IBM Virtualization Engine TS7700 with R1.7

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Published on March 29, 2011, updated April 12, 2011

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ISBN-10: 0738435260
ISBN-13: 9780738435268
IBM Form #: SG24-7712-02


Authors: Alex Osuna, Babette Haeusser, Aderson J. C. Pacini and Jorma Salokari

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    Abstract

    The IBM® Virtualization Engine TS7700 provides tape virtualization for the IBM System z® environment. The IBM Virtualization Engine TS7700 offers improved performance and capacity to help lower the total cost of ownership for tape processing. It introduces a modular, scalable, and high-performing architecture for mainframe tape virtualization. The TS7700 Virtualization Engine is available as the IBM Virtualization Engine TS7740 R1.7, which brings significant enhancements over its previous release.

    The TS7700 Virtualization Engine integrates the advanced performance, capacity, and data integrity design of the 3592 Tape Drives, the IBM industry-leading tape technology, with high-performance disks and an advanced IBM System p® server to form a storage hierarchy, managed by robust storage management firmware with extensive self-management capability. It includes functions, such as advanced policy management to control physical volume pooling, cache management, dual copy, dual copy across a Grid network, and copy mode control. The TS7700 Virtualization Engine offers enhanced statistical reporting and a single, standards-based management interface for TS7700 Virtualization Engine management.

    This IBM Redbooks® publication covers the TS7740 Virtualization Engine Release 1.7 and the IBM Virtualization Engine TS7720, includes information about supported tape drives and libraries. and discusses tasks involved with planning, implementing, and operating the TS7700 Virtualization Engine, and also migration considerations.

    Table of Contents

    Part 1. Architecture and planning

    Chapter 1. Introducing the IBM Virtualization Engine TS7700

    Chapter 2. Architecture, components, and functional characteristics

    Chapter 3. Preinstallation planning and sizing

    Part 2. Implementation and migration

    Chapter 4. Hardware implementation

    Chapter 5. Software implementation

    Chapter 6. Upgrade considerations

    Chapter 7. Migration scenarios

    Part 3. Operation

    Chapter 8. Operation

    Chapter 9. Performance and monitoring

    Chapter 10. Failover and disaster recovery scenarios

    Appendix A. Feature codes

    Appendix B. IBM Virtualization Engine TS7700 implementation steps

    Appendix C. TS3500 and TS7700 checklists

    Appendix D. JES3 examples and information

    Appendix E. IBM Virtualization Engine TS7700 statistical record format

    Appendix F. Sample JCLs

    Appendix G. Library Manager volume categories

    Appendix H. DEVSERV QLIB command

     

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