Performance and Best Practices Guide for IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.5

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 09 August 2022, updated 03 October 2023

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ISBN-10: 0738460613
ISBN-13: 9780738460611
IBM Form #: SG24-8521-00
(784 pages)

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Authors: Vasfi Gucer, Andy Haerchen, Ashutosh Pathak, Barry Whyte, Cassio Alexandre de Aguiar, Fabio Trevizan de Oliveira, Hartmut Lonzer, Luis Eduardo Silva Viera, Mahendra S Brahmadu, Mangesh M Shirke, Nezih Boyacioglu, Sergey Kubin, Stephen Solewin, Thales Ferreira, Tiago Moreira Candelaria Bastos, Uwe Schreiber, Youssef Largou


This IBM® Redbooks® publication captures several best practices and describes the performance gains that can be achieved by implementing the IBM FlashSystem® and IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) products running IBM Spectrum® Virtualize 8.5. 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 explains how you can optimize disk performance with the IBM Easy Tier® function. It also provides best practices for monitoring, maintaining, and troubleshooting.

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

This book is focused on IBM FlashSystem and SVC systems that run IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.5. Most configuration principles and best practices that are described in the book are still applicable for systems that cannot be upgraded to version 8.5, but some features are not available.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introducing IBM FlashSystem and IBM SAN Volume Controller running IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.5
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 Spectrum Virtualize infrastructure
Chapter 11. Troubleshooting and diagnostics
Chapter 12. IBM Real-time Compression considerations
Appendix A. IBM i considerations

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