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Cyber Resiliency Solution using IBM Spectrum Virtualize
Storage Solutions

Blueprint, published 20 Aug 2021

This document is intended to facilitate the solution for Safeguarded Copy for cyber resiliency and logical air gap solution for IBM FlashSystem and SAN Volume Controller. The document showcases the configuration and end-to-end architecture for configuring the logical air-gap solution for cyber resiliency by using the Safeguarded Copy feature in IBM FlashSystem and IBM SAN Volume Control storage. The information in this document is distributed on an “as is” basis without any warranty that is either expressed or implied. Support assistance for the use of this material is limited to ... [more]


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

Blueprint, published 13 Aug 2021, last updated 17 Aug 2021

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


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Introduction Guide to the IBM Elastic Storage System
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 13 Aug 2021

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


Virtual Machines vs Containers
Cloud

10 Aug 2021

Virtual machines and containers both offer advantages, but what's the difference between them. In this video IBM Garage for Systems subject matter expert Luis Ferreira compares and contrasts these two technologies.


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IBM Spectrum Scale as a Persistent Storage for Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Z Quick Installation Guide
Red Hat

Redpaper, published 6 Aug 2021

IBM® Spectrum Scale, formerly named IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS), is a high-performance clustered file system software, that allows concurrent access to a single filesystem or set of filesystems from multiple nodes. IBM Spectrum® Scale Container Native Storage Access (CNSA) is the containerized version of IBM Spectrum Scale that provides a persistent file system for the latest generation of applications (called "containerized applications"), which takes advantage of high performance and benefits of IBM Spectrum Scale in a cloud containerized application world. IBM Spectrum Scale ... [more]


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Implementing the IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller with IBM Spectrum Virtualize Version 8.4
Flash storage

Redbooks, published 28 Jan 2021, last updated 6 Aug 2021

Continuing its commitment to developing and delivering industry-leading storage technologies, IBM® introduces the IBM FlashSystem® solution that is powered by IBM Spectrum® Virtualize V8.4. 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 solution incorporates some of the top IBM technologies that are typically found only in enterprise-class storage systems, which raises the standard for storage efficiency in ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem Best Practices and Performance Guidelines
Software Defined Storage

Redbooks, published 13 May 2021, last updated 6 Aug 2021

This IBM® Redbooks® publication captures several of the preferred practices and describes the performance gains that can be achieved by implementing the IBM FlashSystem products. These practices are based on field experience. This book highlights configuration guidelines and preferred practices for the storage area network (SAN) topology, clustered system, back-end storage, storage pools and managed disks, volumes, remote copy services, and hosts. It explains how you can optimize disk performance with the IBM System Storage® Easy Tier® function. It also provides preferred practices for ... [more]


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

Redbooks, published 4 Aug 2021

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 Security Guardium Key Lifecycle Manager
Security

Redbooks, published 2 Aug 2021

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the installation, integration, and configuration of IBM Security Guardium® Key Lifecycle Manager.


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An Implementation of Red Hat OpenShift Network Isolation Using Multiple Ingress Controllers
Red Hat

Redpaper, published 28 Jul 2021

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


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

Redbooks, published 26 Jul 2021

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


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

Redpaper, published 23 Jul 2021

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


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Demystifying Data with AI on IBM Z
IBM Z Software

Point-of-View, published 23 Jul 2021

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


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IBM Spectrum Protect Plus Protecting Database Applications
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 22 Jul 2021

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


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Installing and Configuring IBM Db2 AI for IBM z/OS v1.4.0
Data and Analytics

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

Artificial intelligence (AI) enables computers and machines to mimic the perception, learning, problem-solving, and decision-making capabilities of the human mind. AI development is made possible by the availability of large amounts of data and the corresponding development and wide availability of computer systems that can process all that data faster and more accurately than humans can. What happens if you infuse AI with a world-class database management system, such as IBM Db2®? IBM® has done just that with Db2 AI for z/OS (Db2ZAI). Db2ZAI is built to infuse AI and data science to assist ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem and VMware Implementation and Best Practices Guide
Flash storage

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

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


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IBM FlashSystem 9200 and 9100 Best Practices and Performance Guidelines
Flash storage

Redbooks, published 11 Feb 2020, last updated 19 Jul 2021

This IBM® Redbooks® publication captures several of the preferred practices and describes the performance gains that can be achieved by implementing the IBM FlashSystem® 9100. These practices are based on field experience. This book highlights configuration guidelines and preferred practices for the storage area network (SAN) topology, clustered system, back-end storage, storage pools and managed disks, volumes, remote copy services, and hosts. It explains how you can optimize disk performance with the IBM System Storage® Easy Tier® function. It also provides preferred practices for ... [more]


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Best Practices Guide for Databases on IBM FlashSystem
Flash storage

Redpaper, published 15 Jul 2021

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


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

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

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

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


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IBM TS4500 R7 Tape Library Guide
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 26 Jun 2020, last updated 15 Jul 2021

The IBM® TS4500 (TS4500) tape library is a next-generation tape solution that offers higher storage density and better integrated management than previous solutions. This IBM Redbooks® publication gives you a close-up view of the new IBM TS4500 tape library. In the TS4500, IBM delivers the density that today’s and tomorrow’s data growth requires. It has the cost-effectiveness and the manageability to grow with business data needs, while you preserve investments in IBM tape library products. Now, you can achieve a low cost per terabyte (TB) and a high TB density per square foot because the ... [more]


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