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IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller, IBM Storwize V7000, and IBM FlashSystem 7200 Best Practices and Performance Guidelines
Software Defined Storage

Redbooks, published 11 Feb 2020, last updated 28 May 2020

This IBM® Redbooks® publication captures several of the preferred practices and describes the performance gains that can be achieved by implementing the IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller and IBM Storwize® V7000 powered by IBM Spectrum Virtualize™ V8.2.1. 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 SAN Volume ... [more]


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Implementing IBM Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud Version 8.3
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 6 Jun 2019, last updated 11 May 2020

IBM® Spectrum Virtualize is a key member of the IBM Spectrum™ Storage portfolio. It is a highly flexible storage solution that enables rapid deployment of block storage services for new and traditional workloads, on-premises, off-premises and in a combination of both. IBM Spectrum Virtualize™ for Public Cloud provides the IBM Spectrum Virtualize functionality in IBM Cloud™. This new capability provides a monthly license to deploy and use Spectrum Virtualize in IBM Cloud to enable hybrid cloud solutions, offering the ability to transfer data between on-premises private clouds or data ... [more]


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Implementation Guide for IBM Elastic Storage System 3000
Software Defined Storage

Redbooks, published 8 Apr 2020

This IBM® Redbooks publication introduces and describes the IBM Elastic Storage® Server 3000 (ESS 3000) as a scalable, high-performance data and file management solution. The solution is built on proven IBM Spectrum® Scale technology, formerly IBM General Parallel File System (IBM GPFS). IBM Elastic Storage System 3000 is an all-Flash array platform. This storage platform uses NVMe-attached drives in ESS 3000 to provide significant performance improvements as compared to SAS-attached flash drives. This book provides a technical overview of the ESS 3000 solution and helps you to plan the ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud on AWS Implementation Guide
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 10 Jul 2019, last updated 12 Feb 2020

IBM® Spectrum Virtualize is a key member of the IBM Spectrum™ Storage portfolio. It is a highly flexible storage solution that enables rapid deployment of block storage services for new and traditional workloads, whether on-premises, off-premises, or a combination of both. The initial release of IBM Spectrum Virtualize™ for Public Cloud is now available on Amazon Web Services (AWS). This IBM Redpaper™ Redbooks publication gives a broad understanding of the IBM Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud on AWS architecture, and provides planning and implementation details of the common use cases ... [more]


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Implementing VersaStack with Cisco ACI Multi-Pod and IBM HyperSwap for High Availability
Software Defined Storage

Redbooks, published 23 Aug 2018, last updated 12 Feb 2020

The IBM HyperSwap® high availability (HA) function allows business continuity in a hardware failure, power failure, connectivity failure, or disasters, such as fire or flooding. It is available on the IBM SAN Volume Controller and IBM FlashSystem products. This IBM Redbooks publication covers the preferred practices for implementing Cisco VersaStack with IBM HyperSwap. The following are some of the topics covered in this book:
- Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure to showcase Cisco's ACI with Nexus 9Ks
- Cisco Fabric Interconnects and Unified Computing System (UCS) ... [more]


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Implementing a VersaStack Solution by Cisco and IBM with IBM FlashSystem 5030, Cisco UCS Mini, Hyper-V, and SQL Server
Software Defined Storage

Redbooks, published 14 Nov 2017, last updated 12 Feb 2020

VersaStack, an IBM® and Cisco integrated infrastructure solution, combines computing, networking, and storage into a single integrated system. It combines the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) Integrated Infrastructure with IBM Spectrum Virtualize™, which includes IBM FlashSystem® storage offerings, for quick deployment and rapid time to value for the implementation of modern infrastructures. This IBM Redbooks® publication covers the preferred practices for implementing a VersaStack Solution with IBM FlashSystem 5030, Cisco UCS Mini, Hyper-V 2016, and Microsoft SQL Server. Cisco ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition V1.3.0.6: Installation and Configuration Guide
Software Defined Storage

Redbooks, published 11 Feb 2020

This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps you with the planning, installation, and configuration of the new IBM Spectrum® Archive v1.3.0.6 for the IBM TS4500, IBM TS3500, IBM TS4300, and IBM TS3310 tape libraries. IBM Spectrum Archive EE enables the use of the LTFS for the policy management of tape as a storage tier in an IBM Spectrum Scale based environment. It helps encourage the use of tape as a critical tier in the storage environment. This is the eighth edition of IBM Spectrum Archive Installation and Configuration Guide. IBM Spectrum Archive EE can run any application that is designed for ... [more]


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Monitoring and Managing the IBM Elastic Storage Server Using the GUI
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 12 Nov 2019

The IBM® Elastic Storage Server GUI provides an easy way to configure and monitor various features that are available with the IBM ESS system. It is a web application that runs on common web browsers, such as Chrome, Firefox, and Edge. The ESS GUI uses Java Script and Ajax technologies to enable smooth and desktop-like interfacing. This IBM Redpaper publication provides a broad understanding of the architecture and features of the ESS GUI. It includes information about how to install and configure the GUI and in-depth information about the use of the GUI options. The primary audience for ... [more]


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Implementing the IBM Storwize V7000 with IBM Spectrum Virtualize V8.2.1
Software Defined Storage

Redbooks, published 3 Jun 2019, last updated 7 Nov 2019

Continuing its commitment to developing and delivering industry-leading storage technologies, IBM® introduces the IBM Storwize® V7000 solution powered by IBM Spectrum™ Virtualize. This innovative storage offering delivers essential storage efficiency technologies and exceptional ease of use and performance, all integrated into a compact, modular design that is offered at a competitive, midrange price. The IBM Storwize V7000 solution incorporates some of the top IBM technologies that are typically found only in enterprise-class storage systems, which raises the standard for storage ... [more]


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Monitoring and Managing IBM Spectrum Scale Using the GUI
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 18 Oct 2019, last updated 20 Oct 2019

The IBM® Spectrum Scale GUI provides an easy way to configure and monitor various features that are available with the IBM Spectrum® Scale system. It is a web application that runs on common web browsers, such as Chrome, Firefox, and Edge. The IBM Spectrum Scale GUI uses Java Script and Ajax technologies to enable smooth and desktop-like interfacing. This IBM Redpaper publication provides a broad understanding of the architecture and features of the IBM Spectrum Scale GUI. It includes information about how to install and configure the GUI and in-depth information about the use of the GUI ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Scale Erasure Code Edition: Planning and Implementation Guide
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 15 Oct 2019, last updated 15 Oct 2019

This IBM® Redpaper introduces the IBM Spectrum® Scale Erasure Code Edition (ECE) as a scalable, high-performance data and file management solution. ECE is designed to run on any commodity server that meets the ECE minimum hardware requirements. ECE provides all the functionality, reliability, scalability, and performance of IBM Spectrum Scale with the added benefit of network-dispersed IBM Spectrum Scale RAID, which provides data protection, storage efficiency, and the ability to manage storage in hyperscale environments that are composed from commodity hardware. In this publication, we ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Discover: Metadata Management for Deep Insight of Unstructured Storage
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 1 Oct 2019

This IBM® Redpaper publication provides a comprehensive overview of the IBM Spectrum® Discover metadata management software platform. We give a detailed explanation of how the product creates, collects, and analyzes metadata. Several in-depth use cases are used that show examples of analytics, governance, and optimization. We also provide step-by-step information to install and set up the IBM Spectrum Discover trial environment. More than 80% of all data that is collected by organizations is not in a standard relational database. Instead, it is trapped in unstructured documents, social media ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem A9000, IBM FlashSystem A9000R, and IBM XIV Storage System: Host Attachment and Interoperability
Flash storage

Redbooks, published 25 Jul 2019, last updated 24 Sep 2019

This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides information for attaching the IBM FlashSystem® A9000, IBM FlashSystem A9000R, and IBM XIV® Storage System to various host operating system platforms, such as IBM AIX® and Microsoft Windows. This publication was last updated in May 2019 to cover the VLAN tagging and port trunking support available with software version 12.3.2 (see in particular section 2.4, “VLAN tagging” on page 67. The goal is to give an overview of the versatility and compatibility of the IBM Spectrum™ Accelerate family of storage systems with various platforms and environments. ... [more]


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Implementing the IBM Storwize V5000 Gen2 (including the Storwize V5010, V5020, and V5030) with IBM Spectrum Virtualize V8.2.1
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 26 Apr 2019, last updated 1 Aug 2019

Organizations of all sizes face the challenge of managing massive volumes of increasingly valuable data. But storing this data can be costly, and extracting value from the data is becoming more difficult. IT organizations have limited resources but must stay responsive to dynamic environments and act quickly to consolidate, simplify, and optimize their IT infrastructures. The IBM® Storwize® V5000 Gen2 system provides a smarter solution that is affordable, easy to use, and self-optimizing, which enables organizations to overcome these storage challenges. The Storwize V5000 Gen2 delivers ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Virtualize: Hot-Spare Node and NPIV Target Ports
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 19 Jan 2018, last updated 18 Jul 2019

The use of N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) to provide host-only ports (NPIV target ports) and spare nodes improves the host failover characteristics by separating out host communications from communication tasks on the same port and providing standby hardware, which can be automatically introduced into the cluster to reintroduce redundancy. Because the host ports are not used for internode communications, they can freely move between nodes, and this includes spare nodes that are added to the cluster automatically. This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the use of the IBM Spectrum™ ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Scale: Big Data and Analytics Solution Brief
Software Defined Storage

Redguide, published 23 Jan 2018, last updated 17 Jul 2019

This IBM® Redguide™ publication describes big data and analytics deployments that are built on IBM Spectrum Scale™. IBM Spectrum Scale is a proven enterprise-level distributed file system that is a high-performance and cost-effective alternative to Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) for Hadoop analytics services. IBM Spectrum Scale includes NFS, SMB, and Object services and meets the performance that is required by many industry workloads, such as technical computing, big data, analytics, and content management. IBM Spectrum Scale provides world-class, web-based storage management with ... [more]


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IBM Cloud Object Storage System Product Guide
Software Defined Storage

Redbooks, published 15 Jul 2019

Object storage is the primary storage solution used in the cloud and on-premises solutions as a central storage platform for unstructured data. IBM® Cloud Object Storage (COS) is a software-defined storage platform that breaks down barriers for storing massive amounts of data by optimizing the placement of data on commodity x86 servers across the enterprise. This IBM Redbooks® publication describes the major features, use case scenarios, deployment options, configuration details, initial customization, performance, and scalability considerations of IBM Cloud Object Storage on-premises ... [more]


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Implementing the IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller with IBM Spectrum Virtualize V8.2.1
Software Defined Storage

Redbooks, published 4 Jul 2019

This IBM® Redbooks® publication is a detailed technical guide to the IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller (SVC), which is powered by IBM Spectrum™ Virtualize V8.2.1. IBM SAN Volume Controller is a virtualization appliance solution that maps virtualized volumes that are visible to hosts and applications to physical volumes on storage devices. Each server within the storage area network (SAN) has its own set of virtual storage addresses that are mapped to physical addresses. If the physical addresses change, the server continues running by using the same virtual addresses that it had ... [more]


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IBM Cloud Object Storage Concepts and Architecture: System Edition
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 29 May 2019

Object Storage is the primary storage solution that is used in the cloud and on-premises solutions as a central storage platform for unstructured data. Object Storage is growing more popular for the following reasons:
- It is designed for exabyte scale.
- It is easy to manage and yet meets the growing demands of enterprises for a broad set of applications and workloads.
- It allows users to balance storage cost, location, and compliance control requirements across data sets and essential applications.
IBM Cloud™ Object Storage (IBM COS) system provides ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition V1.2.6 Installation and Configuration Guide
Software Defined Storage

Redbooks, published 19 Apr 2019

Note: This is a republication of IBM Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition V1.2.6: Installation and Configuration Guide with new book number SG24-8445 to keep the content available on the Internet along with the recent publication IBM Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition V1.3.0: Installation and Configuration Guide, SG24-8333. This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps you with the planning, installation, and configuration of the new IBM Spectrum™ Archive V1.2.6 for the IBM TS3310, IBM TS3500, IBM TS4300, and IBM TS4500 tape libraries. IBM Spectrum Archive™ EE enables the use of the LTFS for the ... [more]


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