Implementing the IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller V7.4

A draft IBM Redbooks publication


This IBM® Redbooks® publication is a detailed technical guide to the IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller Version 7.4.

The SAN Volume Controller (SVC) is a virtualization appliance solution, which maps virtualized volumes that are visible to hosts and applications to physical volumes on storage devices. Each server within the storage area network (SAN) has its own set of virtual storage addresses that are mapped to physical addresses. If the physical addresses change, the server continues running by using the same virtual addresses that it had before. Therefore, volumes or storage can be added or moved while the server is still running.

The IBM virtualization technology improves the management of information at the “block” level in a network, which enables applications and servers to share storage devices on a network.

This book is intended for readers who want to implement the SVC at a 7.4 release level with minimal effort.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction to storage virtualization
Chapter 2. IBM SAN Volume Controller
Chapter 3. Planning and configuration
Chapter 4. SAN Volume Controller initial configuration
Chapter 5. Host configuration
Chapter 6. Data migration
Chapter 7. Advanced features for storage efficiency
Chapter 8. Advanced Copy Services
Chapter 9. SAN Volume Controller operations using the command-line interface
Chapter 10. SAN Volume Controller operations using the GUI
Appendix A. Performance data and statistics gathering
Appendix B. Terminology
Appendix C. SAN Volume Controller stretched cluster


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Last Update
12 January 2015

Planned Publish Date
28 February 2015

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