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IBM FlashSystem Best Practices and Performance Guidelines
Software Defined Storage

Draft Redbooks, last updated 15 Jan 2021

This IBM® Redbooks® publication captures several of the preferred practices and describes the performance gains that can be achieved by implementing the IBM FlashSystem products. 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. It explains how you can optimize disk performance with the IBM System Storage® Easy Tier® function. It also provides preferred practices for ... [more]


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IBM SAN Volume Controller Best Practices and Performance Guidelines
Software Defined Storage

Draft Redbooks, last updated 14 Jan 2021

This IBM® Redbooks® publication captures several of the preferred practices and describes the performance gains that can be achieved by implementing the IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) 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 SAN Volume Controller, back-end storage, and ... [more]


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IBM Power Systems Private Cloud with Shared Utility Capacity featuring Power Enterprise Pools 2.0
Power Systems

Draft Redbooks, last updated 14 Jan 2021

This IBM® Redbooks® publication is a guide to IBM Power Private Cloud with Shared Utility Capacity featuring Power Enterprise Pools 2.0 (also known as PEP 2.0). This technology allows multiple servers in an to share base processor and memory resources, and draw upon pre-paid credits when the base is exceeded. Previously, the Shared Utility feature supported IBM Power System E950 (9040-MR9) and IBM Power System E980 (9080-M9S). It was extended in August 2020 to include the Scale-out Power Systems announced on July 14th 2020 and received dedicated processor support later in the year. The IBM ... [more]


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Red Hat OpenShift V4.X and IBM Cloud Paks on IBM Power Systems Volume 2
Power Systems

Draft Redbooks, last updated 13 Jan 2021

This IBM Redbooks publication journeys, educates and prepares the readers to understand and enter the multicloud era. This book is a journey to the multicloud providing take two or a snapshot of the IBM Cloud Solution utilizing the general available and supported software and hardware resources to help you guide you to understand: + Introduction to the rationale and methodology of this publication. + New concepts and terminology + Why move native workloads to the cloud? + Red Hat OpenShift V4.x on Power Systems + Why IBM? Why IBM Power Systems? + Reference architecture for Red Hat OpenShift ... [more]


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Privileged Access Management for Secure Storage Administration: IBM Spectrum Scale with IBM Security Verify Privilege Vault
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 8 Jan 2021

There is a growing insider security risk to organizations. Human error, privilege misuse, and cyberespionage are considered the top insider threats. One of the most dangerous internal security threats is the privileged user with access to critical data, which is the “crown jewels” of the organization. This data is on storage, so storage administration has critical privilege access that can cause major security breaches and jeopardize the safety of sensitive assets. Organizations must maintain tight control over whom they grant privileged identity status to for storage administration. Extra ... [more]


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IBM Power Systems H922 and H924 Technical Overview and Introduction
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 8 Jan 2021

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a comprehensive guide that covers the IBM Power System H922 (9223-22S), and IBM Power System H924 (9223-42S) servers that support memory-intensive workloads, such as SAP HANA, and deliver superior price and performance for mission-critical applications in IBM AIX®, IBM i, and Linux® operating systems. The goal of this paper is to provide a hardware architecture analysis and highlight the changes, new technologies, and major features that are being introduced in these systems’ 2020 release, such as the following examples:


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IBM DS8000 and IBM Z Synergy (DS8000 Release 9.1 and IBM z/OS 2.4)
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 5 Jan 2021, last updated 6 Jan 2021

IBM® Z has a close and unique relationship to its storage. Over the years, improvements to the Z processors and storage software, the disk storage systems, and their communication architecture consistently reinforced this synergy. This IBM Redpaper publication summarizes and highlights the various aspects, advanced functions, and technologies that are often pioneered by IBM, and that make the IBM Z® and the IBM DS8000 products an ideal combination. This paper is intended for users who have some familiarity with IBM Z and the IBM DS8000® series and want a condensed but comprehensive overview ... [more]


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IBM DS8000 Safeguarded Copy (Updated for DS8000 R9.1)
Storage Solutions

Draft Redpaper, last updated 5 Jan 2021

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication explains the IBM DS8000 Safeguarded Copy functionality. With Safeguarded Copy, organizations have the ability to improve their cyber resiliency by frequently creating protected point-in-time backups of their critical data, with minimum impact and effective resource utilization. The paper introduces Safeguarded Copy and discusses the need for logical corruption protection (LCP) and information about regulatory requirements. It presents the general concepts of LCP, and then explore various use cases for recovery. The paper is intended for IT security ... [more]


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Practical Migration from x86 to LinuxONE
LinuxONE

Redbooks, published 4 Jan 2021

LinuxONE is a portfolio of hardware, software, and solutions for an enterprise-grade Linux environment. It has been designed to run more transactions faster and with more security and reliability specifically for the open community. It fully embraces open source-based technology. Two servers are available for LinuxONE: The IBM® LinuxONE III LT1 and IBM LinuxONE III LT2. We describe these servers in “IBM LinuxONE servers” on page 5. Aside from still running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Servers, LinuxONE runs Ubuntu, which is popular on x86 hardware. Ubuntu, ... [more]


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Modernizing Applications with IBM CICS
z Systems Software

Redpaper, published 30 Dec 2020

IBM® CICS® is a mixed language application server that runs on IBM Z®. Over the 50 years since CICS was introduced in 1969, enterprises have used the qualities of service (QoSs) that CICS provides to allow them to create high throughput and secure transactional applications that have powered their business. As the IT landscape has evolved, so has CICS to allow these applications to integrate with new platforms and still provide value to the rest of the business. Because of this capability, many businesses still rely on CICS to power their core applications. This IBM Redpaper publication ... [more]


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