IBM XIV Storage System: Architecture, Implementation and Usage


IBM XIV Storage System: Architecture, Implementation and Usage

This new edition reflects the availability of 2TB drives and other enhancements that apply to the XIV Storage System software version 10.2.2.

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the concepts, architecture, and implementation of the IBM XIV Storage System (2810-A14 and 2812-A14), which is designed to be a scalable enterprise storage system based upon a grid array of hardware components. It can attach to both Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP) and iSCSI capable hosts.

In the first few chapters of this book, we provide details about 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 was 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. This explanation is followed by a step-by-step procedure of how to configure and administer the system. We provide illustrations of how to perform those tasks by using the intuitive, yet powerful XIV Storage Manager GUI or the Extended Command Line Interface (XCLI).

The book contains comprehensive information on how to integrate the XIV Storage System for authentication in an LDAP environment..

We also discuss the performance characteristics of the XIV system and present options available for alerting and monitoring, including an enhanced secure remote support capability.

This book is intended for those individuals who want an understanding of the XIV Storage System, and also targets readers who need detailed advice about how to configure and use the system.

Note that host operating systems and other integration aspects are now addressed in a separate IBM Redbooks publication: IBM XIV Storage System: Host Attachment and Interoperability, SG24-7904

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