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Introduction to IBM Real-time Compression Appliances

An IBM Redbooks publication


Published on 24 October 2013

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ISBN-10: 0738438731
ISBN-13: 9780738438733
IBM Form #: SG24-7953-02

Authors: Roland Tretau, JinSu Kim, Beatriz Nolte, Gary Nunn and Falk Schneider

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    Continuing its commitment to developing and delivering industry-leading storage technologies, IBM is introducing the IBM Real-time Compression Appliances for NAS, an innovative new storage offering that delivers essential storage efficiency technologies, combined with exceptional ease of use and performance.

    In an era when the amount of information, particularly in unstructured files, is exploding, but budgets for storing that information are stagnant, IBM Real-time Compression technology offers a powerful tool for better information management, protection, and access.

    IBM Real-time Compression can help slow the growth of storage acquisition, reducing storage costs while simplifying both operations and management. It also enables organizations to keep more data available for use rather than storing it offsite or on harder-to-access tape, so they can support improved analytics and decision making.

    IBM Real-time Compression Appliances provide on-line storage optimization through real-time data compression, delivering dramatic cost reduction without performance degradation.

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication is an easy-to-follow guide that describes how to design solutions successfully using IBM Real-time Compression Appliances (IBM RTCAs). It provides practical installation examples, ease of use, remote management, high availability, and administration techniques. Furthermore, it explains best practices for RTCA solution design, application integration, and practical RTCA use cases.

    Table of Contents

    Part 1. Introduction

    Chapter 1. The industry requirement for compression

    Chapter 2. Compression technology discussed

    Chapter 3. Introduction to RTCA design

    Chapter 4. Hardware and software components

    Part 2. Implementation planning

    Chapter 5. Solution design and implementation planning

    Chapter 6. Performance considerations

    Chapter 7. Interaction with native NAS, host OS, and application features

    Chapter 8. Deploying Real-time Compression Appliances

    Chapter 9. Software installation or upgrade

    Chapter 10. Administration

    Part 3. Solution architectures

    Chapter 11. NAS / N series solution design

    Chapter 12. EMC storage integration

    Chapter 13. Nearline and offline backup solutions

    Chapter 14. VMware vSphere integration

    Chapter 15. Oracle database application integration

    Chapter 16. File serving solutions

    Appendix A. Troubleshooting


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