Welcome to the IBM System Storage Red books blog! IBM Redbooks publications are developed and published by the IBM International Technical Support Organization (ITSO). The ITSO develops and delivers skills, technical know-how, and materials to IBM technical professionals, Business Partners, clients, and the marketplace in general. The Redbooks are the output of residencies, which are intensive, multi-week work efforts where small teams explore and document product implementation, integration and operations, often in the context of... [More]
On February 5, IBM announced new features and improved performance for the XIV Storage System Gen 3. Here is a summary of the announcement: IBM® XIV® Storage Systems, a powerful, innovative enterprise-class storage from IBM , includes the following features for new model 214: Up to twelve 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports for connecting to iSCSI-attached hosts or twenty-two 1Gb Ethernet ports Up to 15 CPUs providing ninety physical cores (180 logical cores using Intel™ Hyper-Threading technology) More energy-efficient hardware that can... [More]
Read the latest draft of the 10th edition of the IBM System Storage Solutions Handbook; SG24-5250 . This publication is intended for anyone who wants to learn about IBM storage solutions 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. It takes you on a journey with overviews and pointers for information about the most current IBM System Storage; disk, tape and virtualized solutions such as IBM... [More]
The IBM SmartCloud Storage Access V1.1 Configuration Cookbook, SG24-8120 just published to coincide with the General Availability of the solution. This IBM Red books Publication will help you plan, implement and manage your storage cloud. IBM SmartCloud™ Storage Access V1.1 enables enterprises to implement a private cloud storage service where users can request and receive storage capacity, share files with other users, and administrators can easily monitor and report usage with just a few clicks. Enables self service with a simple... [More]
Cloud computing is defined as the use of computing services and resources (hardware and software) that are delivered over a network, typically Ethernet. OpenStack is being developed as an industry standard Cloud computing project. OpenStack is a global collaboration of developers and cloud computing technologists producing the ubiquitous open source cloud computing platform for public and private clouds. To learn more about OpenStack, refer to the project website at: www.openstack.org
With the availability of the IBM Storage Driver... [More]
Read the latest draft of the second edition of the
IBM ProtecTIER Implementation and Best Practices Guide, SG24-8025 . This guide provides best practices and expertise gained from the IBM ProtecTIER Field Technical Sales Support (FTSS/CSS) Group, development, and Quality Assurance teams to boost the performance and the effectiveness of the data deduplication for your ProtecTIER family of products and application platforms. In addition to Virtual Tape Library (VTL) and Open Storage Technology (OST) support, ProtecTIER Version 3.3 provides... [More]
Today, the changes in our world include the instrumentation, interconnectedness, and intelligence of our environments. Such changes combine to produce a massive glut of new useful information, from new and existing sources, with new ways to use it. These pressures typify a few of the storage challenges that we dealt with for some time now, but on a whole new scale. Businesses face a tidal wave of information and data that seems to increase daily. The ability to successfully and efficiently manage information and data has become imperative.... [More]
The IBM® Linear Tape File System™ (LTFS) is the first file system
that works in conjunction with Linear Tape-Open (LTO) tape technology to
set a new standard for ease of use and portability for open systems
tape storage. In 2011, LTFS won an Engineering Emmy Award for Innovation
from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The IBM Linear Tape File System: Installation and Configuration, SG24-8090 Redbooks® publication helps you install, tailor, and configure the new
IBM Linear Tape File System Single Drive Edition (LTFS SDE),... [More]
We are currently accepting applications for an exciting opportunity to join us in IBM Manchester Labs, UK, starting May 13th for 6 weeks ! This will be a residency to work on the IBM Storwize V3700 book update, and create a new book detailing new
product enhancements and features. This will involve extensive hands-on work based in the same building as some of the developers. Refer to http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redpieces/abstracts/sg248107.html?Open to download and reference the book that will be updated. To apply for the residency, fill... [More]
The residency team will work on IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Introductions and Implementation Guide (SG24-8068) update to include all the new features and functions since the product was first announced in November, 2012. This will involve hands-on testing alongside the product team based in Raleigh. You can download the current version of this book . This residency begins 20 May 2013, ends 14 Jun 2013 (4 weeks), and requires 3 residents. The residency location is Raleigh NC USA. To submit a nomination, you must use the online web... [More]
All communication between the XIV GUI, XCLI, Multi-System Manager and XIV systems utilize Secure Sockets Layering (SSL) via x509 certificates.
Beginning with XIV Storage System Software version 11.2 and XIV Storage Management Software version 4.1, you have the flexibility to install and use your own x509 certificates in addition to the built-in certificate. You can choose to use a certificate that is signed by either a trusted Certificate Authority (CA) vendor or your organization’s own private CA server. There are four steps required to... [More]
Thin Provisioning provides a volume size as specified but uses physical storage only when needed. While this sounds like a great way to efficiently use the available storage space, in real life situations this may not always be true. When files are deleted or moved the now unused data is usually still residing on the physical storage. The host system may indicate that the used capacity is now smaller but the physical storage is still in use and remains allocated to that host system.
Space reclamation deals with this situation by providing... [More]
Remote maintenance consists of autonomous maintenance work that does not require an immediate interaction with the client. The remote maintenance process is started when the product detects a malfunction and notifies the service provider. Product documentation usually refers to this as Call Home.
The Call Home is either realized by sending an email to IBM or through an “Electronic Service Agent”. The Service Agent can establish an SSL or IPSec secured connection to dedicated IBM servers and report issues by opening a... [More]
Easy Tier Server
Easy Tier Application
Easy Tier Heat Map Transfer
Are you a DS8870 user and do you already take advantage of the Easy Tier functions offered at no charge?
If so - here are some highlights from the June 4th announcement for DS8870.
With Easy Tier generation V , three substantial enhancements you are now able to:
... maximize the performance of your applications in System p / AIX environments with Easy Tier Serve r
On June 4 , IBM announced improvements to the IBM DS8870 storage software. I had the pleasure to work with a team of IBM colleagues from around the world to document some of those enhancements in IBM Redbooks publications. My focus was on VMware vSphere and in particular the new features that pertain to the DS8870. With VAAI we now also support the Block Zero primitive in addition to ATS and Clone Blocks previously introduced.
We did some... [More]
Secure Data Overwrite (SDO) is a method of securely overwriting data on DS8000 series storage. While it's most often referred to for discontinuing existing storage, it's use is not only limited to this.
There are other reasons that someone may wish to have SDO run on their machine. For example, if you are physically moving a storage device to a separate location, you may wish to utilize SDO to secure your data in transit. Also, if you're repurposing your storage for use by another department (for... [More]
A quick update from IBM Edge2013 at the Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, and we are very pleased to have launched, announced, published as a draft paper the results of work that we have been doing with a company called Bridgeworks, and their SANSlide product. They are here at Edge and we were able to fine tune and, inline with announcements, able to publish this:
The PDF is available for download here: http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redpieces/pdfs/redp5023.pdf
And if you are at Edge and want to meet with IBM Redbooks we are at booth 906... [More]
On June 10th, we announced IBM Hyper-Scale .
IBM® Hyper-Scale introduces two major new technologies, both implemented in the IBM XIV® Storage System (Gen3 models):
The first is IBM Hyper-Scale Manager, a flexible, consolidated multi-system management application that was originally released in October 2012 as “Multi-System Manager”. IBM Hyper-Scale Manager is based on and seamlessly integrated with the XIV GUI and spans multiple XIV systems.
The second new... [More]
A draft of the Flash or SSD? Why and When to Use IBM FlashSystem IBM Redpaper publication was published on June 4 th , 2013.
Read this guide to learn about why and when to use FlashSystem storage and how it compares to other storage technologies such as hybrid arrays, PCIe Express products, and hard disk drives (HDDs). It also helps explain the differences between FlashSystem products, solid-state drives (SSDs), and other types of flash storage implementations.
Early adopters of virtual desktop infrastructures (VDIs) that relied on hard disk drives (HDDs) were disappointed by the lack of performance of the solution:
Response times suffered because of the unique nature of the I/O demand that VDI places upon the storage subsystem.
Scaling the infrastructure meant adding expensive, yet inefficient, tier-one storage to handle the additional I/Os, even if capacity were not an issue.
Management of the infrastructure sprawl became difficult.
Unexpected costs diminished... [More]