Enabling Hybrid Cloud Storage for IBM Spectrum Scale Using Transparent Cloud Tiering

An IBM Redpaper publication

Published 30 November 2016, updated 01 December 2016

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ISBN-10: 0738455741
ISBN-13: 9780738455747
IBM Form #: REDP-5411-00
(46 pages)

Authors: , Nikhil Khandelwal, Rob Basham, Sandeep R. Patil, Anbazhagan Mani, Amey Gokhale, Jinesh Shah, Kedar Karmarkar, Donald Mathisen, Larry Coyne


This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides information to help you with the sizing, configuration, and monitoring of hybrid cloud solutions using the transparent cloud tiering (TCT) functionality of IBM Spectrum™ Scale. IBM Spectrum Scale™ is a scalable data, file, and object management solution that provides a global namespace for large data sets and several enterprise features.

The Spectrum Scale feature called transparent cloud tiering allows cloud object storage providers such as IBM Cloud Object Storage (previously known as Cleversafe), IBM SoftLayer®, and Amazon S3 to be used as a storage tier for IBM Spectrum Scale. Transparent cloud tiering can help cut storage capital and operating costs by moving data that does not require local performance to an on or off premise cloud object storage provider.

Transparent cloud tiering reduces the complexity of cloud object storage by making data transfers transparent to the user or application. This capability can help you adapt to a hybrid cloud deployment model where active data remains directly accessible to your applications and inactive data is placed in the correct cloud (private or public) automatically through Spectrum Scale policies.

This publication is intended for IT architects, IT administrators, storage administrators, and those wanting to learn more about sizing, configuration, and monitoring of hybrid cloud solutions using Spectrum Scale and transparent cloud tiering.

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