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IBM DS8000 Copy Services: Updated for IBM DS8000 Release 9.1
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 9 Apr 2021

This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps you plan, install, configure, and manage Copy Services on the IBM DS8000® operating in an IBM Z® 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 Services. This edition is an update for the DS8900 Release 9.1. ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition V1.3.1.2: Installation and Configuration Guide
Software Defined Storage

Draft Redbooks, last updated 7 Apr 2021

This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps you with the planning, installation, and configuration of the new IBM Spectrum® Archive v1.3.1.2 for the IBM TS4500, IBM TS3500, IBM TS4300, and IBM TS3310 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 eighth edition of IBM Spectrum Archive Installation and Configuration Guide. IBM Spectrum Archive EE can run any application that is designed for ... [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 7 Apr 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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Implementing IBM FlashSystem with IBM Spectrum Virtualize V8.4
Flash storage

Redbooks, published 10 Feb 2021, last updated 7 Apr 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 raise the standard for storage efficiency in ... [more]


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IBM Power Systems S922, S914, and S924 Technical Overview and Introduction Featuring PCIe Gen 4 Technology
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 16 Jul 2020, last updated 6 Apr 2021

This IBM® Redpaper publication is a comprehensive guide that covers the IBM Power System S914 (9009-41G), IBM Power System S922 (9009-22G), and IBM Power System S924 (9009-42G) servers that use the latest IBM POWER9™ processor-based technology and support the IBM AIX®, IBM i, and Linux operating systems (OSs). The goal of this paper is to provide a hardware architecture analysis and highlight the changes, new technologies, and major features that are being introduced in these systems, such as:

  • The latest IBM POWER9 processor, which is available in various configurations for ... [more]


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

Draft Redbooks, last updated 6 Apr 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 PowerVC Version 2.0 Introduction and Configuration
Power Systems

Draft Redbooks, last updated 5 Apr 2021

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. It also shows how IBM PowerVC can integrate with systems management tools like Ansible or Terraform and that it also fits very good into a OpenShift container environment. IBM PowerVC Version 2.0.0 supports both large and small deployments, either by managing IBM PowerVM® that is controlled by the Hardware Management Console (HMC), ... [more]


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

Draft Redbooks, last updated 5 Apr 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 Gen 7 b-type 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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IBM Spectrum Protect Plus Practical Guidance for Deployment, Configuration, and Usage
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 14 Dec 2020, last updated 31 Mar 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 applications backups in hybrid multicloud environments. IBM Knowledge Center for IBM Spectrum® Protect Plus provides extensive documentation for installation, deployment, and usage. In addition, build and size an IBM Spectrum Protect Plus solution. The goal of this IBM Redpaper® publication is to summarize and complement the available information by providing useful hints and tips that are based on the authors’ ... [more]


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High Performant File System Workloads for AI and HPC on AWS using IBM Spectrum Scale
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 31 Mar 2021

This IBM® Redpaper® publication is intended to facilitate the deployment and configuration of the IBM Spectrum® Scale based high-performance storage solutions for the scalable data and AI solutions on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Configuration, testing results, and tuning guidelines for running the IBM Spectrum Scale based high-performance storage solutions for the data and AI workloads on AWS are the focus areas of the paper. The LAB Validation was conducted with the Red Hat Linux nodes to IBM Spectrum Scale by using the various Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances. Simultaneous ... [more]


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

Draft Redbooks, last updated 31 Mar 2021

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

  • 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
  • The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM z Systems Volume 4: Ubuntu Server 16.04, SG24-8354
It is recommended that you start with Volume 1 of this series because IBM z/VM® is the base ... [more]


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Storage Multi-tenancy for Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform with IBM Storage
Flash storage

Draft Redpaper, last updated 30 Mar 2021

With IBM® Spectrum Virtualize and object-based access control, you can implement multi-tenancy and secure storage usage in a Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform environment. This document will show you how to secure the storage access of the OpenShift users to the IBM Spectrum® Virtualize array. Restricting access helps you to avoid the over-consumption of storage by one or more users. The uses cases in this document can be expanded to using this control to provide assistance with ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem 5000 and 5200 for Mid-Market
Flash storage

Redguide, published 19 Feb 2021, last updated 30 Mar 2021

The IBM® FlashSystem 5015, 5035, and 5200 help you meet the challenges of rapid data growth while staying within limited IT budgets. These systems allow you to quickly consolidate, simplify, and optimize your IT infrastructure with an efficient, highly flexible, yet easy-to-use storage system with powerful virtualization features. This IBM Redpaper™ publication is intended for mid-market clients.


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Integration Testing for Hybrid Cloud Applications using Galasa
IBM Z

Redpaper, published 29 Mar 2021

In this IBM® Redpaper publication, we focus on the importancequality. This paper explains how this testing can be achieved only in an effective and efficient way by autenable such automation. We specifically focus on Galasa. Galasa is an open-source deep integration test framework for hybrid cloud applications that allows teams to automate tests to run as part of a DevOps pipeline. Galasa was built as an integration test framework to test applications spanning multiple platforms as part of a hybrid multi-cloud. It also integrates all the test tools that are needed to test such an ... [more]


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Cloudera Data Platform Private Cloud Base with IBM Spectrum Scale
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 29 Jan 2021, last updated 25 Mar 2021

This IBM® Redpaper publication provides guidance on building an enterprise-grade data lake by using IBM Spectrum® Scale and Cloudera Data Platform (CDP) Private Cloud Base for performing in-place Cloudera Hadoop or Cloudera Spark-based analytics. It also covers the benefits of the integrated solution and gives guidance about the types of deployment models and considerations during the implementation of these models.


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Introduction Guide to the IBM Elastic Storage System
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 16 Feb 2021, last updated 23 Mar 2021

This IBM® Redpaper® publication provides an overview of the IBM Elastic Storage® Server and IBM Elastic Storage System. 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 environment, planning the installation and integration of the ... [more]


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IBM TS7700 R5.1 Cloud Storage Tier Guide
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 23 Mar 2021

Building on over 23 years of virtual tape experience, the IBM® TS7700 (IBM TS7760 and TS7770) now can store virtual tape volumes in object storage. This IBM Redpaper Redbooks publication helps you set up and configure the cloud object storage support for IBM Cloud® Object Storage or Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). The TS7700 supported offloading to physical tape for over two decades. Using a TS7700 to offload to physical tape is a process that is used by hundreds of organizations around the world. By using the same hierarchical storage techniques, the TS7700 also can offload to ... [more]


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IBM TS7700 Series DS8000 Object Store User's Guide Version 2.0
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 22 Mar 2021

The IBM® TS7700 features a functional enhancement that allows for the TS7700 to act as an object store for transparent cloud tiering with IBM DS8000® (DS8K), DFSMShsm (HSM), and native DFSMSdss (DSS). This function can be used to move data sets directly from DS8000 to TS7700. This IBM Redpaper publication describes the client value, and how DFSMS, DS8000, and TS7700 are set up to enable and use the function.


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IBM Cloud Object Storage Concepts and Architecture System Edition
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 7 Jul 2020, last updated 19 Mar 2021

Object Storage is the primary storage solution that is used in the cloud and on-premises solutions as a central storage platform for unstructured data. Object Storage is growing more popular for the following reasons:

  • It is designed for exabyte scale.
  • It is easy to manage and yet meets the growing demands of enterprises for a broad set of applications and workloads.
  • It allows users to balance storage cost, location, and compliance control requirements across data sets and essential applications.
IBM® Cloud Object Storage (IBM COS) system provides ... [more]


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

Redbooks, published 24 Feb 2021, last updated 18 Mar 2021

This IBM® Redbooks® publication is a guide to IBM Power Private Cloud with Shared Utility Capacity featuring Power Enterprise Pools 2.0 (also known as PEP 2.0). This technology allows multiple servers in an to share base processor and memory resources, and draw upon pre-paid credits when the base is exceeded. Previously, the Shared Utility feature supported IBM Power System E950 (9040-MR9) and IBM Power System E980 (9080-M9S). It was extended in August 2020 to include the Scale-out Power Systems announced on July 14th 2020 and received dedicated processor support later in the year. The IBM ... [more]


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