IBM Scale Out Network Attached Storage: Architecture, Planning, and Implementation Basics

An IBM Redbooks publication


IBM® Scale Out Network Attached Storage (IBM SONAS) is a Scale Out NAS offering designed to manage vast repositories of information in enterprise environments requiring very large capacities, high levels of performance, and high availability.

IBM SONAS provides a range of reliable, scalable storage solutions for a variety of storage requirements. These capabilities are achieved by using network access protocols such as NFS, CIFS, HTTP, and FTP.

Utilizing built-in RAID technologies, all data is well protected with options to add additional protection through mirroring, replication, snapshots, and backup. These storage systems are also characterized by simple management interfaces that make installation, administration, and troubleshooting uncomplicated and straightforward.

In this IBM Redbooks® publication, we give you details of the hardware and software architecture that make up the SONAS appliance, along with configuration, sizing, and performance considerations. We provide information about the integration of the SONAS appliance into an existing network. We demonstrate the administration of the SONAS appliance through the GUI and CLI, as well as showing backup and availability scenarios. Using a quick start scenario, we take you through common SONAS administration tasks to familiarize you with the SONAS system.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction to Scale Out Network Attached Storage
Chapter 2. Hardware architecture
Chapter 3. Software architecture
Chapter 4. Networking considerations
Chapter 5. SONAS policies
Chapter 6. Backup and recovery, availability, and resiliency functions
Chapter 7. Configuration and sizing
Chapter 8. Installation planning
Chapter 9. Installation and configuration
Chapter 10. SONAS administration
Chapter 11. Migration overview
Chapter 12. Getting started with SONAS
Chapter 13. Hints, tips and how to information
Appendix A. Additional component detail

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Publish Date
01 January 2011

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