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IBM FlashSystem Best Practices and Performance Guidelines
Software Defined Storage

Redbooks, published 13 May 2021, last updated 13 Oct 2021

This IBM® Redbooks® publication captures several of the preferred practices and describes the performance gains that can be achieved by implementing the IBM FlashSystem products. 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. It explains how you can optimize disk performance with the IBM System Storage® Easy Tier® function. It also provides preferred practices for ... [more]


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IBM Cloud Pak for Data with IBM Spectrum Scale Container Native
Cloud

Draft Redpaper, last updated 24 Sep 2021

This IBM® Redpaper publication describes configuration guidelines and best practices when using IBM Spectrum® Scale Container Native as storage provider for IBM Cloud® Pak® for Data on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform. It also provides the steps to install IBM Db2® and several assemblies within IBM Cloud® Pak for Data including IBM Watson® Knowledge Catalog, Watson Studio, DataStage®, Db2 Warehouse, Watson Machine Learning, Watson OpenScale, Data Virtualization, Data Management Console and Apache Spark. This IBM Redpaper publication was written for IT architects, IT specialists, ... [more]


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IBM DS8900F Performance Best Practices and Monitoring
Hybrid Flash storage

Draft Redbooks, last updated 16 Sep 2021

One of the primary criteria in judging a storage server is performance, that is, how fast it responds to a read or write request from an application server. How well a storage server accomplishes this task depends on the design of its hardware, its firmware, and its configuration. This publication is intended for individuals who want to maximize the performance of their DS8900 storage systems and investigate the planning and monitoring tools that are ... [more]


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Securing Data on Threat Detection by Using IBM Spectrum Scale and IBM QRadar: An Enhanced Cyber Resiliency Solution
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 13 Sep 2021

Having appropriate storage for hosting business-critical data and advanced Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) software for deep inspection, detection, and prioritization of threats has become a necessity for any business. This IBM® Redpaper publication explains how the storage features of IBM Spectrum® Scale, when combined with the log analysis, deep inspection, and detection of threats that are provided by IBM QRadar®, help reduce the impact of incidents on business data. Such integration provides an excellent platform for hosting unstructured business data that is subject to ... [more]


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IBM DS8000 Encryption for Data at Rest, Transparent Cloud Tiering, and Endpoint Security (DS8000 Release 9.2)
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 8 Sep 2021

The IBM® DS8000® supports encryption-capable drives. They are used with key management services (local or external) to allow encryption for data at rest. The use of encryption technology involves several considerations that are critical for you to understand to maintain the security and accessibility of encrypted data. This edition of this IBM Redpaper™ publication focuses on IBM Security™ Guardium Key Lifecycle Manager with the DS8000 Release 9.2 code or later and updated DS GUI for encryption functions. The DS8000 Release 9.2 code introduces support for local key management for data at ... [more]


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Spectrum Protect Plus: Protecting Red Hat OpenShift Containerized Environments
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 27 Aug 2021, last updated 1 Sep 2021

This IBM® Redpaper® publication describes support for Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform application data protection with IBM Spectrum® Protect Plus. It explains backup and restore operations for Persistent Volume data by using the Container Storage Interface plug-in. The paper starts with an introduction and overview of containers and Red Hat OpenShift, followed by a quick review of the IBM Spectrum Protect Plus architecture and functions. Readers who are familiar with any one of these topics can skip the corresponding chapters. Chapter 3 reviews the specific case of deploying Spectrum ... [more]


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IBM DS8000 Safeguarded Copy (Updated for DS8000 R9.2)
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 31 Aug 2021

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication explains the IBM DS8000® Safeguarded Copy functions. With Safeguarded Copy, organizations have the ability to improve their cyber resiliency by frequently creating protected point-in-time backups of their critical data, with minimum impact and effective resource utilization. The paper is intended for IT security architects who plan and design an organization’s cyber security strategy, and the infrastructure technical specialists who implement them. The content is structured into four major sections:
- Safeguarded Copy introduction
- ... [more]


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Cloudera Data Platform Private Cloud Base with IBM Spectrum Scale
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 29 Jan 2021, last updated 27 Aug 2021

This IBM® Redpaper publication provides guidance on building an enterprise-grade data lake by using IBM Spectrum® Scale and Cloudera Data Platform (CDP) Private Cloud Base for performing in-place Cloudera Hadoop or Cloudera Spark-based analytics. It also covers the benefits of the integrated solution and gives guidance about the types of deployment models and considerations during the implementation of these models. August 2021 update added CES protocol support in Hadoop ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem 5200 Product Guide
Flash storage

Redpaper, published 5 May 2021, last updated 26 Aug 2021

This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide publication describes the IBM FlashSystem® 5200 solution, which is a next-generation IBM FlashSystem control enclosure. It is an NVMe end-to-end platform that is targeted at the entry and midrange market and delivers the full capabilities of IBM FlashCore® technology. It also provides a rich set of software-defined storage (SDS) features that are delivered by IBM Spectrum® Virtualize, including the following features:
- Data reduction and deduplication
- Dynamic tiering
- Thin provisioning
- Snapshots
- Cloning
- Replication ... [more]


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Cyber Resiliency Solution using IBM Spectrum Virtualize
Storage Solutions

Blueprint, published 20 Aug 2021

This document is intended to facilitate the solution for Safeguarded Copy for cyber resiliency and logical air gap solution for IBM FlashSystem and SAN Volume Controller. The document showcases the configuration and end-to-end architecture for configuring the logical air-gap solution for cyber resiliency by using the Safeguarded Copy feature in IBM FlashSystem and IBM SAN Volume Control storage. The information in this document is distributed on an “as is” basis without any warranty that is either expressed or implied. Support assistance for the use of this material is limited to ... [more]


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