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Practical Migration from x86 to LinuxONE
LinuxONE

Redbooks, published 4 Jan 2021

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 IBM® LinuxONE III LT1 and IBM LinuxONE III LT2. We describe these servers in “IBM LinuxONE servers” on page 5. Aside from still running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Servers, LinuxONE runs Ubuntu, which is popular on x86 hardware. Ubuntu, ... [more]


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Modernizing Applications with IBM CICS
z Systems Software

Redpaper, published 30 Dec 2020

IBM® CICS® is a mixed language application server that runs on IBM Z®. Over the 50 years since CICS was introduced in 1969, enterprises have used the qualities of service (QoSs) that CICS provides to allow them to create high throughput and secure transactional applications that have powered their business. As the IT landscape has evolved, so has CICS to allow these applications to integrate with new platforms and still provide value to the rest of the business. Because of this capability, many businesses still rely on CICS to power their core applications. This IBM Redpaper publication ... [more]


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IBM Storage for Red Hat OpenShift Blueprint
Storage Solutions

Blueprint, published 18 Dec 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 must 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 DS8900F Architecture and Implementation Release 9.1
Disk storage

Redbooks, published 18 Dec 2020

This IBM Redbooks publication describes the concepts, architecture, and implementation of the IBM DS8900F family. The book provides reference information to assist readers who need to plan for, install, and configure the DS8900F systems. This edition applies to DS8900F systems with IBM DS8000® Licensed Machine Code (LMC) 7.9.10 (bundle version 89.10.xx.x), referred to as Release 9.1. The DS8900F family offers two classes:

  • IBM DS8910F: Flexibility Class all-flash: The Flexibility Class is designed to reduce complexity while addressing various workloads at the lowest DS8900F ... [more]


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Integration Testing for Hybrid Cloud Applications using Galasa
IBM Z

Draft Redpaper, last updated 18 Dec 2020

In this paper, we focus on the importance of thoroughly testing software to ensure its quality. The paper explains how this can only be achieved in an effective and efficient way by automating the testing as part of a continuous delivery pipeline, and introduces a framework that can enable 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 dev-ops pipeline. Galasa was built as an integration test framework, not only to test applications spanning ... [more]


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IBM DS8900F Product Guide Release 9.1
Disk storage

Product Guide, published 17 Dec 2020

Built on over 50 years of enterprise storage expertise, the IBM® DS8000® series is the flagship of disk storage systems within the IBM System Storage portfolio. As of October 2020, the DS8900F with DS8000 Release 9.1 is the latest addition. The DS8900F is an all-flash system exclusively, and it offers two classes:

  • DS8910F: Flexibility Class
The flexibility class delivers significant performance improvements compared to the previous IBM DS8880F generation.
  • DS8950F: Agility Class
The agility class is efficiently designed to consolidate all your ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Protect Plus Practical Guidance for Deployment, Configuration, and Usage
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 14 Dec 2020

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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Consolidation Planning Workbook: Practical Migration from x86 to IBM LinuxONE
LinuxONE

Redpaper, published 10 Dec 2020

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 publication provides you with checklists for each facet of your migration to IBM LinuxONE. This IBM Redbooks workbook assists you by ... [more]


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IBM DS8910F Model 993 Rack-Mounted Storage System Release 9.1
Flash storage

Redpaper, published 9 Dec 2020

This IBM Redpaper publication presents and positions the DS8910F Model 993 storage system. This modular system can be integrated into a 16U contiguous space of an IBM z15™ model T02 or IBM z14® Model ZR1 with Feature Code 0937 and IBM LinuxONE III model LT2 or LinuxONE Rockhopper II model LR1 with Feature Code 0938. The DS8910F Model 993 allows you to take advantage of the performance boost of all-flash systems and advanced features while limiting data center footprint and power infrastructure ... [more]


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Implementation Guide for IBM Elastic Storage System 5000
Software Defined Storage

Redbooks, published 8 Dec 2020

This IBM® Redbooks® publication introduces and describes the IBM Elastic Storage® Server 5000 (ESS 5000) as a scalable, high-performance data and file management solution. The solution is built on proven IBM Spectrum® Scale technology, formerly IBM General Parallel File System (IBM GPFS). ESS is a modern implementation of software-defined storage, making it easier for you to deploy fast, highly scalable storage for AI and big data. With the lightning-fast NVMe storage technology and industry-leading file management capabilities of IBM Spectrum Scale, the ESS 3000 and ESS 5000 nodes can grow ... [more]


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IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller, IBM Storwize V7000, and IBM FlashSystem 7200 Best Practices and Performance Guidelines
Software Defined Storage

Redbooks, published 11 Feb 2020, last updated 7 Dec 2020

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™ V8.2.1. 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 FlashSystem 9200 and 9100 Best Practices and Performance Guidelines
Flash storage

Redbooks, published 11 Feb 2020, last updated 3 Dec 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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IBM FlashSystem 9100 Architecture, Performance, and Implementation
Flash storage

Redbooks, published 28 Feb 2019, last updated 2 Dec 2020

IBM® FlashSystem 9100 combines the performance of flash and Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) with the reliability and innovation of IBM FlashCore® technology and the rich features of IBM Spectrum™ Virtualize — all in a powerful 2U storage system. Providing intensive data driven multi-cloud storage capacity, FlashSystem 9100 is deeply integrated with the software-defined capabilities of IBM Spectrum Storage™, which allows you to easily add the multi-cloud solutions that best support your business. In this IBM Redbooks® publication, we discuss the product’s features and planning steps, ... [more]


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Deployment and Usage Guide for Running AI Workloads on Red Hat OpenShift and NVIDIA DGX Systems with IBM Spectrum Scale
Cloud

Redpaper, published 30 Nov 2020

This IBM® Redpaper publication describes the architecture, installation procedure, and results for running a typical training application that works on an automotive data set in an orchestrated and secured environment that provides horizontal scalability of GPU resources across physical node boundaries for deep neural network (DNN) workloads. This paper is mostly relevant for systems engineers, system administrators, or system architects that are responsible for data center infrastructure management and typical day-to-day operations such as system monitoring, operational control, asset ... [more]


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IBM Z Connectivity Handbook
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 14 Aug 2020, last updated 24 Nov 2020

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 z15™ Model T01
  • IBM z15™ Model T02
  • IBM z14™
  • IBM z14 Model ZR1™
  • IBM z13®
  • IBM z13s®
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 designing their ... [more]


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SUSE and IBM Power Systems for SAP HANA
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 24 Nov 2020

For organizations charting their way forward in today's digital economy, the clear imperative is to find better ways of extracting more value from data. By gleaning insight from data regarding customer preferences and business operations, organizations can respond to demand more effectively and better deliver the experiences that today's customers want. To this end, many organizations running SAP solutions seek to make the move to the SAP HANA database. SAP HANA offers the speed of in-memory data processing and the ability to combine transactions and analytics on a single platform for ... [more]


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Enabling IBM Cloud Pak for Multicloud Management to Connect Kubernetes Clusters Using IBM Secure Gateway
Cloud

Redpaper, published 20 Nov 2020

In today’s dynamically changing IT landscape, it is highly likely that a company’s cloud strategy spans multiple cloud providers. Such a span is known as the hydrid multi-cloud landscape. The challenges that quickly surface in an IT department’s list of responsibilities now encompass managing environments that are running on multiple cloud providers. The traditional IT administrators find themselves using individual dashboards for each of the cloud providers to monitor and manage those environments. In turn, each of the cloud provider’s dashboards have their own unique features that ... [more]


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Cyber Resilience Solution Across Hybrid Cloud Using IBM Storage Solutions
Storage Solutions

Blueprint, published 12 Nov 2020

In today’s data driven world, the information and data of an organization is considered as the most important asset to its business. It can serve as key asset for growth of an organization. As more data are collected by organizations, it is growing at a staggering pace. With this exponential data growth, there is an increase need to protect the data from the various cyberattacks in the form of malware and ransomware that is trying to steal precious data and information. These cyberattacks can have catastrophic impact on the organization and result in devastating financial losses and affect ... [more]


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Introducing IBM Z System Recovery Boost
IBM Z

Redpaper, published 12 Nov 2020

This IBM® Redpaper publication introduces System Recovery Boost, which is a new function of the IBM z15™ system. System Recovery Boost delivers substantially faster system shutdown and restart, short duration recovery process boosts for sysplex events, and fast catch-up of an accumulated backlog of work after specific events (such as system restart).


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IBM DS8000 High-Performance Flash Enclosure Gen2 (DS8000 R9.0)
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 20 Dec 2019, last updated 4 Nov 2020

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the IBM DS8880 High-Performance Enclosure (HPFE) Gen2 architecture and configuration, as of DS8900 Release 9.1. The IBM® DS8000® High-Performance Flash Enclosure Gen2 (HPFE Gen2) is a 2U storage enclosure that is installed in pairs in DS8900F and 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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