Introduction to IBM Real-time Compression Appliances

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 24 October 2013

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ISBN-10: 0738438731
ISBN-13: 9780738438733
IBM Form #: SG24-7953-02
(394 pages)

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Authors: Roland Tretau, JinSu Kim, Beatriz Nolte, Gary Nunn, Falk Schneider


Continuing its commitment to developing and delivering industry-leading storage technologies, IBM is introducing the IBM Real-time Compression Appliances for NAS, an innovative new storage offering that delivers essential storage efficiency technologies, combined with exceptional ease of use and performance.

In an era when the amount of information, particularly in unstructured files, is exploding, but budgets for storing that information are stagnant, IBM Real-time Compression technology offers a powerful tool for better information management, protection, and access.

IBM Real-time Compression can help slow the growth of storage acquisition, reducing storage costs while simplifying both operations and management. It also enables organizations to keep more data available for use rather than storing it offsite or on harder-to-access tape, so they can support improved analytics and decision making.

IBM Real-time Compression Appliances provide on-line storage optimization through real-time data compression, delivering dramatic cost reduction without performance degradation.

This IBM® Redbooks® publication is an easy-to-follow guide that describes how to design solutions successfully using IBM Real-time Compression Appliances (IBM RTCAs). It provides practical installation examples, ease of use, remote management, high availability, and administration techniques. Furthermore, it explains best practices for RTCA solution design, application integration, and practical RTCA use cases.

Table of contents

Part 1. Introduction
Chapter 1. The industry requirement for compression
Chapter 2. Compression technology discussed
Chapter 3. Introduction to RTCA design
Chapter 4. Hardware and software components
Part 2. Implementation planning
Chapter 5. Solution design and implementation planning
Chapter 6. Performance considerations
Chapter 7. Interaction with native NAS, host OS, and application features
Chapter 8. Deploying Real-time Compression Appliances
Chapter 9. Software installation or upgrade
Chapter 10. Administration
Part 3. Solution architectures
Chapter 11. NAS / N series solution design
Chapter 12. EMC storage integration
Chapter 13. Nearline and offline backup solutions
Chapter 14. VMware vSphere integration
Chapter 15. Oracle database application integration
Chapter 16. File serving solutions
Appendix A. Troubleshooting

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