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IBM Cloud Object Storage Concepts and Architecture: An Under-the-Hood Guide for IBM Cloud Object Storage
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 22 Mar 2017, last updated 24 Mar 2017

Object storage is the primary data resource used in the cloud, and it is also increasingly used for on-premise solutions. Object storage is growing for the following reasons:
- It is designed for scale in many ways (multi-site, multi-tenant, massive amounts of data).
- It is easy to use and yet meets the growing demands of enterprises for a broad expanse of applications and workloads.
- It allows users to balance storage cost, location, and compliance control requirements across data sets and essential applications.
Due to its characteristics, object storage is ... [more]


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Cloud Object Storage as a Service: IBM Cloud Object Storage from Theory to Practice - For developers, IT architects and IT specialists
Cloud

Redbooks, published 17 Mar 2017, last updated 24 Mar 2017

The digital enterprise has resulted in an explosion of data, and data volumes are expected to grow in zettabyte scale in the next few years. This explosive growth is largely fueled by unstructured data, such as video, social media, photos, and text. IBM® Cloud Object Storage (previously known as Cleversafe®) provides organizations the flexibility, scalability, and simplicity required to store, manage, and access today's rapidly growing unstructured data. Cloud Object Storage (COS) provides access to your unstructured data via a self-service portal from anywhere in the world with RESTful ... [more]


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DS8000 Copy Services
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 15 Mar 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps you plan, install, tailor, configure, and manage Copy Services on the IBM DS8000® operating in an IBM z Systems® or Open Systems environment. This book helps you design and implement a new Copy Services installation or migrate from an existing installation. It includes hints and tips to maximize the effectiveness of your installation, and information about tools and products to automate Copy Services functions. It is intended for anyone who needs a detailed and practical understanding of the DS8000 Copy ... [more]


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DS8000 Global Mirror Best Practices
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 7 Mar 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication reviews the architecture and operations of the IBM DS8000® Global Mirror function. The document looks at different aspects of the solution in terms of performance, infrastructure requirements, data integrity, business continuity, and impact on production. Hints and tips are provided on how to best configure the overall Global Mirror environment, in terms of connectivity, storage configuration, and specific parameters tuning. The guidelines that are provided are in general related to performance, which ultimately ensures a better recovery point objective ... [more]


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Regain Control of your Environment with IBM Storage Insights
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 28 Aug 2015, last updated 4 Mar 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication introduces you to the new, cloud-based IBM Spectrum Control™ Storage Insights (IBM Storage Insights, for short) offering, which is designed for small and medium businesses and organizations who need to quickly understand what is happening in their storage environment without implementing complex tools. IBM Storage Insights can be set up in less than 5 minutes and provides actionable insights about your storage in less than 30 minutes. IBM Storage Insights is an off-premise software as a service (SaaS) offering that is offered through the IBM Service Engage ... [more]


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IBM Real Time Compression with IBM XIV Storage System Model 314
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 16 Feb 2016, last updated 22 Feb 2017

IBM® Real-time Compression™ is fully integrated in the IBM XIV® Storage System Gen3. Real-time Compression provides the possibility to store 2 - 5 times more data per XIV system, without additional hardware. This technology also expands the storage-replication-related bandwidth, and can significantly decrease the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Using compression for replication and for volume migration with IBM Hyper-Scale Mobility is faster and requires less bandwidth for the interlink connections between the XIV storage systems, because the data that is transferred through these links is ... [more]


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IBM DS8000 EasyTier
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 23 Aug 2016, last updated 8 Feb 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the concepts and functions of IBM System Storage® Easy Tier® and explains its practical use with the IBM System Storage DS8880 at code level R8.1.1. Easy Tier is designed to automate data placement throughout the storage system disks pool. It enables the system to (automatically and without disruption to applications) relocate data (at the extent level) across up to three drive tiers. The process is fully automated. Easy Tier also automatically rebalances extents among ranks within the same tier, removing workload skew between ranks, even within ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Scale Security
Security

Redpaper, published 25 Jan 2017

Storage systems must provide reliable and convenient data access to all authorized users while simultaneously preventing threats coming from outside or even inside the enterprise. Security threats come in many forms, from unauthorized access to data, data tampering, denial of service, and obtaining privileged access to systems. According to the Storage Network Industry Association (SNIA), data security in the context of storage systems is responsible for safeguarding the data against theft, prevention of unauthorized disclosure of data, prevention of data tampering, and accidental ... [more]


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Using the IBM Spectrum Accelerate Family in VMware Environments: IBM XIV, IBM FlashSystem A9000 and IBM FlashSystem A9000R, and IBM Spectrum Accelerate
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 25 Jan 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a brief overview of synergistic aspects between various VMware offerings and the IBM Spectrum™ Accelerate family, including IBM XIV® and IBM FlashSystem® A9000 and IBM FlashSystem A9000R servers. After reviewing different integration concepts and explaining general implementation aspects for attaching the IBM Spectrum Accelerate™ family to VMware ESXi deployments, the paper focuses on components that are enabled by IBM Spectrum Control™ Base Edition V3.1. This paper is intended for planning to use or implementing the IBM Spectrum Accelerate family of ... [more]


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IBM DS8880 and IBM z Systems Synergy
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 20 Jan 2017

From inception, what is known today as IBM® z Systems® always had a close and unique relation to its storage. Over the years, improvements to the z Systems processors and storage software, the disk storage systems and their communication architecture have constantly reinforced the synergy. This IBM Redpaper™ publication summarizes and highlights the various aspects, advanced functions, and technologies that are often pioneered by IBM, and that make the IBM z Systems and the IBM DS8880 an ideal combination. This paper is intended for those who have some familiarity with z Systems and the IBM ... [more]


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IBM Private, Public, and Hybrid Cloud Storage Solutions
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 16 Jan 2017, last updated 17 Jan 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication takes you on a journey that surveys cloud computing to answer several fundamental questions about storage cloud technology. What are storage clouds? How can a storage cloud help solve your current and future data storage business requirements? What can IBM do to help you implement a storage cloud solution that addresses these needs? This paper shows how IBM storage clouds use the extensive cloud computing experience, services, proven technologies, and products of IBM to support a smart storage cloud solution designed for your storage optimization efforts. ... [more]


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Fabric Resiliency Best Practices
Storage Networking

Redpaper, published 9 Jan 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes preferred practices for deploying and using advanced Brocade Fabric Operating System (FOS) features to identify, monitor, and protect Fibre Channel (FC) SANs from problematic devices and media behavior. This paper focuses on the FOS command options and features that are available from versions 7.2 - 7.4, but also covers other features such as bottleneck detection, port fencing, and Fabric Watch.


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FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R, XIV and Spectrum Accelerate with IBM SAN Volume Controller Best Practices
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 29 Dec 2016, last updated 6 Jan 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes preferred practices for attaching members of the IBM Spectrum™ Accelerate family, including the IBM XIV® Gen3 Storage System, IBM FlashSystem® A9000, IBM FlashSystem A9000R, and other Spectrum Accelerate based deployments, to either an IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller or IBM Storwize® V7000 system. The paper also explains what to consider for data migration when done in combination with an SVC or a Storwize V7000 system. In addition, this publication describes data reduction, and where it is appropriate to enable data ... [more]


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Introduction to Storage Area Networks
Storage Networking

Redbooks, published 20 Dec 2016, last updated 22 Dec 2016

The superabundance of data that is created by today's businesses is making storage a strategic investment priority for companies of all sizes. As storage takes precedence, the following major initiatives emerge:
- Flatten and converge your network: IBM® takes an open, standards-based approach to implement the latest advances in the flat, converged data center network designs of today. IBM Storage solutions enable clients to deploy a high-speed, low-latency Unified Fabric Architecture.
- Optimize and automate virtualization: Advanced virtualization awareness reduces the cost ... [more]


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Implementing IBM FlashSystem 900
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 18 Nov 2016

Today’s global organizations depend on being able to unlock business insights from massive volumes of data. Now, with IBM® FlashSystem 900, powered by IBM FlashCore™ technology, they can make faster decisions based on real-time insights and unleash the power of the most demanding applications, including online transaction processing (OLTP) and analytics databases, virtual desktop infrastructures (VDIs), technical computing applications, and cloud environments. This IBM Redbooks® publication introduces clients to the IBM FlashSystem® 900. It provides in-depth knowledge of the product ... [more]


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VersaStack Solution by Cisco and IBM with Oracle RAC, IBM FlashSystem V9000, and IBM Spectrum Protect
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 17 Oct 2016

Dynamic organizations want to accelerate growth while reducing costs. To do so, they must speed the deployment of business applications and adapt quickly to any changes in priorities. Organizations today require an IT infrastructure that is easy, efficient, and versatile. The VersaStack solution by Cisco and IBM® can help you accelerate the deployment of your data centers. It reduces costs by more efficiently managing information and resources while maintaining your ability to adapt to business change. The VersaStack solution combines the innovation of Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure ... [more]


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Implementing the IBM Storwize V5000 Gen2 (including the Storwize V5010, V5020, and V5030)
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 13 Oct 2016

Organizations of all sizes face the challenge of managing massive volumes of increasingly valuable data. But storing this data can be costly, and extracting value from the data is becoming more difficult. IT organizations have limited resources but must stay responsive to dynamic environments and act quickly to consolidate, simplify, and optimize their IT infrastructures. The IBM® Storwize® V5000 Gen2 system provides a smarter solution that is affordable, easy to use, and self-optimizing, which enables organizations to overcome these storage challenges. The Storwize V5000 Gen2 delivers ... [more]


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IBM ProtecTIER Implementation and Best Practices Guide
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 6 Jun 2016, last updated 16 Aug 2016

This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides best practice guidance for planning, installing, configuring, and employing the IBM TS7600 ProtecTIER® family of products. It provides the latest best practices for the practical application of ProtecTIER Software Version 3.4. This latest release introduces the new ProtecTIER Enterprise Edition TS7650G DD6 model high performance server. This book also includes information about the revolutionary and patented IBM HyperFactor® deduplication engine, along with other data storage efficiency techniques, such as compression and defragmentation. The IBM ... [more]


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IBM System Storage Solutions Handbook
Disk storage Storage-Flash storage Storage-Software Defined Storage Storage-Storage Networking Storage-Storage Solutions Storage-Tape storage

Redbooks, published 15 Jul 2016

The IBM® System Storage® Solutions Handbook helps you solve your current and future data storage business requirements. It helps you achieve enhanced storage efficiency by design to allow managed cost, capacity of growth, greater mobility, and stronger control over storage performance and management. It describes the most current IBM storage products, including the IBM Spectrum™ family, IBM FlashSystem®, disk, and tape, as well as virtualized solutions such IBM Storage Cloud. This IBM Redbooks® publication provides overviews and information about the most current IBM System Storage ... [more]


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Read Intensive Flash Drives
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 14 Jul 2016

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the configuration guidelines for using Read Intensive Flash Drives available from IBM with the IBM Spectrum Virtualize™ and IBM Storwize® family systems. The Read Intensive (RI) solid state drives (SSDs) that are available on Storwize V7000 Gen2, Storwize V5000 Gen2, and IBM SAN Volume Controller 2145-DH8/24F are one Drive Write Per Day (DWPD) Read Intensive drives. To deploy Read Intensive SSDs, your system must have Storwize code levels 7.6.1.4 or 7.7.0 installed. RI SSDs are available to purchase as an add-on to an existing Storwize system, or ... [more]


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