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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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IBM HyperSwap and Multi-site HA/DR for IBM FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 4 Feb 2019

IBM® HyperSwap® is the high availability (HA) solution that provides continuous data availability in case of hardware failure, power failure, connectivity failure, or disasters. The HyperSwap capability is available for IBM FlashSystem® A9000 and IBM FlashSystem A9000R, starting with software version 12.2.1. Version 12.3 introduces a function that combines HyperSwap and Asynchronous replication, which creates a solution that entails HA and Disaster Recovery (DR). One side of the HyperSwap pair has an active async link to the third system, and the other side has a standby link. Known as ... [more]


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IBM High-Performance Computing (HPC) Insights with IBM AC922 Clustered Solution
Power Systems

Draft Redbooks, last updated 4 Feb 2019

This IBM Redbooks publication documents and addresses topics to provide concepts to setup a complete infrastructure environment and tune the applications to use IBM POWER9™ hardware architecture with the technical computing software stack. This publication is driven by CORAL project solution. It explores, tests, and documents how to implement an IBM High-Performance Computing (HPC) solution on POWER9 by using IBM technical innovations to help solve challenging scientific, technical, and business problems. This book documents the HPC clustering solution with InfiniBand on IBM Power Advanced ... [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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Best Practices Guide for Databases on IBM FlashSystem
Flash storage

Redpaper, published 30 Jan 2019

Best Practices Guide for Databases on IBM FlashSystem


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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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Implementing the IBM Storwize V7000 with IBM Spectrum Virtualize V8.2.1
Software Defined Storage

Draft Redbooks, last updated 22 Jan 2019

Continuing its commitment to developing and delivering industry-leading storage technologies, IBM® introduces the IBM Storwize® V7000 solution powered by IBM Spectrum™ Virtualize. This innovative storage offering delivers essential storage efficiency technologies and exceptional ease of use and performance, all integrated into a compact, modular design that is offered at a competitive, midrange price. The IBM Storwize V7000 solution incorporates some of the top IBM technologies that are typically found only in enterprise-class storage systems, raising the standard for storage efficiency in ... [more]


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Implementing the IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller with IBM Spectrum Virtualize V8.2.1
Software Defined Storage

Draft Redbooks, last updated 22 Jan 2019

This IBM® Redbooks publication is a detailed technical guide to the IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller, which is powered by IBM Spectrum™ Virtualize V8.2.1 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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DS8000 Global Mirror Best Practices
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 7 Mar 2017, last updated 11 Jan 2019

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication reviews the architecture and operations of the IBM DS8000® Global Mirror function. The document looks at different aspects of the solution in terms of performance, infrastructure requirements, data integrity, business continuity, and impact on production. Hints and tips are provided on how to best configure the overall Global Mirror environment, in terms of connectivity, storage configuration, and specific parameters tuning. The guidelines that are provided are in general related to performance, which ultimately ensures a better recovery point objective ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Scale and IBM StoredIQ: Identifying and securing your business data to support regulatory requirements
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 11 Jan 2019

Having the appropriate storage for hosting business critical data and the proper analytic software for deep inspection of that data is becoming necessary to get deeper insights into the data so that users can categorize which data qualifies for compliance. This IBM® Redpaper™ publication explains why the storage features of IBM Spectrum™ Scale, when combined with the data analysis and categorization features of IBM StoredIQ®, provide an excellent platform for hosting unstructured business data that is subject to regulatory compliance guidelines, such as General Data Protection Regulation ... [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 Power System E980: Technical Overview and Introduction
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 7 Sep 2018, last updated 7 Jan 2019

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication provides a broad understanding of a new architecture of the IBM Power System E980 (9080-M9S) server that supports IBM AIX®, IBM i, and Linux operating systems (OSes). The objective of this paper is to introduce the major innovative Power E980 offerings and relevant functions:

  • The IBM POWER9™ processor, which is available at frequencies of 3.55 - 4.0 GHz.
  • Significantly strengthened cores and larger caches.
  • Supports up to 64 TB memory.
  • Integrated I/O subsystem and hot-pluggable Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) ... [more]


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IBM Power Systems H922 and H924 Technical Overview and Introduction
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 1 Aug 2018, last updated 4 Jan 2019

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a comprehensive guide that covers the IBM Power System H924 (9223-42H), and IBM Power System H922 (9223-22H) servers that support memory-intensive workloads such as SAP HANA, and deliver superior price/performance for mission-critical applications in IBM AIX®, IBM i, and Linux operating systems. The objective of this paper is to introduce the major innovative Power H92 and Power H922 offerings and their relevant functions:

  • The new IBM POWER9™ processor, which is available at frequencies of 2.8 - 3.8 GHz, 2.9 - 3.8 GHz, 2.8 - 3.8 GHz, 3.4 - ... [more]


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IBM Power Systems S922, S914, and S924 Technical Overview and Introduction
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 26 Jul 2018, last updated 4 Jan 2019

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a comprehensive guide that covers the IBM Power System S922 (9009-22A), IBM Power System S914 (9009-41A), and IBM Power System S924 (9009-42A) servers that support IBM AIX®, IBM i, and Linux operating systems. The objective of this paper is to introduce the major innovative Power S914, Power S922, and Power 924 offerings and their relevant functions:

  • The new IBM POWER9™ processor, which is available at frequencies of 2.3 - 3.8 GHz, 2.8 - 3.8 GHz, 2.9 - 3.8 GHz, 3.4 - 3.9 GHz, 3.5 - 3.9 GHz, and 3.8 - 4.0 GHz.
  • Significantly ... [more]


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IBM Power System L922 Technical Overview and Introduction
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 31 Jul 2018, last updated 4 Jan 2019

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a comprehensive guide covering the IBM Power System L922 (9008-22L) server, which was designed for data-intensive workloads such as databases and analytics in the Linux operating system. The objective of this paper is to introduce the major innovative Power L922 offering and its relevant functions:

  • The new IBM POWER9™ processor, available at frequencies of 2.7 - 3.8 GHz, 2.9 - 3.8 GHz, and 3.4 - 3.9 GHz.
  • Significantly strengthened cores and larger caches.
  • Two integrated memory controllers that allow double the memory footprint ... [more]


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IBM Z Connectivity Handbook
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 2 Oct 2018, last updated 3 Jan 2019

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the connectivity options that are available for use within and beyond the data center for the IBM Z family of mainframes, which includes these systems:

  • IBM z14®
  • IBM z14 Model ZR1
  • IBM z13®
  • IBM z13s™
  • IBM zEnterprise® EC12 (zEC12)
  • IBM zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12)
This book highlights the hardware and software components, functions, typical uses, coexistence, and relative merits of these connectivity features. It helps readers understand the connectivity alternatives that are available when planning and ... [more]


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IBM z14 Configuration Setup
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 25 Sep 2017, last updated 3 Jan 2019

This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps you install, configure, and maintain the IBM z14. The z14 offers new functions that require a comprehensive understanding of the available configuration options. This book presents configuration setup scenarios, and describes implementation examples in detail. This publication is intended for systems engineers, hardware planners, and anyone who needs to understand IBM Z configuration and implementation. Readers should be generally familiar with current IBM Z technology and terminology. For more information about the functions of the z14, see IBM z14 ... [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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IBM Power System AC922 Technical Overview and Introduction
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 23 Jul 2018, last updated 2 Jan 2019

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a comprehensive guide that covers the IBM Power System AC922 server (8335-GTH and 8335-GTX models). The Power AC922 server is the next generation of the IBM POWER® processor-based systems, which are designed for deep learning (DL) and artificial intelligence (AI), high-performance analytics, and high-performance computing (HPC). This paper introduces the major innovative Power AC922 server features and their relevant functions:

  • Powerful IBM POWER9™ processors that offer up to 22 cores at up to 2.80 GHz (3.10 GHz turbo) performance with up to ... [more]


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Implementing IBM FlashSystem 900 Model AE3
Storage Solutions

Draft Redbooks, last updated 28 Dec 2018

Today’s global organizations depend on being able to unlock business insights from massive volumes of data. Now, with IBM® FlashSystem 900 Model AE3, powered by IBM FlashCore® technology, they can make faster decisions based on real-time insights and unleash the power of the most demanding applications, including online transaction processing (OLTP) and analytics databases, virtual desktop infrastructures (VDIs), technical computing applications, and cloud environments. This IBM Redbooks® publication introduces clients to the IBM FlashSystem® 900 Model AE3. It provides in-depth knowledge of ... [more]


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