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IBM DS8870 Architecture and Implementation (Release 7.5)

An IBM Redbooks publication


Published on 02 July 2015, updated 19 September 2017

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ISBN-10: 0738440825
ISBN-13: 9780738440828
IBM Form #: SG24-8085-05

Authors: Bertrand Dufrasne, Werner Bauer, Artur Borowicz, Adrian Orben, Robert Tondini and Bob Xiao

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    This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the concepts, architecture, and implementation of the IBM DS8870. The WhitepaperRedpaperbook provides reference information to assist readers who need to plan for, install, and configure the DS8870.

    The IBM DS8870 is the most advanced model in the IBM DS8000® series and is equipped with IBM POWER7+™ based controllers. Various configuration options are available that scale from dual 2-core systems up to dual 16-core systems with up to 1 TB of cache.

    The DS8870 features an integrated High-Performance Flash Enclosure (HPFE) with flash cards that can deliver up to 250,000 IOPS and up to 3.4 GBps bandwidth. A High-Performance All-Flash configuration is also available.

    The DS8870 now features 16 Gbps host adapters. Connectivity options, with up to 128 Fibre Channel/IBM FICON® ports for host connections, make the DS8870 suitable for multiple server environments in open systems and IBM z™ Systems environments.

    DS8870 Release 7.5 brings new and enhanced IBM z Systems™ synergy features. These features are covered in detail in IBM DS8870 and IBM z Systems Synergy, REDP-5186.

    The DS8870 supports advanced disaster recovery solutions, business continuity solutions, and thin provisioning. All disk drives in the DS8870 storage system have the Full Disk Encryption (FDE) feature. The DS8870 also can be integrated in a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) infrastructure.

    The DS8870 can automatically optimize the use of each storage tier, particularly flash drives and flash cards, through the IBM Easy Tier® feature, which is available at no extra charge.

    This edition applies the IBM DS8870 Release 7.5.

    Table of Contents

    Part 1. Concepts and architecture

    Chapter 1. Introduction to the IBM DS8870

    Chapter 2. IBM DS8870 hardware components and architecture

    Chapter 3. RAS on the IBM DS8870

    Chapter 4. Virtualization concepts

    Chapter 5. IBM DS8000 Copy Services overview

    Chapter 6. Designed for performance

    Part 2. Planning and installation

    Chapter 7. IBM DS8870 physical planning and installation

    Chapter 8. IBM DS8870 Management Console planning and setup

    Chapter 9. IBM DS8870 features and licensed functions

    Part 3. Storage configuration

    Chapter 10. Configuration flow

    Chapter 11. IBM DS8870 Storage Management GUI

    Chapter 12. Configuration with the DS Command-Line Interface

    Part 4. Maintenance and upgrades

    Chapter 13. Licensed machine code

    Chapter 14. Monitoring with Simple Network Management Protocol

    Chapter 15. Remote support

    Chapter 16. IBM DS8800 to IBM DS8870 model conversion

    Appendix A. Resiliency improvements


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