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

Redbooks, published 15 Apr 2021, last updated 14 May 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 14 May 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 DS8000 Copy Services: Updated for IBM DS8000 Release 9.1
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 9 Apr 2021, last updated 13 May 2021

This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps you plan, install, configure, and manage Copy Services on the IBM DS8000® operating in an IBM Z® or Open Systems environment. This book helps you design and implement a new Copy Services installation or migrate from an existing installation. It includes hints and tips to maximize the effectiveness of your installation, and information about tools and products to automate Copy Services functions. It is intended for anyone who needs a detailed and practical understanding of the DS8000 Copy Services. This edition is an update for the DS8900 Release 9.1. ... [more]


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Electronic Health Records with Epic and IBM FlashSystem 9200 Blueprint Version 2 Release 3
Storage Solutions

Blueprint, published 22 Apr 2020, last updated 12 May 2021

This information is intended to facilitate the deployment of IBM® FlashSystem for the Epic Corporation electronic health record (EHR) solution by describing the requirements and specifications for configuring IBM FlashSystem® 9200 and its parameters. The document also describes the steps that are required to configure the server that host the EHR application. To complete the tasks, you must have a working knowledge of IBM FlashSystem 9200 and Epic applications. The information in this document is distributed on an “as is” basis, without any warranty that is either expressed or implied. ... [more]


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Using the IBM Block Storage CSI Driver in a Red Hat OpenShift Environment
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 10 May 2021, last updated 12 May 2021

RedHat OpenShift container platform is one of the leading enterprise-grade container orchestration platforms. It is designed for rapid deployment of web applications, databases, and microservices. Categorized as a container orchestration Platform as a Service (PaaS), it is based on open industry standards, such as the Container Runtime Interface - Open (CRI-O) and Kubernetes. OpenShift allow developers to focus on the code, while the platform manages the complex IT operations and processes. Although open-source, community-driven container orchestration platforms are available, such as OKD ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem and VMware Implementation and Best Practices Guide
Flash storage

Draft Redbooks, last updated 12 May 2021

This IBM® Redbooks® publication details the configuration and best practices for using IBM's FlashSystem family of storage products within a VMware environment. This book was published in 2021 and specifically addresses Spectrum Virtualize Version 8.4 with VMware vSphere Version 7.0. Topics illustrate planning, configuring, operations, and preferred practices that include integration of FlashSystem storage systems with the VMware vCloud suite of applications: - vSphere Web Client (VWC) - vStorage APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA) - vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) - Site Recovery ... [more]


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IBM Power System IC922 Technical Overview and Introduction
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 2 Mar 2020, last updated 11 May 2021

This IBM® Redpaper publication is a comprehensive guide that covers the IBM Power System IC922 (9183-22X) server that uses IBM POWER9™ processor-based technology and supports Linux operating systems (OSs). The objective of this paper is to introduce the system offerings and their capacities and available features. The Power IC922 server is built to deliver powerful computing, scaling efficiency, and storage capacity in a cost-optimized design to meet the evolving data challenges of the artificial intelligence (AI) era. It includes the following features:


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IBM PowerVC Version 2.0 Introduction and Configuration
Power Systems

Draft Redbooks, last updated 10 May 2021

IBM® Power Virtualization Center (IBM® PowerVC™) is an advanced, enterprise virtualization management offering for IBM Power Systems. This IBM Redbooks® publication introduces IBM PowerVC and helps you understand its functions, planning, installation, and setup. It also shows how IBM PowerVC can integrate with systems management tools like Ansible or Terraform and that it also fits very good into a OpenShift container environment. IBM PowerVC Version 2.0.0 supports both large and small deployments, either by managing IBM PowerVM® that is controlled by the Hardware Management Console (HMC), ... [more]


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Innovate at Scale and Deploy with Confidence in a Hybrid Cloud Environment

Redguide, published 10 May 2021

According to a recent study, CxOs have embraced hybrid cloud as an essential part of their digital transformation strategies.The Road to Hybrid Multicloud, IDC, 21 August 2020 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 ... [more]


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SAP HANA Data Management and Performance on IBM Power Systems
Power Systems

Draft Redpaper, last updated 6 May 2021

This IBM Redpaper publication provides information and concepts about how to take advantage of SAP HANA and IBM Power Systems features to manage data and performance efficiently. The target audience of this book includes architects, IT specialists, and systems administrators who deploy SAP HANA and manage data and SAP system performance.


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IBM FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R Business Continuity Solutions
Flash storage

Redpaper, published 8 Feb 2019, last updated 5 May 2021

This edition applies to FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R, Model 415 and 425, with system software Version 12.3 IBM® FlashSystem A9000 and IBM FlashSystem® A9000R provide copy functions suited for various data protection scenarios that enable you to enhance your business continuance, disaster recovery, data migration, and backup solutions. These functions allow point-in-time copies, known as snapshots, and also include remote copy capabilities in either synchronous or asynchronous mode. Furthermore, support for IBM Hyper-Scale Mobility enables a seamless migration of IBM FlashSystem A9000 or ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem 5200 Product Guide
Flash storage

Redpaper, published 5 May 2021

This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide publication describes the IBM FlashSystem® 5200 solution, which is a next-generation IBM FlashSystem control enclosure. It is an NVMe end-to-end platform that is targeted at the entry and midrange market and delivers the full capabilities of IBM FlashCore® technology. It also provides a rich set of software-defined storage (SDS) features that are delivered by IBM Spectrum® Virtualize, including the following features:

  • Data reduction and deduplication
  • Dynamic tiering
  • Thin provisioning
  • Snapshots
  • Cloning
  • Replication ... [more]


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IBM TS7700 Release 5.1 Guide
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 4 May 2021

This IBM® Redbooks® publication covers IBM TS7700 R5.1. The IBM TS7700 is part of a family of IBM Enterprise tape products. This book is intended for system architects and storage administrators who want to integrate their storage systems for optimal operation. Building on over 20 years of virtual tape experience, the TS7770 supports the ability to store virtual tape volumes in an object store. The TS7700 supported off loading to physical tape for over two decades. Off loading to physical tape behind a TS7700 is utilized by hundreds of organizations around the world. By using the same ... [more]


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IBM Z Functional Matrix
IBM Z

Redpaper, published 14 Apr 2020, last updated 3 May 2021

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication provides a list of features and functions that are supported on IBM Z, including the IBM z15™ (z15) - Machine type 8561, IBM z14™ (z14) - Machine types 3906 and 3907, IBM z13®(z13), and IBM z13s®(z13s).


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IBM z15 Technical Introduction
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 3 Nov 2020, last updated 3 May 2021

This IBM® Redbooks® publication introduces the latest member of the IBM Z® platform, the IBM z15™. It includes information about the Z environment and how it helps integrate data and transactions more securely. It also provides insight for faster and more accurate business decisions. The z15 is a state-of-the-art data and transaction system that delivers advanced capabilities, which are vital to any digital transformation. The z15 is designed for enhanced modularity, and occupies an industry-standard footprint. It is offered as a single air-cooled 19-inch frame called the z15 T02, or as a ... [more]


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IBM DS8000 Encryption for Data at Rest, Transparent Cloud Tiering, and Endpoint Security (DS8000 Release 9.1)
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 29 Apr 2021

IBM® experts recognize the need for data protection, both from hardware or software failures, and from physical relocation of hardware, theft, and retasking of existing hardware. The IBM DS8000® supports encryption-capable hard disk drives (HDDs) and flash drives. These Full Disk Encryption (FDE) drive sets are used with key management services to allow encryption for data at rest (DAR). Use of encryption technology involves several considerations that are critical for you to understand to maintain the security and accessibility of encrypted data. Starting with Release 8.5 code, the DS8000 ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Virtualize 3-Site Replication
Flash storage

Draft Redbooks, last updated 29 Apr 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, using the Spectrum Virtualize Metro Mirror feature. Starting with Spectrum Virtualize V8.3.1.1, two site replication can be extended to a third site. Using 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 3-site ... [more]


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IBM z15 (8562) Technical Guide
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 17 Aug 2020, last updated 28 Apr 2021

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the features and functions the latest member of the IBM Z® platform, the IBM z15™ Model T02 (machine type 8562). It includes information about the IBM z15 processor design, I/O innovations, security features, and supported operating systems. The z15 is a state-of-the-art data and transaction system that delivers advanced capabilities, which are vital to any digital transformation. The z15 is designed for enhanced modularity, which is in an industry standard footprint. This system excels at the following tasks:


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IBM z15 (8561) Technical Guide
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 17 Jan 2020, last updated 28 Apr 2021

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the features and functions the latest member of the IBM Z® platform, the IBM z15™ (machine type 8561). It includes information about the IBM z15 processor design, I/O innovations, security features, and supported operating systems. The z15 is a state-of-the-art data and transaction system that delivers advanced capabilities, which are vital to any digital transformation. The z15 is designed for enhanced modularity, which is in an industry standard footprint. This system excels at the following tasks:


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Getting Started with z/OS Data Set Encryption
IBM Z

Draft Redbooks, last updated 28 Apr 2021

Updated capabilities and methods: Enhanced Data Set and key support; Using EKMF Web for managing Data Set Encryption.


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