IBM DS8880 Architecture and Implementation (Release 8.2.1)

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 25 January 2017, updated 10 March 2017

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ISBN-10: 0738442402
ISBN-13: 9780738442402
IBM Form #: SG24-8323-02
(474 pages)

Authors: Kerstin Blum, Sherry Brunson, Andre Coelho, Jeffery Cook, Bert Dufrasne, Peter Kimmel, Bjoern Wesselbaum


This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the concepts, architecture, and implementation of the IBM DS8880 family. The book provides reference information to assist readers who need to plan for, install, and configure the DS8880 systems.

The IBM DS8000® family is a high-performance, high-capacity, highly secure, and resilient series of disk storage systems. The DS8880 family is the latest and most advanced of the DS8000 offerings to date. The high availability, multiplatform support, including IBM z Systems®, and simplified management tools help provide a cost-effective path to an on-demand world.

The IBM DS8880 family now offers business-critical, all-flash, and hybrid data systems that span a wide range of price points:

  • DS8884 -- Business Class
  • DS8886 -- Enterprise Class
  • DS8888 -- Analytics Class

The DS8884 and DS8886 are available as either hybrid models, or can be configured as all-flash. Each model represents the most recent in this series of high-performance, high-capacity, flexible, and resilient storage systems. These systems are intended to address the needs of the most demanding clients.

Two powerful IBM POWER8® processor-based servers manage the cache to streamline disk I/O, maximizing performance and throughput. These capabilities are further enhanced with the availability of the second generation of high-performance flash enclosures (HPFEs Gen-2).

Like its predecessors, the DS8880 supports advanced disaster recovery (DR) solutions, business continuity solutions, and thin provisioning. All disk drives in the DS8880 storage system include the Full Disk Encryption (FDE) feature. The DS8880 can automatically optimize the use of each storage tier, particularly flash drives and flash cards, through the IBM Easy Tier® feature. The DS8880 also includes the Copy Services Manager code and allows for easier integration in a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) infrastructure.

Table of contents

Part 1. Concepts and architecture
Chapter 1. Introduction to the IBM DS8880
Chapter 2. IBM DS8880 hardware components and architecture
Chapter 3. Reliability, availability, and serviceability on the IBM DS8880
Chapter 4. Virtualization concepts
Chapter 5. DS8000 Copy Services overview
Chapter 6. Designed for performance
Part 2. Planning and installation
Chapter 7. IBM DS8880 physical planning and installation
Chapter 8. IBM DS8880 Management Console planning and setup
Chapter 9. IBM DS8880 features and licensed functions
Part 3. Storage configuration
Chapter 10. Configuration flow
Chapter 11. DS8880 Storage Management GUI
Chapter 12. Configuration with the data storage command-line interface
Part 4. Maintenance and upgrades
Chapter 13. Licensed machine code
Chapter 14. Monitoring with Simple Network Management Protocol
Chapter 15. Remote support

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