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IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center Beyond the Basics
Storage Software

Redbooks, published 25 Nov 2014, last updated 9 Jan 2017

You have installed and performed the basic customization of IBM® Tivoli® Storage Productivity Center. You have collected performance data and generated reports. Now it’s time to learn the best ways to use the software to manage your storage infrastructure. This IBM Redbooks® publication shows the best way to set up the software, based on your storage environment, and then how to use it to manage your infrastructure. It includes experiences from IBM clients and staff and covers the following topics:
- Architectural design techniques (sizing your environment, single versus ... [more]


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IBM DS8880 Thin Provisioning
Disk storage

Redpapers, published 24 Aug 2016, last updated 9 Jan 2017

Ever-increasing storage demands have a negative effect on an organization’s IT budget and complicate the overall storage infrastructure and management. Companies are looking at ways to use their storage resources more efficiently. Thin provisioning can help by reducing the amount of unused storage that is typically allocated to applications or users. Now available for the IBM® DS8880 for Fixed Block (FB) and Count Key Data (CKD) volumes, thin provisioning defers the allocation of actual space on the storage system until the time that the data must effectively be written to disk. This IBM ... [more]


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FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R, XIV and Spectrum Accelerate with IBM SAN Volume Controller Best Practices
Storage Solutions

Redpapers, published 29 Dec 2016, last updated 6 Jan 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes preferred practices for attaching members of the IBM Spectrum™ Accelerate family, including the IBM XIV® Gen3 Storage System, IBM FlashSystem® A9000, IBM FlashSystem A9000R, and other Spectrum Accelerate based deployments, to either an IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller or IBM Storwize® V7000 system. The paper also explains what to consider for data migration when done in combination with an SVC or a Storwize V7000 system. In addition, this publication describes data reduction, and where it is appropriate to enable data ... [more]


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IBM Network Advisor
Storage Networking

Product Guide, published 3 Dec 2013, last updated 5 Jan 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide describes IBM Network Advisor Version 14.0. Although every network type has unique management requirements, most organizations face similar challenges managing their network environments. These challenges can include minimizing network downtime, reducing operational expenses, managing application service level agreements (SLAs), and providing robust security. Until now, no single tool has been able to address these needs across different network ... [more]


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IBM z Systems Connectivity Handbook
z Systems

Redbooks, published 5 Jan 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the connectivity options that are available for use within and beyond the data center for the IBM z Systems® family of mainframes, which includes these systems:
- IBM z13™
- IBM z13s™
- IBM zEnterprise® EC12 (zEC12)
- IBM zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12)
- IBM zEnterprise 196 (z196)
- IBM zEnterprise 114 (z114)
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 ... [more]


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Practical Migration from x86 to LinuxONE
LinuxONE

Redbooks, published 5 Jan 2017

LinuxONE is a portfolio of hardware, software, and solutions for an enterprise-grade Linux environment. It has been designed to run more transactions faster and with more security and reliability specifically for the open community. It fully embraces open source-based technology. Two servers are available for LinuxONE: The LinuxONE Emperor and Rockhopper. The IBM LinuxONE Emperor server has these features:

  • Near limitless scaling and support of up to 8,000 virtual Linux servers on a single footprint
  • Intrinsic platform security, and safer and faster data encryption than x86 ... [more]


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    IBM PowerVC Version 1.3.2 Introduction and Configuration
    Power Systems

    Redbooks, published 4 Jan 2017

    IBM® Power Virtualization Center (IBM® PowerVC™) is an advanced, enterprise virtualization management offering for IBM Power Systems™. This IBM Redbooks® publication introduces IBM PowerVC and helps you understand its functions, planning, installation, and setup. IBM PowerVC Version 1.3.2 supports both large and small deployments, either by managing IBM PowerVM® that is controlled by the Hardware Management Console (HMC) by IBM PowerVM NovaLink, or by managing PowerKVM directly. With this capability, IBM PowerVC can manage IBM AIX®, IBM i, and Linux workloads that run on IBM POWER® ... [more]


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    ABCs of z/OS System Programming Volume 10
    z Systems Software

    Redbooks, published 20 Mar 2012, last updated 30 Dec 2016

    The ABCs of z/OS System Programming is an 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 would like 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 will serve as a powerful technical tool. The contents of the volumes are as follows: ... [more]


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    Introducing and Implementing IBM FlashSystem V9000
    Flash storage

    Redbooks, published 28 Dec 2016

    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 highly virtualized environments, cloud computing, mobile and social systems of engagement, and in-depth, real-time analytics. Making the correct decision on storage investment is critical. Organizations must have enough storage performance and agility to ... [more]


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    Data-at-rest Encryption for the IBM Spectrum Accelerate Family: IBM XIV and IBM FlashSystem A9000 and IBM FlashSystem A9000R
    Disk storage

    Redpapers, published 28 Dec 2016

    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. IBM® XIV® Storage System, IBM FlashSystem® A9000, and IBM FlashSystem A9000R systems provide data-at-rest encryption at no charge. Clients can take advantage of encryption and still benefit from the lower total cost of ... [more]


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