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IBM FlashSystem 9100 Product Guide
Flash storage

Draft Redpaper, last updated 12 Dec 2018

This IBM Redbooks® Product Guide describes IBM FlashSystem® 9100, which is a comprehensive all-flash, NVMe enabled, enterprise storage solution that delivers the full capabilities of IBM FlashCore® technology. In addition, it provides a rich set of software-defined storage features, including, data reductions including de-duplication, dynamic tiering, thin provisioning, snapshots, cloning, replication, data copy services, and IBM HyperSwap® for high availability. Scale out, scale up configurations further enhance not only the capacity but also the throughput, giving even better ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem 9100 Architecture, Performance, and Implementation
Flash storage

Draft Redbooks, last updated 12 Dec 2018

IBM® FlashSystem 9100 combines the performance of flash and Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) with the reliability and innovation of IBM FlashCore® technology and the rich features of IBM Spectrum™ Virtualize — all in a powerful 2U storage system. Providing intensive data driven multi-cloud storage capacity, FlashSystem 9100 is deeply integrated with the software defined capabilities of IBM Spectrum Storage™ allowing you to easily add in the multi-cloud solutions that best support your business. In this book we discuss the product features, planning steps, architecture, installation, ... [more]


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IBM Storage Networking SAN768C-6 Product Guide
Storage Networking

Product Guide, published 4 Dec 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide describes the IBM Storage Networking SAN768C-6. IBM Storage Networking SAN768C-6 has the industry’s highest port density for a storage area network (SAN) director and features 768 line-rate 32 gigabits per second (Gbps) or 16 Gbps Fibre Channel ports. Designed to support multiprotocol workloads, IBM Storage Networking SAN768C-6 enables SAN consolidation and collapsed-core solutions for large enterprises, which reduces the number of managed switches and leads to easy-to-manage deployments. IBM Storage Networking SAN768C-6 supports the 48-Port 32 Gbps Fibre ... [more]


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IBM Storage Networking SAN192C-6 Product Guide
Storage Networking

Product Guide, published 4 Dec 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide describes the IBM Storage Networking SAN192C-6. The IBM Storage Networking SAN192C-6 is a director-class SAN switch that is designed for deployment in small- to medium-sized storage networks that can support enterprise clouds and business transformation. It layers a comprehensive set of intelligent features into a high-performance, protocol-independent switch fabric. IBM Storage Networking SAN192C-6 addresses the stringent requirements of large virtualized data center storage environments. It delivers uncompromising availability, security, scalability, ease ... [more]


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IBM Storage Networking SAN32C-6 Product Guide
Storage Networking

Product Guide, published 4 Dec 2018

The IBM Storage Networking SAN32C-6 provides high-speed Fibre Channel (FC) connectivity from the server rack to the SAN core. It empowers small, midsize, and large enterprises to rapidly deploying cloud-scale applications using highly dense virtualized servers by providing dual benefit of higher bandwidth and consolidation. Small scale SAN architectures can be built by using a low cost, non-blocking, line rate, and low latency fixed stand-alone SAN switch that connects both storage and host ports. Medium to large-scale SAN architectures that are built with SAN core directors can expand ... [more]


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IBM Storage Networking SAN384C-6 Product Guide
Storage Networking

Product Guide, published 4 Dec 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide introduces IBM Storage Networking SAN384C-6. It is a director-class storage area network (SAN) switch that is designed for deployment in large-scale storage networks to enable enterprise clouds and business transformation. By adding enterprise connectivity options that support IBM FICON® connectivity, IBM Storage Networking SAN384C-6 delivers a high-performing and reliable FICON infrastructure that is designed to support fast and scalable IBM z Systems™ servers. Layering a comprehensive set of intelligent features onto a high-performance, ... [more]


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IBM Storage Networking SAN50C-R Product Guide
Storage Networking

Product Guide, published 4 Dec 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide describes the IBM Storage Networking SAN50C-R. IBM Storage Networking SAN50C-R is an optimized platform for deploying high performance SAN extension solutions, distributed intelligent fabric services, and cost-effective multiprotocol connectivity for both open systems and mainframe environments. With a compact form factor and advanced capabilities that are normally available only on director-class switches, the IBM Storage Networking SAN50C-R is an ideal solution for departmental and remote branch-office SANs, and as in large-scale SANs with the IBM Storage ... [more]


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Best Practices Guide for Databases on IBM FlashSystem
Flash storage

Draft Redpaper, last updated 8 Nov 2018

Best Practices Guide for Databases on IBM FlashSystem


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Introduction to Storage Area Networks
Storage Networking

Redbooks, published 19 Dec 2017, last updated 9 Oct 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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Fabric Resiliency Best Practices
Storage Networking

Draft Redpaper, last updated 26 Sep 2018

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 in versions 7.4.2 and 8.1.


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IBM Storage Networking SAN128B-6 Switch
Storage Networking

Web Doc, published 29 Aug 2018, last updated 29 Aug 2018

The IBM Storage Networking SAN128B-6 high-density switch scales easily to support storage growth, demanding workloads, and data center consolidation.


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Cisco MDS 9706 Multilayer Director for IBM System Storage
Storage Networking

Product Guide, published 23 Feb 2015, last updated 1 Jun 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide describes the Cisco MDS 9706 Multilayer Director for IBM System Storage® (9710-E06). The MDS 9706 is a director-class SAN switch that is designed for deployment in small- to medium-sized storage networks that can support enterprise clouds and business transformation. It layers a comprehensive set of intelligent features onto a high-performance, protocol-independent switch fabric. MDS 9706 addresses the stringent requirements of large virtualized data center storage environments. It delivers uncompromising availability, security, scalability, ease of ... [more]


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IBM Storage Networking SAN24B-6 Switch
Storage Networking

Product Guide, published 27 Jul 2017, last updated 23 May 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® product guide describes the IBM Storage Networking SAN24B-6 switch. Explosive data growth, coupled with user expectations of unlimited access from anywhere, at any time, is pushing storage environments to the limit. To meet these dynamic business demands, the network must evolve to improve speed, increase efficiency, and reduce costs. Legacy infrastructures were not designed to support the performance requirements of flash-based storage technology. A new approach to storage networking is required to unlock the full capabilities of all-flash arrays. By treating the network ... [more]


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Storwize HyperSwap with IBM i
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 23 May 2018

IBM® Storwize® HyperSwap® is a response to increasing demand for continuous application availability, minimizing downtime in the event of an outage, and non disruptive migrations. IT centers with IBM i can take full advantage of the HyperSwap solution. In this IBM Redpaper™ publication, we provide instructions to implement Storwize HyperSwap with IBM i. We also describe some business continuity scenarios in this area, including solutions with HyperSwap and IBM i Live Partition Mobility, and a solution with HyperSwap and IBM PowerHA® for IBM ... [more]


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IBM Storage Networking SAN512B-6 and SAN256B-6 Directors
Storage Networking

Product Guide, published 11 Oct 2016, last updated 13 Mar 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® product guide describes the IBM Storage Networking SAN512B-6 (8961-F08) and SAN256B-6 (8961-F04) directors and the IBM b-type Gen 6 Extension Blade (FC 3892, 3893). Digital transformation is pushing mission-critical storage environments to the limit, with users expecting data to be accessible from anywhere, at any time, on any device. Faced with exponential data growth, the network must evolve to enable businesses to thrive in this new era. A new approach to storage networking is needed to enable databases, virtual servers, desktops, and critical applications, and to ... [more]


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Modernizing Your IT Infrastructure with IBM b-type Gen 6 Storage Networking and IBM Spectrum Storage Products
Storage Networking

Redbooks, published 2 Feb 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the challenge that most data centers face when updating and modernizing their IT infrastructure. New business demands are driving new applications, joining, and creating in the digital world. A rich, meaningful digital experience is the key to effective engagement in today’s integrated digital world. Companies are able to customize digital experiences for their employees with personalized, targeted content for fully connecting with customers, co-workers, and business partners in the most powerful and productive ways. To achieve this, a robust ... [more]


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Cisco MDS 9132T 32G Fabric Switch for IBM Storage Networking Product Guide
Storage Networking

Product Guide, published 23 Jan 2018

The next-generation Cisco MDS 9132T Fabric Switch for IBM Storage Networking provides high-speed Fibre Channel (FC) connectivity from the server rack to the SAN core. It empowers small, midsize, and large enterprises to rapidly deploying cloud-scale applications using highly dense virtualized servers by providing dual benefit of higher bandwidth and consolidation. Small scale SAN architectures can be built by using a low cost, non-blocking, line rate, and low latency fixed stand-alone SAN switch that connects both storage and host ports. Medium to large-scale SAN architectures that are built ... [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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IBM Network Advisor
Storage Networking

Product Guide, published 3 Dec 2013, last updated 28 Nov 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide describes IBM Network Advisor Version 14.0. Although every network type has unique management requirements, most organizations face similar challenges managing their network environments. These challenges can include minimizing network downtime, reducing operational expenses, managing application service level agreements (SLAs), and providing robust security. Until now, no single tool has been able to address these needs across different network ... [more]


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Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director for IBM System Networking
Storage Networking

Product Guide, published 9 Jul 2013, last updated 28 Nov 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide introduces Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director for IBM System Networking (9710-E08). It is a director-class storage area network (SAN) switch that is designed for deployment in large-scale storage networks to enable enterprise clouds and business transformation. By adding enterprise connectivity options that support IBM FICON® connectivity, MDS 9710 delivers a high performing and reliable FICON infrastructure that is designed to support fast and scalable IBM z Systems™ servers. With the Cisco MDS 9700 48-Port 10-Gbps Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) Module ... [more]


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