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Building a Cloud with the Software Defined Infrastructure Features of IBM PowerVC V1.4
Storage Solutions

Draft Redguide, last updated 9 Feb 2018

The aim of this IBM Redpaper™ publication is to explain how to build a cloud with the Software-Defined Infrastructure (SDI) features of IBM® PowerVC 1.4.0. It is a guide to show how to integrate SDI-based systems into your IBM PowerVC environment.


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Implementing IBM FlashSystem 900 Model AE3
Storage Solutions

Draft Redbooks, last updated 7 Feb 2018

Today’s global organizations depend on being able to unlock business insights from massive volumes of data. Now, with IBM® FlashSystem 900 Model AE3, 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 Model AE3. It provides in-depth knowledge of ... [more]


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IBM DS8880 and IBM Z Synergy
Storage Solutions

Draft Redpaper, last updated 6 Feb 2018

From the beginning, what is known today as IBM® Z always had a close and unique relationship to its storage. Over the years, improvements to the Z processors and storage software, the disk storage systems and their communication architecture have consistently reinforced this synergy. This IBM Redpaper™ publication summarizes and highlights the various aspects, advanced functions, and technologies that are often pioneered by IBM, and that make the IBM Z and the IBM DS8880 an ideal combination. This paper is intended for those who have some familiarity with IBM Z and the IBM DS8000® series ... [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

Redbooks, published 2 Feb 2018

This edition applies to IBM Hyper-Scale Manager V5.3. This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes storage management functions and their configuration and use with the IBM Hyper-Scale Manager management graphical user interface (GUI) for IBM XIV® Gen3, IBM FlashSystem® A9000 and A9000R, 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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LDAP Authentication for IBM DS8000 Systems
Storage Solutions

Draft Redpaper, last updated 28 Jan 2018

The IBM® DS8000® series includes the option to replace the locally based user ID and password authentication with a centralized directory based approach. This IBM Redpaper™ publication helps DS8000 storage administrators understand the concepts and benefits of a centralized directory. It provides the information that is required for implementing a DS8000 authentication mechanism that is based on the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP). Starting with DS8000 Release 7.5, directory-based authentication relies on IBM® Copy Services Manager (CSM) that provides the interface (the CSM ... [more]


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Introduction to Storage Area Networks
Storage Networking

Redbooks, published 19 Dec 2017, last updated 23 Jan 2018

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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IBM TS4500 R4 Tape Library Guide
Storage Solutions

Draft Redbooks, last updated 19 Jan 2018

The IBM® TS4500 (TS4500) tape library is a next-generation tape solution that offers higher storage density and integrated management than previous solutions. This IBM Redbooks® publication gives you a close-up view of the new IBM TS4500 tape library. In the TS4500, IBM delivers the density that today's and tomorrow's data growth requires. It has the cost-effectiveness and the manageability to grow with business data needs, while you preserve existing investments in IBM tape library products. Now, you can achieve both a low cost per terabyte (TB) and a high TB density per square foot, ... [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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Protecting the VMware Environment with IBM Spectrum Protect
Spectrum Computing

Redpaper, published 25 Dec 2017, last updated 8 Jan 2018

While backup is a topic of much discussion, development, and strategy, the name of the game is rapid recovery. Given the explosive growth of data in our Client environments, there is a need to provide solutions to our Clients that meet their recovery time objective and recovery point objective needs. Traditional backups of files, databases, and similar objects sent across networks (LAN or SAN) to backup servers provide a degree of recoverability, but the speed of backup and recovery is constrained by resource capacity (server, network, storage, and so on). This results in longer backup and ... [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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Using IBM DS8000 in an OpenStack Environment
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 28 Dec 2017

With the availability of the IBM® Storage Driver for OpenStack, the IBM DS8000® can offer a range of capabilities that enable more effective storage automation deployments to private or public clouds. Enabling OpenStack with DS8000 allows 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 DS8000 in an OpenStack environment, first from the DS8000 Storage Administrator perspective and then from a cloud administrator standpoint. This paper ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Scale Best Practices for Genomics Medicine Workloads
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 22 Dec 2017

Advancing the science of medicine by targeting a disease more precisely with treatment specific to each patient relies on access to that patient's genomics information and the ability to process massive amounts of genomics data quickly. Although genomics data is becoming a critical source for precision medicine, it is expected to create an expanding data ecosystem. Thus hospitals, genome centers, medical research centers, and other clinical institutes need to explore new methods of storing, accessing, securing, managing, sharing, and analyzing significant amounts of data. Healthcare and life ... [more]


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Fabric Resiliency Best Practices
Storage Networking

Redpaper, published 9 Jan 2017, last updated 21 Dec 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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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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Monitoring and Managing the IBM Elastic Storage Server Using the GUI
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 14 Dec 2017

The Elastic Storage Server (ESS) GUI provides an easy way to configure and monitor various features that are available with the ESS system. The ESS GUI is a web application that runs on web browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, and Edge. It uses Java Script and Ajax technologies to enable smooth and desktop-like interfacing. Therefore, no client-side installation is required to use the GUI. This document provides detailed information about the ESS GUI features. This edition applies to ESS version ... [more]


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Automating IBM Spectrum Scale Deployment with Ubuntu OpenStack Cloud and Juju Charms
Storage Solutions

Redguide, published 14 Dec 2017

Automation is key to faster deployments with fewer resources. Now Juju charms can help to automatically deploy and operate IBM® Spectrum Scale with Ubuntu OpenStack cloud.


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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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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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Implementing a VersaStack Solution by Cisco and IBM with IBM Storwize V5030, Cisco UCS Mini, Hyper-V, and SQL Server
Software Defined Storage

Redbooks, published 14 Nov 2017, last updated 14 Nov 2017

VersaStack, an IBM® and Cisco integrated infrastructure solution, combines computing, networking, and storage into a single integrated system. It combines the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) Integrated Infrastructure with IBM Spectrum Virtualize™, which includes IBM FlashSystem® V9000 and IBM Storwize® storage offerings, for quick deployment and rapid time to value for the implementation of modern infrastructures. This IBM Redbooks® publication covers the preferred practices for implementing a VersaStack Solution with IBM Storwize V5000 Gen2, Cisco UCS Mini, Hyper-V 2016, and ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Scale (formerly GPFS)
Power Systems

Redbooks, published 26 May 2015, last updated 14 Nov 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® publication updates and complements the previous publication: Implementing the IBM General Parallel File System in a Cross Platform Environment, SG24-7844, with additional updates since the previous publication version was released with IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS™). Since then, two releases have been made available up to the latest version of IBM Spectrum™ Scale 4.1. Topics such as what is new in Spectrum Scale, Spectrum Scale licensing updates (Express/Standard/Advanced), Spectrum Scale infrastructure support/updates, storage support (IBM and OEM), ... [more]


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