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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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DS8000 Cascading FlashCopy Design and Scenarios
Storage Solutions

Draft Redpaper, last updated 13 Nov 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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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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