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Implementing VersaStack with Cisco ACI Multi-Pod and IBM HyperSwap for High Availability
Software Defined Storage

Redbooks, published 23 Aug 2018, last updated 24 Aug 2018

The IBM HyperSwap® high availability (HA) function allows business continuity in a hardware failure, power failure, connectivity failure, or disasters, such as fire or flooding. It is available on the IBM SAN Volume Controller and IBM Storwize V7000 products. This IBM Redbooks publication covers the preferred practices for implementing Cisco VersaStack with IBM HyperSwap. The following are some of the topics covered in this book:

  • Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure to showcase Cisco's ACI with Nexus 9Ks
  • Cisco Fabric Interconnects and Unified Computing System (UCS) ... [more]


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IBM TS7700 Release 4.1 and 4.1.2 Guide
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 4 May 2018, last updated 24 Aug 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® publication covers IBM TS7700 R4.1 through R4.1.2. The IBM TS7700 is part of a family of IBM Enterprise tape products. This book is intended for system architects and storage administrators who want to integrate their storage systems for optimal operation. This publication explains the all-new hardware that is introduced with IBM TS7700 release R4.1 and the concepts associated with it. TS7700 R4.1 can be installed only on the IBM TS7720, TS7740, and the all-new, hardware-refreshed TS7760 Models. The IBM TS7720T and TS7760T (tape attach) partition mimics the behavior of ... [more]


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SAP HANA and ESS: A Winning Combination
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 16 Aug 2018

SAP HANA on IBM® POWER® is an established HANA solution with which customers can run HANA-based analytic and business applications on a flexible IBM Power based infrastructure. IT assets, such as servers, storage, and skills and operation procedures, can easily be used and reused instead of enforcing more investment into dedicated SAP HANA only appliances. In this scenario, IBM Spectrum™ Scale as the underlying block storage and files system adds further benefits to this solution stack to take advantage of scale effects, higher availability, simplification, and performance. With the IBM ... [more]


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A Guide to JES3 to JES2 Migration
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 15 Aug 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides information to help clients that have JES3 and want to migrate to JES2. It provides a comprehensive list of the differences between the two job entry subsystems and provides information to help you determine the migration effort and actions. This book considers the features of JES2 as available on releases of IBM z/OS® V2R2 and V2R3. It should be used with JES3 to JES2 Migration Considerations, SG24-8083. This publication is divided into three parts:

  • Part 1, “Planning to migrate from JES3 to JES2” on page 1, gives you ... [more]


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IBM XIV Storage System Business Continuity Functions
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 16 Nov 2014, last updated 7 Aug 2018

The IBM XIV® Storage System has a rich set of copy functions suited for various data protection scenarios that enable you to enhance your business continuance, disaster recovery, data migration, and online backup solutions. These functions allow point-in-time copies, known as snapshots and full volume copies, and also include remote copy capabilities in either synchronous or asynchronous mode. A three-site mirroring function is now available to further improve availability and disaster recovery capabilities. These functions are included in the XIV software and all their features are ... [more]


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Getting Started with IBM zHyperLink for z/OS
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 22 Jun 2018, last updated 2 Aug 2018

With the pressures to drive transaction processing 24/7 because of online banking and other business demands, IBM® zHyperLink on the IBM DS8880 is making it easy to accelerate transaction processing for the mainframe. This IBM Redpaper™ publication helps you to understand the concepts, business perspectives, and reference architecture of installing, tailoring, and configuring zHyperLink in your own environment.


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Machine Learning with Business Rules on IBM Z: Acting on Your Insights
IBM Z

Redpaper, published 27 Jul 2018, last updated 30 Jul 2018

This Redpaper introduces the integration between two IBM products that you might like to consider when implementing a modern agile solution on your Z systems. The document briefly introduces Operational Decision Manager on z/OS and Machine learning on z/OS. In the case of Machine Learning we focus on the aspect of real-time scoring models and how these can be used with Business Rules to give better decisions.


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IBM Spectrum Scale Immutability Introduction, Configuration Guidance, and Use Cases
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 30 Jul 2018

This IBM Redpaper™ publication introduces the IBM Spectrum Scale immutability function. It shows how to set it up and presents different ways for managing immutable and append-only files. This publication also provides guidance for implementing IT security aspects in an IBM Spectrum Scale cluster by addressing regulatory requirements. It also describes two typical use cases for managing immutable files. One use case involves applications that manage file immutability; the other use case presents a solution to automatically set files to immutable within a IBM Spectrum Scale immutable ... [more]


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IBM Z Integration Guide for the Hybrid Cloud and API Economy
Mobile

Redpaper, published 27 Jul 2018

Today, organizations are responding to market demands and regulatory requirements faster than ever by extending their applications and data to new digital applications. This drive to deliver new functions at speed has paved the way for a huge growth in cloud and microservices applications, such as those hosted in IBM® Cloud. One of the most widely adopted ways to integrate cloud applications with enterprise application logic and business data is the use of application programming interfaces (APIs). By extending enterprise applications to form a hybrid cloud environment, you can capitalize on ... [more]


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Introduction to IBM Common Data Provider for z Systems
IBM Z

Redpaper, published 26 Jul 2018, last updated 26 Jul 2018

IBM Common Data Provider for z Systems collects, filters, and formats IT operational data in near real-time and provides that data to target analytics solutions. IBM Common Data Provider for z Systems enables authorized IT operations teams using a single web-based interface to specify the IT operational data to be gathered and how it needs to be handled. This data is provided to both on- and off-platform analytic solutions, in a consistent, consumable format for analysis. This Redpaper discusses the value of IBM Common Data Provider for z Systems, provides a high-level reference architecture ... [more]


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Oracle on IBM Z
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 22 May 2017, last updated 26 Jul 2018

Oracle Database 12c Release 1 running on Linux is available for deployment on the IBM Z™ family of servers. The enterprise-grade Linux on IBM Z solution is designed to add value to Oracle Database solutions, including the new functions that are introduced in Oracle Database 12c. In this IBM Redbooks® publication, we explore the IBM and Oracle Alliance and describe how Oracle Database benefits from the IBM Z platform. We then explain how to set up Linux guests to install Oracle Database 12c. We also describe how to use the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Agent to manage Oracle ... [more]


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Building a SAN-less Private Cloud with IBM PowerVM and IBM PowerVC
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 24 Jul 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes a software-defined infrastructure (SDI) solution with IBM PowerVC. In IBM PowerVC SDI, you combine scale-out IBM Power Systems™ servers with software that creates the whole stack that is needed to provide virtual machines (VMs) for applications such as open source databases or Hadoop. The SDI solution uses base IBM Power Systems technologies such as IBM PowerVM® NovaLink and the open source hypervisor kernel-based virtual machine (KVM). The solution combines with sophisticated storage technologies, such as IBM Spectrum™ Scale, and with the ... [more]


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IBM Software-Defined Storage Guide
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 21 Jul 2018

Today, new business models in the marketplace coexist with traditional ones and their well-established IT architectures. They generate new business needs and new IT requirements that can only be satisfied by new service models and new technological approaches. These changes are reshaping traditional IT concepts. Cloud in its three main variants (Public, Hybrid, and Private) represents the major and most viable answer to those IT requirements, and software-defined infrastructure (SDI) is its major technological enabler. IBM® technology, with its rich and complete set of storage hardware and ... [more]


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Hortonworks Data Platform with IBM Spectrum Scale: Reference Guide for Building an Integrated Solution
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 26 Jun 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication provides guidance on building an enterprise-grade data lake by using IBM Spectrum™ Scale and Hortonworks Data Platform for performing in-place Hadoop or Spark-based analytics. It covers the benefits of the integrated solution, and gives guidance about the types of deployment models and considerations during the implementation of these models. Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) is a leading Hadoop and Spark distribution. HDP addresses the complete needs of data-at-rest, powers real-time customer applications, and delivers robust analytics that accelerate ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition V1.2.6 Installation and Configuration Guide
Software Defined Storage

Redbooks, published 22 Jun 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps you with the planning, installation, and configuration of the new IBM Spectrum™ Archive V1.2.6 for the IBM TS3310, IBM TS3500, IBM TS4300, and IBM TS4500 tape libraries. IBM Spectrum Archive™ EE enables the use of the LTFS for the policy management of tape as a storage tier in an IBM Spectrum Scale™ based environment. It helps encourage the use of tape as a critical tier in the storage environment. This is the sixth edition of IBM Spectrum Archive Installation and Configuration Guide. IBM Spectrum Archive EE can run any application that is designed ... [more]


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Security on IBM z/VSE
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 14 Jun 2018

One of a firm’s most valuable resources is its data: client lists, accounting data, employee information, and so on. This critical data must be securely managed and controlled, and simultaneously made available to those users authorized to see it. The IBM® z/VSE® system features extensive capabilities to simultaneously share the firm’s data among multiple users and protect them. Threats to this data come from various sources. Insider threats and malicious hackers are not only difficult to detect and prevent, they might be using resources with the business being unaware. This IBM Redbooks® ... [more]


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Implementing IBM FlashSystem 900 Model AE3
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 22 Mar 2018, last updated 11 Jun 2018

Today’s global organizations depend on being able to unlock business insights from massive volumes of data. Now, with IBM® FlashSystem 900 Model AE3, powered by IBM FlashCore® technology, they can make faster decisions based on real-time insights and unleash the power of the most demanding applications, including online transaction processing (OLTP) and analytics databases, virtual desktop infrastructures (VDIs), technical computing applications, and cloud environments. This IBM Redbooks® publication introduces clients to the IBM FlashSystem® 900 Model AE3. It provides in-depth knowledge of ... [more]


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

Redbooks, published 9 Feb 2018, last updated 11 Jun 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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Cisco MDS 9706 Multilayer Director for IBM System Storage
Storage Networking

Product Guide, published 23 Feb 2015, last updated 1 Jun 2018

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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z/OS Introduction
z Systems Software

Course, published 23 Apr 2018, last updated 31 May 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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