alternatively, multiprotocol ... [more]


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Implementing the IBM System Storage SAN32B-E4 Encryption Switch
Storage Networking

Redbooks, published 7 Mar 2011

This IBM® Redbooks® publication covers the IBM System Storage® SAN32B-E4 Encryption Switch, which is a high-performance stand-alone device designed to protect data-at-rest in mission-critical environments. In addition to helping IT organizations achieve compliance with regulatory mandates and meeting industry standards for data confidentiality, the SAN32B-E4 Encryption Switch also protects them against potential litigation and liability following a reported breach. Data is one of the most highly valued resources in a competitive business environment. Protecting that data, controlling access ... [more]


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Implementation of IBM j-type Ethernet Appliances
Storage Networking

Redbooks, published 28 Feb 2011

IBM® j-type data center solutions that run Junos software provide operational agility and efficiency that dramatically simplifies the network and delivers unprecedented savings. This solution enables a network design with fewer devices, interconnections, and network tiers. Beyond the obvious cost advantages, the design enables the following key benefits:
- Reduces latency
- Simplifies device management
- Delivers significant power, cooling, and space savings
- Eliminates multiple system failure points
- Performs pervasive security
The high-performance data ... [more]


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Implementation of IBM j-type Ethernet Switches and Routers
Storage Networking

Redbooks, published 13 Feb 2011

IBM® j-type data center solutions running Junos software (from Juniper Networks) provide operational agility and efficiency, dramatically simplifying the network and delivering savings. With this solution, a network design has fewer devices, interconnections, and network tiers. Beyond the cost advantages, the design offers the following key benefits:
- Reduces latency
- Simplifies device management
- Delivers significant power, cooling, and space savings
- Eliminates multiple system failure points
- Performs pervasive security
The high-performance data ... [more]


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IBM b-type Data Center Networking: Design and Best Practices Introduction
Storage Networking

Redbooks, published 30 Dec 2010

As organizations drive to transform and virtualize their IT infrastructures to reduce costs, and manage risk, networking is pivotal to success. Optimizing network performance, availability, adaptability, security, and cost is essential to achieving the maximum benefit from your infrastructure. In this IBM® Redbooks® publication, we address these requirements:
- Expertise to plan and design networks with holistic consideration of servers, storage, application performance, and manageability
- Networking solutions that enable investment protection with performance and cost ... [more]


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IBM Ethernet Switch J48E
Storage Networking

Product Guide, published 24 Dec 2010

The IBM J48E Ethernet Switches with Virtual Chassis technology combine the high availability and carrier-class reliability of modular systems with the economics and flexibility of stackable platforms, delivering a high-performance, scalable solution for data center, campus and branch office environments.


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IBM Ethernet Switch B48Y
Storage Networking

Product Guide, published 11 Nov 2010

Organizations increasingly need to do more with less, which is driving more virtualization and automation inside the data center. The IBM Ethernet Switch B48Y can simplify connectivity between devices and easily extend a virtual machine’s sphere of mobility by using IronStack technology to create a single logical chassis out of up to eight discrete switches. Supporting up to four 10 GbE ports, the B48Y provides up to twice the uplink bandwidth of typical 1 GbE switches. Note: This product has been withdrawn from marketing and is no longer available for ordering from ... [more]


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IBM Ethernet Switch B24X
Storage Networking

Product Guide, published 11 Nov 2010

With the introduction of increasingly powerful servers such as the new eX5 enterprise systems, more virtual machines and transaction-heavy databases can be hosted on a single system, resulting in exploding I/O usage. To alleviate connectivity bottlenecks, a high-bandwidth 10 Gbps Ethernet solution is required that includes 10 Gbps Network Interface Cards in these high-performance servers and IBM Ethernet Switch B24X for network connectivity.


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IBM b-type Data Center Networking: Product Introduction and Initial Setup
Storage Networking

Redbooks, published 24 Jun 2010

As organizations drive to transform and virtualize their IT infrastructures to reduce costs, and manage risk, networking is pivotal to success. Optimizing network performance, availability, adaptability, security, and cost is essential to achieving the maximum benefit from your infrastructure. In this IBM® Redbooks® publication, we address the requirements:
- Expertise to plan and design networks with holistic consideration of servers, storage, application performance and manageability
- Networking solutions that enable investment protection with performance and cost options ... [more]


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IBM j-type Data Center Networking Introduction
Storage Networking

Redbooks, published 7 May 2010

As organizations drive to transform and virtualize their IT infrastructures to reduce costs and manage risk, networking is pivotal to success. Optimizing network performance, availability, adaptability, security, and cost is essential to achieving the maximum benefit from your infrastructure. But what is needed to support these networking requirements?
- Expertise to plan and design networks with holistic consideration of servers, storage, application performance, and manageability
- Networking solutions that enable investment protection with a range of performance and cost ... [more]


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VMware Multipathing with the SAN Volume Controller and the Causes of SCSI-2 Reservation Conflicts
Storage Networking

Redpaper, published 18 Dec 2009

In order to provide a reliable connection between VMware ESX hosts and their disk storage, multiple paths through the SAN are required. This is accomplished by using multiple host bus adapters (HBAs) on the host, multiple ports on the disk subsystem, and redundant routing through the switched SAN fabric. ESX provides support to understand and exploit the resulting multiple paths between host and storage. To maintain integrity during updates by way of multiple paths, locking mechanisms are required to control access. When performing updates (such as creating a new virtual machine), VMware ESX ... [more]


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An Introduction to Fibre Channel over Ethernet, and Fibre Channel over Convergence Enhanced Ethernet
Storage Networking

Redpaper, published 18 Mar 2009

This IBM Redpaper™ publication provides a brief introduction to Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and Fibre Channel over Convergence Enhanced Ethernet (FCoCEE).


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Harnessing the SAN to Create a Smarter Infrastructure
Storage Networking

Redguide, published 17 Mar 2009

The world is getting smaller and flatter, but it must also get smarter. Every day, the world is becoming more instrumented, interconnected, and intelligent, creating new opportunities at both a societal and organizational level. By harnessing our increasingly digitized world, we can solve intractable social problems, bring organizations closer to customers, and vastly shrink decision windows that help executives achieve competitive advantage. Key challenges for today’s organizations are to: - Achieve superior, differentiated service delivery - Reduce costs and optimize return on investment ... [more]


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Implementing an IBM/Cisco SAN
Storage Networking

Redbooks, published 9 Mar 2009

"Do everything that is necessary and absolutely nothing that is not." In this IBM® Redbooks® publication, which is an update and major revision of the previous version, we have consolidated as much of the critical information as possible while discussing procedures and tasks that are likely to be encountered on a daily basis. Each of the products described has much more functionality than we could cover in just one book. The IBM SAN portfolio is rich in quality products that bring a vast amount of technicality and vitality to the SAN world. Their inclusion and selection is based on a ... [more]


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IBM/Cisco Multiprotocol Routing: An Introduction and Implementation
Storage Networking

Redbooks, published 9 Mar 2009

This IBM® Redbooks® publication introduces the products, concepts, and technology in the IBM System Storage™ SAN Routing portfolio, which is based on Cisco products and technology. It also discusses the features of each product, and offers examples of how you can deploy and use them. The book targets storage network administrators, system designers, architects, and IT professionals who sell, design, or administer SANs. The rapid spread and adoption of production storage area networks (SANs) has fueled the need for multiprotocol routers. The routers provide improved scalability, security, ... [more]


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Cisco FICON Basic Implementation
Storage Networking

Redpaper, published 17 Apr 2008

In this IBM Redpaper we discuss the basic steps to configuring a switch for FICON in both switched point-to-point and cascaded configurations. We use Fabric Manager (FM) and Device Manager (DM) to perform all the configuration steps. We discuss some basic FICON/mainframe steps that you will need to perform. It is not our intent to show any of the steps on the mainframe, but we highlight the considerations.


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