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iSCSI Implementation and Best Practices on IBM Storwize Storage Systems
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 26 Oct 2017

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 ... [more]


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IBM z/OS Management Facility V2R3
z Systems

Draft Redbooks, last updated 26 Oct 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps you install, configure, and use IBM z/OS® Management Facility (z/OSMF). z/OSMF is a product for z/OS that simplifies, optimizes, and modernizes the z/OS system programmer experience. z/OSMF delivers solutions in a task-oriented, web-browser-based user interface with integrated user assistance. The goal of z/OSMF is to improve system programmer productivity, and make functions easier to understand and use. This makes system programmers more productive as quickly as possible with the least amount of training. You can automate tasks, reduce the learning ... [more]


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IBM DS8880 Product Guide (Release 8.3)
Disk storage

Product Guide, published 11 Oct 2017, last updated 12 Oct 2017

This IBM Redbooks® Product Guide gives an overview of the features and functions that are available with the IBM DS8880 models running microcode Release 8.3 (License Machine Code 7.8.3x.xxx). The IBM DS8880 architecture relies on powerful IBM POWER8® processor-based servers that manage the cache to streamline disk input/output (I/O), maximizing performance and throughput. These capabilities are further enhanced with the availability of the second generation of high-performance flash enclosures (HPFE Gen-2). The IBM DS8888, DS8886, and DS8884 models excel at supporting the IBM Z Enterprise ... [more]


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Monitoring and Managing the IBM Elastic Storage Server Using the GUI
Software Defined Storage

Draft Redpaper, last updated 11 Oct 2017

The Elastic Storage Server (ESS) GUI provides an easy way to configure and monitor various features that are available with the ESS system. The ESS GUI is a web application that runs on web browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, and Edge. It uses Java Script and Ajax technologies to enable smooth and desktop-like interfacing. Therefore, no client-side installation is required to use the GUI. This document provides detailed information about the ESS GUI features. This edition applies to ESS version ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Virtualize Considerations for PCI-DSS Compliance
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 3 Oct 2017

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) is the global information security standard for organizations that process, store, or transmit data with any of the major credit card brands. More and more organizations are looking for compliance with this standard. This IBM® Redpaper™ describes how the features and functions of IBM Spectrum™ Virtualize help organizations towards compliance of their IT infrastructure on relevant areas of the PCI-DSS standard. IBM Spectrum Virtualize™ is the software common to all IBM Storwize® products such as IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC), IBM ... [more]


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Building a Software-Defined Cloud with IBM PowerVM Systems
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 10 Aug 2017, last updated 29 Sep 2017

The aim of this document is to provide the reader with a concrete example and implementation details to build out a fully software-defined cloud on IBM® Power Systems™. This guide uses the following technologies to build this cloud:

  • IBM Power System S822: At least one server, but three or more are preferred. Provides the hardware for cloud compute, storage, and networking.
  • IBM PowerVM®: A hypervisor that runs Linux, AIX®, and IBM i operating systems.
  • IBM Spectrum™ Scale: Software-defined storage software that is built for scale and high performance.
  • IBM ... [more]


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Digital Transformation with IBM Application Discovery
Application Platform

Redpaper, published 28 Sep 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes how IBM Application Discovery (AD) complements IBM z/OS® Connect Enterprise Edition and IBM Developer for z Systems® in making older mainframe applications available to the digital world. By using a sample scenario, this publication primarily focuses on how the functionality of AD can be used to discover application programming interface (API) candidates and how z/OS Connect can easily create an API out of the mainframe program. It also describes how IBM Developer for z Systems acts as the tool that links the entire ... [more]


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IBM Power System S822LC for High Performance Computing Introduction and Technical Overview
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 26 Oct 2016, last updated 28 Sep 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a comprehensive guide that covers the IBM Power System™ S822LC for High Performance Computing (HPC) server (8335-GTB model). The S822LC for HPC server is designed for high-performance computing applications that support the Linux operating system and high-performance data analytics, the enterprise data center, and accelerated cloud deployments. This paper introduces the major innovative S822LC for HPC server features and their relevant functions:

  • Powerful IBM POWER8® processors that offer 16 cores at 3.259 GHz with 3.857 GHz turbo ... [more]


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IBM Copy Services Manager Implementation Guide
Disk storage

Redbooks, published 28 Sep 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides an overview of IBM Copy Services Manager (CSM) for IBM Z and open systems, and documents a set of scenarios for using IBM Copy Services manager to automate and manage replication tasks based on IBM Storage. This book reviews and explains the usage of copy services functions and describes how these functions are implemented in IBM Copy Services Manager. IBM Copy Services Manager key concepts, architecture, session types and usage, and new functionality as of IBM Copy Services Manager version 6.1 are also ... [more]


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Zero to Cognitive
Analytics

Course, published 27 Sep 2017

This video series lets anyone get started easily with IBM Bluemix and the IBM Watson services, developed and presented by IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO Bob Dill. This twelve part video series lets you learn how to build cognitive applications using the IBM Bluemix Cloud.


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Developing Node.js Applications on IBM Bluemix
Cloud

Redbooks, published 16 Aug 2017, last updated 25 Sep 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® publication explains how to create various applications based on Node.js and run them on IBM Bluemix®. In this book, you will do the following activities:

  • Develop a Hello World application in Node.js, executing on IBM Bluemix. Through this activity, you can learn about these technologies:
    • IBM SDK for Node.js
    • Eclipse Orion Web IDE
  • Use asynchronous callback
  • Create an Express application
  • Build a rich user interface application by using AngularJS based in Node.js
This book is for beginner and experienced ... [more]


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IBM z14 Configuration Setup
z Systems

Redbooks, published 25 Sep 2017

IThis IBM® Redbooks® publication helps you install, configure, and maintain the IBM z14. The z14 offers new functions that require a comprehensive understanding of the available configuration options. This book presents configuration setup scenarios, and describes implementation examples in detail. This publication is intended for systems engineers, hardware planners, and anyone who needs to understand IBM Z configuration and implementation. Readers should be generally familiar with current IBM Z technology and terminology. For more information about the functions of the z14, see IBM z14 ... [more]


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IBM DS8870 Architecture and Implementation (Release 7.5)
Disk storage

Redbooks, published 2 Jul 2015, last updated 19 Sep 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the concepts, architecture, and implementation of the IBM DS8870. The WhitepaperRedpaperbook provides reference information to assist readers who need to plan for, install, and configure the DS8870. The IBM DS8870 is the most advanced model in the IBM DS8000® series and is equipped with IBM POWER7+™ based controllers. Various configuration options are available that scale from dual 2-core systems up to dual 16-core systems with up to 1 TB of cache. The DS8870 features an integrated High-Performance Flash Enclosure (HPFE) with flash cards that can ... [more]


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IBM Z Connectivity Handbook
z Systems

Redbooks, published 17 Jul 2017, last updated 19 Sep 2017

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 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 designing their data center ... [more]


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IBM Db2 12 for z/OS Performance Topics
Information Management

Redbooks, published 19 Sep 2017

Db2 12 for IBM z/OS® delivers several significant business values, such as cost reductions, scalability improvement, and improved application enablement for cloud and mobile environment. Db2 12 also introduces a foundation of continuous delivery. In continuous delivery, new capabilities and enhancements, including performance features, are delivered through function levels without waiting for a new release. Function levels 100 and 500 activate the initial set of enhancements and capabilities in Db2 12. For migration from Db2 11, most new capabilities become available in Db2 12 only after the ... [more]


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IBM zPDT 2017 Sysplex Extensions
z Systems Software

Redbooks, published 12 Sep 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the IBM System z® Personal Development Tool (IBM zPDT®) 2017 Sysplex Extensions, which is a package that consists of sample files and supporting documentation to help you get a functioning, data sharing sysplex up and running with minimal time and effort. This book is a significant revision of zPDT 2016 Sysplex Extensions, SG24-8315, which is still available online for readers who need the IBM z/OS® 2.1 level of this package. This package is designed and tested to be installed on top of a standard Application Developer Controlled ... [more]


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IBM z/OS DFSMS: Transparent Cloud Tiering
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 11 Sep 2017

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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High Availability for Oracle Database with IBM PowerHA SystemMirror and IBM Spectrum Virtualize HyperSwap
Storage Software

Redpaper, published 7 Sep 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the use of the IBM Spectrum™ Virtualize HyperSwap® function to provide a high availability (HA) storage infrastructure for Oracle databases across metro distances, using the IBM SAN Volume Controller. The HyperSwap function is available on all IBM storage technologies that use IBM Spectrum Virtualize™ software, which include the IBM SAN Volume Controller, IBM Storwize® V5000, IBM Storwize V7000, IBM FlashSystem® V9000, and IBM Spectrum Virtualize as software. This paper focuses on the functional behavior of HyperSwap when subjected to various ... [more]


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IBM DS8880 Data-at-rest Encryption
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 21 Jul 2016, last updated 6 Sep 2017

IBM® experts recognize the need for data protection, both from hardware or software failures, and also from physical relocation of hardware, theft, and retasking of existing hardware. The IBM DS8880 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 on a DS8880. Use of encryption technology involves several considerations that are critical for you to understand to ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem A9000 and IBM FlashSystem A9000R Architecture and Implementation
Flash storage

Redbooks, published 30 Jan 2017, last updated 6 Sep 2017

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 new compression engine, help lower total cost of ownership, and a highly intuitive user ... [more]


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