IBM System Storage DS8700 Architecture and Implementation

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 06 August 2010, updated 12 February 2011

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ISBN-10: 0738434620
ISBN-13: 9780738434629
IBM Form #: SG24-8786-01
(630 pages)

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Authors: Bertrand Dufrasne, Werner Bauer, Brenda Careaga, Jukka Myyrrylainen, Antonio Rainero, Paulus Usong


This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the concepts, architecture, and implementation of the IBM System Storage® DS8700 storage subsystem.

This book has reference information that will help you plan for, install, and configure the DS8700 and also discusses the architecture and components.

The DS8700 is the most advanced model in the IBM System Storage DS8000® series. It includes IBM POWER6®-based controllers, with a dual 2-way or dual 4-way processor complex implementation. Its extended connectivity, with up to 128 Fibre Channel/FICON® ports for host connections, make it suitable for multiple server environments in both open systems and IBM System z® environments. If desired, the DS8700 can be integrated in an LDAP infrastructure.

The DS8700 supports thin provisioning. Depending on your specific needs, the DS8700 storage subsystem can be equipped with SATA drives, FC drives, and Solid® State Drives (SSDs). The DS8700 can now automatically optimize the use of SSD drives through its no charge Easy Tier feature. The DS8700 also supports Full Disk Encryption (FDE) feature.

Its switched Fibre Channel architecture, dual processor complex implementation, high availability design, and the advanced Point-in-Time Copy and Remote Mirror and Copy functions that incorporates make the DS8700 storage subsystem suitable for mission-critical business functions.

Table of contents

Part 1. Concepts and architecture
Chapter 1. Introduction to the IBM System Storage DS8700 series
Chapter 2. IBM System Storage DS8700 models
Chapter 3. Hardware components and architecture
Chapter 4. Reliability, Availability, and Serviceability on the IBM System Storage DS8700 series
Chapter 5. Virtualization concepts
Chapter 6. IBM System Storage DS8700 Copy Services overview
Chapter 7. Performance
Part 2. Planning and installation
Chapter 8. Physical planning and installation
Chapter 9. Hardware Management Console planning and setup
Chapter 10. IBM System Storage DS8700 features and license keys
Part 3. Storage configuration
Chapter 11. Configuration flow
Chapter 12. System Storage Productivity Center
Chapter 13. Configuration using the DS Storage Manager GUI
Chapter 14. Configuration with the DS Command-Line Interface
Part 4. Host considerations
Chapter 15. Open systems considerations
Chapter 16. IBM System z considerations
Chapter 17. IBM System i considerations
Part 5. Maintenance and upgrades
Chapter 18. Licensed machine code
Chapter 19. Monitoring with Simple Network Management Protocol
Chapter 20. Remote support
Chapter 21. Capacity upgrades and Capacity on Demand
Appendix A. Tools and service offerings

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