Implementing IBM Real-time Compression on the IBM XIV Storage System

An IBM Redpaper publication

Published 23 November 2015, updated 22 February 2017

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ISBN-10: 0738454699
ISBN-13: 9780738454696
IBM Form #: REDP-5216-00
(100 pages)

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Authors: Guenter Rebmann, Albert Verhoeff, Megan Gilge


IBM® Real-time Compression™ is fully integrated in the IBM XIV® Storage System Gen3 with software version 11.6. Real-time Compression provides the possibility to store 2 - 5 times more data per XIV system, without additional hardware. This technology also expands the storage-replication-related bandwidth, and can significantly decrease the total cost of ownership (TCO).

Using compression for replication and for volume migration with IBM Hyper-Scale Mobility is faster, and requires less bandwidth for the interlink connections between the IBM XIV storage systems, because the data that is transferred through these links is already compressed. IBM Real-time Compression uses patented IBM Random Access Compression Engine (RACE) technology, achieving field-proven compression ratios and performance with compressible data.

This IBM Redpaper™ publication helps administrators understand and implement IBM Real-time Compression on the IBM XIV Gen3 storage system.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Overview
Chapter 2. Compression technology overview
Chapter 3. IBM Real-time Compression
Chapter 4. Planning
Chapter 5. Configuring compressed volumes
Chapter 6. Performance
Chapter 7. Maintenance and troubleshooting

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