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IBM FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R Business Continuity Solutions
Flash storage

Redpaper, published 8 Feb 2019

This edition applies to FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R, Model 415 and 425, with system software Version 12.3 IBM® FlashSystem A9000 and IBM FlashSystem® A9000R provide copy functions suited for various data protection scenarios that enable you to enhance your business continuance, disaster recovery, data migration, and backup solutions. These functions allow point-in-time copies, known as snapshots, and also include remote copy capabilities in either synchronous or asynchronous mode. Furthermore, support for IBM Hyper-Scale Mobility enables a seamless migration of IBM FlashSystem A9000 or ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R Architecture and Implementation (Version 12.3)
Flash storage

Redbooks, published 29 Jan 2019, last updated 6 Feb 2019

* Version 12.3.1 * This IBM® Redbooks publication presents the architecture, design, concepts, and technology that are used in IBM FlashSystem® A9000 and IBM FlashSystem A9000R. FlashSystem A9000 and FlashSystem A9000R deliver the microsecond latency and high availability of IBM FlashCore® technology with grid architecture, simple scalability, and industry-leading IBM software that is designed to drive your business into the cognitive era. The Hyper-Scale Manager highly intuitive user interface simplifies management. Comprehensive data reduction capabilities, including inline deduplication ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem A9000R Product Guide (Version 12.3.1)
Flash storage

Product Guide, published 28 Dec 2018, last updated 6 Feb 2019

This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide is an overview of the main characteristics, features, and technology that are used in IBM FlashSystem® A9000R Model 415 and Model 425, with IBM FlashSystem A9000R Software V12.3.1. IBM FlashSystem A9000R is a grid-scale, all-flash storage platform designed for industry leaders with rapidly growing cloud storage and mixed workload environments to help drive your business into the cognitive era. FlashSystem A9000R provides consistent, extreme performance for dynamic data at scale, integrating the microsecond latency and high availability of IBM FlashCore® ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem A9000 Product Guide (Version 12.3.1)
Flash storage

Product Guide, published 28 Dec 2018, last updated 6 Feb 2019

This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide is an overview of the main characteristics, features, and technology that are used in IBM FlashSystem® A9000Model 425, with IBM FlashSystem A9000 Software V12.3.1. IBM FlashSystem A9000 storage system uses the IBM FlashCore® technology to help realize higher capacity and improved response times over disk-based systems and other competing flash and solid-state drive (SSD)-based storage. The extreme performance of IBM FlashCore technology with a grid architecture and comprehensive data reduction creates one powerful solution. Whether you are a service provider ... [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 3 May 2018, last updated 4 Feb 2019

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 Connect v3.4. This paper is intended for planning to use or implementing the IBM Spectrum Accelerate family of storage systems ... [more]


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Data-at-rest Encryption for the IBM Spectrum Accelerate Family
Storage Solutions

Draft Redpaper, last updated 1 Feb 2019

Updated for FlashSystem A9000/R software version 12.3. With the ever-growing landscape of national, state, and local regulations, industry requirements, and increased security threats, ensuring the protection of an organization's information is a key part of operating a successful business. Encrypting data-at-rest is a key element when addressing these concerns. Most storage products offer encryption at an additional cost. The IBM® Spectrum Accelerate family, which includes IBM XIV® Storage System, IBM FlashSystem® A9000, IBM FlashSystem A9000R system(s), and IBM Spectrum™ Accelerate ... [more]


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IBM Hyper-Scale Manager for IBM Spectrum Accelerate Family: XIV, FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R, and Spectrum Accelerate
Storage Solutions

Draft Redbooks, last updated 24 Jan 2019

This edition applies to IBM Hyper-Scale Manager V5.5. This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes storage management functions and their configuration and use with the IBM Hyper-Scale Manager management graphical user interface (GUI) for IBM XIV® Gen3, IBM FlashSystem® A9000 and A9000R, and IBM Spectrum Accelerate™ software. The web-based GUI provides a revolutionary object-centered interface design that is aimed toward ease of use together with enhanced efficiency for storage administrators. The first chapter describes general features of the GUI and installation of the IBM Hyper-Scale ... [more]


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IBM DS8000 Easy Tier (for DS8880 R8.5 or later)
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 4 Dec 2018, last updated 8 Jan 2019

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the concepts and functions of IBM System Storage® Easy Tier®, and explains its practical use with the IBM DS8000® series and License Machine Code 8.8.50.xx.xx or later. 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 ... [more]


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IBM DS8880 Product Guide (Release 8.51)
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 2 Jan 2019

This IBM Redbooks® Product Guide gives an overview of the features and functions that are available with the IBM DS8880 models running microcode Release 8.51 (DS8000 License Machine Code 8.8.51.xx.xx). The IBM DS8880 architecture relies on powerful IBM POWER8® processor-based servers that manage the cache to streamline disk input/output (I/O), maximizing performance and throughput. These capabilities are further enhanced with the availability of the second generation of high-performance flash enclosures (HPFE Gen-2). The IBM DS8888, DS8886, and DS8884 models excel at supporting the IBM Z ... [more]


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Implementing the IBM Storwize V5000 Gen2 (including the Storwize V5010, V5020, and V5030) with IBM Spectrum Virtualize V8.2.1
Storage Solutions

Draft Redbooks, last updated 21 Dec 2018

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 DS8880 Architecture and Implementation (Release 8.51)
Disk storage

Draft Redbooks, last updated 17 Dec 2018

* Updated for R8.51 * This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the concepts, architecture, and implementation of the IBM DS8880 family. The book provides reference information to assist readers who need to plan for, install, and configure the DS8880 systems. The IBM DS8000® family is a high-performance, high-capacity, highly secure, and resilient series of disk storage systems. The DS8880 family is the latest and most advanced of the DS8000 offerings to date. The high availability, multiplatform support, including IBM Z, and simplified management tools help provide a cost-effective path to ... [more]


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Data-at-rest Encryption for the IBM Spectrum Accelerate Family
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 11 Jul 2017, last updated 17 Dec 2018

With the ever-growing landscape of national, state, and local regulations, industry requirements, and increased security threats, ensuring the protection of an organization's information is a key part of operating a successful business. Encrypting data-at-rest is a key element when addressing these concerns. Most storage products offer encryption at an additional cost. The IBM® Spectrum Accelerate family, which includes IBM XIV® Storage System, IBM FlashSystem® A9000, IBM FlashSystem A9000R system(s), and IBM Spectrum™ Accelerate Software provides data-at-rest encryption at no charge. ... [more]


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Introducing the IBM DS8882F Rack Mounted Storage System
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 20 Nov 2018, last updated 6 Dec 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™ presents and positions the DS8882F. The DS8882F adds a modular rack-mountable enterprise storage system to the DS8880 family of all-flash enterprise storage systems. The modular system can be integrated into 16U contiguous space of an existing IBM z14™ Model ZR1 (z14 Model ZR1), IBM LinuxONE™ Rockhopper II (z14 Model LR1), or other standard 19-inch wide rack. The DS8882F allows you to take advantage of the performance boost of DS8880 all-flash enterprise systems and advanced features while limiting datacenter footprint and power infrastructure ... [more]


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IBM DS8880 High-Performance Flash Enclosure Gen2
Flash storage

Redpaper, published 12 Oct 2018, last updated 4 Dec 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the IBM DS8880 High-Performance Enclosure (HPFE) Gen2 architecture and configuration, as of DS8880 Release 8.51. The DS8880 HPFE Gen2 is a 2U Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) flash enclosure with associated Flash RAID adapters that can be used exclusively with DS8880 models. The flash enclosure and Flash RAID adapters are installed in pairs. Each storage enclosure pair can support 16, 32, or 48 encryption-capable flash drives (2.5-inch, 63.5 mm form ... [more]


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IBM DS8880 Encryption for data at rest and Transparent Cloud Tiering (DS8000 Release 8.5)
Disk storage

Draft Redpaper, last updated 4 Dec 2018

-update for Release 8.5 - IBM experts recognize the need for data protection, both from hardware or software failures, and also from physical relocation of hardware, theft, and retasking of existing hardware. The IBM DS8880 supports encryption-capable hard disk drives (HDDs) and flash drives. These Full Disk Encryption (FDE) drive sets are used with key management services that are provided by IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager software or Gemalto SafeNet KeySecure to allow encryption for data at rest on a DS8880. Use of encryption technology involves several considerations that are critical ... [more]


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IBM DS8880 and IBM Z Synergy
Storage Solutions

Draft Redpaper, last updated 3 Dec 2018

From the beginning, what is known today as IBM® Z always had a close and unique relationship to its storage. Over the years, improvements to the Z processors and storage software, the disk storage systems, and their communication architecture consistently reinforced this 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 and the IBM DS8880 an ideal combination. This paper is intended for those users who have some familiarity with IBM Z and the IBM DS8000® series ... [more]


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IBM DS8880 Thin Provisioning (Updated for Release 8.5)
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 20 Nov 2017, last updated 8 Nov 2018

Ever-increasing storage demands have a negative effect on an organization's IT budget and complicate the overall storage infrastructure and management. Companies are looking at ways to use their storage resources more efficiently. Thin provisioning can help by reducing the amount of unused storage that is typically allocated to applications or users. Now available for the IBM® DS8880 for Fixed Block (FB) and Count Key Data (CKD) volumes, thin provisioning defers the allocation of actual space on the storage system until the time that the data must effectively be written to disk. This IBM ... [more]


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DS8000 Copy Services
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 15 Mar 2017, last updated 16 Oct 2018

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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IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller and Storwize V7000 Best Practices and Performance Guidelines
Software Defined Storage

Redbooks, published 3 May 2018, last updated 7 Sep 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® publication captures several of the preferred practices and describes the performance gains that can be achieved by implementing the IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller and IBM Storwize® V7000 powered by IBM Spectrum Virtualize™ V8.1. These practices are based on field experience. This book highlights configuration guidelines and preferred practices for the storage area network (SAN) topology, clustered system, back-end storage, storage pools and managed disks, volumes, remote copy services, and hosts. Then it provides performance guidelines for SAN Volume ... [more]


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IBM XIV Storage System Business Continuity Functions
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 16 Nov 2014, last updated 7 Aug 2018

The IBM XIV® Storage System has a rich set of copy functions suited for various data protection scenarios that enable you to enhance your business continuance, disaster recovery, data migration, and online backup solutions. These functions allow point-in-time copies, known as snapshots and full volume copies, and also include remote copy capabilities in either synchronous or asynchronous mode. A three-site mirroring function is now available to further improve availability and disaster recovery capabilities. These functions are included in the XIV software and all their features are ... [more]


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