IBM System Storage Solutions Handbook

An IBM Redbooks publication

Note: A new draft version of this publication is now available

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This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides overviews and pointers for information about the most current IBM System Storage products, showing how IBM delivers the right mix of products for nearly every aspect of business continuance and business efficiency. IBM System Storage® products can help you store, safeguard, retrieve, and share your data. The following topics are covered:

Part 1 introduces IBM Smarter Storage solutions. It provides overviews of IBM Smart Storage Cloud, IBM SmartCloud® Virtual Storage Center (VSC), as well as an overview of the new IBM PureSystems™ offerings.

Part 2 describes the IBM disk products that include IBM System Storage DS® Series (entry-level, midrange, and enterprise offerings).

Part 3 presents an overview of the IBM TotalStorage and System Storage Tape Drives, IBM Tape Automation Products, and IBM Tape Virtualization Solutions and products.

Part 4 describes storage networking infrastructure and presents the switches and directors to form SAN solutions, as well as converged networks and data center networking.

Part 5 describes the IBM System Storage software portfolio. including Tivoli Storage Manager version 6.4, Tivoli Storage Productivity Center version 5.1.1, and IBM General Parallel File System (IBM GPFS™).

Part 6 describes the z/OS® storage management software and tools.

Finally, the Appendixes provide information about High Performance Storage System (HPSS) and IBM FlashSystem Storage.

This book is intended as a reference for basic and comprehensive information about the IBM System Storage products portfolio. The book provides a starting point when establishing your own enterprise storage environment.

Table of contents

Part 1. IBM Smarter Storage Solutions
Chapter 1. Introduction to IBM Smarter Storage
Chapter 2. IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center at a glance
Chapter 3. IBM Smart Storage Cloud
Chapter 4. IBM PureSystems overview
Part 2. Disk systems
Chapter 5. Entry-level disk storage
Chapter 6. Midrange disk systems
Chapter 7. Enterprise disk systems
Chapter 8. IBM System Storage N series
Chapter 9. IBM Real-time Compression Appliance
Chapter 10. IBM Scale Out Network Attached Storage
Part 3. Tape Systems
Chapter 11. IBM TotalStorage and System Storage Tape Drives
Chapter 12. IBM Tape Automation products
Chapter 13. IBM Tape Virtualization products
Chapter 14. Complementary storage products
Part 4. Storage Networking
Chapter 15. Introduction to storage networking
Chapter 16. Storage Area Network products
Chapter 17. Converged networks and Datacenter networking
Part 5. IBM System Storage software
Chapter 18. IBM System Storage Virtualization
Chapter 19. IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller
Chapter 20. IBM Tivoli Storage Manager overview
Chapter 21. IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center
Chapter 22. IBM Tivoli Key Lifecycle Manager
Chapter 23. IBM GPFS
Part 6. z/OS storage management
Chapter 24. Data management with DFSMS
Chapter 25. z/OS Storage Management Tools
Appendix A. High Performance Storage System (HPSS)
Appendix B. IBM FlashSystem Storage
Appendix C. Withdrawn products


Publish Date
04 May 2013

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