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Data-at-rest Encryption for the IBM Spectrum Accelerate Family
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 11 Jul 2017

With the ever-growing landscape of national, state, and local regulations, industry requirements, and increased security threats, ensuring the protection of an organization's information is a key part of operating a successful business. Encrypting data-at-rest is a key element when addressing these concerns. Most storage products offer encryption at an additional cost. The IBM® Spectrum Accelerate family, which includes IBM XIV® Storage System, IBM FlashSystem® A9000, IBM FlashSystem A9000R system(s), and IBM Spectrum™ Accelerate Software provides data-at-rest encryption at no charge. ... [more]


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IBM DS8870 Multiple Target Peer-to-Peer Remote Copy
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 24 Feb 2015, last updated 28 Mar 2017

Multiple Target Peer-to-Peer Remote Copy (MT-PPRC) was introduced with IBM® System Storage® DS8870 Version 7 Release 4 (License Machine Code 7.7.40.xx.xx). MT-PPRC provides the capability to have two PPRC relationships on a single primary volume. With this enhancement, there can be another target available to provide additional data protection to act as a backup if a disaster occurs. This IBM Redpaper™ publication provides practical information about the characteristics and functions of the IBM DS8000® Multiple Target Peer-to-Peer Remote Copy (MT-PPRC). The paper includes scenarios that ... [more]


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IBM Real Time Compression with IBM XIV Storage System Model 314
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 16 Feb 2016, last updated 22 Feb 2017

IBM® Real-time Compression™ is fully integrated in the IBM XIV® Storage System Gen3. Real-time Compression provides the possibility to store 2 - 5 times more data per XIV system, without additional hardware. This technology also expands the storage-replication-related bandwidth, and can significantly decrease the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Using compression for replication and for volume migration with IBM Hyper-Scale Mobility is faster and requires less bandwidth for the interlink connections between the XIV storage systems, because the data that is transferred through these links is ... [more]


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Implementing IBM Real-time Compression on the IBM XIV Storage System
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 23 Nov 2015, last updated 22 Feb 2017

IBM® Real-time Compression™ is fully integrated in the IBM XIV® Storage System Gen3 with software version 11.6. Real-time Compression provides the possibility to store 2 - 5 times more data per XIV system, without additional hardware. This technology also expands the storage-replication-related bandwidth, and can significantly decrease the total cost of ownership (TCO). Using compression for replication and for volume migration with IBM Hyper-Scale Mobility is faster, and requires less bandwidth for the interlink connections between the IBM XIV storage systems, because the data that is ... [more]


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IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller and Storwize V7000 Replication Family Services
Disk storage

Redbooks, published 29 Mar 2013, last updated 16 Feb 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the new features that have been added with the release of the IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller (SVC) and IBM System Storage Storwize® V7000 6.4.0 code, including Replication Family Services. Replication Family Services refers to the various copy services available on the SVC and Storwize V7000 including IBM FlashCopy®, Metro Mirror and Global Mirror, Global Mirror with Change Volumes, Volume Mirroring, and Stretched Cluster Volume Mirroring. The details behind the theory and practice of these services are examined, and SAN design suggestions ... [more]


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IBM DS8880 Integrated Copy Services Manager and LDAP Client on the HMC
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 9 Aug 2016, last updated 9 Feb 2017

IBM® Copy Services Manager (CSM) is a replication management solution that is based on the IBM Tivoli® Productivity Center for Replication technology. CSM inherits all the Tivoli Productivity Center for Replication capabilities and continues to provide Copy Services solutions for most IBM storage offerings. The IBM DS8880, starting with firmware Release 8.1, Licensed Machine Code (LMC) 8.8.10.xx.xx, includes CSM for the IBM System Storage® DS8000®, which is pre-installed on the Hardware Management Console (HMC). If you ordered the CSM feature code as part of your IBM DS8000 system ... [more]


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IBM System Storage Solutions Handbook
Disk storage Storage-Flash storage Storage-Software Defined Storage Storage-Storage Networking Storage-Storage Solutions Storage-Tape storage

Redbooks, published 15 Jul 2016

The IBM® System Storage® Solutions Handbook helps you solve your current and future data storage business requirements. It helps you achieve enhanced storage efficiency by design to allow managed cost, capacity of growth, greater mobility, and stronger control over storage performance and management. It describes the most current IBM storage products, including the IBM Spectrum™ family, IBM FlashSystem®, disk, and tape, as well as virtualized solutions such IBM Storage Cloud. This IBM Redbooks® publication provides overviews and information about the most current IBM System Storage ... [more]


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Read Intensive Flash Drives
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 14 Jul 2016

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the configuration guidelines for using Read Intensive Flash Drives available from IBM with the IBM Spectrum Virtualize™ and IBM Storwize® family systems. The Read Intensive (RI) solid state drives (SSDs) that are available on Storwize V7000 Gen2, Storwize V5000 Gen2, and IBM SAN Volume Controller 2145-DH8/24F are one Drive Write Per Day (DWPD) Read Intensive drives. To deploy Read Intensive SSDs, your system must have Storwize code levels 7.6.1.4 or 7.7.0 installed. RI SSDs are available to purchase as an add-on to an existing Storwize system, or ... [more]


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IBM System Storage DS8000 Performance Monitoring and Tuning
Disk storage

Redbooks, published 7 Apr 2016

This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides guidance about how to configure, monitor, and manage your IBM DS8880 storage systems to achieve optimum performance, and it also covers the IBM DS8870 storage system. It describes the DS8880 performance features and characteristics, including hardware-related performance features, synergy items for certain operating systems, and other functions, such as IBM Easy Tier® and the DS8000® I/O Priority Manager. The book also describes specific performance considerations that apply to particular host environments, including database applications. This book ... [more]


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Implementing the IBM Storwize V7000 Gen2
Disk storage

Redbooks, published 18 Jan 2015, last updated 29 Mar 2016

Data is the new currency of business, the most critical asset of the modern organization. In fact, enterprises that can gain business insights from their data are twice as likely to outperform their competitors. Nevertheless, 72% of them have not started, or are only planning, big data activities. In addition, organizations often spend too much money and time managing where their data is stored. The average firm purchases 24% more storage every year, but uses less than half of the capacity that it already has. The IBM® Storwize® family, including the IBM SAN Volume Controller Data Platform, ... [more]


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Configuring VMware Virtual Volumes for Systems Powered by IBM Spectrum Virtualize
Disk storage

Redbooks, published 2 Mar 2016

IBM® Spectrum Virtualize and VMware's Virtual Volumes (VVols) are paving the way toward a true IBM Software Defined Environment (SDE). IBM Spectrum™ Virtualize is at the core of software-defined storage. The addition of VVols enables a fundamentally more efficient operational model for storage in virtualized environments, centering it around the virtual machine (VM) rather than the physical infrastructure. This IBM Redbooks® publication provides an overview of the VVols management framework and its implementation on storage systems managed by IBM Spectrum ... [more]


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Implementing the IBM Storwize V3700
Disk storage

Redbooks, published 5 Mar 2015, last updated 19 Feb 2016

Organizations of all sizes are faced with the challenge of managing massive volumes of increasingly valuable data. However, storing this data can be costly, and extracting value from the data is becoming more and 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® V3700 system provides a solution that is affordable, easy to use, and self-optimizing, which enables organizations to overcome these storage challenges. Storwize V3700 delivers ... [more]


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IBM DS8884 and z13s: A new cost optimized solution
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 16 Feb 2016, last updated 16 Feb 2016

The IBM® zEnterprise® z13s server is the successor to the IBM zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12) and is the fifth member of the zEnterprise central processor complex (CPC) family. It combines nicely with the IBM DS8884 to provide a new entry point solution for enterprises of all sizes. This IBM Redpaper™ publication summarizes the key features of the z13s and the DS8884. It also reviews the synergy functions and key integration points between the z Systems™ and the DS8884 that provide a world-class high availability solution, delivering extraordinary ... [more]


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XIV Storage System Product Guide
Disk storage

Product Guide, published 5 Jan 2016

The IBM XIV Storage System is a high-end flash optimized, fully scalable enterprise disk storage system that is based on a grid of standard hardware components. The architecture of the system is designed to deliver out-of-the box performance and ease of management while harnessing the high capacity and cost benefits of serial-attached SCSI (SAS) drives. The XIV Gen3 systems (and the Model 314 in particular) offer powerful real-time compression that is based on the IBM Random Access Compression Engine (RACE) technology. This IBM Redbooks Product Guide offers a brief overview of the IBM XIV ... [more]


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IBM Assist On-site for Storage Overview
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 24 Dec 2015

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication provides a description and reference information for the IBM Assist On-site (AOS) software. It is intended for clients who want the benefit of the AOS advanced features, such as port forwarding, which allows an authorized IBM Support Service Representative (IBM SSR) to access a client’s enabled storage device to diagnose and troubleshoot efficiently the device.


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IBM XIV and VMware Synergy with IBM Spectrum Control Base Edition
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 22 Dec 2015

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a brief overview of synergistic aspects between the IBM XIV® Storage System server and various VMware components that are enabled by IBM Spectrum™ Control Base Edition version 2.2.0. The paper shows how easy and straightforward installing, configuring, and using IBM Spectrum Control™ Base Edition can be to take better advantage of an existing VMware environment, using IBM XIV storage.


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Deploying IBM Spectrum Accelerate on Cloud
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 15 Dec 2015

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication provides information about IBM Spectrum Accelerate™ on Cloud. IBM Spectrum Accelerate on Cloud supplies a smart storage solution using servers on SoftLayer® cloud. It enables you to consume storage as a service without the need to install or maintain any hardware or software components. IBM Spectrum Accelerate on Cloud enables users to replicate data in the cloud, as an affordable disaster recovery (DR) solution. The primary data can be either on IBM XIV® Storage System devices, or IBM Spectrum Accelerate, on or off premises. The initial deployment on ... [more]


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IBM DS8000: High-Performance Flash Enclosure
Flash storage

Product Guide, published 9 Dec 2015

The high-performance flash enclosure (HPFE) is available for the IBM DS8870 and DS8880 models and offers integration and optimization of flash technology for mission-critical performance. The HPFE is a Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) storage enclosure that can support sixteen or thirty 400 GB encryption capable flash cards (1.8-inch, 46 mm form factor) in a 1U rack space. This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide describes the IBM DS8000® high-performance flash enclosure. HPFEs can be installed in the IBM DS8870 and IBM DS8880 storage ... [more]


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IBM DS8000 and DSCLIbroker
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 22 Jan 2015, last updated 16 Oct 2015

The DSCLIbroker is a scripting framework that automates Copy Services functions. The DSCLIbroker provides the following features: -- Grouping volumes according to applications or other context -- Simplifies the execution of Copy Services commands -- Provides a scripting framework for implementing automation functions This IBM Redpaper™ publication describes IBM DS8000® and the DSCLIbroker scripting framework and its features.


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Combining IBM Storwize V7000 IP Replication and Oracle Data Guard: Reference Guide for Database and Storage Administrators
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 13 Oct 2015

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication combines Oracle Data Guard and IBM remote copy technologies and discusses the use of the near disaster and far disaster concepts that are best suited for customer environments. The Oracle Data Guard technology is native to the Oracle database and does not depend on the server and storage replication. It requires less network bandwidth to transfer the data from a primary site to a standby site, because it transports only log files. But it is a more complex implementation when compared to storage replication and must be implemented for each database ... [more]


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