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IBM DS8880 Architecture and Implementation (Release 8.5)
Disk storage

Draft Redbooks, last updated 15 Oct 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the concepts, architecture, and implementation of the IBM DS8880 family. The book provides reference information to assist readers who need to plan for, install, and configure the DS8880 systems. The IBM DS8000® family is a high-performance, high-capacity, highly secure, and resilient series of disk storage systems. The DS8880 family is the latest and most advanced of the DS8000 offerings to date. The high availability, multiplatform support, including IBM Z, and simplified management tools help provide a cost-effective path to an on-demand and ... [more]


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IBM DS8880 High-Performance Flash Enclosure Gen2
Flash storage

Redpaper, published 12 Oct 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the IBM DS8880 High-Performance Enclosure (HPFE) Gen2 architecture and configuration. The DS8880 HPFE Gen2 is a 2U Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) flash enclosure with associated Flash RAID adapters that can be used exclusively with DS8880 models. The flash enclosure and Flash RAID adapters are installed in pairs. Each storage enclosure pair can support 16, 32, or 48 encryption-capable flash drives (2.5-inch, 63.5 mm form ... [more]


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IBM DS8880 Product Guide (Release 8.5)
Disk storage

Draft Redpaper, last updated 12 Oct 2018

This IBM Redbooks® Product Guide gives an overview of the features and functions that are available with the IBM DS8880 models running microcode Release 8.5 (DS8000 License Machine Code 8.8.50.xx.xx). The IBM DS8880 architecture relies on powerful IBM POWER8® processor-based servers that manage the cache to streamline disk input/output (I/O), maximizing performance and throughput. These capabilities are further enhanced with the availability of the second generation of high-performance flash enclosures (HPFE Gen-2). The IBM DS8888, DS8886, and DS8884 models excel at supporting the IBM Z ... [more]


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IBM Power System E980: Technical Overview and Introduction
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 7 Sep 2018, last updated 10 Oct 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication provides a broad understanding of a new architecture of the IBM Power System E980 (9080-M9S) server that supports IBM AIX®, IBM i, and Linux operating systems (OSes). The objective of this paper is to introduce the major innovative Power E980 offerings and relevant functions:

  • The IBM POWER9™ processor, which is available at frequencies of 3.55 - 4.0 GHz.
  • Significantly strengthened cores and larger caches.
  • Supports up to 64 TB memory.
  • Integrated I/O subsystem and hot-pluggable Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) ... [more]


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Introduction to Storage Area Networks
Storage Networking

Redbooks, published 19 Dec 2017, last updated 9 Oct 2018

The superabundance of data that is created by today's businesses is making storage a strategic investment priority for companies of all sizes. As storage takes precedence, the following major initiatives emerge:

  • Flatten and converge your network: IBM® takes an open, standards-based approach to implement the latest advances in the flat, converged data center network designs of today. IBM Storage solutions enable clients to deploy a high-speed, low-latency Unified Fabric Architecture.
  • Optimize and automate virtualization: Advanced virtualization awareness reduces the cost ... [more]


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