IBM DS8900F Architecture and Implementation Release 9.1

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 18 December 2020, updated 22 April 2021

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ISBN-10: 0738459267
ISBN-13: 9780738459264
IBM Form #: SG24-8456-01
(486 pages)

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Authors: Bertrand Dufrasne, Peter Kimmel, Sherri Brunson, Abilio Oliveira, Connie Riggins, Nitin Thorve, Ron Verbeek


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 family entry cost.
  • IBM DS8950F: Agility Class all-flash: The Agility Class is designed to consolidate all your mission-critical workloads for IBM Z®, IBM LinuxONE, IBM Power Systems, and distributed environments under a single all-flash storage solution.

The DS8900F architecture relies on powerful IBM POWER9™ processor-based servers that manage the cache to streamline disk input/output (I/O), which maximizes performance and throughput. These capabilities are further enhanced by High-Performance Flash Enclosures (HPFE) Gen2.

Like its predecessors, the DS8900F supports advanced disaster recovery (DR) solutions, business continuity solutions, and thin provisioning.

The IBM DS8910F Rack-Mounted model 993 is described in a separate publication: IBM DS8910F Model 993 Rack-Mounted Storage System Release 9.1, REDP-5566.

Table of contents

Part 1. Concepts and architecture
Chapter 1. Introduction to the IBM DS8900F storage system
Chapter 2. IBM DS8900F hardware components and architecture
Chapter 3. IBM DS8900 reliability, availability, and serviceability
Chapter 4. Virtualization concepts
Chapter 5. IBM DS8900F performance characteristics
Part 2. Planning and installation
Chapter 6. IBM DS8900F physical planning and installation
Chapter 7. IBM DS8900F Management Console planning and setup
Chapter 8. IBM DS8900F features and licensed functions
Part 3. Storage configuration
Chapter 9. Configuration flow
Chapter 10. IBM DS8900F Storage Management GUI
Chapter 11. IBM DS8900F Storage Management Command Line Interface
Part 4. Maintenance and upgrades
Chapter 12. Licensed Machine Code
Chapter 13. Monitoring and support

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