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IBM TS7700 R5.3 Cloud Storage Tier Guide

An IBM Redpaper publication


Published on 11 January 2024, updated 26 January 2024

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ISBN-10: 0738461415
ISBN-13: 9780738461410
IBM Form #: REDP-5573-03

Authors: Yuki Asakura, Dave Brettell, Ramón A. Minjares Campos, Nielson "Nino" de Carvalho, Larry Coyne, Derek Erdmann, Rin Fujiwara, Nobuhiko Furuya, Lourie Goodall, Joe Hew, Kousei Kawamura, Tony Makepeace, Stefan Neff, Tomoaki Ogino, Shinya Ohri, Alberto Barajas Ortiz, Aderson Pacini, Trinidad Armando Rangel Ruiz, Michael Scott, Taisei Takai, Nao Takemura, Erina Tatsumi, Takahiro Tsuda, Shinsuke Ueyama and Chen Zhu

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    Building on over 25 years of virtual tape experience, the IBM® TS7700 (IBM TS7760 and TS7770) now can store virtual tape volumes in object storage. This IBM Redpaper Redbooks publication helps you set up and configure the cloud object storage support for IBM Cloud® Object Storage, Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), or RSTOR.

    The TS7700 supported offloading to physical tape for over two decades. Using a TS7700 to offload to physical tape is a process that is used by hundreds of organizations around the world. By using the same hierarchical storage techniques, the TS7700 also can offload to object storage. Because object storage is cloud-based and accessible from different regions, the TS7700 Cloud Storage Tier support essentially allows the cloud to be an extension of the grid.

    In this publication, we provide a brief overview of cloud technology with an emphasis on Object Storage. Object Storage is used by a broad set of technologies, including those technologies that are exclusive to IBM Z®. The aim of this publication is to provide a basic understanding of cloud, object storage, and different ways it can be integrated into your environment.

    This publication is intended for system architects and storage administrators with TS7700 experience who want to add the support of a cloud storage tier to their TS7700 solution.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. Cloud overview

    Chapter 2. Container resiliency

    Chapter 3. IBM z/OS and object stores

    Chapter 4. Introducing the IBM TS7700 Cloud Storage Tier

    Chapter 5. IBM TS7700C planning considerations

    Chapter 6. SSL certificate

    Chapter 7. Setting up an IBM Cloud Object Storage object store

    Chapter 8. Setting up AWS cloud object storage

    Chapter 9. Configuring IBM TS7700 for Cloud Storage Tier

    Chapter 10. Configuration examples

    Chapter 11. Disaster recovery principles

    Chapter 12. Monitoring the IBM TS7700C

    Chapter 13. Migration and upgrade considerations

    Chapter 14. Troubleshooting

    Chapter 15. Performance considerations

    Chapter 16. Library Request Commands for use with Cloud Storage Tier

    Chapter 17. Cloud Storage Tier export, recovery, and testing


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