Implementing VMware Horizon View on IBM Flex System
The IBM® SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure offers robust, cost-effective, and manageable virtual desktop solutions for various clients, user types, and industry segments. These solutions can help increase business flexibility and staff productivity, reduce IT complexity, and simplify security and compliance. Based on a reference architecture approach, this infrastructure supports various hardware, software, and hypervisor platforms.
IBM SmartCloud® Desktop Infrastructure with VMware Horizon View simplifies desktop and application management and increases security and control. Horizon View delivers a personalized, high-fidelity experience for users across sessions and devices. It also enables higher availability and agility of desktop services that are unmatched by traditional PCs, reducing the total cost of desktop ownership is reduced. Users can enjoy new levels of productivity and the freedom to access desktops from more devices and locations with IT greater policy control.
This IBM Redbooks® publication provides an overview of the SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure solution that is based on VMware Horizon View that is running on IBM Flex System™. It highlights key components, architecture, and benefits of this solution. It also provides planning and deployment considerations and step-by-step instructions about how to perform specific tasks.
This book is intended for IT professionals who are involved in planning, design, deployment, and management of the IBM SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure that is built on IBM Flex System that is running VMware Horizon View.
Posted by rogerluethy on April 15, 2014
– DRAFT – Last Update : 2.April 2014
Tivoli Storage Productivity Center V5.2 Release Guide
IBM® Tivoli® Storage Productivity Center V5.2 is a feature-rich storage management software suite. The integrated suite provides detailed monitoring, reporting, and management within a single console.
This IBM Redbooks® publication is intended for storage administrators and users who are installing and using the features and functions in IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center V5.2. The information in this IBM Redbooks publication book can be used to plan for, install and customize the components of Tivoli Storage Productivity Center in your storage infrastructure
Posted by rogerluethy on April 8, 2014
DRAFT – Last Update: 26.March 2014
IBM System Storage N series Reference Architecture for Virtualized Environments
This IBM Redbooks publication provides deployment guidelines, workload estimates, and preferred practices for clients who want a proven IBM technology stack for virtualized VMware and Microsoft environments . The result is a Reference Architecture for Virtualized Environments (RAVE) that uses VMware vSphere or Microsoft Hypervisor, IBM System x® or IBM BladeCenter® server, IBM System Networking, and IBM System Storage® N series with Clustered Data ONTAP as a storage foundation. The reference architecture can be used as a foundation to create dynamic cloud solutions and make full use of underlying storage features and functions.
This book provides a blueprint that illustrates how clients can create a virtualized infrastructure and storage cloud to help address current and future data storage business requirements. It explores the solutions that IBM offers to create a storage cloud solution addressing client needs. This paper also shows how the Reference Architecture for Virtualized Environments and the extensive experience of IBM in cloud computing, services, proven technologies, and products support a Smart Storage Cloud solution that is designed for your storage optimization efforts.
Clients face many common storage challenges, and some clients have variations that make them unique. With RAVE, a proven and scalable solution has been created that consists of a rack of servers, storage, and networking components. Thus, we have carefully sized three scenarios and each based on preferred practices for real world workloads.
When used as the storage foundation, the IBM System Storage N series offers unified storage solutions. These solutions provide industry-leading technologies for storage efficiencies, instantaneous virtual machine and data store cloning for virtual servers and virtual desktops, and virtual data center backup and business continuance solutions.
This book is for anyone who wants to learn how to successfully deploy a virtualized environment. It is also written for anyone who wants to understand how IBM addresses data storage and compute challenges with IBM System Storage N series solutions with IBM servers and networking solutions. This paper is suitable for IT architects, business partners, IBM clients, storage solution integrators, and IBM sales representatives.
Posted by rogerluethy on March 27, 2014
DB2 11 for z/OS Buffer Pool Monitoring and Tuning
DB2® buffer pools are still a key resource for ensuring good performance. This has become increasingly important as the difference between processor speed and disk response time for a random access I/O widens in each new generation of processor. A System z® processor can be configured with large amounts of storage which, if used wisely, can help compensate by using storage to avoid synchronous I/O. Several changes in buffer pool management have been provided by DB2 10 and DB2 11.
The purpose of this Redpaper is to:
– Describe the functions of the DB2 11 buffer pools
– Introduce a number of metrics for read and write performance of a buffer pool
– Provide information on how to set up and monitor the DB2 buffer pools
The paper is intended to be read by DB2 system administrators but it may be of interest to any z/OS® performance specialist. It is assumed that the reader is familiar with DB2 and performance tuning.
In this paper, we also assume that you are somewhat familiar with DB2 11 for z/OS performance. See DB2 11 for z/OS Technical Overview, SG24-8180 and DB2 11 for z/OS Performance Topics, SG24-8222, for more information on DB2 11 functions and their performance.
Posted by rogerluethy on March 20, 2014
– Last Update: 13.March 2014
IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node Introduction and Implementation Guide
IBM® Flex System™ products are ideally suited for data center environments that require flexible, cost-effective, secure, and energy-efficient hardware. IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node is the latest addition to the IBM Flex Systems product family and is a modular storage system designed to fit into the IBM Flex System Enterprise chassis.
When purchased in the IBM PureFlex™ configurations, IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node is configured from the factory into the hardware solution purchased. If, however, the configuration wanted is not offered in the predefined offerings, then a “Build to Order” configuration is designed to meet your needs.
IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node includes the capability to virtualize its own internal storage in the same manner as the IBM Storwize® V7000 does. It is designed to be a scalable internal storage system to support the compute nodes of the IBM Flex System environment.
This IBM Redbooks® publication introduces the features and functions of IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node through several examples. This book is aimed at pre-sales and post-sales technical support and marketing personnel and storage administrators. It can help you understand the architecture of IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node, how to implement it, and how to take advantage of the industry leading functions and features.
Posted by rogerluethy on March 17, 2014
Adding an IBM LTFS EE Tape Tier to an IBM SCSA Managed Storage Cloud
IBM® SmartCloud® Storage Access (SCSA) is an IBM storage cloud management software product that enables cloud service with virtualization and automation. IBM Linear Tape File System™ Enterprise Edition (LTFS EE) can use LTFS for the policy management of tape as a storage tier in an IBM General Parallel File System based (IBM GPFS™) environment, and helps encourage the usage of tape as a critical tier in storage solutions. Now, an LTFS EE tape tier can be integrated in to the SCSA managed storage cloud with IBM STG Lab Services. This IBM Web Doc describes how to add the value of tape to your storage cloud.
Posted by rogerluethy on March 7, 2014
DRAFT – Last Update : 4.March 2014
IBM ProtecTIER Implementation and Best Practices Guide
This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides best practice guidance for planning, installing, and configuring the IBM TS7600 ProtecTIER® family of products. This guide provides all the latest best practices for using ProtecTIER Software Version PGA 3.3 and the revolutionary and patented IBM HyperFactor® deduplication engine, along with other data storage efficiency techniques, such as compression and defragmentation.
The IBM System Storage® TS7650G ProtecTIER Deduplication Gateway and the IBM System Storage TS7620 ProtecTIER Deduplication Appliance Express are disk-based data storage systems that are configured for three available interfaces:
- The Virtual Tape Library (VTL) interface is the foundation of ProtecTIER and emulates traditional automated tape libraries.
- The Symantec NetBackup OpenStorage (OST) API can be integrated with Symantec NetBackup to provide backup-to-disk without having to emulate traditional tape libraries.
- The File System Interface (FSI) supports Common Internet File System (CIFS) and Network File System (NFS) as backup targets.
When you build a ProtecTIER data deduplication environment, this guide helps your IT architects and solution designers plan for the best option and scenario for data deduplication for their environments. This guide helps you optimize your deduplication ratio, while reducing the hardware, power and cooling, and management costs.
This guide provides expertise that was gained from the IBM ProtecTIER Field Technical Sales Support (FTSS/CSS) Group, development, and Quality Assurance teams.
Posted by rogerluethy on March 5, 2014
IBM FlashSystem V840 Enterprise Performance Solution
The IBM® FlashSystem™ V840 Enterprise Performance Solution delivers high performance, efficiency, and reliability for shared enterprise storage environments, while simplifying data management, improving data security, and preserving your investments in storage with advanced software-defined storage.
Posted by rogerluethy on March 5, 2014
DRAFT – Last Update : 27. Februrary 2014
Harnessing the Power of ProtecTIER and Tivoli Storage Manager
This IBM® Redbooks® publication will help you install, tailor, and configure ProtecTIER® products with Tivoli® Storage Manager to harness the performance and the power of the two products working together as a data protection solution.
This book goes beyond the best practices of each product and provides in-depth explanations of each of the items that are configurable, as well as the underlying reasons behind recommendations, with enough detailed information to allow an administrator to make the right choices about which methods to use when implementing both products to meet and to exceed the business requirements.
This IBM Redbooks publication provides discussion and guidance on the following topics:
- Terminology and concepts on ProtecTIER and Tivoli Storage Manager.
- Planning for ProtecTIER running with Tivoli Storage Manager.
- Setup and configuration of the IBM ProtecTIER device as a storage pool in the Tivoli Storage Manager environment, primarily as a Virtual Tape Library (VTL) interface, with some discussion as a File System Interface (FSI).
- Day to day administration of ProtecTIER when it is used in a Tivoli Storage Manager environment.
- Overview of how to plan for Disaster recovery in a ProtecTIER and Tivoli Storage Manager environment.
- Monitoring and problem solving, and guidance on how to review ProtecTIER logs and Tivoli Storage Manager server logs to identify the source of problems.
- Hints and tips, and use cases for ProtecTIER and Tivoli Storage Manager administrators.
This IBM Redbooks publication is intended for storage administrators and architects who have ordered and installed IBM ProtecTIER Products and want to implement Tivoli Storage Manager as part of a data protection solution. This book is also intended for anyone that wants to learn more about applying and leveraging the benefits of ProtecTIER running with Tivoli Storage Manager.
Posted by rogerluethy on March 3, 2014
DRAFT – Last Update : 25.Februray 2014
IBM Private, Public, and Hybrid Cloud Storage Solutions
This IBM® Redpaper™ publication takes you on a journey that surveys cloud computing to answer several fundamental questions about storage cloud technology. What are storage clouds? How can a storage cloud help solve my current and future data storage business requirements? What can IBM do to help me implement a storage cloud solution that addresses these needs?
We show how IBM storage clouds use the extensive cloud computing experience, services, proven technologies and products of IBM to support a smart storage cloud solution designed for your storage optimization efforts. Clients face many common storage challenges and some have variations that make them unique. We discuss a variety of successful client storage cloud implementations and the options that are available to meet your current needs as well as position you to avoid storage issues in the future. IBM Cloud Services (IBM Cloud Managed Services and IBM SoftLayer) are highlighted.
This paper is intended for anyone who wants to learn about storage clouds and how IBM addresses data storage challenges with smart storage cloud solutions. It is suitable for IBM clients, storage solution integrators, and IBM specialist sales representatives.
Posted by rogerluethy on February 27, 2014