Implementing the IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller with IBM Spectrum Virtualize V8.1

An IBM Redbooks publication

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

Published 27 February 2018, updated 28 February 2018

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ISBN-10: 0738442836
ISBN-13: 9780738442839
IBM Form #: SG24-7933-06
(830 pages)

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Authors: Jon Tate, Erwan Auffret, Pawel Brodacki, Libor Miklas, Glen Routley, James Whitaker


This IBM® Redbooks publication is a detailed technical guide to the IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller, which is powered by IBM Spectrum™ Virtualize V8.1.

IBM SAN Volume Controller is a virtualization appliance solution that maps virtualized volumes that are visible to hosts and applications to physical volumes on storage devices. Each server within the storage area network (SAN) has its own set of virtual storage addresses that are mapped to physical addresses. If the physical addresses change, the server continues running by using the same virtual addresses that it had before. Therefore, volumes or storage can be added or moved while the server is still running.

The IBM virtualization technology improves the management of information at the "block" level in a network, which enables applications and servers to share storage devices on a network.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction to storage virtualization
Chapter 2. System overview
Chapter 3. Planning
Chapter 4. Initial configuration
Chapter 5. Graphical user interface
Chapter 6. Storage pools
Chapter 7. Volumes
Chapter 8. Hosts
Chapter 9. Storage migration
Chapter 10. Advanced features for storage efficiency
Chapter 11. Advanced Copy Services
Chapter 12. Encryption
Chapter 13. RAS, monitoring, and troubleshooting
Appendix A. Performance data and statistics gathering
Appendix B. CLI setup
Appendix C. Terminology

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