IBM System Storage DS5000 Series
Implementation and Best Practices Guide

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 21 December 2012

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ISBN-10: 0738437476
ISBN-13: 9780738437477
IBM Form #: SG24-8024-00
(618 pages)

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Authors: Sangam Racherla, Matus Butora, Antonio Dell'Apa, Mario Ganem, Corne Lottering, Libor Miklas, Hrvoje Stanilovic, Alexander Watson


This IBM® Redbooks® publication represents a compilation of best practices for deploying and configuring the IBM System Storage® DS5000 Series family of products. This book is intended for IBM technical professionals, Business Partners, and customers responsible for the planning, deployment, and maintenance of the IBM System Storage DS5000 Series family of products. We realize that setting up DS5000 Storage Servers can be a complex task. There is no single configuration that will be satisfactory for every application or situation.

First, we provide a conceptual framework for understanding the hardware in a Storage Area Network. Then, we offer our guidelines, hints, and tips for the physical installation, cabling, and zoning, using the Storage Manager setup tasks. Next, we provide a quick guide to help you install and configure the DS5000 using best practices.

After that, we turn our attention to the performance and tuning of various components and features, including numerous guidelines. We look at performance implications for various application products such as IBM DB2®, Oracle, IBM Tivoli® Storage Manager, Microsoft SQL server, and in particular, Microsoft Exchange server.

Then we review the various tools available to simulate workloads and to measure, collect, and analyze performance data. We also consider the IBM AIX® environment, including IBM High Availability Cluster Multiprocessing (HACMP™) and IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS™). This edition of the book also includes guidelines for managing and using the DS5000 with the IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller (SVC) and IBM Storwize® V7000.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction to IBM Midrange System Storage and SAN
Chapter 2. IBM System Storage DS5000 storage subsystem planning tasks
Chapter 3. Configuring the IBM DS5000 Storage System
Chapter 4. Host configuration guide
Chapter 5. SAN boot with the IBM System Storage DS5000 storage subsystem
Chapter 6. DS5000 performance tuning
Chapter 7. IBM Midrange Storage Subsystem tuning with typical applications
Chapter 8. Storage Manager Performance Monitor
Chapter 9. IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center for Disk
Chapter 10. Disk Magic
Chapter 11. Storage virtualization guidelines for DS5000 series
Chapter 12. DS5000 with AIX, PowerVM, and PowerHA
Appendix A. GPFS

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