IBM FlashSystem Best Practices and Performance Guidelines

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 13 May 2021, updated 13 October 2021

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ISBN-10: 0738459704
ISBN-13: 9780738459707
IBM Form #: SG24-8503-00
(560 pages)

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Authors: Anil K Nayak, Antonio Rainero, Barry Whyte, Chris Hoffmann, Danilo Morelli Miyasiro, David Green, Duane Bolland, Jackson Shea, Jon Herd, Jordan Fincher, Marcelo Avalos, Sergey Kubin, Sidney Varoni Junior, Thales Noivo Ferreira, Vasfi Gucer


This IBM Redbooks publication captures several of the preferred practices and describes the performance gains that can be achieved by implementing the IBM FlashSystem® products.
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 monitoring, maintaining, and troubleshooting.

This book is intended for experienced storage, SAN, IBM FlashSystem, SAN Volume Controller, and IBM Storwize® administrators and technicians. Understanding this book requires advanced knowledge of these environments.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. IBM FlashSystem introduction
Chapter 2. Storage area network
Chapter 3. Storage backend
Chapter 4. Storage pools
Chapter 5. Volumes
Chapter 6. Copy services
Chapter 7. Business continuity
Chapter 8. Hosts
Chapter 9. Monitoring
Chapter 10. Maintenance
Chapter 11. Troubleshooting and diagnostics
Appendix A. IBM i considerationss

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