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Implementing the IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller with IBM Spectrum Virtualize V8.1
Software Defined Storage

Redbooks, published 27 Feb 2018, last updated 28 Feb 2018

This IBM® Redbooks publication is a detailed technical guide to the IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller, which is powered by IBM Spectrum™ Virtualize V8.1. IBM SAN Volume Controller is a virtualization appliance solution that maps virtualized volumes that are visible to hosts and applications to physical volumes on storage devices. Each server within the storage area network (SAN) has its own set of virtual storage addresses that are mapped to physical addresses. If the physical addresses change, the server continues running by using the same virtual addresses that it had before. ... [more]


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Implementation Guide for IBM Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 25 Dec 2017, last updated 7 Feb 2018

IBM® Spectrum Virtualize is a key member of the IBM Spectrum™ Storage portfolio. It is a highly flexible storage solution that enables rapid deployment of block storage services for new and traditional workloads, on-premises, off-premises and in a combination of both. IBM Spectrum Virtualize™ for Public Cloud is a brand new offering that provides the IBM Spectrum Virtualize functionality in IBM Cloud. This new capability provides a monthly license to deploy and use Spectrum Virtualize in IBM Cloud to enable hybrid cloud solutions, offering the ability to transfer data between on-premises ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Scale: Big Data and Analytics Solution Brief
Software Defined Storage

Redguide, published 23 Jan 2018

This IBM® Redguide™ publication describes big data and analytics deployments that are built on IBM Spectrum Scale™. IBM Spectrum Scale is a proven enterprise-level distributed file system that is a high-performance and cost-effective alternative to Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) for Hadoop analytics services. IBM Spectrum Scale includes NFS, SMB, and Object services and meets the performance that is required by many industry workloads, such as technical computing, big data, analytics, and content management. IBM Spectrum Scale provides world-class, web-based storage management with ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Virtualize: Hot-Spare Node and NPIV Target Ports
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 19 Jan 2018

The use of N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) to provide host-only ports (NPIV target ports) and spare nodes improves the host failover characteristics by separating out host communications from communication tasks on the same port and providing standby hardware, which can be automatically introduced into the cluster to reintroduce redundancy. Because the host ports are not used for internode communications, they can freely move between nodes, and this includes spare nodes that are added to the cluster automatically. This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the use of the IBM Spectrum™ ... [more]


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Using IBM DS8000 in an OpenStack Environment
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 28 Dec 2017

With the availability of the IBM® Storage Driver for OpenStack, the IBM DS8000® can offer a range of capabilities that enable more effective storage automation deployments to private or public clouds. Enabling OpenStack with DS8000 allows storage to be made available whenever it is needed without the traditional associated cost of highly skilled administrators and infrastructure. This IBM Redpaper™ publication explains how to integrate the DS8000 in an OpenStack environment, first from the DS8000 Storage Administrator perspective and then from a cloud administrator standpoint. This paper ... [more]


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Monitoring and Managing the IBM Elastic Storage Server Using the GUI
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 14 Dec 2017

The Elastic Storage Server (ESS) GUI provides an easy way to configure and monitor various features that are available with the ESS system. The ESS GUI is a web application that runs on web browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, and Edge. It uses Java Script and Ajax technologies to enable smooth and desktop-like interfacing. Therefore, no client-side installation is required to use the GUI. This document provides detailed information about the ESS GUI features. This edition applies to ESS version ... [more]


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Automating IBM Spectrum Scale Deployment with Ubuntu OpenStack Cloud and Juju Charms
Storage Solutions

Redguide, published 14 Dec 2017

Automation is key to faster deployments with fewer resources. Now Juju charms can help to automatically deploy and operate IBM® Spectrum Scale with Ubuntu OpenStack cloud.


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Implementing a VersaStack Solution by Cisco and IBM with IBM Storwize V5030, Cisco UCS Mini, Hyper-V, and SQL Server
Software Defined Storage

Redbooks, published 14 Nov 2017, last updated 14 Nov 2017

VersaStack, an IBM® and Cisco integrated infrastructure solution, combines computing, networking, and storage into a single integrated system. It combines the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) Integrated Infrastructure with IBM Spectrum Virtualize™, which includes IBM FlashSystem® V9000 and IBM Storwize® storage offerings, for quick deployment and rapid time to value for the implementation of modern infrastructures. This IBM Redbooks® publication covers the preferred practices for implementing a VersaStack Solution with IBM Storwize V5000 Gen2, Cisco UCS Mini, Hyper-V 2016, and ... [more]


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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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