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AI and Big Data on IBM Power Systems Servers
Power Systems

Draft Redbooks, last updated 12 Feb 2019

As big data becomes more ubiquitous, businesses are wondering how they can best leverage it to gain insight into their most important business questions. The use of machine and deep learning on Big Data environments can identify historical patterns and build AI models that can help businesses to improve customer experience, add services and offerings, identify new revenue streams or lines of business, and optimize business or manufacturing operations. The power of AI for predictive analytics is being harnessed across all industries, so it is important that businesses familiarize themselves ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R Business Continuity Solutions
Flash storage

Redpaper, published 8 Feb 2019

This edition applies to FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R, Model 415 and 425, with system software Version 12.3 IBM® FlashSystem A9000 and IBM FlashSystem® A9000R provide copy functions suited for various data protection scenarios that enable you to enhance your business continuance, disaster recovery, data migration, and backup solutions. These functions allow point-in-time copies, known as snapshots, and also include remote copy capabilities in either synchronous or asynchronous mode. Furthermore, support for IBM Hyper-Scale Mobility enables a seamless migration of IBM FlashSystem A9000 or ... [more]


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

Redbooks, published 12 Jan 2017, last updated 7 Feb 2019

This edition was last updated in December 2018 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. 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. The information that is presented here is not meant as a replacement or substitute for the Host Attachment Kit publications. It is meant as a ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R Architecture and Implementation (Version 12.3)
Flash storage

Redbooks, published 29 Jan 2019, last updated 6 Feb 2019

* Version 12.3.1 * 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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IBM FlashSystem A9000R Product Guide (Version 12.3.1)
Flash storage

Product Guide, published 28 Dec 2018, last updated 6 Feb 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 V12.3.1. 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, extreme performance for dynamic data at scale, integrating the microsecond latency and high availability of IBM FlashCore® ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem A9000 Product Guide (Version 12.3.1)
Flash storage

Product Guide, published 28 Dec 2018, last updated 6 Feb 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 V12.3.1. 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 technology with a grid architecture and comprehensive data reduction creates one powerful solution. Whether you are a service provider ... [more]


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IBM Elastic Storage Server Implementation Guide for Version 5.3
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 24 Jan 2019, last updated 5 Feb 2019

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication introduces and describes the IBM Elastic Storage™ Server as a scalable, high-performance data and file management solution. The solution is built on proven IBM Spectrum™ Scale technology, formerly IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS™). IBM Elastic Storage Servers can be implemented for a range of diverse requirements, providing reliability, performance, and scalability. This publication helps you to understand the solution and its architecture and helps you to plan the installation and integration of the environment. The following combination of ... [more]


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IBM DS8880 SafeGuarded Copy
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 20 Nov 2018, last updated 5 Feb 2019

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication explains the IBM DS8880 Safeguarded Copy functionality. With Safeguarded Copy, organizations have the ability to improve their cyber resiliency by frequently creating protected point-in-time backups of their critical data, with minimum impact and effective resource utilization. The paper introduces Safeguarded Copy and discusses the need for logical corruption protection (LCP) and information about regulatory requirements. It presents the general concepts of LCP, and then explore various use cases for recovery. The paper is intended for IT security ... [more]


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Using the IBM Spectrum Accelerate Family in VMware Environments: IBM XIV, IBM FlashSystem A9000 and IBM FlashSystem A9000R, and IBM Spectrum Accelerate
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 3 May 2018, last updated 4 Feb 2019

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a brief overview of synergistic aspects between various VMware offerings and the IBM Spectrum™ Accelerate family, including IBM XIV® and IBM FlashSystem® A9000 and IBM FlashSystem A9000R servers. After reviewing different integration concepts and explaining general implementation aspects for attaching the IBM Spectrum Accelerate™ family to VMware ESXi deployments, the paper focuses on components that are enabled by IBM Spectrum Connect v3.4. This paper is intended for planning to use or implementing the IBM Spectrum Accelerate family of storage systems ... [more]


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IBM HyperSwap and Multi-site HA/DR for IBM FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 4 Feb 2019

IBM® HyperSwap® is the high availability (HA) solution that provides continuous data availability in case of hardware failure, power failure, connectivity failure, or disasters. The HyperSwap capability is available for IBM FlashSystem® A9000 and IBM FlashSystem A9000R, starting with software version 12.2.1. Version 12.3 introduces a function that combines HyperSwap and Asynchronous replication, which creates a solution that entails HA and Disaster Recovery (DR). One side of the HyperSwap pair has an active async link to the third system, and the other side has a standby link. Known as ... [more]


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IBM High-Performance Computing (HPC) Insights with IBM AC922 Clustered Solution
Power Systems

Draft Redbooks, last updated 4 Feb 2019

This IBM Redbooks publication documents and addresses topics to provide concepts to setup a complete infrastructure environment and tune the applications to use IBM POWER9™ hardware architecture with the technical computing software stack. This publication is driven by CORAL project solution. It explores, tests, and documents how to implement an IBM High-Performance Computing (HPC) solution on POWER9 by using IBM technical innovations to help solve challenging scientific, technical, and business problems. This book documents the HPC clustering solution with InfiniBand on IBM Power Advanced ... [more]


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Data-at-rest Encryption for the IBM Spectrum Accelerate Family
Storage Solutions

Draft Redpaper, last updated 1 Feb 2019

Updated for FlashSystem A9000/R software version 12.3. With the ever-growing landscape of national, state, and local regulations, industry requirements, and increased security threats, ensuring the protection of an organization's information is a key part of operating a successful business. Encrypting data-at-rest is a key element when addressing these concerns. Most storage products offer encryption at an additional cost. The IBM® Spectrum Accelerate family, which includes IBM XIV® Storage System, IBM FlashSystem® A9000, IBM FlashSystem A9000R system(s), and IBM Spectrum™ Accelerate ... [more]


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Best Practices Guide for Databases on IBM FlashSystem
Flash storage

Redpaper, published 30 Jan 2019

Best Practices Guide for Databases on IBM FlashSystem


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IBM FlashSystem 9100 Product Guide
Flash storage

Product Guide, published 28 Jan 2019

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 Hyper-Scale Manager for IBM Spectrum Accelerate Family: XIV, FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R, and Spectrum Accelerate
Storage Solutions

Draft Redbooks, last updated 24 Jan 2019

This edition applies to IBM Hyper-Scale Manager V5.5. This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes storage management functions and their configuration and use with the IBM Hyper-Scale Manager management graphical user interface (GUI) for IBM XIV® Gen3, IBM FlashSystem® A9000 and A9000R, and IBM Spectrum Accelerate™ software. The web-based GUI provides a revolutionary object-centered interface design that is aimed toward ease of use together with enhanced efficiency for storage administrators. The first chapter describes general features of the GUI and installation of the IBM Hyper-Scale ... [more]


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Implementing the IBM Storwize V7000 with IBM Spectrum Virtualize V8.2.1
Software Defined Storage

Draft Redbooks, last updated 22 Jan 2019

Continuing its commitment to developing and delivering industry-leading storage technologies, IBM® introduces the IBM Storwize® V7000 solution powered by IBM Spectrum™ Virtualize. This innovative storage offering delivers essential storage efficiency technologies and exceptional ease of use and performance, all integrated into a compact, modular design that is offered at a competitive, midrange price. The IBM Storwize V7000 solution incorporates some of the top IBM technologies that are typically found only in enterprise-class storage systems, raising the standard for storage efficiency in ... [more]


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Implementing the IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller with IBM Spectrum Virtualize V8.2.1
Software Defined Storage

Draft Redbooks, last updated 22 Jan 2019

This IBM® Redbooks publication is a detailed technical guide to the IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller, which is powered by IBM Spectrum™ Virtualize V8.2.1 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 before. ... [more]


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DS8000 Global Mirror Best Practices
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 7 Mar 2017, last updated 11 Jan 2019

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication reviews the architecture and operations of the IBM DS8000® Global Mirror function. The document looks at different aspects of the solution in terms of performance, infrastructure requirements, data integrity, business continuity, and impact on production. Hints and tips are provided on how to best configure the overall Global Mirror environment, in terms of connectivity, storage configuration, and specific parameters tuning. The guidelines that are provided are in general related to performance, which ultimately ensures a better recovery point objective ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Scale and IBM StoredIQ: Identifying and securing your business data to support regulatory requirements
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 11 Jan 2019

Having the appropriate storage for hosting business critical data and the proper analytic software for deep inspection of that data is becoming necessary to get deeper insights into the data so that users can categorize which data qualifies for compliance. This IBM® Redpaper™ publication explains why the storage features of IBM Spectrum™ Scale, when combined with the data analysis and categorization features of IBM StoredIQ®, provide an excellent platform for hosting unstructured business data that is subject to regulatory compliance guidelines, such as General Data Protection Regulation ... [more]


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IBM DS8000 Easy Tier (for DS8880 R8.5 or later)
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 4 Dec 2018, last updated 8 Jan 2019

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the concepts and functions of IBM System Storage® Easy Tier®, and explains its practical use with the IBM DS8000® series and License Machine Code 8.8.50.xx.xx or later. Easy Tier is designed to automate data placement throughout the storage system disks pool. It enables the system to (automatically and without disruption to applications) relocate data (at the extent level) across up to three drive tiers. The process is fully automated. Easy Tier also automatically rebalances extents among ranks within the same tier, removing workload skew between ... [more]


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