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Performance and Best Practices Guide for IBM Storage FlashSystem and IBM SAN Volume Controller (for IBM Storage Virtualize 8.6)

A draft IBM Redbooks publication


Last updated on 26 September 2023

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IBM Form #: SG24-8543-00

Authors: Bernhard Albrecht, Christian Schroeder, Denis Olshanskiy, Hartmut Lonzer, John Nycz, Jon Herd, Konrad Trojok, Nils Olsson, Patrik Groß, Rene Wuellenweber, Sergey Kubin, Vasfi Gucer and Vineet Sharma

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    This IBM® Redbooks® publication captures several best practices and describes the performance gains that can be achieved by implementing the IBM Storage FlashSystem® and IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) products running IBM Storage Virtualize 8.6. These practices are based on field experience.

    This book highlights configuration guidelines and best practices for the storage area network (SAN) topology, clustered system, back-end storage, storage pools and managed disks (MDisks), volumes, Remote Copy services, and hosts.

    This book is intended for experienced storage, SAN, IBM Storage FlashSystem, and SVC administrators and technicians. Understanding this book requires advanced knowledge of these environments.

    This book is focused on IBM Storage FlashSystem and SVC systems that run IBM Storage Virtualize 8.6. Most configuration principles and best practices that are described in the book are still applicable for systems that cannot be upgraded to version 8.6, but some features are not available.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1.Introduction and system overview

    Chapter 2. Storage area network guidelines

    Chapter 3. Storage back end

    Chapter 4. Storage pools

    Chapter 5. Volumes

    Chapter 6. Copy services

    Chapter 7. Ensuring business continuity

    Chapter 8. Hosts

    Chapter 9. Implementing a storage monitoring system

    Chapter 10. Maintaining an IBM Storage Virtualize infrastructure

    Chapter 11. Troubleshooting and diagnostics

    Appendix A. IBM i considerations


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    The material included in this document is in DRAFT form and is provided 'as is' without warranty of any kind. IBM is not responsible for the accuracy or completeness of the material, and may update the document at any time. The final, published document may not include any, or all, of the material included herein. Client assumes all risks associated with Client's use of this document.