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iSCSI Implementation and Best Practices on IBM Storwize Storage Systems
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 26 Oct 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps administrators and technical professionals understand Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI) and how to implement it for use with IBM Storwize® storage systems. iSCSI can be used alone or with other technologies. This publication provides an overview of the iSCSI protocol and helps you understand how it is similar to and different from Fibre Channel (FC) technology. It helps you plan and design your network topology. It explains how to configure your IBM Storwize storage systems and hosts (including IBM AIX®, Linux, VMware, and Microsoft ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Virtualize Considerations for PCI-DSS Compliance
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 3 Oct 2017

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) is the global information security standard for organizations that process, store, or transmit data with any of the major credit card brands. More and more organizations are looking for compliance with this standard. This IBM® Redpaper™ describes how the features and functions of IBM Spectrum™ Virtualize help organizations towards compliance of their IT infrastructure on relevant areas of the PCI-DSS standard. IBM Spectrum Virtualize™ is the software common to all IBM Storwize® products such as IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC), IBM ... [more]


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High Availability for Oracle Database with IBM PowerHA SystemMirror and IBM Spectrum Virtualize HyperSwap
Storage Software

Redpaper, published 7 Sep 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the use of the IBM Spectrum™ Virtualize HyperSwap® function to provide a high availability (HA) storage infrastructure for Oracle databases across metro distances, using the IBM SAN Volume Controller. The HyperSwap function is available on all IBM storage technologies that use IBM Spectrum Virtualize™ software, which include the IBM SAN Volume Controller, IBM Storwize® V5000, IBM Storwize V7000, IBM FlashSystem® V9000, and IBM Spectrum Virtualize as software. This paper focuses on the functional behavior of HyperSwap when subjected to various ... [more]


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VersaStack Solution for File Storage Using IBM Storwize V5030 and Windows Server 2016
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 7 Aug 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication can help you understand how to implement VersaStack with IBM Storwize® V5030 and Microsoft Windows Server 2016 for file storage. This is one of two solutions, powered by IBM Spectrum™ Virtualize, that will replace the Storwize V7000 Unified.


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Monitoring Overview for IBM Spectrum Scale and IBM Elastic Storage Server
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 28 Jul 2017

IBM® Spectrum Scale is software-defined storage for high-performance, large-scale workloads. IBM Spectrum™ Scale (formerly IBM General parallel file system or GPFS) is a scalable data and file management solution that provides a global namespace for large data sets along with several enterprise features. IBM Spectrum Scale™ is used in clustered environments and provides file protocol (POSIX, NFS, and SMB) and object protocol (Swift and S3) access methods. IBM Elastic Storage™ Server (ESS) is a software-defined storage system that is built upon proven IBM Power Systems™, IBM Spectrum ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Accelerate Deployment, Usage, and Maintenance
Software Defined Storage

Redbooks, published 19 Jul 2017

This edition applies to IBM® Spectrum Accelerate V11.5.4. IBM Spectrum Accelerate™, a member of IBM Spectrum Storage™, is an agile, software-defined storage solution for enterprise and cloud that builds on the customer-proven and mature IBM XIV® storage software. The key characteristic of Spectrum Accelerate is that it can be easily deployed and run on purpose-built or existing hardware that is chosen by the customer. IBM Spectrum Accelerate enables rapid deployment of high-performance and scalable block data storage infrastructure over commodity hardware on-premises or off-premises. This ... [more]


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Implementing OpenStack SwiftHLM with IBM Spectrum Archive EE or IBM Spectrum Protect for Space Management
Cloud

Redpaper, published 7 Jun 2017, last updated 27 Jun 2017

The Swift High Latency Media project seeks to create a high-latency storage back end that makes it easier for users to perform bulk operations of data tiering within a Swift data ring. In today’s world, data is produced at significantly higher rates than a decade ago. The storage and data management solutions of the past can no longer keep up with the data demands of today. The policies and structures that decide and execute how that data is used, discarded, or retained determines how efficiently the data is used. The need for intelligent data management and storage is more critical now ... [more]


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A Deployment Guide for IBM Spectrum Scale Unified File and Object Storage
Cloud

Redpaper, published 14 Feb 2017, last updated 24 May 2017

Because of the explosion of unstructured data that is generated by individuals and organizations, a new storage paradigm that is called object storage has been developed. Object storage stores data in a flat namespace that scales to trillions of objects. The design of object storage also simplifies how users access data, supporting new types of applications and allowing users to access data by using various methods, including mobile devices and web applications. Data distribution and management are also simplified, allowing greater collaboration across the globe. OpenStack Swift ... [more]


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Implementing IBM Spectrum Virtualize software only
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 19 May 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication provides a broad understanding of IBM Spectrum Virtualize™ software only and how it fits into to the IBM SAN Volume Control and IBM Storwize® families. It also provides use cases for cloud, Cloud Service Provider (CSP), and Managed Service Provider (MSP) implementations. This publication helps storage and networking administrators install, tailor, and configure IBM Spectrum Virtualize software only. It also provides a detailed description of supported hardware and troubleshooting tips. In April 2017, this paper was updated to include information about ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Computing Solutions
Spectrum Computing

Redbooks, published 12 May 2017

This IBM® Spectrum Computing Solutions Redbooks® publication is a follow-up book to update each of the available offerings that are part of the IBM portfolio of Cloud, analytics, technical computing, and high-performance computing (HPC) solutions for our clients. This publication delivers descriptions of the available offerings from IBM Spectrum™ Computing (formerly IBM Platform Computing) that address challenges for our clients in each industry. We include a few implementation and testing scenarios with selected solutions. This publication helps strengthen the position of IBM Spectrum ... [more]


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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 Data Sharing with IBM Spectrum Scale
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 14 Feb 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication provides information to help you with the sizing, configuration, and monitoring of hybrid cloud solutions using the Cloud data sharing feature of IBM Spectrum Scale™. IBM Spectrum Scale, formerly IBM General Parallel File System (IBM GPFS™), is a scalable data and file management solution that provides a global namespace for large data sets along with several enterprise features. Cloud data sharing allows for the sharing and use of data between various cloud object storage types and IBM Spectrum Scale. Cloud data sharing can help with the movement of data ... [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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IBM Software-Defined Storage Guide
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 17 Jan 2017

Today, new business models in the marketplace coexist with traditional ones and their well-established IT architectures. They generate new business needs and new IT requirements that can only be satisfied by new service models and new technological approaches. These changes are reshaping the traditional IT concepts. Cloud in its three main variants (Public, Hybrid, and Private) represents the major and most viable answer to those IT requirements, and software-defined infrastructure (SDI) is its major technological enabler. IBM® technology supports SDI both in an open standard framework and ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Virtualize and SAN Volume Controller Enhanced Stretched Cluster with VMware
Software Defined Storage

Redbooks, published 27 Oct 2015, last updated 19 Dec 2016

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the IBM storage area network (SAN) and IBM Spectrum™ Virtualize, and SAN Volume Controller Enhanced Stretched Cluster configuration when combined with VMware. It describe guidelines, settings, and implementation steps necessary to achieve a satisfactory implementation. Business continuity and continuous availability of applications are among the top requirements for many organizations today. Advances in virtualization, storage, and networking make enhanced business continuity possible. Information technology solutions can now be designed to manage ... [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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Benefits of Spectrum Scale with OpenStack Deployments
Software Defined Storage

Solution Guide, published 19 Jul 2016

IBM® Spectrum Scale is software that is used to manage storage, provide massive scale, a global namespace, and high performance with several enterprise features. IBM Spectrum™ Scale is used in clustered environments and provides file protocol (POSIX, NFS, and SMB) and object protocol (Swift and S3) with unified access capabilities. OpenStack is open source software that is widely used as a base to build cloud and infrastructure as a service solutions. OpenStack often is deployed on commodity hardware and is used to virtualize various parts of the infrastructure (compute, storage, and ... [more]


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Ready-to-use Virtual Appliance for Hands-on Spectrum Archive Evaluation
Storage Software

Redpaper, published 11 Jul 2016, last updated 18 Jul 2016

IBM® Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition for the IBM TS4500, IBM TS3500, and IBM TS3310 tape libraries provides seamless integration of IBM Linear Tape File System™ (LTFS) with IBM Spectrum™ Scale by creating an LTFS tape tier. You can run any application that is designed for disk files on tape by using Spectrum Archive. Spectrum Archive can play a major role in reducing the cost of storage for data that does not need the access performance of primary disk. This Spectrum Archive Virtual Appliance can be deployed in minutes and you can try key features of Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition ... [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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