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Implementing IBM Easy Tier with IBM Real-time Compression
Storage Solutions

Solution Guide, published 23 Aug 2013

IBM® Easy Tier® is a performance function that automatically and non-disruptively migrates frequently accessed data from magnetic media to solid-state drives (SSDs). In that way, the most frequently accessed data is stored on the fastest storage tier, and the overall performance is improved. This IBM Redbooks® Solution Guide describes this topic.


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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 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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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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Big Data Networked Storage Solution for Hadoop
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 4 Jun 2013, last updated 12 Jul 2013

This IBM® Redpaper™ provides a reference architecture, based on Apache Hadoop, to help businesses gain control over their data, meet tight service level agreements (SLAs) around their data applications, and turn data-driven insight into effective action. Big Data Networked Storage Solution for Hadoop delivers the capabilities for ingesting, storing, and managing large data sets with high reliability. IBM InfoSphere® Big Insights™ provides an innovative analytics platform that processes and analyzes all types of data to turn large complex data into insight. IBM InfoSphere BigInsights brings ... [more]


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IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center Solution
Storage Solutions

Solution Guide, published 31 May 2013

With data growth showing no signs of slowing, it is imperative that organizations improve their storage efficiency and reduce administration complexity. The need for economic and operational efficiencies transcends all organizations. Commercial businesses, non-profits, government departments, and large and small enterprises are all striving to make the most of what they have. This IBM® Redbooks® Solution Guide describes how to use the IBM SmartCloud® Virtual Storage Center to integrate your existing storage technologies into a virtual storage ... [more]


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IBM Real-time Compression Appliance Version 4.1
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 2 Apr 2013

Continuing its commitment to developing and delivering industry-leading storage technologies, IBM is introducing the IBM Real-time Compression Appliance 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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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 Reference Architecture for Virtualized Environments
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 22 Dec 2012, last updated 25 Jan 2013

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication 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) that uses VMware vSphere, IBM System x® or IBM BladeCenter® server, IBM System Networking, and IBM System Storage® N series as a storage foundation. The reference architecture can be used as a foundation to create dynamic cloud solutions and make full use of underlying storage features and functions. This paper provides a blueprint that ... [more]


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Configuring SDDPCM for High Availability
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 16 Oct 2012

In this IBM® Redpaper™ publication we discuss new path management attributes that were added to the IBM Subsystem Device Driver Path Control Module (SDDPCM) for IBM AIX®. These new attributes and associated algorithms were developed to address a path failure condition referred to as temporary/recurring. This paper is intended to familiarize you with both the temporary/recurring path failure condition and the new attributes available in SDDPCM version 2.6.3.2 that are designed to address it. Additionally, this paper provides guidance regarding the implementation of these attributes and other ... [more]


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Data Migration to IBM Disk Storage Systems
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 23 Feb 2012

Data migration has become a mandatory and regular activity for most data centers. Companies need to migrate data not only when technology needs to be replaced, but also for consolidation, load balancing, and disaster recovery. This IBM Redbooks® publication addresses the aspects of data migration efforts while focusing on the IBM System Storage® as the target system. Data migration is a critical and complex operation, and this book provides the phases and steps to ensure a smooth migration. Topics range from planning and preparation to execution and validation. The book also reviews products ... [more]


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IBM System Storage Solutions for Smarter Systems
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 21 Jul 2011

IBM® offers storage solutions that address the key needs of storage efficiency and data protection and retention. This IBM Redbooks® publication shows that IBM has the technology, products, and services to help keep your storage systems enabled and your business flourishing. The information presented is structured as follows: Storage efficiency: - Virtualization - Tiering ‭ Thin provisioning ‭ Flexible delivery ‭ Compression ‭ Deduplication - Visibility Data protection: ‭ Backup and restore ‭ Continuous operations ‭ Retention and compliance This book has been written for those ... [more]


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Implementing IBM Storage Data Deduplication Solutions
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 24 Mar 2011

Until now, the only way to capture, store, and effectively retain constantly growing amounts of enterprise data was to add more disk space to the storage infrastructure, an approach that can quickly become cost-prohibitive as information volumes continue to grow and capital budgets for infrastructure do not. In this IBM® Redbooks® publication, we introduce data deduplication, which has emerged as a key technology in dramatically reducing the amount of, and therefore the cost associated with storing, large amounts of data. Deduplication is the art of intelligently reducing storage needs ... [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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IBM System Storage DS Storage Manager Copy Services Guide
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 28 Feb 2011

The purpose of this IBM® Redbooks® publication is to provide customers with guidance and recommendations for how and when to use the IBM System Storage® Copy Services premium features. The topics discussed in this publication apply to the IBM System Storage DS® models DS3000, DS4000®, and DS5000 running the firmware v7.70, and IBM System Storage DS Storage Manager v10.70. Customers in today’s IT world are finding a major need to ensure a good archive of their data and a requirement to create these archives with minimal interruptions. The IBM Midrange System Storage helps to fulfill these ... [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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IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller Upgrade Path from Version 4.3.1 to 6.1
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 13 Dec 2010

In recent years, IBM® has released the following major versions of IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller (SVC) code: -- 4.3.1 at the end of 2008 -- 5.1 at the end of 2009 -- 6.1 at the end of 2010 It is possible that you have not kept pace with each new version of SVC. In this IBM Redpaper™ publication, we show the basic steps to ensure a successful installation of SVC 6.1 starting from a 4.3.1 level.


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IBM System Storage DS8000: z/OS Distributed Data Backup
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 16 Nov 2010

Many IBM® customers have shown interest in a solution that allows them to use the powerful backup and restore facilities on their IBM System z® host to back up and restore LUNs created for open system hosts using a Fixed Block Architecture (FBA) format. In cooperation with our partner company INNOVATION Data Processing, IBM has designed a solution that covers such a need. This IBM Redpapers™ publication provides an overview of the solution. It describes: - The background and motivation for this solution - The steps to execute to use z/OS® Distributed Data Backup and FDRSOS - Our experiences ... [more]


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IBM Information Infrastructure Solutions Handbook
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 29 Jun 2010, last updated 11 Jul 2010

An information infrastructure is comprised of software, servers, storage, and networks, integrated and optimized to deliver timely, secure, and trusted information throughout the organization and to its clients and partners. With the explosive growth in data and information—coupled with demands for projects with rapid ROI—IT infrastructures and storage administrators are reaching a breaking point. IBM® can help with the changes needed to manage information availability, security, and regulatory and compliance requirements on a tighter budget. And because the health of any business often ... [more]


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IBM SAN Volume Controller and IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 1 Mar 2010

This IBM® Redpaper™ document provides a brief overview of IBM Tivoli® Storage FlashCopy® Manager and how it interacts with the IBM System Storage™ SAN Volume Controller (SVC). It describes FlashCopy Manager features and benefits and identifies supported hardware and software. Basic information to help you plan for, install, configure, and use FlashCopy Manager is also included.


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