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IBM DS8880 Architecture and Implementation (Release 8.3)
Disk storage

Draft Redbooks, last updated 12 Oct 2017

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 Systems®, and simplified management tools help provide a cost-effective path to an on-demand ... [more]


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IBM DS8880 Product Guide (Release 8.3)
Disk storage

Product Guide, published 11 Oct 2017, last updated 12 Oct 2017

This IBM Redbooks® Product Guide gives an overview of the features and functions that are available with the IBM DS8880 models running microcode Release 8.3 (License Machine Code 7.8.3x.xxx). 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 Enterprise ... [more]


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

Draft Redpaper, last updated 11 Oct 2017

The IBM Spectrum Scale GUI provides an easy way to configure and monitor various features that are available with the IBM Spectrum Scale system using an IBM Elastic Storage Server (ESS). The IBM Spectrum Scale GUI is a web application that runs on common 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 Redpaper provides detailed information about the ESS GUI features. This edition applies to IBM Elastic Storage Server version ... [more]


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Monitoring and Managing IBM Spectrum Scale Using the GUI
Tape storage

Draft Redpaper, last updated 11 Oct 2017

The IBM Spectrum Scale GUI provides an easy way to configure and monitor various features that are available with the IBM Spectrum Scale system. The IBM Spectrum Scale GUI is a web application that runs on common 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 IBM® Redpaper™ publication provides a broad understanding of the architecture and features of the IBM Spectrum Scale GUI. It includes information about how to install and ... [more]


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IBM DS8000 EasyTier (for DS8880 R8.3 or later)
Disk storage

Draft Redpaper, last updated 3 Oct 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the concepts and functions of IBM System Storage® Easy Tier® and explains its practical use with the IBM System Storage DS8880 at code level R8.3. 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 ranks, even within ... [more]


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DS8880 High Performance Flash Enclosure Gen2
Flash storage

Draft Product Guide, last updated 3 Oct 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the High-Performance Flash Enclosure Gen2 (HPFE Gen2). HPFE Gen2 is a flash enclosure with flash drives and associated Flash RAID adapter, for use with the DS8880 models.


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IBM DS8880 Thin Provisioning
Disk storage

Draft Redpaper, last updated 3 Oct 2017

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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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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Building a Software-Defined Cloud with IBM PowerVM Systems
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 10 Aug 2017, last updated 29 Sep 2017

The aim of this document is to provide the reader with a concrete example and implementation details to build out a fully software-defined cloud on IBM® Power Systems™. This guide uses the following technologies to build this cloud:

  • IBM Power System S822: At least one server, but three or more are preferred. Provides the hardware for cloud compute, storage, and networking.
  • IBM PowerVM®: A hypervisor that runs Linux, AIX®, and IBM i operating systems.
  • IBM Spectrum™ Scale: Software-defined storage software that is built for scale and high performance.
  • IBM ... [more]


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Digital Transformation with IBM Application Discovery
Application Platform

Redpaper, published 28 Sep 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes how IBM Application Discovery (AD) complements IBM z/OS® Connect Enterprise Edition and IBM Developer for z Systems® in making older mainframe applications available to the digital world. By using a sample scenario, this publication primarily focuses on how the functionality of AD can be used to discover application programming interface (API) candidates and how z/OS Connect can easily create an API out of the mainframe program. It also describes how IBM Developer for z Systems acts as the tool that links the entire ... [more]


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