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

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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 end 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 right cloud (private or public) automatically using 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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Last Update
22 September 2016

Planned Publish Date
28 October 2016

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