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IBM DS8880 High-Performance Flash Enclosure Gen2
Flash storage

Redpaper, published 12 Oct 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the IBM DS8880 High-Performance Enclosure (HPFE) Gen2 architecture and configuration. The DS8880 HPFE Gen2 is a 2U Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) flash enclosure with associated Flash RAID adapters that can be used exclusively with DS8880 models. The flash enclosure and Flash RAID adapters are installed in pairs. Each storage enclosure pair can support 16, 32, or 48 encryption-capable flash drives (2.5-inch, 63.5 mm form ... [more]


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IBM DS8880 Product Guide (Release 8.5)
Disk storage

Draft Redpaper, last updated 12 Oct 2018

This IBM Redbooks® Product Guide gives an overview of the features and functions that are available with the IBM DS8880 models running microcode Release 8.5 (DS8000 License Machine Code 8.8.50.xx.xx). The IBM DS8880 architecture relies on powerful IBM POWER8® processor-based servers that manage the cache to streamline disk input/output (I/O), maximizing performance and throughput. These capabilities are further enhanced with the availability of the second generation of high-performance flash enclosures (HPFE Gen-2). The IBM DS8888, DS8886, and DS8884 models excel at supporting the IBM Z ... [more]


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IBM Power System E980: Technical Overview and Introduction
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 7 Sep 2018, last updated 10 Oct 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication provides a broad understanding of a new architecture of the IBM Power System E980 (9080-M9S) server that supports IBM AIX®, IBM i, and Linux operating systems (OSes). The objective of this paper is to introduce the major innovative Power E980 offerings and relevant functions:

  • The IBM POWER9™ processor, which is available at frequencies of 3.55 - 4.0 GHz.
  • Significantly strengthened cores and larger caches.
  • Supports up to 64 TB memory.
  • Integrated I/O subsystem and hot-pluggable Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) ... [more]


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Introduction to Storage Area Networks
Storage Networking

Redbooks, published 19 Dec 2017, last updated 9 Oct 2018

The superabundance of data that is created by today's businesses is making storage a strategic investment priority for companies of all sizes. As storage takes precedence, the following major initiatives emerge:

  • Flatten and converge your network: IBM® takes an open, standards-based approach to implement the latest advances in the flat, converged data center network designs of today. IBM Storage solutions enable clients to deploy a high-speed, low-latency Unified Fabric Architecture.
  • Optimize and automate virtualization: Advanced virtualization awareness reduces the cost ... [more]


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IBM Power System E950: Technical Overview and Introduction
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 28 Aug 2018, last updated 3 Oct 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication gives a broad understanding of a new architecture of the IBM Power System E950 (9040-MR9) server that supports IBM AIX®, and Linux operating systems. The objective of this paper is to introduce the major innovative Power E950 offerings and relevant functions:

  • The IBM POWER9™ processor, which is available at frequencies of 2.8 - 3.4 GHz.
  • Significantly strengthened cores and larger caches.
  • Supports up to 16 TB of memory, which is four times more than the IBM POWER8® processor-based IBM Power System E850 server.
  • Integrated I/O ... [more]


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

Redpaper, published 1 Aug 2018, last updated 3 Oct 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a comprehensive guide that covers the IBM Power System H924 (9223-42H), and IBM Power System H922 (9223-22H) servers that support memory-intensive workloads such as SAP HANA, and deliver superior price/performance for mission-critical applications in IBM AIX®, IBM i, and Linux operating systems. The objective of this paper is to introduce the major innovative Power H92 and Power H922 offerings and their relevant functions:

  • The new IBM POWER9™ processor, which is available at frequencies of 2.8 - 3.8 GHz, 2.9 - 3.8 GHz, 2.8 - 3.8 GHz, 3.4 - ... [more]


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IBM Power Systems S922, S914, and S924 Technical Overview and Introduction
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 26 Jul 2018, last updated 3 Oct 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a comprehensive guide that covers the IBM Power System S922 (9009-22A), IBM Power System S914 (9009-41A), and IBM Power System S924 (9009-42A) servers that support IBM AIX®, IBM i, and Linux operating systems. The objective of this paper is to introduce the major innovative Power S914, Power S922, and Power 924 offerings and their relevant functions:

  • The new IBM POWER9™ processor, which is available at frequencies of 2.3 - 3.8 GHz, 2.8 - 3.8 GHz, 2.9 - 3.8 GHz, 3.4 - 3.9 GHz, 3.5 - 3.9 GHz, and 3.8 - 4.0 GHz.
  • Significantly ... [more]


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IBM Power System L922 Technical Overview and Introduction
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 31 Jul 2018, last updated 2 Oct 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a comprehensive guide covering the IBM Power System L922 (9008-22L) server, which was designed for data-intensive workloads such as databases and analytics in the Linux operating system. The objective of this paper is to introduce the major innovative Power L922 offering and its relevant functions:

  • The new IBM POWER9™ processor, available at frequencies of 2.7 - 3.8 GHz, 2.9 - 3.8 GHz, and 3.4 - 3.9 GHz.
  • Significantly strengthened cores and larger caches.
  • Two integrated memory controllers that allow double the memory footprint ... [more]


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IBM Power Systems LC921 and LC922: Technical Overview and Introduction
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 12 Sep 2018, last updated 2 Oct 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a comprehensive guide that covers the IBM Power Systems™ LC921 and LC922 (9006-12P and 9006-22P)) servers that use the current IBM POWER9™ processor-based technology and supports Linux operating systems (OSes). The objective of this paper is to introduce the offerings and their capacities and available features. These new Linux scale-out systems provide differentiated performance, scalability, and low acquisition cost, and include the following features:

  • Superior throughput and performance for high-value Linux workloads.
  • Low ... [more]


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IBM Power System AC922 Technical Overview and Introduction
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 23 Jul 2018, last updated 2 Oct 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a comprehensive guide that covers the IBM Power System AC922 server (8335-GTH and 8335-GTX models). The Power AC922 server is the next generation of the IBM POWER® processor-based systems, which are designed for deep learning (DL) and artificial intelligence (AI), high-performance analytics, and high-performance computing (HPC). This paper introduces the major innovative Power AC922 server features and their relevant functions:

  • Powerful IBM POWER9™ processors that offer up to 22 cores at up to 2.80 GHz (3.10 GHz turbo) performance with up to ... [more]


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IBM Z Connectivity Handbook
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 2 Oct 2018, last updated 2 Oct 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the connectivity options that are available for use within and beyond the data center for the IBM Z family of mainframes, which includes these systems:

  • IBM z14®
  • IBM z14 Model ZR1
  • IBM z13®
  • IBM z13s™
  • IBM zEnterprise® EC12 (zEC12)
  • IBM zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12)
This book highlights the hardware and software components, functions, typical uses, coexistence, and relative merits of these connectivity features. It helps readers understand the connectivity alternatives that are available when planning and ... [more]


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IBM Z Functional Matrix
IBM Z

Redpaper, published 2 Oct 2018, last updated 2 Oct 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication provides a list of features and functions that are supported on IBM Z, including the IBM z14(z14) - Machine types 3906 and 3907, IBM z13TM(z13®), IBM z13s™(z13s), IBM zEnterprise® EC12 (zEC12), and IBM zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12).


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IBM z14 Model ZR1 Technical Introduction
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 2 Oct 2018, last updated 2 Oct 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® publication introduces the latest member of the IBM Z platform, the IBM z14 Model ZR1 (Machine Type 3907). It includes information about the Z environment and how it helps integrate data and transactions more securely, and provides insight for faster and more accurate business decisions. The z14 ZR1 is a state-of-the-art data and transaction system that delivers advanced capabilities, which are vital to any digital transformation. The z14 ZR1 is designed for enhanced modularity, which is in an industry standard footprint. This system excels at the following tasks:


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IBM z14 Technical Introduction
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 2 Oct 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® publication introduces the latest IBM z platform, the IBM z14™. It includes information about the Z environment and how it helps integrate data and transactions more securely, and can infuse insight for faster and more accurate business decisions. The z14 is a state-of-the-art data and transaction system that delivers advanced capabilities, which are vital to the digital era and the trust economy. This system includes the following functionality:

  • Securing data with pervasive encryption
  • Transforming a transactional platform into a data powerhouse ... [more]


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Introducing the IBM DS8882F Rack Mounted Storage system
Disk storage

Draft Redpaper, last updated 1 Oct 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™ presents and positions the DS8882F. The DS8882F adds a modular rack-mountable enterprise storage system to the DS8880 family of all-flash enterprise storage systems. The modular system can be integrated into 16U contiguous space of an existing IBM z14™ Model ZR1 (z14 Model ZR1), IBM LinuxONE™ Rockhopper II (z14 Model LR1), or other standard 19-inch wide rack. The DS8882F allows you to take advantage of the performance boost of DS8880 all-flash enterprise systems and advanced features while limiting datacenter footprint and power infrastructure ... [more]


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IBM HyperSwap for IBM FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 21 Mar 2018, last updated 1 Oct 2018

IBM® HyperSwap® is the high availability (HA) solution that provides continuous data availability in case of hardware failure, power failure, connectivity failure, or disasters. The HyperSwap capability is available for IBM FlashSystem® A9000 and IBM FlashSystem A9000R, starting with software version 12.1. This IBM Redpaper™ publication gives a broad understanding of the architecture, design, and implementation of HyperSwap. It also discusses and illustrates various use cases pertaining to the use and functionality of HyperSwap. This paper is intended for those who want to deploy solutions ... [more]


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IBM DS8880 SafeGuarded Copy
Storage Solutions

Draft Redpaper, last updated 28 Sep 2018

This IBM RedPaper publication explains the DS8880 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 architects, who ... [more]


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Getting Started with z/OS Data Set Encryption
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 5 Jun 2018, last updated 27 Sep 2018

This IBM® 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 administrators ... [more]


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Introduction and Implementation of Data Reduction Pools and Deduplication
Storage Software

Draft Redbooks, last updated 27 Sep 2018

Continuing its commitment to developing and delivering industry-leading storage technologies, IBM® introduces Data Reduction Pools (DRP) and Deduplication powered by IBM Spectrum™ Virtualize, which are innovative storage features that deliver essential storage efficiency technologies and exceptional ease of use and performance, all integrated into a proven design. This book discusses Data Reduction Pools (DRP) and Deduplication and is intended for experienced storage administrators who are fully familiar with IBM Spectrum Virtualize, SAN Volume Controller, and the Storwize family of ... [more]


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Fabric Resiliency Best Practices
Storage Networking

Draft Redpaper, last updated 26 Sep 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes preferred practices for deploying and using advanced Brocade Fabric Operating System (FOS) features to identify, monitor, and protect Fibre Channel (FC) SANs from problematic devices and media behavior. This paper focuses on the FOS command options and features that are available in versions 7.4.2 and 8.1.


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