IBM DS8880 and IBM z Systems Synergy

An IBM Redpaper publication

Note: A new draft version of this publication is now available

Published 20 January 2017

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ISBN-10: 0738455946
ISBN-13: 9780738455945
IBM Form #: REDP-5186-01
(114 pages)

Authors: Bert Dufrasne, Werner Bauer, Sherry Brunson, Andre Coelho, Peter Kimmel, Robert Tondini


From inception, what is known today as IBM® z Systems® always had a close and unique relation to its storage. Over the years, improvements to the z Systems processors and storage software, the disk storage systems and their communication architecture have constantly reinforced the 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 Systems and the IBM DS8880 an ideal combination.

This paper is intended for those who have some familiarity with z Systems and the IBM DS8000® series and want a condensed but comprehensive overview of the synergy items up to the IBM z13® and z13s™, and the IBM DS8880 Release 8.2 firmware.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Disaster recovery and high availability
Chapter 3. Data protection and backup
Chapter 4. Management and configuration
Chapter 5. z Systems and DS8880 performance

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