This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the concepts, architecture, and implementation of the IBM System Storage® DS8870 storage system. The book provides reference information to assist readers who need to plan for, install, and configure the DS8870.
The IBM System Storage DS8870 is the most advanced model in the IBM DS8000® series and is equipped with IBM POWER7® based controllers. Various configuration options are available that scale from dual 2-core systems up to dual 16-core systems with up to 1 TB of cache. The DS8870 also features enhanced 8 Gbps device adapters and host adapters. Connectivity options, with up to 128 Fibre Channel/IBM FICON® ports for host connections, make the DS8870 suitable for multiple server environments in open systems and
IBM System z® environments.
The DS8870 supports advanced disaster recovery solutions, business continuity solutions, and thin provisioning. All disk drives in the DS8870 storage system have the Full Disk Encryption (FDE) feature. The DS8870 also can be integrated in a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) infrastructure. The DS8870 is equipped with high-density storage enclosures and can be equipped with solid-state drives (SSDs).
The DS8870 can automatically optimize the use of each storage tier, particularly SSDs through the IBM Easy Tier® feature, which is available at no extra charge. With Licensed Machine Code 7.7.10.xx.xx, Easy Tier offers new features, still at no charge.
Table of contents
Part 1. Concepts and architecture
Chapter 1. Introduction to the IBM System Storage DS8870
Chapter 2. IBM System Storage DS8870 models
Chapter 3. DS8870 hardware components and architecture
Chapter 4. RAS on IBM System Storage DS8870
Chapter 5. Virtualization concepts
Chapter 6. IBM System Storage DS8000 Copy Services overview
Chapter 7. Architectured for performance
Part 2. Planning and installation
Chapter 8. DS8870 Physical planning and installation
Chapter 9. DS8870 HMC planning and setup
Chapter 10. IBM System Storage DS8000 features and licensed functions
Part 3. Storage configuration
Chapter 11. Configuration flow
Chapter 12. Configuring IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center 5.1 for DS8000
Chapter 13. Configuration by using the DS Storage Manager GUI
Chapter 14. Configuration with the DS command-line interface
Part 4. Maintenance and upgrades
Chapter 15. Licensed machine code
Chapter 16. Monitoring with Simple Network Management Protocol
Chapter 17. Remote support
Chapter 18. DS8870 Capacity upgrades and Capacity on Demand
Chapter 19. DS8800 to DS8870 model conversion
Appendix A. Tools and service offerings
Appendix B. Resiliency improvements
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