IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller Best Practices and Performance Guidelines

An IBM Redbooks publication


This IBM® Redbooks® publication captures several of the best practices based on field experience and describes the performance gains that can be achieved by implementing the IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller V6.2.

This book begins with a look at the latest developments with SAN Volume Controller V6.2 and reviews the changes in the previous versions of the product. It highlights configuration guidelines and best 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 best practices for monitoring, maintaining, and troubleshooting SAN Volume Controller. Finally, this book highlights several scenarios that demonstrate the best practices and performance guidelines.

This book is intended for experienced storage, SAN, and SAN Volume Controller administrators and technicians. Before reading this book, you must have advanced knowledge of the SAN Volume Controller and SAN environment. For background information, read the following Redbooks publications:

  • Implementing the IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller V5.1, SG24-6423
  • Introduction to Storage Area Networks, SG24-5470

Table of contents

Part 1. Configuration guidelines and best practices
Chapter 1. Updates in IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller
Chapter 2. SAN topology
Chapter 3. SAN Volume Controller clustered system
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 best practices
Chapter 9. Performance highlights for SAN Volume Controller V6.2
Chapter 10. Back-end storage performance considerations
Chapter 11. IBM System Storage Easy Tier function
Chapter 12. Applications
Part 3. Management, monitoring, troubleshooting, and examples
Chapter 13. Monitoring
Chapter 14. Maintenance
Chapter 15. Troubleshooting and diagnostics
Part 4. Practical examples
Chapter 16. SAN Volume Controller scenarios


Publish Date
31 December 2012

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