IBM TotalStorage DS300 and DS400 Best Practices Guide

An IBM Redbooks publication

Note: This is publication is now archived. For reference only.

Published 21 February 2006

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ISBN-10: 0738496316
ISBN-13: 9780738496313
IBM Form #: SG24-7121-00
(674 pages)

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Authors: Byron Braswell, Hendrik Ernst, Werner Fischer


This IBM Redbooks publication represents a compilation of best practices for configuring the IBM TotalStorage DS300 (iSCSI) and DS400 (Fibre). These workgroup storage subsystems for IBM eServer xSeries and BladeCenter servers are designed to provide an exceptional solution for workgroup storage applications such as file, print and Web serving, as well as, remote boot storage for diskless servers.

The book provides a conceptual framework for understanding the DS300 and DS400 in a Storage Area Network and includes recommendations, hints, and tips for the physical installation, cabling, and zoning. It shows:
* Supported configurations
* Proper use of the software and hardware initiators
* Array and Logical drive configurations to support maximum throughput
* DSM and MPIO usage
* Understanding failover and failback
* Best practices with installation (i.e., FC switches, BladeCenters, Ethernet switches)
* Single to dual upgrade

This book is intended for IBM technical professionals, Business Partners, and customers responsible for the planning, deployment, and maintenance of IBM TotalStorage DS300/DS400 products.

Table of contents

Part 1. Technical overview
Chapter 1. Storage Area Networks (SAN) overview
Chapter 2. iSCSI overview
Chapter 3. Components overview
Chapter 4. TotalStorage DS300 and DS400 management
Chapter 5. Performance and configuration considerations
Part 2. TotalStorage DS300
Chapter 6. TotalStorage DS300 sample configurations
Chapter 7. TotalStorage DS300 installation
Part 3. TotalStorage DS400
Chapter 8. TotalStorage DS400 example configurations
Chapter 9. TotalStorage DS400 installation
Appendix A. Command line interface reference
Appendix B. Network design considerations
Appendix C. How to get updates of code and documentation

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