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IBM SAN Volume Controller Best Practices and Performance Guidelines

An IBM Redbooks publication


Published on 15 April 2021, updated 03 October 2023

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ISBN-10: 0738459593
ISBN-13: 9780738459592
IBM Form #: SG24-8502-00

Authors: Anil Nayak K, Antonio Rainero, Barry Whyte, Chris Hoffmann, Danilo Morelli Miyasiro, David Green, Duane Bolland, Jackson Shea, Jon Herd, Jordan Fincher, Marcelo Avalos, Sergey Kubin, Sidney Varoni Junior, Thales Noivo Ferreira and Vasfi Gucer

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    This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes several of the preferred practices and describes the performance gains that can be achieved by implementing the IBM SAN Volume Controller powered by IBM Spectrum® Virtualize V8.4. These practices are based on field experience.

    This book highlights configuration guidelines and preferred practices for the storage area network (SAN) topology, clustered system, back-end storage, storage pools, and managed disks, volumes, Remote Copy services, and hosts. Then, it provides performance guidelines for IBM SAN Volume Controller, back-end storage, and applications.

    It explains how you can optimize disk performance with the IBM System Storage Easy Tier® function. It also provides preferred practices for monitoring, maintaining, and troubleshooting IBM SAN Volume Controller.

    This book is intended for experienced storage, SAN, and IBM SAN Volume Controller administrators and technicians. Understanding this book requires advanced knowledge of the IBM SAN Volume Controller, IBM FlashSystem, and SAN environments.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. IBM SAN Volume Controller introduction

    Chapter 2. Storage area network

    Chapter 3. Storage back-end

    Chapter 4. Storage pools

    Chapter 5. Volumes

    Chapter 6. Copy services

    Chapter 7. Business continuity

    Chapter 8. Hosts

    Chapter 9. Monitoring

    Chapter 10. Maintenance

    Chapter 11. Troubleshooting and diagnostics

    Chapter 12. IBM Real-time Compression

    Chapter 13. Best practices for Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud in IBM Cloud

    Chapter 14. Best practices for Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud in AWS

    Appendix A. IBM i considerations


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