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IBM Spectrum Virtualize: Hot-Spare Node and NPIV Target Ports
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 19 Jan 2018

The use of N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) to provide host-only ports (NPIV target ports) and spare nodes improves the host failover characteristics by separating out host communications from communication tasks on the same port and providing standby hardware, which can be automatically introduced into the cluster to reintroduce redundancy. Because the host ports are not used for internode communications, they can freely move between nodes, and this includes spare nodes that are added to the cluster automatically. This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the use of the IBM Spectrum™ ... [more]


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IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller and Storwize V7000 Best Practices and Performance Guidelines
Software Defined Storage

Draft Redbooks, last updated 15 Jan 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® publication captures several of the preferred practices and describes the performance gains that can be achieved by implementing the IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller and IBM Storwize® V7000 powered by IBM Spectrum™ Virtualize V8.1. These practices are based on field experience. This book highlights configuration guidelines and preferred practices for the storage area network (SAN) topology, clustered system, back-end storage, storage pools and managed disks, volumes, remote copy services, and hosts. Then it provides performance guidelines for SAN Volume ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R, IBM XIV, and IBM Spectrum Accelerate with IBM SAN Volume Controller Best Practices
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 8 Jan 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes preferred practices for attaching members of the IBM Spectrum™ Accelerate family, including the IBM XIV® Gen3 Storage System, IBM FlashSystem® A9000, IBM FlashSystem A9000R, and other IBM Spectrum Accelerate™ based deployments, to either an IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller or IBM Storwize® V7000 system. The paper also explains what to consider for data migration when done in combination with a SAN Volume Controller or a Storwize V7000 system. In addition, this publication describes data reduction, and where it is appropriate to enable ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R Business Continuity Solutions
Flash storage

Draft Redpaper, last updated 5 Jan 2018

This edition applies to FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R , Model 415 and 425 with Storage Software Version 12.2 IBM® FlashSystem A9000 and IBM FlashSystem® A9000R provide copy functions suited for various data protection scenarios that enable you to enhance your business continuance, disaster recovery, data migration, and backup solutions. These functions allow point-in-time copies, known as snapshots, and also include remote copy capabilities in either synchronous or asynchronous mode. Furthermore, support for IBM Hyper-Scale Mobility enables a seamless migration of volumes from one IBM ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem A9000R Product Guide
Flash storage

Product Guide, published 27 Dec 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide is an overview of the main characteristics, features, and technology that are used in IBM FlashSystem® A9000R Model 415 and Model 425, with IBM FlashSystem A9000R Software V12.2. IBM FlashSystem A9000R is a grid-scale, all-flash storage platform designed for industry leaders with rapidly growing cloud storage and mixed workload environments to help drive your business into the cognitive era. FlashSystem A9000R provides consistent, extreme performance for dynamic data at scale, integrating the microsecond latency and high availability of IBM FlashCore® ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem A9000 Product Guide
Flash storage

Product Guide, published 27 Dec 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide is an overview of the main characteristics, features, and technology that are used in IBM FlashSystem® A9000 Model 415 and Model 425, with IBM FlashSystem A9000 Software V12.2. IBM FlashSystem A9000 storage system uses the IBM FlashCore® technology to help realize higher capacity and improved response times over disk-based systems and other competing flash and solid-state drive (SSD)-based storage. The extreme performance of IBM FlashCore technology with a grid architecture and comprehensive data reduction creates one powerful solution. Whether you are a ... [more]


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IBM Hyper-Scale Manager for IBM Spectrum Accelerate Family: IBM XIV, IBM FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R, and IBM Spectrum Accelerate
Storage Solutions

Draft Redbooks, last updated 18 Dec 2017

This edition applies to IBM Hyper-Scale Manager V5.3. This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes storage management functions and their configuration and usage with the IBM Hyper-Scale Manager management graphical user interface (GUI) for IBM FlashSystem® A9000 and A9000R, IBM XIV® Gen3, and IBM Spectrum™ Accelerate software. The web-based GUI provides a revolutionary object-centered interface design that is aimed toward ease of use together with enhanced efficiency for storage administrators. The first chapter describes general features of the GUI and installation of the IBM Hyper-Scale ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem A9000 and IBM FlashSystem A9000R Architecture and Implementation
Flash storage

Draft Redbooks, last updated 15 Dec 2017

This edition applies to FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R , Model 415 and 425 with Storage Software Version 12.2 This IBM® Redbooks® publication presents the architecture, design, concepts, and technology that are used in IBM FlashSystem® A9000 and IBM FlashSystem A9000R. FlashSystem A9000 and FlashSystem A9000R deliver the microsecond latency and high availability of IBM FlashCore® technology with grid architecture, simple scalability, and industry-leading IBM software that is designed to drive your business into the cognitive era. Comprehensive data reduction capabilities, including inline ... [more]


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DS8000 Cascading FlashCopy Design and Scenarios
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 14 Dec 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the IBM Cascading FlashCopy® support introduced with the IBM DS8000® License Machine Code (LMC) Release 8.3 (LMC 8.8.30.xx.xx, bundle version 88.30.xxx.xx) or later. The Cascading FlashCopy support enables a FlashCopy source device to become a FlashCopy source, or a FlashCopy target device to become a FlashCopy source. This capability provides improvements to a range of Copy Services scenarios, but essentially enables the reversal of one of several FlashCopy relationships without first withdrawing the other relationships. This publication explores a ... [more]


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DS8880 High-Performance Flash Enclosure Gen2
Flash storage

Product Guide, published 31 Oct 2017, last updated 1 Dec 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the High-Performance Enclosure (HPFE) Gen2 architecture and configuration. The DS8880 HPFE Gen2 is a 2U Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) flash enclosure with associated Flash RAID adapters that can be used exclusively with DS8880 models. The flash enclosure and Flash RAID adapters are installed in pairs. Each storage enclosure pair can support 16, 32, or 48 encryption-capable flash drives (2.5-inch, 63.5 mm form ... [more]


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IBM DS8000 EasyTier (for DS8880 R8.3 or later)
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 14 Nov 2017, last updated 30 Nov 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the concepts and functions of IBM System Storage® Easy Tier® and explains its practical use with the IBM DS8800 series and License Machine Code 8.8.30.xx.xx, or later. Easy Tier is designed to automate data placement throughout the storage system disks pool. It enables the system to (automatically and without disruption to applications) relocate data (at the extent level) across up to three drive tiers. The process is fully automated. Easy Tier also automatically rebalances extents among ranks within the same tier, removing workload skew between ... [more]


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IBM DS8880 Architecture and Implementation (Release 8.3)
Disk storage

Redbooks, published 28 Nov 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the concepts, architecture, and implementation of the IBM DS8880 family. The book provides reference information to assist readers who need to plan for, install, and configure the DS8880 systems. The IBM DS8000® family is a high-performance, high-capacity, highly secure, and resilient series of disk storage systems. The DS8880 family is the latest and most advanced of the DS8000 offerings to date. The high availability, multiplatform support, including IBM Z, and simplified management tools help provide a cost-effective path to an on-demand and ... [more]


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IBM Storwize V7000, Spectrum Virtualize, HyperSwap, and VMware Implementation
Disk storage

Redbooks, published 20 Nov 2015, last updated 27 Nov 2017

IBM® Spectrum Virtualize Software Version 7.8 provides software-defined storage capabilities across various platforms, including IBM SAN Volume Controller, IBM Storwize® V7000, Storwize V7000 (Unified), Storwize V5000, Storwize V3700, and Storwize V3500. These offerings help clients reduce the complexities and cost of managing their storage in the following ways:
- Centralizing management of storage volumes to enable administrators to manage storage volumes from a single point
- Improving utilization of storage capacity with virtual volumes to enable businesses to tap into ... [more]


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Implementing the IBM Storwize V5000 Gen2 (including the Storwize V5010, V5020, and V5030) with IBM Spectrum Virtualize V8.1
Storage Solutions

Draft Redbooks, last updated 24 Nov 2017

Organizations of all sizes face the challenge of managing massive volumes of increasingly valuable data. But storing this data can be costly, and extracting value from the data is becoming more difficult. IT organizations have limited resources but must stay responsive to dynamic environments and act quickly to consolidate, simplify, and optimize their IT infrastructures. The IBM® Storwize® V5000 Gen2 system provides a smarter solution that is affordable, easy to use, and self-optimizing, which enables organizations to overcome these storage challenges. The Storwize V5000 Gen2 delivers ... [more]


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IBM DS8880 Thin Provisioning
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 20 Nov 2017

Ever-increasing storage demands have a negative effect on an organization's IT budget and complicate the overall storage infrastructure and management. Companies are looking at ways to use their storage resources more efficiently. Thin provisioning can help by reducing the amount of unused storage that is typically allocated to applications or users. Now available for the IBM® DS8880 for Fixed Block (FB) and Count Key Data (CKD) volumes, thin provisioning defers the allocation of actual space on the storage system until the time that the data must effectively be written to disk. This IBM ... [more]


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DS8870 Data Migration Techniques
Disk storage

Redbooks, published 30 Apr 2015, last updated 16 Nov 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes data migrations between IBM DS8000® storage systems, where in most cases one or more older DS8000 models are being replaced by the newer DS8870 model. Most of the migration methods are based on the DS8000 Copy Services. The book includes considerations for solutions such as IBM Tivoli® Productivity Center for Replication and the IBM Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex™ (GDPS®) used in IBM z/OS® environments. Both offerings are primarily designed to enable a disaster recovery using DS8000 Copy Services. In most data migration cases, Tivoli ... [more]


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IBM XIV Storage System Architecture and Implementation
Disk storage

Redbooks, published 12 Nov 2014, last updated 3 Nov 2017

Not a new version - included warning for self signed X509 certificates - see section 5.2 This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the concepts, architecture, and implementation of the IBM XIV® Storage System. The XIV Storage System is a scalable enterprise storage system that is based on a grid array of hardware components. It can attach to both Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP) and IP network Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI) capable hosts. This system is a good fit for clients who want to be able to grow capacity without managing multiple tiers of storage. The XIV Storage System ... [more]


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IBM DS8880 Product Guide (Release 8.3)
Disk storage

Product Guide, published 11 Oct 2017, last updated 12 Oct 2017

This IBM Redbooks® Product Guide gives an overview of the features and functions that are available with the IBM DS8880 models running microcode Release 8.3 (License Machine Code 7.8.3x.xxx). The IBM DS8880 architecture relies on powerful IBM POWER8® processor-based servers that manage the cache to streamline disk input/output (I/O), maximizing performance and throughput. These capabilities are further enhanced with the availability of the second generation of high-performance flash enclosures (HPFE Gen-2). The IBM DS8888, DS8886, and DS8884 models excel at supporting the IBM Z Enterprise ... [more]


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IBM Copy Services Manager Implementation Guide
Disk storage

Redbooks, published 28 Sep 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides an overview of IBM Copy Services Manager (CSM) for IBM Z and open systems, and documents a set of scenarios for using IBM Copy Services manager to automate and manage replication tasks based on IBM Storage. This book reviews and explains the usage of copy services functions and describes how these functions are implemented in IBM Copy Services Manager. IBM Copy Services Manager key concepts, architecture, session types and usage, and new functionality as of IBM Copy Services Manager version 6.1 are also ... [more]


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IBM DS8870 Architecture and Implementation (Release 7.5)
Disk storage

Redbooks, published 2 Jul 2015, last updated 19 Sep 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the concepts, architecture, and implementation of the IBM DS8870. The WhitepaperRedpaperbook provides reference information to assist readers who need to plan for, install, and configure the DS8870. The IBM DS8870 is the most advanced model in the IBM DS8000® series and is equipped with IBM POWER7+™ based controllers. Various configuration options are available that scale from dual 2-core systems up to dual 16-core systems with up to 1 TB of cache. The DS8870 features an integrated High-Performance Flash Enclosure (HPFE) with flash cards that can ... [more]


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