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Implementation Guide for IBM ESS 3500

A draft IBM Redbooks publication


Last updated on 17 February 2023

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IBM Form #: SG24-8538-00

Authors: Phillip Gerrard, Laxmi Rajmane, Ratan Swami, Mika Heino, Monika Balichetty, Ricardo Zamora, Van Smith, Farida Yaragatti, Pidad D’Souza, Jay Vaddi, Olaf Weiser, John Lewars, Wesley Jones, Luis Bolinches, Stieg Klein and Puneet Chaudhary

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    This IBM® Redbooks® publication introduces and describes the IBM Elastic Storage® Server 3500 (ESS 3500) as a scalable, high-performance data and file management solution. The solution is built on proven IBM Spectrum® Scale technology, formerly IBM General Parallel File System (IBM GPFS).

    IBM Elastic Storage System 3500 is a hybrid platform able to provide both very high data throughput for high demand AI and ML workloads using an NVMe based drive configuration, or provide large amounts of storage when attached to additional disk based ESS HDD storage units.

    This book provides a technical overview of the ESS 3500 solution and helps to plan the installation of the environment. We also explain the use cases where we believe it fits best.

    Our goal is to position this book as the starting point document for customers that would use the ESS 3500 as part of their IBM Spectrum Scale setups.

    This book is targeted toward technical professionals (consultants, technical support staff, IT Architects, and IT Specialists) who are responsible for delivering cost-effective storage solutions with ESS 3500.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. Introduction

    Chapter 2. ESS 3500 architecture and overview

    Chapter 3. Planning considerations

    Chapter 4. Bring your own EMS (BYOE)

    Chapter 5. Use cases

    Appendix A. Configuring the 48 ports top of the rack (TOR) ESS management switch

    Appendix B. Configuring a pair of 8831-T48 switches to be the ESS Top Of the Rack (TOR) switches


    Special Notices

    The material included in this document is in DRAFT form and is provided 'as is' without warranty of any kind. IBM is not responsible for the accuracy or completeness of the material, and may update the document at any time. The final, published document may not include any, or all, of the material included herein. Client assumes all risks associated with Client's use of this document.