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IBM System Storage DS6000 Series: Architecture and Implementation

An IBM Redbooks publication

Note: This is publication is now archived. For reference only.


Published on 09 November 2006, updated 14 November 2006

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ISBN-10: 0738496995
ISBN-13: 9780738496993
IBM Form #: SG24-6781-02

Authors: Bertrand Dufrasne, Gustavo Castets, Stephen Baird, Werner Bauer, Denise Brown, Jana Jamsek, Wenzel Kalabza, Peter Klee, Markus Oscheka, Ying Thia and Robert Tondini

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    This IBM Redbooks publication describes the architecture, implementation, and setup of the IBM System Storage DS6000 series of storage servers. The book itemizes the information needed to plan a successful installation, both from the client and the installer perspectives. We include a basic review of the architecture, and provide references to both printed materials and Web based information sources. The information contained in this book is useful for those preparing to install and manage IBM System Storage DS6000 storage servers.

    The DS6000 series is a development of the Enterprise Storage Server, and extends the high-performance and virtualization capabilities to the mid-range customer set. The DS6000 has a modular architecture and utilizes a 19-inch rack form factor.

    We describe the configuration process, using tools such as the DS Storage Manager Graphical User Interface and the DS Command Line Interface. Together with detailed planning information, these tools enable efficient configuration of the DS6000 series. Many examples are included to illustrate their use in setting up this powerful storage subsystem.

    Table of Contents

    Part 1. Concepts and architecture

    Chapter 1. Introduction to the DS6000 series

    Chapter 2. Hardware components

    Chapter 3. RAS: reliability, availability, serviceability

    Chapter 4. Virtualization concepts

    Chapter 5. Copy Services

    Part 2. Planning and installation

    Chapter 6. Physical planning and installation

    Chapter 7. SMC planning and setup

    Chapter 8. Features and license keys

    Part 3. Storage configuration

    Chapter 9. Configuration flow

    Chapter 10. Configuration with DS Storage Manager GUI

    Chapter 11. Using the Express configuration wizard

    Chapter 12. Using the Simulated manager

    Chapter 13. Configuration with DS CLI

    Chapter 14. Preferred path concept

    Chapter 15. Performance considerations

    Part 4. Host considerations

    Chapter 16. Considerations for open systems

    Chapter 17. System z considerations

    Chapter 18. System i considerations

    Part 5. Management, maintenance, and upgrades

    Chapter 19. Managing problems and repairs

    Chapter 20. Microcode update

    Chapter 21. Monitoring the DS6000 with SNMP

    Chapter 22. Secure remote support

    Chapter 23. Capacity upgrades

    Appendix A. Data migration

    Appendix B. Tools

    Appendix C. Project plan


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