Introducing and Implementing IBM FlashSystem V9000

An IBM Redbooks publication

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Storage capacity and performance requirements are growing faster than ever before, and the costs of managing this growth are depleting more of the information technology (IT) budget.

The IBM® FlashSystem™ V9000 is the premier, fully integrated, Tier 1, all-flash offering from IBM. It has changed the economics of today's data center by eliminating storage bottlenecks. Its software-defined storage features simplify data management, improve data security, and preserve your investments in storage.

IBM FlashSystem® V9000 includes IBM FlashCore™ technology and advanced software-defined storage available in one solution in a compact 6U form factor. FlashSystem V9000 improves business application availability. It delivers greater resource utilization so you can get the most from your storage resources, and achieve a simpler, more scalable, and cost-efficient IT Infrastructure.

This IBM Redbooks® publication provides information about IBM FlashSystem V9000 Software V7.5 and its new functionality. It describes the product architecture, software, hardware, and implementation, and provides hints and tips. It illustrates use cases and independent software vendor (ISV) scenarios that demonstrate real-world solutions, and also provides examples of the benefits gained by integrating the FlashSystem storage into business environments.

Using IBM FlashSystem V9000 software version 7.5 functions, management tools, and interoperability combines the performance of FlashSystem architecture with the advanced functions of software-defined storage to deliver performance, efficiency, and functions that meet the needs of enterprise workloads that demand IBM MicroLatency® response time.

This book offers FlashSystem V9000 scalability concepts and guidelines for planning, installing, and configuring, which can help environments scale up and out to add more flash capacity and expand virtualized systems. Port utilization methodologies are provided to help you maximize the full potential of IBM FlashSystem V9000 performance and low latency in your scalable environment.

In addition, all of the functions that FlashSystem V9000 software version 7.5 brings are explained, including IBM HyperSwap® capability, increased IBM FlashCopy® bitmap space, Microsoft Windows offloaded data transfer (ODX), and direct 16 gigabits per second (Gbps) Fibre Channel host attach support. This book also describes support for VMware 6, which enhances and improves scalability in a VMware environment.

This book is intended for pre-sales and post-sales technical support professionals, storage administrators, and anyone who wants to understand how to implement this exciting technology.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. IBM FlashSystem V9000 introduction
Chapter 2. FlashSystem V9000 architecture
Chapter 3. Advanced software functions
Chapter 4. Planning
Chapter 5. Scalability
Chapter 6. Installation and configuration
Chapter 7. Host configuration
Chapter 8. Using IBM FlashSystem V9000
Chapter 9. Configuring settings
Chapter 10. Service Assistant Tool
Chapter 11. HyperSwap
Chapter 12. Independent software vendors and use cases
Chapter 13. Hints and tips
Appendix A. Guidelines: Port utilization in an IBM FlashSystem V9000 scalable environment


Publish Date
02 November 2015

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