IBM System Storage DS8000: Architecture and Implementation

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 16 November 2012

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ISBN-10: 0738437298
ISBN-13: 9780738437293
IBM Form #: SG24-8886-02
(534 pages)

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Authors: Axel Westphal, Bertrand Dufrasne, Juan Brandenburg, Jana Jamsek, Kai Jehnen, Steven Joseph, Massimo Olivieri, Ulrich Rendels, Mario Rodriguez


This IBM Redbooks® publication describes the concepts, architecture, and implementation of the IBM System Storage® DS8700 and DS8800 storage systems. The book provides reference information to assist readers who need to plan for, install, and configure the DS8700 and DS8800.

The DS8700 includes IBM POWER6-based controllers. The IBM System Storage DS8800 is the most advanced model in the IBM DS8000 lineup and is equipped with IBM POWER6+ based controllers. Both systems feature a dual 2-way or dual 4-way processor complex implementation. They also feature enhanced 8 Gpbs device adapters and host adapters. Their extended connectivity, with up to 128 Fibre Channel/FICON® ports for host connections, makes them suitable for multiple server environments in both open systems and IBM System z® environments. Both systems support thin provisioning and the Full Disk Encryption (FDE) feature. If desired, they can be integrated in an LDAP infrastructure.

The DS8800 is equipped with high-density storage enclosures populated with 24 small-form-factor SAS-2 drives. The DS8700 and DS8800 storage subsystems can be equipped with Solid-State Drives (SSDs).

The DS8700 and DS8800 can automatically optimize the use of SSD drives through the Easy Tier feature, which is available for no extra fee. For details about Easy Tier, refer to IBM System Storage DS8000: Easy Tier Concepts and Usage, REDP-4667.

Table of contents

Part 1. Concepts and architecture
Chapter 1. Introduction to the IBM System Storage DS8000 series
Chapter 2. IBM System Storage DS8000 models
Chapter 3. Hardware components and architecture
Chapter 4. RAS on IBM System Storage DS8000
Chapter 5. Virtualization concepts
Chapter 6. IBM System Storage DS8000 Copy Services overview
Chapter 7. Architectured for performance
Part 2. Planning and installation
Chapter 8. Physical planning and installation
Chapter 9. DS8000 HMC planning and setup
Chapter 10. IBM System Storage DS8000 features and license keys
Part 3. Storage configuration
Chapter 11. Configuration flow
Chapter 12. Configuring IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center 5.1 for DS8000
Chapter 13. Configuration using the DS Storage Manager GUI
Chapter 14. Configuration with the DS Command-Line Interface
Part 4. Maintenance and upgrades
Chapter 15. Licensed machine code
Chapter 16. Monitoring with Simple Network Management Protocol
Chapter 17. Remote support
Chapter 18. DS8800 capacity upgrades and CoD
Appendix A. Tools and service offerings

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