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IBM DS8900F and IBM Z Synergy DS8900F: Release 9.3 and z/OS 2.5
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 1 Jul 2022

IBM Z® has a close and unique relationship to its storage. Over the years, improvements to the IBM zSystems® processors and storage software, the disk storage systems, and their communication architecture consistently reinforced this synergy. This IBM® Redpaper™ publication summarizes and highlights the various aspects, advanced functions, and technologies that are often pioneered by IBM and make IBM Z and IBM DS8000® products an ideal combination. This paper is intended for users who have some familiarity with IBM Z and the IBM DS8000 series and want a condensed but comprehensive overview ... [more]


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IBM DS8900F Product Guide Release 9.3
Storage Solutions

Product Guide, published 20 Jun 2022, last updated 22 Jun 2022

This IBM® Redbooks Product Guide provides an overview of the features and functions that are available with the IBM DS8900F models that run microcode Release 9.3 (Bundle 89.30/Licensed Machine Code 7.9.30). As of May 2022, the DS8900F with DS8000 Release 9.3 is the latest addition. The DS8900F is an all-flash system exclusively, and it offers three classes:
- IBM DS8980F: Analytic Class: The DS8980F Analytic Class offers best performance for organizations that want to expand their workload possibilities to artificial intelligence (AI), Business Intelligence, and Machine Learning. ... [more]


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IBM DS8000 Thin Provisioning (Updated for Release 9.3)
Hybrid Flash storage

Draft Redpaper, last updated 21 Jun 2022

Ever-increasing storage demands have a negative effect on an organization's IT budget and complicate the overall storage infrastructure and management. Companies are looking at ways to use their storage resources more efficiently. Thin provisioning can help by reducing the amount of unused storage that is typically allocated to applications or users. Thin provisioning defers the allocation of actual space on the storage system until the time that the data must effectively be written to disk. This IBM Redpaper™ publication provides an overall understanding of how thin provisioning works on ... [more]


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Implementation Guide for IBM Spectrum Virtualize Version 8.5
Hybrid Flash storage

Redbooks, published 2 Jun 2022, last updated 14 Jun 2022

IBM FlashSystem and IBM SAN Volume Controller solutions incorporate some of the top IBM technologies that are typically found only in enterprise-class storage systems, which raise the standard for storage efficiency in midrange disk systems. These cutting-edge storage systems extend the comprehensive storage portfolio from IBM and can help change the way organizations address the ongoing information explosion. This IBM Redbooks publication introduces the features and functions of an IBM Spectrum Virtualize V8.5 storage system through several examples. This book is aimed at pre-sales and ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem 9500 Product Guide
Flash storage

Redpaper, published 13 Jun 2022

This IBM® Redpaper® Product Guide describes the IBM FlashSystem® 9500 solution, which is a next-generation IBM FlashSystem control enclosure. It combines the performance of flash and a Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe)-optimized architecture with the reliability and innovation of IBM FlashCore® technology and the rich feature set and high availability (HA) of IBM Spectrum® Virtualize. Often, applications exist that are foundational to the operations and success of an enterprise. These applications might function as prime revenue generators, guide or control important tasks, or provide ... [more]


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IBM DS8000 Easy Tier (Updated for DS8000 R9.0)
Hybrid Flash storage

Redpaper, published 4 Dec 2018, last updated 23 Feb 2022

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the concepts and functions of IBM System Storage® Easy Tier®, and explains its practical use with the IBM DS8000® series and License Machine Code 7.9.0.xxx (also known as R9.0).. Easy Tier is designed to automate data placement throughout the storage system disks pool. It enables the system to (automatically and without disruption to applications) relocate data (at the extent level) across up to three drive tiers. The process is fully automated. Easy Tier also automatically rebalances extents among ranks within the same tier, removing workload skew ... [more]


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IBM DS8900F Architecture and Implementation: Updated for Release 9.2
Flash storage

Redbooks, published 9 Sep 2021, last updated 22 Feb 2022

This IBM® RedpaperRedbooks® publication describes the concepts, architecture, and implementation of the IBM DS8900F family. The WhitepaperRedpaperbook 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) 7.9.20 (bundle version 89.20.xx.x), referred to as Release 9.2. The DS8900F is an all-flash system exclusively, and it offers three classes:
- DS8980F: Analytic Class: The DS8980F Analytic Class offers best performance for ... [more]


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IBM DS8000 Transparent Cloud Tiering (DS8000 Release 9.2)
Cloud

Redbooks, published 1 Dec 2021, last updated 17 Feb 2022

IBM DFSMS and the IBM DS8000 added functionality to provide elements of serverless data movement, and for IBM z/OS® to communicate with a storage cloud. The function is known as Transparent Cloud Tiering and is composed of the following key elements:
- A gateway in the DS8000, which allows the movement of data to and from Object Storage by using a network connection, with the option to encrypt data in the Cloud.
- DFSMShsm enhancements to support Migrate and Recall functions to and from the Object Storage. Other commands were enhanced to monitor and report on the new ... [more]


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IBM DS8900F Performance Best Practices and Monitoring
Hybrid Flash storage

Redbooks, published 17 Dec 2021

This IBM® Redbooks® publication is intended for individuals who want to maximize the performance of their DS8900 storage systems and investigate the planning and monitoring tools that are available.


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Getting Started with IBM Z Cyber Vault
IBM Z

Redbooks, published 18 Nov 2021, last updated 29 Nov 2021

With cyberattacks on the raise, cyber resiliency is becoming more important than ever. Cyber resiliency can provide the required capability against cyberattacks and prevent significant impact if the attacks are detected early. A cybersecurity strategy might minimize the risk of attacks getting through to systems, applications, and data, but a cyber resiliency strategy is needed to minimize the impact of a cyberattack by recovering quickly. Preparing for, responding to, and recovering from a cyberattack is not something that just happens, but must be thoroughly designed, planned for, and ... [more]


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