IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller and Storwize V7000 Best Practices and Performance Guidelines

A draft IBM Redbooks publication


This IBM® Redbooks® publication captures several of the best practices based on field experience and describes the performance gains that can be achieved by implementing the IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller and Storwize® V7000 V7.2.

This book begins with a look at the latest developments with SAN Volume Controller and Storwize V7000 and reviews the changes in the previous versions of the product. It highlights configuration guidelines and best practices for the storage area network (SAN) topology, clustered system, back-end storage, storage pools and managed disks, volumes, remote copy services, and hosts. Then, this book provides performance guidelines for SAN Volume Controller, back-end storage, and applications. It explains how you can optimize disk performance with the IBM System Storage Easy Tier® function. Next, it provides best practices for monitoring, maintaining, and troubleshooting SAN Volume Controller and Storwize V7000. Finally, this book highlights several scenarios that demonstrate the best practices and performance guidelines.

This book is intended for experienced storage, SAN, and SAN Volume Controller administrators and technicians. Before reading this book, you must have advanced knowledge of the SAN Volume Controller/Storwize V7000 and SAN environment. For background information, read the following publications:

  • Implementing the IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller V6.3, SG24-7933
  • Implementing the IBM Storwize V7000 V6.3, SG24-7938
  • Real-time Compression in SAN Volume Controller and Storwize V7000, REDP-4859
  • IBM SAN Volume Controller and IBM FlashSystem 820: Best Practices and Performance Capabilities, REDP-5027
  • Implementing the IBM SAN Volume Controller and FlashSystem 820, SG24-8172
  • Introduction to Storage Area Networks and System Networking, SG24-5470

Table of contents

Part 1. Configuration guidelines and best practices
Chapter 1. Updates in IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller
Chapter 2. SAN topology
Chapter 3. SVC and Storwize V7000 Cluster
Chapter 4. Back-end storage
Chapter 5. Storage pools and managed disks
Chapter 6. Volumes
Chapter 7. Remote copy services
Chapter 8. Hosts
Part 2. Performance best practices
Chapter 9. Performance highlights for SAN Volume Controller V7.2
Chapter 10. Back-end storage performance considerations
Chapter 11. IBM System Storage Easy Tier function
Chapter 12. Applications
Part 3. Management, monitoring, and troubleshooting
Chapter 13. Monitoring
Chapter 14. Maintenance
Chapter 15. Troubleshooting and diagnostics
Part 4. Practical examples
Chapter 16. SAN Volume Controller scenarios
Chapter 17. IBM Real-time Compression
Appendix A. IBM i considerations


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Last Update
07 May 2014

Planned Publish Date
21 June 2014

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