IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller and Storwize V7000 Best Practices and Performance Guidelines

An IBM Redbooks publication

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

Published 06 October 2014, updated 04 August 2016

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ISBN-10: 0738439762
ISBN-13: 9780738439761
IBM Form #: SG24-7521-03
(662 pages)

Authors: Jon Tate, Pawel Brodacki, Tilak Buneti, Christian Burns, Jana Jamsek, Erez Kirson, Marcin Tabinowski, Bosmat Tuv-El


This IBM® Redbooks® publication captures several of the preferred practices that are based on field experience and describes the performance gains that can be achieved by implementing the IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller and Storwize® V7000 V7.2.

This book begins with a look at the latest developments with SAN Volume Controller and Storwize V7000 and reviews the changes in the previous versions of the product. It highlights configuration guidelines and preferred practices for the storage area network (SAN) topology, clustered system, back-end storage, storage pools and managed disks, volumes, remote copy services, and hosts. Then, this book provides performance guidelines for SAN Volume Controller, back-end storage, and applications. It explains how you can optimize disk performance with the IBM System Storage Easy Tier® function. Next, it provides preferred practices for monitoring, maintaining, and troubleshooting SAN Volume Controller and Storwize V7000. Finally, this book highlights several scenarios that demonstrate the preferred practices and performance guidelines.

Table of contents

Part 1. Configuration guidelines and preferred practices
Chapter 1. Updates in IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller
Chapter 2. SAN topology
Chapter 3. SAN Volume Controller and Storwize V7000 Cluster
Chapter 4. Back-end storage
Chapter 5. Storage pools and managed disks
Chapter 6. Volumes
Chapter 7. Remote copy services
Chapter 8. Hosts
Part 2. Performance preferred practices
Chapter 9. Performance highlights for SAN Volume Controller V7.2
Chapter 10. Back-end storage performance considerations
Chapter 11. IBM System Storage Easy Tier function
Chapter 12. Applications
Part 3. Management, monitoring, and troubleshooting
Chapter 13. Monitoring
Chapter 14. Maintenance
Chapter 15. Troubleshooting and diagnostics
Part 4. Practical examples
Chapter 16. SAN Volume Controller scenarios
Chapter 17. IBM Real-time Compression
Appendix A. IBM i considerations

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