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How to Use IBM Cloud Object Storage When Building and Operating Cloud Native Applications
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 12 Sep 2018, last updated 15 Nov 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication presents a series of tutorials for cloud native developers just getting started with IBM Cloud™ and IBM Cloud Object Storage. Within the context of a car insurance application, this paper presents an introductory series of linked modules that allow developers unfamiliar with either IBM Cloud or cloud native development to get started with application development using IBM starter kits. This allows you to become familiar with the types of services available on IBM Cloud, and to develop a sense of which patterns and choices are appropriate for different use ... [more]


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IBM Power Systems E870C and E880C Technical Overview and Introduction
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 26 Oct 2016, last updated 14 Nov 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a comprehensive guide that covers the IBM Power® System E870C (9080-MME) and IBM Power System E880C (9080-MHE) servers that support IBM AIX®, IBM i, and Linux operating systems. The objective of this paper is to introduce the major innovative Power E870C and Power E880C offerings and their relevant functions. The new Power E870C and Power E880C servers with OpenStack-based cloud management and open source automation enables clients to accelerate the transformation of their IT infrastructure for cloud while providing tremendous flexibility during the ... [more]


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IBM Power System E980: Technical Overview and Introduction
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 7 Sep 2018, last updated 14 Nov 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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IBM FlashSystem 9100 Product Guide
Flash storage

Draft Redpaper, last updated 9 Nov 2018

This IBM Redbooks® Product Guide describes IBM FlashSystem® 9100, which is a comprehensive all-flash, NVMe enabled, enterprise storage solution that delivers the full capabilities of IBM FlashCore® technology. In addition, it provides a rich set of software-defined storage features, including, data reductions including de-duplication, dynamic tiering, thin provisioning, snapshots, cloning, replication, data copy services, and IBM HyperSwap® for high availability. Scale out, scale up configurations further enhance not only the capacity but also the throughput, giving even better ... [more]


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IBM DS8880 Thin Provisioning (Updated for Release 8.5)
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 20 Nov 2017, last updated 8 Nov 2018

Ever-increasing storage demands have a negative effect on an organization's IT budget and complicate the overall storage infrastructure and management. Companies are looking at ways to use their storage resources more efficiently. Thin provisioning can help by reducing the amount of unused storage that is typically allocated to applications or users. Now available for the IBM® DS8880 for Fixed Block (FB) and Count Key Data (CKD) volumes, thin provisioning defers the allocation of actual space on the storage system until the time that the data must effectively be written to disk. This IBM ... [more]


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Best Practices Guide for Databases on IBM FlashSystem
Flash storage

Draft Redpaper, last updated 8 Nov 2018

Best Practices Guide for Databases on IBM FlashSystem


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

Redpaper, published 26 Jul 2018, last updated 6 Nov 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 E950: Technical Overview and Introduction
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 28 Aug 2018, last updated 5 Nov 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 5 Nov 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 System L922 Technical Overview and Introduction
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 31 Jul 2018, last updated 5 Nov 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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Introduction and Implementation of Data Reduction Pools and Deduplication
Storage Software

Draft Redbooks, last updated 2 Nov 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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IBM DS8880 Architecture and Implementation (Release 8.5)
Disk storage

Draft Redbooks, last updated 25 Oct 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the concepts, architecture, and implementation of the IBM DS8880 family. The book provides reference information to assist readers who need to plan for, install, and configure the DS8880 systems. The IBM DS8000® family is a high-performance, high-capacity, highly secure, and resilient series of disk storage systems. The DS8880 family is the latest and most advanced of the DS8000 offerings to date. The high availability, multiplatform support, including IBM Z, and simplified management tools help provide a cost-effective path to an on-demand and ... [more]


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IBM z14 ZR1 Technical Guide
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 22 Oct 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the new member of the IBM Z® family, 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 can infuse 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, in an industry standard footprint. A data-centric infrastructure must always be available with a ... [more]


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IBM z14 (3906) Technical Guide
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 22 Oct 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the new member of the IBM Z® family, IBM z14™. IBM z14 is the trusted enterprise platform for pervasive encryption, integrating data, transactions, and insights into the data. A data-centric infrastructure must always be available with a 99.999% or better availability, have flawless data integrity, and be secured from misuse. It also must be an integrated infrastructure that can support new applications. Finally, it must have integrated capabilities that can provide new mobile capabilities with real-time analytics that are delivered by a secure ... [more]


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Best practices and Getting Started Guide for Oracle on IBM LinuxONE
z Systems Software

Draft Redpaper, last updated 19 Oct 2018

This IBM Redpaper publication is focused on best practices on installing and getting Oracle DB, zVM and Linux up and running on IBM LinuxONE


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DS8000 Global Mirror Best Practices
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 7 Mar 2017, last updated 16 Oct 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication reviews the architecture and operations of the IBM DS8000® Global Mirror function. The document looks at different aspects of the solution in terms of performance, infrastructure requirements, data integrity, business continuity, and impact on production. Hints and tips are provided on how to best configure the overall Global Mirror environment, in terms of connectivity, storage configuration, and specific parameters tuning. The guidelines that are provided are in general related to performance, which ultimately ensures a better recovery point objective ... [more]


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DS8000 Copy Services
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 15 Mar 2017, last updated 16 Oct 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps you plan, install, tailor, configure, and manage Copy Services on the IBM DS8000® operating in an IBM z Systems® 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 ... [more]


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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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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 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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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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Db2 for z/OS Utilities in Practice
Enterprise Content Management

Redpaper, published 29 Jun 2018, last updated 25 Sep 2018

As IBM® continues to enhance the functionality, performance, and availability of IBM Db2®, the utilities have made significant strides towards self-management. IBM Db2 for z/OS utilities is leading the trend towards autonomics. During the last couple of versions of Db2 for z/OS, and through the maintenance stream, new features and enhancements have been delivered to further improve the performance and functionality of the Db2 utilities. The intent of this IBM Redpaper™ publication is to help Db2 Database Administrators, Db2 System Programmers, and anyone who runs Db2 for z/OS utilities ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Scale Security
Security

Redpaper, published 18 Sep 2018

Storage systems must provide reliable and convenient data access to all authorized users while simultaneously preventing threats coming from outside or even inside the enterprise. Security threats come in many forms, from unauthorized access to data, data tampering, denial of service, and obtaining privileged access to systems. According to the Storage Network Industry Association (SNIA), data security in the context of storage systems is responsible for safeguarding the data against theft, prevention of unauthorized disclosure of data, prevention of data tampering, and accidental ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem V9000 Model AE3 Product IBM FlashSystem V9000 AC3 with Flash Enclosure Model AE3 Product Guide
Flash storage

Redpaper, published 30 Mar 2018, last updated 17 Sep 2018

This IBM Redbooks® Product Guide describes IBM FlashSystem® V9000, which is a comprehensive all-flash enterprise storage solution that delivers the full capabilities of IBM FlashCore® technology. In addition, it provides a rich set of software-defined storage features, including IBM Real-time Compression™, data reductions, dynamic tiering, thin provisioning, snapshots, cloning, replication, data copy services, and IBM HyperSwap® for high availability. Scale out scale up configurations can now add a hot spare node to further enhance availability. With the release of FlashSystem V9000 ... [more]


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Scaling the Sysplex on IBM Z
z Systems Software

Course, published 11 Sep 2018

This video series describes how one IBM client, Walmart, is utilizing IBM CICS and the IBM Coupling Facility in innovative and modern ways. The video series combines real-world examples from Walmart along with guidance and advice for creating your own solutions. You will learn how to perform new functions and have these functions benefit from the scalability and availability achieved only in a mainframe ecosystem. This video series is a companion to the IBM Redbooks publication IBM CICS and the Coupling ... [more]


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Turning Data into Insight with IBM Machine Learning for z/OS
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 11 Sep 2018

The exponential growth in data over the last decade coupled with a drastic drop in cost of storage has enabled organizations to amass a large amount of data. This vast data becomes the new natural resource that these organizations must tap in to innovate and stay ahead of the competition, and they must do so in a secure environment that protects the data throughout its lifecyle and data access in real time at any time. When it comes to security, nothing can rival IBM® Z, the multi-workload transactional platform that powers the core business processes of the majority of the Fortune 500 ... [more]


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IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller and Storwize V7000 Best Practices and Performance Guidelines
Software Defined Storage

Redbooks, published 3 May 2018, last updated 7 Sep 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® publication captures several of the preferred practices and describes the performance gains that can be achieved by implementing the IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller and IBM Storwize® V7000 powered by IBM Spectrum Virtualize™ V8.1. 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 SAN Volume ... [more]


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IBM Storage Networking SAN128B-6 Switch
Storage Networking

Web Doc, published 29 Aug 2018, last updated 29 Aug 2018

The IBM Storage Networking SAN128B-6 high-density switch scales easily to support storage growth, demanding workloads, and data center consolidation.


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Oracle on LinuxONE
LinuxONE

Redbooks, published 18 Apr 2017, last updated 29 Aug 2018

Oracle Database 12c Release 1 running on Linux is available for deployment on IBM® LinuxONE. The enterprise-grade Linux on LinuxONE solution is designed to add value to Oracle Database solutions, including the new functions that are introduced in Oracle Database 12c. In this IBM Redbooks® publication, we explore the IBM and Oracle Alliance and describe how Oracle Database benefits from LinuxONE. We then explain how to set up Linux guests to install Oracle Database 12c. We also describe how to use the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Agent to manage Oracle Database 12c Release 1. We ... [more]


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IBM CICS Performance Series: CICS TS for z/OS V5 Performance Report
Application Integration

Redbooks, published 15 Mar 2018, last updated 27 Aug 2018

This IBM Redbooks® publication gives a broad understanding of several important concepts that are used when describing IBM CICS Transaction Server (TS) for IBM z/OS (CICS TS) performance. This publication also describes many of the significant performance improvements that can be realized by upgrading your environment to the most recent release of CICS TS. This book targets the following audience:

  • Systems Architects wanting to understand the performance characteristics and capabilities of a specific CICS TS release.
  • Capacity Planners and Performance Analysts wanting to ... [more]


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Managing Digital Certificates across the Enterprise
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 11 Feb 2016, last updated 24 Aug 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® publication is the first in a series of five books that relate to the implementation and management of digital certificates that are based on a public key infrastructure. Digital certificates play a major role in the protection of data communications and their use continues to grow. This Redbooks publication includes the following chapters: - Chapter 1, “Digital certificates overview” on page 1 provides an overview of digital certificates. It describes their purpose, gives a high-level overview of how they are created and their relationship to keys and encryption, and ... [more]


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Implementing VersaStack with Cisco ACI Multi-Pod and IBM HyperSwap for High Availability
Software Defined Storage

Redbooks, published 23 Aug 2018, last updated 24 Aug 2018

The IBM HyperSwap® high availability (HA) function allows business continuity in a hardware failure, power failure, connectivity failure, or disasters, such as fire or flooding. It is available on the IBM SAN Volume Controller and IBM Storwize V7000 products. This IBM Redbooks publication covers the preferred practices for implementing Cisco VersaStack with IBM HyperSwap. The following are some of the topics covered in this book:

  • Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure to showcase Cisco's ACI with Nexus 9Ks
  • Cisco Fabric Interconnects and Unified Computing System (UCS) ... [more]


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IBM TS7700 Release 4.1 and 4.1.2 Guide
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 4 May 2018, last updated 24 Aug 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® publication covers IBM TS7700 R4.1 through R4.1.2. 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. This publication explains the all-new hardware that is introduced with IBM TS7700 release R4.1 and the concepts associated with it. TS7700 R4.1 can be installed only on the IBM TS7720, TS7740, and the all-new, hardware-refreshed TS7760 Models. The IBM TS7720T and TS7760T (tape attach) partition mimics the behavior of ... [more]


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SAP HANA and ESS: A Winning Combination
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 16 Aug 2018

SAP HANA on IBM® POWER® is an established HANA solution with which customers can run HANA-based analytic and business applications on a flexible IBM Power based infrastructure. IT assets, such as servers, storage, and skills and operation procedures, can easily be used and reused instead of enforcing more investment into dedicated SAP HANA only appliances. In this scenario, IBM Spectrum™ Scale as the underlying block storage and files system adds further benefits to this solution stack to take advantage of scale effects, higher availability, simplification, and performance. With the IBM ... [more]


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A Guide to JES3 to JES2 Migration
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 15 Aug 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides information to help clients that have JES3 and want to migrate to JES2. It provides a comprehensive list of the differences between the two job entry subsystems and provides information to help you determine the migration effort and actions. This book considers the features of JES2 as available on releases of IBM z/OS® V2R2 and V2R3. It should be used with JES3 to JES2 Migration Considerations, SG24-8083. This publication is divided into three parts:

  • Part 1, “Planning to migrate from JES3 to JES2” on page 1, gives you ... [more]


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IBM XIV Storage System Business Continuity Functions
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 16 Nov 2014, last updated 7 Aug 2018

The IBM XIV® Storage System has a rich set of copy functions suited for various data protection scenarios that enable you to enhance your business continuance, disaster recovery, data migration, and online backup solutions. These functions allow point-in-time copies, known as snapshots and full volume copies, and also include remote copy capabilities in either synchronous or asynchronous mode. A three-site mirroring function is now available to further improve availability and disaster recovery capabilities. These functions are included in the XIV software and all their features are ... [more]


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Getting Started with IBM zHyperLink for z/OS
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 22 Jun 2018, last updated 2 Aug 2018

With the pressures to drive transaction processing 24/7 because of online banking and other business demands, IBM® zHyperLink on the IBM DS8880 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.


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Machine Learning with Business Rules on IBM Z: Acting on Your Insights
IBM Z

Redpaper, published 27 Jul 2018, last updated 30 Jul 2018

This Redpaper introduces the integration between two IBM products that you might like to consider when implementing a modern agile solution on your Z systems. The document briefly introduces Operational Decision Manager on z/OS and Machine learning on z/OS. In the case of Machine Learning we focus on the aspect of real-time scoring models and how these can be used with Business Rules to give better decisions.


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IBM Spectrum Scale Immutability Introduction, Configuration Guidance, and Use Cases
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 30 Jul 2018

This IBM Redpaper™ publication introduces the IBM Spectrum Scale immutability function. It shows how to set it up and presents different ways for managing immutable and append-only files. This publication also provides guidance for implementing IT security aspects in an IBM Spectrum Scale cluster by addressing regulatory requirements. It also describes two typical use cases for managing immutable files. One use case involves applications that manage file immutability; the other use case presents a solution to automatically set files to immutable within a IBM Spectrum Scale immutable ... [more]


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IBM Z Integration Guide for the Hybrid Cloud and API Economy
Mobile

Redpaper, published 27 Jul 2018

Today, organizations are responding to market demands and regulatory requirements faster than ever by extending their applications and data to new digital applications. This drive to deliver new functions at speed has paved the way for a huge growth in cloud and microservices applications, such as those hosted in IBM® Cloud. One of the most widely adopted ways to integrate cloud applications with enterprise application logic and business data is the use of application programming interfaces (APIs). By extending enterprise applications to form a hybrid cloud environment, you can capitalize on ... [more]


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Introduction to IBM Common Data Provider for z Systems
IBM Z

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

IBM Common Data Provider for z Systems collects, filters, and formats IT operational data in near real-time and provides that data to target analytics solutions. IBM Common Data Provider for z Systems enables authorized IT operations teams using a single web-based interface to specify the IT operational data to be gathered and how it needs to be handled. This data is provided to both on- and off-platform analytic solutions, in a consistent, consumable format for analysis. This Redpaper discusses the value of IBM Common Data Provider for z Systems, provides a high-level reference architecture ... [more]


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Oracle on IBM Z
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 22 May 2017, last updated 26 Jul 2018

Oracle Database 12c Release 1 running on Linux is available for deployment on the IBM Z™ family of servers. The enterprise-grade Linux on IBM Z solution is designed to add value to Oracle Database solutions, including the new functions that are introduced in Oracle Database 12c. In this IBM Redbooks® publication, we explore the IBM and Oracle Alliance and describe how Oracle Database benefits from the IBM Z platform. We then explain how to set up Linux guests to install Oracle Database 12c. We also describe how to use the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Agent to manage Oracle ... [more]


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Building a SAN-less Private Cloud with IBM PowerVM and IBM PowerVC
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 24 Jul 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes a software-defined infrastructure (SDI) solution with IBM PowerVC. In IBM PowerVC SDI, you combine scale-out IBM Power Systems™ servers with software that creates the whole stack that is needed to provide virtual machines (VMs) for applications such as open source databases or Hadoop. The SDI solution uses base IBM Power Systems technologies such as IBM PowerVM® NovaLink and the open source hypervisor kernel-based virtual machine (KVM). The solution combines with sophisticated storage technologies, such as IBM Spectrum™ Scale, and with the ... [more]


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IBM Software-Defined Storage Guide
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 21 Jul 2018

Today, new business models in the marketplace coexist with traditional ones and their well-established IT architectures. They generate new business needs and new IT requirements that can only be satisfied by new service models and new technological approaches. These changes are reshaping traditional IT concepts. Cloud in its three main variants (Public, Hybrid, and Private) represents the major and most viable answer to those IT requirements, and software-defined infrastructure (SDI) is its major technological enabler. IBM® technology, with its rich and complete set of storage hardware and ... [more]


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Hortonworks Data Platform with IBM Spectrum Scale: Reference Guide for Building an Integrated Solution
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 26 Jun 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication provides guidance on building an enterprise-grade data lake by using IBM Spectrum™ Scale and Hortonworks Data Platform for performing in-place Hadoop or Spark-based analytics. It covers the benefits of the integrated solution, and gives guidance about the types of deployment models and considerations during the implementation of these models. Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) is a leading Hadoop and Spark distribution. HDP addresses the complete needs of data-at-rest, powers real-time customer applications, and delivers robust analytics that accelerate ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition V1.2.6 Installation and Configuration Guide
Software Defined Storage

Redbooks, published 22 Jun 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps you with the planning, installation, and configuration of the new IBM Spectrum™ Archive V1.2.6 for the IBM TS3310, IBM TS3500, IBM TS4300, and IBM TS4500 tape libraries. IBM Spectrum Archive™ EE 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 sixth edition of IBM Spectrum Archive Installation and Configuration Guide. IBM Spectrum Archive EE can run any application that is designed ... [more]


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Security on IBM z/VSE
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 14 Jun 2018

One of a firm’s most valuable resources is its data: client lists, accounting data, employee information, and so on. This critical data must be securely managed and controlled, and simultaneously made available to those users authorized to see it. The IBM® z/VSE® system features extensive capabilities to simultaneously share the firm’s data among multiple users and protect them. Threats to this data come from various sources. Insider threats and malicious hackers are not only difficult to detect and prevent, they might be using resources with the business being unaware. This IBM Redbooks® ... [more]


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Implementing IBM FlashSystem 900 Model AE3
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 22 Mar 2018, last updated 11 Jun 2018

Today’s global organizations depend on being able to unlock business insights from massive volumes of data. Now, with IBM® FlashSystem 900 Model AE3, powered by IBM FlashCore® technology, they can make faster decisions based on real-time insights and unleash the power of the most demanding applications, including online transaction processing (OLTP) and analytics databases, virtual desktop infrastructures (VDIs), technical computing applications, and cloud environments. This IBM Redbooks® publication introduces clients to the IBM FlashSystem® 900 Model AE3. It provides in-depth knowledge of ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem A9000 and IBM FlashSystem A9000R Architecture and Implementation
Flash storage

Redbooks, published 9 Feb 2018, last updated 11 Jun 2018

* Updated for Version 12.2.1 * This IBM® Redbooks publication presents the architecture, design, concepts, and technology that are used in IBM FlashSystem® A9000 and IBM FlashSystem A9000R. FlashSystem A9000 and FlashSystem A9000R deliver the microsecond latency and high availability of IBM FlashCore® technology with grid architecture, simple scalability, and industry-leading IBM software that is designed to drive your business into the cognitive era. Comprehensive data reduction capabilities, including inline deduplication and a powerful compression engine, help lower total cost of ... [more]


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Cisco MDS 9706 Multilayer Director for IBM System Storage
Storage Networking

Product Guide, published 23 Feb 2015, last updated 1 Jun 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide describes the Cisco MDS 9706 Multilayer Director for IBM System Storage® (9710-E06). The MDS 9706 is a director-class SAN switch that is designed for deployment in small- to medium-sized storage networks that can support enterprise clouds and business transformation. It layers a comprehensive set of intelligent features onto a high-performance, protocol-independent switch fabric. MDS 9706 addresses the stringent requirements of large virtualized data center storage environments. It delivers uncompromising availability, security, scalability, ease of ... [more]


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z/OS Introduction
z Systems Software

Course, published 23 Apr 2018, last updated 31 May 2018

This series of short educational videos teaches you about the IBM Z environment. The IBM Z mainframe is essential technology of large enterprises handling critical data and services every second of every day. While the IBM mainframe initially transformed business during past decades, IBM Z mainframe technology advancements provide limitless potential to enable future business transformation. The IBM Redbooks video course starts from the beginning teaching IBM Z basics and the IBM Z flagship operating system z/OS. The course addresses z/OS access and interaction basics, data sets and data ... [more]


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IBM z14 Model ZR1 Configuration Setup
IBM Z

Draft Redbooks, last updated 31 May 2018

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Enabling Hybrid Cloud Storage for IBM Spectrum Scale Using Transparent Cloud Tiering
Cloud

Redpaper, published 31 May 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides information to help you with the sizing, configuration, and monitoring of hybrid cloud solutions using the transparent cloud tiering (TCT) functionality of IBM Spectrum™ Scale. IBM Spectrum Scale™ is a scalable data, file, and object management solution that provides a global namespace for large data sets and several enterprise features. The IBM Spectrum Scale feature called transparent cloud tiering allows cloud object storage providers, such as IBM Cloud™ Object Storage, IBM Cloud, and Amazon S3, to be used as a storage tier for IBM ... [more]


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Developing a Blockchain Business Network with Hyperledger Composer using the IBM Blockchain Platform Starter Plan
Security

Redpaper, published 11 May 2018, last updated 30 May 2018

Blockchain has emerged as a disruptive technology in the areas of trading assets and sharing information. It has the capability to transform many industries, professions, and aspects of life. The focus of this IBM® Redbooks® publication is to help developers build blockchain solutions and use IBM Blockchain Platform to start, test, and move applications into production. This publication covers some blockchain for business use cases. It also describes how to get started in defining, developing, and deploying a Hyperledger Composer business network to Hyperledger Fabric, both locally on a ... [more]


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IBM Storage Networking SAN24B-6 Switch
Storage Networking

Product Guide, published 27 Jul 2017, last updated 23 May 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® product guide describes the IBM Storage Networking SAN24B-6 switch. Explosive data growth, coupled with user expectations of unlimited access from anywhere, at any time, is pushing storage environments to the limit. To meet these dynamic business demands, the network must evolve to improve speed, increase efficiency, and reduce costs. Legacy infrastructures were not designed to support the performance requirements of flash-based storage technology. A new approach to storage networking is required to unlock the full capabilities of all-flash arrays. By treating the network ... [more]


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Storwize HyperSwap with IBM i
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 23 May 2018

IBM® Storwize® HyperSwap® is a response to increasing demand for continuous application availability, minimizing downtime in the event of an outage, and non disruptive migrations. IT centers with IBM i can take full advantage of the HyperSwap solution. In this IBM Redpaper™ publication, we provide instructions to implement Storwize HyperSwap with IBM i. We also describe some business continuity scenarios in this area, including solutions with HyperSwap and IBM i Live Partition Mobility, and a solution with HyperSwap and IBM PowerHA® for IBM ... [more]


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IBM Real-time Compression in IBM SAN Volume Controller and IBM Storwize V7000
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 29 Mar 2015, last updated 16 May 2018

IBM® Real-time Compression™ software that is embedded in IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) and IBM Storwize® V7000 solution addresses all the requirements of primary storage data reduction, including performance, by using a purpose-built technology called . This IBM Redpaper™ publication addresses the key requirements for primary storage data reduction and gives real world examples of savings that can be made by using compression. SVC and Storwize V7000 is designed to improve storage efficiency by compressing data by as much as 80% through supported real-time compression for block storage. ... [more]


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IBM Geographically Dispersed Resilience for SAP HANA and SAP NetWeaver
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 9 May 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™chapter publication explains the configuration, relocation, and verification of the IBM Geographically Dispersed Resiliency on IBM Power Systems™ solution to protect SAP HANA and SAP NetWeaver applications. This is a supplemental guide to IBM Geographically Dispersed Resiliency for IBM Power Systems, SG24-8382, which outlines the specifics when using Geographically Dispersed Resilience for SAP applications, including SAP HANA. Business continuity is a part of business operations. Downtime and disruptions can cause financial losses and impact public relations and trust in ... [more]


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IBM TS4500 R4 Tape Library Guide
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 21 Mar 2018, last updated 9 May 2018

The IBM® TS4500 (TS4500) tape library is a next-generation tape solution that offers higher storage density and 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 existing investments in IBM tape library products. Now, you can achieve both a low cost per terabyte (TB) and a high TB density per square foot, ... [more]


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ABCs of z/OS System Programming Volume 10
z Systems Software

Redbooks, published 4 May 2018

The ABCs of IBM® z/OS® System Programming is an 13-volume collection that provides an introduction to the z/OS operating system and the hardware architecture. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced system programmer, the ABCs collection provides the information that you need to start your research into z/OS and related subjects. If you would like to become more familiar with z/OS in your current environment, or if you are evaluating platforms to consolidate your e-business applications, the ABCs collection will serve as a powerful technical tool. This IBM Redbooks® publication, Volume ... [more]


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IBM z/OS Management Facility V2R3
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 18 Apr 2018, last updated 4 May 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps you install, configure, and use the IBM z/OS® Management Facility (z/OSMF). z/OSMF is a product for z/OS that simplifies, optimizes, and modernizes the z/OS system programmer experience. z/OSMF delivers solutions in a task-oriented, web browser-based user interface with integrated user assistance. The goal of z/OSMF is to improve system programmer productivity, and make functions easier to understand and use. This improvement makes system programmers more productive as quickly as possible with the least amount of training. You can automate tasks, reduce ... [more]


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Viewing and Managing FlashSystem Performance with IBM Spectrum Control
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 3 May 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication discusses on performance monitoring for IBM FlashSystem® storage products. The products reviewed are the IBM FlashSystem FS900, the IBM FlashSystem V9000, and the IBM FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R. For each of the FlashSystem devices, the paper reviews performance monitoring options. The first option is to use features available with the storage management software specific to the respective devices. The other option, which is the focus of this paper, is to use the IBM Spectrum™ Control solution. Using IBM Spectrum Control™ offers the advantage of having a ... [more]


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Using the IBM Spectrum Accelerate Family in VMware Environments: IBM XIV, IBM FlashSystem A9000 and IBM FlashSystem A9000R, and IBM Spectrum Accelerate
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 3 May 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a brief overview of synergistic aspects between various VMware offerings and the IBM Spectrum™ Accelerate family, including IBM XIV® and IBM FlashSystem® A9000 and IBM FlashSystem A9000R servers. After reviewing different integration concepts and explaining general implementation aspects for attaching the IBM Spectrum Accelerate™ family to VMware ESXi deployments, the paper focuses on components that are enabled by IBM Spectrum Connect v3.4. This paper is intended for planning to use or implementing the IBM Spectrum Accelerate family of storage systems ... [more]


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Who Knew You Could Do That with RPG IV? Modern RPG for the Modern Programmer
Power Systems

Redbooks, published 5 Dec 2016, last updated 1 May 2018

Application development is a key part of IBM® i businesses. The IBM i operating system is a modern, robust platform to create and develop applications. The RPG language has been around for a long time, but is still being transformed into a modern business language. This IBM Redbooks® publication is focused on helping the IBM i development community understand the modern RPG language. The world of application development has been rapidly changing over the past years. The good news is that IBM i has been changing right along with it, and has made significant changes to the RPG language. This ... [more]


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Networking Design for HPC and AI on IBM Power Systems
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 26 Apr 2018

This publication provides information about networking design for IBM® High Performance Computing (HPC) and AI for Power Systems™. This paper will help you understand the basic requirements when designing a solution, the components in an infrastructure for HPC and AI Systems, the designing of interconnect and data networks with use cases based in real life scenarios, the administration and the Out-Of-Band management networks. We cover all the necessary requirements, provide a good understanding of the technology and include examples for small, medium and large cluster environments. This ... [more]


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IBM Private, Public, and Hybrid Cloud Storage Solutions
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 26 Apr 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication takes you on a journey that surveys cloud computing to answer several fundamental questions about storage cloud technology. What are storage clouds? How can a storage cloud help solve your current and future data storage business requirements? What can IBM do to help you implement a storage cloud solution that addresses these needs? This paper shows how IBM storage clouds use the extensive cloud computing experience, services, proven technologies, and products of IBM to support a smart storage cloud solution designed for your storage optimization efforts. ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Scale Best Practices for Genomics Medicine Workloads
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 25 Apr 2018

Advancing the science of medicine by targeting a disease more precisely with treatment specific to each patient relies on access to that patient's genomics information and the ability to process massive amounts of genomics data quickly. Although genomics data is becoming a critical source for precision medicine, it is expected to create an expanding data ecosystem. Therefore, hospitals, genome centers, medical research centers, and other clinical institutes need to explore new methods of storing, accessing, securing, managing, sharing, and analyzing significant amounts of data. Healthcare ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Scale Functionality to Support GDPR Requirements
Storage Solutions

Redguide, published 24 Apr 2018, last updated 24 Apr 2018

The role of the IT solutions is to enforce the correct handling of personal data using processes developed by the establishment. Each element of the solution stack must address the objectives as appropriate to the data that it handles. Typically, personal data exists either in the form of structured data (like databases) or unstructured data (like files, text, documents, and so on.). This IBM Redbooks publication specifically deals with unstructured data and storage systems used to host unstructured data. For unstructured data storage in particular, some key attributes enable the overall ... [more]


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Implementing IBM FlashSystem V9000 - AC3 with Flash Enclosure Model AE3
Flash storage

Redbooks, published 12 Apr 2018, last updated 19 Apr 2018

The success or failure of businesses often depends on how well organizations use their data assets for competitive advantage. Deeper insights from data require better information technology. As organizations modernize their IT infrastructure to boost innovation rather than limit it, they need a data storage system that can keep pace with several areas that affect your business:

  • Highly virtualized environments
  • Cloud computing
  • Mobile and social systems of engagement
  • In-depth, real-time analytics
Making the correct decision on storage investment is ... [more]


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Consolidation Planning Workbook Practical Migration from x86 to IBM LinuxOne
LinuxONE

Redpaper, published 16 Apr 2018, last updated 16 Apr 2018

IBM LinuxONE™ is a portfolio of hardware, software, and solutions for an enterprise-grade Linux environment. It is designed to run more transactions faster and with more security and reliability specifically for the open community. It fully embraces open source-based technology. This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides a technical sample workbook for IT organizations that are considering a migration from their x86 distributed servers to IBM LinuxONE. This book provides you with checklists for each facet of your migration to IBM LinuxONE. This IBM Redbooks workbook assists you by providing ... [more]


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IBM DS8880 and z/OS DFSMS: Transparent Cloud Tiering
Cloud

Redbooks, published 12 Apr 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® publication gives a broad understanding of storage clouds and the initial functionality that was introduced for mainframes to have Transparent Cloud Tiering. IBM DFSMS and the IBM DS8880 added functionality to provide elements of serverless data movement, and for IBM z/OS® to communicate with a storage cloud. They introduced the following key areas:

  • A gateway in the DS8880, which allows the movement of data to and from Object Storage be using a network connection.
  • DFSMShsm enhancements to support Migrate and Recall functions to and from the Object ... [more]


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Enhancing the IBM Power Systems Platform with IBM Watson Services
Power Systems

Redbooks, published 12 Apr 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides an introduction to the IBM POWER® processor architecture. It describes the IBM POWER processor and IBM Power Systems™ servers, highlighting the advantages and benefits of IBM Power Systems servers, IBM AIX®, IBM i, and Linux on Power. This publication showcases typical business scenarios that are powered by Power Systems servers. It provides an introduction to the artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities that IBM Watson® services enable, and how these AI capabilities can be augmented in existing applications by using an agile approach to embed ... [more]


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IBM DS8880 and IBM Z Synergy
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 4 Apr 2018, last updated 12 Apr 2018

From the beginning, what is known today as IBM® Z always had a close and unique relationship to its storage. Over the years, improvements to the Z processors and storage software, the disk storage systems, and their communication architecture consistently reinforced this synergy. This IBM Redpaper™ publication summarizes and highlights the various aspects, advanced functions, and technologies that are often pioneered by IBM, and that make the IBM Z and the IBM DS8880 an ideal combination. This paper is intended for those users who have some familiarity with IBM Z and the IBM DS8000® series ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Connect and IBM Storage Enabler for Containers: Practical Example with IBM FlashSystem A9000
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 2 Apr 2018, last updated 10 Apr 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication provides an overview of containers and their framework. Container technology enables prepackaged and pre-configured software with the elements that are needed to run in any environment. Because they are meant to be portable, containers normally restrict applications from storing data on external storage. To overcome this limitation, IBM has developed a solution to provide persistent storage for containers on IBM storage systems, known as the IBM Storage Enabler for Containers. The Enabler tightly integrates with IBM Spectrum™ Connect (formerly IBM Spectrum ... [more]


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IBM GDPS Family: An Introduction to Concepts and Capabilities
IBM Z

Draft Redbooks, last updated 10 Apr 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® publication presents an overview of the IBM Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex™ (IBM GDPS®) offerings and the roles they play in delivering a business IT resilience solution. The book begins with general concepts of business IT resilience and disaster recovery, along with issues that are related to high application availability, data integrity, and performance. These topics are considered within the framework of government regulation, increasing application and infrastructure complexity, and the competitive and rapidly changing modern business environment. Next, ... [more]


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ABCs of IBM z/OS System Programming Volume 2
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 7 Apr 2018

The ABCs of IBM® z/OS® System Programming is a 13-volume collection that provides an introduction to the z/OS operating system and the hardware architecture. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced system programmer, the ABCs collection provides the information that you need to start your research into z/OS and related subjects. If you want to become more familiar with z/OS in your current environment or if you are evaluating platforms to consolidate your e-business applications, the ABCs collection can serve as a powerful technical tool. This volume describes the basic system ... [more]


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IBM Hyper-Scale Manager for IBM Spectrum Accelerate Family: IBM XIV, IBM FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R, and IBM Spectrum Accelerate
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 2 Feb 2018, last updated 4 Apr 2018

This edition applies to IBM Hyper-Scale Manager V5.4. This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes storage management functions and their configuration and use with the IBM Hyper-Scale Manager management graphical user interface (GUI) for IBM XIV® Gen3, IBM FlashSystem® A9000 and A9000R, and IBM Spectrum Accelerate™ software. The web-based GUI provides a revolutionary object-centered interface design that is aimed toward ease of use together with enhanced efficiency for storage administrators. The first chapter describes general features of the GUI and installation of the IBM Hyper-Scale ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem A9000R Product Guide
Flash storage

Product Guide, published 27 Dec 2017, last updated 29 Mar 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide is an overview of the main characteristics, features, and technology that are used in IBM FlashSystem® A9000R Model 415 and Model 425, with IBM FlashSystem A9000R Software V12.2. IBM FlashSystem A9000R is a grid-scale, all-flash storage platform designed for industry leaders with rapidly growing cloud storage and mixed workload environments to help drive your business into the cognitive era. FlashSystem A9000R provides consistent, extreme performance for dynamic data at scale, integrating the microsecond latency and high availability of IBM FlashCore® ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem A9000 Product Guide
Flash storage

Product Guide, published 27 Dec 2017, last updated 29 Mar 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide is an overview of the main characteristics, features, and technology that are used in IBM FlashSystem® A9000 Model 415 and Model 425, with IBM FlashSystem A9000 Software V12.2. IBM FlashSystem A9000 storage system uses the IBM FlashCore® technology to help realize higher capacity and improved response times over disk-based systems and other competing flash and solid-state drive (SSD)-based storage. The extreme performance of IBM FlashCore technology with a grid architecture and comprehensive data reduction creates one powerful solution. Whether you are a ... [more]


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Liberty in IBM CICS: Deploying and Managing Java EE Applications
Application Platform

Redbooks, published 18 Jan 2018, last updated 29 Mar 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® publication is intended for IBM CICS® system programmers and IBM Z architects. It describes how to deploy and manage Java EE 7 web-based applications in an IBM CICS Liberty JVM server and access data on IBM Db2® for IBM z/OS® and IBM MQ for z/OS sub systems. In this book, we describe the key steps to create and install a Liberty JVM server within a CICS region. We then describe how to best use the different deployment techniques for Java EE applications and the specific considerations when deploying applications that use JDBC, JMS, and the new CICS link to Liberty API. ... [more]


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zEDC Compression: DFSMShsm Sample Implementation
z Systems Software

Redpaper, published 7 Apr 2015, last updated 29 Mar 2018

Before the announcement of zEDC hardware compression, DFSMShsm was already able to compress migration and backup data using its own compaction (based on Huffman frequency Encoding algorithm) on disk and tape data. This Redpaper shares a sample implementation of zEDC hardware compression performed in a controlled test environment and looks at the impact of zEDC compression up to Migration Level 1.


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IBM DS8000 Easy Tier (for DS8880 R8.3 or later)
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 14 Nov 2017, last updated 28 Mar 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the concepts and functions of IBM System Storage® Easy Tier® and explains its practical use with the IBM DS8800 series and License Machine Code 8.8.30.xx.xx, or later. Easy Tier is designed to automate data placement throughout the storage system disks pool. It enables the system to (automatically and without disruption to applications) relocate data (at the extent level) across up to three drive tiers. The process is fully automated. Easy Tier also automatically rebalances extents among ranks within the same tier, removing workload skew between ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem V9000 AE3 and AC3 Performance
Flash storage

Redpaper, published 28 Mar 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication provides information about the best practices and performance capabilities when implementing a storage solution using IBM FlashSystem® V9000 9846-AC3 with IBM FlashSystem V9000 9846-AE3 storage enclosures. The results that are achieved and demonstrated are specific to the used configuration. However, they can be used as reference points for other configurations. There was no intention to demonstrate the best or the worst results, or minimal latency, or maximum throughput. We tried to stay closer to the configurations and workloads used by IBM clients and ... [more]


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IBM Tape Library Guide for Open Systems
Tape storage

Redbooks, published 27 Mar 2018, last updated 27 Mar 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® publication presents a general introduction to the latest 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 15th 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 Fibre ... [more]


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IBM Power System AC922 Introduction and Technical Overview
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 26 Mar 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a comprehensive guide that covers the IBM Power System AC922 server (8335-GTG and 8335-GTW models). The Power AC922 server is the next generation of the IBM Power processor-based systems, which are designed for deep learning 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 16 cores at 2.6 GHz with 3.09 GHz turbo performance or 20 cores at 2.0 GHz ... [more]


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IBM Open Platform for DBaaS on IBM Power Systems
Power Systems

Redbooks, published 26 Mar 2018

This IBM Redbooks publication describes how to implement an Open Platform for Database as a Service (DBaaS) on IBM Power Systems environment for Linux, and demonstrate the open source tools, optimization and best practices guidelines for it. Open Platform for DBaaS on Power Systems is an on-demand, secure, and scalable self-service database platform that automates provisioning and administration of databases to support new business applications and information insights. This publication addresses topics to help sellers, architects, brand specialists, distributors, resellers and anyone ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Archive Single Drive Edition and Library Edition: Installation and Configuration Guide
Software Defined Storage

Redbooks, published 22 Mar 2018

The IBM® Linear Tape File System™ (LTFS) is the first file system that works along with Linear Tape-Open (LTO) tape technology to set a new standard for ease of use and portability for open systems tape storage. In 2011, LTFS won an Engineering Emmy Award for Innovation from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. This IBM Redbooks® publication helps you install, tailor, and configure the IBM Spectrum™ Archive Single Drive Edition (SDE) and the IBM Spectrum Archive™ Library Edition (LE) products. LTFS is a file system that was originally implemented on dual-partition linear tape (IBM ... [more]


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Exploring IBM Db2 for z/OS Continuous Delivery
Information Management

Redpaper, published 21 Mar 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication provides key information about continuous delivery in IBM Db2® 12 for z/OS®. It discusses how continuous delivery works and the changes that have been made in Db2 12 to support continuous delivery, such as adding a new catalog table and changing existing catalog tables. Also the paper covers the effects on applications and how to take advantage of new function provided using the continuous delivery model.


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IBM FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R Business Continuity Solutions
Flash storage

Redpaper, published 25 Jan 2018, last updated 20 Mar 2018

This edition applies to FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R, Model 415 and 425, with system software Version 12.2.1 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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Implementing the IBM Storwize V5000 Gen2 (including the Storwize V5010, V5020, and V5030) with IBM Spectrum Virtualize V8.1
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 20 Mar 2018

Organizations of all sizes face the challenge of managing massive volumes of increasingly valuable data. But storing this data can be costly, and extracting value from the data is becoming more difficult. IT organizations have limited resources but must stay responsive to dynamic environments and act quickly to consolidate, simplify, and optimize their IT infrastructures. The IBM® Storwize® V5000 Gen2 system provides a smarter solution that is affordable, easy to use, and self-optimizing, which enables organizations to overcome these storage challenges. The Storwize V5000 Gen2 delivers ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem A9000, IBM FlashSystem A9000R, and IBM XIV Storage System: Host Attachment and Interoperability
Flash storage

Redbooks, published 12 Jan 2017, last updated 19 Mar 2018

This edition was last updated in March 2018 This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides information for attaching the IBM FlashSystem® A9000, IBM FlashSystem A9000R, and IBM XIV® Storage System to various host operating system platforms, such as IBM AIX® and Microsoft Windows. The goal is to give an overview of the versatility and compatibility of the IBM Spectrum™ Accelerate family of storage systems with various platforms and environments. The information that is presented here is not meant as a replacement or substitute for the Host Attachment Kit publications. It is meant as a complement ... [more]


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LDAP Authentication for IBM DS8000 Systems
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 16 Mar 2018

The IBM® DS8000® series includes the option to replace the locally based user ID and password authentication with a centralized directory-based approach. This IBM Redpaper™ publication helps DS8000 storage administrators understand the concepts and benefits of a centralized directory. It provides the information that is required for implementing a DS8000 authentication mechanism that is based on the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP). Starting with DS8000 Release 7.5, directory-based authentication relies on IBM Copy Services Manager (CSM) that provides the interface (the CSM LDAP ... [more]


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IBM Storage Networking SAN512B-6 and SAN256B-6 Directors
Storage Networking

Product Guide, published 11 Oct 2016, last updated 13 Mar 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® product guide describes the IBM Storage Networking SAN512B-6 (8961-F08) and SAN256B-6 (8961-F04) directors and the IBM b-type Gen 6 Extension Blade (FC 3892, 3893). Digital transformation is pushing mission-critical storage environments to the limit, with users expecting data to be accessible from anywhere, at any time, on any device. Faced with exponential data growth, the network must evolve to enable businesses to thrive in this new era. A new approach to storage networking is needed to enable databases, virtual servers, desktops, and critical applications, and to ... [more]


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IBM PowerAI: Deep Learning Unleashed on IBM Power Systems Servers
Power Systems

Redbooks, published 7 Mar 2018, last updated 13 Mar 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® publication is a guide about the IBM PowerAI Deep Learning solution. This book provides an introduction to artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning (DL), IBM PowerAI, and components of IBM PowerAI, deploying IBM PowerAI, guidelines for working with data and creating models, an introduction to IBM Spectrum™ Conductor Deep Learning Impact (DLI), and case scenarios. IBM PowerAI started as a package of software distributions of many of the major DL software frameworks for model training, such as TensorFlow, Caffe, Torch, Theano, and the associated libraries, such as ... [more]


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IBM DS8880 Data-at-rest Encryption
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 21 Jul 2016, last updated 6 Mar 2018

IBM® experts recognize the need for data protection, both from hardware or software failures, and also from physical relocation of hardware, theft, and retasking of existing hardware. The IBM DS8880 supports encryption-capable hard disk drives (HDDs) and flash drives. These Full Disk Encryption (FDE) drive sets are used with key management services that are provided by IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager software or Gemalto SafeNet KeySecure to allow encryption for data-at-rest on a DS8880. Use of encryption technology involves several considerations that are critical for you to understand to ... [more]


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Implementing the IBM Storwize V7000 with IBM Spectrum Virtualize V8.1
Software Defined Storage

Redbooks, published 28 Feb 2018, last updated 5 Mar 2018

Continuing its commitment to developing and delivering industry-leading storage technologies, IBM® introduces the IBM Storwize® V7000 solution powered by IBM Spectrum™ Virtualize. This innovative storage offering delivers essential storage efficiency technologies and exceptional ease of use and performance, all integrated into a compact, modular design that is offered at a competitive, midrange price. The IBM Storwize V7000 solution incorporates some of the top IBM technologies that are typically found only in enterprise-class storage systems, raising the standard for storage efficiency in ... [more]


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Implementing the IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller with IBM Spectrum Virtualize V8.1
Software Defined Storage

Redbooks, published 27 Feb 2018, last updated 28 Feb 2018

This IBM® Redbooks publication is a detailed technical guide to the IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller, which is powered by IBM Spectrum™ Virtualize V8.1. IBM SAN Volume Controller is a virtualization appliance solution that maps virtualized volumes that are visible to hosts and applications to physical volumes on storage devices. Each server within the storage area network (SAN) has its own set of virtual storage addresses that are mapped to physical addresses. If the physical addresses change, the server continues running by using the same virtual addresses that it had before. ... [more]


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IBM CICS and the Coupling Facility: Beyond the Basics
Application Platform

Redbooks, published 21 Feb 2018

It's easy to look at the title of a book and think "that's old news" or "I already know all there is to know on that subject." But before you dismiss this publication, consider just how far the IBM® Parallel Sysplex® architecture has come. From the early days the mainframe has embraced a shared everything approach. The original designers coded IBM z/OS® (called IBM MVS™ or IBM OS/390® back then) with the functionality necessary for the operating system to create the repositories, manage the data flow, and ensure the integrity of the systems involved. From there, the middleware systems ... [more]


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The Journey Continues: From Data Lake to Data-Driven Organization

Redguide, published 19 Feb 2018

This IBM Redguide™ publication looks back on the key decisions that made the data lake successful and looks forward to the future. It proposes that the metadata management and governance approaches developed for the data lake can be adopted more broadly to increase the value that an organization gets from its data. Delivering this broader vision, however, requires a new generation of data catalogs and governance tools built on open standards that are adopted by a multi-vendor ecosystem of data platforms and tools. Work is already underway to define and deliver this capability, and there are ... [more]


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IBM Power Systems Bits: Understanding IBM Patterns for Cognitive Systems
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 14 Feb 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication addresses IBM Patterns for Cognitive Systems topics to anyone developing, implementing, and using Cognitive Solutions on IBM Power Systems™ servers. Moreover, this publication provides documentation to transfer the knowledge to the sales and technical teams. This publication describes IBM Patterns for Cognitive Systems. Think of a pattern as a use case for a specific scenario, such as event-based real-time marketing for real-time analytics, anti-money laundering, and addressing data oceans by reducing the cost of Hadoop. These examples are just a few of the ... [more]


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Implementation Guide for IBM Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 25 Dec 2017, last updated 7 Feb 2018

IBM® Spectrum Virtualize is a key member of the IBM Spectrum™ Storage portfolio. It is a highly flexible storage solution that enables rapid deployment of block storage services for new and traditional workloads, on-premises, off-premises and in a combination of both. IBM Spectrum Virtualize™ for Public Cloud is a brand new offering that provides the IBM Spectrum Virtualize functionality in IBM Cloud. This new capability provides a monthly license to deploy and use Spectrum Virtualize in IBM Cloud to enable hybrid cloud solutions, offering the ability to transfer data between on-premises ... [more]


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Implementing High Availability and Disaster Recovery Solutions with SAP HANA on IBM Power Systems
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 23 Oct 2017, last updated 5 Feb 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication addresses topics for architects, brand specialists, distributors, resellers, and anyone developing and implementing SAP HANA on IBM Power Systems™ integration, automation, high availability (HA), and disaster recovery (DR) solutions. This book provides documentation to transfer how-to-skills to the technical teams, and documentation to the sales team. This guide describes how to implement an SAP HANA on IBM Power Systems solution from end to end and includes HA and DR guidelines by using theoretical knowledge, field experience, and sample scenarios. The ... [more]


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Modernizing Your IT Infrastructure with IBM b-type Gen 6 Storage Networking and IBM Spectrum Storage Products
Storage Networking

Redbooks, published 2 Feb 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the challenge that most data centers face when updating and modernizing their IT infrastructure. New business demands are driving new applications, joining, and creating in the digital world. A rich, meaningful digital experience is the key to effective engagement in today’s integrated digital world. Companies are able to customize digital experiences for their employees with personalized, targeted content for fully connecting with customers, co-workers, and business partners in the most powerful and productive ways. To achieve this, a robust ... [more]


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IBM PowerHA SystemMirror V7.2.1 for IBM AIX Updates
Power Systems

Redbooks, published 23 May 2017, last updated 2 Feb 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps strengthen the position of the IBM PowerHA® SystemMirror® solution with a well-defined and documented deployment models within an IBM Power Systems™ virtualized environment, which provides customers with a planned foundation for business resilience and disaster recovery for their IBM Power Systems infrastructure solutions. This publication addresses topics to help meet customers' complex high availability and disaster recovery requirements on IBM Power Systems servers to help maximize their systems' availability and resources, and provide technical ... [more]


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Enterprise Data Warehouse Optimization with Hadoop on IBM Power Systems Servers
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 31 Jan 2018

Data warehouses were developed for many good reasons, such as providing quick query and reporting for business operations, and business performance. However, over the years, due to the explosion of applications and data volume, many existing data warehouses have become difficult to manage. Extract, Transform, and Load (ETL) processes are taking longer, missing their allocated batch windows. In addition, data types that are required for business analysis have expanded from structured data to unstructured data. The Apache open source Hadoop platform provides a great alternative for solving ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Scale: Big Data and Analytics Solution Brief
Software Defined Storage

Redguide, published 23 Jan 2018

This IBM® Redguide™ publication describes big data and analytics deployments that are built on IBM Spectrum Scale™. IBM Spectrum Scale is a proven enterprise-level distributed file system that is a high-performance and cost-effective alternative to Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) for Hadoop analytics services. IBM Spectrum Scale includes NFS, SMB, and Object services and meets the performance that is required by many industry workloads, such as technical computing, big data, analytics, and content management. IBM Spectrum Scale provides world-class, web-based storage management with ... [more]


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Cisco MDS 9132T 32G Fabric Switch for IBM Storage Networking Product Guide
Storage Networking

Product Guide, published 23 Jan 2018

The next-generation Cisco MDS 9132T Fabric Switch for IBM Storage Networking provides high-speed Fibre Channel (FC) connectivity from the server rack to the SAN core. It empowers small, midsize, and large enterprises to rapidly deploying cloud-scale applications using highly dense virtualized servers by providing dual benefit of higher bandwidth and consolidation. Small scale SAN architectures can be built by using a low cost, non-blocking, line rate, and low latency fixed stand-alone SAN switch that connects both storage and host ports. Medium to large-scale SAN architectures that are built ... [more]


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ABCs of IBM z/OS System Programming Volume 1
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 7 Nov 2017, last updated 22 Jan 2018

The ABCs of IBM® z/OS® System Programming is a 13-volume collection that provides an introduction to the z/OS operating system and the hardware architecture. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced system programmer, the ABCs collection provides the information that you need to start your research into z/OS and related subjects. Whether you want to become more familiar with z/OS in your current environment, or you are evaluating platforms to consolidate your online business applications, the ABCs collection will serve as a powerful technical tool. Volume 1 provides an updated ... [more]


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Moving Microsoft Workloads to IBM Cloud
Cloud

Redpaper, published 19 Jan 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™ offers a quick, yet comprehensive, guide to moving Microsoft applications to IBM Cloud. It provides questions and considerations that help to define the scope of the cloud project, including identifying the cost structure and performing workload assessment. The paper describes the solution architecture, specifically putting together the available options and functionality to build a cloud-ready solution. The paper explores the migration options and process, and discusses how to operate the application after it is ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Virtualize: Hot-Spare Node and NPIV Target Ports
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 19 Jan 2018

The use of N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) to provide host-only ports (NPIV target ports) and spare nodes improves the host failover characteristics by separating out host communications from communication tasks on the same port and providing standby hardware, which can be automatically introduced into the cluster to reintroduce redundancy. Because the host ports are not used for internode communications, they can freely move between nodes, and this includes spare nodes that are added to the cluster automatically. This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the use of the IBM Spectrum™ ... [more]


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ABCs of IBM z/OS System Programming Volume 3
Flex System

Redbooks, published 19 Jan 2018

The ABCs of IBM z/OS® System Programming is a 13-volume collection that provides an introduction to the z/OS operating system and the hardware architecture. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced system programmer, the ABCs collection provides the information that you need to start your research into z/OS and related subjects. The ABCs collection serves as a powerful technical tool to help you become more familiar with z/OS in your current environment, or to help you evaluate platforms to consolidate your e-business applications. This edition is updated to z/OS Version 2 Release 3. The ... [more]


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IBM zPDT 2017 Sysplex Extensions
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 19 Jan 2018

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the IBM System z® Personal Development Tool (IBM zPDT®) 2017 Sysplex Extensions, which is a package that consists of sample files and supporting documentation to help you get a functioning, data sharing sysplex up and running with minimal time and effort. This book is a significant revision of zPDT 2016 Sysplex Extensions, SG24-8315, which is still available online for readers who need the IBM z/OS® 2.1 level of this package. This package is designed and tested to be installed on top of a standard Application Developers Controlled Distribution (ADCD) ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem 900 Model AE3 Product Guide
Flash storage

Product Guide, published 15 Jan 2018, last updated 17 Jan 2018

Today’s global organizations depend on the ability to unlock business insights from massive volumes of data. Now, with IBM® FlashSystem 900 Model AE3, they can make faster decisions based on real-time insights and unleash the power of the most demanding applications, including online transaction processing (OLTP) and analytical databases, virtual desktop infrastructures (VDIs), technical computing applications, and cloud environments. Easy to deploy and manage, IBM FlashSystem® 900 Model AE3 is designed to accelerate the applications that drive your business. Powered by IBM FlashCore® ... [more]


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Protecting the VMware Environment with IBM Spectrum Protect
Spectrum Computing

Redpaper, published 25 Dec 2017, last updated 8 Jan 2018

While backup is a topic of much discussion, development, and strategy, the name of the game is rapid recovery. Given the explosive growth of data in our Client environments, there is a need to provide solutions to our Clients that meet their recovery time objective and recovery point objective needs. Traditional backups of files, databases, and similar objects sent across networks (LAN or SAN) to backup servers provide a degree of recoverability, but the speed of backup and recovery is constrained by resource capacity (server, network, storage, and so on). This results in longer backup and ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R, IBM XIV, and IBM Spectrum Accelerate with IBM SAN Volume Controller Best Practices
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 8 Jan 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes preferred practices for attaching members of the IBM Spectrum™ Accelerate family, including the IBM XIV® Gen3 Storage System, IBM FlashSystem® A9000, IBM FlashSystem A9000R, and other IBM Spectrum Accelerate™ based deployments, to either an IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller or IBM Storwize® V7000 system. The paper also explains what to consider for data migration when done in combination with a SAN Volume Controller or a Storwize V7000 system. In addition, this publication describes data reduction, and where it is appropriate to enable ... [more]


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Security and Linux on z Systems
IBM Z

Redpaper, published 18 Dec 2017, last updated 8 Jan 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication discusses security practices for running Linux on z Systems on the IBM z14. It examines the unique security and integrity features that the IBM Z platform brings to the enterprise. It also examines pervasive encryption and its role in protecting data at rest.


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IBM QRadar Version 7.3 Planning and Installation Guide
Security

Redbooks, published 4 Jan 2018

With the advances of technology and the reoccurrence of data leaks, cyber security is a bigger challenge than ever before. Cyber attacks evolve as quickly as the technology itself, and hackers are finding more innovative ways to break security controls to access confidential data and to interrupt services. Hackers reinvent themselves using new technology features as a tool to expose companies and individuals. Therefore, cyber security cannot be reactive but must go a step further by implementing proactive security controls that protect one of the most important assets of every organization: ... [more]


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Leveraging Integrated Cryptographic Service Facility
Security

Redpaper, published 3 Jan 2018

Integrated Cryptographic Service Facility (ICSF) is a part of the IBM® z/OS® operating system that provides cryptographic functions for data security, data integrity, personal identification, digital signatures, and the management of cryptographic keys. Together with the cryptography features of the IBM Z family, it provides secure, high-performance cryptographic functions (such as the loading of master key values) that enable the hardware features to be used by applications. This IBM Redpaper™ publication briefly describes ICSF and the key elements of z/OS that address different security ... [more]


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Using IBM DS8000 in an OpenStack Environment
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 28 Dec 2017

With the availability of the IBM® Storage Driver for OpenStack, the IBM DS8000® can offer a range of capabilities that enable more effective storage automation deployments to private or public clouds. Enabling OpenStack with DS8000 allows storage to be made available whenever it is needed without the traditional associated cost of highly skilled administrators and infrastructure. This IBM Redpaper™ publication explains how to integrate the DS8000 in an OpenStack environment, first from the DS8000 Storage Administrator perspective and then from a cloud administrator standpoint. This paper ... [more]


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IBM CICS Asynchronous API: Concurrent Processing Made Simple
Application Integration

Redbooks, published 22 Dec 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® publication covers the background and implementation of the IBM CICS® asynchronous API, which is a simple, accessible API that is designed to enable CICS application developers to create efficient asynchronous programs in all CICS-supported languages. Using the API, application developers can eliminate the overhead that is involved in coding and managing homegrown asynchronous solutions, instead using a set of CICS-supported API commands to underpin CICS applications, which are more responsive and robust than ever. Initially, the book reviews the history and motivations ... [more]


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Fabric Resiliency Best Practices
Storage Networking

Redpaper, published 9 Jan 2017, last updated 21 Dec 2017

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 from versions 7.2 - 7.4, but also covers other features such as bottleneck detection, port fencing, and Fabric Watch.


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IBM zPDT Guide and Reference
Application Platform

Redbooks, published 20 Dec 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides both introductory information and technical details about the IBM System z® Personal Development Tool (IBM zPDT®), which produces a small System z environment suitable for application development. zPDT is a PC Linux application. When zPDT is installed (on Linux), normal System z operating systems (such as IBM z/OS®) can be run on it. zPDT provides the basic System z architecture and emulated IBM 3390 disk drives, 3270 interfaces, OSA interfaces, and so on. The systems that are discussed in this document are complex. They have elements of Linux (for ... [more]


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DS8000 Cascading FlashCopy Design and Scenarios
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 14 Dec 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the IBM Cascading FlashCopy® support introduced with the IBM DS8000® License Machine Code (LMC) Release 8.3 (LMC 8.8.30.xx.xx, bundle version 88.30.xxx.xx) or later. The Cascading FlashCopy support enables a FlashCopy source device to become a FlashCopy source, or a FlashCopy target device to become a FlashCopy source. This capability provides improvements to a range of Copy Services scenarios, but essentially enables the reversal of one of several FlashCopy relationships without first withdrawing the other relationships. This publication explores a ... [more]


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Monitoring and Managing the IBM Elastic Storage Server Using the GUI
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 14 Dec 2017

The Elastic Storage Server (ESS) GUI provides an easy way to configure and monitor various features that are available with the ESS system. The ESS GUI is a web application that runs on web browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, and Edge. It uses Java Script and Ajax technologies to enable smooth and desktop-like interfacing. Therefore, no client-side installation is required to use the GUI. This document provides detailed information about the ESS GUI features. This edition applies to ESS version ... [more]


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Automating IBM Spectrum Scale Deployment with Ubuntu OpenStack Cloud and Juju Charms
Storage Solutions

Redguide, published 14 Dec 2017

Automation is key to faster deployments with fewer resources. Now Juju charms can help to automatically deploy and operate IBM® Spectrum Scale with Ubuntu OpenStack cloud.


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Developing Node.js Applications on IBM Cloud
Cloud

Redbooks, published 12 Dec 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® publication explains how to create various applications based on Node.js, and deploy and run them on IBM Cloud. This book includes the following exercises:

  • Develop a Hello World application in Node.js on IBM Cloud.
  • Use asynchronous callback to call an external service.
  • Create an Express application.
  • Build a rich front-end application by using React and ES6.
During these exercises, you will perform these tasks:
  • Create an IBM SDK for Node.js application.
  • Write your first Node.js application.
  • Deploy an ... [more]


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Scale up for Linux on IBM Z
LinuxONE

Redpaper, published 8 Dec 2017, last updated 12 Dec 2017

This book was written by IBM® IT specialists who have experience implementing IBM Z® solutions, especially Linux on IBM LinuxONE™ (LinuxONE) or IBM Z servers. Therefore, the content of this book follows the guidelines from Linux and IBM z/VM® regarding LinuxONE and IBM Z installations. The preferred practices described in this book are gathered from the experiences of those specialists in hundreds of projects at IBM and customer environments. This publication provides you with all of the information that you need to decide the best scaling architecture when implementing Linux on IBM Z or ... [more]


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Essentials of Application Development on IBM Cloud
Cloud

Redbooks, published 11 Dec 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® publication is designed to teach university students and app developers the foundation skills that are required to develop, test, and deploy cloud-based applications on IBM Cloud. It shows the latest features of IBM Cloud for developing cloud applications, enhancing applications by using managed services, and the use of DevOps services to manage applications. This book is used as presentations guide for the IBM Skills Academy track Cloud Application Developer and as preparation material for the IBM professional certification exam IBM Certified Application Developer - ... [more]


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Managing IBM Db2 Analytics Accelerator by using IBM Data Server Manager
Analytics

Web Doc, published 4 Dec 2017, last updated 11 Dec 2017

IBM® Data Server Manager is a web-based, integrated database management tools platform that manages IBM Db2® and IBM Db2 for z/OS® databases. With IBM Data Server Manager, you can manage and administer IBM Db2 Analytics Accelerator (Accelerator). This IBM Redbooks® Analytics Support web document describes the various functions that are available in Data Server Manager to manage the Accelerator server. This document is targeted at database administrators who work with IBM Db2 Analytics Accelerator. It applies to IBM Data Server Manager Version 2.1.5 and ... [more]


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IBM Decision Optimization and Data Science
Analytics

Web Doc, published 6 Dec 2017

This document introduces IBM Decision Optimization to a data science audience. The goals are to identify possible uses of IBM Decision Optimization in data science projects and demonstrate where additional value can be captured by adding an optimization step.


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Monitoring and Managing IBM Spectrum Scale Using the GUI
Tape storage

Redguide, published 6 Dec 2017, last updated 6 Dec 2017

The IBM® Spectrum Scale GUI provides an easy way to configure and monitor various features that are available with the IBM Spectrum™ Scale system. It is a web application that runs on common web browsers, such as Chrome, Firefox, and Edge. The IBM Spectrum Scale™ GUI uses Java Script and Ajax technologies to enable smooth and desktop-like interfacing. This IBM Redpaper™ publication provides a broad understanding of the architecture and features of the IBM Spectrum Scale GUI. It includes information about how to install and configure the GUI as well as in-depth information about using the ... [more]


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IBM DS8880 Architecture and Implementation (Release 8.3)
Disk storage

Redbooks, published 28 Nov 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the concepts, architecture, and implementation of the IBM DS8880 family. The book provides reference information to assist readers who need to plan for, install, and configure the DS8880 systems. The IBM DS8000® family is a high-performance, high-capacity, highly secure, and resilient series of disk storage systems. The DS8880 family is the latest and most advanced of the DS8000 offerings to date. The high availability, multiplatform support, including IBM Z, and simplified management tools help provide a cost-effective path to an on-demand and ... [more]


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IBM Network Advisor
Storage Networking

Product Guide, published 3 Dec 2013, last updated 28 Nov 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide describes IBM Network Advisor Version 14.0. Although every network type has unique management requirements, most organizations face similar challenges managing their network environments. These challenges can include minimizing network downtime, reducing operational expenses, managing application service level agreements (SLAs), and providing robust security. Until now, no single tool has been able to address these needs across different network ... [more]


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Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director for IBM System Networking
Storage Networking

Product Guide, published 9 Jul 2013, last updated 28 Nov 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide introduces Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director for IBM System Networking (9710-E08). It is a director-class storage area network (SAN) switch that is designed for deployment in large-scale storage networks to enable enterprise clouds and business transformation. By adding enterprise connectivity options that support IBM FICON® connectivity, MDS 9710 delivers a high performing and reliable FICON infrastructure that is designed to support fast and scalable IBM z Systems™ servers. With the Cisco MDS 9700 48-Port 10-Gbps Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) Module ... [more]


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IBM Storwize V7000, Spectrum Virtualize, HyperSwap, and VMware Implementation
Disk storage

Redbooks, published 20 Nov 2015, last updated 27 Nov 2017

IBM® Spectrum Virtualize Software Version 7.8 provides software-defined storage capabilities across various platforms, including IBM SAN Volume Controller, IBM Storwize® V7000, Storwize V7000 (Unified), Storwize V5000, Storwize V3700, and Storwize V3500. These offerings help clients reduce the complexities and cost of managing their storage in the following ways:

  • Centralizing management of storage volumes to enable administrators to manage storage volumes from a single point
  • Improving utilization of storage capacity with virtual volumes to enable businesses to tap into ... [more]


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Db2 Skeleton Cloning: Protecting Your Production Environment
Enterprise Content Management

Redpaper, published 17 Nov 2017, last updated 27 Nov 2017

IBM Db2® for z/OS® is well known as the gold-standard information steward. Deep synergy with the z/OS operating system and System Z platform provides support for the highest transaction volumes with the ultimate levels of availability. Just like any high-performance engine, occasional maintenance or upgrades are needed to maintain peak performance and to incorporate new features. Those that demand the highest standards and protection of their production environments know that you want to test changes outside of production first. It is common to have development or test environments for ... [more]


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Zero to Blockchain
Security

Course, published 17 Nov 2017

Learn how to develop blockchain solutions using Hyperledger Composer on Hyperledger Fabric Version 1.0+. This 15 chapter tutorial takes you from no experience to building a complete blockchain application.


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DS8870 Data Migration Techniques
Disk storage

Redbooks, published 30 Apr 2015, last updated 16 Nov 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes data migrations between IBM DS8000® storage systems, where in most cases one or more older DS8000 models are being replaced by the newer DS8870 model. Most of the migration methods are based on the DS8000 Copy Services. The book includes considerations for solutions such as IBM Tivoli® Productivity Center for Replication and the IBM Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex™ (GDPS®) used in IBM z/OS® environments. Both offerings are primarily designed to enable a disaster recovery using DS8000 Copy Services. In most data migration cases, Tivoli ... [more]


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Implementing a VersaStack Solution by Cisco and IBM with IBM Storwize V5030, Cisco UCS Mini, Hyper-V, and SQL Server
Software Defined Storage

Redbooks, published 14 Nov 2017, last updated 14 Nov 2017

VersaStack, an IBM® and Cisco integrated infrastructure solution, combines computing, networking, and storage into a single integrated system. It combines the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) Integrated Infrastructure with IBM Spectrum Virtualize™, which includes IBM FlashSystem® V9000 and IBM Storwize® storage offerings, for quick deployment and rapid time to value for the implementation of modern infrastructures. This IBM Redbooks® publication covers the preferred practices for implementing a VersaStack Solution with IBM Storwize V5000 Gen2, Cisco UCS Mini, Hyper-V 2016, and ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Scale (formerly GPFS)
Power Systems

Redbooks, published 26 May 2015, last updated 14 Nov 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® publication updates and complements the previous publication: Implementing the IBM General Parallel File System in a Cross Platform Environment, SG24-7844, with additional updates since the previous publication version was released with IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS™). Since then, two releases have been made available up to the latest version of IBM Spectrum™ Scale 4.1. Topics such as what is new in Spectrum Scale, Spectrum Scale licensing updates (Express/Standard/Advanced), Spectrum Scale infrastructure support/updates, storage support (IBM and OEM), ... [more]


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IBM Geographically Dispersed Resiliency for IBM Power Systems
Power Systems

Redbooks, published 31 Mar 2017, last updated 13 Nov 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® publication introduces and provides a broad understanding of the new IBM Geographically Dispersed Resiliency for IBM Power Systems™ solution. The IBM Geographically Dispersed Resiliency for Power Systems solution is a set of software components that together provide a disaster recovery (DR) mechanism for virtual machines (VMs) running on an IBM POWER7® processor-based server or later. This document describes various components, subsystems, and tasks that are associated with the IBM Geographically Dispersed Resiliency for Power Systems solution. This book is targeted at ... [more]


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Sharing Box Content in IBM Content Navigator
Enterprise Content Management

Web Doc, published 8 Nov 2017

Collaboration is a popular approach to delivering global solutions. If Box Share is enabled, you can select a document to share, and IBM® Content Navigator creates a link to the specific version of the document. You can send the link to other people if you specify one or more email addresses. Anyone with the link can access the document. This IBM Redbooks Analytics Web Doc provides information on how to successfully enable and configure Box Share in IBM Content ... [more]


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IBM XIV Storage System Architecture and Implementation
Disk storage

Redbooks, published 12 Nov 2014, last updated 3 Nov 2017

Not a new version - included warning for self signed X509 certificates - see section 5.2 This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the concepts, architecture, and implementation of the IBM XIV® Storage System. The XIV Storage System is a scalable enterprise storage system that is based on a grid array of hardware components. It can attach to both Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP) and IP network Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI) capable hosts. This system is a good fit for clients who want to be able to grow capacity without managing multiple tiers of storage. The XIV Storage System ... [more]


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Introduction Guide to the IBM Elastic Storage Server
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 4 Jan 2016, last updated 26 Oct 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication introduces and describes the IBM Elastic Storage Server as a scalable, high-performance data and file management solution, which is built on proven IBM Spectrum Scale™ technology, formerly IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS™). Providing reliability, performance, and scalability, IBM Elastic Storage Servers can be implemented for a range of diverse requirements. This publication helps you to understand the solution and its architecture and helps you to plan the installation and integration of the environment, which is created from the following ... [more]


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iSCSI Implementation and Best Practices on IBM Storwize Storage Systems
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 26 Oct 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps administrators and technical professionals understand Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI) and how to implement it for use with IBM Storwize® storage systems. iSCSI can be used alone or with other technologies. This publication provides an overview of the iSCSI protocol and helps you understand how it is similar to and different from Fibre Channel (FC) technology. It helps you plan and design your network topology. It explains how to configure your IBM Storwize storage systems and hosts (including IBM AIX®, Linux, VMware, and Microsoft ... [more]


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IBM DS8880 Product Guide (Release 8.3)
Disk storage

Product Guide, published 11 Oct 2017, last updated 12 Oct 2017

This IBM Redbooks® Product Guide gives an overview of the features and functions that are available with the IBM DS8880 models running microcode Release 8.3 (License Machine Code 7.8.3x.xxx). 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 Enterprise ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Virtualize Considerations for PCI-DSS Compliance
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 3 Oct 2017

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) is the global information security standard for organizations that process, store, or transmit data with any of the major credit card brands. More and more organizations are looking for compliance with this standard. This IBM® Redpaper™ describes how the features and functions of IBM Spectrum™ Virtualize help organizations towards compliance of their IT infrastructure on relevant areas of the PCI-DSS standard. IBM Spectrum Virtualize™ is the software common to all IBM Storwize® products such as IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC), IBM ... [more]


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Digital Transformation with IBM Application Discovery
Application Platform

Redpaper, published 28 Sep 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes how IBM Application Discovery (AD) complements IBM z/OS® Connect Enterprise Edition and IBM Developer for z Systems® in making older mainframe applications available to the digital world. By using a sample scenario, this publication primarily focuses on how the functionality of AD can be used to discover application programming interface (API) candidates and how z/OS Connect can easily create an API out of the mainframe program. It also describes how IBM Developer for z Systems acts as the tool that links the entire ... [more]


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IBM Power System S822LC for High Performance Computing Introduction and Technical Overview
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 26 Oct 2016, last updated 28 Sep 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a comprehensive guide that covers the IBM Power System™ S822LC for High Performance Computing (HPC) server (8335-GTB model). The S822LC for HPC server is designed for high-performance computing applications that support the Linux operating system and high-performance data analytics, the enterprise data center, and accelerated cloud deployments. This paper introduces the major innovative S822LC for HPC server features and their relevant functions:

  • Powerful IBM POWER8® processors that offer 16 cores at 3.259 GHz with 3.857 GHz turbo ... [more]


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IBM Copy Services Manager Implementation Guide
Disk storage

Redbooks, published 28 Sep 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides an overview of IBM Copy Services Manager (CSM) for IBM Z and open systems, and documents a set of scenarios for using IBM Copy Services manager to automate and manage replication tasks based on IBM Storage. This book reviews and explains the usage of copy services functions and describes how these functions are implemented in IBM Copy Services Manager. IBM Copy Services Manager key concepts, architecture, session types and usage, and new functionality as of IBM Copy Services Manager version 6.1 are also ... [more]


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Zero to Cognitive
Analytics

Course, published 27 Sep 2017

This video series lets anyone get started easily with IBM Bluemix and the IBM Watson services, developed and presented by IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO Bob Dill. This twelve part video series lets you learn how to build cognitive applications using the IBM Bluemix Cloud.


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IBM z14 Configuration Setup
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 25 Sep 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps you install, configure, and maintain the IBM z14. The z14 offers new functions that require a comprehensive understanding of the available configuration options. This book presents configuration setup scenarios, and describes implementation examples in detail. This publication is intended for systems engineers, hardware planners, and anyone who needs to understand IBM Z configuration and implementation. Readers should be generally familiar with current IBM Z technology and terminology. For more information about the functions of the z14, see IBM z14 ... [more]


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IBM DS8870 Architecture and Implementation (Release 7.5)
Disk storage

Redbooks, published 2 Jul 2015, last updated 19 Sep 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the concepts, architecture, and implementation of the IBM DS8870. The WhitepaperRedpaperbook provides reference information to assist readers who need to plan for, install, and configure the DS8870. The IBM DS8870 is the most advanced model in the IBM DS8000® series and is equipped with IBM POWER7+™ based controllers. Various configuration options are available that scale from dual 2-core systems up to dual 16-core systems with up to 1 TB of cache. The DS8870 features an integrated High-Performance Flash Enclosure (HPFE) with flash cards that can ... [more]


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IBM Db2 12 for z/OS Performance Topics
Information Management

Redbooks, published 19 Sep 2017

Db2 12 for IBM z/OS® delivers several significant business values, such as cost reductions, scalability improvement, and improved application enablement for cloud and mobile environment. Db2 12 also introduces a foundation of continuous delivery. In continuous delivery, new capabilities and enhancements, including performance features, are delivered through function levels without waiting for a new release. Function levels 100 and 500 activate the initial set of enhancements and capabilities in Db2 12. For migration from Db2 11, most new capabilities become available in Db2 12 only after the ... [more]


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High Availability for Oracle Database with IBM PowerHA SystemMirror and IBM Spectrum Virtualize HyperSwap
Storage Software

Redpaper, published 7 Sep 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the use of the IBM Spectrum™ Virtualize HyperSwap® function to provide a high availability (HA) storage infrastructure for Oracle databases across metro distances, using the IBM SAN Volume Controller. The HyperSwap function is available on all IBM storage technologies that use IBM Spectrum Virtualize™ software, which include the IBM SAN Volume Controller, IBM Storwize® V5000, IBM Storwize V7000, IBM FlashSystem® V9000, and IBM Spectrum Virtualize as software. This paper focuses on the functional behavior of HyperSwap when subjected to various ... [more]


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IBM Power System S822LC for Big Data: Technical Overview and Introduction
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 6 Dec 2016, last updated 29 Aug 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a comprehensive guide that covers the IBM Power System S822LC for Big Data (8001-22C) server that uses the latest IBM POWER8® processor technology and supports Linux operating systems (OSs). The objective of this paper is to introduce the Power S822LC for Big Data offerings and their relevant functions as related to targeted application workloads. The new Linux scale-out systems provide differentiated performance, scalability, and low acquisition cost, including:

  • Consolidated server footprint with up to 66% more virtual machines (VMs) per ... [more]


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IBM Power System S821LC Technical Overview and Introduction
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 1 Dec 2016, last updated 29 Aug 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a comprehensive guide that covers the IBM Power System S821LC (8001-12C) server that uses the latest IBM POWER8® processor technology and supports the Linux operating system (OS). The Power S821LC server is designed to maximize data center floor space with its dense 1U server design, which helps to reduce infrastructure cost. The Power S821LC server delivers superior performance and exceptional throughput for data center and cloud workloads that require dense virtualization, open source database deployment, and high-performance computing applications. The ... [more]


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Using IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management with IBM FlashSystem A9000 or A9000R and SAP HANA
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 8 Aug 2017, last updated 29 Aug 2017

Data is the currency of the new economy, and organizations are increasingly tasked with finding better ways to protect, recover, access, share, and use it. IBM Spectrum™ Copy Data Management is aimed at using existing data in a manner that is efficient, automated, scalable. It helps you manage all of those snapshot and IBM FlashCopy® images made to support DevOps, data protection, disaster recovery, and Hybrid Cloud computing environments. This IBM® Redpaper™ publication specifically addresses IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management in combination with IBM FlashSystem® A9000 or A9000R when used ... [more]


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Introduction to CICS
z Systems Software

Course, published 28 Aug 2017

Without knowing it, you’ve probably interacted with CICS already today. Perhaps you checked your bank balance or bought a bagel for breakfast? CICS is used by enterprises to provide the services that the world depends on, but you may have never even heard of it before.   This course introduces CICS, an unparalleled mixed language application server. We explore what an application server is, what it provides to developers and what distinguishes CICS as a mixed language application server. Through the use of a illustrative application, we explain how CICS can provide shared programming ... [more]


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IBM TS3100 and TS3200 Tape Libraries
Tape storage

Web Doc, published 30 Jun 2016, last updated 15 Aug 2017

The IBM® TS3100 and TS3200 tape libraries are well-suited for handling the backup, restore, and archive data-storage needs for small-to-medium environments. They are designed to use Linear Tape-Open (LTO) technology to cost effectively handle growing storage requirements.


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Understanding IBM Db2 Restore
Analytics

Web Doc, published 10 Aug 2017

Creating regular backups is a critical step to recovering from a disaster. Restoring the database is arguably the most important and time-critical portion of the backup and restore process. This IBM® Redbooks® web doc describes the following elements that are critical to a successful restore process:

  • The process model
  • Restore to existing and non-existing databases
  • Restore individual table spaces
  • Restore a subset of table spaces to a new database
  • Change the database path
  • Change the container path
  • Considerations for the Database Partitioning ... [more]


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IBM Power Systems HMC Implementation and Usage Guide
Power Systems

Redbooks, published 26 Apr 2016, last updated 10 Aug 2017

The IBM® Hardware Management Console (HMC) provides to systems administrators a tool for planning, deploying, and managing IBM Power Systems™ servers. This IBM Redbooks® publication is an extension of IBM Power Systems HMC Implementation and Usage Guide, SG24-7491 and also merges updated information from IBM Power Systems Hardware Management Console: Version 8 Release 8.1.0 Enhancements, SG24-8232. It explains the new features of IBM Power Systems Hardware Management Console Version V8.8.1.0 through V8.8.4.0. The major functions that the HMC provides are Power Systems server hardware ... [more]


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VersaStack Solution for File Storage Using IBM Storwize V5030 and Windows Server 2016
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 7 Aug 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication can help you understand how to implement VersaStack with IBM Storwize® V5030 and Microsoft Windows Server 2016 for file storage. This is one of two solutions, powered by IBM Spectrum™ Virtualize, that will replace the Storwize V7000 Unified.


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POWER8 High-performance Computing Guide IBM Power System S822LC (8335-GTB) Edition
Power Systems

Redbooks, published 14 May 2017, last updated 4 Aug 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® publication documents and addresses topics to provide step-by-step customizable application and programming solutions to tune application and workloads to use IBM Power Systems™ hardware architecture. This publication explores, tests, and documents the solution to use the architectural technologies and the software solutions that are available from IBM to help solve challenging technical and business problems. This publication also demonstrates and documents that the combination of IBM high-performance computing (HPC) solutions (hardware and software) delivers ... [more]


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Governing Operational Decisions in an Enterprise Scalable Way
Application Integration

Redbooks, published 2 Aug 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® publication introduces operational decision governance and describes in detail how to implement it using the IBM Operational Decision Manager (ODM) platform. ODM allows businesses to automate and manage day-to-day operational decisions. It provides an integrated repository and management components for line-of-business, subject-matter experts to directly participate in the definition and governance of rules-based decision logic, organized in decision services. Governance of changes to decision services is of particular importance and value. This book describes how ... [more]


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Monitoring Overview for IBM Spectrum Scale and IBM Elastic Storage Server
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 28 Jul 2017

IBM® Spectrum Scale is software-defined storage for high-performance, large-scale workloads. IBM Spectrum™ Scale (formerly IBM General parallel file system or GPFS) is a scalable data and file management solution that provides a global namespace for large data sets along with several enterprise features. IBM Spectrum Scale™ is used in clustered environments and provides file protocol (POSIX, NFS, and SMB) and object protocol (Swift and S3) access methods. IBM Elastic Storage™ Server (ESS) is a software-defined storage system that is built upon proven IBM Power Systems™, IBM Spectrum ... [more]


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IBM Power Systems E870 and E880 Technical Overview and Introduction
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 23 Dec 2014, last updated 25 Jul 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a comprehensive guide covering the IBM Power System E870 (9119-MME) and IBM Power System E880 (9119-MHE) servers that support IBM AIX®, IBM i, and Linux operating systems. The objective of this paper is to introduce the major innovative Power E870 and Power E880 offerings and their relevant functions:

  • The new IBM POWER8 processor, available at frequencies of 4.024 GHz, 4.190 GHz, and 4.350 GHz.
  • Up to 16 TB of memory in the E870 and 32 TB in the E880
  • Significantly strengthened cores and larger caches
  • Two integrated memory ... [more]


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Fabric Vision Technology
Storage Networking

Product Guide, published 11 Oct 2016, last updated 25 Jul 2017

This IBM® Redbooks product guide describes Fabric Vision technology. The use of virtualization, flash storage, and automation tools has allowed applications and services to be deployed faster while shattering performance barriers. The unprecedented number of application and service interactions has also increased the complexity, risk, and instability of mission-critical operations. As a result, IT organizations need flexible storage networks that can adapt to dynamic environments and performance requirements for high-density virtualization, flash storage, and cloud infrastructures. To ... [more]


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IBM Storage Networking SAN64B-6 Switch
Storage Networking

Product Guide, published 11 Oct 2016, last updated 24 Jul 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® product guide describes the IBM Storage Networking SAN64B-6 switch. cloud infrastructures and growing flash-based storage environments by delivering market-leading Gen 6 Fibre Channel technology and capabilities. SAN64B-6 delivers unmatched 32/128 gigabits per second (Gbps) performance, industry-leading port density, and built-in instrumentation to accelerates data access, drive always-on business, and support data center consolidation in small to large-scale enterprise ... [more]


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IBM Db2: Investigating Automatic Storage Table Spaces and Data Skew
Analytics

Redpaper, published 17 Jul 2017, last updated 20 Jul 2017

The scope of this IBM® Redpaper™ publication is to provide a high-level overview of automatic storage table spaces, table space maps, table space extent maps, and physically unbalanced data across automatic storage table space containers (that is, data skew). The objective of this paper is to investigate causes of data skew and make suggestions for how to resolve it. This paper is for Database Administrators (DBAs) of IBM Db2®; the DBAs should have general Db2 knowledge and skills. The environment used for the creation of this document is Db2 Version 11.1, and an IBM AIX® operating system. ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Accelerate Deployment, Usage, and Maintenance
Software Defined Storage

Redbooks, published 19 Jul 2017

This edition applies to IBM® Spectrum Accelerate V11.5.4. IBM Spectrum Accelerate™, a member of IBM Spectrum Storage™, is an agile, software-defined storage solution for enterprise and cloud that builds on the customer-proven and mature IBM XIV® storage software. The key characteristic of Spectrum Accelerate is that it can be easily deployed and run on purpose-built or existing hardware that is chosen by the customer. IBM Spectrum Accelerate enables rapid deployment of high-performance and scalable block data storage infrastructure over commodity hardware on-premises or off-premises. This ... [more]


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IBM HTTP Server on z/OS: Migrating from Domino-powered to Apache-powered
IBM Z

Redpaper, published 31 Oct 2016, last updated 13 Jul 2017

Users of IBM® z/OS® for the past several years had a choice of two HTTP Servers that they can use. Now, one server became strategic while the other is no longer supported with z/OS V2.2. IHS powered by Apache supports IPv6 and 64-bit execution and includes security authentication and authorization capabilities that are similar to those capabilities that are provided in IHS powered by IBM Domino®. This IBM Redpaper™ publication is aimed at technicians who are responsible for planning and deploying system software. It provides informationon about the various features that are available in IBM ... [more]


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DB2 12 for z/OS Technical Overview and Highlights
Information Management

Product Guide, published 30 Jun 2017, last updated 12 Jul 2017

This paper provides a high-level overview of the functions, features, and improvements that were introduced in IBM DB2® 12 for z/OS®. These businesses gain a competitive advantage, improve business efficiency and effectiveness, and discover business insights from their existing data. The paper is intended for DB2 system administrators, database administrators, and application programmers, but might also be of interest to IT managers and executives. A more detailed description of DB2 12 is available in IBM DB2 12 for z/OS Technical Overview, SG24-8383. The purpose of this paper is to provide ... [more]


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IBM Power System E850C Technical Overview and Introduction
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 27 Oct 2016, last updated 12 Jul 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a comprehensive guide that covers the IBM Power System™ E850C (8408-44E) server that supports IBM AIX®, and Linux operating systems. The objective of this paper is to introduce the major innovative Power E850C offerings and their relevant functions. The Power E850C server (8408-44E) is the latest enhancement to the Power Systems portfolio. It offers an improved 4-socket 4U system that delivers faster IBM POWER8® processors up to 4.22 GHz, with up to 4 TB of DDR4 memory, built-in IBM PowerVM® virtualization, and capacity on demand. It also integrates cloud ... [more]


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IBM Power Systems S812L and S822L Technical Overview and Introduction
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 11 Aug 2014, last updated 12 Jul 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a comprehensive guide covering the IBM Power System S812L (8247-21L) and IBM Power System S822L (8247-22L) servers that support the Linux operating system (OS). The objective of this paper is to introduce the major innovative Power S812L and Power S822L offerings and their relevant functions:

  • The new IBM POWER8™ processor, available at frequencies of 3.02 GHz, and 3.42 GHz
  • Significantly strengthened cores and larger caches
  • Two integrated memory controllers with improved latency and bandwidth
  • Integrated I/O subsystem and ... [more]


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IBM Power System S822 Technical Overview and Introduction
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 11 Aug 2014, last updated 12 Jul 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a comprehensive guide covering the IBM Power System S822 (8284-22A) server that supports the IBM AIX® and Linux operating systems (OSes) running on bare metal, and the IBM i OS running under the VIOS. The objective of this paper is to introduce the major innovative Power S822 offerings and their relevant functions:

  • The new IBM POWER8™ processor, which is available at frequencies of 3.42 GHz, and 3.89 GHz
  • Significantly strengthened cores and larger caches
  • Two integrated memory controllers with improved latency and bandwidth ... [more]


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Data-at-rest Encryption for the IBM Spectrum Accelerate Family
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 11 Jul 2017

With the ever-growing landscape of national, state, and local regulations, industry requirements, and increased security threats, ensuring the protection of an organization's information is a key part of operating a successful business. Encrypting data-at-rest is a key element when addressing these concerns. Most storage products offer encryption at an additional cost. The IBM® Spectrum Accelerate family, which includes IBM XIV® Storage System, IBM FlashSystem® A9000, IBM FlashSystem A9000R system(s), and IBM Spectrum™ Accelerate Software provides data-at-rest encryption at no charge. ... [more]


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Setting Up IBM Data Server Manager as a Highly Available Service
Analytics

Web Doc, published 11 Jul 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® web doc describes how to build, configure, and deploy IBM Data Server Manager as a high availability (HA) service on a Linux system. Data Server Manager runs on an HA cluster that includes one master node and one backup node. If Data Server Manager stops running on one of the nodes, the other instance of Data Server Manager starts to ensure that the Data Server Manager service is always available. Critical configuration and user data for Data Server Manager are continuously synchronized between the two Data Server Manager nodes. This web doc guides you through building a ... [more]


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IBM Power System S824L Technical Overview and Introduction
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 16 Dec 2014, last updated 10 Jul 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a comprehensive guide that covers the IBM Power System S824L (8247-42L) server that supports the Linux operating systems. The objective of this paper is to introduce the major innovative Power S824L offerings and their relevant functions:

  • The new IBM POWER8™ processor, which is available at frequencies of 3.02 GHz and 3.42 GHz
      A processor that is designed to accommodate high-wattage adapters, such as NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs), that provide acceleration for scientific, engineering, Java, big data analytics, and other ... [more]


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IBM Power Systems S814 and S824 Technical Overview and Introduction
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 11 Aug 2014, last updated 10 Jul 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a comprehensive guide covering the IBM Power System S814 (8286-41A) and IBM Power System S824 (8286-42A) servers that support IBM AIX®, IBM i, and Linux operating systems. The objective of this paper is to introduce the major innovative Power S814 and Power S824 offerings and their relevant functions:

  • The new IBM POWER8™ processor, available at frequencies of 3.02 GHz, 3.52 GHz, 3.72 GHz, 3.89 GHz, and 4.15 GHz
  • Significantly strengthened cores and larger caches
  • Two integrated memory controllers with improved latency and bandwidth ... [more]


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Configuring your Browser for trusted HTTPS Connections to IBM Content Navigator and Box
Analytics

Web Doc, published 30 Jun 2017

When integrating a Box repository with IBM® Content Navigator, it is necessary to connect to IBM Content Navigator and Box with a secure HTTPS connection.


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How to Successfully Integrate IBM Content Navigator with Box
Analytics

Web Doc, published 29 Jun 2017

To successfully add a Box repository to an instance of IBM® Content Navigator there are many prerequisites that must be met, and some configuration steps that are not immediately obvious and currently not included in the IBM Content Navigator documentation.


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DB2 12 for z Optimizer
Information Management

Redpaper, published 28 Jun 2017

There has been a considerable focus on performance improvements as one of the main themes in recent IBM DB2® releases, and DB2 12 for IBM z/OS® is certainly no exception. With the high-value data retained on DB2 for z/OS and the z Systems platform, customers are increasingly attempting to extract value from that data for competitive advantage. Although customers have historically moved data off platform to gain insight, the landscape has changed significantly and allowed z Systems to again converge operational systems with analytics for real-time insight. Business-critical analytics is now ... [more]


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Implementing OpenStack SwiftHLM with IBM Spectrum Archive EE or IBM Spectrum Protect for Space Management
Cloud

Redpaper, published 7 Jun 2017, last updated 27 Jun 2017

The Swift High Latency Media project seeks to create a high-latency storage back end that makes it easier for users to perform bulk operations of data tiering within a Swift data ring. In today’s world, data is produced at significantly higher rates than a decade ago. The storage and data management solutions of the past can no longer keep up with the data demands of today. The policies and structures that decide and execute how that data is used, discarded, or retained determines how efficiently the data is used. The need for intelligent data management and storage is more critical now ... [more]


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Enabling LDAP for IBM FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R with Microsoft Active Directory
Flash storage

Redpaper, published 21 Dec 2016, last updated 26 Jun 2017

** Updated on May 1st, 2017 ** You can enable user authentication for IBM® FlashSystem A9000 and FlashSystem A9000R for use with Microsoft Windows Active Directory (AD). AD is Microsoft Windows implementation of the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP). The benefits of an LDAP-based centralized user management can be substantial when you consider the size and complexity of the overall IT environment. Maintaining local user credential repositories is straightforward and convenient when you work with only a few users and a few storage systems. However, as the number of users and ... [more]


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Building Cognitive Applications with IBM Watson Services: Volume 1 Getting Started
Watson

Redbooks, published 23 Jun 2017

The Building Cognitive Applications with IBM Watson Services series is a seven-volume collection that introduces IBM® Watson™ cognitive computing services. The series includes an overview of specific IBM Watson® services with their associated architectures and simple code examples. Each volume describes how you can use and implement these services in your applications through practical use cases. The series includes the following volumes:

  • Volume 1 Getting Started, SG24-8387
  • Volume 2 Conversation, SG24-8394
  • Volume 3 Visual ... [more]


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IBM z/OS DFSMShsm Primer
z Systems Software

Redbooks, published 9 Sep 2015, last updated 21 Jun 2017

DFSMShsm provides storage management to help you optimize resources, improve efficiency, direct access storage device (DASD) space, and systems availability. It works with Data Facility Storage Management Subsystem (DFSMS) closely to manage your data through data set migration and recall, and data set backup and recovery. With DFSMShsm, you can automate your storage management tasks, improving productivity by effectively managing the storage devices. This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides technical storage specialists and storage administrators with basic DFSMShsm knowledge for ... [more]


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IBM DB2 Web Query for i: The Nuts and Bolts
Power Systems

Redbooks, published 14 Apr 2017, last updated 19 Jun 2017

Business Intelligence (BI) is a broad term that relates to applications that analyze data to understand and act on the key metrics that drive profitability in an enterprise. Key to analyzing that data is providing fast, easy access to it while delivering it in formats or tools that best fit the needs of the user. At the core of any BI solution are user query and reporting tools that provide intuitive access to data supporting a spectrum of users from executives to “power users,” from spreadsheet aficionados to the external Internet consumer. IBM® DB2® Web Query for i offers a set of ... [more]


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IBM PowerVC Version 1.3.2 Introduction and Configuration
Power Systems

Redbooks, published 4 Jan 2017, last updated 12 Jun 2017

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. IBM PowerVC Version 1.3.2 supports both large and small deployments, either by managing IBM PowerVM® that is controlled by the Hardware Management Console (HMC) by IBM PowerVM NovaLink, or by managing PowerKVM directly. With this capability, IBM PowerVC can manage IBM AIX®, IBM i, and Linux workloads that run on IBM POWER® ... [more]


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IBM PowerVM Virtualization Introduction and Configuration
Power Systems

Redbooks, published 18 Jun 2013, last updated 9 Jun 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides an introduction to PowerVM™ virtualization technologies on Power System servers. PowerVM is a combination of hardware, firmware, and software that provides CPU, network, and disk virtualization. These are the main virtualization technologies: POWER7, POWER6, and POWER5 hardware POWER Hypervisor Virtual I/O Server Though the PowerVM brand includes partitioning, management software, and other offerings, this publication focuses on the virtualization technologies that are part of the PowerVM Standard and Enterprise Editions. This publication is also ... [more]


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Building Cognitive Applications with IBM Watson Services: Volume 7 Natural Language Understanding
Watson

Redbooks, published 2 Jun 2017

The Building Cognitive Applications with IBM Watson Services series is a seven-volume collection that introduces IBM® Watson™ cognitive computing services. The series includes an overview of specific IBM Watson® services with their associated architectures and simple code examples. Each volume describes how you can use and implement these services in your applications through practical use cases. The series includes the following volumes:

  • Volume 1 Getting Started, SG24-8387
  • Volume 2 Conversation, SG24-8394
  • Volume 3 Visual ... [more]


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Tools and Solutions for Modernizing Your IBM i Applications
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 26 Sep 2014, last updated 31 May 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a companion to the Modernize IBM i Applications from the Database up to the User Interface and Everything in Between, SG24-8185 IBM Redbooks® publication. It describes independent software vendor (ISV) and Business Partner tools that can be used to modernize your IBM i applications. It includes the following types of tools:

  • Mobile, web, and client solutions
  • Database modernization tools
  • Security
  • Tools for understanding and modernizing RPG and COBOL ... [more]


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Modernizing IBM i Applications from the Database up to the User Interface and Everything in Between
Power Systems

Redbooks, published 27 Jun 2014, last updated 31 May 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® publication is focused on melding industry preferred practices with the unique needs of the IBM i community and providing a holistic view of modernization. This book covers key trends for application structure, user interface, data access, and the database. Modernization is a broad term when applied to applications. It is more than a single event. It is a sequence of actions. But even more, it is a process of rethinking how to approach the creation and maintenance of applications. There are tangible deliveries when it comes to modernization, the most notable being a ... [more]


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Building Cognitive Applications with IBM Watson Services: Volume 6 Speech to Text and Text to Speech
Watson

Redbooks, published 26 May 2017, last updated 26 May 2017

The Building Cognitive Applications with IBM Watson Services series is a seven-volume collection that introduces IBM® Watson™ cognitive computing services. The series includes an overview of specific IBM Watson® services with their associated architectures and simple code examples. Each volume describes how you can use and implement these services in your applications through practical use cases. The series includes the following volumes:

  • Volume 1 Getting Started, SG24-8387
  • Volume 2 Conversation, SG24-8394
  • Volume 3 Visual ... [more]


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Building Cognitive Applications with IBM Watson Services: Volume 4 Natural Language Classifier
Watson

Redbooks, published 25 May 2017

The Building Cognitive Applications with IBM Watson Services series is a seven-volume collection that introduces IBM® Watson™ cognitive computing services. The series includes an overview of specific IBM Watson® services with their associated architectures and simple code examples. Each volume describes how you can use and implement these services in your applications through practical use cases. The series includes the following volumes:

  • Volume 1 Getting Started, SG24-8387
  • Volume 2 Conversation, SG24-8394
  • Volume 3 Visual ... [more]


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Building Cognitive Applications with IBM Watson Services: Volume 5 Language Translator
Watson

Redbooks, published 25 May 2017

The Building Cognitive Applications with IBM Watson Services series is a seven-volume collection that introduces IBM® Watson™ cognitive computing services. The series includes an overview of specific IBM Watson® services with their associated architectures and simple code examples. Each volume describes how you can use and implement these services in your applications through practical use cases. The series includes the following volumes:

  • Volume 1 Getting Started, SG24-8387
  • Volume 2 Conversation, SG24-8394
  • Volume 3 Visual ... [more]


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A Deployment Guide for IBM Spectrum Scale Unified File and Object Storage
Cloud

Redpaper, published 14 Feb 2017, last updated 24 May 2017

Because of the explosion of unstructured data that is generated by individuals and organizations, a new storage paradigm that is called object storage has been developed. Object storage stores data in a flat namespace that scales to trillions of objects. The design of object storage also simplifies how users access data, supporting new types of applications and allowing users to access data by using various methods, including mobile devices and web applications. Data distribution and management are also simplified, allowing greater collaboration across the globe. OpenStack Swift ... [more]


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Building Cognitive Applications with IBM Watson Services: Volume 2 Conversation
Watson

Redbooks, published 24 May 2017, last updated 24 May 2017

The Building Cognitive Applications with IBM Watson Services series is a seven-volume collection that introduces IBM® Watson™ cognitive computing services. The series includes an overview of specific IBM Watson® services with their associated architectures and simple code examples. Each volume describes how you can use and implement these services in your applications through practical use cases. The series includes the following volumes:

  • Volume 1 Getting Started, SG24-8387
  • Volume 2 Conversation, SG24-8394
  • Volume 3 Visual ... [more]


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Building Cognitive Applications with IBM Watson Services: Volume 3 Visual Recognition
Watson

Redbooks, published 22 May 2017

The Building Cognitive Applications with IBM Watson Services series is a seven-volume collection that introduces IBM® Watson cognitive computing services. The series includes an overview of specific Watson services with their associated architectures and simple code examples. Each volume describes how you can use and implement these services in your applications through practical use cases. The series includes the following volumes:

  • Volume 1 Getting Started, SG24-8387
  • Volume 2 Conversation, SG24-8394
  • Volume 3 Visual ... [more]


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Implementing IBM Spectrum Virtualize software only
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 19 May 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication provides a broad understanding of IBM Spectrum Virtualize™ software only and how it fits into to the IBM SAN Volume Control and IBM Storwize® families. It also provides use cases for cloud, Cloud Service Provider (CSP), and Managed Service Provider (MSP) implementations. This publication helps storage and networking administrators install, tailor, and configure IBM Spectrum Virtualize software only. It also provides a detailed description of supported hardware and troubleshooting tips. In April 2017, this paper was updated to include information about ... [more]


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Cisco MDS 9718 Multilayer Director for IBM Storage Networking
Storage Networking

Product Guide, published 25 Oct 2016, last updated 15 May 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide describes the Cisco MDS 9718 Multilayer Director for IBM Storage Networking (9710-E16). The MDS 9718 has the industry’s highest port density for a storage area network (SAN) director and features 768 line-rate 32 gigabits per second (Gbps) or 16 Gbps Fibre Channel ports. Designed to support multiprotocol workloads, MDS 9718 enables SAN consolidation and collapsed-core solutions for large enterprises, which reduces the number of managed switches and leads to easy-to-manage deployments. The MDS 9718 supports the 48-Port 32 Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module, ... [more]


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Extending a CICS web application using JCICS
z Systems Software

Course, published 15 May 2017

This course provides Java application developers with a step-by-step guide to CICS Java development, demonstrating how to access common CICS resources using the JCICS API. Topics covered include:

  • Fundamentals of using the JCICS API
  • Using JZOS to map native record-based language structures to Java data types
  • Communicating with other CICS programs using a COMMAREA
  • LINKing to a Java application deployed in Liberty
  • Accessing CICS resources, including VSAM and temporary storage queues
  • Managing the CICS unit of work scope in Java
  • Handling errors in Java
... [more]


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IBM PowerHA SystemMirror for i: Using Geographic Mirroring (Volume 4 of 4)
Power Systems

Redbooks, published 31 May 2016, last updated 15 May 2017

IBM® PowerHA® SystemMirror® for i is the IBM high-availability (HA), disk-based clustering solution for the IBM i operating system. When PowerHA for i is combined with IBM i clustering technology, PowerHA for i delivers a complete HA and disaster-recovery (DR) solution for business applications that are running in an IBM i environment. Use PowerHA for i to support HA capabilities with either native disk storage, IBM DS8000® storage servers, or IBM Storwize® storage servers. This IBM Redbooks® publication helps you to install, tailor, and configure IBM PowerHA SystemMirror for i to use with ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Computing Solutions
Spectrum Computing

Redbooks, published 12 May 2017

This IBM® Spectrum Computing Solutions Redbooks® publication is a follow-up book to update each of the available offerings that are part of the IBM portfolio of Cloud, analytics, technical computing, and high-performance computing (HPC) solutions for our clients. This publication delivers descriptions of the available offerings from IBM Spectrum™ Computing (formerly IBM Platform Computing) that address challenges for our clients in each industry. We include a few implementation and testing scenarios with selected solutions. This publication helps strengthen the position of IBM Spectrum ... [more]


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Migration to CICS Transaction Server for z/VSE V2.1
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 10 May 2017

The IBM® CICS® Transaction Server for z/VSE® (CICS TS for z/VSE) 2.1 provides functions to improve application programming, system programming, system management, and data security and availability. With CICS TS for z/VSE 2.1, you can use the extended functionality of Basic Security Manager. CICS TS for z/VSE 2.1 can be administrated by the IBM CICS Explorer® function on a workstation, which allows CICS management in a convenient way. This IBM Redbooks® publication provides information to help you install, tailor, and configure the CICS TS for z/VSE 2.1 product. The book is intended for IBM ... [more]


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Deliver Modern UI for IBM BPM with the Coach Framework and Other Approaches
Application Integration

Redbooks, published 21 Oct 2016, last updated 8 May 2017

IBM® Coach Framework is a key component of the IBM Business Process Manager (BPM) platform that enables custom user interfaces to be easily embedded within business process solutions. Developer tools enable process authors to rapidly create a compelling user experience (UI) that can be delivered to desktop and mobile devices. IBM Process Portal, used by business operations to access, execute, and manage tasks, is entirely coach-based and can easily be configured and styled. A corporate look and feel can be defined using a graphical theme editor and applied consistently across all process ... [more]


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IBM Storage and the NVM Express Revolution
Flash storage

Point-of-View, published 4 May 2017

With the increasing maturity and wider adoption of flash-based storage in data centers, the broader industry has recognized the need for standardized, efficient protocols and interfaces that are optimized for low-latency, performance-dense storage media (such as flash) and upcoming non-volatile memory technologies. This IBM Redbooks® Point-of-View publication presents important aspects of the NVM Express (NVMe) protocol and its different flavors as well as the new paradigm for storage access that it enables. It discusses the implications of the NVMe protocol for the enterprise storage ... [more]


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IBM z Systems Qualified DWDM Ciena 6500 Packet-Optical Platform Platform Release 10.21
IBM Z

Redpaper, published 3 May 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is one in a series that describes IBM z Systems® qualified dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) vendor products for IBM Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex™ (IBM GDPS®) solutions with Server Time Protocol (STP). The protocols that are described in this paper are used for IBM supported solutions that require cross-site connectivity of a multisite Parallel Sysplex or remote copy technologies, which can include GDPS and non GDPS applications. GDPS qualification testing is conducted at the IBM Vendor Solutions Connectivity (VSC) Lab in ... [more]


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IBM Power System E850 Technical Overview and Introduction
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 17 Jun 2015, last updated 25 Apr 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a comprehensive guide covering the IBM Power System E850 (8408-E8E) server that supports IBM AIX®, and Linux operating systems. The objective of this paper is to introduce the major innovative Power E850 offerings and their relevant functions:

  • The new IBM POWER8™ processor, available at frequencies of 3.02 GHz, 3.35 GHz, and 3.72 GHz
  • Significantly strengthened cores and larger caches
  • Two integrated memory controllers with improved latency and bandwidth
  • Integrated I/O subsystem and hot-pluggable PCIe Gen3 I/O slots
  • I/O ... [more]


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IBM GDPS Family: An introduction to Concepts and Capabilities
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 17 Apr 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® publication presents an overview of the IBM Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex™ (IBM GDPS®) offerings and the roles they play in delivering a business IT resilience solution. The book begins with general concepts of business IT resilience and disaster recovery, along with issues related to high application availability, data integrity, and performance. These topics are considered within the framework of government regulation, increasing application and infrastructure complexity, and the competitive and rapidly changing modern business environment. Next, it ... [more]


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IBM DB2 Web Query for i Tutorials
Power Systems

Redbooks, published 13 Apr 2017

Note: Please see the related blog post for information on future updates of this IBM Redbooks publication. https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/blogs/PowerSystemsRedbooks/entry/IBM_DB2_Web_Query_for_i_New_Materials?lang=en Business Intelligence (BI) is a broad term relating to applications designed to analyze data for purposes of understanding and acting on the key metrics that drive profitability in an enterprise. Essential to analyzing that data is providing fast, easy access to it while delivering it in formats or tools that best fit the needs of the end user. At the core of any ... [more]


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IBM TS7700 Release 3.3
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 19 May 2016, last updated 11 Apr 2017

Note: The IBM TS7700 Release 4.0 Guide, SG24-8366 is available at: http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg248366.html IBM® TS7700 is a family of mainframe virtual tape solutions that optimize data protection and business continuance for IBM z Systems™ data. Through the use of virtualization and disk cache, the TS7700 family operates at disk speeds while maintaining compatibility with existing tape operations. Its fully integrated tiered storage hierarchy takes advantage of both disk and tape technologies to deliver performance for active data and best economics for inactive and archive ... [more]


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IBM Power System S812LC Technical Overview and Introduction
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 22 Dec 2015, last updated 10 Apr 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a comprehensive guide that covers the IBM Power System™ S812LC (8347-21C) servers that use the latest IBM POWER8® processor technology and supports the Linux operating system (OS). The objective of this paper is to introduce the major innovative Power S812LC offerings and their relevant functions:

  • Powerful POWER8 processors that offer 3.32 GHz or 2.92 GHz performance with eight or ten fully activated cores
  • Superior throughput and performance for high-value Linux workloads, such as Linux, Apache, MariaDB, and PHP (LAMP), Hadoop, Spark, ... [more]


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IBM z/OS V2R2 Communications Server TCP/IP Implementation: Volume 3 High Availability, Scalability, and Performance
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 15 Aug 2016, last updated 7 Apr 2017

For more than 50 years, IBM® mainframes have supported an extraordinary portion of the world's computing work, providing centralized corporate databases and mission-critical enterprise-wide applications. IBM z Systems™ platform, the latest generation of the IBM distinguished family of mainframe systems, has come a long way from its IBM System/360 heritage. Likewise, its IBM z/OS® operating system is far superior to its predecessors in providing, among many other capabilities, world-class and state-of-the-art support for the TCP/IP protocol suite. TCP/IP is a large and evolving collection of ... [more]


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IBM z/OS V2R1 Communications Server TCP/IP Implementation Volume 3: High Availability, Scalability, and Performance
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 17 Dec 2013, last updated 7 Apr 2017

For more than 40 years, IBM® mainframes have supported an extraordinary portion of the world's computing work, providing centralized corporate databases and mission-critical enterprise-wide applications. IBM System z®, the latest generation of the IBM distinguished family of mainframe systems, has come a long way from its IBM System/360 heritage. Likewise, its IBM z/OS® operating system is far superior to its predecessors in providing, among many other capabilities, world-class and state-of-the-art support for the TCP/IP Internet protocol suite. TCP/IP is a large and evolving collection of ... [more]


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Architecting Java solutions for CICS
z Systems Software

Course, published 3 Apr 2017

This course presents the compelling reasons for developing Java applications in CICS Transaction Server. The course covers the various usage models of Java applications in CICS, along with an explanation of the technologies involved.


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Employing Strategies for Optimizing your IBM POWER8 (and Earlier) Processor-based Systems
Power Systems

Solution Guide, published 8 May 2014, last updated 3 Apr 2017

Critical business needs can be met with more assurance in an optimized, well-tuned environment. This IBM® Redbooks® Solution Guide describes some of the strategies for optimizing and tuning application code to run on IBM POWER8™ and earlier processor-based systems (IBM Power Systems™). These strategies are drawn from performance optimization efforts across many types of code running on IBM AIX®, IBM i, and Linux®. The guidance ranges from simple to complex and is usable across a broad set of IBM POWER® processor chips and systems. Some of the techniques can be performed without extensive ... [more]


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Performance Optimization and Tuning Techniques for IBM Power Systems Processors Including IBM POWER8
Power Systems

Redbooks, published 28 Aug 2015, last updated 31 Mar 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® publication focuses on gathering the correct technical information, and laying out simple guidance for optimizing code performance on IBM POWER8® processor-based systems that run the IBM AIX®, IBM i, or Linux operating systems. There is straightforward performance optimization that can be performed with a minimum of effort and without extensive previous experience or in-depth knowledge. The POWER8 processor contains many new and important performance features, such as support for eight hardware threads in each core and support for transactional memory. The POWER8 ... [more]


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IBM Power System S822LC Technical Overview and Introduction
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 22 Dec 2015, last updated 30 Mar 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a comprehensive guide that covers the IBM Power System™ S822LC (8335-GCA and 8335-GTA) servers that use the latest IBM POWER8® processor technology and supports the Linux operating system (OS). The objective of this paper is to introduce the major innovative Power S822LC offerings and their relevant functions:

  • Powerful POWER8 processors that offer 3.32 GHz or 2.92 GHz performance with eight or ten fully activated cores
  • Superior throughput and performance for high-value Linux workloads, such as Linux, Apache, MariaDB, and PHP (LAMP), ... [more]


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IBM DS8870 Multiple Target Peer-to-Peer Remote Copy
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 24 Feb 2015, last updated 28 Mar 2017

Multiple Target Peer-to-Peer Remote Copy (MT-PPRC) was introduced with IBM® System Storage® DS8870 Version 7 Release 4 (License Machine Code 7.7.40.xx.xx). MT-PPRC provides the capability to have two PPRC relationships on a single primary volume. With this enhancement, there can be another target available to provide additional data protection to act as a backup if a disaster occurs. This IBM Redpaper™ publication provides practical information about the characteristics and functions of the IBM DS8000® Multiple Target Peer-to-Peer Remote Copy (MT-PPRC). The paper includes scenarios that ... [more]


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IBM Cloud Object Storage Concepts and Architecture: An Under-the-Hood Guide for IBM Cloud Object Storage
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 22 Mar 2017, last updated 24 Mar 2017

Object storage is the primary data resource used in the cloud, and it is also increasingly used for on-premise solutions. Object storage is growing for the following reasons:

  • It is designed for scale in many ways (multi-site, multi-tenant, massive amounts of data).
  • It is easy to use and yet meets the growing demands of enterprises for a broad expanse of applications and workloads.
  • It allows users to balance storage cost, location, and compliance control requirements across data sets and essential applications.
Due to its characteristics, object storage is ... [more]


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Cloud Object Storage as a Service: IBM Cloud Object Storage from Theory to Practice - For developers, IT architects and IT specialists
Cloud

Redbooks, published 17 Mar 2017, last updated 24 Mar 2017

The digital enterprise has resulted in an explosion of data, and data volumes are expected to grow in zettabyte scale in the next few years. This explosive growth is largely fueled by unstructured data, such as video, social media, photos, and text. IBM® Cloud Object Storage (previously known as Cleversafe®) provides organizations the flexibility, scalability, and simplicity required to store, manage, and access today's rapidly growing unstructured data. Cloud Object Storage (COS) provides access to your unstructured data via a self-service portal from anywhere in the world with RESTful ... [more]


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IBM z/OS V2R2 Communications Server TCP/IP Implementation: Volume 4 Security and Policy-Based Networking
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 17 Mar 2017, last updated 21 Mar 2017

For more than 50 years, IBM® mainframes have supported an extraordinary portion of the world's computing work, providing centralized corporate databases, and mission-critical enterprise-wide applications. IBM z® Systems, the latest generation of the IBM distinguished family of mainframe systems, has come a long way from its IBM System/360 heritage. Likewise, its IBM z/OS® operating system is far superior to its predecessors in providing, among many other capabilities, world-class and state-of-the-art support for the TCP/IP Internet protocol suite. TCP/IP is a large and evolving collection of ... [more]


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The Power of Cognitive Marketing: IBM Watson Marketing Insights

Redguide, published 16 Mar 2017

How do you keep the pulse of your customers today? Customers are leaving more clues than ever on what they want and need. However, the ability to get a singular view, observe trends and changes in behavior, and then respond proactively is not as simple as it seems. It can often feel like shooting at a moving target. IBM® Watson Marketing Insights provides marketing analysts with a dynamic view of customer behavior and the power of predictive insights without requiring analytics skills. Presented in an interactive visual format, marketers receive a daily feed of insights and prioritized ... [more]


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IBM CICS and Liberty: What You Need to Know
z Systems Software

Redbooks, published 15 Jan 2016, last updated 15 Mar 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® publication, intended for architects, application developers, and system programmers, describes how to design and implement Java web-based applications in an IBM CICS® Liberty JVM server. This book is based on IBM CICS Transaction Server V5.3 (CICS TS) using the embedded IBM WebSphere® Application Server Liberty V8.5.5 technology. Liberty is an asset to your organization, whether you intend to extend existing enterprise services hosted in CICS, or develop new web-based applications supporting new lines of business. Fundamentally, Liberty is a composable, dynamic profile ... [more]


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Microservices Best Practices for Java
Application Platform

Redbooks, published 7 Dec 2016, last updated 13 Mar 2017

Microservices is an architectural style in which large, complex software applications are composed of one or more smaller services. Each of these microservices focuses on completing one task that represents a small business capability. These microservices can be developed in any programming language. This IBM® Redbooks® publication covers Microservices best practices for Java. It focuses on creating cloud native applications using the latest version of IBM WebSphere® Application Server Liberty, IBM Bluemix® and other Open Source Frameworks in the Microservices ecosystem to highlight ... [more]


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Regain Control of your Environment with IBM Storage Insights
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 28 Aug 2015, last updated 4 Mar 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication introduces you to the new, cloud-based IBM Spectrum Control™ Storage Insights (IBM Storage Insights, for short) offering, which is designed for small and medium businesses and organizations who need to quickly understand what is happening in their storage environment without implementing complex tools. IBM Storage Insights can be set up in less than 5 minutes and provides actionable insights about your storage in less than 30 minutes. IBM Storage Insights is an off-premise software as a service (SaaS) offering that is offered through the IBM Service Engage ... [more]


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Enterprise Java Monitoring on z/OS with OMEGAMON: A Practical Guide to Managing JVM Performance on z/OS
z Systems Software

Redpaper, published 23 Feb 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication will help you install, tailor, and configure IBM OMEGAMON® for JVM on IBM z/OS®. You can use OMEGAMON to recognize and resolve problems in monitoring Java resources on z/OS, including within IBM CICS®, IBM IMS™, and z/OS Connect EE regions. A discussion on the growth of Java on z/OS is provided and explanation on the reasons why monitoring Java resources is critical to any modern z/OS environment.


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IBM Real Time Compression with IBM XIV Storage System Model 314
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 16 Feb 2016, last updated 22 Feb 2017

IBM® Real-time Compression™ is fully integrated in the IBM XIV® Storage System Gen3. Real-time Compression provides the possibility to store 2 - 5 times more data per XIV system, without additional hardware. This technology also expands the storage-replication-related bandwidth, and can significantly decrease the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Using compression for replication and for volume migration with IBM Hyper-Scale Mobility is faster and requires less bandwidth for the interlink connections between the XIV storage systems, because the data that is transferred through these links is ... [more]


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Implementing IBM Real-time Compression on the IBM XIV Storage System
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 23 Nov 2015, last updated 22 Feb 2017

IBM® Real-time Compression™ is fully integrated in the IBM XIV® Storage System Gen3 with software version 11.6. Real-time Compression provides the possibility to store 2 - 5 times more data per XIV system, without additional hardware. This technology also expands the storage-replication-related bandwidth, and can significantly decrease the total cost of ownership (TCO). Using compression for replication and for volume migration with IBM Hyper-Scale Mobility is faster, and requires less bandwidth for the interlink connections between the IBM XIV storage systems, because the data that is ... [more]


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Benefits of Configuring More Memory in the IBM z/OS Software Stack
IBM Z

Redpaper, published 21 Jan 2017, last updated 18 Feb 2017

Significant performance benefits can be realized by increasing the amount of memory that is assigned to various functions in the IBM® z/OS® software stack, operating system, and middleware products. IBM DB2® and IBM MQ buffer pools, dump services, and large page usage are just a few of the functions whose ease of use and performance can be improved when more memory is made available to them. The following benefits can realized:

  • Reduced I/O operations
  • Reduced CPU usage
  • Improved transaction response time
  • Potential cost reductions
Although the magnitude ... [more]


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IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller and Storwize V7000 Replication Family Services
Disk storage

Redbooks, published 29 Mar 2013, last updated 16 Feb 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the new features that have been added with the release of the IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller (SVC) and IBM System Storage Storwize® V7000 6.4.0 code, including Replication Family Services. Replication Family Services refers to the various copy services available on the SVC and Storwize V7000 including IBM FlashCopy®, Metro Mirror and Global Mirror, Global Mirror with Change Volumes, Volume Mirroring, and Stretched Cluster Volume Mirroring. The details behind the theory and practice of these services are examined, and SAN design suggestions ... [more]


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IBM Power Systems L and LC Server Positioning Guide
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 9 Dec 2016, last updated 16 Feb 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is written to assist you in locating the optimal server/workload fit within the IBM Power Systems™ L and IBM OpenPOWER LC product lines. IBM has announced several scale-out servers, and as a partner in the OpenPOWER organization, unique design characteristics that are engineered into the LC line have broadened the suite of available workloads beyond typical client OS hosting. This paper looks at the benefits of the Power Systems L servers and OpenPOWER LC servers, and how they are different, providing unique benefits for Enterprise workloads and use ... [more]


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Cloud Data Sharing with IBM Spectrum Scale
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 14 Feb 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication provides information to help you with the sizing, configuration, and monitoring of hybrid cloud solutions using the Cloud data sharing feature of IBM Spectrum Scale™. IBM Spectrum Scale, formerly IBM General Parallel File System (IBM GPFS™), is a scalable data and file management solution that provides a global namespace for large data sets along with several enterprise features. Cloud data sharing allows for the sharing and use of data between various cloud object storage types and IBM Spectrum Scale. Cloud data sharing can help with the movement of data ... [more]


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Developing a RESTful Web application for Liberty in CICS
z Systems Software

Course, published 13 Feb 2017

This course provides a step-by-step guide for creating a simple RESTful Java application, then deploying it into WebSphere Liberty running in IBM CICS Transaction Server. Topics covered include:

  • Concepts and terms used in Java and RESTful applications
  • Creating an environment suitable for developing Java applications for deployment into CICS
  • Configuring CICS to run Java applications in a Liberty JVM server
  • Developing the application, using supplied sample course materials
  • Deploying and testing the application in CICS
  • Extending the sample application in order to ... [more]


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IBM DS8880 Integrated Copy Services Manager and LDAP Client on the HMC
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 9 Aug 2016, last updated 9 Feb 2017

IBM® Copy Services Manager (CSM) is a replication management solution that is based on the IBM Tivoli® Productivity Center for Replication technology. CSM inherits all the Tivoli Productivity Center for Replication capabilities and continues to provide Copy Services solutions for most IBM storage offerings. The IBM DS8880, starting with firmware Release 8.1, Licensed Machine Code (LMC) 8.8.10.xx.xx, includes CSM for the IBM System Storage® DS8000®, which is pre-installed on the Hardware Management Console (HMC). If you ordered the CSM feature code as part of your IBM DS8000 system ... [more]


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IBM SAN42B-R Extension Switch and IBM b-type Gen 6 Extension Blade in Distance Replication Configurations (Disk and Tape)
Storage Networking

Redpaper, published 9 Feb 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication helps network and storage administrators understand how to implement the IBM SAN42B-R Extension Switch and the IBM b-type Gen 6 Extension Blade for distance replication. It provides an overview of the IBM System Storage® SAN42B-R extension switch hardware and software features, describes the extension architecture, shows example implementations, and explains how to troubleshoot your extension products. IBM b-type extension products provide long-distance replication of your data for business continuity by using disaster recovery (BC/DR). This paper provides an ... [more]


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IBM Service Management Suite for z/OS with Service Management Unite
IT Service Management

Solution Guide, published 1 Feb 2017

IBM® Service Management Suite for z/OS provides operators a transparent view of the IBM z Systems® compute landscape, including central electronic complexes (CECs), LPARs, and Sysplexes with key performance indicators for improved problem isolation, analysis, and diagnosis. This IBM Redbooks® Solution Guide describes Service Management Suite for z/OS and its new user interface, IBM Service Management Unite, and includes high-level architectures (for each solution) with their key components. The guide also explains the integration of Service Management Unite with Service Management Suite for ... [more]


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z/OS PKI Services: Quick Set-up for Multiple CAs
Security

Redbooks, published 20 Sep 2016, last updated 20 Jan 2017

If you are new to Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), this IBM® Redbooks® publication helps you install, tailor, and configure PKI Services on IBM z/OS®. The intention is to show you a simplified set-up in which the ITSO labs were created. You can choose a similar set-up for your site in a controlled test environment where you can gain skills and experience in PKI Services on z/OS, and then move on to plan and implement it across your site. This IBM Redbooks publication is written at the z/OS Version 2 Release 2 ... [more]


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An Architectural and Practical Guide to IBM Hybrid Integration Platform
Cloud

Redbooks, published 20 Dec 2016, last updated 12 Jan 2017

In order to remain competitive in today's world, companies need to be able to integrate internally and externally by connecting sensors, customers and partners with the information in their systems of record. In short, they need to integrate with everything. This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes how IBM Application Integration Suite and IBM Messaging portfolio can be used to satisfy the needs of core hybrid integration use cases, accelerating companies in their digital transformation journey. All concepts are explained within the context of these use cases:


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IBM Power Systems SR-IOV: Technical Overview and Introduction
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 29 Jul 2014, last updated 12 Jan 2017

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the adapter-based virtualization capabilities that are being deployed in high-end IBM POWER7+™ processor-based servers. Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) single root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV) is a virtualization technology on IBM Power Systems servers. SR-IOV allows multiple logical partitions (LPARs) to share a PCIe adapter with little or no run time involvement of a hypervisor or other virtualization intermediary. SR-IOV does not replace the existing virtualization capabilities that are offered as part of the IBM PowerVM® ... [more]


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IBM z/OS V2R2: Operations
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 17 Dec 2015, last updated 10 Jan 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps you to become familiar with the technical changes that were introduced into the Operations areas with IBM z/OS® V2R2. This book includes the following chapters: - Chapter 1, “SMFLIMxx parmlib member” on page 1 describes how to set up job cancel decisions and region and MEMLIMIT values, based on the job and its environment. - Chapter 2, “REGIONX” on page 5 describes the new REGIONX JCL keyword that supports two storage specifications and with which the user can specify values for their below-the-line storage and above-the-line storage needs. - ... [more]


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IBM z13 and IBM z13s Technical Introduction
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 8 Mar 2016, last updated 10 Jan 2017

This IBM® Redbooks® publication introduces the latest IBM z Systems™ platforms, the IBM z13™ and IBM z13s. It includes information about the z Systems environment and how it can help integrate data, transactions, and insight for faster and more accurate business decisions. The z13 and z13s are state-of-the-art data and transaction systems that deliver advanced capabilities that are vital to modern IT infrastructures. These capabilities include:

  • Accelerated data and transaction serving
  • Integrated analytics
  • Access to the API economy
  • Agile development and ... [more]


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IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center Beyond the Basics
Storage Software

Redbooks, published 25 Nov 2014, last updated 9 Jan 2017

You have installed and performed the basic customization of IBM® Tivoli® Storage Productivity Center. You have collected performance data and generated reports. Now it’s time to learn the best ways to use the software to manage your storage infrastructure. This IBM Redbooks® publication shows the best way to set up the software, based on your storage environment, and then how to use it to manage your infrastructure. It includes experiences from IBM clients and staff and covers the following topics:

  • Architectural design techniques (sizing your environment, single versus ... [more]


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Practical Migration from x86 to LinuxONE
LinuxONE

Redbooks, published 5 Jan 2017

LinuxONE is a portfolio of hardware, software, and solutions for an enterprise-grade Linux environment. It has been designed to run more transactions faster and with more security and reliability specifically for the open community. It fully embraces open source-based technology. Two servers are available for LinuxONE: The LinuxONE Emperor and Rockhopper. The IBM LinuxONE Emperor server has these features:

  • Near limitless scaling and support of up to 8,000 virtual Linux servers on a single footprint
  • Intrinsic platform security, and safer and faster data encryption than x86 ... [more]


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    Introducing and Implementing IBM FlashSystem V9000
    Flash storage

    Redbooks, published 28 Dec 2016

    The success or failure of businesses often depends on how well organizations use their data assets for competitive advantage. Deeper insights from data require better information technology. As organizations modernize their IT infrastructure to boost innovation rather than limit it, they need a data storage system that can keep pace with highly virtualized environments, cloud computing, mobile and social systems of engagement, and in-depth, real-time analytics. Making the correct decision on storage investment is critical. Organizations must have enough storage performance and agility to ... [more]


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    IBM MFA V1R1: TouchToken, PassTicket, and Application Bypass Support
    Security

    Redpaper, published 23 Dec 2016

    What is IBM® Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)? IBM MFA consists of the following elements:

      Something that you know, such as a Personal Identification Number (PIN) or a password. Something that you are, such as a finger print or retinal scan. Something that you have, such as a hard token (for example, a key fob or soft token), which is software-based).
    This IBM Redpaper™ publication helps you install, customize, and configure IBM MFA for z/OS® V1.1.0. It also provides information that is based on our experience in a controlled ... [more]


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    Mainframe from Scratch: Hardware Configuration and z/OS Build
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 22 Dec 2016

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps you install, customize, and configure an IBM z13® and build z/OS® environments. This book is intended for those readers who are new to the platform and are faced with the task of installing a mainframe for the first time. By the term mainframe in this instance, we refer to the hardware and the system software. The intention is to show you how this installation can be done. Volume 1 shows you how we set up a mainframe and installed z/OS V2R2 and IBM DB2® V11. The starting point is a basic hardware configuration of an IBM z13 and DS8000® as shipped ... [more]


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    IBM Spectrum Virtualize and SAN Volume Controller Enhanced Stretched Cluster with VMware
    Software Defined Storage

    Redbooks, published 27 Oct 2015, last updated 19 Dec 2016

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the IBM storage area network (SAN) and IBM Spectrum™ Virtualize, and SAN Volume Controller Enhanced Stretched Cluster configuration when combined with VMware. It describe guidelines, settings, and implementation steps necessary to achieve a satisfactory implementation. Business continuity and continuous availability of applications are among the top requirements for many organizations today. Advances in virtualization, storage, and networking make enhanced business continuity possible. Information technology solutions can now be designed to manage ... [more]


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    IBM Business Process Manager Operations Guide
    Application Integration

    Redbooks, published 16 Dec 2016

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides operations teams with architectural design patterns and guidelines for the day-to-day challenges that they face when managing their IBM Business Process Manager (BPM) infrastructure. Today, IBM BPM L2 and L3 Support and SWAT teams are constantly advising customers how to deal with the following common challenges:

    • Deployment options (on-premises, patterns, cloud, and so on)
    • Administration
    • DevOps
    • Automation
    • Performance monitoring and tuning
    • Infrastructure management
    • Scalability
    • High Availability ... [more]


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    IBM DB2 12 for z/OS Technical Overview
    Information Management

    Redbooks, published 13 Dec 2016

    IBM® DB2® 12 for z/OS® delivers key innovations that increase availability, reliability, scalability, and security for your business-critical information. In addition, DB2 12 for z/OS offers performance and functional improvements for both transactional and analytical workloads and makes installation and migration simpler and faster. DB2 12 for z/OS also allows you to develop applications for the cloud and mobile devices by providing self-provisioning, multitenancy, and self-managing capabilities in an agile development environment. DB2 12 for z/OS is also the first version of DB2 built for ... [more]


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    IBM BigInsights Security Implementation Part 2: Securing the IBM BigInsights Cluster Perimeter
    Analytics

    Web Doc, published 9 Dec 2016

    Big data analytics is network intensive because it runs on a cluster of nodes. Due to the high volumes of data exchanged between nodes in the IBM® BigInsights® cluster, network isolation is vital for the following reasons:

    • To prevent sniffing attacks
    • To reduce the network congestion so that the corporate network is not affected by the big data cluster traffic
    Isolating the cluster network also gives administrators greater flexibility in enforcing the cluster access. This IBM® Redbooks® Analytics Support web doc serves as a guide for system implementers who are ... [more]


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    IBM BigInsights BigIntegrate and BigQuality: IBM InfoSphere Information Server on Hadoop Deployment and Configuration Guide
    Analytics

    Web Doc, published 29 Apr 2016, last updated 6 Dec 2016

    IBM® BigInsights® BigIntegrate and BigQuality allow for IBM InfoSphere® Information Server to be deployed on Apache Hadoop, leveraging resources in the Hadoop cluster through the Hadoop resource manager known as Yet Another Resource Negotiator (YARN). This offering introduces data locality, allowing for logic in existing and new IBM InfoSphere DataStage® jobs to run on the Hadoop data nodes where the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) blocks exist. This IBM Redbooks® Analytics Support Web Doc is intended to jumpstart deployment and configuration of the IBM BigInsights BigIntegrate and ... [more]


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    Evolve the Monolith to Microservices with Java and Node
    Application Platform

    Redbooks, published 5 Dec 2016

    Microservices is an architectural style in which large, complex software applications are composed of one or more smaller services. Each of these microservices focuses on completing one task that represents a small business capability. These microservices can be developed in any programming language. This IBM® Redbooks® publication shows how to break out a traditional Java EE application into separate microservices and provides a set of code projects that illustrate the various steps along the way. These code projects use the IBM WebSphere® Application Server Liberty, IBM API Connect™, IBM ... [more]


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    IBM Spectrum Scale Deployment on IBM SoftLayer
    Spectrum Computing

    Redpaper, published 29 Nov 2016, last updated 5 Dec 2016

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes various activities that are necessary to deploy IBM Spectrum Scale™ on IBM SoftLayer®.


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    IBM z/OS V2R2 Communications Server TCP/IP Implementation Volume 1: Base Functions, Connectivity, and Routing
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 30 Nov 2016

    For more than 50 years, IBM® mainframes have supported an extraordinary portion of the world’s computing work, providing centralized corporate databases and mission-critical enterprise-wide applications. IBM z™ Systems, the latest generation of the IBM distinguished family of mainframe systems, has come a long way from its IBM System/360 heritage. Likewise, its IBM z/OS® operating system is far superior to its predecessors in providing, among many other capabilities, world-class and state-of-the-art support for the TCP/IP internet protocol suite. TCP/IP is a large and evolving collection ... [more]


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    Working with IBM Business Process Manager on Cloud for Basic Daily Operations
    Application Integration

    Solution Guide, published 22 Nov 2016

    IBM® Business Process Manager on Cloud is an IBM subscription-based software as a service (SaaS) solution for IBM Business Process Manager (BPM) capabilities. BPM on Cloud provides secure and scalable operating environments that allow for development, testing, and execution of BPM projects. As a BPM on Cloud customer, you will work with the IBM BPM on Cloud team to achieve your goals. This IBM Redbooks® Solution Guide enhances your awareness that some common operational activities include responsibilities from you as well as from the IBM BPM on Cloud team. This guide focuses primarily on the ... [more]


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    Reduce Costs and Speed Your Digital Transformation with IBM WebSphere Application Server on Cloud
    Cloud

    Redguide, published 21 Nov 2016

    Businesses are always looking for ways to improve the customer experience. They need to connect with existing and new customers in innovative ways and deliver experiences that never disappoint. They also require technology-strengthened business strategies with the flexibility to adapt to new opportunities quickly. To achieve this agile state, many are using cloud-based solutions to create personalized customer experiences and harness existing enterprise applications, data, and services for a competitive advantage. IBM® WebSphere® Application Server on cloud (WebSphere on cloud) helps ... [more]


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    Automated Application Delivery with OpenStack Heat Patterns
    Cloud

    Redpaper, published 21 Nov 2016

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication focuses on demonstrating how to build, deploy, and manage OpenStack Heat Patterns on IBM PureApplication® Systems. This paper addresses the topic of automated application deployment and delivery through patterns. In particular, it focuses on patterns based on open source technologies, primarily OpenStack.


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    Implementing IBM FlashSystem 900
    Storage Solutions

    Redbooks, published 18 Nov 2016

    Today’s global organizations depend on being able to unlock business insights from massive volumes of data. Now, with IBM® FlashSystem 900, powered by IBM FlashCore™ technology, they can make faster decisions based on real-time insights and unleash the power of the most demanding applications, including online transaction processing (OLTP) and analytics databases, virtual desktop infrastructures (VDIs), technical computing applications, and cloud environments. This IBM Redbooks® publication introduces clients to the IBM FlashSystem® 900. It provides in-depth knowledge of the product ... [more]


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    IBM Cloud Provisioning and Management for z/OS: CICS Scenario
    z Systems Software

    Redpaper, published 17 Nov 2016

    In this IBM® Redbooks® publication, we show you a cloud services scenario on IBM z/OS®. In the scenario, we show you how to perform the following tasks:

    • Subscribe to a service to provision an IBM CICS® system.
    • Assign resources to the CICS system.
    • Use a template to tailor the CICS service
    • Publish the service in our Marketplace
    • Use that service to create a CICS region and start it.
    • Deprovision the CICS region once it is no longer required.
    We explain the basic terms that are associated with the cloud services and which roles play a part in ... [more]


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    IBM z13 Technical Guide
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 27 May 2016, last updated 11 Nov 2016

    Digital business has been driving the transformation of underlying IT infrastructure to be more efficient, secure, adaptive, and integrated. Information Technology (IT) must be able to handle the explosive growth of mobile clients and employees. IT also must be able to use enormous amounts of data to provide deep and real-time insights to help achieve the greatest business impact. This IBM® Redbooks® publication addresses the IBM Mainframe, the IBM z13™. The IBM z13 is the trusted enterprise platform for integrating data, transactions, and insight. A data-centric infrastructure must always ... [more]


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    IBM z13 Configuration Setup
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 28 Apr 2015, last updated 10 Nov 2016

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps you install, configure, and maintain the IBM z13™. The z13 offers new functions that require a comprehensive understanding of the available configuration options. This book presents configuration setup scenarios, and describes implementation examples in detail. This publication is intended for systems engineers, hardware planners, and anyone who needs to understand IBM z Systems™ configuration and implementation. Readers should be generally familiar with current IBM z Systems technology and terminology. For details about the functions of the z13, see ... [more]


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    IBM z13s Technical Guide
    z Systems

    Redbooks, published 14 Jun 2016, last updated 10 Nov 2016

    Digital business has been driving the transformation of underlying information technology (IT) infrastructure to be more efficient, secure, adaptive, and integrated. IT must be able to handle the explosive growth of mobile clients and employees. It also must be able to process enormous amounts of data to provide deep and real-time insights to help achieve the greatest business impact. This IBM® Redbooks® publication addresses the new IBM z Systems™ single frame, the IBM z13s server. IBM z Systems servers are the trusted enterprise platform for integrating data, transactions, and insight. A ... [more]


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    IBM i 7.2 Technical Overview with Technology Refresh Updates
    Power Systems

    Redbooks, published 2 Nov 2016

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides a technical overview of the features, functions, and enhancements that are available in IBM i 7.2, including all the available Technology Refresh (TR) levels, from TR1 to TR3. This publication provides a summary and brief explanation of the many capabilities and functions in the operating system. It also describes many of the licensed programs and application development tools that are associated with IBM i. The information that is provided in this book is useful for clients, IBM Business Partners, and IBM service professionals that are involved with ... [more]


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    Server Time Protocol Implementation Guide
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 28 Jun 2013, last updated 1 Nov 2016

    Server Time Protocol (STP) is a server-wide facility that is implemented in the Licensed Internal Code (LIC) of IBM® zEnterprise EC12 (zEC12), IBM zEnterprise 196 (z196), IBM zEnterprise 114 (z114), IBM System z10®, and IBM System z9®. It provides improved time synchronization in both a sysplex or non-sysplex configuration. This IBM Redbooks® publication will help you configure a Mixed Coordinated Timing Network (CTN) or an STP-only CTN. It is intended for technical support personnel requiring information about: -Installing and configuring a Coordinated Timing Network -Using STP functions ... [more]


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    LAD: IBM z/OS SDSF AS, DYNX, and PROC Options
    z Systems Software

    Redpaper, published 21 Oct 2016, last updated 31 Oct 2016

    The IBM® z/OS® continuous delivery program introduces new functionality through the small programming enhancements (SPEs) for SDSF users to display storage utilization of address spaces, dynamic exits, and JES2 proclib information. The SPE is delivered through functional program temporary fixes (PTFs). This Learn Adopt Deploy (LAD) IBM Redpaper™ publication describes the new AS, DYNX, and ENQ options that appear on the SDSF Primary Menu. This paper also includes information to help you meet the following goals:

    • Learn about the new AS, DYNX, and PROC functionality
    • Adopt ... [more]


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    Using IBM z/OS WLM to Measure Mobile and Other Workloads
    IBM Z

    Redpaper, published 25 Oct 2016

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication discusses the need to monitor and measure different workloads, especially mobile workloads. It introduces the workload classification capabilities of IBM z Systems™ platforms and helps you to understand how recent enhancements to IBM MVS™ Workload Management (WLM) and other IBM software products can be used to measure the processor cost of mobile workloads. This paper looks at how mobile-initiated and other transactions in IBM CICS®, IMS™, DB2®, and WebSphere® Application Server can be "tagged and tracked" using WLM. For each of these subsystems, the ... [more]


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    Broker Software and Cloud Services with IBM Cloud Brokerage

    Redguide, published 25 Oct 2016

    Many enterprises are adopting hybrid cloud to accelerate innovation and to create new business models and revenue streams. They are modernizing their existing IT environment and taking advantage of newer, cost-efficient consumption models. However, as they adopt a hybrid cloud, they become increasingly aware of their reliance on multiple providers, and they struggle to maintain consistent management across the cloud and traditional IT platforms. At the same time, line of business (LOB) executives and users are aggressively pursuing cloud computing solutions (from a variety of suppliers), ... [more]


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    Maximizing Performance of IBM DB2 Backups
    Analytics

    Web Doc, published 21 Oct 2016

    This IBM® Redbooks® Analytics Support Web Doc describes how to maximize the performance of IBM DB2® backups. Backing up a database is a critical part of any disaster recovery plan. Making sure that the backup completes in a reasonable time frame means that there is always a valid backup available in case of emergency. This document describes the following elements that are critical to good backup performance:

    • The backup process model
    • Basic backup performance concepts
    • Backup performance considerations
    • Monitoring backup performance with the DB2_BAR_STATS ... [more]


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    In-Place Analytics with Live Enterprise Data with IBM DB2 Query Management Facility
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 21 Oct 2016

    IBM® DB2® Query Management Facility™ for z/OS® provides a zero-footprint, mobile-enabled, highly secure business analytics solution. IBM QMF™ V11.2.1 offers many significant new features and functions in keeping with the ongoing effort to broaden its usage and value to a wider set of users and business areas. In this IBM Redbooks® publication, we explore several of the new features and options that are available within this new release. This publication introduces TSO enhancements for QMF Analytics for TSO and QMF Enhanced Editor. A chapter describes how the QMF Data Service component ... [more]


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    Securing Your Cloud: IBM z/VM Security for IBM z Systems and LinuxONE
    Security

    Redbooks, published 19 Oct 2016

    As workloads are being offloaded to IBM® z Systems™ based cloud environments, it is important to ensure that these workloads and environments are secure. This IBM Redbooks® publication describes the necessary steps to secure your environment for all of the components that are involved in a z Systems cloud infrastructure that uses IBM z/VM® and Linux on z Systems. The audience for this book is IT architects and those planning to use z Systems for their cloud ... [more]


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    IBM FlashSystem V9000 Version 7.7 Product Guide
    Flash storage

    Product Guide, published 17 Oct 2016

    The success or failure of businesses often depends on how well organizations use their data assets for competitive advantage. Deeper insights from data require better information technology. As organizations modernize their IT infrastructure to boost innovation rather than limit it, they need a data storage system that can keep pace with highly virtualized environments, cloud computing, mobile and social systems of engagement, and in-depth, real-time analytics. Making the correct decision on storage investment is critical. Organizations must have enough storage performance and agility to ... [more]


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    VersaStack Solution by Cisco and IBM with Oracle RAC, IBM FlashSystem V9000, and IBM Spectrum Protect
    Storage Solutions

    Redbooks, published 17 Oct 2016

    Dynamic organizations want to accelerate growth while reducing costs. To do so, they must speed the deployment of business applications and adapt quickly to any changes in priorities. Organizations today require an IT infrastructure that is easy, efficient, and versatile. The VersaStack solution by Cisco and IBM® can help you accelerate the deployment of your data centers. It reduces costs by more efficiently managing information and resources while maintaining your ability to adapt to business change. The VersaStack solution combines the innovation of Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure ... [more]


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    A Practical Guide to ICF Catalogs
    z Systems Software

    Redbooks, published 17 Oct 2016

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication gives a broad understanding of integrated catalog facility (ICF) catalog environments. It includes suggestions for design, planning, and deployment tasks to help you create and maintain a balanced and efficient catalog environment. Four scenarios are provided to illustrate sample implementations of typical activities that are associated with an organization’s requirements. Chapter 5, “Record-level sharing support for ICF catalogs” describes Record Level Sharing (RLS) for Catalogs and shows the results of our tests in a controlled laboratory environment. ... [more]


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    Introduction to R in IBM SPSS Modeler
    Analytics

    Redpaper, published 14 Oct 2016

    This IBM Redpaper™ publication focuses on the integration between IBM® SPSS® Modeler and R. The paper is aimed at people who know IBM SPSS Modeler and have only a very limited knowledge of R. Chapters 2, 3, and 4 provide you with a high level understanding of R integration within SPSS Modeler enabling you to create or recreate some very basic R models within SPSS Modeler, even if you have only a basic knowledge of R. Chapter 5 provides more detailed tips and tricks. This chapter is for the experienced user and consists of items that might help you get up to speed with more detailed ... [more]


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    A Guide to Lean Healthcare Workflows
    Analytics

    Redpaper, published 26 Aug 2015, last updated 11 Oct 2016

    Is Lean a fit for your healthcare organization? Various methodologies can be used to help organizations achieve their objectives depending on their criteria: lowest risk of failure, fast to resolution, or lowest cost for deployment. But what every organization should consider is which methodology will have the greatest impact. Lean, a systematic approach to understanding and optimizing processes, may be the fit for your organization. Learn more in this new IBM® Redpaper™ publication, A Guide to Lean Healthcare Workflows, by Jerry Green and Amy Valentini of Phytel (An IBM ... [more]


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    IBM System Storage SAN42B-R Extension Switch
    Storage Networking

    Product Guide, published 25 Nov 2014, last updated 11 Oct 2016

    This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide describes the IBM System Storage® SAN42B-R extension switch. Today’s organizations depend on fast, reliable access to data wherever and whenever it is needed. The ramifications and potential business impact of an unreliable disaster recovery (DR) and data protection infrastructure are greater than ever. The System Storage SAN42B-R extension switch provides scalable deployment options to extend disaster recovery and data protection storage solutions across any distance. It includes a suite of features that help ensure continuous availability of a storage ... [more]


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    Everything You Always Wanted to Know about IDCAMS But Were Afraid to Ask
    z Systems Software

    Redpaper, published 5 Oct 2016, last updated 7 Oct 2016

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is different from others you have read because it was not written in the conventional way with a residency and a handful of authors. It was written by people who want to make a difference. The IBM Redbooks® organization and SHARE teamed up to give all of the attendees at the SHARE 2016 conference that was held in Atlanta, US, July 31 - August 5 the opportunity to contribute their thoughts and ideas about the latest IDCAMS capabilities. Attendees were invited to contribute their thoughts and ideas. Many discussions arose on the subject and related techniques. ... [more]


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    IBM Data Server Manager Overview and Performance Analysis
    Analytics

    Web Doc, published 4 Oct 2016

    IBM® Data Server Manager is a web-based, integrated database management tools platform that manages IBM DB2® for Linux, UNIX, Windows, and IBM z/OS® databases. With IBM Data Server Manager, you can monitor, analyze, tune, and administer DB2 databases. This IBM Redbooks® Analytics Support web doc describes ways to do performance analysis that can be used to drill down into SQL performance to understand the underlying issues and take corrective measures to optimize the outcome. This document provides an overview of Data Server Manager and includes information that helps Data Server Manager ... [more]


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    IBM Cloud Provisioning and Management for z/OS: An Introduction
    IBM Z

    Redpaper, published 3 Oct 2016

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication introduces you to IBM Cloud Provisioning and Management for z/OS®. The paper was written to coincide with the announcement of IBM Cloud Provisioning and Management for z/OS and the software is not yet generally available (GA) at the time of this writing. As such, any examples that are shown are subject to change at any time before the software is GA. The goal of this paper is to provide you with an initial overview and more information to support the announcement. You might be new to clouds, or heard of many different variations of what a cloud might be. ... [more]


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    Assessing Hardware Failures on IBM PureData System for Analytics N2001, N2002, and N3001
    Analytics

    Web Doc, published 29 Sep 2016

    This IBM Analytics Support Wed Doc describes possible hardware component failures on IBM PureData System for Analytics, their effect on the system, and its criticality and consequences if multiple components fail. This document also describes the architecture of IBM PureData System for Analytics to clarify the relationships between components. It also provides guidance on replacement scenarios. This information is intended to help users correctly respond to failures and open problem management records (PMR) with an accurate level of severity. This document provides information to help you ... [more]


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    Changing Physical Disk Storage in IBM DB2 pureScale: A Practical Example
    Analytics

    Web Doc, published 22 Sep 2016, last updated 26 Sep 2016

    IBM® DB2® pureScale® provides continuous availability with multiple active servers that share a common set of disk storage subsystems. DB2 pureScale includes multiple components for high availability (HA), such as IBM Tivoli® System Automation (TSA) and IBM General Parallel File System (IBM GPFS™) for clustered file systems. Like any component in an IT infrastructure, DB2 pureScale eventually might require a migration to meet the demands of upgraded hardware and software. Database administrators, operating system administrators, and system administrators working with DB2 pureScale in ... [more]


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    The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM z Systems Volume 4: Ubuntu Server 16.04
    Application Platform

    Redbooks, published 23 Sep 2016

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication is Volume 4 of a series of books entitled The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM z Systems. The other volumes in the series are:

    • The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM z Systems Volume 1: IBM z/VM 6.3, SG24-8147
    • The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM z Systems Volume 2: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 Servers, SG24-8303
    • The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM z Systems Volume 3: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12, SG24-8890
    It is advised that you start with Volume 1 of this series, because the IBM z/VM® Hypervisor is the foundation for ... [more]


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    IBM z/OS V2R2 Communications Server TCP/IP Implementation: Volume 2 Standard Applications
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 21 Sep 2016

    For more than 50 years, IBM® mainframes have supported an extraordinary portion of the world's computing work, providing centralized corporate databases and mission-critical enterprise-wide applications. IBM System z®, the latest generation of the IBM distinguished family of mainframe systems, has come a long way from its IBM System/360 heritage. Likewise, its IBM z/OS® operating system is far superior to its predecessors in providing, among many other capabilities, world-class and state-of-the-art support for the TCP/IP Internet Protocol suite. TCP/IP is a large and evolving collection of ... [more]


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    Getting Started with IBM API Connect: Scenarios Guide
    Application Integration

    Redpaper, published 8 Sep 2016

    IBM® API Connect is an API management solution from IBM that offers capabilities to create, run, manage, and secure APIs and microservices. By using these capabilities, the full lifecycle of APIs for on-premises and cloud environments can be managed. This IBM Redpaper™ publication describes practical scenarios that show the API Connect capabilities for managing the full API life cycle, creating, running, securing, and managing the APIs. This Redpaper publication is targeted to users of an API Connect based API strategy, developers, IT architects, and technical evangelists. If you are not ... [more]


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    IBM FlashSystem V9000 Version 7.6 Product Guide
    Flash storage

    Product Guide, published 8 Dec 2015, last updated 8 Sep 2016

    Today’s information technology (IT) infrastructure is fully entwined with basic business operations, so crucial business questions become IT questions. What is it worth to stay ahead of the competition? What is a better online customer experience worth to the bottom line? What advantages are gained by making faster, more informed business decisions? Can you afford not to have the best possible fraud protection and data security? When you answer these business-critical questions in terms of IT infrastructure, and recognize the crucial role storage plays in correct answers, the value of IBM® ... [more]


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    Getting Started with IBM API Connect: Concepts and Architecture Guide
    Application Integration

    Redpaper, published 7 Sep 2016, last updated 8 Sep 2016

    Application programming interfaces (API) act as the digital glue that links services, applications, and systems together to create compelling customer experiences. Using APIs you can create interfaces between back-end systems and applications that can help you bring new digital services to market, open revenue channels, and exceed customer expectations. IBM® API Connect is an API management solution from IBM that offers capabilities to create, run, manage, and secure APIs and microservices, thus managing the full lifecycle of APIs for both on-premises and cloud environments. This IBM ... [more]


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    IBM Business Process Management Enhanced by IBM Coach Framework
    Application Integration

    Solution Guide, published 7 Sep 2016

    This IBM® Redbooks® Solution Guide describes how the IBM Business Process Management (IBM BPM) solutions can help your organization run efficiently by streamlining and automating your processes. The IBM Coach Framework is a key element of the IBM BPM platform. Process authors use the IBM Coach Framework to create and maintain custom web-based user interfaces (UIs) that are embedded within their business process solutions. Having custom UIs is crucial to successful deployment of a business process ... [more]


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    IBM System z Personal Development Tool Messages and Codes
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 29 Aug 2016

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides all the messages that are associated with IBM System z® Personal Development Tool (IBM zPDT®) operation in a single reference source. This edition is intended for zPDT Version 1 Release 6 (commonly known as GA6), but should be useful for all zPDT releases.


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    IBM BigInsights Security Implementation: Part 1 Introduction to Security Architecture
    Analytics

    Web Doc, published 25 Aug 2016

    Big data analytics involves processing large amounts of data that cannot be handled by conventional systems. The IBM® BigInsights® platform processes large amounts of data by breaking the computation into smaller tasks that can be distributed onto several nodes. As this platform is shared by users in different roles (developers, analysts, data scientists, and testers), it introduces the challenge of provisioning access and authorization to the cluster and securing the data. Big data platforms are an amalgamation of several individual components that are still evolving, and are based on the ... [more]


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    Delivering Consistency and Automation with Operational Runbooks
    IT Service Management

    Redpaper, published 24 Aug 2016

    There is a greater need today to integrate and unify IT delivery through tools that provide capabilities in advanced analytics and automation. IBM® has recently introduced two integrated services on the software as a service (SaaS) model that effectively combine advanced analytics capabilities with automation. These two services are IBM Alert Notification service and the IBM Runbook Automation service. Both services are available to everyone including existing IBM Netcool® Operations Insight™ customers. IBM Alert Notification is a separately available SaaS service to deliver alert ... [more]


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    IBM Data Engine for Hadoop and Spark
    Power Systems

    Redbooks, published 24 Aug 2016

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides topics to help the technical community take advantage of the resilience, scalability, and performance of the IBM Power Systems™ platform to implement or integrate an IBM Data Engine for Hadoop and Spark solution for analytics solutions to access, manage, and analyze data sets to improve business outcomes. This book documents topics to demonstrate and take advantage of the analytics strengths of the IBM POWER8® platform, the IBM analytics software portfolio, and selected third-party tools to help solve customer's data analytic workload requirements. ... [more]


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    Save Time and Lower Costs with IBM Service Management Suite for z/OS
    IT Service Management

    Point-of-View, published 18 Aug 2016

    Today, information technology (IT) managers and their teams must deal with a more complex environment due to the continuing growth of data, and of requests from mobile and sensory devices that need to interact with the enterprise. IT managers must make choices about how to best prepare for the future to meet these service-driven demands. They must become proactive and agile, while getting the most out of their team’s skills and experience. Changes are happening in record time, forcing IT managers to create strategies to anticipate and address key challenges. IBM® Service Management Suite ... [more]


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    IBM z/OS Continuous Delivery
    IBM Z

    Redpaper, published 18 Mar 2016, last updated 17 Aug 2016

    Consumer expectations rose with the advent of the digital age, and are likely to continue to rise as technologies continue their advancement. The adoption of agile methods and new approaches to delivering business applications that use the new technologies, such as mobile, cloud, and real-time analytics, present demands on IBM® z/OS® and related areas, such as IBM DB2® and IBM CICS®. Each area changed its approach and provides new functionality regularly to meet the demands. How z/OS, CICS, and DB2 provide continuous delivery differs because of the unique role each plays. This IBM Redpaper™ ... [more]


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    IBM ProtecTIER Implementation and Best Practices Guide
    Storage Solutions

    Redbooks, published 6 Jun 2016, last updated 16 Aug 2016

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides best practice guidance for planning, installing, configuring, and employing the IBM TS7600 ProtecTIER® family of products. It provides the latest best practices for the practical application of ProtecTIER Software Version 3.4. This latest release introduces the new ProtecTIER Enterprise Edition TS7650G DD6 model high performance server. This book also includes information about the revolutionary and patented IBM HyperFactor® deduplication engine, along with other data storage efficiency techniques, such as compression and defragmentation. The IBM ... [more]


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    Apache Spark Implementation on IBM z/OS
    Analytics

    Redbooks, published 13 Aug 2016

    The term big data refers to extremely large sets of data that are analyzed to reveal insights, such as patterns, trends, and associations. The algorithms that analyze this data to provide these insights must extract value from a wide range of data sources, including business data and live, streaming, social media data. However, the real value of these insights comes from their timeliness. Rapid delivery of insights enables anyone (not only data scientists) to make effective decisions, applying deep intelligence to every enterprise application. Apache Spark is an integrated ... [more]


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    Solutions to Accelerate Compliance with Affordable Care Act (ACA) Mandates and HIPAA Standards
    Industry Solutions

    Solution Guide, published 21 Nov 2014, last updated 10 Aug 2016

    This IBM® Redbooks® Solution Guide provides an overview of how enterprises can accelerate the development of B2B integration solutions that facilitate compliance with the US Affordable Care Act (ACA). It also shows how data processing can efficiently process data governed by the evolving body of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) data standard and related mandates. Products: IBM Standards Processing Engine, IBM Transformation Extender, IBM Integration ... [more]


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    Enabling Real-time Analytics on IBM z Systems Platform
    Analytics

    Redbooks, published 8 Aug 2016

    Regarding online transaction processing (OLTP) workloads, IBM® z Systems™ platform, with IBM DB2®, data sharing, Workload Manager (WLM), geoplex, and other high-end features, is the widely acknowledged leader. Most customers now integrate business analytics with OLTP by running, for example, scoring functions from transactional context for real-time analytics or by applying machine-learning algorithms on enterprise data that is kept on the mainframe. As a result, IBM adds investment so clients can keep the complete lifecycle for data analysis, modeling, and scoring on z Systems control in a ... [more]


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    Implementing or Migrating to an IBM Gen 5 b-type SAN
    Storage Networking

    Redbooks, published 5 Aug 2016

    The IBM® b-type Gen 5 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 learn how to implement or migrate to an IBM Gen 5 b-type SAN. It provides an overview of the key hardware and software products and explains how to install, monitor, tune, and troubleshoot your storage ... [more]


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    IBM Netcool Operations Insight Version 1.4: Deployment Guide
    IT Service Management

    Redbooks, published 26 Jul 2016

    IBM® Netcool® Operations Insight integrates infrastructure and operations management into a single coherent structure across business applications, virtualized servers, network devices and protocols, internet protocols, and security and storage devices. This IBM Redbooks® publication will help you install, tailor, and configure Netcool Operations Insight Version 1.4. Netcool Operations Insight consists of several products and components that can be installed on many servers in many combinations. You must make many decisions, both critical and personal preference. The purpose of this document ... [more]


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    Live Partition Mobility Setup Checklist
    Power Systems

    Web Doc, published 24 May 2014, last updated 25 Jul 2016

    When setting up Live Partition Mobility (LPM) for the first time in your environment, use the Live Partition Mobility Setup Checklist. The checklist provides basic details. A companion document exists that may be of interest: Live Partition Mobility Preparation Checklist available at: Live Partition Mobility Preparation Checklist


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    Synchronizing IBM RACF Data by using IBM Tivoli Directory Integrator
    IBM Z

    Redpaper, published 16 May 2013, last updated 25 Jul 2016

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication provides an example of a solution to synchronize an IBM RACF® user ID, password, and password phrase data between IBM z/OS® and IBM z/VM® systems, or just between z/VM systems. Topics that are covered are the installation and customization of IBM Tivoli® Directory Integrator, IBM Tivoli Directory Server, and RACF. Using this basic infrastructure, a sample Tivoli Directory Integrator configuration is presented, which allows for a flexible and extensible means for synchronizing RACF ... [more]


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    Implementing an IBM High-Performance Computing Solution on IBM Power System S822LC
    Power Systems

    Redbooks, published 25 Jul 2016

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication demonstrates and documents that IBM Power Systems™ high-performance computing and technical computing solutions deliver faster time to value with powerful solutions. Configurable into highly scalable Linux clusters, Power Systems offer extreme performance for demanding workloads such as genomics, finance, computational chemistry, oil and gas exploration, and high-performance data analytics. This book delivers a high-performance computing solution implemented on the IBM Power System S822LC. The solution delivers high application performance and throughput ... [more]


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    IBM Netcool Operations Insight: A Scenarios Guide
    IT Service Management

    Redbooks, published 20 Jul 2016

    IBM® Netcool® Operations Insight empowers your IT operations to use real-time and historical analytics to identify, isolate, and resolve problems before they affect your business. Powered by IBM Tivoli® Netcool/OMNIbus and the transformative capabilities of cognitive analytics, Netcool Operations Insight consolidates millions of alerts from across local, cloud, and hybrid environments into a few actionable problems. This IBM Redbooks® publication gives a broad understanding of Netcool Operations Insight and describes several scenarios that show the capabilities of this solution in a ... [more]


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    Accelerating Law Enforcement Investigations with IBM COPLINK
    Smarter Cities

    Redguide, published 20 Jul 2016

    IBM® COPLINK® (“COPLINK”) software is designed to help law enforcement organizations solve crimes faster, keep officers safer, and disrupt crime and terrorism. COPLINK helps to consolidate data from many sources, aid collaboration, and generate tactical leads. It enables law enforcement professionals to generate photo lineups, save their search history, and organize investigations to generate reports more easily. COPLINK also provides comprehensive auditing of data access. IBM COPLINK software helps law enforcement officers accomplish the following objectives:


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    IBM CICS Performance Series: A CPU Utilization Study of Java EE applications running in CICS TS V5.3
    z Systems Software

    Redpaper, published 20 Jul 2016

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a study of the performance of a Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) application that is hosted by an IBM CICS® Transaction Server for z/OS® (CICS) V5.3 Liberty JVM server that uses the standard mode of operation that is provided by APAR PI58375. In this mode, nearly all of the application’s central processing unit (CPU) consumption can be off-loaded to IBM System z® Integrated Information Processors (zIIPs), which minimizes the total cost of computing for such a workload. The target audience for this Redpaper publication is Capacity Planners and ... [more]


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    Benefits of Spectrum Scale with OpenStack Deployments
    Software Defined Storage

    Solution Guide, published 19 Jul 2016

    IBM® Spectrum Scale is software that is used to manage storage, provide massive scale, a global namespace, and high performance with several enterprise features. IBM Spectrum™ Scale is used in clustered environments and provides file protocol (POSIX, NFS, and SMB) and object protocol (Swift and S3) with unified access capabilities. OpenStack is open source software that is widely used as a base to build cloud and infrastructure as a service solutions. OpenStack often is deployed on commodity hardware and is used to virtualize various parts of the infrastructure (compute, storage, and ... [more]


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    Ready-to-use Virtual Appliance for Hands-on Spectrum Archive Evaluation
    Storage Software

    Redpaper, published 11 Jul 2016, last updated 18 Jul 2016

    IBM® Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition for the IBM TS4500, IBM TS3500, and IBM TS3310 tape libraries provides seamless integration of IBM Linear Tape File System™ (LTFS) with IBM Spectrum™ Scale by creating an LTFS tape tier. You can run any application that is designed for disk files on tape by using Spectrum Archive. Spectrum Archive can play a major role in reducing the cost of storage for data that does not need the access performance of primary disk. This Spectrum Archive Virtual Appliance can be deployed in minutes and you can try key features of Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition ... [more]


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    IBM z Systems: The Heart of the Mobile and API Economy
    Mobile

    Point-of-View, published 15 Jul 2016

    Digital channels are the primary way to start consumer and business engagements by providing accessibility to a global audience and a cost-effective means to conduct business. In recent years, mobile devices became the preferred way in which consumers, business partners, and employees interact with companies and each other. The of mobile users sets the expectation that information is at their fingertips whenever they require it. Increasingly, this information must be the right information, delivered in context, and almost certainly drawn from multiple sources to enhance the mobile user’s ... [more]


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    IBM System Storage Solutions Handbook
    Disk storage Storage-Flash storage Storage-Software Defined Storage Storage-Storage Networking Storage-Storage Solutions Storage-Tape storage

    Redbooks, published 15 Jul 2016

    The IBM® System Storage® Solutions Handbook helps you solve your current and future data storage business requirements. It helps you achieve enhanced storage efficiency by design to allow managed cost, capacity of growth, greater mobility, and stronger control over storage performance and management. It describes the most current IBM storage products, including the IBM Spectrum™ family, IBM FlashSystem®, disk, and tape, as well as virtualized solutions such IBM Storage Cloud. This IBM Redbooks® publication provides overviews and information about the most current IBM System Storage ... [more]


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    Read Intensive Flash Drives
    Disk storage

    Redpaper, published 14 Jul 2016

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the configuration guidelines for using Read Intensive Flash Drives available from IBM with the IBM Spectrum Virtualize™ and IBM Storwize® family systems. The Read Intensive (RI) solid state drives (SSDs) that are available on Storwize V7000 Gen2, Storwize V5000 Gen2, and IBM SAN Volume Controller 2145-DH8/24F are one Drive Write Per Day (DWPD) Read Intensive drives. To deploy Read Intensive SSDs, your system must have Storwize code levels 7.6.1.4 or 7.7.0 installed. RI SSDs are available to purchase as an add-on to an existing Storwize system, or ... [more]


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    IBM Spectrum Conductor and IBM Spectrum Conductor with Spark
    Spectrum Computing

    Redpaper, published 7 Jul 2016

    In an era of rapid change and increasing competition, organizations need a smarter infrastructure that is agile, flexible, and resilient. IBM Spectrum Conductor™ delivers those capabilities with robust features that enable organizations to store, analyze, and protect their data with optimum efficiency. IBM Spectrum Conductor is the next evolution of IBM® software-defined infrastructure technology. It is an integrated application and data-optimized platform that enables organizations to achieve up to 60% faster results with new generation, cloud-native applications and open source ... [more]


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    IBM PowerHA SystemMirror V7.2 for IBM AIX Updates
    Power Systems

    Redbooks, published 6 Jul 2016

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication addresses topics to help answer customers' complex high availability requirements to help maximize systems availability and resources, and provide documentation to transfer the how-to-skills to the worldwide sales and support teams. This publication helps strengthen the position of the IBM PowerHA® SystemMirror® solution with a well-defined and documented deployment models within an IBM Power Systems™ virtualized environment, providing customers a planned foundation for business resilient infrastructure solutions. This book describes documentation, and other ... [more]


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    DFSMS: Extended Address Volume
    IBM Z

    Redpaper, published 5 Jul 2016

    The rapid growth of big data and the storage of all that data is creating a critical problem for many organizations with IBM® z Systems™ environments. This situation occurs because the data that is stored is using all of the addressable device storage that is available. This IBM Redpaper™ publication describes how extended addressable volume (EAV) for IBM 3390 Direct Access Storage Device (DASD) devices can solve the lack of addressable device storage space problem. The paper also describes the design points of EAV, the value of implementing EAV, and the use of ... [more]


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    IBM TS2900 Tape Autoloader

    Web Doc, published 30 Jun 2016

    IBM® TS2900 Tape Autoloader is a low-entry tape storage solution that is designed to address capacity, data protection, reliability, availability, and affordability. With low profile IBM Ultrium® Linear Tape-Open (LTO) 7, 6, and 5 Half-High tape drives, and high-density storage capacity, the TS2900 is ideally suited for backup and archival operations.


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    IBM Enterprise IT Automation Services: Dynamic Automation in the Age of Cognitive, Dynamic Learning and Self-healing Systems

    Redguide, published 7 Jun 2016, last updated 29 Jun 2016

    For decades, the IT industry has focused on ways to automate processes to increase IT productivity and efficiency and to reduce human errors. However, the focus is quickly shifting to enhance business productivity and outcomes and to provide innovation and faster speed to market. These improvements help to capture new markets and beat the competition in today’s business and technology race. Driving down cost and improving efficiency are key elements to achieve these goals because they help to free funds and resources to make strategic investments. Likewise, making sure that IT staff is ... [more]


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    The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM z Systems Volume 1: IBM z/VM 6.3
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 7 Aug 2015, last updated 27 Jun 2016

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication is the first volume of a series of three books called The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM z Systems. The other two volumes relate to Red Hat and SUSE:

    • The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM z Systems Volume 2: Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 7.1, SG24-8303
    • The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM z Systems Volume 3: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12, SG24-8890
    It is recommended that you start with Volume 1 of this series because IBM z/VM® is the base “layer” when you install Linux on z Systems. Volume 1 starts with an introduction, ... [more]


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    IBM PureData System for Analytics: Improving Query Performance by Tuning Netezza Optimizer Through Postgres Configuration

    Web Doc, published 23 Jun 2016

    The IBM® PureData® System for Analytics, powered by Netezza® technology (“IBM Netezza”), is a data warehouse appliance that features a purpose-built analytics engine. Netezza generates a query plan for all queries that run on the system. The query plan describes the optimal execution query path as determined by the query optimizer component, which relies on statistics that are available about the database objects that are involved in the query. The Netezza query optimizer is a cost-based optimizer; that is, it determines the cost for the various execution alternatives and chooses the path ... [more]


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    IBM PowerHA SystemMirror for i: Using IBM Storwize (Volume 3 of 4)
    Power Systems

    Redbooks, published 1 Jun 2016, last updated 15 Jun 2016

    IBM® PowerHA® SystemMirror® for i is the IBM high-availability (HA), disk-based clustering solution for the IBM i operating system. When combined with IBM i clustering technology, PowerHA for i delivers a complete HA and disaster recovery (DR) solution for business applications running in an IBM i environment. You can use PowerHA for i to support HA capabilities with either native disk storage, IBM DS8000® storage servers, or IBM Storwize® storage servers. Use this IBM Redbooks® publication to help you install, tailor, and configure IBM PowerHA SystemMirror for i with the IBM Storwize ... [more]


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    IBM PowerHA SystemMirror for i: Preparation (Volume 1 of 4)
    Power Systems

    Redbooks, published 26 May 2016, last updated 9 Jun 2016

    IBM® PowerHA® SystemMirror® for i is the IBM high-availability (HA), disk-based clustering solution for the IBM i operating system. When PowerHA for i is combined with IBM i clustering technology, it delivers a complete HA and disaster-recovery (DR) solution for business applications that are running in an IBM i environment. You can use PowerHA for i to support HA capabilities with either native disk storage, IBM DS8000® storage servers, or IBM Storwize® storage servers. This IBM Redbooks® publication gives a broad understanding of PowerHA for i and provides a general introduction to ... [more]


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    IBM Spectrum Scale in an OpenStack Environment
    Software Defined Storage

    Redpaper, published 9 Jun 2016

    OpenStack is open source software that is widely used as a base with which to build cloud and infrastructure as a service solutions. OpenStack often is deployed on commodity hardware and used to virtualize various parts of the infrastructure (compute, storage, and network) to ease the sharing of the infrastructure across applications, use cases, or workloads. IBM® Spectrum Scale is software that is used to manage storage and provide massive scale, a global namespace, and high-performance data access with many enterprise features. IBM Spectrum™ Scale is used in clustered environments and ... [more]


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    DFSMS: From Storage Tears to Storage Tiers
    z Systems Software

    Redpaper, published 6 Jun 2016

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes how class transitions differ from the classic migration processes and how they can influence application performance levels. Performance is focused on the following goals:

    • Reduce the number of I/Os required to manage the storage
    • Optimize data locations to the appropriate device type during its lifecycle
    This paper applies to the IBM z/OS® V2.2 ... [more]


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    IBM PowerHA SystemMirror for i: Using DS8000 (Volume 2 of 4)
    Power Systems

    Redbooks, published 2 Jun 2016

    IBM® PowerHA® SystemMirror® for i is the IBM high-availability (HA), disk-based clustering solution for the IBM i operating system. When PowerHA for i is combined with IBM i clustering technology, PowerHA for i delivers a complete HA and disaster-recovery (DR) solution for business applications that run in an IBM i environment. With PowerHA for i, you can support HA capabilities with either native disk storage, IBM DS8000® storage servers, or IBM Storwize® storage servers. This IBM Redbooks® publication helps you to install, tailor, and configure IBM PowerHA SystemMirror for i with the IBM ... [more]


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    Implementing an Optimized Analytics Solution on IBM Power Systems
    Power Systems

    Redbooks, published 1 Jun 2016

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication addresses topics to use the virtualization strengths of the IBM POWER8® platform to solve clients' system resource utilization challenges and maximize systems' throughput and capacity. This book addresses performance tuning topics that will help answer clients' complex analytic workload requirements, help maximize systems' resources, and provide expert-level documentation to transfer the how-to-skills to the worldwide teams. This book strengthens the position of IBM Analytics and Big Data solutions with a well-defined and documented deployment model within a ... [more]


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    IBM PowerKVM: Configuration and Use
    Power Systems

    Redbooks, published 7 Mar 2016, last updated 31 May 2016

    This IBM® Redpaper Redbooks® publication presents the IBM PowerKVM virtualization for scale-out Linux systems, including the new LC IBM Power Systems™. PowerKVM is open source server virtualization that is based on the IBM POWER8® processor technology. It includes the Linux open source technology of KVM virtualization, and it complements the performance, scalability, and security qualities of Linux. This book describes the concepts of PowerKVM and how you can deploy your virtual machines with the software stack included in the product. It helps you install and configure PowerKVM on your ... [more]


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    IBM Mainframe Bits: Understanding the Platform Hardware
    IBM Z

    Redpaper, published 25 May 2016

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the hardware components and three high-level scenarios of how the IBM z Systems™ platform is used within organizations. The components and the configurations are designed and built to conform to the z/Architecture.


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    Building an Enterprise API Strategy
    IBM Z

    Point-of-View, published 20 May 2016

    A new business opportunity requires research to weigh risk and reward, and understand the time frame for return on that opportunity. When you, as the decision-maker, decide to act, liquidity is important. If capital is tied up in other investments, the ability to pursue a new one is lost. There is untapped value in your IBM® z/OS® assets. APIs are the way to extract and grow that value:

    • APIs provide access to systems and data on z/OS that otherwise require specialized knowledge and skills to reach.
    • Interfaces based on REST and JSON are highly consumable, providing near ... [more]


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    LAD: z/OS SDSF SYM and ENQ Options
    z Systems Software

    Redpaper, published 28 Apr 2016, last updated 18 May 2016

    The IBM z/OS® continuous delivery program introduces new functionality through the small programming enhancements (SPEs) for SDSF users to display system symbols and enqueue information. The SPE is delivered through functional program temporary fixes (PTFs). This Learn Adopt Deploy (LAD) IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the new SYM and ENQ options that appear on the SDSF Primary Menu. The new tabular panels that display system symbols and enqueues in the sysplex are shown. This Redpaper publication also includes information to help you meet the following goals:


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    IBM Financial Transaction Manager on z Systems
    IBM Z

    Solution Guide, published 17 May 2016

    The IBM® Financial Transaction Manager (FTM) on IBM z Systems™ platforms is an industry software package that manages, orchestrates, and monitors commercial and consumer financial transactions. It provides the functionality to create and collect the state of transactions while also providing integration capability and common data and message models that are based on the ISO 20022 industry standard. This IBM Redbooks® Solution Guide provides an overview of the business value of using the IBM FTM and offers solution options that are available now on z Enterprise ... [more]


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    zPDT 2016 Sysplex Extensions
    z Systems Software

    Redbooks, published 10 May 2016

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the IBM zPDT® 2016 Sysplex Extensions, which is a package that consists of sample files and supporting documentation to help you get a functioning, data sharing, sysplex up and running with minimal time and effort. This package is designed and tested to be installed on top of a standard ADCD environment. It provides the extra files that you need to create a two-way data sharing IBM z/OS® 2.1 or z/OS 2.2 sysplex that runs under ADCD in a zPDT environment. This package differs from the previous zPDT sysplex package in that it provides working examples ... [more]


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    IBM System z Qualified DWDM: Cisco ONS 15454 Multi-Service Transport Platform Release Level 9.6.0.4
    IBM Z

    Redpaper, published 6 May 2016, last updated 9 May 2016

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is one in a series that describes IBM System z® qualified dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) vendor products for IBM Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex™ (IBM GDPS®) solutions with Server Time Protocol (STP). The protocols described in this paper are used for IBM supported solutions that require cross-site connectivity of a multisite Parallel Sysplex or remote copy technologies, which can include GDPS and non-GDPS applications. GDPS qualification testing is conducted at the IBM Vendor Solutions Connectivity (VSC) Lab in Poughkeepsie, NY. IBM ... [more]


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    IBM Enterprise Content Management Mobile Application Implementation
    Enterprise Content Management

    Redpaper, published 12 Nov 2015, last updated 9 May 2016

    IBM® Enterprise Content Management (ECM) software enables the world's top companies to make better decisions, faster. By controlling content, companies can use industry-specific solutions to capture, manage, and share information. Successful organizations understand that business content matters more than ever as mobile, social, and cloud technologies transform their business models. This IBM Redpaper™ publication introduces the mobile functionality offered in IBM Enterprise Content Management products: IBM Content Navigator, IBM Case manager, and IBM Datacap Mobile. This paper covers key ... [more]


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    The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM z Systems Volume 3: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 13 Oct 2015, last updated 6 May 2016

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication is Volume 3 of a series of three books called The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM z Systems. The other two volumes are called:

    • The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM z Systems Volume 1: IBM z/VM 6.3, SG24-8147
    • The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM z Systems Volume 2: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 Servers, SG24-8303
    It is suggested that you start with Volume 1 of this series, because IBM z/VM® is the base “layer” when installing Linux on IBM z Systems™. Volume 1 starts with an introduction, describes ... [more]


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    The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM z Systems Volume 2: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 Servers
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 26 Aug 2015, last updated 6 May 2016

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication is Volume 2 of a series of three books that is called The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM z Systems. The other two volumes are listed:

    • The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM z Systems Volume 1: IBM z/VM 6.3, SG24-8147-01
    • The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM z Systems Volume 3: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12, SG24-8890
    It is recommended that you start with Volume 1 of this series because IBM z/VM® is the base "layer" when you install Linux on IBM z Systems™. Volume 1 starts with an introduction, discusses planning, then describes z/VM ... [more]


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    IBM System z Qualified DWDM: ADVA FSP3000 Release Level 11.2.3
    IBM Z

    Redpaper, published 6 May 2016

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is one in a series that describes IBM System z® qualified dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) vendor products for IBM Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex™ (IBM GDPS®) solutions with Server Time Protocol (STP). The protocols described in this paper are used for IBM supported solutions that require cross-site connectivity of a multisite Parallel Sysplex or remote copy technologies, which can include GDPS and non-GDPS applications. GDPS qualification testing is conducted at the IBM Vendor Solutions Connectivity (VSC) Lab in Poughkeepsie, NY. IBM ... [more]


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    IBM z Systems Qualified DWDM: ADVA FSP 3000 Release Level 13.2.2
    IBM Z

    Redpaper, published 6 May 2016

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is one in a series that describes IBM z Systems™ qualified dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) vendor products for IBM Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex™ (IBM GDPS®) solutions with Server Time Protocol (STP). The protocols described in this paper are used for IBM supported solutions that require cross-site connectivity of a multisite Parallel Sysplex or remote copy technologies, which can include GDPS and non-GDPS applications. GDPS qualification testing is conducted at the IBM Vendor Solutions Connectivity (VSC) Lab in Poughkeepsie, NY. ... [more]


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    Transport Platform Release Level 9.6.1.1 and WSE Card Release Level 9.8.1.3
    IBM Z

    Redpaper, published 6 May 2016

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is one in a series that describes IBM z Systems™ qualified dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) vendor products for IBM Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex™ (IBM GDPS®) solutions with Server Time Protocol (STP). The protocols that are described in this paper are used for IBM supported solutions that require cross-site connectivity of a multisite Parallel Sysplex or remote copy technologies, which can include GDPS and non-GDPS applications. GDPS qualification testing is conducted at the IBM Vendor Solutions Connectivity (VSC) Lab in ... [more]


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    Huawei Optix OSN 8800 and Optix OSN 6800 Platforms Release 5.51.08.38
    IBM Z

    Redpaper, published 6 May 2016

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is one in a series that describes IBM z Systems qualified Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) vendor products for IBM Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex™ (IBM GDPS®) solutions with Server Time Protocol (STP). The protocols that are described in this paper are used for IBM supported solutions that require cross-site connectivity of a multisite Parallel Sysplex or remote copy technologies, which may include GDPS and non-GDPS applications. GDPS qualification testing is conducted at the IBM Vendor Solutions Connectivity (VSC) Lab in ... [more]


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    DB2 11 for z/OS Technical Overview
    Information Management

    Redbooks, published 31 Dec 2013, last updated 5 May 2016

    IBM® DB2® Version 11.1 for z/OS® (DB2 11 for z/OS or just DB2 11 throughout this book) is the fifteenth release of DB2 for IBM MVS™. It brings performance and synergy with the IBM System z® hardware and opportunities to drive business value in the following areas. DB2 11 can provide unmatched reliability, availability, and scalability - Improved data sharing performance and efficiency - Less downtime by removing growth limitations - Simplified management, improved autonomics, and reduced planned outages DB2 11 can save money and save time - Aggressive CPU reduction goals - Additional ... [more]


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    IBM Content Manager OnDemand Guide
    Enterprise Content Management

    Redbooks, published 16 Oct 2015, last updated 4 May 2016

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides a practical guide to the design, installation, configuration, and maintenance of IBM Content Manager OnDemand Version 9.5. Content Manager OnDemand manages the high-volume storage and retrieval of electronic statements and provides efficient enterprise report management. Content Manager OnDemand transforms formatted computer output and printed reports, such as statements and invoices, into electronic information for easy report management. Content Manager OnDemand helps eliminate costly, high-volume print output by capturing, indexing, archiving, and ... [more]


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    IBM Power Systems RAID Solutions Introduction and Technical Overview
    Power Systems

    Redpaper, published 11 Aug 2015, last updated 28 Apr 2016

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication given an overview and technical introduction to IBM Power Systems™ RAID solutions. The book is organized to start with an introduction to Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID), and various RAID levels with their benefits. A brief comparison of Direct Attached Storage (DAS) and networked storage systems such as SAN / NAS is provided with a focus on emerging applications that typically use the DAS model over networked storage models. The book focuses on IBM Power Systems I/O architecture and various SAS RAID adapters that are supported in IBM POWER8™ ... [more]


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    SQL Procedures, Triggers, and Functions on IBM DB2 for i
    Power Systems

    Redbooks, published 25 Apr 2016

    Structured Query Language (SQL) procedures, triggers, and functions, which are also known as user-defined functions (UDFs), are the key database features for developing robust and distributed applications. IBM® DB2® for i supported these features for many years, and they are enhanced in IBM i versions 6.1, 7.1, and 7.2. DB2 for i refers to the IBM DB2 family member and relational database management system that is integrated within the IBM Power operating system that is known as IBM i. This IBM Redbooks® publication includes several of the announced features for SQL procedures, triggers, and ... [more]


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    External Procedures, Triggers, and User-Defined Functions on IBM DB2 for i
    Power Systems

    Redbooks, published 25 Apr 2016

    Procedures, triggers, and user-defined functions (UDFs) are the key database software features for developing robust and distributed applications. IBM Universal Database™ for i (IBM DB2® for i) supported these features for many years, and they were enhanced in V5R1, V5R2, and V5R3 of IBM® OS/400® and V5R4 of IBM i5/OS™. This IBM Redbooks® publication includes several of the announced features for procedures, triggers, and UDFs in V5R1, V5R2, V5R3, and V5R4. This book includes suggestions, guidelines, and practical examples to help you effectively develop IBM DB2 for i procedures, triggers, ... [more]


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    How Walmart Became a Cloud Services Provider with IBM CICS
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 22 Apr 2016

    The world has changed. With the new cloud options, enterprises no longer must rely on only their IT organization to meet their computing needs. Business units now have options that were not available just a few years ago. They can get some of their needs met by traditional IT processes, and reach out to a cloud provider to meet other needs. The concern is that if you, working in a traditional IT organization, do not meet these needs, someone else will. This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps you to understand the benefits of becoming your own cloud service provider. It describes a simple ... [more]


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    Speed to Market with Open Source
    LinuxONE

    Point-of-View, published 21 Apr 2016, last updated 21 Apr 2016

    Businesses and organizations are expected to deliver up-to-date applications faster and more often than ever before. Meeting these expectations requires rapid dynamic development cycles and the confidence of knowing new and existing services are both secure and can sustain high availability, scalability, and performance. This IBM Redbooks® Point-of-View publication shows the value of blending open source technologies and platform capabilities from initial conception through service ... [more]


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    What to Consider When Switching IBM InfoSphere Information Server to Use LDAP Authentication
    Analytics

    Web Doc, published 18 Apr 2016

    When changing IBM® InfoSphere® Information Server to authenticate with Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), consider several aspects before making the switch. This document discusses the two types of LDAP registries, what to consider when deciding which registry is best for your company, what information is needed for the configuration, and what else can be done to optimize the configuration. This IBM Rebooks® Analytics Support Web Doc applies to IBM InfoSphere Information Server versions 9.1 through 11.5. This document is intended for systems and InfoSphere Information Server ... [more]


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    New Approach to Analytics for IBM IMS Data
    IBM Z

    Solution Guide, published 17 Apr 2016

    IBM® Information Management System (IMS™) applications and data are the core of critical online transaction processing (OLTP) workloads for many of the world’s major organizations. This operational data, when analyzed properly, forms the basis for making better decisions by organizations running IMS. With IBM DB2® Analytics Accelerator for z/OS®, you can exploit your IBM z Systems™ platform’s IMS data where it originates so that delivering new insights to improve efficiency and drive smart outcomes is possible. Critical business insights that are gained by performing analytics on IMS ... [more]


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    IBM Spectrum Scale (GPFS) for Linux on z Systems
    IBM Z

    Redpaper, published 26 Feb 2016, last updated 14 Apr 2016

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes IBM Spectrum Scale™ for Linux on z Systems™. This paper helps you install and configure IBM Spectrum Scale (formerly GPFS™) in a disaster recovery configuration. Scenario testing is described for various events: Site failure, storage failure, node failure. Recovery procedures from each tested scenario are provided. This paper also provides an installation and configuration scenario for saving data stored in a Spectrum Scale file system by using IBM Spectrum Protect™ integration features. Multi-node backup usage is ... [more]


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    IBM z Systems Qualified DWDM: Ciena 6500 Packet-Optical Platform Release 9.24
    IBM Z

    Redpaper, published 13 Apr 2016

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is one in a series that describes IBM z Systems™ qualified dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) vendor products for IBM Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex™ (IBM GDPS®) solutions with Server Time Protocol (STP). The protocols that are described in this paper are used for IBM supported solutions that require cross-site connectivity of a multisite Parallel Sysplex or remote copy technologies, which can include GDPS and non-GDPS applications. GDPS qualification testing is conducted at the IBM Vendor Solutions Connectivity (VSC) Lab in ... [more]


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    Enable Compliant Electronic Invoicing with IBM Sterling e-Invoicing
    Commerce

    Product Guide, published 13 Apr 2016

    Many countries that are outside of the United States have a value-added tax (VAT) and rely on the invoice document as a key mechanism for VAT auditing and fraud prevention. IBM® Sterling e-Invoicing automates buyer and supplier electronic invoice processes in compliance with country-specific tax regulations. This compliance reduces corporate risk and exposure while improving operational efficiencies. This IBM Redbooks® Product Guide describes the key requirements and challenges of global e-invoicing and the ways IBM Sterling e-Invoicing enables customers to address these challenges. This ... [more]


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    Server Time Protocol Planning Guide
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 28 Jun 2013, last updated 12 Apr 2016

    Server Time Protocol (STP) is a server-wide facility that is implemented in the Licensed Internal Code (LIC) of the IBM® zEnterprise Servers (zEC12, z196 and z114), System z10™ Enterprise Class (z10 EC), System z10 Business Class (z10 BC), IBM System z9® Enterprise Class (z9 EC), System z9 Business Class (z9 BC), and zSeries® z990 and z890 servers. It provides improved time synchronization in a sysplex or non-sysplex configuration. This IBM Redbooks® publication is intended for infrastructure architects and system programmers who need to understand the IBM STP functions. Readers are ... [more]


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    IBM System Storage DS8000 Performance Monitoring and Tuning
    Disk storage

    Redbooks, published 7 Apr 2016

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides guidance about how to configure, monitor, and manage your IBM DS8880 storage systems to achieve optimum performance, and it also covers the IBM DS8870 storage system. It describes the DS8880 performance features and characteristics, including hardware-related performance features, synergy items for certain operating systems, and other functions, such as IBM Easy Tier® and the DS8000® I/O Priority Manager. The book also describes specific performance considerations that apply to particular host environments, including database applications. This book ... [more]


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    IBM Reference Architecture for Genomics, Power Systems Edition
    Power Systems

    Redbooks, published 5 Apr 2016

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication introduces the IBM Reference Architecture for Genomics, IBM Power Systems™ edition on IBM POWER8®. It addresses topics such as why you would implement Life Sciences workloads on IBM POWER8, and shows how to use such solution to run Life Sciences workloads using IBM Platform™ Computing software to help set up the workloads. It also provides technical content to introduce the IBM POWER8 clustered solution for Life Sciences workloads. This book customizes and tests Life Sciences workloads with a combination of an IBM Platform Computing software solution stack, ... [more]


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    IT Modernization using Catalogic ECX Copy Data Management and IBM Spectrum Storage
    Storage Software

    Redbooks, published 5 Apr 2016

    Data is the currency of the new economy, and organizations are increasingly tasked with finding better ways to protect, recover, access, share, and use data. Traditional storage technologies are being stretched to the breaking point. This challenge is not because of storage hardware performance, but because management tools and techniques have not kept pace with new requirements. Primary data growth rates of 35% to 50% annually only amplify the problem. Organizations of all sizes find themselves needing to modernize their IT processes to enable critical new use cases such as storage ... [more]


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    Microservices from Theory to Practice: Creating Applications in IBM Bluemix Using the Microservices Approach
    Application Integration

    Redbooks, published 26 Aug 2015, last updated 4 Apr 2016

    Microservices is an architectural style in which large, complex software applications are composed of one or more smaller services. Each of these microservices focuses on completing one task that represents a small business capability. These microservices can be developed in any programming language. They communicate with each other using language-neutral protocols, such as Representational State Transfer (REST), or messaging applications, such as IBM® MQ Light. This IBM Redbooks® publication gives a broad understanding of this increasingly popular architectural style, and provides some ... [more]


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    Active Archive Implementation Guide with IBM Spectrum Scale Object and IBM Spectrum Archive
    Software Defined Storage

    Redpaper, published 31 Mar 2016

    Enterprises are struggling to provide the right storage infrastructure to keep up with the explosion of unstructured data in addition to facing increased pressure to retain this data for an extended period of time. Object storage is rapidly emerging as a viable method for building scalable big data archiving solutions to address these unstructured data growth challenges. OpenStack Swift is an emerging open source object storage platform that is widely used for cloud storage. IBM® Spectrum Scale V4.2 delivers a fast, highly available, highly scalable shared file system that enables ... [more]


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    Tivoli Storage Productivity Center for Replication for Open Systems
    Storage Software

    Redbooks, published 23 Jan 2014, last updated 31 Mar 2016

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication for the Tivoli® Storage Productivity Center for Replication for the Open environment walks you through the process of establishing sessions, and managing and monitoring copy services through Tivoli Storage Productivity Center for Replication. The book introduces enhanced copy services and new session types that are used by the latest IBM storage systems. Tips and guidance for session usage, tunable parameters, troubleshooting, and for implementing and managing Tivoli Storage Productivity Center for Replication’s latest functionality up to v5.2 also are ... [more]


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    An Introduction to z/VM Single System Image (SSI) and Live Guest Relocation (LGR)
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 18 Apr 2012, last updated 31 Mar 2016

    IBM® z/VM® 6.2 introduces significant changes to z/VM in the form of multi-system clustering technology allowing up to four z/VM instances in a single system image (SSI) cluster. This technology is important, because it offers clients an attractive alternative to vertical growth by adding new z/VM systems. In the past, this capability required duplicate efforts to install, maintain, and manage each system. With SSI, these duplicate efforts are reduced or eliminated. Support for live guest relocation (LGR) allows you to move Linux virtual servers without disruption to the business, helping ... [more]


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    IBM Mainframe Bits: Understanding Architecture
    IBM Z

    Redpaper, published 31 Mar 2016

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication reviews the role of the architecture and how it forms part of the solution by meeting the needs that drive the requirements for computer systems. It also examines the architecture’s relationships with hardware and software, and offers considerations to help understand how these relationships work to ensure longevity and compatibility. This paper is the first in a new series of “Mainframe Bits” that are designed to provide you with succinct information about discrete topics that relate to IBM z Systems™ ... [more]


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    Implementing the IBM Storwize V7000 Gen2
    Disk storage

    Redbooks, published 18 Jan 2015, last updated 29 Mar 2016

    Data is the new currency of business, the most critical asset of the modern organization. In fact, enterprises that can gain business insights from their data are twice as likely to outperform their competitors. Nevertheless, 72% of them have not started, or are only planning, big data activities. In addition, organizations often spend too much money and time managing where their data is stored. The average firm purchases 24% more storage every year, but uses less than half of the capacity that it already has. The IBM® Storwize® family, including the IBM SAN Volume Controller Data Platform, ... [more]


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    Reduce Risk and Improve Security on IBM Mainframes: Volume 1 Architecture and Platform Security
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 8 Dec 2014, last updated 22 Mar 2016

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication documents the strength and value of the IBM security strategy with IBM System z® hardware and software. In an age of increasing security consciousness, IBM System z provides the capabilities to address the needs of today's business security challenges. This publication explores how System z hardware is designed to provide integrity, process isolation, and cryptographic capability to help address security requirements. This book highlights the features of IBM z/OS® and other operating systems, which offer various customizable security elements under the ... [more]


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    Integrated Virtualization Manager for IBM Power Systems Servers
    Power Systems

    Redpaper, published 19 Dec 2012, last updated 21 Mar 2016

    The Virtual I/O Server (VIOS) is part of the IBM PowerVM® feature on IBM® Power Systems™ and part of the IBM POWER® Hypervisor™. The VIOS is also supported on IBM BladeCenter®. The server is a single-function appliance that is in the logical partition (LPAR) of the Power Systems server. The VIOS facilitates the sharing of physical I/O resources between client partitions (IBM AIX®, IBM i, and Linux) within the server. The Virtual I/O Server provides a virtual SCSI target, N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) target, and Shared Ethernet Adapter (SEA) virtual I/O function to client LPARs. The ... [more]


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    Smarter Asset Management for the Integrated Mill
    Industry Solutions

    Solution Guide, published 18 Mar 2016

    IBM® Smarter Asset Management for Integrated Mill Operations helps metals companies optimize asset performance and maintenance in the large, unified facilities known as integrated mills. The solution described in this IBM Redbooks® Solution Guide gives metal-making companies direct visibility into asset usage and operational health. It helps executives and managers at all levels make decisions that are based on accurate, up-to-date reports on the running conditions and performance of their most critical assets. It also includes predictive analytics features that can help companies get ahead ... [more]


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    IBM Operational Decision Manager: Enabling the Rule Engine to Augment the Decision Data
    Smarter Process

    Redpaper, published 18 Mar 2016

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes IBM Operational Decision Manager (ODM), which is a set of tooling and interfaces that provides an architecture that can encapsulate your decision logic away from program code into rules. These rules are rendered as natural language. Decisions are now more agile, adaptable to change, and visible to those who need them. This Redpaper publication describes a means to use additional data with your rules.


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    IBM Spectrum Family: IBM Spectrum Control Standard Edition
    Software Defined Storage

    Redbooks, published 2 Mar 2016, last updated 15 Mar 2016

    IBM® Spectrum Control (Spectrum Control), a member of the IBM Spectrum™ Family of products, is the next-generation data management solution for software-defined environments (SDEs). With support for block, file, object workloads, and software-defined storage and predictive analytics, and automated and advanced monitoring to identify proactively storage performance problems, Spectrum Control enables administrators to provide efficient management for heterogeneous storage environments. IBM Spectrum Control™ (formerly IBM Tivoli® Storage Productivity Center) delivers a complete set of ... [more]


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    Cloud Security Guidelines for IBM Power Systems
    Power Systems

    Redbooks, published 1 Mar 2016, last updated 9 Mar 2016

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication is a comprehensive guide that covers cloud security considerations for IBM Power Systems™. The first objectives of this book are to examine how Power Systems can fit into the current and developing cloud computing landscape and to outline the proven Cloud Computing Reference Architecture (CCRA) that IBM employs in building private and hybrid cloud environments. The book then looks more closely at the underlying technology and hones in on the security aspects for the following subsystems:

    • IBM Hardware Management Console
    • IBM PowerVM ... [more]


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    IBM Enterprise Content Management and Box
    Enterprise Content Management

    Redpaper, published 9 Mar 2016

    The integration of IBM® Enterprise Content Management (ECM) products with the Box for secure file sharing and collaboration opens new possibilities for achieving higher levels of capability within ECM. This IBM Redpaper™ publication describes how the integration of Box, IBM Content Navigator, IBM Case Manager, IBM Datacap, and IBM StoredIQ® products enables higher maturity in ECM, and distills the capabilities provided by each integration and the combination as a whole. By leveraging these IBM ECM technologies with Box, clients can realize the power of hybrid capabilities between ... [more]


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    IBM Spectrum Scale and ECM FileNet Content Manager Are a Winning Combination: Deployment Variations and Value-added Features
    Software Defined Storage

    Redpaper, published 4 Mar 2016

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes various deployment options to configure IBM enterprise content management (ECM) FileNet® Content Manager components to use IBM Spectrum Scale™ (formerly known as IBM GPFS™) as back-end storage. The paper also describes various IBM Spectrum Scale value-added features with FileNet Content Manager to facilitate an efficient and effective data-management solution.


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    IBM z/OS V2R2: ServerPac
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 23 Feb 2016, last updated 2 Mar 2016

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps you to become familiar with the technical changes that were introduced into the Serverpac area with IBM z/OS® V2R2. This publication includes the following chapters: - Chapter 1, “ServerPac” on page 1: Provides a summary of the z/OS V2R2 enhancements. - Chapter 2, “Order receive” on page 5: Describes the use of HTTPS to receive your order. - Chapter 3, “Creating a configuration” on page 9: Describes the affect of the SDSF zone change. - Chapter 4, “Variable Panel updates” on page 13: Describes setting up z/OSMF and the SMF option. - Chapter 5, ... [more]


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    Configuring VMware Virtual Volumes for Systems Powered by IBM Spectrum Virtualize
    Disk storage

    Redbooks, published 2 Mar 2016

    IBM® Spectrum Virtualize and VMware's Virtual Volumes (VVols) are paving the way toward a true IBM Software Defined Environment (SDE). IBM Spectrum™ Virtualize is at the core of software-defined storage. The addition of VVols enables a fundamentally more efficient operational model for storage in virtualized environments, centering it around the virtual machine (VM) rather than the physical infrastructure. This IBM Redbooks® publication provides an overview of the VVols management framework and its implementation on storage systems managed by IBM Spectrum ... [more]


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    Introduction to the New Mainframe: IBM z/VSE Basics
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 2 Mar 2016

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication is based on the book Introduction to the New Mainframe: z/OS Basics, SG24-6366, which was produced by the International Technical Support Organization (ITSO), Poughkeepsie Center. It provides students of information systems technology with the background knowledge and skills necessary to begin using the basic facilities of a mainframe computer. For optimal learning, students are assumed to have successfully completed an introductory course in computer system concepts, such as computer organization and architecture, operating systems, data management, or data ... [more]


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    Installing Linux for z Systems on zPDT: A Short Cookbook
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 29 Feb 2016

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the basic installation processes of Linux for z Systems™ on an IBM zPDT® base. It is intended for readers who are not familiar with IBM z Systems or with the zPDT product. This book assume the reader is familiar with Linux on Intel-compatible platforms. This book provides basic introductions to necessary z Systems and zPDT topics, and proceeds in a cookbook manner. This book is not intended for readers who are already familiar with these ... [more]


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    Implementing the IBM Storwize V3700
    Disk storage

    Redbooks, published 5 Mar 2015, last updated 19 Feb 2016

    Organizations of all sizes are faced with the challenge of managing massive volumes of increasingly valuable data. However, storing this data can be costly, and extracting value from the data is becoming more and more difficult. IT organizations have limited resources, but must stay responsive to dynamic environments and act quickly to consolidate, simplify, and optimize their IT infrastructures. The IBM® Storwize® V3700 system provides a solution that is affordable, easy to use, and self-optimizing, which enables organizations to overcome these storage challenges. Storwize V3700 delivers ... [more]


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    Live Partition Mobility Preparation Checklist
    Power Systems

    Web Doc, published 24 May 2014, last updated 19 Feb 2016

    When attempting to do Live Partition Mobility (LPM) in your environment, use the Live Partition Mobility Preparation Checklist. The assumption for using this checklist is that you previously set up your LPM environment based on the Live Partition Mobility Setup Checklist or the IBM PowerVM Virtualization Introduction and Configuration, SG24-7940, an IBM® Redbooks® publication. As part of the LPM operation, a validation is done but there are certain things the validation cannot check. This checklist describes the tasks that cannot be checked automatically. The checklist provides some basic ... [more]


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    Removing Barriers Between Devs and Ops teams with IBM CICS Transaction Server
    z Systems Software

    Solution Guide, published 19 Feb 2016

    To speed the release of new applications and updates, the IT industry is seeking to apply agile and lean principles to development and deployment. At the core of these principles is eliminating wasted work, breaking down artificial barriers between related functional teams, and adopting continuous release cycles that push improvements out to users faster than ever. In response to this effort, a new, more aggressive, and business-driven approach called DevOps has emerged. DevOps combines many traditional development and operations activities such that applications can be built, deployed, ... [more]


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    LAD: z/OS SDSFAUX
    IBM Z

    Redpaper, published 19 Feb 2016

    This Learn Adopt Deploy (LAD) IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the new SDSF functionality that is available through functionality program temporary fixes (PTFs). SDSFAUX is a new address space that enhances SDSF functionality to provide more system-related information to the user. This paper includes information to help you meet the following goals: - Learn about the new SDSF functionality. - Adopt the software into your environment. - Deploy and integrate SDSFAUX into your operational ... [more]


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    Hybrid Cloud Data and API Integration: Integrate Your Enterprise and Cloud with Bluemix Integration Services
    Application Integration

    Redbooks, published 17 Nov 2015, last updated 19 Feb 2016

    IBM® Hybrid Integration Services is a set of hybrid cloud capabilities in IBM Bluemix™ that allows businesses to innovate rapidly while, at the same time, providing IT control and visibility. It allows customers to quickly and easily build and operate systems that mix data and application programming interfaces (APIs) from a wide variety of sources, whether they reside on-premises or in the cloud. In many cases, you want to expose your IT assets from your private cloud as APIs and at the same time have best overall manageability and control of who uses your assets and how. Bluemix provides ... [more]


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    Hybrid Cloud Event Integration: Integrate Your Enterprise and Cloud with Bluemix Integration Services
    Application Platform

    Redbooks, published 12 Feb 2016, last updated 18 Feb 2016

    The event-centric hybrid cloud integration revolves around applications running based on events or messages. The new event-centric approach to hybrid cloud aims to simplify the task of managing these messages while increasing the overall reliability of the system. Event-centric applications work well in the cloud due to the varying intensity and frequency of events. These fluctuations fit well into a cloud infrastructure that can dynamically scale to fit those needs. An event-centric approach cuts down on communication overhead for an application, thus helping to speed up the development ... [more]


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    Reduce Storage Occupancy and Increase Operations Efficiency with IBM zEnterprise Data Compression
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 24 Feb 2015, last updated 17 Feb 2016

    IBM® zEnterprise® Data Compression (zEDC) capability and the Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe or PCI Express) hardware adapter called zEDC Express were announced in July 2013 as enhancements to the IBM z/OS® V2.1 operating system (OS) and the IBM zEnterprise EC12 (zEC12) and the IBM zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12). zEDC is optimized for use with large sequential files, and uses an industry-standard compression library. zEDC can help to improve disk usage and optimize cross-platform exchange of data with minimal effect on processor usage. The first candidate for such compression was ... [more]


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    A Practical Approach to Cloud IaaS with IBM SoftLayer: Presentations Guide
    Cloud

    Redbooks, published 17 Feb 2016

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication is based on the Presentations Guide of the course A Practical Approach to Cloud IaaS with IBM SoftLayer, which was developed by the IBM Redbooks team in partnership with IBM Middle East and Africa University Program. This course is designed to teach university students how to build a simple infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud environment based on IBM SoftLayer®. It provides students with the fundamental skills to design, implement, and manage an IaaS cloud environment using the IBM SoftLayer platform as an example. The primary target audience for this ... [more]


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    IBM MQ as a Service: A Practical Approach
    Application Integration

    Redpaper, published 16 Feb 2016

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication provides information about how to build, deploy, and use IBM MQ as a service. The information in this paper includes the key factors that must be considered while planning the use of IBM MQ as a service. Through descriptions and examples, this paper explains how to apply as a service methodologies to an IBM MQ environment, and describes techniques and preferred practices for integrating IBM MQ into a self-service portal. This paper explains how to create and use an IBM MQ as a service self-service menu for a portal. It includes examples that show how to use ... [more]


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    IBM DS8884 and z13s: A new cost optimized solution
    Disk storage

    Redpaper, published 16 Feb 2016, last updated 16 Feb 2016

    The IBM® zEnterprise® z13s server is the successor to the IBM zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12) and is the fifth member of the zEnterprise central processor complex (CPC) family. It combines nicely with the IBM DS8884 to provide a new entry point solution for enterprises of all sizes. This IBM Redpaper™ publication summarizes the key features of the z13s and the DS8884. It also reviews the synergy functions and key integration points between the z Systems™ and the DS8884 that provide a world-class high availability solution, delivering extraordinary ... [more]


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    The Benefits of Co-location
    z Systems Software

    Point-of-View, published 16 Feb 2016

    The volume of data being generated and transmitted by cloud-based technologies (such as mobile, analytics and social computing applications) is continuously growing. This dynamic puts increasing pressure on businesses and their IT organizations. Businesses and IT organizations must provide fast access to data across the web, application, and database tiers that comprise most enterprise workloads. Using new developments in z Systems internal local area network (LAN) and device technology, along with a new sockets-based direct memory move protocol, transactional response times can be optimized ... [more]


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    Modernizing Your Business Applications with IBM CICS and Liberty
    z Systems Software

    Solution Guide, published 15 Feb 2016

    This IBM® Redbooks® Solution Guide provides the information necessary for you to understand IBM WebSphere® Application Server V8.5.5 Liberty (Liberty) within IBM CICS® Transaction Server (CICS TS) V5.3. With this understanding, you can take advantage of the Java EE 6 Web Profile capabilities for running new types of applications in the CICS runtime. Liberty is an asset to your organization, whether you intend to extend existing enterprise services hosted in CICS, or develop new web-based applications supporting new lines of business. Fundamentally, Liberty is a highly composable, dynamic ... [more]


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    IBM z/OS V2R1 Communications Server TCP/IP Implementation Volume 4: Security and Policy-Based Networking
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 17 Dec 2013, last updated 10 Feb 2016

    For more than 40 years, IBM® mainframes have supported an extraordinary portion of the world's computing work, providing centralized corporate databases and mission-critical enterprise-wide applications. IBM System z®, the latest generation of the IBM distinguished family of mainframe systems, has come a long way from its IBM System/360 heritage. Likewise, its IBM z/OS® operating system is far superior to its predecessors in providing, among many other capabilities, world-class and state-of-the-art support for the TCP/IP Internet protocol suite. TCP/IP is a large and evolving collection of ... [more]


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    IBM z/OS V1R13 Communications Server TCP/IP Implementation: Volume 4 Security and Policy-Based Networking
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 29 Mar 2012, last updated 10 Feb 2016

    For more than 40 years, IBM® mainframes have supported an extraordinary portion of the world’s computing work, providing centralized corporate databases and mission-critical enterprise-wide applications. The IBM System z®, the latest generation of the IBM distinguished family of mainframe systems, has come a long way from its IBM System/360 heritage. Likewise, its IBM z/OS® operating system is far superior to its predecessors in providing, among many other capabilities, world-class and state-of-the-art support for the TCP/IP Internet protocol suite. TCP/IP is a large and evolving collection ... [more]


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    Installing and Deploying IBM Connections 4.0
    Analytics

    Web Doc, published 27 Mar 2013, last updated 9 Feb 2016

    IBM® Collaboration Solutions and IBM Redbooks® publications are partnered together to show you the installation and deployment process of IBM Connections V4. This wiki describes the architecture of IBM Connections, its deployment planning and considerations, and the installation details of IBM Connections and its integrated products such as IBM WebSphere® Application Server, IBM DB2® , and IBM Cognos.


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    Achieving Real Business Value with IBM Connections 4.0
    Analytics

    Solution Guide, published 16 May 2013, last updated 9 Feb 2016

    IBM® Connections is a leading social software platform that can help your organization engage the right people, accelerate innovation, and deliver results. This integrated, security-rich platform helps people engage with networks of experts in the context of critical business processes. This IBM Redbooks® Solution Guide provides a quick overview of the IBM Connections 4.0 features and architecure.


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    Apache Spark for the Enterprise: Setting the Business Free
    IBM Z

    Redpaper, published 9 Feb 2016, last updated 9 Feb 2016

    Analytics is increasingly an integral part of day-to-day operations at today's leading businesses, and transformation is also occurring through huge growth in mobile and digital channels. Enterprise organizations are attempting to leverage analytics in new ways and transition existing analytics capabilities to respond with more flexibility while making the most efficient use of highly valuable data science skills. The recent growth and adoption of Apache Spark as an analytics framework and platform is very timely and helps meet these challenging demands. The Apache Spark environment on IBM ... [more]


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    Creating IBM z/OS Cloud Services
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 8 Feb 2016

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication discusses the real world experience of an enterprise that developed and implemented IBM z/OS® cloud services. This book shares the experience of a team at Walmart Technology, Walmart Stores, Inc.® and some of the decisions they made to create business critical cloud services. These experiences and approaches relate to the z/OS platform, and might not apply to other hybrid cloud approaches. This book highlights the strengths and characteristics of z/OS that led the Walmart infrastructure and software engineers to use this platform as they transitioned from a ... [more]


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    IBM PureData System for Analytics Architecture: A Platform for High Performance Data Warehousing and Analytics
    Analytics

    Redguide, published 12 Nov 2014, last updated 8 Feb 2016

    Success in any enterprise depends on having the best available information in time to make sound decisions. Anything less can waste opportunities, cost time and resources, and even put the organization at risk. But finding crucial information to guide the best possible actions can mean analyzing billions of data points and petabytes of data, whether to predict an outcome, identify a trend, or chart the best course through a sea of ambiguity. Companies with this type of intelligence on demand can react faster and make better decisions than their competitors. Continuing innovations in ... [more]


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    Establishing a Secure Hybrid Cloud with the IBM PureApplication Family
    Application Platform

    Redbooks, published 8 Feb 2016

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication takes you on a hybrid cloud journey with IBM PureApplication® System and PureApplication Service: from the what, over the why, and to the how. We outline the needs for a hybrid PureApplication cloud and we describe how to build a strategy. We provide advice about the components, including security. Through use cases, we define the need and the strategy for a hybrid cloud implementation with IBM PureApplication System, Software, or Service. The target audience for this book varies from anyone who is interested in learning more about a true hybrid cloud solution ... [more]


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    VersaStack Solution by Cisco and IBM with IBM DB2, IBM Spectrum Control, and IBM Spectrum Protect
    Storage Solutions

    Redbooks, published 2 Feb 2016

    Dynamic organizations want to accelerate growth while reducing costs. To do so, they must speed the deployment of business applications and adapt quickly to any changes in priorities. Organizations require an IT infrastructure to be easy, efficient, and versatile. The VersaStack solution by Cisco and IBM® can help you accelerate the deployment of your datacenters. It reduces costs by more efficiently managing information and resources while maintaining your ability to adapt to business change. The VersaStack solution combines the innovation of Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) ... [more]


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    Quick-start Guide to Configuring VMware Virtual Volumes for Systems Powered by IBM Spectrum Virtualize
    Storage Solutions

    Redpaper, published 28 Jan 2016

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication provides a quick, yet comprehensive, guide to configuring Virtual Volumes (VVols) for systems powered by IBM Spectrum™ Virtualize. You are guided through the configuration of the storage system, IBM Spectrum Control™ Base Edition, and the VMware vSphere Web Client. These three components are key to enabling the Virtual Volumes management framework.


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    IBM z/OS V2R2: Diagnostics
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 26 Jan 2016

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps you to become familiar with the technical changes that were introduced into the Diagnostics area with IBM z/OS® V2R2. This book is one of a series of IBM Redbooks publications that take a modular approach to providing information about the updates that are included with z/OS V2R2. This approach has the following goals: - Provide modular content - Group the technical changes into a topic - Provide a more streamlined way of finding relevant information that is based on the topic We hope you find this approach useful, and we welcome your ... [more]


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    Reducing Refinery Downtime with IBM Smarter Asset Management for Oil and Gas
    Industry Solutions

    Solution Guide, published 20 Jan 2016, last updated 26 Jan 2016

    IBM® Smarter Asset Management for Oil and Gas gives oil and gas companies direct visibility into asset usage and operational health. It helps executives and managers make decisions that are based on accurate, up-to-date reports of the running conditions and performance of their most critical assets. It also includes predictive analytics features that can help companies get ahead of the curve in terms of plant maintenance and turnarounds. By combining sensor-based condition monitoring with advanced analytics, Smarter Asset Management for Oil and Gas delivers data-driven insights to aid in ... [more]


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    The Virtualization Cookbook for z/VM 6.3, RHEL 6.4, and SLES 11 SP3: Preview
    IBM Z

    Web Doc, published 5 Nov 2013, last updated 26 Jan 2016

    The IBM® Redbooks® publication The Virtualization Cookbook for z/VM 6.3, RHEL 6.4, and SLES 11 SP3, SG24-8147 explains how to set up your own Linux virtual servers on IBM System z® hardware under IBM z/VM® by using step-by-step instructions. It adopts a cookbook format that provides a concise, repeatable set of procedures for installing and configuring z/VM in an LPAR and then installing and customizing Linux. In this Web Doc, we explain how the book is not just a cookbook of different recipes, but is a lesson about how to create a whole z/VM and Linux on System z dinner, from soup to ... [more]


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    Installing IBM i Access Client Solutions using the Java Web Start method
    Power Systems

    Redpaper, published 22 Jan 2016

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication shows you how to set up an environment to host the IBM i Access Client Solutions software and serve it to users using the Java Web Start process. The example shown in this paper creates a new HTTP server to host a production and test environment of IBM i Access Client Solutions. When possible, IBM i command language (CL) commands are used in this example. However, some steps can be performed on your local computer to avoid complexity of the task. The process of installing IBM i Access Client Solutions software using the Java Web Start process relies on having ... [more]


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    Building Integrated Websites with IBM Digital Experience
    Digital Experience

    Redbooks, published 22 Jan 2016

    A digital experience is a personalized experience that provides employees, customers, business partners, and citizens with a single point of interaction with people, content, and applications anywhere, anytime, and from any device. The IBM® Digital Experience is a platform that is used to build powerful contextual websites. The strengths of the platform include the ability to mix applications and web content into a coherent user experience. Developers can build upon a prescriptive standard to build reusable building bricks, which can be used by line-of-business (LOB) users in a flexible way. ... [more]


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    IBM CICS Performance Series: Web Services Performance in CICS TS V5.3
    z Systems Software

    Redpaper, published 20 Jan 2016, last updated 21 Jan 2016

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes a set of benchmarks comparing an IBM CICS® web services workload running in various configuration scenarios. This paper starts with an IBM CICS Transaction Server (CICS TS) V5.2 benchmark running on an IBM zEnterprise® EC12 (zEC12), and shows the performance characteristics of that same workload running on a similarly configured IBM z13™ (z13). We then compare the same workload running on IBM CICS TS V5.3 and demonstrate the performance benefits of CICS TS V5.3 as compared with CICS TS V5.2 for various scenarios, including Secure Sockets Layer ... [more]


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    Creating Hybrid Clouds with IBM Bluemix Integration Services
    Application Integration

    Solution Guide, published 17 Nov 2015, last updated 20 Jan 2016

    A hybrid cloud is considered as the integration of multiple clouds that are aligned to the unique characteristics of different system types. IBM® defines a hybrid cloud as a secure cloud computing environment that uses services from two or more sources, such as a private cloud, public cloud, or traditional IT sources. A hybrid cloud transforms roles throughout the organization and allows business leaders and developers to innovate efficiently and faster. Applications that are built around a hybrid cloud infrastructure typically revolve around at least one of the following pillars of hybrid ... [more]


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    IBM CICS Performance Series: CICS TS V5.3 Benchmark on IBM z13
    z Systems Software

    Redpaper, published 15 Jan 2016

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication documents the performance characteristic benchmarks of two high-transaction rate IBM CICS® Transaction Server for IBM z/OS® workloads:

    • The first workload executes on a single IBM z13™ logical partition (LPAR) with 18 central processors (CPs) up to a rate of 174,000 CICS transactions per second.
    • The second workload executes on a single z13 LPAR with 26 CPs up to a rate of 227,000 CICS transactions per second (TPS).
    The motivation for the benchmark is to demonstrate some of the benefits of CICS Transaction Server (CICS TS) V5.3, ... [more]


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    Improving Police "Body Cam" Programs with an End-to-End Solution
    Information Management

    Redpaper, published 8 Jan 2016, last updated 13 Jan 2016

    Policing in the 21st Century saw major advances in technology and operational efficiency and an increased focus on accountability. Citizens play a huge role in the equation as critical first communicators at crime and accident scenes. The perspective of the law enforcement officer (LEO) is equally vital. And today, that perspective is frequently, and increasingly, captured by using body-worn cameras (BWCs). This IBM® Redpaper™ publication aims to identify the key technical areas to address when a police agency deploys BWCs. However, rather than focus on the camera itself, we describe a ... [more]


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    CICS and DevOps: What You Need to Know
    z Systems Software

    Redbooks, published 12 Jan 2016

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides an example approach of an agile IT team that implements development and operations (DevOps) capabilities into an IBM CICS® application. Several tools are used to show how teams can achieve transparency, traceability, and automation in their application lifecycle with the assistance of all the stakeholders to deliver high-quality application changes that meet the requirements. The application changes that are built highlight the composable and dynamic nature of using CICS, the Liberty JVM runtime server, and IBM UrbanCode™ Deploy, which allows ... [more]


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    Industrial Controls Security
    Security

    Redguide, published 30 Dec 2015, last updated 6 Jan 2016

    As cybersecurity threats evolve, we must adapt the way to fight them. The typical countermeasures are no longer adequate, given that advanced persistent threats (APTs) are the most imminent attacks that we face today. This IBM® Redguide™ publication explains why industrial installations are an attractive target and why it is so important to protect them in a new way. To help you better understand what you might be facing, we explain how attacks work, who the potential attackers are, what they want to achieve, and how they work to achieve it. We give you insights into a world that seems like ... [more]


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    XIV Storage System Product Guide
    Disk storage

    Product Guide, published 5 Jan 2016

    The IBM XIV Storage System is a high-end flash optimized, fully scalable enterprise disk storage system that is based on a grid of standard hardware components. The architecture of the system is designed to deliver out-of-the box performance and ease of management while harnessing the high capacity and cost benefits of serial-attached SCSI (SAS) drives. The XIV Gen3 systems (and the Model 314 in particular) offer powerful real-time compression that is based on the IBM Random Access Compression Engine (RACE) technology. This IBM Redbooks Product Guide offers a brief overview of the IBM XIV ... [more]


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    PowerHA SystemMirror for IBM i Cookbook
    Power Systems

    Redbooks, published 31 Jan 2012, last updated 30 Dec 2015

    IBM® PowerHA™ SystemMirror for i is the IBM high-availability disk-based clustering solution for the IBM i 7.1 operating system. When combined with IBM i clustering technology, PowerHA for i delivers a complete high-availability and disaster-recovery solution for your business applications running in the IBM System i® environment. PowerHA for i enables you to support high-availability capabilities with either native disk storage or IBM DS8000® or DS6000™ storage servers or IBM Storwize V7000 and SAN Volume Controllers. The latest release of IBM PowerHA SystemMirror for i delivers a ... [more]


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    Securing Your Mobile Mainframe
    IBM Z

    Point-of-View, published 29 Dec 2015

    To achieve business goals today, Systems of Record (SoR) that are serving transactional and data services must interface with Systems of Engagement (SoE) that are increasingly represented by mobile devices. System security and integrity is an IBM commitment and a focus for this Point of View. This document is for businesses that are interested in end-to-end security from the mobile device to the transactional end point. The following critical topics are covered: - Secured mobile transaction challenges - The mainframe as the backbone for secure mobile workloads - The four pillars of security ... [more]


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    IBM Assist On-site for Storage Overview
    Disk storage

    Redpaper, published 24 Dec 2015

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication provides a description and reference information for the IBM Assist On-site (AOS) software. It is intended for clients who want the benefit of the AOS advanced features, such as port forwarding, which allows an authorized IBM Support Service Representative (IBM SSR) to access a client’s enabled storage device to diagnose and troubleshoot efficiently the device.


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    IBM StoredIQ Data Sources and Volumes
    Enterprise Content Management

    Redpaper, published 22 Dec 2015

    In the world of enterprise data, the problem of discovering, understanding, and managing your data is becoming a more difficult problem for businesses and IT organizations. The IBM® StoredIQ® platform provides a true data assessment tool that enables a user to understand the kind of data that is located on the system. Through StoredIQ, a user can gain a firm understanding of a very wide variety of data. Data sources and volumes are an important part of the IBM StoredIQ solution and an understanding of the data sources is required to effectively use StoredIQ. This IBM Redpaper™ publication ... [more]


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    IBM StoredIQ Introduction and Planning Considerations
    Enterprise Content Management

    Redpaper, published 22 Dec 2015

    In the world of enterprise data, the problem of discovering, understanding, and managing your data is becoming a more difficult problem for businesses and IT organizations. The IBM® StoredIQ® platform provides a true data assessment tool that enables a user to understand the kind of data that is located on the system. Through StoredIQ, a user can gain a firm understanding of a very wide variety of data. By accessing over 50 types of data sources, the StoredIQ platform can help users gain insight into file metadata and content information, and then create their own custom groupings of files. ... [more]


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    IBM XIV and VMware Synergy with IBM Spectrum Control Base Edition
    Disk storage

    Redpaper, published 22 Dec 2015

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a brief overview of synergistic aspects between the IBM XIV® Storage System server and various VMware components that are enabled by IBM Spectrum™ Control Base Edition version 2.2.0. The paper shows how easy and straightforward installing, configuring, and using IBM Spectrum Control™ Base Edition can be to take better advantage of an existing VMware environment, using IBM XIV storage.


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    IBM PurePower Technical Overview and Introduction
    Power Systems

    Redpaper, published 18 Dec 2015

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication introduces and provides a technical overview of the IBM PurePower System that helps support management of big data, social media, mobile, analytics, and the flow of critical information. A PurePower System can be configured in an affordable entry-level configuration in a single rack, and it is agile enough to be expanded for scalable cloud deployments. It has built-in redundancy for highly reliable and resilient operation to support demanding applications and cloud services, as required by many enterprises. A PurePower System also provides the scalability, ... [more]


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    IBM z/OS V2R2: Availability Management
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 15 Dec 2015, last updated 17 Dec 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps you to become familiar with the technical changes that were introduced into the Availability Management areas with IBM z/OS® V2R2. This book is one of a series of IBM Redbooks that take a modular approach to providing information about the updates that are included with z/OS V2R2. This approach has the following goals: - Provide modular content - Group the technical changes into a topic - Provide a more streamlined way of finding relevant information that is based on the topic We hope you find this approach useful and we welcome your ... [more]


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    IBM z/OS V2R2: Storage Management and Utilities
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 15 Dec 2015, last updated 17 Dec 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps you to become familiar with the technical changes that were introduced into the Storage Management and Utilities areas with IBM z/OS V2R2. This book is one of a series of IBM Redbooks that take a modular approach to providing information about the updates that are included with z/OS V2R2. This approach has the following goals: - Provide modular content - Group the technical changes into a topic - Provide a more streamlined way of finding relevant information that is based on the topic We hope you find this approach useful and we welcome your ... [more]


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    IBM z/OS V2R2: Performance
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 17 Dec 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps you to become familiar with the technical changes that were introduced into the performance areas with IBM z/OS® V2R2. This book is one of a series of IBM Redbooks publications that take a modular approach to providing information about the updates that are contained within z/OS V2R2. This approach has the following goals: - Provide modular content - Group the technical changes into a topic - Provide a more streamlined way of finding relevant information based on the topic. We hope you find this approach is useful. We value your ... [more]


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    IBM z/OS V2R2: Security
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 15 Dec 2015, last updated 17 Dec 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps you to become familiar with the technical changes that were introduced to the security areas with IBM z/OS® V2R2. The following chapters are included: - Chapter 1, “RACF updates” on page 1: In this chapter, we describe the read-only auditor attribute, password security enhancements, RACDCERT (granular certificate administration), UNIX search authority, and RACF Remote sharing facility (RRSF). - Chapter 2, “LDAP updates” on page 13: In this chapter, we describe the activity log enhancements, compatibility level upgrade without LDAP outage, dynamic ... [more]


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    IBM z/OS V2R2: User Interfaces
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 17 Dec 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps you to become familiar with the technical changes that were introduced into the User Interface areas of IBM z/OS® V2R2. This publication is one in a series of IBM Redbooks publications that take a modular approach to providing information about the updates within z/OS V2R2. This approach has the following goals: - Provide modular content - Group the technical changes into a topic - Provide a more streamlined way of finding relevant information that is based on the topic It is our hope that this approach is useful. We value your ... [more]


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    IBM z/OS V2R2: Unix Systems Services
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 16 Dec 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication familiarizes you with the technical changes that were introduced into the UNIX System Services areas with IBM z/OS® V2R2. This book is one of a series of IBM Redbooks publications that take a modular approach to providing information about the updates that are included within z/OS V2R2. This approach has the following goals: - Provide modular content - Group the technical changes into a topic - Provide a more streamlined way of finding relevant information that is based on the topic We hope you find this approach useful. We value your ... [more]


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    IBM z/OS V2R2: Sysplex
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 16 Dec 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps you to become familiar with the technical changes that were introduced into the Sysplex areas with IBM z/OS® V2R2. This book is one of a series of IBM Redbooks publications that takes a modular approach to providing information about the updates that are contained within z/OS V2R2. This approach includes the following goals: - Provide modular content - Group the technical changes into topics - Provide a more streamlined way of finding relevant information that is based on the topic We hope you find this approach useful and value your ... [more]


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    IBM GDPS Active/Active Overview and Planning
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 7 Apr 2015, last updated 15 Dec 2015

    IBM® Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex™ (GDPS®) is a collection of several offerings, each addressing a different set of IT resiliency goals. It can be tailored to meet the recovery point objective (RPO), which is how much data can you are willing to lose or recreate, and the recovery time objective (RTO), which identifies how long can you afford to be without your systems for your business from the initial outage to having your critical business processes available to users. Each offering uses a combination of server and storage hardware or software-based replication, and ... [more]


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    Deploying IBM Spectrum Accelerate on Cloud
    Software Defined Storage

    Redpaper, published 15 Dec 2015

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication provides information about IBM Spectrum Accelerate™ on Cloud. IBM Spectrum Accelerate on Cloud supplies a smart storage solution using servers on SoftLayer® cloud. It enables you to consume storage as a service without the need to install or maintain any hardware or software components. IBM Spectrum Accelerate on Cloud enables users to replicate data in the cloud, as an affordable disaster recovery (DR) solution. The primary data can be either on IBM XIV® Storage System devices, or IBM Spectrum Accelerate, on or off premises. The initial deployment on ... [more]


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    IBM z/OS V2R2: JES2, JES3, and SDSF
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 15 Dec 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps you to become familiar with the technical changes that were introduced into the JES2 JES3, and SDSF areas with IBM z/OS® V2R2. This book includes the following chapters: - Chapter 1, “JES2” on page 1: This chapter describes the JES2 updates that are related to z/OS V2R2. - Chapter 2, “JES3” on page 29: This chapter describes the enhancements that are provided in JES3 by z/OS V2R. - Chapter 3, “System Display and Search Facility” on page 39: This chapter describes the changes in SDSF in z/OS V2R2. This book is one of a series of IBM Redbooks that ... [more]


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    IBM System Storage SAN48B-5
    Storage Networking

    Product Guide, published 3 Dec 2013, last updated 14 Dec 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide describes the IBM System Storage® SAN48B-5 switch. The IBM System Storage SAN48B-5 switch is designed to meet the demands of hyper-scale private or hybrid cloud storage environments by delivering 16 Gbps Fibre Channel technology and capabilities that support highly virtualized environments. To enable greater flexibility and investment protection, the SAN48B-5 switch can be configured for 24, 36, or 48 ports, and supports 2, 4, 8, 10, or 16 Gbps speeds in an efficiently designed 1U package. This switch, now enhanced with enterprise connectivity options that ... [more]


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    Accelerating Data Transformation with IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS
    Information Management

    Redbooks, published 10 Dec 2015, last updated 11 Dec 2015

    Transforming data from operational data models to purpose-oriented data structures has been commonplace for the last decades. Data transformations are heavily used in all types of industries to provide information to various users at different levels. Depending on individual needs, the transformed data is stored in various different systems. Sending operational data to other systems for further processing is then required, and introduces much complexity to an existing information technology (IT) infrastructure. Although maintenance of additional hardware and software is one component, ... [more]


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    IBM System Networking SAN96B-5
    Storage Networking

    Product Guide, published 3 Dec 2013, last updated 11 Dec 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide describes the IBM System Networking SAN96B-5 switch, a scalable enterprise-class SAN switch for highly virtualized cloud environments. The IBM System Networking SAN96B-5 switch is a high-density, purpose-built, foundational building block for large and growing storage area network (SAN) infrastructures. It is designed to provide highly resilient, scalable, and simplified network infrastructure for storage. By delivering market-leading, Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology and capabilities with 16 Gbps performance, SAN96B-5 meets the demands of growing, dynamic ... [more]


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    IBM FlashSystem V9000 Product Guide
    Flash storage

    Product Guide, published 14 Apr 2015, last updated 9 Dec 2015

    IBM FlashSystem® V9000 is a comprehensive all-flash enterprise storage solution that delivers the full capabilities of IBM FlashCore™ technology plus a rich set of software-defined storage features, including IBM Real-time Compression™, dynamic tiering, thin provisioning, snapshots, cloning, replication, data copy services, and high-availability configurations. FlashSystem V9000 delivers agile integration and superior data economics with 4x greater density than competing all-flash products and scales up from 00 to 2.5 million IOPS with IBM MicroLatency™. The content of this TIPS material ... [more]


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    IBM DS8000: High-Performance Flash Enclosure
    Flash storage

    Product Guide, published 9 Dec 2015

    The high-performance flash enclosure (HPFE) is available for the IBM DS8870 and DS8880 models and offers integration and optimization of flash technology for mission-critical performance. The HPFE is a Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) storage enclosure that can support sixteen or thirty 400 GB encryption capable flash cards (1.8-inch, 46 mm form factor) in a 1U rack space. This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide describes the IBM DS8000® high-performance flash enclosure. HPFEs can be installed in the IBM DS8870 and IBM DS8880 storage ... [more]


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    IBM CICS Interdependency Analyzer
    z Systems Software

    Redbooks, published 8 Dec 2015

    The IBM® CICS® Interdependency Analyzer (CICS IA®) is a runtime tool for use with IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/OS®. CICS IA allows both system programmers and application developers to get an understanding of the relationships and dependencies of your CICS applications and the environment on which they run. By analyzing data collected by CICS IA, you can make changes to your environment in a safe and controlled but timely manner to address changing demands on your business applications. In this IBM Redbooks® publication, we first provide a detailed overview of what CICS IA is and what ... [more]


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    IBM Wave for z/VM Installation, Implementation, and Exploitation
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 8 Dec 2015

    IBM® Wave for z/VM® (IBM Wave) is a virtualization management solution for IBM z/VM and Linux on z Systems™. This virtualization management software provides a simplified and cost-effective way for companies to harness the consolidation capabilities of the IBM z™ Systems platform and its ability to host the workloads of tens of thousands of commodity servers. IBM Wave is a complete management solution for z Systems based virtual server farms. This IBM Redbooks® publication provides a guide to understanding IBM Wave by providing information about the IBM Wave architecture and how it fits ... [more]


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    IBM Financial Transaction Manager for Automated Clearing House Services
    Commerce

    Redbooks, published 8 Dec 2015

    Automated Clearing House (ACH) payment volume is increasing every year. NACHA estimates that ACH payments crossed 21 billion several years ago. Financial institutions are re-evaluating their current payment platforms. Financial Transaction Manager is a single interface that can handle ACH needs that cross various platforms. IBM® Financial Transaction Manager for ACH Services provides pre-built support for processing all ACH transactions that flow through financial systems. This includes ingestion, validation, transaction management, and distribution. The robust rules-based environment ... [more]


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    IBM FlashSystem V9000 and VMware Best Practices Guide
    Flash storage

    Redpaper, published 7 Dec 2015

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes best practices for deploying IBM FlashSystem™ V9000 enterprise storage system in a VMware vSphere environment. It includes guidelines and examples of the latest FlashSystem V9000 hardware and software, integrated with VMware version 6, to demonstrate the business benefits these solutions. Topics illustrate planning, configuring, operations, and preferred practices that include integration of FlashSystem V9000 with the VMware vCloud suite of applications:

    • vCenter Web Client (VWC)
    • vStorage APIs for Storage Awareness ... [more]


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    Building an API Bridge to Your IBM z Systems Applications and Data
    IBM Z

    Point-of-View, published 4 Dec 2015

    Enterprises worldwide have a wealth of application logic and capabilities that have formed the backbone of their online transaction processing (OLTP) workloads for decades. This application logic and these capabilities are core business assets and are industrial strength, proven, and time-tested. The question enterprises are pondering today is: How can they extend the value these applications provide and reuse parts of the applications to reach new audiences? Application programming interfaces (APIs) make it possible for the enterprise's core assets to be reused, shared, and even monetized ... [more]


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    Secure Hybrid Cloud Architecture with the PureApplication Family
    Cloud

    Solution Guide, published 4 Dec 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® Solution Guide outlines how products in the IBM PureApplication® family, IBM Cloud Orchestrator, and Open technologies can be designed to create a secure hybrid cloud solution.


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    Systems of Insight for Digital Transformation: Using IBM Operational Decision Manager Advanced and Predictive Analytics
    Smarter Process

    Redbooks, published 3 Dec 2015

    Systems of record (SORs) are engines that generates value for your business. Systems of engagement (SOE) are always evolving and generating new customer-centric experiences and new opportunities to capitalize on the value in the systems of record. The highest value is gained when systems of record and systems of engagement are brought together to deliver insight. Systems of insight (SOI) monitor and analyze what is going on with various behaviors in the systems of engagement and information being stored or transacted in the systems of record. SOIs seek new opportunities, risks, and ... [more]


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    Implementing IBM Spectrum Scale
    Software Defined Storage

    Redpaper, published 11 Nov 2015, last updated 2 Dec 2015

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes IBM Spectrum™ Scale, which is a scalable, high-performance data and file management solution, built on proven IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS™) technology. Providing reliability, performance and scalability, IBM Spectrum Scale™ can be implemented for a range of diverse requirements. This publication can help you install, tailor, and configure the environment, which is created from a combination of physical and logical components: hardware, operating system, storage, network, and applications. Knowledge of these components is key for ... [more]


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    Big Data Analytics with IBM Cognos Dynamic Cubes
    Analytics

    Solution Guide, published 14 Sep 2015, last updated 27 Nov 2015

    With IBM® Cognos® Business Intelligence, you have a proven enterprise business intelligence (BI) platform with an open-data access strategy. Because Cognos Business Intelligence uses a business language that is relevant to consumers, you can pull data from various data sources. Then, you can package it into a business model and make it available to consumers in various interfaces that are suited to the task. IBM Cognos Dynamic Cubes, which is a feature of the Cognos Business Intelligence V10.2.2 software, complements the existing query engine. As explained in this IBM Redbooks® Solution ... [more]


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    IBM FlashSystem V840
    Flash storage

    Product Guide, published 28 Feb 2014, last updated 24 Nov 2015

    The IBM® FlashSystem™ V840 delivers high performance, efficiency, and reliability for shared enterprise storage environments, while simplifying data management, improving data security, and preserving your investments in storage with advanced software-defined storage. November 12, 2015 - Updated to include IBM FlashSystem V840 version 7.6 functionality.


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    Integrating IBM PureApplication System into an Existing Data Center
    Application Platform

    Redbooks, published 19 Nov 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps you with the integration of IBM PureApplication® System and IBM PureApplication Software into an existing data center. This publication describes certain scenarios that are considered critical (based on IBM client experiences) for a successful implementation of PureApplication Software or PureApplication System into an existing data center. It covers the planning, installation, and configuration of both PureApplication System and PureApplication Software. Both PureApplication System and PureApplication Software offer on-premises solutions that use proven ... [more]


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    Systems of Insight Overview
    Smarter Process

    Solution Guide, published 17 Nov 2015

    Decision making is a critical function in any enterprise. The decision-making process that is enhanced by analytics can be described as consuming and collecting data, detecting relationships and patterns, applying sophisticated analysis techniques, reporting, and automation of the follow-on action. The IT system that supports decision making is composed of the traditional "systems of record", “systems of engagement”, and the “systems of insight”. This IBM® Redbooks® Solution Guide introduces the concept of systems of insight based on what is detailed in the IBM Redbooks publication ... [more]


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    Streamline Management of the IBM z Systems Host Cryptographic Module Using IBM Trusted Key Entry
    IBM Z

    Point-of-View, published 12 Nov 2015

    Every organization has the goal and responsibility to ensure data confidentiality, integrity, and authenticity. Cryptographic systems are extensively used to provide the security needed for data transport. Cryptographic systems use keys to lock and unlock the encrypted data. The security and management of these keys is critical to the cryptographic system’s viability. For IBM® z Systems™, the Host Cryptographic Module keys are the most important keys that you have. Many standards require that the key parts for master keys never be in the clear outside of a Hardware Security Module (HSM). ... [more]


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    Enabling IBM MQ Messaging with the IBM MQ Appliance
    Application Integration

    Solution Guide, published 9 Nov 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® Solution Guide describes the IBM MQ Appliance M2000, an application connectivity option that combines secure, reliable IBM MQ messaging with the simplicity and low overall costs of a hardware appliance. The concept behind the IBM MQ Appliance M2000 is simple: Combine the customer-proven scalability and security of IBM MQ messaging software with the simplicity, ease-of-use, and low total costs of a hardware appliance. Enterprises have long used IBM MQ messaging to integrate applications, systems, and services reliably and securely. Now, with the IBM MQ Appliance M2000, IBM ... [more]


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    Integrating the IBM MQ Appliance into your IBM MQ Infrastructure
    Application Integration

    Redbooks, published 2 Nov 2015, last updated 9 Nov 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the IBM MQ Appliance M2000, an application connectivity option that combines secure, reliable IBM MQ messaging with the simplicity and low overall costs of a hardware appliance. This book presents underlying concepts and practical advice for integrating the IBM MQ Appliance M2000 into an IBM MQ infrastructure. Therefore, it is aimed at enterprises that are considering a possible first use of IBM MQ and the IBM MQ Appliance M2000 and those that already identified the appliance as a logical addition to their messaging environment. Details about new ... [more]


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    Using Liberty for DevOps, Continuous Delivery, and Deployment
    Application Platform

    Redbooks, published 6 Nov 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides an example approach for an agile IT team to implement DevOps capabilities in their software delivery of a Java application. We introduce several tools that show how teams can achieve transparency, traceability, and automation in their application lifecycle to all of the stakeholders to deliver a high-quality application that meets its initial requirements. The application that is built highlights the composable and dynamic nature of the Liberty run time. The Liberty run time helps developers to get their applications up and running quickly by using ... [more]


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    Reduce Risk and Improve Security on IBM Mainframes: Volume 3 Mainframe Subsystem and Application Security
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 2 Nov 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication documents the strength and value of the IBM security strategy with IBM z™ Systems hardware and software. In an age of increasing security consciousness and more and more dangerous advanced persistent threats, IBM z Systems™ provides the capabilities to address the needs of today's business security challenges. This publication explores how z Systems hardware is designed to provide integrity, process isolation, and cryptographic capability to help address security requirements. We highlight the features of IBM z/OS® and other operating systems, which offer a ... [more]


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    Implementing Video in an IBM Content Navigator Application
    Enterprise Content Management

    Web Doc, published 30 Oct 2015, last updated 2 Nov 2015

    This IBM Redbooks video covers the topics related to IBM enterprise content management (ECM) applications that will use the capabilities of Kaltura Video Navigator for ECM, IBM Content Navigator, IBM FileNet Content Manager, and IBM Case Manager. This video is not a comprehensive development guide for IBM ECM video applications but is a guide to help you implement your own solution, which might include some or all of the products in the portfolio. This video provides helpful real-world based advice for those involved in design, installation, and administration of systems that will use video ... [more]


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    IBM Security Access Manager Appliance Deployment Patterns
    Security

    Redpaper, published 23 Oct 2015, last updated 2 Nov 2015

    IBM® Security Access Manager is a modular, integrated access management appliance that helps secure access to web, mobile, and cloud workloads. It is offered both as a physical appliance and as a virtual appliance image that runs on several popular hypervisors. The integrated appliance form factor enables easier and more flexible deployment and maintenance. This IBM Redpaper™ publication describes the different Security Access Manager Appliance V9.0 deployment patterns and uses hands-on examples to demonstrate how to initially configure systems in those deployments. It also describes ... [more]


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    IBM i 7.1 Technical Overview with Technology Refresh Updates
    Power Systems

    Redbooks, published 28 Dec 2014, last updated 29 Oct 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides a technical overview of the features, functions, and enhancements available in IBM i 7.1, including all the Technology Refresh (TR) levels from TR1 to TR7. It provides a summary and brief explanation of the many capabilities and functions in the operating system. It also describes many of the licensed programs and application development tools that are associated with IBM i. The information provided in this book is useful for clients, IBM Business Partners, and IBM service professionals who are involved with planning, supporting, upgrading, and ... [more]


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    IBM FlashSystem V9000 in a VersaStack Environment
    Flash storage

    Solution Guide, published 28 Oct 2015

    VersaStack, an IBM and Cisco integrated infrastructure solution, combines computing, networking, and storage into a single integrated system. It combines the Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®) Integrated Infrastructure with IBM Spectrum Virtualize™, which includes IBM FlashSystem® V9000 and IBM Storwize® storage offerings, for quick deployment and rapid time to value for the implementation of modern infrastructures. With comprehensive reference architectures that include Cisco Validated Designs (CVDs), IBM Redbooks® publications, sizing guidelines, and single-call support, the ... [more]


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    Implementing Document Imaging and Capture Solutions with IBM Datacap
    Enterprise Content Management

    Redbooks, published 2 Oct 2015, last updated 27 Oct 2015

    Organizations face many challenges in managing ever-increasing documents that they need to conduct their businesses. IBM® content management and imaging solutions can capture, store, manage, integrate, and deliver various forms of content throughout an enterprise. These tools can help reduce costs associated with content management and help organizations deliver improved customer service. The advanced document capture capabilities are provided through IBM Datacap software. This IBM Redbooks® publication focuses on Datacap components, system architecture, functions, and capabilities. It ... [more]


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    IBM WebSphere Application Server V8.5 Administration and Configuration Guide for Liberty Profile
    Application Platform

    Redbooks, published 26 Oct 2015

    IBM® WebSphere® Application Server V8.5 includes a Liberty profile, which is a highly composable, dynamic application server profile. It is designed for two specific use cases: Developers with a smaller production runtime, and production environments. For developers, it focuses on the tasks that a developer does most frequently, and makes it possible for the developer to complete those tasks as quickly and as simply as possible. For production environments, it provides a dynamic, small footprint runtime to be able to maximize system resources. This IBM Redbooks® publication targets ... [more]


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    SAS Business Analytics Deployment on IBM POWER8 Processor-Based Systems: With IBM XIV Storage System and IBM FlashSystem
    Flash storage

    Redpaper, published 13 Oct 2015, last updated 26 Oct 2015

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the performance tuning guidelines that can help you successfully deploy SAS business analytics on IBM POWER8® processor-based servers. The paper describes the test environment, the testing that was performed, and SAS analytics performance results. The test environment includes the SAS business analytics solution running on an IBM Power System S822 (8284-22A) server with IBM AIX® 7.1 operating system and IBM XIV® Storage System Gen3 with IBM Spectrum™ Scale (formerly IBM GPFS™). This paper also describes the deployment of SAS analytics on IBM ... [more]


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    VersaStack Solution by Cisco and IBM with SQL, Spectrum Control, and Spectrum Protect
    Software Defined Storage

    Redbooks, published 26 Oct 2015

    Dynamic organizations want to accelerate growth while reducing costs. To do so, they must speed the deployment of business applications and adapt quickly to any changes in priorities. Organizations today require an IT infrastructure to be easy, efficient, and versatile. The VersaStack solution by Cisco and IBM® can help you accelerate the deployment of your data centers. It reduces costs by more efficiently managing information and resources while maintaining your ability to adapt to business change. The VersaStack solution combines the innovation of Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure with ... [more]


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    Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.4 Installation and Upgrade on IBM Power S824
    Power Systems

    Redpaper, published 22 Oct 2015

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication provides the details for setting up an environment on AIX 7.1 on an IBM Power Systems S824 so you can install and upgrade Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2. It provides a step-by-step installation of Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 for AIX 7.1. This document also provides a consolidated list of database and application tier patches to upgrade Oracle E-Business Suite from release 12.2.0 to 12.2.4, and explains how to apply patches. This document is written for those who are newly installing Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 version 12.2.0 and ... [more]


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    Managing Ever-Increasing Amounts of Data with IBM DB2 for z/OS: Using Temporal Data Management, Archive Transparency, and the DB2 Analytics Accelerator
    Analytics

    Redbooks, published 25 Sep 2015, last updated 20 Oct 2015

    IBM® DB2® Version 11.1 for z/OS® (DB2 11 for z/OS or just DB2 11 throughout this book) is the fifteenth release of DB2 for IBM MVS™. The DB2 11 environment is available either for new installations of DB2 or for migrations from DB2 10 for z/OS subsystems only. This IBM Redbooks® publication describes enhancements that are available with DB2 11 for z/OS. The contents help database administrators to understand the new extensions and performance enhancements, to plan for ways to use the key new capabilities, and to justify the investment in installing or migrating to DB2 11. Businesses are ... [more]


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    Cisco MDS 9396S 16G Multilayer Fabric Switch for IBM System Storage
    Storage Networking

    Product Guide, published 20 Oct 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide describes the Cisco MDS 9396S 16G Multilayer Fabric Switch for IBM System Storage®. The Cisco MDS 9396S 16G Multilayer Fabric Switch (Figure 1) is the latest generation of the high performance, high density, and highly reliable Cisco MDS Series Fabric switches. It combines high performance with outstanding flexibility and cost effectiveness. This robust, compact, 2-rack-unit (2RU) switch scales from 48 to 96 line-rate 16-Gbps Fibre Channel ports. The Cisco MDS 9396S is excellent for these situations:


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    IBM DS8000 and DSCLIbroker
    Disk storage

    Redpaper, published 22 Jan 2015, last updated 16 Oct 2015

    The DSCLIbroker is a scripting framework that automates Copy Services functions. The DSCLIbroker provides the following features: -- Grouping volumes according to applications or other context -- Simplifies the execution of Copy Services commands -- Provides a scripting framework for implementing automation functions This IBM Redpaper™ publication describes IBM DS8000® and the DSCLIbroker scripting framework and its features.


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    Liberty in a DevOps Continuous Delivery Environment
    Application Platform

    Solution Guide, published 14 Oct 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® Solution Guide describes the benefits of Java development using IBM WebSphere® Application Server Liberty (Liberty) in a DevOps manner. The guide shows using a number of IBM and non-IBM tools that can be used throughout the application lifecycle management (ALM).


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    Combining IBM Storwize V7000 IP Replication and Oracle Data Guard: Reference Guide for Database and Storage Administrators
    Disk storage

    Redpaper, published 13 Oct 2015

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication combines Oracle Data Guard and IBM remote copy technologies and discusses the use of the near disaster and far disaster concepts that are best suited for customer environments. The Oracle Data Guard technology is native to the Oracle database and does not depend on the server and storage replication. It requires less network bandwidth to transfer the data from a primary site to a standby site, because it transports only log files. But it is a more complex implementation when compared to storage replication and must be implemented for each database ... [more]


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    Always On: Considerations When Adopting the Cloud
    Cloud

    Redguide, published 13 Oct 2015

    As organizations look to differentiate in the marketplace, they are increasingly shifting their focus to the cloud as a preferred model for developing and hosting their solutions. The use of application programming interfaces (APIs) in the API economy is accelerating the rate by which organizations can deliver their solutions. Although the business value of the use of cloud computing and the API economy can be understood, the operational requirements to realize the business value are not understood; specifically, the operational expectation of the cloud being Always On. We assert that ... [more]


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    IBM z Systems: Performance Report on Exploiting SMT for SAP Application Servers on z13
    IBM Z

    Redpaper, published 13 Oct 2015

    With the recent availability of the IBM z13™ machine, the new processor chip offers intelligently implemented 2-way simultaneous multithreading. Simultaneous multithreading (SMT) allows two active instruction streams per core, each dynamically sharing the core's execution resources. The SMT feature is available in IBM® z13 for workloads running on the Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) and the z Integrated Information Processor (zIIP). SAP on IBM z Systems™ is an excellent candidate in employing zIIP processors for the SAP database server, and IFL processors for SAP application servers. ... [more]


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    Applying Analytics to IMS Data Helps Achieve Competitive Advantage
    z Systems Software

    Point-of-View, published 9 Oct 2015

    Business intelligence and analytics helps organization use insights that are drawn from their operational data, which gives them a competitive edge. Traditional copying of data from the source platform to data warehouses is costly and can be a security exposure. Copying data ages data out of its productive use and impedes the delivery of business insight. Data warehouses traditionally do not lend themselves to data intensive analytics. The solution is to bring analytics to the data while retaining the quality of service required by organizations. This IBM Redbooks® Point-of-View publication ... [more]


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    IBM Software for SAP Solutions
    Enterprise Content Management

    Redbooks, published 29 Sep 2015

    SAP is a market leader in enterprise business application software. SAP solutions provide a rich set of composable application modules, and configurable functional capabilities that are expected from a comprehensive enterprise business application software suite. In most cases, companies that adopt SAP software remain heterogeneous enterprises running both SAP and non-SAP systems to support their business processes. Regardless of the specific scenario, in heterogeneous enterprises most SAP implementations must be integrated with a variety of non-SAP enterprise systems:


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    Reduce Risk and Improve Security on IBM Mainframes: Volume 2 Mainframe Communication and Networking Security
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 25 Sep 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication documents the strength and value of the IBM security strategy with IBM z Systems hardware and software (referred to in this book by the previous product name, IBM System z®). In an age of increasing security consciousness and more dangerous and advanced persistent threats, System z provides the capabilities to address today’s business security challenges. This book explores how System z hardware is designed to provide integrity, process isolation, and cryptographic capability to help address security requirements. We highlight the features of IBM z/OS® and ... [more]


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    IBM SONAS Best Practices
    Storage Solutions

    Redbooks, published 25 Sep 2015

    As IBM® Scale Out Network Attached Storage (SONAS) is adopted, it is important to provide information about planning, installation, and daily administration. This IBM Redbooks® publication also describes leading tuning practices information gained by those who implement and support SONAS. These preferred practices are based on hands-on experience from the field. Monitoring of the SONAS system is included. This IBM Redbooks publication provides information about IBM SONAS features and function at the 1.5.1 level. This book is the companion to the IBM SONAS Implementation Guide, ... [more]


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    Taking Advantage of SAP Banking Solutions in an IBM zEnterprise Multiplatform Environment
    Industry Solutions

    Redguide, published 4 Feb 2014, last updated 22 Sep 2015

    This IBM® Redguide® publication explores the business challenges that CIOs in the banking industry face today. It focuses on three core concerns: Ways to reduce the business risk that is involved with operating IT systems and improving infrastructure resilience, enabling business growth by quickly meeting increasing demands from customers, and meeting rapidly changing regulatory compliance requirements. This guide explains how the technology of the IBM zEnterprise® System running SAP for Banking solution solves these major challenges in a cost-effective manner. It provides insight for ... [more]


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    IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack on z Systems V4.2
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 22 Sep 2015

    IBM® Cloud Manager with OpenStack for z Systems™, V4.2 is an easy-to-use cloud management solution that serves as a control point for cloud managed resources based on the OpenStack Juno distribution. IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack for z Systems, V4.2 can operate as a cloud management hub that can manage IBM z Systems™, IBM Power Systems™, and x86 resources from a central point of control. This IBM Redbooks® publication gives a broad understanding of the architecture for IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack for z Systems, V4.2, and how it can be implemented and deployed to support cloud ... [more]


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    Enterprise Content Management for SAP
    Enterprise Content Management

    Redpaper, published 15 Sep 2015

    IBM® Enterprise Content Management (ECM) portfolio software enables the largest organizations in the world to make better decisions, faster. By gaining control of structured and unstructured information, organizations can access, collaborate, and influence business decisions in new ways, making content a first-class source of insight. With industry-specific IBM ECM solutions, organizations can capture, manage, and share content throughout the information lifecycle, helping to ensure compliance, reduce costs, and maximize productivity. The IBM ECM portfolio includes a wide array of ... [more]


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    Implementing an IBM High-Performance Computing Solution on IBM POWER8
    Power Systems

    Redbooks, published 15 Sep 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication documents and addresses topics to provide step-by-step programming concepts to tune the applications to use IBM POWER8® hardware architecture with the technical computing software stack. This publication explores, tests, and documents how to implement an IBM high-performance computing (HPC) solution on POWER8 by using IBM technical innovations to help solve challenging scientific, technical, and business problems. This book demonstrates and documents that the combination of IBM HPC hardware and software solutions delivers significant value to technical ... [more]


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    IBM PureApplication Software Version 2.1 on VersaStack: Designing and Implementing PureApplication Software on VersaStack
    Application Platform

    Redpaper, published 9 Sep 2015

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication covers how to use the Cisco IBM VersaStack integrated infrastructure as a platform for IBM Middleware by using the IBM PureApplication® Software V2.1 product, which has the means to install, configure, and manage IBM Middleware on VersaStack. VersaStack can run many software stacks, and PureApplication Software can run on many integrated infrastructures. This paper gives specific design and implementation recommendations for integrating PureApplication Software Version 2.1 on to Cisco IBM VersaStack. Most of this paper focuses on PureApplication Software ... [more]


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    IBM WebSphere Application Server Liberty Profile Guide for Developers
    Application Platform

    Redbooks, published 30 Jul 2015, last updated 9 Sep 2015

    IBM® WebSphere® Application Server V8.5 includes a Liberty profile, which is a highly composable, dynamic application server profile. It is designed for two specific use cases: Developer with a smaller production run time, and production environments. For a developer, it focuses on the tasks that a developer does most frequently and makes it possible for the developer to complete those tasks as quickly and as simply as possible. For production environments, it provides a dynamic, small footprint run time to be able to maximize system resources. This IBM Redbooks® publication provides you ... [more]


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    Creating Applications in Bluemix Using the Microservices Approach
    Application Integration

    Solution Guide, published 8 Sep 2015

    Microservices is an architecture style, in which large complex software applications are composed of one ore more microservices. Each microservice focuses on doing one task representing a small business capability. These microservices can be developed in any programming language and communicate with each other using language-agnostic APIs such as REST or messaging applications such as IBM MQ Light. This IBM Redbooks Solution Guide gives a broad understanding of this increasingly popular architectural style and show how you can develop applications using the microservices approach with IBM ... [more]


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    Deploying IBM FlashSystem V840 Storage in a VMware and Cloud Environment
    Flash storage

    Redpaper, published 23 Jan 2015, last updated 3 Sep 2015

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes how to implement a cloud-based solution with IBM FlashSystem™ V840 in a VMware and IBM Storage Integration Server environment. It walks the reader through planning, setup, configuration, and operations. It also provides tips for implementing FlashSystem V840 in a WMware environment by using IBM Storage Integration Server and WMware tools for optimizing and provisioning V840 storage.


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    Integrating an IBM PureApplication Environment
    Application Platform

    Solution Guide, published 2 Sep 2015

    The decision to integrate an IBM® PureApplication® System or IBM PureApplication Software into an existing data center is a disruptive event that affects many teams. This IBM Redbooks® Solution Guide provides a quick look at integrating a PureApplication System or PureApplication Software in to your data center.


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    IBM Spectrum Accelerate Reference Architecture
    Software Defined Storage

    Redpaper, published 18 Aug 2015, last updated 1 Sep 2015

    IBM® Spectrum™ Accelerate, a member of the IBM Spectrum Storage™ family is an agile, software-defined storage solution for enterprise and cloud that builds on the customer-proven and mature IBM XIV® storage software. The key characteristic of Spectrum Accelerate is that it can be easily deployed and run on purpose-built or existing hardware chosen by the customer. IBM Spectrum Accelerate enables rapid deployment of high-performance and scalable block data storage infrastructure over commodity hardware, either on-premises, or off-premises. This technical publication describes a Spectrum ... [more]


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    IBM Bluemix The Cloud Platform for Creating and Delivering Applications
    Cloud

    Redpaper, published 1 Sep 2015

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication gives readers a broad understanding of IBM Bluemix™ cloud application development platform capabilities. Providing a platform as a service (PaaS) environment as one of its run times, along with containers and virtual machines, Bluemix uses the Cloud Foundry project as one of its open source technologies to accelerate new application development and DevOps methods. It provides optimized and flexible workloads, enables continuous availability, and simplifies delivery and manageability of an application by providing prebuilt services and hosting capabilities. ... [more]


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    IBM CICS Performance Series: Comparing Type 2 and Type 4 JDBC Driver Performance with IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/OS V5.2 Liberty JVM server
    z Systems Software

    Redpaper, published 28 Aug 2015

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a study of the performance of a Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) application that is hosted by an IBM CICS® Transaction Server for z/OS® (CICS) V5.2 Liberty Java virtual machine (JVM) server that connects to an IBM DB2® for z/OS database server. The use of type 2 and type 4 Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) drivers supplied by DB2 for z/OS is described, and performance comparisons are made using processor (CPU) resource use and response time data. CPU usage data includes measurement of offload eligibility using IBM System z® Integrated ... [more]


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    Best Practices for DB2 on AIX 6.1 for POWER Systems
    Analytics

    Redbooks, published 8 Apr 2010, last updated 27 Aug 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication presents a best practices guide for DB2® and InfoSphere™ Warehouse performance on a AIX® 6L with Power Systems™ virtualization environment. It covers Power hardware features such as PowerVM™, multi-page support, Reliability, Availability, and Serviceability (RAS) and how to best exploit them with DB2 LUW workloads for both transactional and data warehousing systems. The popularity and reach of DB2 and InfoSphere Warehouse has grown in recent years. Enterprises are relying more on these products for their mission-critical transactional and data warehousing ... [more]


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    Securely Expose Business Assets and Fuel Innovation
    IBM Z

    Point-of-View, published 26 Aug 2015

    Cloud computing is an obvious technology option considered by many C-level executives. However, understanding when and how to use it can make all the difference when it comes to business success or catastrophic failure.

    • The cloud is arguably an appropriate platform for many Systems of Engagement applications.
    • Systems of Record, with exceptionally high security requirements, are best hosted locally.
    • IBM® mainframes, the de facto Systems of Record for businesses today, require absolutely secure connectivity to off-premises cloud-based Systems of Engagement. IBM ... [more]


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    Secure Hybrid Cloud Connectivity with IBM Bluemix and z Systems
    IBM Z

    Redpaper, published 24 Jul 2015, last updated 21 Aug 2015

    In demand-intensive mobile and web applications, an emerging pattern is to host the Systems of Engagement in the cloud (for maximum responsiveness) but keep the Systems of Record with the other important business systems in the company datacenter, often on a tightly-secured mainframe. But what about the space in between? In this IBM Redpaper publication, we show that the IBM Bluemix cloud platform offers technologies that make it easy for cloud-based SoEs to securely connect to on-premises IBM mainframes, creating a fully secure, end-to-end, SoE-SoR ... [more]


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    Modernize Your IBM DB2 for IBM z/OS Maintenance with Utility Autonomics
    Information Management

    Redbooks, published 20 Aug 2015

    IBM® DB2® for IBM z/OS® helps lower the cost of managing data by automating administration, increasing storage efficiency, improving performance, and simplifying the deployment of virtual appliances. By automating tasks such as memory allocation, storage management, and business policy maintenance, DB2 is able to perform many management tasks itself, freeing up Database Administrators to focus on new projects. This IBM Redbooks® publication introduces autonomics for DB2 for z/OS. IBM provides several different components that, when combined, can create an autonomic database environment. All ... [more]


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    Manage Your Clouds with IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack for z Systems, V4.2
    IBM Z

    Solution Guide, published 20 Aug 2015

    New services and capabilities are being made available to cloud computing environments on an ongoing basis. Taking advantage of these new services and capabilities is important to enhancing and improving your cloud environment and your business. Being able to manage these changes and your overall cloud environment is critical to ensuring you are providing a reliable operating environment for your organization. IBM® Cloud Manager with OpenStack for z Systems™, V4.2 provides advanced OpenStack integration and cloud virtualization and management capabilities for IBM z™ Systems. Incorporating ... [more]


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    IBM Software Defined Environment
    Cloud

    Redbooks, published 12 Aug 2015, last updated 14 Aug 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication introduces the IBM Software Defined Environment (SDE) solution, which helps to optimize the entire computing infrastructure--compute, storage, and network resources--so that it can adapt to the type of work required. In today's environment, resources are assigned manually to workloads, but that happens automatically in a SDE. In an SDE, workloads are dynamically assigned to IT resources based on application characteristics, best-available resources, and service level policies so that they deliver continuous, dynamic optimization and reconfiguration to address ... [more]


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    IBM PowerVP: Introduction and Technical Overview
    Power Systems

    Redpaper, published 14 Aug 2015

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a comprehensive guide that covers IBM Power Virtualization Performance (PowerVP™) for IBM Power Systems™ Version 1.1.3. The objective of this paper is to introduce the features and benefits of PowerVP:

    • Real-time monitoring
    • Intuitive and customizable GUI
    • Background data collection
    • Multiple dynamic views
    • Recording and replay
    • Data stores
    • Thresholds and alarms
    This publication is for professionals who are involved in performance and capacity planning, support, design, and deployment of IBM PowerVM® on ... [more]


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    IBM SAN Survival Guide
    Storage Networking

    Redbooks, published 13 Aug 2003, last updated 5 Aug 2015

    As we all know, large ocean going ships never collide with icebergs. However, occasionally life deals out some unexpected pleasures for us to cope with. Surviving any disaster in life is usually a lot easier if you have prepared adequately by taking into account the likely problems, solutions, and their implementation. In this IBM Redbooks publication, we limit ourselves to those situations in which it is likely that a SAN will be deployed. We present the IBM SAN portfolio of products, going a little under the surface to show the fault tolerant features that they utilize, and then describe ... [more]


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    The IBM Virtualization Engine TS7510: Getting Started with i5/OS and Backup Recovery and Media Services
    Power Systems

    Redbooks, published 9 Mar 2007, last updated 5 Aug 2015

    This IBM Redbooks publication provides a getting started level of information about supporting the IBM Virtualization Engine TS7510 under i5/OS, primarily using the Backup Recovery and Media Services (BRMS), 5722-BR1, management product. BRMS is the primary backup and recovery management product for i5/OS. This book cannot make you an expert in i5/OS backup and recovery or in the use of BRMS. It also cannot make you an expert in full usage and management of the IBM Virtualization Engine TS7510 capabilities. More complete coverage of the TS7510 is included in the book IBM Virtualization ... [more]


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    FlashSystem 900 Product Guide
    Flash storage

    Product Guide, published 19 Feb 2015, last updated 4 Aug 2015

    The IBM® FlashSystem™ 900 storage system with IBM FlashCore technology delivers high performance, efficiency, and reliability for shared enterprise storage environments, IBM FlashSystem 900 is designed to provide scalable performance for the most demanding enterprise class applications, including virtualized or bare-metal OLTP and OLAP databases, virtual desktop infrastructures, technical computing applications, and cloud environments.


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    IBM Cognos Dynamic Cubes
    Analytics

    Redbooks, published 31 Jul 2015

    IBM® Cognos® Business Intelligence (BI) provides a proven enterprise BI platform with an open data strategy. Cognos BI provides customers with the ability to use data from any source, package it into a business model, and make it available to consumers in various interfaces that are tailored to the task. IBM Cognos Dynamic Cubes complements the existing Cognos BI capabilities and continues the tradition of an open data model. It focuses on extending the scalability of the IBM Cognos platform to enable speed-of-thought analytics over terabytes of enterprise data, without having to invest in a ... [more]


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    Subsystem and Transaction Monitoring and Tuning with DB2 11 for z/OS
    Information Management

    Redbooks, published 28 Feb 2014, last updated 29 Jul 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication discusses in detail the facilities of DB2® for z/OS®, which allow complete monitoring of a DB2 environment. It focuses on the use of the DB2 instrumentation facility component (IFC) to provide monitoring of DB2 data and events and includes suggestions for related tuning. We discuss the collection of statistics for the verification of performance of the various components of the DB2 system and accounting for tracking the behavior of the applications. We have intentionally omitted considerations for query optimization; they are worth a separate document. Use ... [more]


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    Configuring and Deploying Open Source with IBM WebSphere Application Server Liberty Profile
    Application Platform

    Redbooks, published 21 Jul 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication explains the capabilities of IBM WebSphere® Application Server Liberty profile (Liberty profile), which is lightweight, easy to install, and fast to use. Liberty profile provides a convenient and capable platform for developing and testing your web and OSGi applications. The Liberty profile server is built by using OSGi technology and concepts. The fit-for-purpose nature of the run time relies on the dynamic behavior that is inherent in the OSGi framework and service registry. As bundles are installed or uninstalled from the framework, their services are ... [more]


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    IBM Datacap Accounts Payable Capture
    Enterprise Content Management

    Redpaper, published 17 Jul 2015

    The IBM® Datacap Accounts Payable Capture application is a learning application. Using a number of techniques, it has the ability to learn new instances of known documents when they are introduced into the system. The Accounts Payable Capture workflow can be used for many types of documents and applications, not just invoices. This IBM Redpaper™ publication discusses the role that IBM Datacap Accounts Payable Capture plays in Accounts Payable (AP). You are introduced to the different jobs in the workflow and examine the task profiles, rulesets, rules, functions, and actions that make it ... [more]


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    Optimizing Database Administration with IBM DB2 Autonomics for z/OS
    Information Management

    Solution Guide, published 17 Jul 2015

    We live in an age when data is one of an organization’s most important assets. Companies want the ability to deliver the right information to the right people at the right time. Being agile and applying predictive analytics is the key to the insights needed to grow business so that it remains at a peak competitive edge. The cost of database administration can greatly exceed the cost of the database software and hardware, so it is critical that your database administrator’s time is used effectively and efficiently. IBM® DB2® for z/OS® helps lower the cost of managing data by automating ... [more]


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    IBM System Storage SAN768B-2 and SAN384B-2 Fabric Backbones
    Storage Networking

    Product Guide, published 3 Dec 2013, last updated 14 Jul 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide describes the IBM System Storage® SAN768B-2 and SAN384B-2 fabric backbones. IBM System Storage SAN768B-2 and SAN384B-2 fabric backbones are among the industry's most powerful Fibre Channel (FC) switching infrastructure offerings. They provide reliable, scalable, high-performance foundations for mission-critical storage. These fabric backbones also deliver enterprise connectivity options to add support for IBM FICON® connectivity, offering a high-performing and reliable FICON infrastructure with fast and scalable IBM z Systems™ ... [more]


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    Exploring the DS8870 RESTful API Implementation
    Disk storage

    Redpaper, published 10 Jul 2015

    Representational State Transfer (REST) is a stateless architectural style and development approach that uses existing web technology and protocols, essentially Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP). This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the concepts, architecture, and design of the DS8870 RESTful API implementation, available for the DS8870 Release 7.5 and later. It demonstrates how clients can initiate RESTful API communications with their DS8870 storage from a web-browser client, or by using the cURL command-line tool. This paper is intended for readers who want to explore and experiment ... [more]


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    Cisco MDS 9250i Multiservice Fabric Switch for IBM System Storage
    Storage Networking

    Product Guide, published 19 May 2014, last updated 9 Jul 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide describes the Cisco MDS 9250i Multiservice Fabric Switch. The Cisco MDS 9250i Multiservice Fabric Switch, the next generation of the highly flexible, industry-leading, and proven Cisco MDS 9200 Series Multiservice Switches, is an optimized platform for deploying high performance SAN extension solutions, distributed intelligent fabric services, and cost-effective multiprotocol connectivity for both open systems and mainframe environments. With a compact form factor and advanced capabilities normally that are available only on director-class switches, the ... [more]


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    Implementing IBM FlashSystem 840
    Flash storage

    Redbooks, published 9 Jul 2015

    Almost all technological components in the data center are getting faster: central processing units, networks, storage area networks (SANs), and memory. All of them have improved their speed by a minimum of 10X; some of them by 100X, for example, data networks. However, spinning disk performance has only increased by 1.2 times. IBM® FlashSystem™ 840 version 1.3 closes this gap. The FlashSystem 840 is optimized for the data center to enable organizations of all sizes to strategically harness the value of stored data. It provides flexible capacity and extreme performance for the most ... [more]


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    IBM Spectrum Virtualize and IBM Spectrum Scale in an Enhanced Stretched Cluster Implementation
    Software Defined Storage

    Redpaper, published 8 Jul 2015

    Business continuity and continuous application availability are among the top requirements for many organizations. Advances in virtualization, storage, and networking have made enhanced business continuity possible. Information technology solutions can now manage both planned and unplanned outages, and provide the flexibility and cost efficiencies that are available from cloud-computing models. This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the following products and topics:

    • IBM Spectrum™ Virtualize, which is the software that is at the core of the IBM SAN Volume Controller ... [more]


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    IBM Public Safety Solutions for a Safer Planet
    Smarter Cities

    Redguide, published 7 Jul 2015

    IBM® public safety solutions bring a unified approach to public safety that fosters interagency collaboration and provides foundational data integration, visualization, and analysis tools that drive analytics and insights. Public safety solutions from IBM provide the optimum knowledge tools for modeling, assessing, and managing responses to the incidents and the people who pose danger. Public safety solutions from IBM include advanced capabilities that provide unified support for the critical missions of the law enforcement and emergency and incident management communities. This IBM ... [more]


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    IBM FileNet Capture and IBM Datacap
    Enterprise Content Management

    Redpaper, published 6 Jul 2015

    Document capture solutions play an important role in helping businesses collect, store, and manage important documents. Capture technologies continue to evolve, which requires businesses to take advantage of the solution that fits their particular needs. This IBM® Redpaper™ publication explores the capabilities of two key document capture products: IBM FileNet® Capture and IBM Datacap. Each product has common and distinct capabilities that fit the needs of their customers. The paper uses a specific document capture scenario to look at each product and show how they fit the needs of the ... [more]


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    IBM DS8870 with Firmware Release 7.5 Product Guide
    Disk storage

    Product Guide, published 16 Jul 2014, last updated 2 Jul 2015

    Built on over 50 years of Enterprise storage expertise, the IBM® DS8000® series is the flagship storage system within the IBM System Storage® portfolio. The IBM DS8870 represents the most recent in this series of high-performance, high-capacity, flexible, and resilient storage systems, aimed at addressing the needs of the most demanding clients. This IBM Redbooks® Product Guide is an overview of the features and functions offered by the IBM DS8870 with firmware Release ... [more]


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    IBM Software Defined Infrastructure for Big Data Analytics Workloads
    Power Systems

    Redbooks, published 29 Jun 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication documents how IBM Platform Computing, with its IBM Platform Symphony® MapReduce framework, IBM Spectrum Scale (based Upon IBM GPFS™), IBM Platform LSF®, the Advanced Service Controller for Platform Symphony are work together as an infrastructure to manage not just Hadoop-related offerings, but many popular industry offeringsm such as Apach Spark, Storm, MongoDB, Cassandra, and so on. It describes the different ways to run Hadoop in a big data environment, and demonstrates how IBM Platform Computing solutions, such as Platform Symphony and Platform LSF with ... [more]


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    IBM Predictive Maintenance and Quality 2.0 Technical Overview
    Analytics

    Redpaper, published 29 Jun 2015

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication updated technical overview provides essential details about the data processing steps, message flows, and analytical models that power IBM Predictive Maintenance and Quality (PMQ) Version 2.0. The new version of PMQ builds on the first one, released in 2013, to help companies efficiently monitor and maintain production assets and improve their overall availability, utilization, and performance. It analyzes various types of data to detect failure patterns and poor quality parts earlier than traditional quality control methods, with the goal of reducing ... [more]


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    Flexible Decision Management with Business Rules on IBM z Systems
    Smarter Process

    Redbooks, published 26 Jun 2015

    The IBM® Operational Decision Manager product family provides value to organizations that want to improve the responsiveness and precision of automated decisions. This decision management platform on IBM z/OS® provides comprehensive automation and governance of operational decisions that are made within mainframe applications. These decisions can be shared with other cross-platform applications, providing true enterprise decision management. This IBM Redbooks® publication makes the case for using Operational Decision Manager for z/OS and provides an overview of its components. It is aimed at ... [more]


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    IBM SONAS Implementation Guide
    Storage Solutions

    Redbooks, published 26 Jun 2015

    IBM® Scale Out Network Attached Storage (SONAS) is a scale out network-attached storage offering that is designed to manage vast repositories of information in enterprise environments that require large capacities, high levels of performance, and high availability. SONAS provides a range of reliable, scalable storage solutions for various storage requirements. These capabilities are achieved by using network access protocols such as Network File System (NFS), Common Internet File System (CIFS), Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS), File Transfer Protocol (FTP), and Secure Copy Protocol ... [more]


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    IBM FlashSystem 710 and IBM FlashSystem 810
    Flash storage

    Product Guide, published 11 Apr 2013, last updated 23 Jun 2015

    IBM® FlashSystem™ 710 and IBM FlashSystem 810 storage systems deliver high performance, efficiency, and reliability for shared enterprise storage environments, helping clients around the world address performance issues with their most important applications and infrastructure. These storage systems can either complement or replace traditional hard drive arrays in many applications, including online transaction processing (OLTP), business intelligence (BI), online analytical processing (OLAP), virtual desktop infrastructures, high-performance computing, and content delivery solutions (such ... [more]


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    IBM DS8870 Easy Tier Heat Map Transfer
    Disk storage

    Redpaper, published 23 Jun 2015

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the concepts, functions, and practical usage of IBM Easy Tier® Heat Map Transfer (HMT). IBM System Storage® DS8000® Easy Tier is designed to automate data placement throughout the storage system disks pool. Easy Tier generates a heat map. It is a workload activity metric for each extent in a logical volume. With Easy Tier HMT, it is possible to transfer the heat map from a mirrored primary site and reapply it periodically at secondary and tertiary sites by using the Easy Tier Heat Map Transfer Utility (HMTU). This capability helps maintain storage ... [more]


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    Development of Advanced Applications with IBM WebSphere Application Server Liberty Profile
    Application Platform

    Solution Guide, published 23 Jun 2015

    Introduces the WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 Liberty profile solution for developing the advanced applications and gives an overview of the Liberty profile and its tools.


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    IBM Platform Computing Solutions for High Performance and Technical Computing Workloads
    Power Systems

    Redbooks, published 19 Jun 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication is a refresh of IBM Technical Computing Clouds, SG24-8144, Enhance Inbound and Outbound Marketing with a Trusted Single View of the Customer, SG24-8173, and IBM Platform Computing Integration Solutions, SG24-8081, with a focus on High Performance and Technical Computing on IBM Power Systems™. This book describes synergies across the IBM product portfolio by using case scenarios and showing solutions such as IBM Spectrum™ Scale (formerly GPFS™). This book also reflects and documents the IBM Platform Computing Cloud Services as part of IBM Platform Symphony® ... [more]


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    ARCHIVED: Pooled JVM in CICS Transaction Server V3
    z Systems Software

    Redbooks, published 17 Jun 2015

    NOTE: This book contains information about technologies that have been superseded and it is retained for historical purposes only. IBM CICS Transaction Server (CICS TS) has supported the deployment of Java applications since the 1990’s. In CICS TS V1.3 (1999), IBM introduced the 'Pooled JVM' style of JVM infrastructure within CICS TS. This infrastructure was designed to be similar in nature to that which a CICS application developer for a language such as COBOL would be used to. It brought the benefits of the new Java language to CICS TS, without a dramatic change to the way CICS users ... [more]


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    IBM Platform Computing Cloud Services
    Spectrum Computing

    Redpaper, published 11 May 2015, last updated 17 Jun 2015

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication provides a description of the IBM Platform Computing Cloud Services and describes a scenario about how IBM Platform LSF® multicluster and IBM Spectrum™ Scale Active File Manager help manage the usage of cloud services in an efficient way. This paper provides factual and comparative economics of deploying a solution on-premises versus in the cloud, and includes information about the benefits of on-premises versus cloud solution ... [more]


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    Implementing an IBM InfoSphere BigInsights Cluster using Linux on Power
    Power Systems

    Redbooks, published 16 Jun 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication demonstrates and documents how to implement and manage an IBM PowerLinux™ cluster for big data focusing on hardware management, operating systems provisioning, application provisioning, cluster readiness check, hardware, operating system, IBM InfoSphere® BigInsights™, IBM Platform Symphony®, IBM Spectrum™ Scale (formerly IBM GPFS™), applications monitoring, and performance tuning. This publication shows that IBM PowerLinux clustering solutions (hardware and software) deliver significant value to clients that need cost-effective, highly scalable, and robust ... [more]


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    Guide to IBM PowerHA SystemMirror for AIX Version 7.1.3
    Power Systems

    Redbooks, published 28 Sep 2014, last updated 16 Jun 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication for IBM Power Systems™ with IBM PowerHA® SystemMirror® Standard and Enterprise Editions (hardware, software, practices, reference architectures, and tools) documents a well-defined deployment model within an IBM Power Systems environment. It guides you through a planned foundation for a dynamic infrastructure for your enterprise applications. This information is for technical consultants, technical support staff, IT architects, and IT specialists who are responsible for providing high availability and support for the IBM PowerHA SystemMirror Standard and ... [more]


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    Converting Adabas to IBM DB2 for z/OS with ConsistADS
    Information Management

    Redpaper, published 13 Jan 2015, last updated 12 Jun 2015

    Consist Advanced Development Solution (ConsistADS) is an end-to-end conversion solution that conversion and transparency methods for migrating to IBM® DB2® for z/OS® software. The solution includes DB2 for z/OS and several DB2 tools as part of the package. This IBM Redpaper™ publication explains the Natural and Adabas conversion to DB2 for z/OS by using ConsistADS. It includes prerequisite technical assessment requirements and conversion challenges. It also describes a real customer conversion scenario that was provided by the IBM Business Partners that facilitated these conversions for ... [more]


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    IBM SAN Volume Controller and Storwize Family Native IP Replication
    Disk storage

    Redpaper, published 17 Sep 2014, last updated 12 Jun 2015

    IBM® has announced native Internet Protocol (IP) replication using Bridgeworks SANSlide technology with its IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller (SVC), IBM Storwize® V7000, IBM Storwize V5000 and Storwize V3700 virtualized storage systems. This combination of SANSlide and the SVC/Storwize family provides a powerful solution for clients who require efficient, IP-based replication over long distances. This certification gives SVC/Storwize clients a fully supported, transparent technology that includes unmatched levels of performance and reliability. With the SANSlide protocol acceleration ... [more]


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    Optimize your investments with IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center and IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center
    Storage Software

    Solution Guide, published 5 Nov 2014, last updated 8 Jun 2015

    IBM® SmartCloud® Virtual Storage Center V5.2 enables easy migration to agile, cloud-based storage environments. This solution comprises the advanced functions available in IBM Tivoli® Storage Productivity Center, IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller, and IBM Tivoli FlashCopy® Manager, as well as the advanced analytics provided by the IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center V5.2 license. By integrating these separate products, Virtual Storage Center provides a combined storage virtualization platform and storage management solution. It provides more room for data growth and simplifies the ... [more]


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    IBM PowerVM Adds Support for Little Endian Linux Workloads
    Power Systems

    Web Doc, published 5 Jun 2015

    If you have been looking for a way to have your applications written for little endian (LE) processors run on IBM Power Systems - now you can under IBM® PowerVM® virtualization. The new little endian guest support for IBM PowerVM brings Linux based workloads that adhere to the LE mode of operation into the fold. With this addition your Linux applications that support little endian mode can take advantage of all the capabilities that IBM Power Systems™ offer by using the PowerVM LE guest support. This means no code changes and maybe just a simple recompile. This IBM Redbooks Solution Guide ... [more]


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    The Next Generation of Distributed IBM CICS
    z Systems Software

    Redbooks, published 3 Jun 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes IBM TXSeries® for Multiplatforms, which is the premier IBM distributed transaction processing software for business-critical applications. Before describing distributed transaction processing in general, we introduce the most recent version of TXSeries for Multiplatforms. We focus on the following areas:

    • The technical value of TXSeries for Multiplatforms
    • New features in TXSeries for Multiplatforms
    • Core components of TXSeries
    • Common TXSeries deployment scenarios
    • Deployment, development, and administrative choices ... [more]


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    Using IBM Enterprise Records
    Enterprise Content Management

    Redbooks, published 29 May 2015

    Records management helps users address evolving governance mandates to meet regulatory, legal, and fiduciary requirements. Proactive adherence to information retention policies and procedures is a critical facet of any compliance strategy. IBM® Enterprise Records helps organizations enforce centralized policy management for file plans, retention schedules, legal preservation holds, and auditing. IBM Enterprise Records enables your organization to securely capture, declare, classify, store, and dispose of electronic and physical records. In this IBM Redbooks® publication, we introduce the ... [more]


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    Designing and Operating a Data Reservoir
    Analytics

    Redbooks, published 26 May 2015

    Together, big data and analytics have tremendous potential to improve the way we use precious resources, to provide more personalized services, and to protect ourselves from unexpected and ill-intentioned activities. To fully use big data and analytics, an organization needs a system of insight. This is an ecosystem where individuals can locate and access data, and build visualizations and new analytical models that can be deployed into the IT systems to improve the operations of the organization. The data that is most valuable for analytics is also valuable in its own right and typically ... [more]


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    IBM Power Systems HMC Implementation and Usage Guide
    Power Systems

    Redbooks, published 5 Apr 2013, last updated 22 May 2015

    The IBM® Hardware Management Console (HMC) provides systems administrators a tool for planning, deploying, and managing IBM Power Systems™ servers. This IBM Redbooks® publication is designed for system administrators to use as a desk-side reference when managing partition-capable IBM Power Systems servers by using the HMC. The major functions that the HMC provides are Power Systems server hardware management and virtualization (partition) management. You can find information about virtualization management in the following documents: - A Practical Guide for Resource Monitoring and Control ... [more]


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    IBM Reference Architecture for Genomics: Speed, Scale, Smarts
    Spectrum Computing

    Redpaper, published 20 May 2015

    Genomic medicine promises to revolutionize biomedical research and clinical care. By investigating the human genome in the context of biological pathways, drug interaction, and environmental factors, it is now possible for genomic scientists and clinicians to identify individuals at risk of disease, provide early diagnoses based on biomarkers, and recommend effective treatments. However, the field of genomics has been caught in a flood of data as huge amounts of information are generated by next-generation sequencers and rapidly evolving analytical platforms such as high-performance ... [more]


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    IBM zAware Migration from an IBM zEC12 to an IBM z13
    IBM Z

    Web Doc, published 26 Mar 2015, last updated 19 May 2015

    Migrating zAware from an IBM® zEC12 to an IBM z13 is slightly different than migrating other traditional LPARs. zAware stores data on the SE (Service Element) as well as on external storage. If your zAware LPAR is moved from a zEC12 to a z13, you will need to ensure that the data on the zEC12 SE is copied over to the z13. Otherwise, you will need to redefine user IDs, LDAP information, and so on.


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    The Era of the Now: Embracing Two Speed Integration by IBM
    Application Platform

    Point-of-View, published 8 May 2015, last updated 15 May 2015

    The demands of the digital business have created and accelerated the notion of the bi-modal IT organization where one part, the Steady Speed, is responsible for delivering enterprise-strength IT services, and the other, the Fast Speed, is ready to take advantage of new digital business opportunities.

    • The digital business today requires a new approach to continuously use digital technologies to both create new sources of value for customers and increase operational agility in service of customers.
    • Two Speed Integration from IBM brings together integration products and ... [more]


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    The Future will be... Worn
    Mobile

    Point-of-View, published 15 May 2015

    Wearable technology has exploded in popularity in recent years as the devices have grown smaller and better able to interact with other systems. Experts envision global sales of wearables hitting $30 billion by 2018. Today's market is dominated by devices for personal fitness and wellness, but other wearables segments (health and medical, infotainment, and military-industrial) are catching up fast. Tomorrow’s wearable innovations will likely emerge from efforts to overcome today’s technological inhibitors, such as the need for better and smaller power sources and greater security. IBM® ... [more]


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    DFSMShsm Fast Replication Technical Guide
    z Systems Software

    Redbooks, published 4 May 2015, last updated 12 May 2015

    DFSMShsm fast replication provides DFSMShsm management for the use of volume-level fast replication. Fast replication is made possible by using the FlashCopy® capability of storage servers. With this capability, a set of storage groups can be defined as a copy pool. The volumes in this pool are processed collectively creating, by fast replication, backup versions that are managed by DFSMShsm. Recovery can be performed at the volume or copy pool level. This capability is designed to work specifically with DB2® Version 8 or later. With DFSMShsm fast replication, the backup and recovery of DB2 ... [more]


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    Transforming Warranty Processes with the IBM Warranty Analytics Solution
    Analytics

    Solution Guide, published 12 May 2015

    Analyzing warranty data is a complex challenge for companies because the needed insights are often hidden deep within historical claims records. Yet significant cost savings are possible when a detailed examination of claims, including predictive analysis, uncovers warranty fraud, persistent production flaws, errors in published warranty terms, or new ways of resolving product issues faster than before. The IBM® Warranty Analytics solution helps companies automatically integrate great volumes of warranty-related data from across the enterprise and apply advanced analytics to learn where ... [more]


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    Architecting and Deploying DB2 with BLU Acceleration
    Information Management

    Redbooks, published 13 Oct 2014, last updated 11 May 2015

    IBM® DB2® with BLU Acceleration is a revolutionary technology that is delivered in DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Release 10.5. BLU Acceleration delivers breakthrough performance improvements for analytic queries by using dynamic in-memory columnar technologies. Different from other vendor solutions, BLU Acceleration allows the unified computing of OLTP and analytics data inside a single database, therefore, removing barriers and accelerating results for users. With observed hundredfold improvement in query response time, BLU Acceleration provides a simple, fast, and easy-to-use solution ... [more]


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    Reducing Data Movement Costs in z Systems Environments
    IBM Z

    Point-of-View, published 27 Apr 2015, last updated 11 May 2015

    Conventional thinking has been that off-platform analytics is the best option, and that data movement expenses are insignificant. But conventional thinking is wrong. The IBM zEnterprise® Analytics System 9700 solution lets you analyze data as rapidly as ever while dramatically reducing the expense of moving it.


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    Implementation Best Practices for IBM DB2 BLU Acceleration with SAP BW on IBM Power Systems
    Power Systems

    Redbooks, published 11 May 2015

    BLU Acceleration is a new technology that has been developed by IBM® and integrated directly into the IBM DB2® engine. BLU Acceleration is a new storage engine along with integrated run time (directly into the core DB2 engine) to support the storage and analysis of column-organized tables. The BLU Acceleration processing is parallel to the regular, row-based table processing found in the DB2 engine. This is not a bolt-on technology nor is it a separate analytic engine that sits outside of DB2. Much like when IBM added XML data as a first class object within the database along with all the ... [more]


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    Reliability and Performance with IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator V4.1
    Information Management

    Redbooks, published 24 Sep 2014, last updated 11 May 2015

    The IBM® DB2® Analytics Accelerator for IBM z/OS® is a high-performance appliance that integrates the IBM zEnterprise® infrastructure with IBM PureData™ for Analytics, powered by IBM Netezza® technology. With this integration, you can accelerate data-intensive and complex queries in a DB2 for z/OS highly secure and available environment. DB2 and the Analytics Accelerator appliance form a self-managing hybrid environment running online transaction processing and online transactional analytical processing concurrently and efficiently. These online transactions run together with business ... [more]


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    IBM Real-time Compression on the IBM XIV Storage System
    Storage Solutions

    Redpaper, published 11 May 2015

    Today’s IT companies are driven by continued data growth and economic pressure of huge amounts of data that needs to be stored on storage devices for fast access. Moving this data to lower tier devices like tape or optical devices (CD or DVD) is only a partial solution. IBM® Real-time Compression™ fully integrated in the IBM XIV® Storage System Gen3 with software 11.6 is the answer to this challenge. It provides the possibility to store 2 - 5 times more data per XIV system, without additional hardware, and effectively reduces software cost. This technology further extends the ... [more]


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    Smarter Infrastructure: Thoughts On Big Data and Analytics, A selection of posts published on the IBM Smarter Computing blog
    Analytics

    Redguide, published 7 May 2015

    This IBM® Redblook publication is a collection of selected posts that are published on the IBM Smarter Computing blog (http://smartercomputingblog.com). The Smarter Computing blog is the IBM official smarter computing or smarter infrastructure blog, contributed to by IBM specialists worldwide. Most of the authors have hands on experience implementing smarter computing solutions for various industries and on various IBM system platforms. The goal of the blog is to provide readers with a forum to discuss and debate the following smarter computing and smarter infrastructure topics:


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    IBM TS2900 Tape Autoloader Express
    Tape storage

    Product Guide, published 23 Sep 2014, last updated 7 May 2015

    IBM® TS2900 Tape Autoloader is a low-entry tape storage solution, designed to address capacity, data protection, reliability, availability, and affordability. IBM® TS2900 Tape Autoloader is a low-entry tape storage solution, designed to address capacity, data protection, reliability, availability, and affordability. See latest abstract here: http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/tips1343.html


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    IBM TS3100 and TS3200 Tape Libraries
    Tape storage

    Product Guide, published 23 Sep 2014, last updated 6 May 2015

    The IBM® TS3100 and TS3200 Tape Libraries are well-suited for handling the backup, restore, and archive data-storage needs for small-to-medium environments. See latest abstract here: http://w3.itso.ibm.com/abstracts/tips1342.html


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    IBM PowerHA SystemMirror 7.1.2 Enterprise Edition for AIX
    Power Systems

    Redbooks, published 6 May 2013, last updated 6 May 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps strengthen high availability solutions for IBM Power Systems™ with IBM PowerHA® SystemMirror® Enterprise Edition (hardware, software, and tools) with a well-defined and documented deployment model within an IBM Power Systems environment, offering clients a planned foundation for a dynamic, highly available infrastructure for their enterprise applications. This book addresses topics to leverage the strengths of IBM PowerHA SystemMirror 7.1.2 Enterprise Edition for AIX on IBM Power Systems to solve client application high availability challenges, and ... [more]


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    Implementing IBM Real-time Compression in SAN Volume Controller and IBM Storwize V7000
    Disk storage

    Solution Guide, published 7 Oct 2013, last updated 5 May 2015

    The IBM® Redbooks® publication, IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller and Storwize V7000 Best Practices and Performance Guidelines, SG21-7521-03, covers many aspects of implementing compression. This IBM Redbooks Solution Guide complements that publication, provides a detailed review of various workloads and use cases, and serves as a best practices guide for IT professionals who have the tasks of sizing, planning, and implementing compression in IBM SAN Volume Controller and IBM Storwize® V7000. Its target audience also includes customers, IBM, and IBM Business Partners. Use the ... [more]


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    IBM z/OS V2R1 Communications Server TCP/IP Implementation Volume 1: Base Functions, Connectivity, and Routing
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 17 Dec 2013, last updated 4 May 2015

    For more than 40 years, IBM® mainframes have supported an extraordinary portion of the world's computing work, providing centralized corporate databases and mission-critical enterprise-wide applications. IBM System z®, the latest generation of the IBM distinguished family of mainframe systems, has come a long way from its IBM System/360 heritage. Likewise, its IBM z/OS® operating system is far superior to its predecessors in providing, among many other capabilities, world-class, state-of-the-art support for the TCP/IP Internet protocol suite. TCP/IP is a large and evolving collection of ... [more]


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    IBM Spectrum Control Base: Enabling VMware Virtual Volumes with IBM XIV Storage System
    Storage Solutions

    Redpaper, published 30 Apr 2015

    With the announcement of vSphere 6.0, VMware also officially released support for the vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVOL) architecture. VVOL allows more efficient operations and control of external storage resources, such as the IBM® XIV® storage system. This IBM Redpaper publication provides a short overview of the VVOL architecture implementation in XIV. The integration of VVOL with XIV is based on the VMware APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA). The IBM support for VASA is delivered as part of IBM Spectrum Control. This paper discusses the prerequisites and shows a step-by-step illustration on ... [more]


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    Advanced Case Management with IBM Case Manager
    Analytics

    Redbooks, published 2 Jun 2014, last updated 28 Apr 2015

    Organizations face case management challenges that require insight, responsiveness, and collaboration. IBM® Case Manager, Version 5.2, is an advanced case management product that unites information, process, and people to provide the 360-degree view of case information and achieve optimized outcomes. With IBM Case Manager, knowledge workers can extract critical case information through integrated business rules, collaboration, and analytics. This easy access to information enhances decision-making ability and leads to more successful case outcomes. IBM Case Manager also helps capture ... [more]


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    DFSMShsm: Managing PDSE V2 Data Sets
    z Systems Software

    Redpaper, published 27 Apr 2015

    The aim of this IBM® Redpaper™ is to provide a simple scenario to demonstrate how the PDSE V2 data sets with member generation can be integrated into existing storage management policies and processes. It shows how DFSMShsm can manage both PDSE version 1 and 2 data sets by showing the sample plan and implementation we used in a controlled test environment. It also demonstrates that DFSMShsm can migrate, recall, backup and recover these data sets.


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    Business Process Management Design Guide: Using IBM Business Process Manager
    Smarter Process

    Redbooks, published 27 Apr 2015

    IBM® Business Process Manager (IBM BPM) is a comprehensive business process management (BPM) suite that provides visibility and management of your business processes. IBM BPM supports the whole BPM lifecycle approach:

    • Discover and document
    • Plan
    • Implement
    • Deploy
    • Manage
    • Optimize
    Process owners and business owners can use this solution to engage directly in the improvement of their business processes. IBM BPM excels in integrating role-based process design, and provides a social BPM experience. It enables asset sharing and creating versions ... [more]


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    Go Digital by Taking Advantage of Hybrid Cloud Patterns with IBM Operational Decision Manager and IBM Business Process Manager
    Smarter Process

    Redguide, published 24 Apr 2015

    In general, there is agreement and overall understanding of the systems of record (SOR) and systems of engagement (SOE) view of enterprise architecture. Systems of insight (SOI) are new and represent a new element in enterprise architectures, capable of providing real-time situation detection and the ability to take timely actions. This IBM Redbooks® Redguide™ publication builds on the SOR and SOE premise and describes a hybrid cloud that offers a number of ways to derive business value by leveraging new engagement models and new born-on-the-cloud capabilities. The guide includes two ... [more]


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    IBM System z Qualified DWDM: FiberNet DUSAC Rel 2.2b
    IBM Z

    Redpaper, published 22 Apr 2015

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is one in a series that describes IBM z™ Systems qualified Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) vendor products for IBM Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex™ (IBM GDPS®) solutions with Server Time Protocol (STP). The protocols described in this paper are used for IBM supported solutions that require cross-site connectivity of a multisite Parallel Sysplex or remote copy technologies, which can include GDPS and non-GDPS applications. GDPS qualification testing is conducted at the IBM Vendor Solutions Connectivity (VSC) Lab in Poughkeepsie, NY. ... [more]


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    IBM Cloudant: Database as a Service Advanced Topics
    Information Management

    Redpaper, published 17 Apr 2015

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes advanced topics for IBM Cloudant, a NoSQL JSON document store that is optimized for handling heavy workloads of concurrent reads and writes in the cloud, a workload that is typical of large, fast-growing web and mobile apps. You can use Cloudant as a fully-managed DBaaS running on public cloud platforms like IBM SoftLayer or via an on-premise version called Cloudant Local that you can run yourself on any private, public, or hybrid cloud platform. This paper is the third in a series of IBM Redbooks® publications on Cloudant. Be sure to read the ... [more]


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    Analytics, Cloud Still Dominant, but More Looms on IT Horizon
    z Systems Software

    Point-of-View, published 15 Apr 2015

    A new survey of thousands of IBM experts puts analytics, cloud, and mobile at the top of the IT trend list worldwide, reinforcing the company’s leadership and investment in these critical areas. Analytics remains atop of the ranking for the fourth straight year, as companies continue to seek more and better insight from their data. Cloud and mobile, too, remain firmly near the top, reflecting both continued demand for cost-saving hosted infrastructures and a growing reliance on devices that help users conduct business while on the move. But lists of trends are interesting for more than just ... [more]


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    IBM MobileFirst in Action for mGovernment and Citizen Mobile Services
    Mobile

    Redpaper, published 15 Apr 2015

    Mobile technology is changing the way government interacts with the public anytime and anywhere. mGovernment is the evolution of eGovernment. Like the evolution of web applications, mobile applications require a process transformation, and not by simply creating wrappers to mobile-enable existing web applications. This IBM® Redpaper™ publication explains what the key focus areas are for implementing a successful mobile government, how to address these focus areas with capabilities from IBM MobileFirst™ enterprise software, and what guidance and preferred practices to offer the IT ... [more]


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    Deployment Guide for InfoSphere Guardium
    Analytics

    Redbooks, published 19 Mar 2014, last updated 14 Apr 2015

    IBM® InfoSphere® Guardium® provides the simplest, most robust solution for data security and data privacy by assuring the integrity of trusted information in your data center. InfoSphere Guardium helps you reduce support costs by automating the entire compliance auditing process across heterogeneous environments. InfoSphere Guardium offers a flexible and scalable solution to support varying customer architecture requirements. This IBM Redbooks® publication provides a guide for deploying the Guardium solutions. This book also provides a roadmap process for implementing an InfoSphere Guardium ... [more]


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    IBM PowerHA SystemMirror for AIX Cookbook
    Power Systems

    Redbooks, published 30 Oct 2014, last updated 13 Apr 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication can help you install, tailor, and configure the new IBM PowerHA® Version 7.1.3, and understand new and improved features such as migrations, cluster administration, and advanced topics like configuring in a virtualized environment including workload partitions (WPARs). With this book, you can gain a broad understanding of the IBM PowerHA SystemMirror® architecture. If you plan to install, migrate, or administer a high availability cluster, this book is right for you. This book can help IBM AIX® professionals who seek a comprehensive and task-oriented guide for ... [more]


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    Disaster Recovery and Backup Solutions for IBM FileNet P8 Version 4.5.1 Systems
    Analytics

    Redbooks, published 16 Jun 2010, last updated 13 Apr 2015

    Many organizations require continuous operation of their mission-critical, IBM® FileNet P8® systems after a failure has occurred. Loss of system resources and services as a result of any failure can translate directly into lost customers and lost revenue. The goal, therefore, is to design and implement a FileNet P8 system that ensures continuous operation even after a failure happens. This IBM Redbooks® publication focuses on FileNet P8 Version 4.5.1 systems disaster recovery. The book covers strategies, preparation levels, site sizing, data replication, testing, and what to do during a ... [more]


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    Customizing and Extending IBM Content Navigator
    Analytics

    Redbooks, published 30 May 2014, last updated 13 Apr 2015

    IBM® Content Navigator provides a unified user interface for your Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solutions. It also provides a robust development platform so you can build customized user interface and applications to deliver value and an intelligent, business-centric experience. This IBM Redbooks® publication guides you through the Content Navigator platform, its architecture, and the available programming interfaces. It describes how you can configure and customize the user interface with the administration tools provided, and how you can customize and extend Content Navigator using ... [more]


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    End to End Security with z Systems
    z Systems Software

    Redpaper, published 3 Apr 2015

    This IBM® Redpaper™ provides a broad understanding of the components necessary to secure your IBM z Systems environment. It provides an end-to-end architectural reference document for a use case that employs both mobile and analytics. It also provides an end to end explanation of security on z Systems from the systems of record through the systems of engagement. Security is described in terms of transactions, covering what happens after a transaction hits the system of engagement and what needs to be in place from that moment forward. The audience for this paper is IT architects and those ... [more]


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    DS8870 Easy Tier Application
    Disk storage

    Redpaper, published 23 Jan 2015, last updated 1 Apr 2015

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the concepts, functions, and practical usage of IBM Easy Tier® Application. IBM Easy Tier Application is part of the overall Easy Tier offering. Initially, the overall Easy Tier function was designed to automate data placement throughout the storage system disks pool. It enables the system, automatically and without disruption to applications, to relocate data (at the extent level) across up to three drive tiers. The process is fully automated. Easy Tier also automatically rebalances extents among ranks within the same tier, removing workload skew ... [more]


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    Data Integration in the Big Data World Using IBM InfoSphere Information Server
    Analytics

    Solution Guide, published 29 Mar 2015

    An Apache Hadoop infrastructure offers great promise for drastically reducing the costs of storing and processing large data volumes and increasing ROI. However, Hadoop cannot deliver the opportunities by using only its infrastructure. Success with Hadoop requires effectively managing data movement, data transformation and integration, data cleansing, data governance, data security, data privacy, and data analytics and reports. Many organizations are considering implementing a data lake solution. This is a set of one or more data repositories that have been created to support data discovery, ... [more]


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    NVIDIA CUDA on IBM POWER8: Technical Overview, Software Installation, and Application
    Power Systems

    Redpaper, published 29 Mar 2015

    The exploitation of general-purpose computing on graphics processing units (GPUs) and modern multi-core processors in a single heterogeneous parallel system has proven highly efficient for running several technical computing workloads. This applied to a wide range of areas such as chemistry, bioinformatics, molecular biology, engineering, and big data analytics. Recently launched, the IBM® Power System S824L comes into play to explore the use of the NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU, combined with the latest IBM POWER8™ processor, providing a unique technology platform for high performance computing. ... [more]


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    Securing the IBM Mainframe
    IBM Z

    Solution Guide, published 27 Mar 2015

    Cybercrime is a sophisticated activity. It is no longer a playing field for “script-kiddies” trying to get access to systems and servers for fun, and it is not about quick hacks to get in and get out quickly. It is now about real commercial, political, or even military advantages. There have been reports in the press recently of large systems data breaches, and it is apparent that some of these are associated with attempts to access mainframe data. The skills and knowledge that are required to manage and operate a sophisticated IBM System z mainframe are different from those that are used ... [more]


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    IBM Cloudant: The Do-More NoSQL Data Layer
    Cloud

    Solution Guide, published 6 Jun 2014, last updated 27 Mar 2015

    Cloudant represents a strategic acquisition by IBM® that extends the company’s Big Data and Analytics portfolio to include a fully managed, NoSQL cloud service. Cloudant simplifies the development cycle for creators of fast-growing web and mobile applications, by alleviating the burdens of mundane database administration tasks. Developers are then able to focus on building the next generation of systems of engagement – social and mobile applications – without losing time, money, or sleep managing their database infrastructure and growth. Critically, Cloudant is an enterprise-ready service ... [more]


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    IBM Cloudant: Database as a Service Fundamentals
    Information Management

    Redpaper, published 24 Mar 2015, last updated 25 Mar 2015

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication shows how the IBM Cloudant fully-managed database as a service (DaaS) enables applications and their developers to be more agile. As a part of its data layer, clients have access to multi-master replication and mobile device synchronization capabilities for occasionally connected devices. Applications can take advantage of Cloudant advance real-time indexing features for ad hoc full text search via Apache Lucene, online analytics via MapReduce, and advance geospatial querying. Mobile applications can use a durable replication protocol for offline sync and ... [more]


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    Using IBM CICS Transaction Server Channels and Containers
    z Systems Software

    Redbooks, published 21 Mar 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the new channels and containers support in IBM Customer Information Control System (CICS®) Transaction Server V5.2. The book begins with an overview of the techniques used to pass data between applications running in CICS. This book describes the constraints that these data techniques might be subject to, and how a channels and containers solution can provide solid advantages alongside these techniques. These capabilities enable CICS to fully comply with emerging technology requirements in terms of sizing and flexibility. The book then goes on to ... [more]


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    DB2 for z/OS: Configuring TLS/SSL for Secure Client/Server Communications
    Information Management

    Redpaper, published 19 Oct 2014, last updated 19 Mar 2015

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication provides information about how to set up and configure IBM DB2® for z/OS® with Transport Layer Security (TLS), the modern version of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). This configuration is accomplished using the IBM z/OS Communications Server Application Transparent Transport Layer Security (AT-TLS) services. This paper also describes the steps for configuring TLS/SSL support for the IBM Data Server Driver Package (DS Driver) for IBM Data Server Provider for .NET, Open Database Connectivity (ODBC), and call level interface (CLI) clients to access a DB2 for z/OS ... [more]


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    Centrally Managing Access to Self-Encrypting Drives in Lenovo System x Servers Using IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager
    System x

    Redbooks, published 16 Mar 2015

    Data security is one of the paramount requirements for organizations of all sizes. Although many companies invested heavily in protection from network-based attacks and other threats, few effective safeguards are available to protect against potentially costly exposures of proprietary data that results from a hard disk drive being stolen, misplaced, retired, or redeployed. Self-encrypting drives (SEDs) can satisfy this need by providing the ultimate in security for data-at-rest and can help reduce IT drive retirement costs in the data center. Self-encrypting drives are also an excellent ... [more]


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    IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center
    Industry Solutions

    Redbooks, published 20 Feb 2015, last updated 6 Mar 2015

    IBM® SmartCloud® Virtual Storage Center provides efficient virtualization and management of heterogeneous storage systems. It facilitates migration to an agile cloud architecture that can optimize storage availability and performance, while helping to reduce costs. IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center (VSC) helps convert existing storage to IBM Smarter Storage, providing more room for data growth and simplified storage administration. This IBM Redbooks® publication gives an overview of the concepts of software-defined environment (SDE) and software-defined storage (SDS), and how they work ... [more]


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    Our Experience Converting an IBM Forecasting Solution from R to IBM SPSS Modeler
    Analytics

    Redpaper, published 6 Mar 2015

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication presents the process and steps that were taken to move from an R language forecasting solution to an IBM SPSS® Modeler solution. The paper identifies the key challenges that the team faced and the lessons they learned. It describes the journey from analysis through design to key actions that were taken during development to make the conversion successful. The solution approach is described in detail so that you can learn how the team broke the original R solution architecture into logical components in order to plan for the conversion project. You see key ... [more]


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    IBM zEnterprise EC12 Technical Guide
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 6 Dec 2013, last updated 4 Mar 2015

    The popularity of the Internet and the affordability of IT hardware and software have resulted in an explosion of applications, architectures, and platforms. Workloads have changed. Many applications, including mission-critical ones, are deployed on various platforms, and the IBM® System z® design has adapted to this change. It takes into account a wide range of factors, including compatibility and investment protection, to match the IT requirements of an enterprise. This IBM Redbooks® publication addresses the new IBM zEnterprise® System. This system consists of the IBM zEnterprise EC12 ... [more]


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    IBM zEnterprise BC12 Technical Guide
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 3 Feb 2014, last updated 3 Mar 2015

    The popularity of the Internet and the affordability of information technology (IT) hardware and software have resulted in an explosion dramatic increase in the number of applications, architectures, and platforms. Workloads have changed. Many applications, including mission-critical ones, are deployed on a variety of platforms, and the IBM® System z® design has adapted to this change. It takes into account a wide range of factors, including compatibility and investment protection, to match the IT requirements of an enterprise. This IBM Redbooks® publication provides information about the ... [more]


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    Build Customer Loyalty with the IBM Next Best Action Solution
    Analytics

    Solution Guide, published 2 Mar 2015

    There are many studies that highlight the need for organizations to better engage with and gain a full understanding of their customers as individuals. This need has been brought about by the new "empowered customers" who are leveraging new channels of interaction, such as mobile devices and social media. Empowered customers demand appropriate attention, personalized offers, and relevant recommendations, all seamlessly delivered across their chosen interaction channels. Delivering an outstanding customer experience has become a strategic imperative for today’s organizations. Organizations ... [more]


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    Using XIV in OpenStack Environments
    Storage Solutions

    Redpaper, published 27 Feb 2015

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication provides a brief overview of OpenStack and IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack. It focuses on the use of OpenStack with the IBM XIV® Storage System Gen3. The illustration scenario in the paper uses the OpenStack Icehouse release, which is installed on RedHat Linux servers, and the IBM Storage Driver for OpenStack. This paper is intended for clients and cloud administrators who look forward to integrating IBM XIV Storage Systems in OpenStack and using IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack environments. The paper provides guidance in setting up an environment by using ... [more]


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    IBM Business Process Manager V8.5 Performance Tuning and Best Practices
    Smarter Process

    Redbooks, published 24 Feb 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides performance tuning tips and best practices for IBM Business Process Manager (IBM BPM) V8.5.5 (all editions) and IBM Business Monitor V8.5.5. These products represent an integrated development and runtime environment based on a key set of service-oriented architecture (SOA) and business process management (BPM) technologies. Such technologies include Service Component Architecture (SCA), Service Data Object (SDO), Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) for web services, and Business Processing Modeling Notation (BPMN). Both IBM Business Process ... [more]


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    Extending SAP Solutions to the Mobile Enterprise with IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation
    Mobile

    Redpaper, published 24 Feb 2015

    SAP solutions provide a rich set of composable application modules, and configurable functional capabilities that are expected from a comprehensive enterprise business application software suite. Enabling mobile access to SAP business functions and data for enterprise clients, employees, and business partners is a typical requirement for SAP projects. This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the benefits of the IBM MobileFirst™ Platform Foundation security framework, which is an essential building block of the IBM MobileFirst platform. This paper also discusses key capabilities in IBM ... [more]


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    Cisco MDS 9148S 16G Multilayer Fabric Switch for IBM System Storage
    Storage Networking

    Product Guide, published 23 Feb 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide describes the Cisco MDS 9148S 16G Multilayer Fabric Switch for IBM System Storage® (MDS 9148S). The MDS 9148S is the latest generation of the highly reliable, flexible, and low-cost Cisco MDS 9100 Series switches. It combines high performance with exceptional flexibility and cost-effectiveness. This powerful, compact one rack-unit (1RU) switch scales from 12 to 48 line-rate 16 Gbps Fibre Channel ports.


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    How to Design an IBM BPM Solution
    Smarter Process

    Solution Guide, published 19 Feb 2015

    IBM Business Process Manager is a comprehensive business process management suite that provides visibility and management of your business processes. IBM Business Process Manager (BPM) supports the whole business process management lifecycle approach, namely discover and document, plan, implement, deploy, manage, and optimize. Process owners and business owners can use this solution to engage directly in the improvement of their business processes. IBM BPM excels in integrating role-based process design and provides a social business process management experience. It enables asset sharing ... [more]


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    IBM z Systems Qualified DWDM: Ciena 6500 Packet-Optical Platform Release 9.22
    IBM Z

    Redpaper, published 18 Feb 2015

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is one in a series that describes IBM z Systems qualified Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) vendor products for IBM Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex™ (IBM GDPS®) solutions with Server Time Protocol (STP). The protocols that are described in this paper are used for IBM supported solutions that require cross-site connectivity of a multisite Parallel Sysplex or remote copy technologies, which may include GDPS and non-GDPS applications. GDPS qualification testing is conducted at the IBM Vendor Solutions Connectivity (VSC) Lab in ... [more]


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    Smart Grid Cyber Health Assessment in a Big Bad Data World
    Analytics

    Redguide, published 18 Feb 2015

    We expect our electricity (for heat, air conditioning, and lights), water, and other utilities to be available whenever we want them. But our everyday essentials have become the target of our adversaries. Exacerbating the situation, when a part of the grid fails, we don’t know whether it is from natural causes or the actions of bad actors. Regardless, the failure needs to be fixed. Despite our diligence in the creation of new electric grid standards, these standards are not sufficient to address the urgent cyber threats and challenges that critical infrastructures now face. The lack of ... [more]


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    IBM CICS Performance Series: Effective Monitoring for CICS Performance Benchmarks
    z Systems Software

    Redpaper, published 17 Feb 2015

    The aim of this paper is to show tools and techniques that can be used to understand the performance characteristics of an IBM® CICS® performance benchmark. It describes why it is important to understand whether other work on your systems can interfere with the system under test. It looks at an example CICS Transaction Server (CICS TS) configuration and describes how monitoring tools, including Resource Measurement Facility™ (IBM RMF™) and Workload Manager (WLM) can be used to collect and report performance ... [more]


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    Exploring RESTful API Support with XIV
    Storage Solutions

    Redpaper, published 16 Feb 2015

    Representational State Transfer (REST) is a simple stateless architecture that uses existing web technology and protocols, essentially Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP). In the last few years, REST has emerged as a predominant web service design model. It is a simpler alternative to SOAP. The RESTful application programming interface (API) establishes a mapping between create, read, update, and delete operations and the corresponding POST, GET, PUT, and DELETE HTTP actions. The RESTful interface focuses on the components’ roles and resources, and ignores their internal implementation ... [more]


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    Cloud Computing Simplified: The Thoughts On Cloud Way
    Application Platform

    Redguide, published 16 Feb 2015

    This IBM® RedBlook™ publication is a collection of selected posts published on the IBM Thoughts on Cloud blog. Thoughts on Cloud is IBM’s official cloud blog, contributed by hundreds of cloud computing specialists worldwide from IBM and IBM Business Partners. Most of the authors have hands-on experience implementing cloud solutions for various industries. The goal of the blog is to provide readers with a forum to discuss and debate various cloud computing topics. Starting with the basic building blocks of cloud computing, we cover a wide range of cloud topics in this book. We do not go ... [more]


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    Getting Started with IBM Bluemix: Web Application Hosting Scenario on Java Liberty
    Cloud

    Solution Guide, published 16 Feb 2015

    Based on the open source Cloud Foundry technology, IBM Bluemix is an open-standard, cloud-based platform for building, managing, and running applications of all types such as web, mobile, big data, new smart devices, and so on. Bluemix abstracts and hides most of the complexities that are associated with hosting and managing cloud-based applications. As an application developer, you can focus on developing your application without having to manage the infrastructure that is required to host it. For mobile apps, you can use the pre-built services that are provided by Bluemix. For web apps, ... [more]


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    Understanding IBM Spectrum Scale for Linux on z Systems (Express Edition)
    IBM Z

    Solution Guide, published 6 Oct 2014, last updated 16 Feb 2015

    New IBM Spectrum Scale for Linux on z Systems is an extremely powerful file system that is based on the IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS™) technology, which is a proven, scalable, high-performance data and file management solution, and it is also enabled for technical computing, Big Data & Analytics, and Cloud. IBM Spectrum Scale for Linux on z Systems is being used extensively across multiple industries worldwide to provide simplified data management and integrated information lifecycle tools capable of managing petabytes of data and billions of files, in order to arrest the growing ... [more]


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    IBM Bluemix Architecture Series: Web Application Hosting on Java Liberty
    Cloud

    Redpaper, published 15 Feb 2015

    Many types of web applications are running on the Internet today. There are also as many ways to manage and maintain the infrastructure that powers those applications. IBM® Bluemix™ delivers quick and easy cloud capabilities to deploy and maintain your web application, with minimal hassle and overhead. As you follow along with two lab-style scenarios, this IBM Redpaper™ publication demonstrates how to create and deploy a web-based collaboration application on IBM Bluemix.

    • Lab 1 features a Java Liberty Profile application that uses the Delivery Pipeline, Data Cache, and ... [more]


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    IBM Bluemix Architecture Series: Web Application Hosting on IBM Containers
    Cloud

    Redpaper, published 15 Feb 2015

    Many types of web applications are running on the Internet today. There are also as many ways to manage and maintain the infrastructure that powers those applications. IBM® Bluemix™ delivers quick and easy cloud capabilities to deploy and maintain your web application, with minimal hassle and overhead. As you follow along with four lab-style scenarios, this IBM Redpaper™ publication demonstrates how to create and deploy a web-based collaboration application on IBM Bluemix. The application chosen for these scenarios is Etherpad Lite, an open-source web-based collaboration application. Each ... [more]


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    Extending IBM Business Process Manager to the Mobile Enterprise with IBM Worklight
    Smarter Process

    Redbooks, published 13 Feb 2015

    In today's business in motion environments, workers expect to be connected to their critical business processes while on-the-go. It is imperative to deliver more meaningful user engagements by extending business processes to the mobile working environments. This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides an overview of the market forces that push organizations to reinvent their process with Mobile in mind. It describes IBM Mobile Smarter Process and explains how the capabilities provided by the offering help organizations to mobile-enable their processes. This book outlines an approach that ... [more]


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    Ultimate Security with the IBM z13
    IBM Z

    Solution Guide, published 14 Jan 2015, last updated 13 Feb 2015

    There are benefits to using the IBM® z13™ cryptographic hardware. It supports the use of Central Processor Assist for Cryptographic Functions (CPACF) and Crypto Express5S through in-kernel crypto APIs and the libica cryptographic functions library. Here are the benefits of these features: * File system encryption * Communication encryption (to applications such as IBM HTTP Server) * System security by providing advanced cryptographic functions This IBM Redbooks® Solution Guide explains how the IBM z13 can help your organization maintain the highest level of security that is ... [more]


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    IBM FlashSystem 840 Product Guide
    Flash storage

    Product Guide, published 16 Jan 2014, last updated 13 Feb 2015

    The IBM® FlashSystem™ 840 storage system delivers high performance, efficiency, and reliability for shared enterprise storage environments, helping clients around the world address performance issues with their most important applications and infrastructure. IBM FlashSystem 840 is designed to provide scalable performance for the most demanding enterprise class applications, including virtualized or bare-metal OLTP and OLAP databases, virtual desktop infrastructures, technical computing applications, and cloud environments. February 6, 2015 - Updated to add the latest R1.3 information for ... [more]


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    Accelerate with IBM FlashSystem V840 Compression
    Flash storage

    Redpaper, published 12 Feb 2015

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes how to effectively implement IBM FlashSystem™ V840 (V840) and IBM Real-time Compression™ (RtC) and capacity savings. It walks you through planning, setup, configuration, operations, and performance guidance to use FlashSystem V840 performance. It covers the following topics:

    • "Overview and introductory concepts" discusses introductory concepts of IBM Real-time Compression, FlashSystem V840, and business benefits gained from implementing compression.
    • "Planning your environment" describes candidate data sets and workloads for ... [more]


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    Optimize Procurement and Supply Chain Operations with the IBM Smarter Asset Management Solution
    Analytics

    Solution Guide, published 11 Feb 2015

    As corporations rely more and more on their supply chains to support product innovation and work efficiency and productivity, the role of procurement organizations has evolved from simply delivering cost savings to improving supplier performance, monitoring contracts, and proactively managing supply chain risk. The IBM® Smarter Asset Management solution optimizes supply chain operations thanks to advanced contract management, program management, sourcing, and analytics. The solution is modular and scalable and is delivered in a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model, providing rapid set-up and ... [more]


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    IBM PowerHA SystemMirror for AIX 7.1.3 Best Practices and Migration Guide
    Power Systems

    Redbooks, published 2 Feb 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication positions high availability solutions for IBM Power Systems™ with IBM PowerHA® SystemMirror® Standard and Enterprise Editions (hardware, software, best practices, reference architectures, migration, and tools) with a well-defined and documented deployment model within an IBM Power Systems environment allowing customers a planned foundation for a dynamic high available infrastructure for their enterprise applications. This Redbooks publication documents topics to leverage the strengths of IBM PowerHA SystemMirror Standard and Enterprise Editions 7.1.3 for IBM ... [more]


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    Enhance Inbound and Outbound Marketing with a Trusted Single View of the Customer
    Analytics

    Redbooks, published 25 Mar 2014, last updated 2 Feb 2015

    IBM Campaign® and IBM Interact are critical components in an Enterprise Marketing Management (EMM) platform. They are the foundation for optimizing your marketing campaign effectiveness, marketing operations, and multi-channel marketing execution. However, the effectiveness of the marketing campaigns is highly dependent on the quality, accuracy, and completeness of the underlying customer information used by the EMM platform. IBM InfoSphere Master Data Management (MDM) is a trusted source of that complete, accurate, customer information. Using your master data as the basis for running ... [more]


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    IBM Linear Tape File System Enterprise Edition V1.1.1.2: Installation and Configuration Guide
    Tape storage

    Redbooks, published 29 Jan 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps you with the planning, installation, and configuration of the new IBM Linear Tape File System™ (LTFS) Enterprise Edition (EE) V1.1.1.2 for the IBM TS3310, IBM TS3500, and IBM TS4500 tape libraries. LTFS EE enables the use of LTFS for the policy management of tape as a storage tier in an IBM General Parallel File System (IBM GPFS™) based environment and helps encourage the use of tape as a critical tier in the storage environment. LTFS EE can run any application that is designed for disk files on tape. LTFS EE supports IBM Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Ultrium ... [more]


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    IBM XIV Storage System Product Guide
    Disk storage

    Product Guide, published 28 Jan 2015

    The IBM XIV storage delivers a high-end flash cache optimized storage that is well-suited for heterogeneous workloads and requirements of cloud deployments. The system, with its parallel grid architecture, is designed to be hotspot-free and to eliminate the need for tuning of any kind. The IBM XIV offers flexible purchasing options that make it a great choice for deployment in cloud and SVC environments.


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    Implementing High Availability and Disaster Recovery in IBM PureApplication Systems V2
    Application Platform

    Redbooks, published 27 Jan 2015

    This IBM Redbooks publication describes and demonstrates common, prescriptive scenarios for setting up disaster recovery for common workloads using IBM WebSphere Application Server, IBM DB2, and WebSphere MQ between two IBM PureApplication System racks using the features in PureApplication System V2. The intended audience for this book is pattern developers and operations team members who are setting up production systems using software patterns from IBM that must be highly available or able to recover from a disaster (defined as the complete loss of a data ... [more]


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    Application Development for IBM CICS Web Services
    z Systems Software

    Redbooks, published 27 Jan 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication focuses on developing Web service applications in IBM CICS®. It takes the broad view of developing and modernizing CICS applications for XML, Web services, SOAP, and SOA support, and lays out a reference architecture for developing these kinds of applications. We start by discussing Web services in general, then review how CICS implements Web services. We offer an overview of different development approaches: bottom-up, top-down, and meet-in-the-middle. We then look at how you would go about exposing a CICS application as a Web service provider, again looking ... [more]


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    Implementing a RESTful API to the IBM Storwize Family
    Storage Software

    Redpaper, published 14 Jan 2015, last updated 23 Jan 2015

    The IBM® SAN Volume Controller and Storwize® family currently allows administration through a web-based graphical user interface (GUI), a command-line interface (CLI), and by using Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S). However, certain environments are better suited for a RESTful (related to Representational State Transfer (REST) application programming interfaces (APIs). RESTful APIs use the HTTP verbs to act on a resource. For example, a GET request to /volumes lists all volumes and DELETE /volumes/1 deletes the volume with the ID 1. This paper describes an approach to ... [more]


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    The Value of Active-Active Sites with Q Replication for IBM DB2 for z/OS An Innovative IBM Client's Experience
    Information Management

    Redpaper, published 23 Jan 2015

    Any business interruption is a potential loss of revenue. Achieving business continuity involves a tradeoff between the cost of an outage or data loss with the investment required for achieving the recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO). Continuous system availability requires scalability, as well as failover capability for maintenance, outages, and disasters. It also requires a shift from standby to active-active systems. Active-active sites are geographically distant transaction processing centers, each with the infrastructure to run business operations and with ... [more]


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    IBM SAN Volume Controller 2145-DH8 Introduction and Implementation
    Disk storage

    Redbooks, published 19 Oct 2014, last updated 22 Jan 2015

    Data is the new currency of business, the most critical asset of the modern organization. In fact, enterprises that can gain business insights from their data are twice as likely to outperform their competitors; yet, 72 percent of them have not started or are only planning big data activities. In addition, organizations often spend too much money and time managing where their data is stored. The average firm purchases 24% more storage every year, but uses less than half of the capacity it already has. A member of the IBM® Storwize® family, IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) Data Platform is a ... [more]


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    A Software Architect's Guide to New Java Workloads in IBM CICS Transaction Server
    z Systems Software

    Redbooks, published 21 Dec 2014, last updated 21 Jan 2015

    This IBM® Redpaper Redbooks® publication introduces the IBM System z® New Application License Charges (zNALC) pricing structure and provides examples of zNALC workload scenarios. It describes the products that can be run on a zNALC logical partition (LPAR), reasons to consider such an implementation, and covers the following topics:

    • Using the IBM WebSphere Application Server Liberty profile to host applications within an IBM CICS® environment and how it interacts with CICS applications and resources
    • Security technologies available to applications that are hosted within a ... [more]


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    PCIe2 2-Port 10GbE Base-T, PCIe2 4-Port (10GbE SFP+ & 1GbE RJ45) Adapter Families for IBM Power Systems
    Power Systems

    Product Guide, published 19 Nov 2014, last updated 20 Jan 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide describes the PCIe2 2-Port 10GbE Base-T Adapter and PCIe2 4-Port (10GbE SFP+ & 1GbE RJ45) Adapter products. These are PCI Express Generation 2 (PCIe2) x8, short form-factor, low-profile capable, regular height network interface card (NIC) adapters. The 2-port adapters enable affordable 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) network performance with cost-effective RJ45 connections for distances up to 100 meters. The 4-port adapter enables affordable 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) network performance over SFP+ Multimode Fiber SR optical modules and also supports SFP+ Active ... [more]


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    IBM PowerVM Best Practices
    Power Systems

    Redbooks, published 12 Oct 2012, last updated 19 Jan 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides best practices for planning, installing, maintaining, and monitoring the IBM PowerVM® Enterprise Edition virtualization features on IBM POWER7® processor technology-based servers. PowerVM is a combination of hardware, PowerVM Hypervisor, and software, which includes other virtualization features, such as the Virtual I/O Server. This publication is intended for experienced IT specialists and IT architects who want to learn about PowerVM best practices, and focuses on the following topics:


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    Getting Started with IBM InfoSphere Optim Workload Replay for DB2
    Analytics

    Redbooks, published 18 Jan 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication will help you install, configure, and use IBM InfoSphere® Optim™ Workload Replay (InfoSphere Workload Replay), a web-based tool that lets you capture real production SQL workload data and then replay the workload data in a pre-production environment. With InfoSphere Workload Replay, you can set up and run realistic tests for enterprise database changes without the need to create a complex client and application infrastructure to mimic your production environment. The publication goes through the steps to install and configure the InfoSphere Workload Replay ... [more]


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    IBM FlashSystem V840 and Comprestimator
    Flash storage

    Solution Guide, published 18 Jan 2015

    This IBM Redbooks Solution Guide provides an overview of IBM FlashSystem™ V840 running with IBM Real-time Compression™ (RtC). This solution guide focuses on estimating capacity savings by using the Comprestimator utility. It also focuses on performance analysis by using FlashSystem V840 with RtC.


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    z/OS Infrastructure Optimization using Large Memory
    IBM Z

    Point-of-View, published 14 Jan 2015, last updated 16 Jan 2015

    Businesses can improve their bottom line by changing the way they approach deploying memory on IBM z/OS®. Advances in z Systems memory packaging and pricing have radically shifted the balance between memory, I/O, and CPU, and now favor using large memory for both existing and new workloads. The new balance point optimizes infrastructure by concentrating on the value achievable with large memory instead of tuning to minimal memory usage. Here’s some of what large memory and the IBM z13 can help you achieve: - Improve transaction response times. Internally, this raises productivity. ... [more]


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    Power Enterprise Pools on IBM Power Systems
    Power Systems

    Redpaper, published 28 Aug 2014, last updated 14 Jan 2015

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes IBM Power Enterprise Pools, a technology for dynamically sharing processor and memory activations among a group (or pool) of IBM Power Systems™ enterprise class servers. Using mobile Capacity on Demand (CoD) activation codes, your systems administrator can perform tasks without contacting IBM. To use the Power Enterprise Pools feature, you need only to upgrade to Hardware Management Console (HMC) V7.8. Power Enterprise Pools can support your business goals in the following ways:

    • Using Power Enterprise Pools can provide your ... [more]


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    Sharing Processor and Memory Activations Dynamically Among IBM Power Systems Enterprise Class Servers
    Power Systems

    Solution Guide, published 13 Aug 2014, last updated 14 Jan 2015

    This IBM® Redbooks® Solution Guide describes IBM Power Enterprise Pools, a technology for dynamically sharing processor and memory activations among a group (or pool) of IBM Power Systems™ enterprise class servers. Using mobile Capacity on Demand (CoD) activation codes, your systems administrator can perform tasks without contacting IBM. You need only to upgrade to Hardware Management Console (HMC) V7.7.8. This Solution Guide is directed at experienced IBM Power Systems users and financial decision-makers who want to know how Power Enterprise Pools can improve IT efficiencies. The process ... [more]


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    SIMD Business Analytics Acceleration on z Systems
    IBM Z

    Point-of-View, published 14 Jan 2015, last updated 14 Jan 2015

    The new Single Instruction Multiple Data (SIMD) accelerator is integrated into the latest IBM z Systems CPUs, starting with the new IBM z13, to enable workloads for acceleration by using new types of instructions that can act on multiple data elements simultaneously, even at the level of a single instruction. SIMD acceleration can help IT organizations meet shrinking batch window times and increasing data throughput requirements for mainframe workloads. It can also be applied to extract real-time insight from financial and consumer transactions, because with acceleration, the workloads can ... [more]


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    z Systems Simultaneous Multithreading Revolution
    IBM Z

    Point-of-View, published 14 Jan 2015, last updated 14 Jan 2015

    Typical simultaneous multithreading (SMT) implementations allow workloads from different control programs to use a compute core concurrently, but with variable core capacity gains and thread execution slowdowns. The new IBM z13 platform implements SMT differently. At any point in time, a single control program manages the entire core, giving each workload more repeatable core capacity for processing. The z13 has new instrumentation that helps control programs deliver real-time measurements of the SMT-based allocations of core resources. And the z/OS and z/VM control programs use SMT on the ... [more]


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    Enhancing Value to Existing and Future Workloads with IBM z13
    z Systems Software

    Point-of-View, published 14 Jan 2015, last updated 14 Jan 2015

    Discover how to take advantage of advances in technology to address key demands on today’s mainframes: - Cloud computing, analytics, mobile access, social media, and security (CAMSS) put new demands on businesses and IT for enhanced resilience, performance, and scale. - The volume of data and increased file sizes push networks to their limits and stress quality of service. - A powerful, workload-optimized, open, agile, and highly secure IT infrastructure is required to meet customer expectations. This IBM® Redbooks® Point-of-View publication discusses the new I/O capabilities in IBM z ... [more]


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    IBM z13 for Cloud
    IBM Z

    Solution Guide, published 14 Jan 2015

    Cloud computing represents a shift to a more user-centered computing model where a layer of services sitting on an infrastructure decouples core business functions from the delivery of the underlying technology. IBM® recognizes that multiple ways exist to deliver IT capabilities, which include traditional software, hardware, and networking approaches, pre-integrated systems and appliances, and new breakthroughs that are provided as a service. This IBM Redbooks® Solution Guide offers more ... [more]


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    IBM z13 for Mobile Applications
    IBM Z

    Solution Guide, published 14 Jan 2015

    In today’s mobile era, over 10 billion devices are accessing information. Enterprises are challenged with integrating new mobile services with existing organizational processes, without sacrificing the client’s experience. Approximately 70% of all enterprise transactions involve IBM® z Systems™. This IBM Redbooks® Solution Guide describes how the new IBM z13™ with its enhanced data processing capabilities can play an important role by providing the secure and stable base that you need to extend your existing enterprise data and transactions to mobile ... [more]


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    Get More Out of Your IT Infrastructure with IBM z13 I/O Enhancements
    IBM Z

    Redpaper, published 14 Jan 2015

    New and expanding workloads are increasingly demanding more from enterprise mainframe systems. These workloads include applications running in the cloud, analytics, mobile device access to business applications, social media, and improvements in security. All these workloads are bombarding the IT systems with requests for information and providing new data to existing business applications. This ever increasing input/output (I/O) activity is stressing the ability of current IT systems to respond. The IBM® z13™ with many other I/O related improvements is ready to face these challenges. This ... [more]


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    Reliable Analytics by Using IBM z13
    Analytics

    Solution Guide, published 14 Jan 2015

    Analytics projects mainly draw on mainframe-based transactional data. However, in the last two decades, analytics solutions have been deployed as departmental applications, based on very specific business needs of the requesting department. This IBM® Redbooks® Solution Guide describes how IBM z13™ can help organizations maximize their current IT investments while adding functionality and improved price and performance with z13 over IBM zEnterprise® EC12 (zEC12. With new z13 features, applications can gain increased throughput for distributed operational business intelligence (BI) and IBM ... [more]


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    IBM i and IBM Storwize Family: A Practical Guide to Usage Scenarios
    Disk storage

    Redbooks, published 22 Apr 2014, last updated 13 Jan 2015

    The use of external storage and the benefits of virtualization became a topic of discussion in the IBM® i area during the last several years. The question tends to be, what are the advantages of the use of external storage that is attached to an IBM i environment as opposed to the use of internal storage. The use of IBM PowerVM® virtualization technology to virtualize Power server processors and memory also became common in IBM i environments. However, virtualized access to external storage and network resources by using a VIO server is still not widely used. This IBM Redbooks® publication ... [more]


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    Improving Upstream Oil and Gas Operations with the IBM Integrated Operations Solution
    Smarter Cities

    Solution Guide, published 28 Dec 2014, last updated 7 Jan 2015

    The IBM® Integrated Operations solution gives oil and gas companies direct visibility into upstream processes and delivers actionable, analytics-based insights to aid in planning, condition monitoring, production optimization, and equipment management, as well as to address health, safety, and environmental challenges. Using advanced IBM software products, the solution can ingest a wide variety of information gathered from equipment in the field, perform advanced analytics on the collected data, and provide specific maintenance and operational recommendations to keep things flowing ... [more]


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    Retain and Delight Your Customers by Applying IBM Predictive Customer Intelligence
    Analytics

    Redguide, published 6 Jan 2015

    What if you knew which customers would most likely respond to a campaign or marketing promotion? Or knew which customers are at risk for attrition and if given the chance could provide retention offers that significantly reduced the risk of customer attrition? What if you knew the best cross-sell/up-sell opportunities with your customers? What if you and your organization knew the best action to take with each customer right now? How would it help your business if you knew each customer’s lifetime value? What if you could easily find ways to increase customer repeat visits and grow loyal ... [more]


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    Enhanced Networking on IBM z/VSE
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 31 Dec 2014

    The importance of modern computer networks is steadily growing as increasing amounts of data are exchanged over company intranets and the Internet. Understanding current networking technologies and communication protocols that are available for the IBM® mainframe and System z® operating systems is essential for setting up your network infrastructure with IBM z/VSE®. This IBM Redbooks® publication helps you install, tailor, and configure new networking options for z/VSE that are available with TCP/IP for VSE/ESA, IPv6/VSE, and Fast Path to Linux on System z (Linux Fast Path). We put a strong ... [more]


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    Improving z/OS Application Availability by Managing Planned Outages
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 22 Dec 2014

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication is intended to make System Programmers, Operators, and Availability Managers aware of the enhancements to recent releases of IBM z/OS® and its major subsystems in the area of planned outage avoidance. It is a follow-on to, rather than a replacement for, z/OS Planned Outage Avoidance Checklist, SG24-7328. Its primary objective is to bring together in one place information that is already available, but widely dispersed. It also presents a different perspective on planned outage avoidance. Most businesses care about application availability rather than the ... [more]


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    Creating Integrated IBM WebSphere Solutions using Application Lifecycle Management
    Application Platform

    Redbooks, published 21 Dec 2014

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication demonstrates, through a practical solution and step-by-step implementation instructions, how customers can use the IBM Rational® Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) portfolio to build and manage an integrated IBM WebSphere® Application. Building a business application (mobile and desktop) that uses WebSphere Application Server, IBM MQ, IBM Integration Bus (IIB), Business Process Management (BPM), Operational Decision Management (ODM), and Mobile. IBM Redpaper™ publication, Rapid deployment of integrated WebSphere solutions in your cloud, REDP-5132, is an ... [more]


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    The Power of the API Economy: Stimulate Innovation, Increase Productivity, Develop New Channels, and Reach New Markets
    z Systems Software

    Redguide, published 21 Dec 2014

    The API Economy is the commercial exchange of business functions, capabilities, or competencies as services using web application programming interfaces (APIs). APIs drive the digital economy and companies that do not embrace the API economy will be left behind. The API Economy is key to accelerating value, improving business performance, and extending your business services and goods to the widest possible audience. Making sure your company is easy to do business with and creating paths to new business opportunities is why the API Economy signals a new business reality. Companies that seize ... [more]


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    IBM SAN Volume Controller Standby Storage Engine
    Disk storage

    Redpaper, published 5 Nov 2014, last updated 19 Dec 2014

    This IBM Redpaper describes the procedure for making use of an IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) Standby Storage Engine in a SAN which is not a part of any cluster, but is a candidate and able to join a cluster at a moment’s notice. The purpose of this is to reduce the impact of having an SVC Storage Engine in a cluster go offline for an extended period.


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    Implementing the IBM Storwize V7000 Unified Disk System
    Disk storage

    Redbooks, published 21 Apr 2014, last updated 19 Dec 2014

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication introduces the IBM Storwize® V7000 Unified Disk System, a virtualized storage system that consolidates block and file workloads into a single storage system. Advantages include simplicity of management, reduced cost, highly scalable capacity, performance, and high availability. It also offers improved efficiency and flexibility through built-in solid-state drive optimization, thin provisioning, IBM Real-time Compression™, and nondisruptive migration of data from existing storage. The system can virtualize and reuse existing disk systems, which offers a ... [more]


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    Understanding Cloud Security Guidelines for IBM Power Systems
    Power Systems

    Solution Guide, published 17 Dec 2014, last updated 18 Dec 2014

    This IBM Redbooks Solution Guide is an initial guide that introduces cloud security considerations for IBM® Power Systems™. Power Systems are uniquely suited for cloud environments, with their industry leading virtualization, enterprise-class security, elastic scalability, and reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS). Power Systems provide the necessary memory bandwidth and compute power to deliver performance that big data, analytics, and other compute-intensive cloud services require. The first objectives of this guide are to examine how Power Systems can fit into the current ... [more]


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    Stepping Forward into the API Economy
    z Systems Software

    Point-of-View, published 17 Dec 2014

    The API Economy is changing the way we think about building applications (apps) and how business value is created. Several technology trends and digital economic trends (for example, the App Economy, Sharing Economy, and API Economy) are converging with industry, creating new opportunities for innovation and customer value:

    • Industry-specific API ecosystems are growing rapidly.
    • The API Economy changes how we think about building "things".
    • Core technological underpinnings drive enterprise-level adoption.
    This IBM® Redbooks® Point-of-View publication ... [more]


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    IBM HPC Cluster Health Check
    Power Systems

    Solution Guide, published 14 Jan 2014, last updated 17 Dec 2014

    IBM® has built High Performance Computing (HPC) clusters for sometime, and this experience can help a customer with configuration choices or noncompliant designs that are made during cluster deployments. Large clusters can become difficult to correct as the system scales in terms of nodes, applications, and users. This IBM Redbooks® Solution Guide describes a toolset that can aid system administrators with the initial stages of installing their cluster. This Solution Guide addresses topics to provide infrastructure health checks, for example, checking the configuration, and verifying the ... [more]


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    Unleash the Benefits of IBM Mobile Smarter Process with IBM Business Process Manager and IBM MobileFirst Platform
    Smarter Process

    Solution Guide, published 16 Dec 2014

    In today’s business in motion environments, workers expect to be connected to their critical business processes while on-the-go. It is imperative to deliver more meaningful user engagements by extending business processes to the mobile working environments. This IBM® Redbooks® Soultion Guide explains how organizations can improve the time-to-value to mobile-enabled their processes. It describes the architectural patterns for exposing business processes to mobile ... [more]


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    Rapid Deployment of Integrated WebSphere Solutions in Your Cloud
    Application Platform

    Redpaper, published 16 Dec 2014

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication uses the same practical solution and is an extension to Creating Integrated WebSphere Solutions using Application Lifecycle Management, SG24-8243-00. This paper demonstrates how to take an existing application that was built in a legacy environment, and bring that application to IBM PureApplication® Systems, using preferred practices for deployment and automation. The process is illustrated using a business scenario. This publication is intended for architects, developers, and administrators who want to know about the next generation of technology that modern ... [more]


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    Make Your System Highly Available and Recoverable Using PureApplication System
    Application Platform

    Solution Guide, published 15 Dec 2014

    This IBM® Redbooks Solution Guide describes how to use the strategies and the capabilities of IBM PureApplication® System to provide system high availability (HA) and disaster recovery (DR).


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    Accessing IBM i Health Indicators Using Performance Data Investigator
    Power Systems

    Redpaper, published 12 Dec 2014

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes how to access and analyze IBM i health indicators by using the Performance Data Investigator (PDI) options that are part of the IBM Navigator for i graphical user interface (GUI). It explains how to access the PDI and how to view and modify various presentations of system performance data.


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    IBM Flex System EN2024 4-port 1Gb Ethernet Adapter for Power Systems
    System x

    Product Guide, published 12 Dec 2014

    The Flex System™ EN2024 4-port 1Gb Ethernet Adapter is a quad-port Gigabit Ethernet network adapter that is supported on all IBM Flex System compute nodes. When it is combined with the Flex System EN2092 1Gb Ethernet Scalable Switch, clients can use an end-to-end 1 Gb solution on the Flex System Enterprise Chassis. The EN2024 adapter is based on the Broadcom 5718 controller and offers a PCIe 2.0 x1 host interface with MSI/MSI-X.


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    Universal Messaging with IBM MQ V8
    Application Integration

    Solution Guide, published 1 Jul 2014, last updated 12 Dec 2014

    By implementing messaging technologies, businesses can use a consistent approach to connectivity, decoupling the business application from the complex tasks of handling failures, error recovery, transaction integrity, security, and scalability. IBM® MQ® delivers universal messaging. As explained in this IBM Redbooks® Solution Guide, IBM MQ provides simple, rapid, reliable, and secure transport of messages and data offering flexible connectivity for applications, web services, and other programming environments. IBM MQ is the market-leading, message-oriented middleware product. It delivers a ... [more]


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    IBM Flex System Products and Technology for Power Systems
    Power Systems

    Redbooks, published 10 Dec 2014

    To meet today’s complex and ever-changing business demands, you need a solid foundation of compute, storage, networking, and software resources. This system must be simple to deploy, and be able to quickly and automatically adapt to changing conditions. You also need to be able to take advantage of broad expertise and proven guidelines in systems management, applications, hardware maintenance, and more. The IBM® PureFlex® System combines no-compromise system designs along with built-in expertise and integrates them into complete, optimized solutions. At the heart of PureFlex System is the ... [more]


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    Cloud Enabling IBM CICS
    z Systems Software

    Redbooks, published 9 Dec 2014

    This IBM® Redbooks® publication takes an existing IBM 3270-COBOL-VSAM application and describes how to use the features of IBM Customer Information Control System (CICS®) Transaction Server (CICS TS) cloud enablement. Working with the General Insurance Application (GENAPP) as an example, this book describes the steps needed to monitor both platform and application health using the CICS Explorer CICS Cloud perspective. It also shows you how to apply threshold policy and measure resource usage, all without source code changes to the original application. In addition, this book describes how to ... [more]


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    IBM IMS Solutions for Automating Database Management
    z Systems Software

    Redbooks, published 9 Dec 2014, last updated 9 Dec 2014

    Over the last few years, IBM® IMS™ and IMS tools have been modernizing the interfaces to IMS and the IMS tools to bring them more in line with the current interface designs. As the mainframe software products are becoming more integrated with the Windows and mobile environments, a common approach to interfaces is becoming more relevant. The traditional 3270 interface with ISPF as the main interface is no longer the only way to do some of these processes. There is also a need to provide more of a common looking interface so the tools do not have a product-specific interface. This allows more ... [more]


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    Key Functions in z/OS Version 2 Release 1
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 9 Dec 2014

    IBM z/OS® Version 2 Release 1 helps you minimize downtime and achieve higher performance and availability. But are you exploiting z/OS to the maximum benefit for your enterprise? This IBM® Redbooks® publication focuses on some of the key features of z/OS. The focus is mainly on z/OS Version 2 Release 1, but key features from earlier releases are also covered. This book concentrates on enhancements in the areas of hardware support, communications, security, data management, batch modernization, and other selected z/OS functions. Each chapter describes what a feature is and the value it can ... [more]


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    JES3 to JES2 Migration Considerations
    z Systems Software

    Redbooks, published 9 Dec 2014

    This book deals with the migration from JES3 to JES2. Part One describes this decision. Part Two describes the steps and considerations of this migration. This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides information to help clients that have JES3 and would like to migrate to JES2. It provides a comprehensive list of the differences between the two job entry subsystems and provides information to help you determine the migration effort and actions. The book is aimed at operations personnel, system programmers, and application ... [more]


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    Get Control of Your Cloud with IBM Cloud Orchestrator and Juniper Networks Contrail
    Cloud

    Redguide, published 8 Dec 2014

    Many organizations need the flexibility, security, and control that a private cloud offers, but they do not want the complexity or expenses that accompany many of today's cloud implementations. In addition, many CSPs are unsure how to most effectively and cost-efficiently address the challenge of implementing promising new virtual network capability into their multivendor physical network at scale. IBM Cloud Orchestrator can help organizations react quickly to changing demands, scale resources dynamically, and accelerate performance across diverse applications, infrastructure, and management ... [more]


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    Building Big Data and Analytics Solutions in the Cloud
    Cloud

    Redpaper, published 8 Dec 2014

    Big data is currently one of the most critical emerging technologies. Organizations around the world are looking to exploit the explosive growth of data to unlock previously hidden insights in the hope of creating new revenue streams, gaining operational efficiencies, and obtaining greater understanding of customer needs. It is important to think of big data and analytics together. Big data is the term used to describe the recent explosion of different types of data from disparate sources. Analytics is about examining data to derive interesting and relevant trends and patterns, which can be ... [more]


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    Exploring Data Insights with IBM InfoSphere Master Data Management and IBM Watson Explorer
    Information Management

    Solution Guide, published 13 Aug 2014, last updated 8 Dec 2014

    Today’s businesses, applications, social media, and online transactions generate more data than ever before. This data can be explored and analyzed to provide tremendous business value. IBM® Watson™ Explorer and IBM InfoSphere® Master Data Management (InfoSphere MDM) enable organizations to simultaneously explore and derive insights from enterprise data that was traditionally stored in "silos" in enterprise applications, different data repositories, and in different data formats. This IBM Redbooks® Solution Guide provides a quick overview of the 360-degree view of the enterprise data that ... [more]


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    Building Real-time Mobile Solutions with MQTT and IBM MessageSight
    Application Integration

    Redbooks, published 10 Nov 2014, last updated 5 Dec 2014

    MQTT is a messaging protocol designed for the Internet of Things (IoT). It is lightweight enough to be supported by the smallest devices, yet robust enough to ensure that important messages get to their destinations every time. With MQTT devices, such as energy meters, cars, trains, mobile phones and tablets, and personal health care devices, devices can communicate with each other and with other systems or applications. IBM® MessageSight is a messaging appliance designed to handle the scale and security of a robust IoT solution. MessageSight allows you to easily secure connections, ... [more]


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    IBM System z in a Mobile World: Providing Secure and Timely Mobile Access to the Mainframe
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 26 Nov 2014

    Today, organizations engage with customers, business partners, and employees who are increasingly using mobile technology as their primary general-purpose computing platform. These organizations have an opportunity to fully embrace this new mobile technology for many types of transactions, including everything from exchanging information to exchanging goods and services, from employee self-service to customer service. With this mobile engagement, organizations can build new insight into the behavior of their customers so that organizations can better anticipate customer needs and gain a ... [more]


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    The Value and Benefits of IBM InfoSphere BigInsights Running on IBM System z
    Analytics

    Solution Guide, published 26 Nov 2014

    New technologies, such as Hadoop, use a map/reduce paradigm that enables parallel processing of massive volumes of differently structured data that is spread across potentially hundreds and thousands of nodes. This breaks down the analysis of seemingly unmanageable data volumes into small discrete analytics jobs, and then the reduced result sets are combined to provide the complete answer. This IBM® Redbooks® Solution Guide is intended to help organizations understand how IBM InfoSphere® BigInsights™ for Linux on System z® and other related technologies can help deliver improved business ... [more]


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    IBM Hyper-Scale in XIV Storage
    Disk storage

    Redpaper, published 24 Nov 2014

    Organizations are struggling with an unprecedented surge in data, both user-created and machine-created. With an increasing reliance on this rapidly growing data, effective scaling of data storage represents a key challenge for all enterprises. IBM® Hyper-Scale helps you easily overcome provisioning scenarios that normally challenge traditional systems. IBM Hyper-Scale can accommodate several critical client scenarios for centralized administration, data mobility, load balancing, over-provisioning, and storage system repurposing. IBM Hyper-Scale introduces the following major concepts and ... [more]


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    IMS and VSAM replication using GDPS
    z Systems Software

    Solution Guide, published 19 Nov 2014

    What is GDPS® Active/Active? What are the benefits? This IBM® Redbooks® Solution Guide publication will answer these questions and discuss the link between the business need and the technology. For more information, see the IBM Redbooks publication, GDPS Family – An Introduction to Concepts and Capabilities, SG24-6374.


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    IBM i2 Integrated Law Enforcement: Technical Architecture and Deployment Guide
    Smarter Cities

    Redpaper, published 17 Nov 2014

    IBM® i2® Integrated Law Enforcement is an IBM Smarter Cities® solution that addresses the needs of modern-day law enforcement agencies. It is a solution framework that provides the individual capabilities of the products that comprise the solution and extended capabilities developed through the synergistic integration of those product components. As a framework, IBM i2 Integrated Law Enforcement allows for the continuous expansion of capabilities by putting together building blocks within the system and integrating with new, external systems. In doing so, an organization can respond and ... [more]


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    An IBM Academy of Technology Perspective about FirstNet, a Public Safety Network
    Smarter Cities

    Redpaper, published 29 Jul 2014, last updated 14 Nov 2014

    This IBM® Redpaper™ describes the middleware infrastructure that is required to ensure the successful implementation of a public safety network for first responders. In the United States, this network is called the First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet) or the 700 MHz network. It is our goal to communicate what we believe are the necessary functionalities, products, and next steps to achieve the successful implementation of a collaborative public safety network for first responders. We make the assumption (and therefore do not address) that the telecommunications infrastructure is in ... [more]


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    Building a Real-time Mobile Solution with IBM MessageSight and MQTT
    Application Integration

    Solution Guide, published 14 Nov 2014

    IBM® MessageSight is an appliance that is designed for the Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile environments. It provides a secure, DMZ-ready channel for lightweight, rapid, bidirectional messaging. MessageSight offers mobile application support, handles massive scaling of concurrent device connectivity and communication, and offers high-performance messaging. The appliance is DMZ ready and allows organizations to securely extend the messaging enterprise to external clients and sensors. It can act as the gateway for business data flowing in and out of the enterprise’s network. MessageSight ... [more]


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    Row and Column Access Support in IBM DB2 for i
    Power Systems

    Redpaper, published 14 Nov 2014

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication provides information about the IBM i 7.2 feature of IBM DB2® for i Row and Column Access Control (RCAC). It offers a broad description of the function and advantages of controlling access to data in a comprehensive and transparent way. This publication helps you understand the capabilities of RCAC and provides examples of defining, creating, and implementing the row permissions and column masks in a relational database environment. This paper is intended for database engineers, data-centric application developers, and security officers who want to design and ... [more]


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    IBM Predictive Maintenance and Quality (Version 2.0)
    Analytics

    Solution Guide, published 9 May 2014, last updated 12 Nov 2014

    IBM® Predictive Maintenance and Quality (PMQ) enables companies to identify when manufacturing assets need maintenance, not just according to the manufacturer's scheduled repair guide but also based on how the asset is actually being used every day. This helps to keep critical production lines running while also saving money, because repairs are always, and only, performed when truly necessary. Today's production assets are routinely instrumented to collect and transmit vital data (operating temperature, duration, error codes, and so on). The PMQ solution uses innovative IBM integration and ... [more]


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    Implementing the IBM SAN Volume Controller and FlashSystem 820
    Flash storage

    Redbooks, published 6 Sep 2013, last updated 10 Nov 2014

    In today's 24 x 7 world, there is likely not a business on this planet, IBM® Smarter Planet® or not, that finds that their storage requirements are growing too fast and demand is starting to outpace supply. Not only this, but in this cost-conscious environment of today, the costs of managing this growth are likely to be eating into the IT budget. One way to make better use of existing storage without adding more complexity to the infrastructure is the IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller (SVC). For many years now this has helped business become more flexible, agile, and introduced an ... [more]


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    IBM Flex System EN4054 4-port 10Gb Ethernet Adapter
    Power Systems

    Product Guide, published 10 Nov 2014

    The IBM Flex System EN4054 4-port 10Gb Ethernet Adapter is for Power System-based Flex System compute nodes based on an Emulex chipset. It supports connectivity to both 1 Gb and 10 Gb Ethernet Flex System switches.


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    A View into the New Java Workloads in CICS Transaction Server
    z Systems Software

    Solution Guide, published 7 Nov 2014

    This IBM® Solution Guide introduces the IBM System z® New Application License Charge (zNALC) pricing structure and examples of zNALC workload scenarios, which is the focus of this book. This guide describes the products that can be run on a zNALC LPAR and reasons why one would consider such an implementation. Java on System z has received significant and on-going investment from IBM, building the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) from the ground up, developing hardware that can be exploited by the JVM, and building core middleware technology using Java, making Java on the mainframe one of the ... [more]


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    Streamline Business with Consolidation and Conversion to DB2 for z/OS
    Information Management

    Redbooks, published 26 Sep 2012, last updated 5 Nov 2014

    Time to market, flexibility, and cost reduction are among the top concerns common to all IT executives. If significant resource investments are placed in mature systems, IT organizations need to balance old and new technology. Older technology, such as non-IBM pre-relational databases, is costly, inflexible, and non-standard. Users store their information on the mainframe and thus preserve the skills and qualities of service their business needs. But users also benefit from standards-based modernization by migrating to IBM® DB2® for z/OS®. With this migration, users deliver new application ... [more]


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    IBM Business Process Manager V8.5 Performance Tuning
    Smarter Process

    Solution Guide, published 30 Oct 2014

    IBM® Business Process Manager is a middleware suite that enables managed execution of the processes that keep your business running. It includes a graphical authoring environment that is used for modeling processes and a sophisticated runtime engine that is capable of integrating workflow for the people and automated systems that comprise your organization. Every day IBM Business Process Manager customers use their IT infrastructure to deliver business value at a fast pace. However, as with any complex system, care must be taken to define performance objectives appropriate to the solution ... [more]


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    End-to-End High Availability Solution for System z from a Linux Perspective
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 30 Oct 2014

    As Linux on System z becomes more prevalent and mainstream in the industry, the need for it to deliver higher levels of availability is increasing. This IBM Redbooks publication starts with an explanation of high availability (HA) fundamentals such as HA concepts and terminology. It continues with a discussion of why a business needs to consider an HA solution and then explains how to determine your business single points of failure. We outline the components of a high availability solution and describe these components. Then we provide some architectural scenarios and demonstrate how to ... [more]


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    IBM System Networking SAN24B-5 Switch
    Storage Networking

    Product Guide, published 3 Dec 2013, last updated 29 Oct 2014

    This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide describes the IBM System Networking SAN24B-5 switch. The SAN24B-5 is designed to provide outstanding price and performance value, combining flexibility, simplicity, Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology, and enterprise-class functionality in an entry-level switch. The SAN24B-5 is configurable in 12 or 24 ports and supports 2, 4, 8, or 16 Gbps speeds in an efficiently designed 1U form factor. The base unit includes one (249824G/2498-X24) or two (2498-F24) integrated power supplies and fans. A second power supply provides extra redundancy for increased ... [more]


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    Process Discovery Best Practices Using IBM Blueworks Live
    Cloud

    Redpaper, published 19 Sep 2014, last updated 29 Oct 2014

    Business processes and decisions are the backbone of every company, from the small to the Fortune 50; it is how the business runs. It is these processes and decisions that can create competitive advantage, help a company react more quickly to changing trends, or drag them down because the processes do not serve the business and allow agility. The first step in building business agility is to understand how the business works today; What are my processes? What are the decisions we are making and how do we make them? Understanding these processes and decisions can allow a company to improve, ... [more]


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    Making Smart Storage Decisions for DB2 in a Flash and SSD World
    Information Management

    Redpaper, published 24 Oct 2014

    The tight integration that IBM DB2® for z/OS® has with the IBM System z® architecture and the z/OS environment creates a synergy that allows DB2 to use advanced z/OS platform functions. This IBM® Redpaper™ publication provides a brief review of storage hard technology and the latest innovation in flash technology. It explains how solid-state drives (SSD) and High-Performance Flash Enclosures (HPFE) can contribute to the performance improvements of DB2 applications. It then provides a guide through disk configuration alternatives, which include Flash, SSDs, and spinning disks. It also ... [more]


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    IBM Flex System EN4132 2-port 10Gb RoCE Adapter
    System x

    Product Guide, published 13 Nov 2012, last updated 23 Oct 2014

    The IBM Flex System™ EN4132 2-port 10Gb RoCE Adapter for Power Systems compute nodes delivers high bandwidth and provides RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) for low latency application requirements. Clustered DB2 databases, web infrastructure, and high frequency trading are just a few applications that achieve significant throughput and latency improvements, resulting in faster access, real-time response, and more users per server. This adapter improves network performance by increasing available bandwidth while decreasing the associated transport load on the processor. Tip: Do ... [more]


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    IBM Power Systems Hardware Management Console: Version 8 Release 8.1.0 Enhancements
    Power Systems

    Redbooks, published 23 Oct 2014

    The IBM® Hardware Management Console (HMC) provides systems administrators a tool for planning, deploying, and managing IBM Power Systems™ servers. This IBM Redbooks® publication is an extension of IBM Power Systems HMC Implementation and Usage Guide, SG24-7491. It explains the new features of IBM Power Systems Hardware Management Console Version V8.8.1.0. The major function that the HMC provides are Power Systems server hardware management and virtualization (partition) management. You can find information about virtualization management in the following documents:


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    Building IBM Enterprise Content Management Solutions From End to End
    Enterprise Content Management

    Redbooks, published 22 Oct 2014

    IBM® Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solutions provide efficient and effective ways to capture content, manage the content and business processes, discover insights from the content, and derive actions to improve business processes, products, and services. This IBM Redbooks® publication introduces and highlights some of the IBM ECM products that can be implemented and integrated together to create end-to-end ECM solutions:

    • IBM Case Manager
    • IBM Datacap
    • IBM Content Manager OnDemand
    • IBM Enterprise Records
    • IBM Watson™ Content Analytics
    • IBM Content ... [more]


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    IBM i 7.1 BRMS Enterprise Enhancements
    Power Systems

    Redpaper, published 22 Oct 2014

    This IBM Redpaper describes the configuration and use of the IBM i 7.1 BRMS Enterprise enhancements by using the web-based IBM Navigator for i.


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    IBM Flex System CN4058 8-port 10Gb Converged Adapter
    System x

    Product Guide, published 13 Nov 2012, last updated 20 Oct 2014

    The IBM Flex System™ CN4058 8-port 10Gb Converged Adapter is an 8-port 10Gb converged network adapter (CNA) for Power Systems compute nodes that supports 10 Gb Ethernet and FCoE. With hardware protocol offloads for TCP/IP and FCoE standard, the CN4058 8-port 10Gb Converged Adapter provides maximum bandwidth with minimum use of CPU resources. This is key in IBM Virtual I/O Server (VIOS) environments because it enables more VMs per server, providing greater cost saving to optimize return on investment. With eight ports, it takes full advantage of capabilities of all Ethernet switches in the ... [more]


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    Master Data Management for SaaS Applications
    Analytics

    Redbooks, published 19 Oct 2014

    Enterprises today understand the value of employing a master data management (MDM) solution for managing and governing mission critical information assets. chief data officers and chief information officers drive MDM initiatives with IBM® InfoSphere® Master Data Management to improve business results and operational efficiencies, which can help to lower costs and to reduce the risk of using untrusted master information in business process. Cloud computing introduces new considerations where enterprise IT architectures are extended beyond the corporate networks into the cloud. Many ... [more]


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    IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center V5.2 Release Guide
    Storage Software

    Redbooks, published 19 Oct 2014

    IBM® Tivoli® Storage Productivity Center V5.2 is a feature-rich storage management software suite. The integrated suite provides detailed monitoring, reporting, and management within a single console. In addition, implementing the IBM SmartCloud® Virtual Storage Center (VSC) license with Tivoli Storage Productivity Center addresses new workloads that require massive scale and rapid pace, and accelerates business insight, by adding advanced analytics functions such as storage optimization, provisioning, and transformation. This IBM Redbooks® publication is intended for storage administrators ... [more]


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    Hadoop and System z
    IBM Z

    Point-of-View, published 15 Oct 2014

    A large portion of the world’s enterprise data is stored on IBM® System z® mainframes, and enterprises have long relied on this structured data for their day-to-day operations. At the same time, exponential growth in mobile technologies, social media, and other systems of engagement is driving the emergence of new forms of data, both unstructured and semi-structured. Combining operational data with these newer data sources can yield deep business insights. For example, companies can combine their operational data with collected social media sentiments to create a 360-degree view of their ... [more]


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    Track your development and integration efforts with IBM Rational Application Lifecycle Management
    Application Platform

    Solution Guide, published 13 Oct 2014

    Your integration environment plays a key role in allowing solution components to communicate using their native mechanisms and protocols. The business scenario in this Solution Guide is an example of the variety of technologies that can be used for integration. The modern IT world shows a rapid change in application integration and systems development. With this rapid change, organizations have to shorten delivery times, reduce the cost of software and mobile application development, and maintain the quality of product offerings. Although these objectives are occasionally conflicting, each ... [more]


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    IBM FlashSystem 720 and IBM FlashSystem 820
    Flash storage

    Product Guide, published 11 Apr 2013, last updated 13 Oct 2014

    IBM® FlashSystem™ 720 and IBM FlashSystem 820 storage systems deliver high performance, efficiency, and reliability for shared enterprise storage environments, helping clients around the world address performance issues with their most important applications and infrastructure. These storage systems can either complement or replace traditional hard drive arrays in many applications, including online transaction processing (OLTP), business intelligence (BI), online analytical processing (OLAP), virtual desktop infrastructures, high-performance computing, and content delivery solutions (such ... [more]


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    Key Management Deployment Guide: Using the IBM Enterprise Key Management Foundation
    IBM Z

    Redbooks, published 12 Oct 2014

    In an increasingly interconnected world, data breaches grab headlines. The security of sensitive information is vital, and new requirements and regulatory bodies such as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) create challenges for enterprises that use encryption to protect their information. As encryption becomes more widely adopted, organizations also must contend with an ever-growing set of encryption keys. Effective management of these keys is essential to ensure both the ... [more]


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    Enhance and Extend SAP Solutions with Best-in-Class IBM Enterprise Software
    Mobile

    Solution Guide, published 12 Oct 2014

    SAP is a market leader in enterprise business application software. SAP solutions provide a rich set of composable application modules, and configurable functional capabilities which are expected from a comprehensive enterprise business application software suite. In most cases, companies that adopt SAP software remain heterogeneous enterprises running both SAP and non-SAP systems to support their business processes. This IBM® Redbooks® Soultion Guide explains the value of integrating IBM software with SAP solutions. It describes, at a high level, the IBM Reference Architecture for SAP which ... [more]


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    Summary of Key Functions in z/OS V2.1
    IBM Z

    Solution Guide, published 9 Oct 2014

    This IBM® Redbooks® Solution Guide describes IBM z/OS® V2R1, the latest release of the z/OS operating system. This release provides current hardware support for the zEC12 and zBC12 servers, batch modernization features, enhancements to security, data processing, communications, and other z/OS components. By implementing the key functions in this release you can enhance availability, scalability, and security of your system, simplify batch processing, and improve data ... [more]


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    Deploying PowerHA Solution with AIX HyperSwap
    Power Systems

    Redpaper, published 2 Oct 2014

    This IBM® Redpaper™ publication will help you plan, install, tailor, and configure the new IBM PowerHA® with IBM HyperSwap® clustering solution. PowerHA with HyperSwap adds transparent storage protection for replicated storage, improving overall system availability by masking storage failures. The PowerHA cluster is an Extended Distance cluster with two sites. It manages, in principle, the replicated storage infrastructure through HyperSwap functionality. The storage is provided by two DS8800s configured to replicate each other using Metro Mirror Peer-to-Peer Remote Copy (PPRC) synchronous ... [more]


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    IBM MQ V8 Features and Enhancements
    Application Integration

    Redbooks, published 2 Oct 2014

    The power of IBM® MQ is its flexibility combined with reliability, scalability, and security. This flexibility provides a large number of design and implementation choices. Making informed decisions from this range of choices can simplify the development of applications and the administration of an MQ messaging infrastructure. Applications that access such an infrastructure can be developed using a wide range of programming paradigms and languages. These applications can run within a substantial array of software and hardware environments. Customers can use IBM MQ to integrate and extend the ... [more]


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    Building 360-Degree Information Applications
    Analytics

    Redbooks, published 26 Sep 2014, last updated 1 Oct 2014

    Today's businesses, applications, social media, and online transactions generate more data than ever before. Thi