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IBM System Storage N series Hardware Guide

An IBM Redbooks publication


Published on 30 May 2014

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ISBN-10: 0738439401
ISBN-13: 9780738439402
IBM Form #: SG24-7840-03

Authors: Roland Tretau, Jeff Lin, Dirk Peitzmann, Steven Pemberton, Tom Provost and Marco Schwarz

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    This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides a detailed look at the features, benefits, and capabilities of the IBM System Storage® N series hardware offerings.

    The IBM System Storage N series systems can help you tackle the challenge of effective data management by using virtualization technology and a unified storage architecture. The N series delivers low- to high-end enterprise storage and data management capabilities with midrange affordability. Built-in serviceability and manageability features help support your efforts to increase reliability, simplify and unify storage infrastructure and maintenance, and deliver exceptional economy.

    The IBM System Storage N series systems provide a range of reliable, scalable storage solutions to meet various storage requirements. These capabilities are achieved by using network access protocols, such as Network File System (NFS), Common Internet File System (CIFS), HTTP, and iSCSI, and storage area network technologies, such as Fibre Channel. By using built-in Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) technologies, all data is protected with options to enhance protection through mirroring, replication, Snapshots, and backup. These storage systems also have simple management interfaces that make installation, administration, and troubleshooting straightforward.

    In addition, this book addresses high-availability solutions, including clustering and MetroCluster that support highest business continuity requirements. MetroCluster is a unique solution that combines array-based clustering with synchronous mirroring to deliver continuous availability.

    Table of Contents

    Part 1. Introduction to N series hardware

    Chapter 1. Introduction to IBM System Storage N series

    Chapter 2. Entry-level systems

    Chapter 3. Mid-range systems

    Chapter 4. High-end systems

    Chapter 5. Expansion units

    Chapter 6. Cabling expansions

    Chapter 7. Highly Available controller pairs

    Chapter 8. MetroCluster

    Chapter 9. MetroCluster expansion cabling

    Chapter 10. Data protection with RAID Double Parity

    Chapter 11. Core technologies

    Chapter 12. Flash Cache

    Chapter 13. Disk sanitization

    Chapter 14. Designing an N series solution

    Part 2. Installation and administration

    Chapter 15. Preparation and installation

    Chapter 16. Basic N series administration

    Part 3. Client hardware integration

    Chapter 17. Host Utilities Kits

    Chapter 18. Boot from SAN

    Chapter 19. Host multipathing

    Part 4. Performing upgrades

    Chapter 20. Designing for nondisruptive upgrades

    Chapter 21. Hardware and software upgrades

    Appendix A. Getting started

    Appendix B. Operating environment


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