VersaStack Solution by Cisco and IBM with SQL, Spectrum Control, and Spectrum Protect

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 26 October 2015

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ISBN-10: 0738441074
ISBN-13: 9780738441078
IBM Form #: SG24-8301-00
(502 pages)

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Authors: Jon Tate, Vadi Bhatt, Sanjeev Naldurgkar, Filip Van Den Neucker, Asher Pemberton


Dynamic organizations want to accelerate growth while reducing costs. To do so, they must speed the deployment of business applications and adapt quickly to any changes in priorities. Organizations today require an IT infrastructure to be easy, efficient, and versatile.

The VersaStack solution by Cisco and IBM® can help you accelerate the deployment of your data centers. It reduces costs by more efficiently managing information and resources while maintaining your ability to adapt to business change.

The VersaStack solution combines the innovation of Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure with the efficiency of the IBM Storwize® storage system. The Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure includes the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS), Cisco Nexus and Cisco MDS switches, and Cisco UCS Director. The IBM Storwize V7000 enhances virtual environments with its Data Virtualization, IBM Real-time Compression™, and IBM Easy Tier® features. These features deliver extraordinary levels of performance and efficiency.

The VersaStack solution is Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) ready. Your IT team can build, deploy, secure, and maintain applications through a more agile framework. Cisco Intercloud Fabric capabilities help enable the creation of open and highly secure solutions for the hybrid cloud. These solutions accelerate your IT transformation while delivering dramatic improvements in operational efficiency and simplicity.
Cisco and IBM are global leaders in the IT industry. The VersaStack solution gives you the opportunity to take advantage of integrated infrastructure solutions that are targeted at enterprise applications, analytics, and cloud solutions.

The VersaStack solution is backed by Cisco Validated Designs (CVD) to provide faster delivery of applications, greater IT efficiency, and less risk.

This IBM Redbooks® publication is aimed at experienced storage administrators that are tasked with deploying a VersaStack solution with Microsoft Sequel (SQL), IBM Spectrum™ Protect, and IBM Spectrum Control™.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Architecture
Chapter 3. Software revisions and configuration guidelines
Chapter 4. Planning an SQL Server Failover Cluster implementation
Chapter 5. Physical infrastructure
Chapter 6. VersaStack Cisco Nexus 9000 series switches configuration
Chapter 7. IBM Storwize V7000 storage configuration
Chapter 8. Cisco Unified Computing System configuration
Chapter 9. SAN boot
Chapter 10. VersaStack VMware ESXi 5.5 Update 2 SAN boot installation
Chapter 11. SQL Server setup and failover cluster implementation
Chapter 12. IBM Spectrum Control integration
Chapter 13. IBM Spectrum Protect integration
Chapter 14. General performance
Chapter 15. General validation
Appendix A. Windows Active Directory and running configurations

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