IBM SAN Volume Controller Best Practices and Performance Guidelines

A draft IBM Redbooks publication

Updated 27 January 2021

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IBM Form #: SG24-8502-00

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Authors: Anil K Nayak, Antonio Rainero, Barry Whyte, Chris Hoffmann, Danilo Morelli Miyasiro, David Green, Duane Bolland, Jackson Shea, Jon Herd, Jordan Fincher, Marcelo Avalos, Sergey Kubin, Sidney Varoni Junior, Thales Noivo Ferreira, Vasfi Gucer


This IBM® Redbooks® publication captures several of the preferred practices and describes the performance gains that can be achieved by implementing the IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) powered by IBM Spectrum Virtualize V8.4. These practices are based on field experience.

This book highlights configuration guidelines and preferred practices for the storage area network (SAN) topology, clustered system, back-end storage, storage pools and managed disks, volumes, remote copy services, and hosts. Then, it provides performance guidelines for SAN Volume Controller, back-end storage, and applications. It explains how you can optimize disk performance with the IBM System Storage Easy Tier® function. It also provides preferred practices for monitoring, maintaining, and troubleshooting SAN Volume Controller.

This book is intended for experienced storage, SAN, and SAN Volume Controller administrators and technicians. Understanding this book requires advanced knowledge of the SAN Volume Controller, IBM FlashSystem and SAN environments.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. IBM SAN Volume Controller introduction
Chapter 2. Storage Area Network
Chapter 3. Storage back-end
Chapter 4. Storage pools
Chapter 5. Volumes
Chapter 6. Copy services
Chapter 7. Business continuity
Chapter 8. Hosts
Chapter 9. Monitoring
Chapter 10. Maintenance
Chapter 11. Troubleshooting and diagnostics
Chapter 12. IBM Real-time Compression
Chapter 13. Best practices for Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud in IBM Cloud
Chapter 14. Best practices for Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud in AWS
Appendix A. IBM i considerations

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