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z/OS Introduction
z Systems Software

Course, published 23 Apr 2018

This series of short educational videos teaches you about the IBM Z environment. The IBM Z mainframe is essential technology of large enterprises handling critical data and services every second of every day. While the IBM mainframe initially transformed business during past decades, IBM Z mainframe technology advancements provide limitless potential to enable future business transformation. The IBM Redbooks video course starts from the beginning teaching IBM Z basics and the IBM Z flagship operating system z/OS. The course addresses z/OS access and interaction basics, data sets and data ... [more]


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IBM HyperSwap for IBM FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 21 Mar 2018, last updated 23 Apr 2018

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 12.1. This IBM Redpaper™ publication gives a broad understanding of the architecture, design, and implementation of HyperSwap. It also discusses and illustrates various use cases pertaining to the use and functionality of HyperSwap. This paper is intended for those who want to deploy solutions ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem V9000 Model AE3 Product IBM FlashSystem V9000 AC3 with Flash Enclosure Model AE3 Product Guide
Flash storage

Redpaper, published 30 Mar 2018, last updated 19 Apr 2018

This IBM Redbooks® Product Guide describes IBM FlashSystem® V9000, which is a comprehensive all-flash enterprise storage solution that delivers the full capabilities of IBM FlashCore® technology. In addition, it provides a rich set of software-defined storage features, including IBM Real-time Compression™, data reductions, dynamic tiering, thin provisioning, snapshots, cloning, replication, data copy services, and IBM HyperSwap® for high availability. Scale out scale up configurations can now add a hot spare node to further enhance availability. With the release of FlashSystem V9000 ... [more]


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Implementing IBM FlashSystem V9000 - AC3 with Flash Enclosure Model AE3
Flash storage

Redbooks, published 12 Apr 2018, last updated 19 Apr 2018

The success or failure of businesses often depends on how well organizations use their data assets for competitive advantage. Deeper insights from data require better information technology. As organizations modernize their IT infrastructure to boost innovation rather than limit it, they need a data storage system that can keep pace with several areas that affect your business:

  • Highly virtualized environments
  • Cloud computing
  • Mobile and social systems of engagement
  • In-depth, real-time analytics
Making the correct decision on storage investment is ... [more]


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IBM z14 Model ZR1 Technical Introduction
z Systems

Redbooks, published 10 Apr 2018, last updated 16 Apr 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® publication introduces the latest member of the IBM Z platform, the IBM z14 Model ZR1 (Machine Type 3907). It includes information about the Z environment and how it helps integrate data and transactions more securely, and provides insight for faster and more accurate business decisions. The z14 ZR1 is a state-of-the-art data and transaction system that delivers advanced capabilities, which are vital to any digital transformation. The z14 ZR1 is designed for enhanced modularity, which is in an industry standard footprint. This system excels at the following tasks:


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Consolidation Planning Workbook Practical Migration from x86 to IBM LinuxOne
LinuxONE

Redpaper, published 16 Apr 2018, last updated 16 Apr 2018

IBM LinuxONE™ is a portfolio of hardware, software, and solutions for an enterprise-grade Linux environment. It is designed to run more transactions faster and with more security and reliability specifically for the open community. It fully embraces open source-based technology. This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides a technical sample workbook for IT organizations that are considering a migration from their x86 distributed servers to IBM LinuxONE. This book provides you with checklists for each facet of your migration to IBM LinuxONE. This IBM Redbooks workbook assists you by providing ... [more]


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IBM DS8880 and z/OS DFSMS: Transparent Cloud Tiering
Cloud

Redbooks, published 12 Apr 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® publication gives a broad understanding of storage clouds and the initial functionality that was introduced for mainframes to have Transparent Cloud Tiering. IBM DFSMS and the IBM DS8880 added functionality to provide elements of serverless data movement, and for IBM z/OS® to communicate with a storage cloud. They introduced the following key areas:

  • A gateway in the DS8880, which allows the movement of data to and from Object Storage be using a network connection.
  • DFSMShsm enhancements to support Migrate and Recall functions to and from the Object ... [more]


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Enhancing the IBM Power Systems Platform with IBM Watson Services
Power Systems

Redbooks, published 12 Apr 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides an introduction to the IBM POWER® processor architecture. It describes the IBM POWER processor and IBM Power Systems™ servers, highlighting the advantages and benefits of IBM Power Systems servers, IBM AIX®, IBM i, and Linux on Power. This publication showcases typical business scenarios that are powered by Power Systems servers. It provides an introduction to the artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities that IBM Watson® services enable, and how these AI capabilities can be augmented in existing applications by using an agile approach to embed ... [more]


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IBM DS8880 and IBM Z Synergy
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 4 Apr 2018, last updated 12 Apr 2018

From the beginning, what is known today as IBM® Z always had a close and unique relationship to its storage. Over the years, improvements to the Z processors and storage software, the disk storage systems, and their communication architecture consistently reinforced this synergy. This IBM Redpaper™ publication summarizes and highlights the various aspects, advanced functions, and technologies that are often pioneered by IBM, and that make the IBM Z and the IBM DS8880 an ideal combination. This paper is intended for those users who have some familiarity with IBM Z and the IBM DS8000® series ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Connect and IBM Storage Enabler for Containers: Practical Example with IBM FlashSystem A9000
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 2 Apr 2018, last updated 10 Apr 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication provides an overview of containers and their framework. Container technology enables prepackaged and pre-configured software with the elements that are needed to run in any environment. Because they are meant to be portable, containers normally restrict applications from storing data on external storage. To overcome this limitation, IBM has developed a solution to provide persistent storage for containers on IBM storage systems, known as the IBM Storage Enabler for Containers. The Enabler tightly integrates with IBM Spectrum™ Connect (formerly IBM Spectrum ... [more]


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IBM GDPS Family: An introduction to Concepts and Capabilities
z Systems

Draft Redbooks, last updated 10 Apr 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® publication presents an overview of the IBM Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex™ (IBM GDPS®) offerings and the roles they play in delivering a business IT resilience solution. The book begins with general concepts of business IT resilience and disaster recovery, along with issues related to high application availability, data integrity, and performance. These topics are considered within the framework of government regulation, increasing application and infrastructure complexity, and the competitive and rapidly changing modern business environment. Next, it ... [more]


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IBM Z Functional Matrix
z Systems

Redpaper, published 10 Apr 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication provides a list of features and functions that are supported on IBM Z, including the IBM z14(z14) - Machine types 3906 and 3907, IBM z13TM(z13®), IBM z13s™(z13s), IBM zEnterprise® EC12 (zEC12), and IBM zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12).


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IBM Z Connectivity Handbook
z Systems

Redbooks, published 10 Apr 2018

This IBM Redbooks publication describes the connectivity options that are available for use within and beyond the data center for the IBM Z family of mainframes, which includes these systems:

  • IBM z14®
  • IBM z14 Model ZR1
  • IBM z13®
  • IBM z13s™
  • IBM zEnterprise® EC12 (zEC12)
  • IBM zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12)
This book highlights the hardware and software components, functions, typical uses, coexistence, and relative merits of these connectivity features. It helps readers understand the connectivity alternatives that are available when planning and ... [more]


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ABCs of IBM z/OS System Programming Volume 2
z Systems

Redbooks, published 7 Apr 2018

The ABCs of IBM® z/OS® System Programming is a 13-volume collection that provides an introduction to the z/OS operating system and the hardware architecture. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced system programmer, the ABCs collection provides the information that you need to start your research into z/OS and related subjects. If you want to become more familiar with z/OS in your current environment or if you are evaluating platforms to consolidate your e-business applications, the ABCs collection can serve as a powerful technical tool. This volume describes the basic system ... [more]


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

Redbooks, published 2 Feb 2018, last updated 4 Apr 2018

This edition applies to IBM Hyper-Scale Manager V5.4. 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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IBM FlashSystem A9000 and IBM FlashSystem A9000R Architecture and Implementation
Flash storage

Redbooks, published 9 Feb 2018, last updated 29 Mar 2018

* Updated for Version 12.2.1 * 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. Comprehensive data reduction capabilities, including inline deduplication and a powerful compression engine, help lower total cost of ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem A9000R Product Guide
Flash storage

Product Guide, published 27 Dec 2017, last updated 29 Mar 2018

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 V12.2. 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
Flash storage

Product Guide, published 27 Dec 2017, last updated 29 Mar 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide is an overview of the main characteristics, features, and technology that are used in IBM FlashSystem® A9000 Model 415 and Model 425, with IBM FlashSystem A9000 Software V12.2. 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 ... [more]


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Liberty in IBM CICS: Deploying and Managing Java EE Applications
Application Platform

Redbooks, published 18 Jan 2018, last updated 29 Mar 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® publication is intended for IBM CICS® system programmers and IBM Z architects. It describes how to deploy and manage Java EE 7 web-based applications in an IBM CICS Liberty JVM server and access data on IBM Db2® for IBM z/OS® and IBM MQ for z/OS sub systems. In this book, we describe the key steps to create and install a Liberty JVM server within a CICS region. We then describe how to best use the different deployment techniques for Java EE applications and the specific considerations when deploying applications that use JDBC, JMS, and the new CICS link to Liberty API. ... [more]


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zEDC Compression: DFSMShsm Sample Implementation
z Systems Software

Redpaper, published 7 Apr 2015, last updated 29 Mar 2018

Before the announcement of zEDC hardware compression, DFSMShsm was already able to compress migration and backup data using its own compaction (based on Huffman frequency Encoding algorithm) on disk and tape data. This Redpaper shares a sample implementation of zEDC hardware compression performed in a controlled test environment and looks at the impact of zEDC compression up to Migration Level 1.


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