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IBM FlashSystem Best Practices and Performance Guidelines
Software Defined Storage

Redbooks, published 13 May 2021, last updated 29 Jul 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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An Implementation of Red Hat OpenShift Network Isolation Using Multiple Ingress Controllers
Red Hat

Redpaper, published 28 Jul 2021

Red Hat OpenShift is a great platform for developing, testing, and running applications. It handles multitenancy within Red Hat OpenShift Cluster by using users and namespaces, which allows it to run different production applications and workloads on the same Red Hat OpenShift Cluster. This IBM® Redpaper describes network isolation on a multitenant Red Hat OpenShift cluster.


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IBM b-type GEN 7 Installation, Migration, and Best Practices Guide
Storage Networking

Redbooks, published 26 Jul 2021

The IBM® b-type Gen 7 Fibre Channel directors and switches provide reliable, scalable, and secure high-performance foundations for high-density server virtualization, cloud architectures, and next generation flash and SSD storage. They are designed to meet the demands of highly virtualized private cloud storage and data center environments. This IBM Redbooks® publication helps administrators understand how to implement or migrate to an IBM b-type Gen 7 SAN. It provides an overview of the key hardware and software products and explains how to install, monitor, tune, and troubleshoot your ... [more]


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

Redpaper, published 23 Jul 2021

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


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Demystifying Data with AI on IBM Z
IBM Z Software

Point-of-View, published 23 Jul 2021

This IBM Redbooks Point of View publication serves to drive awareness of AI capabilities on IBM Z, including Linux on Z. It describes common customer pain points that AI can address and help resolve, what capabilities/solutions are available today, and explains how IBM Z is the ideal AI platform.


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IBM Spectrum Protect Plus Protecting Database Applications
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 22 Jul 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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Installing and Configuring IBM Db2 AI for IBM z/OS v1.4.0
Data and Analytics

Redpaper, published 21 Jul 2021, last updated 22 Jul 2021

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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Integrating Db2 for z/OS database changes into a CI/CD pipeline
Data and Analytics

Draft Redpaper, last updated 20 Jul 2021

The goal of this IBM Redpaper is to demonstrate the ability to perform single click automated deployments of multi-platform applications that include Db2 for z/OS database schema changes by exploiting the capabilities of IBM Db2 DevOps Experience for z/OS. Pushing the application and database code changes to a source control management system (SCM) triggers a single CI/CD pipeline execution for both application and database changes, and therefore mitigates the dependency on the DBA to deploy those database changes in a separate process. At the same time, DBAs can safeguard the integrity of ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem and VMware Implementation and Best Practices Guide
Flash storage

Redbooks, published 15 Jul 2021, last updated 19 Jul 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 FlashSystem 9200 and 9100 Best Practices and Performance Guidelines
Flash storage

Redbooks, published 11 Feb 2020, last updated 19 Jul 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® 9100. 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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Best Practices Guide for Databases on IBM FlashSystem
Flash storage

Redpaper, published 15 Jul 2021

The purpose of this IBM® Redpaper® document is to provide best practice guidelines to design and implement IBM FlashSystem® storage for database workloads. The recommended settings and values are based on lab testing, proof of concept (PoC) and experience drawn from customer implementations. Suggestions that are presented in this document are applicable to most production database environments to increase performance of I/O and availability. However, more considerations might be required while designing, configuring, and implementing storage for extreme transactional, analytical, and ... [more]


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The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM Z Volume 1: IBM z/VM 7.2
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 6 Jul 2021, last updated 15 Jul 2021

This IBM® Redbooks® publication is volume one of five in a series of books entitled The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM Z. The series includes the following volume:

  • The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM z Systems® Volume 1: IBM z/VM® 7.2, SG24-8147
  • The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM Z Volume 2: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.2 Servers, SG24-8303
  • The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM z Systems Volume 3: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12, SG24-8890
  • The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM z Systems Volume 4: Ubuntu Server 16.04, SG24-8354 ... [more]


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IBM TS4500 R7 Tape Library Guide
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 26 Jun 2020, last updated 15 Jul 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 a low cost per terabyte (TB) and a high TB density per square foot because the ... [more]


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IBM Tape Library Guide for Open Systems
Tape storage

Redbooks, published 16 Mar 2020, last updated 15 Jul 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 17th edition includes information about the latest TS4300 Ultrium tape library, TS1155 Enterprise tape drive, and the IBM Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Ultrium 8 tape drive, along with technical information about each IBM tape product for open systems. It includes generalized sections about Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) and ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Virtualize 3-Site Replication
Flash storage

Redbooks, published 14 Jul 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]


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Data Serving with FUJITSU Enterprise Postgres on IBM LinuxONE
LinuxONE

Redbooks, published 14 Jul 2021

Enterprises require support and agility to work with big data repositories and relational databases. FUJITSU Enterprise Postgres is one of the leading relational database management systems (RDBMSs), and it is designed to work with large data sets. As more companies transform their infrastructures with hybrid cloud services, they require environments that protect the safety of their data and business rules. At IBM®, we believe that your data is yours and yours alone. The insights and advantages that come from your data are yours to use in the pursuit of your business objectives. IBM is ... [more]


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

Redbooks, published 24 Feb 2021, last updated 13 Jul 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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Introduction Guide to the IBM Elastic Storage System
Storage Solutions

Draft Redpaper, last updated 13 Jul 2021

This IBM® Redpaper® publication provides an overview of the IBM Elastic Storage® Server and IBM Elastic Storage System. This edition introduces the IBM Elastic Storage System 3200. These scalable, high-performance data and file management solution, are built on proven IBM Spectrum® Scale technology. Providing reliability, performance, and scalability, IBM Elastic Storage Servers and IBM Elastic Storage Systems can be implemented for a range of diverse requirements. This publication helps you to understand the solution and its architecture. It describes ordering the best solution for your ... [more]


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IBM z/OS Container Extensions (zCX) Use Cases
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 13 Oct 2020, last updated 12 Jul 2021

Is it time for you to modernize your IBM® z/OS® applications to allow for access to an entire system of open source and Linux on IBM Z® workloads? Is co-location of these workloads on the z/OS platform with no porting requirements of value to you? Your open source or Linux on IBM Z software can benefit from being co-located and managed inside a z/OS environment; leveraging z/OS quality of service for optimized business continuity. Your software can be integrated with and can help complement existing z/OS workloads and environments. If your software can communicate with z/OS and external ... [more]


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Getting started with z/OS Container Extensions and Docker
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 13 Nov 2019, last updated 12 Jul 2021

IBM® z/OS® Container Extensions (IBM zCX) is a new feature of the next version of the IBM z/OS Operating System (z/OS V2.4). It makes it possible to run Linux on IBM Z® applications that are packaged as Docker container images on z/OS. Application developers can develop, and data centers can operate, popular open source packages, Linux applications, IBM software, and third-party software together with z/OS applications and data. This IBM Redbooks® publication helps you to understand the concepts, business perspectives and reference architecture for installing, tailoring, and configuring zCX ... [more]


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