IBM DS8870 Architecture and Implementation (Release 7.5)

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 02 July 2015, updated 19 September 2017

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ISBN-10: 0738440825
ISBN-13: 9780738440828
IBM Form #: SG24-8085-05
(474 pages)

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


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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