IBM FlashSystem Best Practices and Performance Guidelines for IBM Spectrum Virtualize Version 8.4.2

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 02 February 2022, updated 02 February 2022

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ISBN-10: 0738460311
ISBN-13: 9780738460314
IBM Form #: SG24-8508-00
(638 pages)

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Authors: Antonio Rainero, Carlton Beatty, David Green, Hartmut Lonzer, Jonathan Wilkie, Kendall Williams, Konrad Trojok, Mandy Stevens, Nezih Boyacıoglu, Nils Olsson, Renato Santos, Rene Oehme, Sergey Kubin, Thales Noivo Ferreira, Uwe Schreiber, 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 that are powered by IBM Spectrum® Virtualize Version 8.4.2. 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. Introduction to IBM FlashSystem
Chapter 2. Connecting IBM Spectrum Virtualize and IBM FlashSystem in storage area networks
Chapter 3. Planning, configuring, and managing storage backend
Chapter 4. Planning storage pools
Chapter 5. Volumes types
Chapter 6. IBM FlashCopy services capabilities
Chapter 7. Ensuring business continuity
Chapter 8. Configuring hosts
Chapter 9. Implementing a storage monitoring system
Chapter 10. Maintaining storage infrastructure
Chapter 11. Troubleshooting and diagnostics
Chapter 12. Automation and scripting
Appendix A. IBM i considerations

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