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

Redbooks, published 11 Feb 2020, last updated 12 Aug 2020

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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Cataloging Unstructured Data in IBM Watson Knowledge Catalog with IBM Spectrum Discover
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 11 Aug 2020

This IBM® Redpaper publication explains how IBM Spectrum® Discover integrates with the IBM Watson® Knowledge Catalog (WKC) component of IBM Cloud® Pak for Data (IBM CP4D) to make the enriched catalog content in IBM Spectrum Discover along with the associated data available in WKC and IBM CP4D. From an end-to-end IBM solution point of view, IBM CP4D and WKC provide state-of-the-art data governance, collaboration, and artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics tools, and IBM Spectrum Discover complements these features by adding support for unstructured data on large-scale file and object ... [more]


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Hybrid Multicloud Business Continuity for OpenShift Workloads with IBM Spectrum Virtualize in AWS
Storage Solutions

Blueprint, published 10 Aug 2020

This publication is intended to facilitate the deployment of the hybrid cloud business continuity solution with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform and IBM® block CSI (Container Storage Interface) driver plug-in for IBM Spectrum® Virtualize on Public Cloud AWS (Amazon Web Services). This solution is designed to protect the data by using IBM Storage-based Global Mirror replication. For demonstration purposes, MySQL containerized database is installed on the on-premises IBM FlashSystem® that is connected to the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform (OCP) cluster in the vSphere environment ... [more]


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Maximizing Security with LinuxONE
LinuxONE

Redpaper, published 10 Aug 2020

LinuxONE® is a hardware system that is designed to support and use the Linux operating system based on the value of its unique underlying architecture. LinuxONE can be used within a private and multi-cloud environment to support a range of workloads and service various needs. On LinuxONE, security is built into the hardware and software. This IBM® Redpaper® publication gives a broad understanding of how to use the various security features that make the most of and complement the LinuxONE hardware security features, including the following examples:


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IBM z15 Configuration Setup
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 4 Aug 2020

This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps you install, configure, and maintain the IBM z15™ (machine types 8561 and 8562) systems. The z15 systems 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 familiar with IBM Z technology and terminology. For more information about the ... [more]


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IBM z15 (8561) Technical Guide
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 17 Jan 2020, last updated 4 Aug 2020

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the features and functions the latest member of the IBM Z® platform, the IBM z15™ (machine type 8561). It includes information about the IBM z15 processor design, I/O innovations, security features, and supported operating systems. The z15 is a state-of-the-art data and transaction system that delivers advanced capabilities, which are vital to any digital transformation. The z15 is designed for enhanced modularity, which is in an industry standard footprint. This system excels at the following tasks:


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IBM Z Functional Matrix
IBM Z

Redpaper, published 14 Apr 2020, last updated 4 Aug 2020

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication provides a list of features and functions that are supported on IBM Z, including the IBM z15™ (z15) - Machine type 8561, IBM z14™ (z14) - Machine types 3906 and 3907, IBM z13®(z13), and IBM z13s®(z13s).


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

Redpaper, published 3 Dec 2019, last updated 3 Aug 2020

IBM® Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition for the IBM TS4500, IBM TS3500, IBM TS4300, 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 IBM Spectrum Archive. IBM Spectrum Archive can play an important role in reducing the cost of storage for data that does not need the access performance of primary disk. The IBM Spectrum Archive Virtual Appliance can be deployed in minutes and key features can be tried along with ... [more]


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IBM Z Server Time Protocol Guide
IBM Z

Draft Redbooks, last updated 3 Aug 2020

Server Time Protocol Concepts, Planning and Implementation


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Red Hat OpenShift on Public Cloud with IBM Block Storage
Storage Solutions

Blueprint, published 27 Jul 2020, last updated 3 Aug 2020

The purpose of this document is to show how to install RedHat OpenShift Container Platform (OCP) on Amazon web services (AWS) public cloud with OpenShift installer, a method that is known as Installer-provisioned infrastructure (IPI). We also describe how to validate the installation of IBM container storage interface (CSI) driver on OCP 4.2 that is installed on AWS. This document also describes the installation of OCP 4.x on AWS with customization and OCP 4.x installation on IBM cloud. This document discusses how to provision internet small computer system interface (iSCSI) storage that is ... [more]


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IBM Power Systems Planning and Monitoring Best Practices for SAP Applications
Power Systems

Draft Redpaper, last updated 29 Jul 2020

This IBM Redpaper publication is part of a series of documents supporting clients and architects to plan, implement and operate SAP workloads on IBM Power Systems Servers. The focus of this publication is to plan and implement best practices for SAP workloads, and monitor the landscape for health. The target audiences of this book are architects, IT specialist, and systems administrators deploying SAP workloads whom often spend a lot of time and effort managing, provisioning, and monitoring SAP software systems and landscapes on IBM Power ... [more]


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Software Defined Data Center with Red Hat Cloud and Open Source IT Operations Management
Red Hat

Draft Redbooks, last updated 28 Jul 2020

This IBM Redbooks publication delivers a Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) solution for Cloud workloads, using Red Hat OpenStack for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Red Hat OpenShift for Platform as a Service (PaaS), and IT operations management using open source tools. Today customers are no longer living in a world of licensed software. Curiosity has increased the demand for investigating the Open Source world for both Community Open Source and Enterprise grade applications. Perhaps you are nodding eagerly in agreement. IBM as one of the contributors to the Open Source community is ... [more]


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IBM Storage Solutions for SAP Applications Version 1.5
Storage Solutions

Blueprint, published 6 May 2020, last updated 21 Jul 2020

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is intended as an architecture and configuration guide to set up the IBM System Storage™ for the SAP HANA tailored data center integration (SAP HANA TDI) within a storage area network (SAN) environment. SAP HANA TDI allows the SAP customer to attach external storage to the SAP HANA server. The paper also describes the setup and configuration of SAP Landscape Management for SAP HANA systems on IBM infrastructure components: IBM Power Systems and IBM Storage based on IBM Spectrum® Virtualize. This document is written for IT technical specialists and architects ... [more]


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IBM Power Systems for SAS Viya 3.5 Deployment Guide
Power Systems

Draft Redbooks, last updated 17 Jul 2020

This IBM Redbooks publication provides options and best practices for deploying SAS Viya 3.5 on IBM POWER9 servers. SAS Viya is a complex set of artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics solutions that require a properly planned infrastructure to meet the needs of the data scientists, business analysts, and application developers who will use Viya capabilities in their daily work activities. Regardless of the user role, the underlying infrastructure matters to ensure performance expectations and service level agreement (SLA) requirements are met or exceeded. Although the general planning ... [more]


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IBM Storage for Red Hat OpenShift Blueprint Version 1 Release 4
Storage Solutions

Blueprint, published 17 Jul 2020

This IBM® Blueprint is intended to facilitate the deployment of IBM Storage for Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform by using detailed hardware specifications to build a system. It describes the associated parameters for configuring persistent storage within a Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform environment. To complete the tasks, you should understand Red Hat OpenShift, IBM Storage, the IBM block storage Container Storage Interface (CSI) driver and the IBM Spectrum Scale CSI driver. The information in this document is distributed on an “as is” basis without any warranty that is either ... [more]


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IBM Cloud Object Storage System Product Guide
Software Defined Storage

Redbooks, published 7 Jul 2020, last updated 13 Jul 2020

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. IBM® Cloud Object Storage (COS) is a software-defined storage platform that breaks down barriers for storing massive amounts of data by optimizing the placement of data on commodity x86 servers across the enterprise. This IBM Redbooks® publication describes the major features, use case scenarios, deployment options, configuration details, initial customization, performance, and scalability considerations of IBM Cloud® Object Storage ... [more]


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Implementing IBM Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud Version 8.3.1
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 13 Jul 2020

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 provides the IBM Spectrum Virtualize functions in IBM Cloud®. This capability provides a monthly license to deploy and use IBM Spectrum Virtualize in IBM Cloud to enable hybrid cloud solutions, offering the ability to transfer data between on-premises private clouds or data centers and ... [more]


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Implementing IBM Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud on AWS Version 8.3.1
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 8 Jul 2020, last updated 8 Jul 2020

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, whether on-premises, off-premises, or a combination of both. The initial release of IBM Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud is now available on Amazon Web Services (AWS). This IBM Redpaper™ publication gives a broad understanding of the IBM Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud on AWS architecture. It also provides planning and implementation information about the common use cases ... [more]


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

Redpaper, published 7 Jul 2020

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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Introduction Guide to the IBM Elastic Storage System
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 14 May 2020, last updated 3 Jul 2020

This IBM® Redpaper® publication provides an overview of the IBM Elastic Storage® Server (ESS) and IBM Elastic Storage System, which are scalable, high-performance data and file management solution, which is 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, and walks you through ordering the right solution for your environment, planning the installation ... [more]


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