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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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IBM Storage Infrastructure for Business Continuity
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 30 Jan 2010

The importance of business continuity and disaster recovery remains at the forefront of thought for many executives and IT technical professionals. This IBM® Redpaper™ describes the lessons learned from recent disasters and how IBM storage technology can help businesses address many of the issues related to protecting their storage infrastructures and business-critical IT applications. Two principal disaster recovery metrics, Recovery Time Objective and Recovery Point Objective, are defined and, along with the associated cost tradeoffs, are discussed from the vantage point of various IBM ... [more]


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IBM Enterprise Content Management and DR550 for E-mail Archiving and Records Management Overview
Storage Software

Redpaper, published 9 Feb 2009, last updated 26 Jan 2010

This update is only for some editorial changes and is NOT a new version. This IBM® Redpaper publication provides an installation and configuration guide for an e-mail archiving reference implementation. This solution leverages the use of DR550 and major IBM software components, such as Content Manager, CommonStore, and Records Manager. The objective is to create and validate the architecture that enables the use of DR550 to support an end to end Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) scenario by demonstrating, with Lotus® Domino® or Microsoft® Exchange, e-mail archiving and retention ... [more]


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IBM SAN Volume Controller 8A4 Hardware: Performance and Scalability with the IBM System Storage DS3400
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 8 Jan 2010

In this IBM® Redpaper™ publication, we discuss the performance and scalability of a storage area network (SAN) environment that is based around IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) 8A4 hardware and IBM System Storage™ DS3400 storage controllers. We discuss performance, in terms of I/O per second (IOPS) and MB per second (MBPS), that can be achieved from a single I/O group of SVC 8A4 nodes. By focusing on cache hit I/Os, we demonstrate that the entry level hardware can achieve significant performance benefits in a SAN, thereby offering a suitable alternative to the 8G4 for mid-sized businesses. ... [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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IBM SAN Volume Controller and Brocade Disaster Recovery Solutions for VMware
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 18 Dec 2009

In this IBM® Redpapers™ publication, we describe various scenarios for the recovery of virtual machines should a disaster befall your data center. The solutions described rely on the integration of the IBM System Storage™ SAN Volume Controller (SVC) with VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) and the appropriate Brocade SAN switch and routing technology. The type of solution used depends on the level of protection required and the time available to perform recovery, so the appropriate scenario should be chosen according to your needs. The first of these requirements is known as the ... [more]


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VMware Proof of Practice and Performance Guidelines on the SAN Volume Controller
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 18 Dec 2009

This IBM® Redpapers™ publication presents the results of I/O performance tests conducted using VMware ESX running on IBM System x® servers attached to the IBM System Storage™ SAN Volume Controller (SVC). We show the results of tests involving different work loads and I/O patterns and offer guidance about how best to use the SVC with VMware. We reference the SVC performance best practices that are detailed in various IBM Redbooks® publications, as well as VMware ... [more]


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Managing Unified Storage with IBM System Storage N series Operation Manager
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 4 Aug 2009

IBM® System Storage™ N series with Operations Manager software offers comprehensive monitoring and management for N series enterprise storage and content delivery environments. Operations Manager is designed to provide alerts, reports, and configuration tools from a central control point, helping you keep your storage and content delivery infrastructure in-line with business requirements for high availability and low total cost of ownership. We focus especially on Protection Manager, which is designed as an intuitive backup and replication management software for IBM System Storage N series ... [more]


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IBM System Storage Business Continuity: Part 2 Solutions Guide
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 8 Mar 2007, last updated 9 Jun 2009

This IBM Redbooks publication is a companion to IBM System Storage Business Continuity: Part 1 Planning Guide, SG24-6547 . We assume that the reader of this book has understood the concepts of Business Continuity planning described in that book. In this book we explore IBM System Storage solutions for Business Continuity, within the three segments of Continuous Availability, Rapid Recovery, and Backup and Restore. We position these solutions within the Business Continuity tiers. We describe, in general, the solutions available in each segment, then present some more detail on many of the ... [more]


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