This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the concepts, architecture, and implementation of the IBM XIV® Storage System Gen3.
The focus of this edition is on the XIV Gen3 hardware, running Version 11.1.x of the XIV system software. This version introduces support for IPv6, intergeneration miroring, GUI enhancements and Solid State Drive (SSD) Caching. Details about SSD Caching are however covered in the IBM RedPaper, XIV Storage System SSD Caching Implementation, REDP-4842.
In the first few chapters of this book, we discuss many of the unique and powerful concepts that form the basis of the XIV Storage System logical and physical architecture. We explain how the system is designed to eliminate direct dependencies between the hardware elements and the software that governs the system.
In subsequent chapters, we explain the planning and preparation tasks that are required to deploy the system in your environment. We present a step-by-step procedure describing how to configure and administer the system. We provide illustrations about how to perform those tasks by using the intuitive, yet powerful XIV Storage Manager GUI or the XIV Command Line Interface (XCLI).
We describe the performance characteristics of the XIV Storage System and present options available for alerting and monitoring, including an enhanced Secure Remote Support capability.
This book is intended for people who want an understanding of the XIV Storage System and also targets readers who need detailed advice on how to configure and use the system.