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High Availability and Disaster Recovery Options for IBM Power Systems: Cloud and On-Premises
Power Systems

Draft Redpaper, last updated 18 Jan 2022

This IBM® Redpaper publication positions the new high availability (HA) and disaster recovery (DR) options in the cloud against those options on-premises. Hybrid cloud applications on IBM Power Systems are known for its high performance and reliability. The flexibility and available services options of IBM cloud ensured high availability and disaster recovery of these hybrid applications on Power Systems affordable and easy to use. This publication is intended to help with the basic requirements to configure and implement the HA and DR for a number of on-premises and cloud configurations. ... [more]


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IBM DS8000 Safeguarded Copy (Updated for DS8000 R9.2.1)
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 31 Aug 2021, last updated 18 Jan 2022

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication explains the IBM DS8000® Safeguarded Copy functions. 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 is intended for IT security architects who plan and design an organization’s cyber security strategy, and the infrastructure technical specialists who implement them. The content is structured into four major sections:


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IBM SAN Volume Controller Best Practices and Performance Guidelines for IBM Spectrum Virtualize Version 8.4.2
Flash storage

Redbooks, published 17 Jan 2022

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 powered by IBM Spectrum® Virtualize Version 8.4.2. 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® ... [more]


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IBM Storage Networking c-type FICON Implementation Guide
Storage Networking

Redbooks, published 11 Jan 2022

The next-generation IBM® c-type Directors and switches for IBM Storage Networking provides high-speed Fibre Channel (FC) and IBM Fibre Connection (IBM FICON®) connectivity from the IBM Z® platform to the storage area network (SAN) core. It enables enterprises to rapidly deploy high-density virtualized servers with the dual benefit of higher bandwidth and consolidation. This IBM Redpaper Redbooks publication helps administrators understand how to implement or migrate to an IBM c-type SAN environment. It provides an overview of the key hardware and software products, and it explains how to ... [more]


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SAN and Fabric Resiliency Best Practices for IBM b-type Products
Storage Networking

Redpaper, published 5 Jan 2022

This IBM® Redpaper® publication describes best practices for deploying and using advanced Broadcom Fabric Operating System (FOS) features to identify, monitor, and protect Fibre Channel (FC) SANs from problematic devices and media behavior. Note that this paper primarily focuses on the FOS command options and features that are available since version 8.2 with some coverage of new features that were introduced in 9.0. This paper covers the following recent changes:

  • SANnav
  • Fabric Performance Impact Notification ... [more]


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IBM Power Systems Virtual Server Guide for IBM i
Power Systems

Draft Redbooks, last updated 4 Jan 2022

This IBM Redbooks publication delivers a how-to usage content perspective describing deployment, networking, and data management tasks on the IBM Power Systems Virtual Server using sample scenarios. The team during the content development utilized available documentation, IBM Power Systems Virtual Server environment, and additional software and hardware resources to: + Document IBM Power Systems Virtual Server networking and data management deployment scenarios. + Document migrations use case scenarios. + Document backups case scenarios. + Document disaster recovery case scenarios. This book ... [more]


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Getting Started with IBM Hyper Protect Data Controller
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 3 Jan 2022, last updated 4 Jan 2022

IBM® Hyper Protect Data Controller is designed to provide privacy protection of your sensitive data and give ease of control and auditability. It can manage how data is shared securely through a central control. Hyper Protect Data Controller can protect data wherever it goes—security policies are kept and honored whenever the data is accessed and future data access can be revoked even after data leaves the system of record. This IBM Redbooks® publication can assist you with determining how to get started with IBM Hyper Protect Data Controller through a use case approach. It will help you ... [more]


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Installing and Configuring IBM Db2 AI for IBM z/OS v1.4.0
Data and Analytics

Redpaper, published 21 Jul 2021, last updated 4 Jan 2022

Artificial intelligence (AI) enables computers and machines to mimic the perception, learning, problem-solving, and decision-making capabilities of the human mind. AI development is made possible by the availability of large amounts of data and the corresponding development and wide availability of computer systems that can process all that data faster and more accurately than humans can. What happens if you infuse AI with a world-class database management system, such as IBM Db2®? IBM® has done just that with Db2 AI for z/OS (Db2ZAI). Db2ZAI is built to infuse AI and data science to assist ... [more]


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IBM Tape Library Guide for Open Systems
Tape storage

Draft Redbooks, last updated 31 Dec 2021

This IBM® Redbooks® publication presents a general introduction to the latest (current) IBM tape and tape library technologies. Featured tape technologies include the IBM LTO Ultrium and Enterprise 3592 tape drives, and their implementation in IBM tape libraries. This 18th edition includes new chapter introducing the IBM Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Ultrium 9 tape drive, along with technical updates for each IBM tape product for open systems. It includes generalized sections about Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) and Fibre Channel connections, and multipath architecture configurations. This ... [more]


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IBM TS4500 R8 Tape Library Guide
Storage Solutions

Draft Redbooks, last updated 28 Dec 2021

The IBM® TS4500 (TS4500) tape library is a next-generation tape solution that offers higher storage density and better integrated management than previous solutions. This IBM Redbooks® publication gives you a close-up view of the new IBM TS4500 tape library. In the TS4500, IBM delivers the density that today’s and tomorrow’s data growth requires. It has the cost-effectiveness and the manageability to grow with business data needs, while you preserve investments in IBM tape library products. Now, you can achieve both a low per-terabyte cost and high density, with up to 13 PB of data (up to ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition V1.3.2.2: Installation and Configuration Guide
Software Defined Storage

Draft Redbooks, last updated 27 Dec 2021

This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps you with the planning, installation, and configuration of the new IBM Spectrum® Archive Enterprise Edition (EE) Version 1.3.2.2 for the IBM TS4500, IBM TS3500, IBM TS4300, and IBM TS3310 tape libraries. IBM Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition 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 tenth edition of IBM Spectrum Archive Installation and Configuration Guide. IBM Spectrum Archive EE ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem Safeguarded Copy Implementation Guide
Storage Solutions

Draft Redpaper, last updated 27 Dec 2021

Safeguarded Copy function that is available with IBM® Spectrum Virtualize Version 8.4.2 supports the ability to create cyber-resilient point-in-time copies of volumes that cannot be changed or deleted through user errors, malicious actions, or ransomware attacks. The system integrates with IBM Copy Services Manager to provide automated backup copies and data recovery. This IBM Redpaper® publication introduces the features and functions of Safeguarded Copy function by using several examples. This document is aimed at pre-sales and post-sales technical support specialists and storage ... [more]


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Multi-Factor Authentication Using IBM Security Verfiy for IBM Spectrum Fusion
Security

Redpaper, published 20 Dec 2021

Data is the new crown jewel of any organization. The use of Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) to safeguard the most critical asset of any organization (the data) became a high-priority need. MFA verifies the identity of the consumers by applying multiple methods that provide an extra layer of security in addition to the login credentials. Regulatory compliances exist that require MFA, such as PCI DSS v3.2, NIST SP 800-171, and DFS 23 NYCRR 500. Implementation of MFA reduces the risk and increases the security posture of your deployments. Storage is where the data resides. Compute is where ... [more]


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Securing IBM Spectrum Scale with QRadar and IBM Cloud Pak for Security
Storage Solutions

Blueprint, published 17 Dec 2021, last updated 20 Dec 2021

Cyberattacks are likely to remain a significant risk for the foreseeable future. Attacks on organizations can be external and internal. Investing in technology and processes to prevent these cyberattacks is the highest priority for these organizations. Organizations need well-designed procedures and processes to recover from attacks. The focus of this document is to demonstrate how the IBM® Unified Data Foundation (UDF) infrastructure plays an important role in delivering the persistence storage (PV) to containerized applications, such as IBM Cloud® Pak for Security (CP4S), with IBM ... [more]


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IBM Cloud Pak for Data with IBM Spectrum Scale Container Native
Cloud

Redpaper, published 17 Dec 2021

This IBM® Redpaper® publication describes configuration guidelines and best practices when IBM Spectrum® Scale Container Native Storage Access is used as a storage provider for IBM Cloud® Pak for Data on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform. It also provides the steps to install IBM Db2® and several assemblies within IBM Cloud Pak® for Data, including Watson Knowledge Catalog, Watson Studio, IBM DataStage®, Db2 Warehouse, Watson Machine Learning, Watson OpenScale, Data Virtualization, Data Management Console, and Apache Spark. This IBM Redpaper publication was written for IT architects, IT ... [more]


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IBM DS8900F Performance Best Practices and Monitoring
Hybrid Flash storage

Redbooks, published 17 Dec 2021

This IBM® Redbooks® publication is intended for individuals who want to maximize the performance of their DS8900 storage systems and investigate the planning and monitoring tools that are available.


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Implementing the IBM FlashSystem with IBM Spectrum Virtualize Version 8.4.2
Flash storage

Redbooks, published 16 Dec 2021, last updated 16 Dec 2021

IBM® FlashSystem solution incorporates some of the top IBM technologies that are typically found only in enterprise-class storage systems, which raises the standard for storage efficiency in midrange disk systems. This cutting-edge storage system extends the comprehensive storage portfolio from IBM and can help change the way organizations address the ongoing information explosion. This IBM Redbooks® publication introduces the features and functions of an IBM Spectrum® Virtualize V8.4.2 system by using several examples. This book is aimed at pre- and post-sales technical support and ... [more]


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Implementing the IBM SAN Volume Controller with IBM Spectrum Virtualize Version 8.4.2
Flash storage

Redbooks, published 2 Dec 2021, last updated 16 Dec 2021

Built with IBM® Spectrum® Virtualize software, IBM SAN Volume Controller is an enterprise-class storage system that helps organizations achieve better data economics by supporting the new large scale workloads that are critical to success. IBM SAN Volume Controller systems can handle the massive volumes of data from mobile and social applications, enable flexible hybrid cloud deployments, and deliver the performance and scalability that is needed to gain insights from the latest analytics technologies. This IBM Redbooks® publication introduces the features and functions of an IBM San Volume ... [more]


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Getting Started with z/OS Data Set Encryption
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 10 Dec 2021

This IBM® Redpaper Redbooks® publication provides a broad explanation of data protection through encryption and IBM Z® pervasive encryption with a focus on IBM z/OS® data set encryption. It describes how the various hardware and software components interact in a z/OS data set encryption environment. In addition, this book concentrates on the planning and preparing of the environment and offers implementation, configuration, and operational examples that can be used in z/OS data set encryption environments. This publication is intended for IT architects, system programmer, and security ... [more]


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IBM Power E1080 Technical Overview and Introduction
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 12 Oct 2021, last updated 9 Dec 2021

This IBM® Redpaper® publication provides a broad understanding of a new architecture of the IBM Power® E1080 (also known as the Power E1080) server that supports IBM AIX®, IBM i, and selected distributions of Linux operating systems. The objective of this paper is to introduce the Power E1080, the most powerful and scalable server of the IBM Power portfolio, and its offerings and relevant functions:

  • Designed to support up to four system nodes and up to 240 IBM Power10™ processor cores The Power E1080 can be initially ordered with a single system node or two system nodes ... [more]


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