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Fabric Resiliency Best Practices
Storage Networking

Redpaper, published 9 Jan 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes preferred practices for deploying and using advanced Brocade Fabric Operating System (FOS) features to identify, monitor, and protect Fibre Channel (FC) SANs from problematic devices and media behavior. This paper focuses on the FOS command options and features that are available from versions 7.2 - 7.4, but also covers other features such as bottleneck detection, port fencing, and Fabric Watch.


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

Redpaper, published 29 Dec 2016, last updated 6 Jan 2017

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 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 an SVC or a Storwize V7000 system. In addition, this publication describes data reduction, and where it is appropriate to enable data ... [more]


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Introduction to Storage Area Networks
Storage Networking

Redbooks, published 20 Dec 2016, last updated 22 Dec 2016

The superabundance of data that is created by today's businesses is making storage a strategic investment priority for companies of all sizes. As storage takes precedence, the following major initiatives emerge:
- Flatten and converge your network: IBM® takes an open, standards-based approach to implement the latest advances in the flat, converged data center network designs of today. IBM Storage solutions enable clients to deploy a high-speed, low-latency Unified Fabric Architecture.
- Optimize and automate virtualization: Advanced virtualization awareness reduces the cost ... [more]


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Implementing IBM FlashSystem 900
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 18 Nov 2016

Today’s global organizations depend on being able to unlock business insights from massive volumes of data. Now, with IBM® FlashSystem 900, powered by IBM FlashCore™ technology, they can make faster decisions based on real-time insights and unleash the power of the most demanding applications, including online transaction processing (OLTP) and analytics databases, virtual desktop infrastructures (VDIs), technical computing applications, and cloud environments. This IBM Redbooks® publication introduces clients to the IBM FlashSystem® 900. It provides in-depth knowledge of the product ... [more]


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VersaStack Solution by Cisco and IBM with Oracle RAC, IBM FlashSystem V9000, and IBM Spectrum Protect
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 17 Oct 2016

Dynamic organizations want to accelerate growth while reducing costs. To do so, they must speed the deployment of business applications and adapt quickly to any changes in priorities. Organizations today require an IT infrastructure that is easy, efficient, and versatile. The VersaStack solution by Cisco and IBM® can help you accelerate the deployment of your data centers. It reduces costs by more efficiently managing information and resources while maintaining your ability to adapt to business change. The VersaStack solution combines the innovation of Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure ... [more]


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Implementing the IBM Storwize V5000 Gen2 (including the Storwize V5010, V5020, and V5030)
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 13 Oct 2016

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 ProtecTIER Implementation and Best Practices Guide
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 6 Jun 2016, last updated 16 Aug 2016

This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides best practice guidance for planning, installing, configuring, and employing the IBM TS7600 ProtecTIER® family of products. It provides the latest best practices for the practical application of ProtecTIER Software Version 3.4. This latest release introduces the new ProtecTIER Enterprise Edition TS7650G DD6 model high performance server. This book also includes information about the revolutionary and patented IBM HyperFactor® deduplication engine, along with other data storage efficiency techniques, such as compression and defragmentation. The IBM ... [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 TS2900 Tape Autoloader

Web Doc, published 30 Jun 2016

IBM® TS2900 Tape Autoloader is a low-entry tape storage solution that is designed to address capacity, data protection, reliability, availability, and affordability. With low profile IBM Ultrium® Linear Tape-Open (LTO) 7, 6, and 5 Half-High tape drives, and high-density storage capacity, the TS2900 is ideally suited for backup and archival operations.


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IBM Spectrum Scale in an OpenStack Environment
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 9 Jun 2016

OpenStack is open source software that is widely used as a base with which to build cloud and infrastructure as a service solutions. OpenStack often is deployed on commodity hardware and used to virtualize various parts of the infrastructure (compute, storage, and network) to ease the sharing of the infrastructure across applications, use cases, or workloads. IBM® Spectrum Scale is software that is used to manage storage and provide massive scale, a global namespace, and high-performance data access with many enterprise features. IBM Spectrum™ Scale is used in clustered environments and ... [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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VersaStack Solution by Cisco and IBM with IBM DB2, IBM Spectrum Control, and IBM Spectrum Protect
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 2 Feb 2016

Dynamic organizations want to accelerate growth while reducing costs. To do so, they must speed the deployment of business applications and adapt quickly to any changes in priorities. Organizations require an IT infrastructure to be easy, efficient, and versatile. The VersaStack solution by Cisco and IBM® can help you accelerate the deployment of your datacenters. It reduces costs by more efficiently managing information and resources while maintaining your ability to adapt to business change. The VersaStack solution combines the innovation of Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) ... [more]


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Quick-start Guide to Configuring VMware Virtual Volumes for Systems Powered by IBM Spectrum Virtualize
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 28 Jan 2016

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication provides a quick, yet comprehensive, guide to configuring Virtual Volumes (VVols) for systems powered by IBM Spectrum™ Virtualize. You are guided through the configuration of the storage system, IBM Spectrum Control™ Base Edition, and the VMware vSphere Web Client. These three components are key to enabling the Virtual Volumes management framework.


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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 Storage System Business Continuity Functions
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 16 Nov 2014, last updated 14 Oct 2015

The IBM XIV® Storage System has a rich set of copy functions suited for various data protection scenarios that enable you to enhance your business continuance, disaster recovery, data migration, and online backup solutions. These functions allow point-in-time copies, known as snapshots and full volume copies, and also include remote copy capabilities in either synchronous or asynchronous mode. A three-site mirroring function is now available to further improve availability and disaster recovery capabilities. These functions are included in the XIV software and all their features are ... [more]


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IBM SONAS Best Practices
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 25 Sep 2015

As IBM® Scale Out Network Attached Storage (SONAS) is adopted, it is important to provide information about planning, installation, and daily administration. This IBM Redbooks® publication also describes leading tuning practices information gained by those who implement and support SONAS. These preferred practices are based on hands-on experience from the field. Monitoring of the SONAS system is included. This IBM Redbooks publication provides information about IBM SONAS features and function at the 1.5.1 level. This book is the companion to the IBM SONAS Implementation Guide, ... [more]


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Using IBM DS8870 in an OpenStack Environment
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 17 Jul 2015

With the availability of the IBM® Storage Driver for OpenStack, the IBM DS8870 can offer a range of capabilities that enable more effective storage automation deployments in to private or public clouds. Enabling OpenStack with DS8870 allows for storage to be made available whenever it is needed without the traditional associated cost of highly skilled administrators and infrastructure. This IBM Redpaper™ publication explains how to integrate the DS8870 in an Openstack environment, first from the DS8870 Storage Administrator perspective and then from a cloud administrator standpoint. The ... [more]


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