IBM SONAS Implementation Guide

A draft IBM Redbooks publication


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

SONAS provides a range of reliable, scalable storage solutions for various storage requirements. These capabilities are achieved by using network access protocols such as Network File System (NFS), Common Internet File System (CIFS), Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS), File Transfer Protocol (FTP), and Secure Copy Protocol (SCP). Using built-in RAID technologies, all data is well-protected with options to add more 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.

This IBM Redbooks® publication is the companion to the IBM SONAS Best Practices, SG24-8051IBM Redbooks publication. It is intended for storage administrators who have ordered their SONAS solution and are ready to install, customize, and use it. It provides backup and availability scenarios information about configuration and troubleshooting.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Installation planning
Chapter 2. Installation and configuration for a SONAS appliance with DDN
Chapter 3. Installation and configuration for SONAS Gateway solutions
Chapter 4. Active Cloud Engine
Chapter 5. Backup and recovery, availability, and resiliency functions
Chapter 6. SONAS administration
Chapter 7. Monitoring
Chapter 8. Troubleshooting, hints, and tips


These pages are Web versions of IBM Redbooks- and Redpapers-in-progress. They are published here for those who need the information now and may contain spelling, layout and grammatical errors.

This material has not been submitted to any formal IBM test and is published AS IS. It has not been the subject of rigorous review. Your feedback is welcomed to improve the usefulness of the material to others.

IBM assumes no responsibility for its accuracy or completeness. The use of this information or the implementation of any of these techniques is a customer responsibility and depends upon the customer's ability to evaluate and integrate them into the customer's operational environment.


Last Update
12 May 2015

Planned Publish Date
30 May 2015

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