IBM b-type GEN 7 Installation, Migration, and Best Practices Guide

A draft IBM Redbooks publication

Updated 05 April 2021

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ISBN-10: 0738459437
ISBN-13: 9780738459431
IBM Form #: SG24-8497-00

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Authors: Brian Larson, Kameswara Bhaskarabhatla, Matt Brennan, AJ Casamento, Jack Consoli, Mark Detrick, Johnny Fonseca, Tim Jeka


The IBM b-type Gen 7 Fibre Channel directors and switches provide reliable, scalable, and
secure high-performance foundations for high-density server virtualization, cloud
architectures, and next generation flash and SSD storage. They are designed to meet the
demands of highly virtualized private cloud storage and data center environments.
This IBM Redbooks publication helps administrators understand how to implement or migrate
to an IBM Gen 7 b-type SAN. It provides an overview of the key hardware and software
products and explains how to install, monitor, tune, and troubleshoot your storage area
network (SAN).
Read this publication to learn about fabric design, managing and monitoring your SAN

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction to IBM b-type Gen 7
Chapter 2. IBM b-type Gen 7 product review
Chapter 3. Gen 7 Fabric Operating System (FOS) overview
Chapter 4. Virtual Fabrics overview
Chapter 5. Fibre Channel SAN design, implementation, and migration
Chapter 6. FICON design, implementation and migration
Chapter 7. IBM b-type extension design, implementation, and migration
Chapter 8. NVMe over FC design, implementation and migration strategies
Chapter 9. Fabric OS administrative tools and diagnostics
Chapter 10. IBM b-type SAN automation
Chapter 11. IBM SANnav Management Suite Overview
Chapter 12. SAN security
Appendix A. Fabric details
Appendix B. FOS CLI monitoring commands

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