Performance and Best Practices Guide for IBM Spectrum Virtualize Version 8.5

A draft IBM Redbooks publication


Last updated on May 23, 2022

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IBM Form #: SG24-8521-00

Authors: Andy Haerchen, Ashutosh Pathak, Barry Whyte, Cassio Alexandre de Aguiar, Fabio Trevizan de Oliveira, Hartmut Lonzer, Luis Eduardo Silva Viera, Mahendra S Brahmadu, Mangesh M Shirke, Nezih Boyacioglu, Sergey Kubin, Stephen Solewin, Thales Ferreira, Tiago Moreira Candelaria Bastos, Uwe Schreiber, Vasfi Gucer, Youssef Largou

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    This IBM Redbooks® publication captures several of the preferred practices and describes the performance gains that can be achieved by implementing the IBM FlashSystem® and SAN Volume Controller (SVC) products running IBM Spectrum Virtualize Version 8.5. 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 monitoring, maintaining, and troubleshooting.

    This book is intended for experienced storage, SAN, IBM FlashSystem, and SAN Volume Controller administrators and technicians. Understanding this book requires advanced knowledge of these environments.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. Introduction to IBM FlashSystem and IBM SAN Volume Controller running IBM Spectrum Virtualize V8.5

    Chapter 2. Storage area network guidelines

    Chapter 3. Storage backend

    Chapter 4. Storage pools

    Chapter 5. Volumes

    Chapter 6. Copy services

    Chapter 7. Ensuring business continuity

    Chapter 8. Configuring hosts

    Chapter 9. Implementing a storage monitoring system

    Chapter 10. Maintaining IBM Spectrum Virtualize infrastructure

    Chapter 11. Troubleshooting and diagnostics

    Chapter 12. IBM Real-time Compression considerations

    Appendix A. IBM i considerations


    Special Notices

    This material has not been submitted to any formal IBM test and is published AS IS. It has not been the subject of rigorous review. IBM assumes no responsibility for its accuracy or completeness. The use of this information or the implementation of any of these techniques is a client responsibility and depends upon the client's ability to evaluate and integrate them into the client's operational environment.