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
IBM XIV Storage System Copy Services and Migration
This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides a practical understanding of the IBM XIV® Storage System copy and migration functions. The XIV Storage System has a rich set of copy functions suited for various data protection scenarios, which enables clients to enhance their business continuance, data migration, and online backup solutions. These functions allow point-in-time copies, known as snapshots and full volume copies, and also include remote copy capabilities in either synchronous or asynchronous mode. These functions are included in the XIV software and all their features are available at no additional charge.
The various copy functions are reviewed in separate chapters, which include detailed information about usage, and also practical illustrations.
Finally, the book illustrates the use of IBM Tivoli® Storage Productivity Center for Replication to manage XIV Copy Services.
This book is intended for anyone who needs a detailed and practical understanding of the XIV copy functions.
Posted by rogerluethy on February 24, 2014
- Last Update: 21. February 2014
SONAS Implementation Guide
IBM® Scale Out Network Attached Storage (SONAS) is a Scale Out NAS offering designed to manage vast repositories of information in enterprise environments requiring very large capacities, high levels of performance, and high availability.
The IBM SONAS appliance provides a range of reliable, scalable storage solutions for a variety of storage requirements. These capabilities are achieved by using network access protocols such as NFS, CIFS, HTTPS, FTP, and SCP. Utilizing built-in RAID technologies, all data is well protected with options to add additional protection through mirroring, replication, snapshots and backup. These storage systems are also characterized by simple management interfaces that make installation, administration, and troubleshooting uncomplicated and straightforward.
This IBM Redbooks® publication is the companion to the IBM Redbooks publication, SONAS Concepts, Architecture, and Planning Guide, SG24-7963. It is intended for storage administrators who have ordered their SONAS solution and are ready to install, customize, and use it. A quick start scenario takes you through common SONAS administration tasks to familiarize you with the SONAS system through the GUI and CLI. Backup and availability scenarios as well as best practices for setting up and troubleshooting hints and tips are included.
Posted by rogerluethy on February 21, 2014
- Last Update : 17. February 2014
XIV Storage System A Look into FCP and iSCSI Performance
This IBM Redpaper publication presents the results of head-to-head performance testing of 10 Gb iSCSI and 8 Gb Fibre Channel networks accessing an XIV Gen3 running various workloads. The goal of these tests was to determine the relative performance of these two technologies, and to understand the processor impact of iSCSI over Ethernet.
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Posted by rogerluethy on February 21, 2014
- Last Update : 14. February 2014
IBM DS8870 Architecture and Implementation
This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the concepts, architecture, and implementation of the IBM DS8870. The book provides reference information to assist readers who need to plan for, install, and configure the DS8870.
The IBM DS8870 is the most advanced model in the IBM DS8000® series and is equipped with IBM POWER7+™ based controllers. Various configuration options are available that scale from dual 2-core systems up to dual 16-core systems with up to 1 TB of cache. The DS8870 also features enhanced 8 Gbps device adapters and host adapters. Connectivity options, with up to 128 Fibre Channel/IBM FICON® ports for host connections, make the DS8870 suitable for multiple server environments in open systems and IBM System z® environments.
The DS8870 supports advanced disaster recovery solutions, business continuity solutions, and thin provisioning. All disk drives in the DS8870 storage system have the Full Disk Encryption (FDE) feature. The DS8870 also can be integrated in a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) infrastructure. The DS8870 features high-density storage enclosures and can be equipped with flash drives. An all-flash drive configuration is also available.
The DS8870 can automatically optimize the use of each storage tier, particularly flash drives, through the IBM Easy Tier® feature, which is available at no extra charge. Easy Tier is covered in separate publications: IBM DS8000 Easy Tier Concepts and Usage, REDP-4667; IBM System Storage DS8000 Easy Tier Server, REDP-5013; IBM System Storage DS8000 Easy Tier Application, REDP-5014; and IBM System Storage DS8000 Easy Tier Heat Map Transfer, REDP-5015.
Posted by rogerluethy on February 18, 2014
- DRAFT – Last Update : 17. February 2014
IBM PowerVM Enhancements What is new in 2013
IBM Power Systems servers coupled with PowerVM technology are designed to help clients build a dynamic infrastructure, helping to reduce costs, manage risk, and improve service levels.
IBM PowerVM delivers industrial-strength virtualization for IBM AIX,IBM i, and Linux environments on IBM POWER processor-based systems. IBM PowerVM V2.2.3 has been enhanced to keep leading the path into cloud computing environments. Through the chapters of this IBM® RedpaperRedbooks® publication you will learn about:
- New management and performance tuning software products for PowerVM® solutions. Virtual I/O Server Performance Advisor has been enhanced to provide support for NPIV and Fibre Channel, Virtual Networking and Shared Ethernet Adapter, and Shared Storage Pool configurations. IBM Power Virtualization Performance is introduced as a new visual performance monitoring tool for Power Systems servers
- New enterprise features, for high end Power Systems™ servers. Now you can share processor and memory activations among a group of physical servers with Mobile Capacity Upgrade on Demand activation codes
- The scalability, reliability and performance enhancements introduced with the latest versions of the Virtual I/O Server, IBM PowerVM Live Partition Mobility and the Hardware Management Console. As an example this book goes through the Shared Storage Pools improvements that include mirroring of the storage pool, dynamic contraction of the storage pool, dynamic disk growth within the storage pool, and scaling improvements.
This IBM RedpaperRedbooks publication is intended for experienced IBM PowerVM users wanting to enable 2013 IBM PowerVM virtualization enhancements for Power Systems and enabling the path to..
Posted by rogerluethy on February 18, 2014