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IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller, IBM Storwize V7000, and IBM FlashSystem 7200 Best Practices and Performance Guidelines
Software Defined Storage

Redbooks, published 11 Feb 2020, last updated 7 Dec 2020

This IBM® Redbooks® publication captures several of the preferred practices and describes the performance gains that can be achieved by implementing the IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller and IBM Storwize® V7000 powered by IBM Spectrum Virtualize™ V8.2.1. 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. Then it provides performance guidelines for SAN Volume ... [more]


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Deployment and Usage Guide for Running AI Workloads on Red Hat OpenShift and NVIDIA DGX Systems with IBM Spectrum Scale
Cloud

Redpaper, published 30 Nov 2020

This IBM® Redpaper publication describes the architecture, installation procedure, and results for running a typical training application that works on an automotive data set in an orchestrated and secured environment that provides horizontal scalability of GPU resources across physical node boundaries for deep neural network (DNN) workloads. This paper is mostly relevant for systems engineers, system administrators, or system architects that are responsible for data center infrastructure management and typical day-to-day operations such as system monitoring, operational control, asset ... [more]


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IBM DS8000 High-Performance Flash Enclosure Gen2 (DS8000 R9.0)
Hybrid Flash storage

Redpaper, published 20 Dec 2019, last updated 5 Nov 2020

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the IBM DS8880 High-Performance Enclosure (HPFE) Gen2 architecture and configuration, as of DS8900 Release 9.1. The IBM® DS8000® High-Performance Flash Enclosure Gen2 (HPFE Gen2) is a 2U storage enclosure that is installed in pairs in DS8900F and DS8880 models. The flash enclosure and Flash RAID adapters are installed in pairs. Each storage enclosure pair can support 16, 32, or 48 encryption-capable flash drives (2.5-inch, 63.5 mm form ... [more]


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Block Storage Migration in Open Environments
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 16 Apr 2020

Companies need to migrate data not only when technology needs to be replaced, but also for consolidation, load balancing, and disaster recovery (DR). Data migration is a critical operation, and this book explains the phases and steps to ensure a smooth migration. Topics range from planning and preparation to execution and validation. The book explains, from a generic standpoint, the appliance-based, storage-based, and host-based techniques that can be used to accomplish the migration. Each method is explained through practical migration scenarios and for various operating systems. This ... [more]


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HIPAA Compliance for Healthcare Workloads on IBM Spectrum Scale
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 16 Mar 2020

When technology workloads process healthcare data, it is important to understand Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance and what it means for the technology infrastructure in general and storage in particular. HIPAA is US legislation that was signed into law in 1996. HIPAA was enacted to protect health insurance coverage, but was later extended to ensure protection and privacy of electronic health records and transactions. In simple terms, it was instituted to modernize the exchange of healthcare information and how the Personally Identifiable Information ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem 5000 Family Products
Flash storage

Redbooks, published 9 Sep 2019, last updated 3 Mar 2020

This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides an introduction and overview of the latest products in the IBM FlashSystem® 5000 Family, including their hardware and software features.


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DS8000 4-Site Replication with IBM Copy Services Manager
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 11 Feb 2020

This IBM® Redpaper publication helps you design and implement a 4-site replication solution for IBM DS8000® environments. IBM Copy Services Manager is used to orchestrate the data replication and failover and failback mechanisms between the different sites. The IBM DS8000 Copy Services functions are the foundation of this 4-site replication solution. The four sites consist of two pairs of sites. Within each pair, the two sites are at metro distance, while the pairs connect at long distance over asynchronous links. The solution is based on a Multi-Target PPRC topology that consists of a Metro ... [more]


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Creating Data Reduction Pools with IBM FlashSystem 9200 and 9100
Flash storage

Redpaper, published 23 Oct 2019, last updated 11 Feb 2020

When you are using IBM® FlashCore Modules with IBM FlashSystem® 9200 and 9100, for most use cases the best practice is to use Data Reduction Pools with fully allocated volumes. This sheet guides you through the process to create these volumes.


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Implementing the IBM Storwize V5000 Gen2 (including the Storwize V5010, V5020, and V5030) with IBM Spectrum Virtualize V8.2.1
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 26 Apr 2019, last updated 1 Aug 2019

Organizations of all sizes face the challenge of managing massive volumes of increasingly valuable data. But storing this data can be costly, and extracting value from the data is becoming more difficult. IT organizations have limited resources but must stay responsive to dynamic environments and act quickly to consolidate, simplify, and optimize their IT infrastructures. The IBM® Storwize® V5000 Gen2 system provides a smarter solution that is affordable, easy to use, and self-optimizing, which enables organizations to overcome these storage challenges. The Storwize V5000 Gen2 delivers ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Virtualize: Hot-Spare Node and NPIV Target Ports
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 19 Jan 2018, last updated 18 Jul 2019

The use of N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) to provide host-only ports (NPIV target ports) and spare nodes improves the host failover characteristics by separating out host communications from communication tasks on the same port and providing standby hardware, which can be automatically introduced into the cluster to reintroduce redundancy. Because the host ports are not used for internode communications, they can freely move between nodes, and this includes spare nodes that are added to the cluster automatically. This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the use of the IBM Spectrum™ ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem A9000 Product Guide (Version 12.3.2)
Flash storage

Product Guide, published 28 Dec 2018, last updated 10 Jun 2019

This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide is an overview of the main characteristics, features, and technology that are used in IBM FlashSystem® A9000Model 425, with IBM FlashSystem A9000 Software V12.3.2. Software version 12.3.2, with Hyper-Scale Manager version 5.6 or later, introduces support for VLAN tagging and port trunking. IBM FlashSystem A9000 storage system uses the IBM FlashCore® technology to help realize higher capacity and improved response times over disk-based systems and other competing flash and solid-state drive (SSD)-based storage. The extreme performance of IBM FlashCore ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem A9000R Product Guide (Version 12.3.2)
Flash storage

Product Guide, published 28 Dec 2018, last updated 10 Jun 2019

This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide is an overview of the main characteristics, features, and technology that are used in IBM FlashSystem® A9000R Model 415 and Model 425, with IBM FlashSystem A9000R Software V12.3.2. Software version 12.3.2, with Hyper-Scale Manager version 5.6 or later, introduces support for VLAN tagging and port trunking.. IBM FlashSystem A9000R is a grid-scale, all-flash storage platform designed for industry leaders with rapidly growing cloud storage and mixed workload environments to help drive your business into the cognitive era. FlashSystem A9000R provides consistent, ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R Architecture and Implementation (Version 12.3.2)
Flash storage

Redbooks, published 29 Jan 2019, last updated 10 Jun 2019

* Version 12.3.2 * This IBM® Redbooks publication presents the architecture, design, concepts, and technology that are used in IBM FlashSystem® A9000 and IBM FlashSystem A9000R. FlashSystem A9000 and FlashSystem A9000R deliver the microsecond latency and high availability of IBM FlashCore® technology with grid architecture, simple scalability, and industry-leading IBM software that is designed to drive your business into the cognitive era. The Hyper-Scale Manager highly intuitive user interface simplifies management. Comprehensive data reduction capabilities, including inline deduplication ... [more]


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IBM Hyper-Scale Manager for IBM Spectrum Accelerate Family: IBM XIV, IBM FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R, and IBM Spectrum Accelerate
Storage Solutions

Redbooks, published 12 Apr 2019

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes storage management functions and their configuration and use with the IBM Hyper-Scale Manager management graphical user interface (GUI) for IBM XIV® Gen3, IBM FlashSystem® A9000 and A9000R, and IBM Spectrum™ Accelerate software. The web-based GUI provides a revolutionary object-centered interface design that is aimed toward ease of use together with enhanced efficiency for storage administrators. The first chapter describes general features of the GUI and installation of the IBM Hyper-Scale Manager server. Subsequent chapters illustrate some typical ... [more]


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IBM FlashCore Module Cryptographic Erase
Flash storage

Redpaper, published 8 Apr 2019

IBM® FlashCore Modules (FCMs) are storage devices that are available in 4.8 TB, 9.6 TB, and 19.2 TB capacities. They are a 2.5-inch drive form factor device and use second-generation 3D triple-level cell (TLC) flash memory on which to store data. This paper describes the cryptographic erasure of data that is stored on these devices when used in an IBM FlashSystem® 9100 (9846-AF7, 9846-AF8, 9848-AF7, 9848-AF8, 9848-UF7, and 9848-UF8), or IBM Storwize® V5100 (2077-424, 2077-A4F, 2078-424, and ... [more]


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Data-at-rest Encryption for the IBM Spectrum Accelerate Family
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 5 Apr 2019

With the ever-growing landscape of national, state, and local regulations, industry requirements, and increased security threats, ensuring the protection of an organization’s information is a key part of operating a successful business. Encrypting data-at-rest is a key element when addressing these concerns. Most storage products offer encryption at an additional cost. The IBM® Spectrum Accelerate family, which includes IBM XIV® Storage System, IBM FlashSystem® A9000, IBM FlashSystem A9000R system(s), and IBM Spectrum™ Accelerate Software provides data-at-rest encryption at no charge. ... [more]


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IBM DS8880 Architecture and Implementation (Release 8.51)
Hybrid Flash storage

Redbooks, published 26 Feb 2019

* Updated for R8.51 * This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the concepts, architecture, and implementation of the IBM DS8880 family. The book provides reference information to assist readers who need to plan for, install, and configure the DS8880 systems. The IBM DS8000® family is a high-performance, high-capacity, highly secure, and resilient series of disk storage systems. The DS8880 family is the latest and most advanced of the DS8000 offerings to date. The high availability, multiplatform support, including IBM Z, and simplified management tools help provide a cost-effective path to ... [more]


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Using the IBM Spectrum Accelerate Family in VMware Environments: IBM XIV, IBM FlashSystem A9000 and IBM FlashSystem A9000R, and IBM Spectrum Accelerate
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 3 May 2018, last updated 4 Feb 2019

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is a brief overview of synergistic aspects between various VMware offerings and the IBM Spectrum™ Accelerate family, including IBM XIV® and IBM FlashSystem® A9000 and IBM FlashSystem A9000R servers. After reviewing different integration concepts and explaining general implementation aspects for attaching the IBM Spectrum Accelerate™ family to VMware ESXi deployments, the paper focuses on components that are enabled by IBM Spectrum Connect v3.4. This paper is intended for planning to use or implementing the IBM Spectrum Accelerate family of storage systems ... [more]


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IBM DS8880 Product Guide (Release 8.51)
Hybrid Flash storage

Redpaper, published 2 Jan 2019

This IBM Redbooks® Product Guide gives an overview of the features and functions that are available with the IBM DS8880 models running microcode Release 8.51 (DS8000 License Machine Code 8.8.51.xx.xx). The IBM DS8880 architecture relies on powerful IBM POWER8® processor-based servers that manage the cache to streamline disk input/output (I/O), maximizing performance and throughput. These capabilities are further enhanced with the availability of the second generation of high-performance flash enclosures (HPFE Gen-2). The IBM DS8888, DS8886, and DS8884 models excel at supporting the IBM Z ... [more]


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Introducing the IBM DS8882F Rack Mounted Storage System
Hybrid Flash storage

Redpaper, published 20 Nov 2018, last updated 6 Dec 2018

This IBM® Redpaper™ presents and positions the DS8882F. The DS8882F adds a modular rack-mountable enterprise storage system to the DS8880 family of all-flash enterprise storage systems. The modular system can be integrated into 16U contiguous space of an existing IBM z14™ Model ZR1 (z14 Model ZR1), IBM LinuxONE™ Rockhopper II (z14 Model LR1), or other standard 19-inch wide rack. The DS8882F allows you to take advantage of the performance boost of DS8880 all-flash enterprise systems and advanced features while limiting datacenter footprint and power infrastructure ... [more]


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