DS8800 Performance Monitoring and Tuning

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 08 July 2012, updated 14 September 2012

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ISBN-10: 0738436836
ISBN-13: 9780738436838
IBM Form #: SG24-8013-00
(726 pages)

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Authors: Gero Schmidt, Bertrand Dufrasne, Jana Jamsek, Peter Kimmel, Hiroaki Matsuno, Flavio Morais, Lindsay Oxenham, Antonio Rainero, Denis Senin


This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides guidance about how to configure, monitor, and manage your IBM System Storage® DS8800 and DS8700 storage systems to achieve optimum performance. It describes the DS8800 and DS8700 performance features and characteristics, including IBM System Storage Easy Tier® and DS8000® I/O Priority Manager. It also describes how they can be used with the various server platforms that attach to the storage system. Then, in separate chapters, we detail specific performance recommendations and discussions that apply for each server environment, as well as for database and DS8000 Copy Services environments.

We also outline the various tools available for monitoring and measuring I/O performance for different server environments, as well as describe how to monitor the performance of the entire DS8000 storage system.

This book is intended for individuals who want to maximize the performance of their DS8800 and DS8700 storage systems and investigate the planning and monitoring tools that are available.

The IBM System Storage DS8800 and DS8700 storage system features, as described in this book, are available for the DS8700 with Licensed Machine Code (LMC) level 6.6.2x.xxx or higher and the DS8800 with Licensed Machine Code (LMC) level 7.6.2x.xxx or higher.

For information about optimizing performance with the previous DS8000 models, DS8100 and DS8300, see the following IBM Redbooks publication: DS8000 Performance Monitoring and Tuning, SG24-7146.

Table of contents

Part 1. DS8000 performance considerations
Chapter 1. DS8000 characteristics
Chapter 2. Hardware configuration
Chapter 3. Logical configuration concepts and terminology
Chapter 4. Logical configuration performance considerations

Part 2. DS8000 performance management
Chapter 5. Understanding your workload
Chapter 6. Performance planning tools
Chapter 7. Practical performance management

Part 3. Performance considerations for host systems
Chapter 8. Host attachment
Chapter 9. Performance considerations for UNIX servers
Chapter 10. Performance considerations for Microsoft Windows servers
Chapter 11. Performance considerations for VMware
Chapter 12. Performance considerations for Linux
Chapter 13. Performance considerations for IBM i
Chapter 14. Performance considerations for System z servers
Chapter 15. IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller attachment
Chapter 16. IBM ProtecTIER deduplication

Part 4. Advanced topics
Chapter 17. Database performance
Chapter 18. Copy Services performance
Appendix A. Performance management process
Appendix B. Benchmarking
Appendix C. Planning and documenting your logical configuration
Appendix D. Microsoft Windows server performance log collection
Appendix E. Post-processing scripts

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