About IBM Redbooks

Redbooks, Drafts, Redpapers, Redguides and Web Docs

IBM Redbooks are the ITSO's core product. They typically provide positioning and value guidance, installation and implementation experiences, typical solution scenarios, and step-by-step "how-to" guidelines. They often include sample code and other support materials that are also available as downloads from this site.

Redbooks are available as hardcopy books, in IBM Redbooks CD-ROM collections, and on the Internet through this site. Refer to the 'How to order' page for order details.


Redbooks are created through the ITSO residency process and are generally published 30-90 days after residency completion.

Drafts are Redbooks under development. The objective of making the draft versions available is to speed up access to books that are not yet published. Consequently they are less polished and may contain some errors because they have not undergone the formal review that takes place for completed IBM Redbooks.

Redpapers are shorter technical papers that are only available on the Web. They can be the result of ITSO residencies and may also be contributed from other sources. They reflect working experiences on a specific topic.

Redguides focus on the business view of technology that solves business issues, provides business value, or enables competitive advantage by applying existing technologies or exploring a roadmap for emerging technologies.

Web Docs are brief technical tips and hints that address a specific feature or problem with an IBM product. They may be excerpts from pre-existing Redbooks or Redpapers or contributed from other sources.

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