Enabling Hybrid Cloud Storage for IBM Spectrum Scale Using Transparent Cloud Tiering

An IBM Redpaper publication

Published 31 May 2018

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ISBN-10: 0738456861
ISBN-13: 9780738456867
IBM Form #: REDP-5411-01
(44 pages)

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Authors: Nikhil Khandelwal, Rob Basham, Sandeep R. Patil, Anbazhagan Mani, Amey Gokhale, Jinesh Shah, Kedar Karmarkar, Donald Mathisen, Larry Coyne, Arend Dittmer


This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides information to help you with the sizing, configuration, and monitoring of hybrid cloud solutions using the transparent cloud tiering (TCT) functionality of IBM Spectrum™ Scale. IBM Spectrum Scale™ is a scalable data, file, and object management solution that provides a global namespace for large data sets and several enterprise features.

The IBM Spectrum Scale feature called transparent cloud tiering allows cloud object storage providers, such as IBM Cloud™ Object Storage, IBM Cloud, and Amazon S3, to be used as a storage tier for IBM Spectrum Scale. Transparent cloud tiering can help cut storage capital and operating costs by moving data that does not require local performance to an on-premise or off-premise cloud object storage provider.

Transparent cloud tiering reduces the complexity of cloud object storage by making data transfers transparent to the user or application. This capability can help you adapt to a hybrid cloud deployment model where active data remains directly accessible to your applications and inactive data is placed in the correct cloud (private or public) automatically through IBM Spectrum Scale policies.

This publication is intended for IT architects, IT administrators, storage administrators, and those wanting to learn more about sizing, configuration, and monitoring of hybrid cloud solutions using IBM Spectrum Scale and transparent cloud tiering.

Table of contents

Technology overview
IBM Spectrum Scale overview
IBM Spectrum Scale deployment models
Cloud storage overview
IBM Spectrum Scale transparent cloud tiering: What it is and how it works
IBM Spectrum Scale transparent cloud tiering use cases
Sizing Guidelines and Deployment models
Resource requirements and considerations
Configuration guidelines
Setting up cloud tiering
Cloud tiering policies
IBM Spectrum Control
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