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IBM DS8880 Thin Provisioning
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 24 Aug 2016, last updated 16 May 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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Implementing the IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller with IBM Spectrum Virtualize V7.8
Software Defined Storage

Redbooks, published 10 Apr 2017, last updated 16 May 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® publication is a detailed technical guide to the IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller, which is powered by IBM Spectrum Virtualize™ Version 7.8. IBM SAN Volume Controller is a virtualization appliance solution, which 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 ... [more]


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Cisco MDS 9706 Multilayer Director for IBM System Storage
Storage Networking

Product Guide, published 23 Feb 2015, last updated 16 May 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide describes the Cisco MDS 9706 Multilayer Director for IBM System Storage® (9710-E06). The MDS 9706 is a director-class SAN switch that is designed for deployment in small- to medium-sized storage networks that can support enterprise clouds and business transformation. It layers a comprehensive set of intelligent features onto a high-performance, protocol-independent switch fabric. MDS 9706 addresses the stringent requirements of large virtualized data center storage environments. It delivers uncompromising availability, security, scalability, ease of ... [more]


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Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director for IBM System Networking
Storage Networking

Product Guide, published 9 Jul 2013, last updated 16 May 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide introduces Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director for IBM System Networking (9710-E08). It is a director-class storage area network (SAN) switch that is designed for deployment in large-scale storage networks to enable enterprise clouds and business transformation. By adding enterprise connectivity options that support IBM FICON® connectivity, MDS 9710 delivers a high performing and reliable FICON infrastructure that is designed to support fast and scalable IBM z Systems™ servers. With the Cisco MDS 9700 48-Port 10-Gbps Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) Module ... [more]


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Cisco MDS 9718 Multilayer Director for IBM Storage Networking
Storage Networking

Product Guide, published 25 Oct 2016, last updated 15 May 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide describes the Cisco MDS 9718 Multilayer Director for IBM Storage Networking (9710-E16). The MDS 9718 has the industry’s highest port density for a storage area network (SAN) director and features 768 line-rate 32 gigabits per second (Gbps) or 16 Gbps Fibre Channel ports. Designed to support multiprotocol workloads, MDS 9718 enables SAN consolidation and collapsed-core solutions for large enterprises, which reduces the number of managed switches and leads to easy-to-manage deployments. The MDS 9718 supports the 48-Port 32 Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module, ... [more]


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