Welcome to the IBM System Storage Redbooks publications blog. It features short articles and pointers to related material, as well as information about residencies.
Storage Project Leader
Faster SANs are moving a step closer with the announcement by the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) in Las Vegas that they have finshed their work on the Fibre Channel Physical Interface - sixth generation (FC-PI-6) industry standard for specifying 32 Gigabit per second (Gbps) Fibre Channel. The next step is it to forward it to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for publication in the first quarter of 2014.
Although we cannot expect products immediately, best guess... [More]
Like at the end of 2012 for the first DS8870 release, then again in the second quarter of this year for important Easy tier updates, the European Storage Support Center in Mainz was one more time the host of ITSO Redbooks residencies for the DS8870 Release 7.2. announced 19 November 2013 .
As usual, the Redbooks participants came from various parts of the world -- we hosted guests from Brasil, Canada, Indonesia and USA,... [More]
The Tivoli Storage for Productivity Center for Replication for Open Systems , v5.2 for IBM Redbooks publication is now available!
This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps you to learn and master the newest enhanced Copy services and session types that are used in IBM's latest storage systems. It provides the latest tips and guidance for session usage, tunable parameters, and trouble shooting for your business... [More]
As most people are aware (see Barry's post) we just announced the Storwize V5000. It fits neatly between the Storwize V3700 and the V7000.
And of course no product is complete without an accompanying IBM Redbook.
So, here goes:
One new one:
Implementing the IBM Storwize V5000
Can you use SVC with XIV as storage ?
YES , you can !
XIV and SVC can be a great combination, we have many customers using this combo.
Why ? flexibility and support for operating systems the XIV does not support.
But don't you have to pay twice for licenses if you want to do mirror data ? NO, its a special XIV license for the SVC which includes all the features that comes with the XIV, but for the SVC instead, neat isn't it ?
Very often... [More]
DFSMS is the standard methodology worldwide for managing enterprise data and storage on the z/OS platform. It provides an automated, centralized, policy-based solution for z/OS storage management. While there are many new enhancements in z/OS V2.1 DFSMS – the following are 5 of my favorite.
RLS support for catalog
This DFSMS release introduces RLS usage for ICF... [More]
We recently published the IBM® Redguide™ Taming the Data Beast with Tarmin GridBank and the IBM XIV Storage System to coincide with the IBM XIV® Storage System announcement on October 8. One of the key concepts (aha moment) for me while working on this Redguide was the opportunity to scale the data and the management of the data using the grid-based products together.
My colleague Jon Tate recently posted information on the IBM Request For Enhancement Community.
For all you Tivoli Storage Productivity Center enthusiasts, you can search the submitted Tivoli Storage Productivity Center RFEs or submit a new RFE through the Service Management Connect Team Blog.
The Tivoli Storage Productivity Center on the Service Management Connect Team Blog has the links to the Wiki, Forum, Blog and Support Portal. It also contains useful information... [More]
Are you implementing DFSMShsm for the first time or would like an update to new features and function? The IBM Redbooks publication z/OS DFSMShsm Primer has the information you need. A draft of the IBM Redbooks publication z/OS DFSMShsm Primer is available at:
This IBM Redbooks publication provides technical storage specialists and storage administrators with the basic... [More]
If you are serious about storage virtualization then you will be following this blog:
An exchange and discussion of Storage Virtualization
And, if you are serious about trying to extract as much as possble out of IBM Storwize V7000 and SVC, then this is a must read for you:
Configuring IBM Storwize V7000 and SVC for Optimal Performance ... parts 3 and 4
While bimbling around in developerWorks the other day I stumbled across something that I had long forgotten about. Well I am not entirely sure that I had ever seen it but I like to convince myself I know what is going on !
Anyway, sometimes we get spoiled in IBM having access to development at the click of a button so there is usually no need for us to utilize any other means to start a dialogue with them. Of course there are user groups, focus groups, informal and formal networks, social... [More]
Due to the sterling efforts of:
Scheila Rossana Rinaldo Maliska
And technical assistance and support from:
Brocade Communications Systems:
we are very pleased to have... [More]
Recently we published an IBM Redbooks Solution Guide on Implementing IBM Easy Tier with IBM Real-time Compression.
IBM® Easy Tier® is a performance function that automatically and non-disruptively migrates frequently accessed data from magnetic media to solid-state drives (SSDs). In that way, the most frequently accessed data is stored on the fastest storage tier, and the overall performance is improved.
How does it work
Every volume is split into logical units... [More]
All, I just announced this residency: Best Practices for SVC/Storwize V7000 including RtC, ST-3D30-R01 .
It will be hosted by IBM Israel in their Tel Aviv offices.
The book that we are updating is: IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller Best Practices and Performance Guidelines .
I know it is 4Q and if you have problems getting time away from the office, then I might be able to accommodate... [More]
Many of you may have heard of "diskcore" (and tapecore too) and always wondered what it was and how you might be able to use it, or whether it was some uber-secret society that if you had to ask to join, then you weren't going to get in, or you needed a funny handshake to be invited. Not so.
When Tim Berners-Lee (before he was knighted) and an untold number of "geeks" were still playing around with HTTP, possibly using a Netscape browser that ran on OS/2 (I have no... [More]