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Implementing the IBM SAN Volume Controller with IBM Spectrum Virtualize V8.3.1
Flash storage

Draft Redbooks, last updated 26 May 2020

This IBM® Redbooks® publication is a detailed technical guide to the IBM System Storage™ SAN Volume Controller (SVC), which is powered by IBM Spectrum® Virtualize V8.3.1. IBM SAN Volume Controller is a virtualization appliance solution that maps virtualized volumes that are visible to hosts and applications to physical volumes on storage devices. Each server within the storage area network (SAN) has its own set of virtual storage addresses that are mapped to physical addresses. If the physical addresses change, the server continues running by using the same virtual addresses that it had ... [more]


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Implementing the IBM FlashSystem 5010 and FlashSystem 5030 with IBM Spectrum Virtualize V8.3.1
Flash storage

Draft Redbooks, last updated 26 May 2020

Organizations of all sizes face the challenge of managing massive volumes of increasingly valuable data. But storing this data can be costly, and extracting value from the data is becoming more difficult. IT organizations have limited resources, but must stay responsive to dynamic environments and act quickly to consolidate, simplify, and optimize their IT infrastructures. IBM FlashSystem 5010 and FlashSystem 5030 systems provides a smarter solution that is affordable, easy to use, and self-optimizing, which enables organizations to overcome these storage challenges. The IBM FlashSystem 5010 ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem 9100 Product Guide
Flash storage

Product Guide, published 28 Jan 2019, last updated 20 May 2020

This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide publication describes IBM FlashSystem® 9100 solution, which is a comprehensive, all-flash, and NVMe-enabled enterprise storage solution that delivers the full capabilities of IBM FlashCore® technology. In addition, it provides a rich set of software-defined storage (SDS) features, including data reduction and de-duplication, dynamic tiering, thin-provisioning, snapshots, cloning, replication, data copy services, and IBM HyperSwap® for high availability (HA). Scale-out and scale-up configurations further enhance capacity and throughput for better ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem 9200 Product Guide
Flash storage

Redpaper, published 4 May 2020

This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide publication describes the IBM FlashSystem® 9200 solution, which is a comprehensive, all-flash, and NVMe-enabled enterprise storage solution that delivers the full capabilities of IBM FlashCore® technology. In addition, it provides a rich set of software-defined storage (SDS) features, including data reduction and de-duplication, dynamic tiering, thin-provisioning, snapshots, cloning, replication, data copy services, and IBM HyperSwap® for high availability (HA). Scale-out and scale-up configurations further enhance capacity and throughput for better ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem 9200R Rack Solution Product Guide
Flash storage

Redpaper, published 28 Apr 2020

The FlashSystem 9200 combines the performance of flash and end-to-end Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) with the reliability and innovation of IBM® FlashCore technology, the ultra-low latency of Storage Class Memory (SCM), the rich features of IBM Spectrum® Virtualize and AI predictive storage management, and proactive support by Storage Insights. All of these features are included in a powerful 2U enterprise-class, blazing fast storage all-flash ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem 7200 Product Guide
Flash storage

Redpaper, published 24 Apr 2020

This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide publication describes the IBM FlashSystem® 7200 solution, which is a comprehensive, all-flash, and NVMe-enabled enterprise storage solution that delivers the full capabilities of IBM FlashCore® technology. In addition, it provides a rich set of software-defined storage (SDS) features, including data reduction and de-duplication, dynamic tiering, thin-provisioning, snapshots, cloning, replication, data copy services, and IBM HyperSwap® for high availability (HA). Scale-out and scale-up configurations further enhance capacity and throughput for better ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Virtualize HyperSwap SAN Implementation and Design Best Practices
Flash storage

Redpaper, published 23 Apr 2020

In this paper, we outline some IBM® Spectrum Virtualize HyperSwap® SAN implementation and design best practices for optimum resiliency of the SAN Volume Controller cluster. It provides IBM Spectrum® Virtualize HyperSwap and Stretched Cluster configuration details. Note: In this book, for brevity, we use HyperSwap to refer to both HyperSwap and Stretched Cluster. The documentation there details the minimum requirements. However, it does not describe the design of the storage area network (SAN) in detail, nor does it describe the recommended way to implement those ... [more]


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IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager
Flash storage

Redbooks, published 23 Apr 2020

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the installation, integration, and configuration of IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager (SKLM).


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IBM DS8000 Encryption for data at rest, Transparent Cloud Tiering, and Endpoint Security (DS8000 Release 9.0)
Flash storage

Redpaper, published 27 Jan 2020, last updated 20 Apr 2020

IBM® experts recognize the need for data protection, both from hardware or software failures, and from physical relocation of hardware, theft, and retasking of existing hardware. The IBM DS8000® supports encryption-capable hard disk drives (HDDs) and flash drives. These Full Disk Encryption (FDE) drive sets are used with key management services that are provided by IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager software or Gemalto SafeNet KeySecure to allow encryption for data at rest. Use of encryption technology involves several considerations that are critical for you to understand to maintain the ... [more]


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Block Storage Migration in Open Environments
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 16 Apr 2020

Companies need to migrate data not only when technology needs to be replaced, but also for consolidation, load balancing, and disaster recovery (DR). Data migration is a critical operation, and this book explains the phases and steps to ensure a smooth migration. Topics range from planning and preparation to execution and validation. The book explains, from a generic standpoint, the appliance-based, storage-based, and host-based techniques that can be used to accomplish the migration. Each method is explained through practical migration scenarios and for various operating systems. This ... [more]


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IBM DS8910F Model 993 Rack Mounted Storage System
Flash storage

Redpaper, published 12 Feb 2020, last updated 6 Mar 2020

This IBM® Redpaper publication presents and positions the DS8910F Model 993. The modular system can be integrated into 15U contiguous space of a standard 19-inch wide rack, or 16U contiguous space when placed in an IBM z14® Model ZR1 (z14 Model ZR1), or IBM LinuxONE Rockhopper II (z14 Model LR1). The DS8910F Model 993 allows you to take advantage of the performance boost of all-flash systems and advanced features while limiting datacenter footprint and power infrastructure ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem 5000 Family Products
Flash storage

Redbooks, published 9 Sep 2019, last updated 3 Mar 2020

This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides an introduction and overview of the latest products in the IBM FlashSystem® 5000 Family, including their hardware and software features.


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IBM FlashSystem 9200 and 9100 Best Practices and Performance Guidelines
Flash storage

Redbooks, published 11 Feb 2020

This IBM® Redbooks® publication captures several of the preferred practices and describes the performance gains that can be achieved by implementing the IBM FlashSystem® 9100. These practices are based on field experience. This book highlights configuration guidelines and preferred practices for the storage area network (SAN) topology, clustered system, back-end storage, storage pools and managed disks, volumes, remote copy services, and hosts. It explains how you can optimize disk performance with the IBM System Storage® Easy Tier® function. It also provides preferred practices for ... [more]


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Creating Data Reduction Pools with IBM FlashSystem 9200 and 9100
Flash storage

Redpaper, published 23 Oct 2019, last updated 11 Feb 2020

When you are using IBM® FlashCore Modules with IBM FlashSystem® 9200 and 9100, for most use cases the best practice is to use Data Reduction Pools with fully allocated volumes. This sheet guides you through the process to create these volumes.


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IBM FlashSystem 9100 Architecture, Performance, and Implementation
Flash storage

Redbooks, published 28 Feb 2019, last updated 10 Dec 2019

IBM® FlashSystem 9100 combines the performance of flash and Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) with the reliability and innovation of IBM FlashCore® technology and the rich features of IBM Spectrum™ Virtualize — all in a powerful 2U storage system. Providing intensive data driven multi-cloud storage capacity, FlashSystem 9100 is deeply integrated with the software-defined capabilities of IBM Spectrum Storage™, which allows you to easily add the multi-cloud solutions that best support your business. In this IBM Redbooks® publication, we discuss the product’s features and planning steps, ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem A9000, IBM FlashSystem A9000R, and IBM XIV Storage System: Host Attachment and Interoperability
Flash storage

Redbooks, published 25 Jul 2019, last updated 24 Sep 2019

This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides information for attaching the IBM FlashSystem® A9000, IBM FlashSystem A9000R, and IBM XIV® Storage System to various host operating system platforms, such as IBM AIX® and Microsoft Windows. This publication was last updated in May 2019 to cover the VLAN tagging and port trunking support available with software version 12.3.2 (see in particular section 2.4, “VLAN tagging” on page 67. The goal is to give an overview of the versatility and compatibility of the IBM Spectrum™ Accelerate family of storage systems with various platforms and environments. ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem 900 Model AE3 Product Guide
Flash storage

Product Guide, published 4 Apr 2019, last updated 9 Jul 2019

Today’s global organizations depend on the ability to unlock business insights from massive volumes of data. Now, with IBM® FlashSystem 900 Model AE3, they can make faster decisions based on real-time insights. Thus, they unleash the power of demanding applications, including these:
- Online transaction processing (OLTP) and analytical databases
- Virtual desktop infrastructures (VDIs)
- Technical computing applications
- Cloud environments
Easy to deploy and manage, IBM FlashSystem® 900 Model AE3 is designed to accelerate the applications that drive your ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem A9000 Product Guide (Version 12.3.2)
Flash storage

Product Guide, published 28 Dec 2018, last updated 10 Jun 2019

This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide is an overview of the main characteristics, features, and technology that are used in IBM FlashSystem® A9000Model 425, with IBM FlashSystem A9000 Software V12.3.2. Software version 12.3.2, with Hyper-Scale Manager version 5.6 or later, introduces support for VLAN tagging and port trunking. IBM FlashSystem A9000 storage system uses the IBM FlashCore® technology to help realize higher capacity and improved response times over disk-based systems and other competing flash and solid-state drive (SSD)-based storage. The extreme performance of IBM FlashCore ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem A9000R Product Guide (Version 12.3.2)
Flash storage

Product Guide, published 28 Dec 2018, last updated 10 Jun 2019

This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide is an overview of the main characteristics, features, and technology that are used in IBM FlashSystem® A9000R Model 415 and Model 425, with IBM FlashSystem A9000R Software V12.3.2. Software version 12.3.2, with Hyper-Scale Manager version 5.6 or later, introduces support for VLAN tagging and port trunking.. IBM FlashSystem A9000R is a grid-scale, all-flash storage platform designed for industry leaders with rapidly growing cloud storage and mixed workload environments to help drive your business into the cognitive era. FlashSystem A9000R provides consistent, ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R Architecture and Implementation (Version 12.3.2)
Flash storage

Redbooks, published 29 Jan 2019, last updated 10 Jun 2019

* Version 12.3.2 * This IBM® Redbooks publication presents the architecture, design, concepts, and technology that are used in IBM FlashSystem® A9000 and IBM FlashSystem A9000R. FlashSystem A9000 and FlashSystem A9000R deliver the microsecond latency and high availability of IBM FlashCore® technology with grid architecture, simple scalability, and industry-leading IBM software that is designed to drive your business into the cognitive era. The Hyper-Scale Manager highly intuitive user interface simplifies management. Comprehensive data reduction capabilities, including inline deduplication ... [more]


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