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Announcing the IBM PowerHA SystemMirror for AIX 7.1.3
The IBM PowerHA SystemMirror for AIX Standard Edition is the IBM Power Systems data center solution that helps protect critical business applications from outages, planned or unplanned. PowerHA SystemMirror for AIX Enterprise Edition includes the Standard Edition plus advanced capabilities such as failover to back up resources at remote locations.
PowerHA SystemMirror for AIX 7.1.3 enhances and adds new capabilities, including the following key features:
1. HyperSwap for active-active two-site configurations
2. HyperSwap for single-node clusters
3. Support for clustering with unicast communications
4. Capability to dynamically modify the host name of a clustered node
5. Operator-managed manual failover policy for multisite linked clusters
6. Graphical Cluster Simulator
7. Enhanced and flexible high availability management support for SAP
For additional information, refer to the IBM PowerHA System Mirror for AIX website at: http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/power/software/availability/aix/
The residency team is pleased to announce the release of their IBM Redbooks publication - IBM Technical Computing Clouds - A draft IBM Redbooks publication located in the ITSO Redbooks website: http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/Redbooks.nsf/RedpieceAbstracts/sg248144.html?Open . The team would like to hear from your with your comments on this publication. Enjoy the publication.
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The residency team invites you to download and read the draft of the IBM PowerHA SystemMirror 7.1.2 Enterprise Edition for AIX Redbooks publication.
This publication delivers the following table of contents:
Part 1 - IntroductionChapter 1. Concepts and overview of the IBM PowerHA SystemMirror 7.1.2 Enterprise Edition
Chapter 2. Differences between PowerHA Enterprise Edition 6.1 and 7.1.2
Chapter 3. Planning
Chapter 4. Implementing DS8800 HyperSwap
Chapter 5. Cross-site LVM mirroring with PowerHA Standard Edition
Part 3 - Extended disaster recovery (linked clusters)Chapter 6. Configuring PowerHA SystemMirror Enterprise Edition linked clusters with SVC replication
Chapter 7. Configuring PowerHA SystemMirror Enterprise Edition with XIV replication
Part 4 - System administration, monitoring, maintenance, and managementChapter 8. Migrating to PowerHA SystemMirror 7.1.2 Enterprise Edition
Chapter 9. PowerHA 7.1.2 Systems Director plug-in enhancements
Chapter 10. Cluster partition management
Part 5 - AppendicesAppendix A. Configuring PowerHA with IPv6
Appendix B. DNS change for the IBM Systems Director environment with PowerHA
This IBM Redbooks publication can be downloaded at the following website:
In 2013, we continue providing our clients with additional reference documentation utilizing IBM PowerHA SystemMirror as the key to help our IBM Power Systems clients with high availability solutions for their enterprise applications. Comments, questions, and suggestions are welcome as we continue to promote the adoption of IBM PowerHA SystemMirror across our clients environments.
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This residency kicks off on May 6, 2013. The objective of this project is to highlight IBM Technical Computing Solutions as a flexible infrastructure for clients looking to reduce capital expenditure, reduce operational expenditures, energy optimization of resources, re-use the infrastructure, and get the most of their current and future hardware purchases to continue developing their business. Technical Computing is not just for High Performance Computing (HPC) clients, but for commercial clients who want to use the advantages of technical computing, for example, to analyze large quantity of data in their enterprise.
The residency team encourages you provide any comments on your opinion about IBM Technical Computing, any areas you might think can be studied during the residency, or any topic you would like to discuss with the team.
Keep an eye on this blog as the residency team continues to explore this area and the benefits IBM Technical Computing brings to the industry.
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The IBM ITSO is very close to release the latest PowerHA publication: IBM PowerHA SystemMirror 7.1.3 for AIX Best Practices and Reference Architectures, SG24-8167. Keep an eye to the announcement of the draft publication which will provide topics on the latest PowerHA 7.1.3 features, migration scenarios, monitoring, etc.
I am also announcing the opening of the next PowerHA residency to continue developing content on best practices and in particular migration scenarios. Our intend for this project is to continue to develop technical content to help you manage your PowerHA environments and with your feedback provide you with the best technical guidelines to keep your environment highly available. The new residency announcement can be found at:
Feedback for the residency team in regards to the current IBM PowerHA publications available at the ibm.com/redbooks website or feedback regarding upcoming topics for the residency team are welcome.
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I am working brainstorming topics with my residency team about IBM PowerHA with focus on migration practices.
After evaluating the current documentation including: Installation guides (manuals) and available Redbooks, there is very good documentation on migration scenarios already available including combinations of operating systems and PowerHA versions.
I am asking the broader technical audience via my blog if there is anything outside of what is currently documented that you think might be useful to create content, and document it an IBM Redbooks.
Feedback would be greatly appreciate it.
I have a few question to help me influence and steer the residency team for the upcoming IBM PowerHA SystemMirror for AIX residency.
1. What are the challenging your customer face?
2. What are the gaps in technical content which can be developed during the residency?
3. Where can we make a big bang during this residency?
From a business perspective, field perspective? Your perspective! What is missing? gap?
Please let me know your comments so I can relay the message to the residency team.
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In response to: Residency Announcement: PW-3001-R01 Technical Computing CloudsWould you like to know what Technical Computing Clouds is about? We encourage you to listen to the video
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The residency team encourages you to download and read the IBM PowerHA SystemMirror Standard Edition 7.1.1 for AIX Update Redbooks publication. This publication contains information, scenarios, and useful information that can help you compare the features in previous versions of PowerHA Standard Edition with the new release. Thus helping you plan with your clients upcoming upgrades, and new implementation opportunities.
Chapter 7 is a very special chapter because for the first time the residency team covers the Smart Assist for SAP in a implementation scenario. Chapter 7 couples with Appendix E to provide as much detail on how to implement SAP and PowerHA.
This IBM Redbooks publication contains the following table of contents:
Chapter 1. Introducing IBM PowerHA SystemMirror 7.1.1
Chapter 2. Cluster Aware AIX
Chapter 3. PowerHA 7.1.1 basic installation and configuration
Chapter 4. Cluster administration
Chapter 5. Smart Assists for PowerHA SystemMirror
Chapter 6. Migration scenarios
Chapter 7. IBM PowerHA SystemMirror Smart Assist for SAP
Chapter 8. Workload partition and PowerHA scenario
Appendix A. AIX upgrades and PowerHA SystemMirror 7.1.0
Appendix B. Configuring the PowerHA cluster by using clmgr
Appendix C. Creating the hardware environment by using command-line tools
Appendix D. Replacing the failed repository disk if any nodes are not joined to the cluster
Appendix E. IBM PowerHA SystemMirror Smart Assist for SAP accessories for Chapter 7
Appendix F. PowerHA and workload partition examples
This IBM Redbooks publication can be downloaded at the following website:
If you have any suggestions, comments, or any feedback, please let us know via this blog. The team that developed this Redbooks publication looks forward to receiving any feedback.
The nomination period for the IBM Cluster Health Check residency is still open. I encourage you to submit your nomination to this residency or send comments on any particular area you would like the residency team to research, implement, test, and document.
During the residency, the team will customize, test, check and verify the Cluster infrastructure configuration and document how to monitor the overall health check of the Cluster infrastructure to deliver clients cost-effective, highly scalable, and robust solutions. The residency team will test and document topics to provide infrastructure health checks, check the cluster configuration, verifying functionality of the common subsystems (nodes or servers, switch fabric, parallel filesystem, job management, problem areas, etc.).
For any suggestion, comment, feedback, please add your comments to this blog.
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I would like to add a comment about IBM Redbooks residencies, in particular what happens after your have submitted your nomination to a residency.
There are a couple of important information to look for in the announcement and in the nomination form. In the announcement, you need to look at the start and stop dates of the residency to make sure you can participate in the project giving your work schedule, and also that you can count with full management support for the duration of the project. There are some residencies that require local and remote participation, so keep that in mind before submitting your nomination.
There are times that the residencies are announced many months in advanced, thus keep this in mind, and if there are changes to your participation (for example, you cannot attend anymore), please at least send the IBM Project Leader an email with heads up that you cannot attend participate in the project anymore. It is challenging when a nomination gets accepted to participate in the IBM Redbooks residency program, and the selected candidate cannot participate even though the candidate knew this information for months.
Although, IBM Redbooks covers in the majority of the cases travel and living for the duration of the residency, please keep in mind that IBM Redbooks does not reimburse for time.
After the nomination period ends, the IBM Redbooks Project Leader evaluates all the nominations, and select a balanced team to help deliver the commitments specified by the project's funder.
A few of the nomination will become backups to the project in the event that a selected candidate cannot attend the residency. The Project Leader will attempt to make the selection many weeks in advanced to avoid issues with timing to get all the procedures completed to attend a residency.
Note: The current residencies can be found in the IBM Redbooks website (www.ibm.com/redbooks) under the Residencies tab located on the left side of the main page.
I encourage to submit your nomination to IBM ITSO residencies for consideration.
Have a great weekend.
Announcing the draft release of the Implementing an IBM High Performance Computing (HPC) Solution on IBM POWER8, SG24-8263
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The residency team is pleased to announce the draft release of the Implementing an IBM High Performance Computing (HPC) Solution on IBM POWER8, SG24-8263. The topics described in this publication are as follows:
The draft publication can be downloaded at the following website:
The residency team consisted of (from left to right, see photo below):
The residency team encourages the readers to send us feedback.
Keep tune to http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/ under the Residencies Tab for upcoming IBM Technical Computing (HPC) residency announcements utilizing IBM POWER8 Clusters.
For additional information about IBM Technical Computing, refer to the following website: