Implementing VersaStack with Cisco ACI Multi-Pod and IBM HyperSwap for High Availability

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 23 August 2018, updated 12 February 2020

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ISBN-10: 0738457086
ISBN-13: 9780738457086
IBM Form #: SG24-8423-00
(114 pages)

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Authors: Jaswinder Singh Saini, Jimmy John, Jordan Fincher, Lee J Cockrell, Nitin D Thorve, Sreeni Edula, Vasfi Gucer


The IBM HyperSwap® high availability (HA) function allows business continuity in a hardware failure, power failure, connectivity failure, or disasters, such as fire or flooding. It is available on the IBM SAN Volume Controller and IBM FlashSystem products. This IBM Redbooks publication covers the preferred practices for implementing Cisco VersaStack with IBM HyperSwap. The following are some of the topics covered in this book:

  • Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure to showcase Cisco's ACI with Nexus 9Ks
  • Cisco Fabric Interconnects and Unified Computing System (UCS) management capabilities
  • Cisco Multilayer Director Switch (MDS) to showcase fabric channel connectivity
  • Overall IBM HyperSwap solution architecture
  • Differences between HyperSwap and Metro Mirroring, Volume Mirroring, and Stretch Cluster
  • Multisite IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) deployment to showcase HyperSwap configuration and capabilities

This book is intended for pre-sales and post-sales technical support professionals and storage administrators who are tasked with deploying a VersaStack solution with IBM HyperSwap.

Table of contents

Chapter 1 - Introduction and HyperSwap solution architecture
Chapter 2 - Testing environment overview
Chapter 3 - Design and planning considerations
Chapter 4 - Implementing the HyperSwap solution
Chapter 5 - SVC HyperSwap diagnostic and recovery guideline

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