IBM System Storage N series Reference Architecture for Virtualized Environments

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 13 June 2014

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ISBN-10: 0738439622
ISBN-13: 9780738439624
IBM Form #: SG24-8155-00
(224 pages)

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Authors: Roland Tretau, Jacky Ben-Bassat, Craig Thompson


This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides deployment guidelines, workload estimates, and preferred practices for clients who want a proven IBM technology stack for virtualized VMware and Microsoft environments. The result is a Reference Architecture for Virtualized Environments (RAVE) that uses VMware vSphere or Microsoft Hypervisor, IBM System x® or IBM BladeCenter® server, IBM System Networking, and IBM System Storage® N series with Clustered Data ONTAP as a storage foundation. The reference architecture can be used as a foundation to create dynamic cloud solutions and make full use of underlying storage features and functions.

This book provides a blueprint that illustrates how clients can create a virtualized infrastructure and storage cloud to help address current and future data storage business requirements. It explores the solutions that IBM offers to create a storage cloud solution addressing client needs. This book also shows how the Reference Architecture for Virtualized Environments and the extensive experience of IBM in cloud computing, services, proven technologies, and products support a Smart Storage Cloud solution that is designed for your storage optimization efforts.

This book is for anyone who wants to learn how to successfully deploy a virtualized environment. It is also written for anyone who wants to understand how IBM addresses data storage and compute challenges with IBM System Storage N series solutions with IBM servers and networking solutions. This book is suitable for IT architects, business partners, IBM clients, storage solution integrators, and IBM sales representatives.

Table of contents

Part 1. Solution design
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Architecture and design
Chapter 3. Introduction to Clustered Data ONTAP 8.2
Chapter 4. VMware vSphere integration
Chapter 5. Microsoft Hyper-V integration
Chapter 6. Server
Chapter 7. Networking
Chapter 8. Storage
Chapter 9. Storage design
Chapter 10. Common cloud services and deployment models
Part 2. Deployment
Chapter 11. Data protection and disaster recovery
Chapter 12. Easy-step setup guide
Part 3. Appendixes
Appendix A. N series Clustered Data ONTAP 8.2 sizing considerations
Appendix B. Sample configurations

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