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Fabric Vision Technology
Storage Networking

Product Guide, published 11 Oct 2016, last updated 25 Jul 2017

This IBM® Redbooks product guide describes Fabric Vision technology. The use of virtualization, flash storage, and automation tools has allowed applications and services to be deployed faster while shattering performance barriers. The unprecedented number of application and service interactions has also increased the complexity, risk, and instability of mission-critical operations. As a result, IT organizations need flexible storage networks that can adapt to dynamic environments and performance requirements for high-density virtualization, flash storage, and cloud infrastructures. To ... [more]


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IBM Storage Networking SAN64B-6 Switch
Storage Networking

Product Guide, published 11 Oct 2016, last updated 24 Jul 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® product guide describes the IBM Storage Networking SAN64B-6 switch. cloud infrastructures and growing flash-based storage environments by delivering market-leading Gen 6 Fibre Channel technology and capabilities. SAN64B-6 delivers unmatched 32/128 gigabits per second (Gbps) performance, industry-leading port density, and built-in instrumentation to accelerates data access, drive always-on business, and support data center consolidation in small to large-scale enterprise ... [more]


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IBM Storage Networking SAN512B-6 and SAN256B-6 Directors
Storage Networking

Product Guide, published 11 Oct 2016, last updated 24 Jul 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® product guide describes the IBM Storage Networking SAN512B-6 (8961-F08) and SAN256B-6 (8961-F04) directors and the IBM b-type Gen 6 Extension Blade (FC 3892, 3893). Digital transformation is pushing mission-critical storage environments to the limit, with users expecting data to be accessible from anywhere, at any time, on any device. Faced with exponential data growth, the network must evolve to enable businesses to thrive in this new era. A new approach to storage networking is needed to enable databases, virtual servers, desktops, and critical applications, and to ... [more]


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IBM Db2: Investigating Automatic Storage Table Spaces and Data Skew
Analytics

Redpaper, published 17 Jul 2017, last updated 20 Jul 2017

The scope of this IBM® Redpaper™ publication is to provide a high-level overview of automatic storage table spaces, table space maps, table space extent maps, and physically unbalanced data across automatic storage table space containers (that is, data skew). The objective of this paper is to investigate causes of data skew and make suggestions for how to resolve it. This paper is for Database Administrators (DBAs) of IBM Db2®; the DBAs should have general Db2 knowledge and skills. The environment used for the creation of this document is Db2 Version 11.1, and an IBM AIX® operating system. ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Accelerate Deployment, Usage, and Maintenance
Software Defined Storage

Redbooks, published 19 Jul 2017

This edition applies to IBM® Spectrum Accelerate V11.5.4. IBM Spectrum Accelerate™, a member of IBM Spectrum Storage™, is an agile, software-defined storage solution for enterprise and cloud that builds on the customer-proven and mature IBM XIV® storage software. The key characteristic of Spectrum Accelerate is that it can be easily deployed and run on purpose-built or existing hardware that is chosen by the customer. IBM Spectrum Accelerate enables rapid deployment of high-performance and scalable block data storage infrastructure over commodity hardware on-premises or off-premises. This ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R Business Continuity Solutions
Flash storage

Redpaper, published 19 Jul 2017

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 volumes from one IBM FlashSystem A9000 to another with no interference to the host. Starting with software level V12.1, the IBM ... [more]


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IBM Z Functional Matrix
z Systems

Redpaper, published 17 Jul 2017

This IBM Redpaper publication provides a list of features and functions that are supported on IBM Z, including the IBM z14, IBM z13, IBM z13s, IBM zEnterprise EC12 (zEC12), and IBM zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12). This publication is divided into the following functional areas:

  • Application programming interfaces
  • Cryptographic features
  • I/O characteristics
  • On Demand
  • IBM Parallel Sysplex
  • Performance
  • IBM Processor Resource/Systems Manager (PR/SM)
  • Reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS)
This Redpaper publication helps readers ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Scale: Big Data and Analytics Solution
Software Defined Storage

Redguide, published 22 Aug 2016, last updated 14 Jul 2017

This IBM® Redguide™ publication describes big data and analytics (BD&A) deployments that are built on IBM Spectrum Scale™. Spectrum Scale is a proven enterprise-level distributed file system that is a high-performance and cost-effective alternative to Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) for Hadoop analytics services. Spectrum Scale supports varied deployment models, including Spectrum Scale File Placement Organizer (FPO) for storage-rich servers, Spectrum Scale on SAN shared storage, and an integrated system, called the IBM Elastic Storage™ Server (ESS). These solutions can host various ... [more]


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IBM HTTP Server on z/OS: Migrating from Domino-powered to Apache-powered
z Systems

Redpaper, published 31 Oct 2016, last updated 13 Jul 2017

Users of IBM® z/OS® for the past several years had a choice of two HTTP Servers that they can use. Now, one server became strategic while the other is no longer supported with z/OS V2.2. IHS powered by Apache supports IPv6 and 64-bit execution and includes security authentication and authorization capabilities that are similar to those capabilities that are provided in IHS powered by IBM Domino®. This IBM Redpaper™ publication is aimed at technicians who are responsible for planning and deploying system software. It provides informationon about the various features that are available in IBM ... [more]


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DB2 12 for z/OS Technical Overview and Highlights
Information Management

Product Guide, published 30 Jun 2017, last updated 12 Jul 2017

This paper provides a high-level overview of the functions, features, and improvements that were introduced in IBM DB2® 12 for z/OS®. These businesses gain a competitive advantage, improve business efficiency and effectiveness, and discover business insights from their existing data. The paper is intended for DB2 system administrators, database administrators, and application programmers, but might also be of interest to IT managers and executives. A more detailed description of DB2 12 is available in IBM DB2 12 for z/OS Technical Overview, SG24-8383. The purpose of this paper is to provide ... [more]


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