IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller, IBM Storwize V7000, and IBM FlashSystem 7200 Best Practices and Performance Guidelines

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 11 February 2020, updated 07 December 2020

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ISBN-10: 0738458171
ISBN-13: 9780738458175
IBM Form #: SG24-7521-06
(514 pages)

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Authors: Jon Tate, Tiago Moreira Candelaria Bastos, Jon Herd, Sang-hyun Kim, Sergey Kubin, Dirk Peitzmann, Antonio Rainero


This IBM® Redbooks® publication captures several of the preferred practices and describes the performance gains that can be achieved by implementing the IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller and IBM Storwize® V7000 powered by IBM Spectrum Virtualize™ V8.2.1. 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 and Storwize V7000.

This book is intended for experienced storage, SAN, and SAN Volume Controller administrators and technicians. Understanding his book requires advanced knowledge of the SAN Volume Controller and Storwize V7000 and SAN environments.

Important: On 11th February 2020 IBM announced the arrival of SAN Volume Controller SA2 and SV2, and IBM FlashSystem® 7200 to the family.

This book was written specifically for prior versions of SVC and Storwize V7000; 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.

This book will be updated to comprehensively include SAN Volume Controller SA2 and SV2 and FlashSystem 7200 in due course.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Storage area network
Chapter 2. Back-end storage
Chapter 3. Storage pools and managed disks
Chapter 4. Volumes
Chapter 5. Copy Services
Chapter 6. Hosts
Chapter 7. IBM Easy Tier function
Chapter 8. Monitoring
Chapter 9. Maintenance
Chapter 10. Troubleshooting and diagnostics
Chapter 11. IBM Real-time Compression
Appendix A. IBM i considerations
Appendix B. Business continuity

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