IBM System Storage N series Hardware Guide

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 30 May 2014

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ISBN-10: 0738439401
ISBN-13: 9780738439402
IBM Form #: SG24-7840-03
(366 pages)

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Authors: Roland Tretau, Jeff Lin, Dirk Peitzmann, Steven Pemberton, Tom Provost, Marco Schwarz


This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides a detailed look at the features, benefits, and capabilities of the IBM System Storage® N series hardware offerings.

The IBM System Storage N series systems can help you tackle the challenge of effective data management by using virtualization technology and a unified storage architecture. The N series delivers low- to high-end enterprise storage and data management capabilities with midrange affordability. Built-in serviceability and manageability features help support your efforts to increase reliability, simplify and unify storage infrastructure and maintenance, and deliver exceptional economy.

The IBM System Storage N series systems provide a range of reliable, scalable storage solutions to meet various storage requirements. These capabilities are achieved by using network access protocols, such as Network File System (NFS), Common Internet File System (CIFS), HTTP, and iSCSI, and storage area network technologies, such as Fibre Channel. By using built-in Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) technologies, all data is protected with options to enhance protection through mirroring, replication, Snapshots, and backup. These storage systems also have simple management interfaces that make installation, administration, and troubleshooting straightforward.

In addition, this book addresses high-availability solutions, including clustering and MetroCluster that support highest business continuity requirements. MetroCluster is a unique solution that combines array-based clustering with synchronous mirroring to deliver continuous availability.

Table of contents

Part 1. Introduction to N series hardware
Chapter 1. Introduction to IBM System Storage N series
Chapter 2. Entry-level systems
Chapter 3. Mid-range systems
Chapter 4. High-end systems
Chapter 5. Expansion units
Chapter 6. Cabling expansions
Chapter 7. Highly Available controller pairs
Chapter 8. MetroCluster
Chapter 9. MetroCluster expansion cabling
Chapter 10. Data protection with RAID Double Parity
Chapter 11. Core technologies
Chapter 12. Flash Cache
Chapter 13. Disk sanitization
Chapter 14. Designing an N series solution
Part 2. Installation and administration
Chapter 15. Preparation and installation
Chapter 16. Basic N series administration
Part 3. Client hardware integration
Chapter 17. Host Utilities Kits
Chapter 18. Boot from SAN
Chapter 19. Host multipathing
Part 4. Performing upgrades
Chapter 20. Designing for nondisruptive upgrades
Chapter 21. Hardware and software upgrades
Appendix A. Getting started
Appendix B. Operating environment

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