Implementing the IBM SAN Volume Controller with IBM Spectrum Virtualize V8.3.1

A draft IBM Redbooks publication

Updated 27 May 2020

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ISBN-10: 0738458902
ISBN-13: 9780738458908
IBM Form #: SG24-8465-00

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Authors: Jack Armstrong, Tiago Bastos, Pawel Brodacki, Markus Döllinger, Jon Herd, Sergey Kubin, Carsten Larsen, Hartmut Lonzer, Jon Tate


This IBM® Redbooks® publication is a detailed technical guide to the IBM System Storage™ SAN Volume Controller (SVC), which is powered by IBM Spectrum® Virtualize V8.3.1. IBM SAN Volume Controller is a virtualization appliance solution that 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.

Note: This edition applies to IBM Spectrum Virtualize V8.3.1, and the associated hardware and software detailed within. Screen captures might differ from the generally available (GA) version, because parts of this book were written with pre-GA code. On 11th February 2020 IBM announced the arrival of SAN Volume Controller SA2 and SV2. This book was written specifically for prior versions of SVC; however, most of the general principles will apply. If you are in any doubt as to their applicability then you should work with your local IBM representative.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction and System Overview
Chapter 2. Planning
Chapter 3. Initial configuration
Chapter 4. Graphical user interface
Chapter 5. Storage pools
Chapter 6. Volumes
Chapter 7. Hosts
Chapter 8. Storage migration
Chapter 9. Advanced features for storage efficiency
Chapter 10. Advanced Copy Services
Chapter 11. Ownership Groups
Chapter 12. Encryption
Chapter 13. RAS, monitoring, and troubleshooting
Appendix A. Performance data and statistics gathering
Appendix B. CLI setup
Appendix C. Terminology

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