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IBM Virtualization Engine TS7700 with R 2.0

An IBM Redbooks publication


Published on 17 November 2011, updated 20 February 2012

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ISBN-10: 0738436097
ISBN-13: 9780738436098
IBM Form #: SG24-7975-00

Authors: Karan Singh, Søren Aakjær, John Khazraee, Tom Koudstaal, Aderson J.C. Pacini and Patrick Wolf

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    This IBM® Redbooks® publication highlights TS7700 Virtualization Engine Release 2.0. It is intended for system architects who want to integrate their storage systems for smoother operation. The IBM Virtualization Engine TS7700 offers a modular, scalable, and high-performing architecture for mainframe tape virtualization for the IBM System z® environment. It integrates 3592 Tape Drives, high-performance disks, and the new IBM System p® server into a storage hierarchy. This storage hierarchy is managed by robust storage management firmware with extensive self-management capability. It includes the following advanced functions:

    • Policy management to control physical volume pooling
    • Cache management
    • Dual copy, including across a grid network
    • Copy mode control
    • The TS7700 Virtualization Engine offers enhanced statistical reporting. It also includes a standards-based management interface for TS7700 Virtualization Engine management.

    The new IBM Virtualization Engine TS7700 Release 2.0 introduces the next generation of TS7700 Virtualization Engine servers for System z tape:

    • IBM Virtualization Engine TS7720 Server Model VEB
    • IBM Virtualization Engine TS7740 Server Model V07

    These Virtualization Engines are based on IBM POWER7® technology. They offer improved performance for most System z tape workloads compared to the first generation of TS7700 Virtualization Engine servers.

    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 aspects

    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. Case study for logical partitioning of a two-cluster grid

    Appendix F. Sample JCL

    Appendix G. Library Manager volume categories

    Appendix H. DEVSERV QLIB command


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