IBM TotalStorage DS300 and DS400 Best Practices Guide

An IBM Redbooks publication

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Published on February 21, 2006

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ISBN-10: 0738496316
ISBN-13: 9780738496313
IBM Form #: SG24-7121-00


Authors: Byron Braswell, Hendrik Ernst and Werner Fischer

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    Abstract

    This IBM Redbooks publication represents a compilation of best practices for configuring the IBM TotalStorage DS300 (iSCSI) and DS400 (Fibre). These workgroup storage subsystems for IBM eServer xSeries and BladeCenter servers are designed to provide an exceptional solution for workgroup storage applications such as file, print and Web serving, as well as, remote boot storage for diskless servers.

    The book provides a conceptual framework for understanding the DS300 and DS400 in a Storage Area Network and includes recommendations, hints, and tips for the physical installation, cabling, and zoning. It shows:

    * Supported configurations

    * Proper use of the software and hardware initiators

    * Array and Logical drive configurations to support maximum throughput

    * DSM and MPIO usage

    * Understanding failover and failback

    * Best practices with installation (i.e., FC switches, BladeCenters, Ethernet switches)

    * Single to dual upgrade

    This book is intended for IBM technical professionals, Business Partners, and customers responsible for the planning, deployment, and maintenance of IBM TotalStorage DS300/DS400 products.

    Table of Contents

    Part 1. Technical overview

    Chapter 1. Storage Area Networks (SAN) overview

    Chapter 2. iSCSI overview

    Chapter 3. Components overview

    Chapter 4. TotalStorage DS300 and DS400 management

    Chapter 5. Performance and configuration considerations

    Part 2. TotalStorage DS300

    Chapter 6. TotalStorage DS300 sample configurations

    Chapter 7. TotalStorage DS300 installation

    Part 3. TotalStorage DS400

    Chapter 8. TotalStorage DS400 example configurations

    Chapter 9. TotalStorage DS400 installation

    Appendix A. Command line interface reference

    Appendix B. Network design considerations

    Appendix C. How to get updates of code and documentation

     

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