Implementing or Migrating to an IBM Gen 5 b-type SAN

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 05 August 2016

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ISBN-10: 0738441821
ISBN-13: 9780738441825
IBM Form #: SG24-8331-00
(352 pages)

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Authors: Mirza Baig, Liam Dowds, Silviano Gaona, Paulo Neto, Gaston Rius, Megan Gilge


The IBM® b-type Gen 5 Fibre Channel directors and switches provide reliable, scalable, and secure high-performance foundations for high-density server virtualization, cloud architectures, and next generation flash and SSD storage. They are designed to meet the demands of highly virtualized private cloud storage and data center environments.

This IBM Redbooks® publication helps administrators learn how to implement or migrate to an IBM Gen 5 b-type SAN. It provides an overview of the key hardware and software products and explains how to install, monitor, tune, and troubleshoot your storage area network (SAN).

Read this publication to learn about fabric design, managing and monitoring your network, key tools such as IBM Network Advisor and Fabric Vision, and troubleshooting.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Fabric design overview
Chapter 3. Management and monitoring tools
Chapter 4. IBM Network Advisor
Chapter 5. Product hardware
Chapter 6. B-type SAN monitoring and management with IBM Spectrum Control
Chapter 7. Fabric Vision
Chapter 8. Virtual Fabrics
Chapter 9. Implementation and migration strategies
Chapter 10. Fabric administration
Chapter 11. Security
Chapter 12. Troubleshooting

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