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IBM Data Virtualization Manager for z/OS
Data and Analytics

Redbooks, published 7 Oct 2021, last updated 26 Oct 2021

This IBM® Redbooks® publication presents an overview of the IBM Data Virtualization Manager for IBM z/OS® offering and the role it plays in accessing traditional non-relational data on IBM Z. If there is anything true about the IT industry, it is change and data. Data Virtualization Manager for z/OS is built with both of these absolute truths in mind. With Data Virtualization Manager for z/OS, an organization can extend its infrastructure and data investments to support new ways of accessing and presenting data within modern applications. Modernizing access to those highly valuable ... [more]


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Oracle on IBM Power Systems
Power Systems

Draft Redbooks, last updated 26 Oct 2021

This IBM Redbooks publication journeys, educates and prepares the readers to understand how Oracle take advantages of the architectural capabilities of IBM Power Systems. This book delivers a technical snapshot of Oracle on Power Systems utilizing the general available and supported software and hardware resources to help you guide you to understand: + Why Oracle on Power Systems? + Document efficiencies and benefits of the Power Systems architecture. + Strengths of the Power Systems Architecture (differentiate the technology and align with Oracle DB requirements - processor architecture ... [more]


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Getting Started with IBM zHyperLink for z/OS
IBM Z

Draft Redpaper, last updated 25 Oct 2021

With the pressures to drive transaction processing 24/7 because of online banking and other business demands, IBM® zHyperLink for z/OS is making it easy to accelerate transaction processing for the mainframe. This IBM Redpaper™ publication helps you to understand the concepts, business perspectives, and reference architecture of installing, tailoring, and configuring zHyperLink in your own environment. This edition includes zHyperlink write ... [more]


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IBM Power E1080 Technical Overview and Introduction
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 12 Oct 2021, last updated 21 Oct 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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Innovate at Scale and Deploy with Confidence in a Hybrid Cloud Environment
IBM Z

Redpaper, published 10 May 2021, last updated 20 Oct 2021

According to a recent study, CxOs have embraced hybrid cloud as an essential part of their digital transformation strategies. However, there are still several open-ended questions for most when assessing a hybrid cloud platform. This IBM® Redguide® publication examines some common business challenges and provides solutions based on a decade worth of experience. These solutions include:

  • Responding to business needs faster
  • Reducing IT cost
  • Prioritizing digital transformation
  • Adopting hybrid cloud as a de facto enterprise model
In early 2020, IBM and Red ... [more]


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The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM Z Volume 2: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.2
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 15 Oct 2021, last updated 19 Oct 2021

This IBM® Redbooks® publication is Volume 2 of a five-volume series of books entitled The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM Z®. This volume includes the following chapters:

  • Chapter 1, “Installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux on LNXADMIN” on page 3, describes how to install and configure Red Hat Enterprise Linux onto the Linux Administration server, which performs the cloning and other tasks.
  • Chapter 2, “Automated Red Hat Enterprise Linux installations by using Kickstart” on page 37, describes how to use Red Hat’s kickstart tool to create Linux systems. This tool is ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Protect Plus Protecting Database Applications
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 22 Jul 2021, last updated 15 Oct 2021

IBM® Spectrum Protect Plus is a data protection solution that provides near-instant recovery, replication, retention management, and reuse for virtual machines, databases, and application backups in hybrid multicloud environments. This IBM Redpaper publication focuses on protecting database applications. IBM Spectrum® Protect Plus supports backup, restore, and data reuse for multiple databases, such as Oracle, IBM Db2®, MongoDB, Microsoft Exchange, and Microsoft SQL Server. Although other IBM Spectrum Protect Plus features focus on virtual environments, the database and application support ... [more]


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Enhanced Cyber Resilience Threat Detection with IBM FlashSystem Safeguarded Copy and IBM QRadar
Flash storage

Blueprint, published 13 Aug 2021, last updated 15 Oct 2021

The focus of this document is to demonstrate an early threat detection by using IBM® QRadar® and the Safeguarded Copy feature that is available as part of IBM FlashSystem® and IBM SAN Volume Controller. Such early detection protects and quickly recovers the data if a cyberattack occurs. This document describes integrating IBM FlashSystem audit logs with IBM QRadar, and the configuration steps for IBM FlashSystem and IBM QRadar. It also explains how to use the IBM QRadar’s device support module (DSM) editor to normalize events and assign IBM QRadar identifier (QID) map to the events. Post ... [more]


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

Redbooks, published 15 Apr 2021, last updated 13 Oct 2021

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes 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 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 IBM SAN Volume Controller, back-end storage, and ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem Best Practices and Performance Guidelines
Software Defined Storage

Redbooks, published 13 May 2021, last updated 13 Oct 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 Power Systems Private Cloud with Shared Utility Capacity: Featuring Power Enterprise Pools 2.0
Power Systems

Redbooks, published 29 Sep 2021, last updated 7 Oct 2021

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


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Implementation Guide for IBM Elastic Storage System 3200
Storage Solutions

Draft Redbooks, last updated 6 Oct 2021

This IBM® Redbooks® publication introduces and describes the IBM Elastic Storage® Server 3200 (ESS 3200) as a scalable, high-performance data and file management solution. The solution is built on proven IBM Spectrum® Scale technology. IBM Elastic Storage System 3200 is an all-Flash array platform. This storage platform uses NVMe-attached drives in ESS 3200 to provide significant performance improvements as compared to SAS-attached flash drives. This book provides a technical overview of the ESS 3200 solution and helps you to plan the installation of the environment. We also explain the use ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem 5000 and 5200 for Mid-Market
Flash storage

Redpaper, published 19 Feb 2021, last updated 4 Oct 2021

The IBM® FlashSystem 5015, 5035, and 5200 help you meet the challenges of rapid data growth while staying within limited IT budgets. These systems allow you to quickly consolidate, simplify, and optimize your IT infrastructure with an efficient, highly flexible, yet easy-to-use storage system with powerful virtualization features. This IBM Redpaper™ publication is intended for mid-market clients.


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

Redpaper, published 1 Oct 2021

This IBM Redpaper publication describes best practices for deploying and using advanced Cisco NX-OS features to identify, monitor, and protect Fibre Channel (FC) Storage Area Networks (SANs) from problematic devices and media behavior. The paper focuses on the IBM c-type SAN switches with firmware Cisco MDS NX-OS Release 8.4(2a).


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IBM DS8000 and Transparent Cloud Tiering (DS8000 Release 9.2)
Cloud

Draft Redbooks, last updated 30 Sep 2021

IBM DFSMS and the IBM DS8000 added functionality to provide elements of serverless data movement, and for IBM z/OS® to communicate with a storage cloud. The function is known as Transparent Cloud Tiering and is composed of the following key elements:

  • A gateway in the DS8000, which allows the movement of data to and from Object Storage by using a network connection, with the option to encrypt data in the Cloud.
  • DFSMShsm enhancements to support Migrate and Recall functions to and from the Object Storage. Other commands were enhanced to monitor and report on the new ... [more]


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

Draft Redpaper, last updated 24 Sep 2021

This IBM® Redpaper publication describes configuration guidelines and best practices when using IBM Spectrum® Scale Container Native as 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 IBM Watson® Knowledge Catalog, Watson Studio, 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 specialists, ... [more]


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IBM DS8900F Performance Best Practices and Monitoring
Hybrid Flash storage

Draft Redbooks, last updated 16 Sep 2021

One of the primary criteria in judging a storage server is performance, that is, how fast it responds to a read or write request from an application server. How well a storage server accomplishes this task depends on the design of its hardware, its firmware, and its configuration. This 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 ... [more]


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IBM DS8900F Architecture and Implementation: Updated for Release 9.2
Flash storage

Redbooks, published 9 Sep 2021, last updated 16 Sep 2021

This IBM® RedpaperRedbooks® publication describes the concepts, architecture, and implementation of the IBM DS8900F family. The WhitepaperRedpaperbook provides reference information to assist readers who need to plan for, install, and configure the DS8900F systems. This edition applies to DS8900F systems with IBM DS8000® Licensed Machine Code (LMC) 7.9.20 (bundle version 89.20.xx.x), referred to as Release 9.2. The DS8900F is an all-flash system exclusively, and it offers three classes:

  • DS8980F: Analytic Class: The DS8980F Analytic Class offers best performance for ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Virtualize 3-Site Replication
Flash storage

Redbooks, published 14 Jul 2021, last updated 15 Sep 2021

IBM® Spectrum® Virtualize software running on IBM Storage products provides clients an opportunity to maintain two independent copies of a single data volume across two sites by using the IBM Spectrum Virtualize Metro Mirror feature. Starting with Spectrum Virtualize V8.3.1.1, two site replication can be extended to a third site. The use of a three-site setup means data can be replicated asynchronously to an independent system in a third site. This three-site setup is called IBM Spectrum Virtualize 3-Site Replication. In this IBM Redbooks® publication, we describe IBM Spectrum Virtualize ... [more]


Climbing the AI ladder
IBM Z

15 Sep 2021

Ask yourself, what is the relationship between artificial intelligence and a ladder? IBM AI Product Manager Khadija Souissi introduces how the AI Ladder helps to establish a robust information architecture.


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