Secure your data with industry-standard data-at-rest encryption with no performance impact .
With the ever-growing landscape of national, state, and local regulations, industry requirements, and increased security threats, ensuring the protection of an organization’s information is a key part of operating a successful business.
Encrypting “data at rest” is a key element when addressing these concerns.
Here are a few key facts about XIV encryption:
While most storage products... [More]
Virtualization technology is transforming businesses and organizations. Current storage capacity, performance, and Independent Software Vendor (ISV) integration requirements are growing faster than ever before while the infrastructure budget is shrinking in the same proportion.
IBM Redpaper REDP-5148 Deploying IBM FlashSystem V840 in a VMware Environment describes and demonstrates how to address IBM FlashSystem V840 business performance and capacity requirements by creating a Software Defined Storage... [More]
Announced on October 6 ( 2014), the DS8870 Release 7.4 (Licensed Machine Code 7.7.40.xx.xxx) brings enhanced replication options, improved synergy with System z, additional flash optimization, and new capacity options as well as an improved DS GUI .
The planned availability date is December 5 , 2014.
New replication options :
Mutli Target Peer-to-Peer Remote Copy : provides two independent mirror target sites (secondary sites) , so High Availability and... [More]
Starting with IBM Storwize Family Software V7.2, including IBM SAN Volume Controller, we introduced native replication over IP networks. As this IBM Redpaper describes, you will see that it is easy to configure in an existing IP infrastructure. This is a lower-cost alternative to the Fibre Channel-based and FCoE-based replication, and by having it within the software itself, it can eliminate the need for FCIP routers and dark fibre.
This native IP replication addition allows us to:
Accelerate the flow of data
I was flying above the clouds headed for Tokyo after working on our Redbooks Publication IBM SmartCloud Storage Access V1.2 Implementation Guide in Shanghai. It was a very uneventful flight and then I saw something looming in the distance rising up through the clouds. Although I tried to tie the object up ahead to an analogy of my storage cloud work I quickly figured out that we were doing an amazing fly by of Mt. Fuji from 20K+ ft.
Recently, I published a draft of a new Redpaper,... [More]
The draft of the Tivoli Storage Productivity Center V5.2 Release Guide , SG24-8204 is available. You can download a copy here:
As you know, the install of Tivoli Storage Productivity Center has improved with each release. So for this book the team did not feel it was necessary to provide detailed installation information. While installation hints and tips are included, things that we found during the install that we thought were important to... [More]
We recently released the new IBM Redbooks draft: Harnessing the Power of ProtecTIER and Tivoli Storage Manager . This book helps you plan, install, tailor, configure, and monitor ProtecTIER products with Tivoli Storage Manager. We provide you step-by-step guidance and tips to harness the performance and the power of the two products working together as a data protection and deduplication solution.
This book also explains the concepts and differences between ProtecTIER and Tivoli Storage Manager... [More]
The wait is over, the IBM Redbooks publication; Implementing IBM FlashSystem 840 , SG24-8189 is available. The team; Marcos Figueirdo Jr., Adrian Flores, Ron Herrmann, Detlef Helmbrecht, Carsten Larsen, and Leandro Torolho, worked long hours to make this happen, with the help of the extremely knowledgeable Houston FlashSystem developers.
Read this book for practical application, and in-depth discussion of product architecture, software and hardware, its implementation, use cases, hints and tips.
Here are 5... [More]
We get asked this question a lot, we know the information is out there and our friends at Google will find it for us, but if you wanted a 1 page shot of the comparisons between Storwize V3700, V5000, V7000 on one page, here it is (click on it to enlarge the image):
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
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]
This Storage Switzerland paper examines how software defined storage extends the concept of storage virtualization beyond the mere aggregation of storage assets and basic volume management. Software defined storage adds enhanced capabilities like data protection, storage tiering and storage efficiency.
The next generation of software defined storage will evolve from proprietary services into a platform. This will continue to provide core data services like volume management, snapshots, data tiering but at the same time be open to... [More]
Not sure how widely advertized this has been, but no-one will want to miss the opportunity to listen to Chris Saul, our Storwize marketing manager !
Here are the details:
Organizations of all sizes are faced with the challenge of storing and gaining insight from rapidly growing volumes of data from many new sources, all while controlling costs. They are turning to software defined environments for their flexibility, efficiency, and responsiveness to changing business demands. In this webcast we'll examine software defined... [More]
Introduced with the IBM® XIV® Storage System software v11.5 the multi-site mirroring function, also referred to as the 3-way mirroring in the XIV GUI, enables world-class high availability and disaster recovery capabilities.
Essentially, 3-way mirroring as implemented in XIV provides you with:
Three concurrent copies of data
Simple failover and failback mechanism - while keeping data mirrored - for business continuity:
Minimized risk for data outage, service... [More]
Recently announced for the DS8870 , the high-performance flash enclosur e (HPFE) is a RAID storage enclosure that can support up to thirty 400 GB encryption capable flash cards (1.8-inch, 46 mm form factor) in a 1U rack space. It is installed in the DS8870 base frame.
The high-performance flash enclosure comes with various capabilities and performance characteristics, as summarized here:
The high-performance flash enclosure delivers up to 250,000 IOPS and up to 3.4 GBps bandwidth in... [More]