IBM System Storage N series Software Guide

A draft IBM Redbooks publication


Corporate workgroups, distributed enterprises, and small to medium-sized companies are increasingly seeking to network and consolidate storage to improve availability, share information, reduce costs, and protect and secure information. These organizations require enterprise-class solutions capable of addressing immediate storage needs cost-effectively, while providing an upgrade path for future requirements. Ideally, IT managers want a maximum degree of flexibility to design the architecture that best supports the requirements of multiple types of data and a broad range of applications. IBM® System Storage® N series storage systems and their software capabilities are designed to meet these requirements.

IBM System Storage N series storage systems offer an excellent solution for a broad range of deployment scenarios. IBM System Storage N series storage systems function as a multiprotocol storage device that is designed to allow you to simultaneously serve both file and block-level data across a single network. These activities are demanding procedures that, for some solutions, require multiple, separately managed systems. The flexibility of IBM System Storage N series storage systems, however, allows them to address the storage needs of a wide range of organizations, including distributed enterprises and data centers for midrange enterprises. IBM System Storage N series storage systems also support sites with computer and data-intensive enterprise applications, such as database, data warehousing, workgroup collaboration, and messaging.

This IBM Redbooks® publication explains the software features of the IBM System Storage N series storage systems. This book also covers topics such as installation, setup, and administration of those software features from the IBM System Storage N series storage systems and clients, and provides example scenarios..

Table of contents

Part 1. Introduction
Chapter 1. Overview
Chapter 2. Data ONTAP
Chapter 3. Write Anywhere File Layout
Chapter 4. Aggregates and volumes
Chapter 5. qtrees
Chapter 6. FlexClone volumes
Chapter 7. FlexCache volumes
Chapter 8. FlexShare
Chapter 9. Network configuration
Chapter 10. MultiStore
Part 2. Data protection
Chapter 11. Snapshot
Chapter 12. SnapRestore
Chapter 13. SnapMirror
Chapter 14. SnapLock
Chapter 15. SyncMirror
Chapter 16. MetroCluster
Part 3. Storage efficiency technology
Chapter 17. SnapVault
Chapter 18. What storage efficiency is
Chapter 19. Deduplication
Chapter 20. Compression
Chapter 21. IBM Real-time Compression Appliance
Chapter 22. Thin replication using SnapVault and Volume SnapMirror
Part 4. Storage access protocols
Chapter 23. CIFS and Active Directory
Chapter 24. NFS
Chapter 25. Multiprotocol data access
Chapter 26. Fibre Channel
Chapter 27. FCoE
Chapter 28. iSCSI
Chapter 29. Other protocols
Part 5. Application and host OS integration
Chapter 30. SnapDrive
Chapter 31. SnapManager
Chapter 32. Snap Creator
Chapter 33. VMware vSphere
Chapter 34 Virtual Storage Console 4.1
Chapter 35. Consistency groups
Part 6. Storage management
Chapter 36. Remote management
Chapter 37. Command line administration
Chapter 38. N series System Manager
Chapter 39. AutoSupport
Chapter 40. OnCommand


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Last Update
31 March 2014

Planned Publish Date
30 April 2014

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