iSCSI Implementation and Best Practices on IBM Storwize Storage Systems

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 26 October 2017

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ISBN-10: 0738442755
ISBN-13: 9780738442754
IBM Form #: SG24-8327-01
(330 pages)

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Authors: Jonathan Burton, Anuj Chandra, Jordan Fincher, Kushal Patel, Torsten Rothenwaldt, Subhojit Roy, Bharti Soni, Shalaka Verma, Megan Gilge


This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps administrators and technical professionals understand Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI) and how to implement it for use with IBM Storwize® storage systems. iSCSI can be used alone or with other technologies.

This publication provides an overview of the iSCSI protocol and helps you understand how it is similar to and different from Fibre Channel (FC) technology. It helps you plan and design your network topology. It explains how to configure your IBM Storwize storage systems and hosts (including IBM AIX®, Linux, VMware, and Microsoft Windows hosts) to interact with it. It also provides an overview of using IBM Storwize storage systems with OpenStack.

This book describes configuring iSCSI for IBM Storwize and SAN Volume Controller storage systems at Version 7.6 or later.

In addition to configuration, this publication provides information about performance and troubleshooting.

Table of contents

Part 1. iSCSI overview
Chapter 1. Use cases for iSCSI virtualization
Chapter 2. Introduction to iSCSI in IBM Storwize storage systems
Chapter 3. External virtualization and host connectivity interface options for the IBM Storwize family
Chapter 4. Planning considerations
Chapter 5. iSCSI storage connection security
Chapter 6. IBM Storwize performance
Part 2. iSCSI host attachment
Chapter 7. Configuring the IBM Storwize storage system and hosts for iSCSI
Chapter 8. IBM Spectrum Virtualize and IBM Storwize performance monitoring
Chapter 9. IBM Spectrum Virtualize and IBM Storwize storage systems on the OpenStack platform
Chapter 10. Troubleshooting
Part 3. iSCSI virtualization
Chapter 11. iSCSI virtualization overview
Chapter 12. External virtualization of IBM Storwize storage systems
Chapter 13. Virtualization of IBM Spectrum Accelerate storage systems
Chapter 14. External virtualization of Dell EqualLogic
Chapter 15. Configuration and administration of iSCSI
Chapter 16. Troubleshooting Internet Small Computer System virtualization

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