Available since March 13, 2015, IBM Spectrum Accelerate is a key member of the IBM Spectrum Storage portfolio.
IBM Spectrum Accelerate enables rapid deployment of block data storage across existing or purpose-built data infrastructure.
IBM Spectrum Accelerate runs as a virtual machine on vSphere ESXi hypervisor, enabling you to build a server-based SAN from commodity hardware that includes x86 servers, Ethernet switches, SSDs, and direct-attached, high-density disks.
In-line with last weeks’ announcements from IBM, we published the new IBM Redbooks Product Guide : IBM FlashSystem 900 TIPS1261
Here are 5 interesting facts to know about IBM FlashSystem 900:
1 . Implement FlashSystem 900 when speed is critical.
IBM FlashSystem 900 is designed to accelerate the applications that drive business. Powered by IBM FlashCore Technology, FlashSystem 900 delivers high performance at lower cost:
90us/155us read/write latency
At the beginning of the year I blogged about the updates to the LTFS EE V126.96.36.199 Redbooks pub. that included support for Elastic Storage 4.1. IBM has announced the IBM Spectrum Storage TM Family. An important part of the announcement is that LTFS provides the functionality for IBM Storage Archive™ and IBM Storage Scale™ is based upon IBM General Parallel File System™ or GPFS, also formerly known as code name Elastic Storage. The LTFS EE V188.8.131.52 changes were key to building a stronger... [More]
IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center (VSC) is a key component of the IBM Software Defined Storage (SDS) Control Plane. It provides efficient virtualization, management of heterogeneous storage systems, end-to-end storage management, and data protection through application aware snapshots. These capabilities are all tightly integrated with advanced analytics functions such as optimization and provisioning to deliver a robust storage cloud-based solution The newly published IBM Redbook,... [More]
The updated version of A Deployment Guide for Elastic Storage Object , REDP5113 is available. There is now an Install tool to help streamline the deployment of your Elastic Storage Object. The new information highlights to the Redpaper are:
Introduced a new automated installation procedure using the Chef configuration management toolset
Described in more detail the steps that are required to back up your object store configuration and data to protect against disaster scenarios and how... [More]
If you have updated your storage capacity with the new TS4500 tape library that can hold up to 5.5 PBs of storage in one frame, you can now monitor it from your iphone. You will need to install IBM Storage Mobile Dashboard from the app store or update the app if you already have it installed.
The TS4500 tape library is now supported as shown in the list below under IBM Storage Mobile Dashboard. Select the cog wheel icon (in the upper left of the display) - -> Systems --> Add System to... [More]
We've updated the IBM TS4500 Tape Library Guide to include the new TS1150 tape drive . For now you can select the New Draft Version from the current abstract page or go directly to the draft abstract page here .
The TS4500 , IBM delivers the density that today’s and tomorrow’s data growth requires—along with the cost efficiency and the manageability to grow with business data needs while preserving existing investments in IBM tape library products. Now, organizations can... [More]
The IBM DS8870 Release 7.4 was made generally available on December 5th. Among several hardware and software enhancements, the DS8870 now supports Mutliple Target Peer-to-Peer Remote Copy .
IBM Multiple Target Peer-to-Peer Remote Copy (Multiple Target PPRC) enhances a multi-site disaster recovery environment by providing the capability to have two PPRC relationships on a single primary volume, giving the additional data protection of another remote site.
Multiple Target PPRC... [More]
This year there have been several tape related announcements that increase your enterprise storage capacity without increasing your storage floor space. The TS4500 , IBM delivers the density that today’s and tomorrow’s data growth requires—along with the cost efficiency and the manageability to grow with business data needs while preserving existing investments in IBM tape library products. Now, organizations can achieve both a low cost per terabyte (TB) and a high TB density per square foot. In fact, TS4500 can store up... [More]
Over the years I have been involved with many disaster recoveries and clearly the teams that had good planning and testing had the best success. During a recovery is not the time to be learning about the behavior of the system. Whenever I had the opportunity to talk to the teams prior to having issues I always reminded that the backup plan is really a recovery plan. We need to meet our Service Level Agreements for backup times and success criteria and we also need to be meet the recovery needs of the business.
For large amounts of data, tape continues to have the best economy of scale for storage. 90% of the world's data was created in the last two years with 20% of that data being active and operational. Businesses typically want the important active data to have the fastest access and for the data that is important but not accessed often it makes sense to store it on the most cost effective storage platform. Using Linear Tape File System Enterprise Edition (LTFS EE) tape tier with Elastic Storage is a high quality way to... [More]
How healthy is your Information Technology infrastructure?
Tivoli Storage Productivity Center is an invaluable tool to help you manage and monitor the health of your Information Technology infrastructure. Read the latest draft of the Tivoli Storage Productivity Center Beyond the Basics IBM Redbooks publication which details how you can:
-Monitor storage and network device performance
-Configure alerts to receive reports of problems and changes in the environment
IBM Tivoli Storage Manager as a Data Protection Solution Redbooks publication describes how Rocket Software and the Rocket Device Adapter Pack for IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager for UNIX and Linux can support new storage solutions with Tivoli Storage FlashCopy® Manager, such as EMC Symmetrix VMAX/DMX (TimeFinder Snapshot and Clone). Rocket Device Adapter Pack (RDAP) for IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager is a plug-in for IBM Tivoli Storage... [More]
The IBM Storage Integration Server version 1.5.0 was released on August 27. It can be downloaded from Fix Central
The IBM® Storage Integration Server is a centralized server system that consolidates a range of IBM storage provisioning, automation, and monitoring solutions through a unified server platform.
It provides a single server back-end location and enables centralized management of IBM storage resources for different virtualization and cloud platforms.
It includes the... [More]
Great news LDAP users, we have updated the IBM DS8870 LDAP authentication Redbooks publication.
It is available at :
The Tivoli Integrated Portal previously required, has been replaced by Jazz for Service Management.
The book illustrates how to configure LDAP services for the DS8870 with IBM Jazz for Service Managemen t (JazzSM)
and Tivoli Storage Productivity Center.
In line with announcements from IBM on May 19th, we published the latest versions of these IBM Redbooks FlashSystem Product Guides:
IBM FlashSystem 840 Product Guide
IBM FlashSystem V840 Enterprise Performance Solution .
Here are 5 interesting facts to know about the latest release of IBM FlashSystem 840:
1 . FlashSystem 840 includes 4 flexible interface types and is easy to integrate into your existing infrastructures:
Fibre Channel:... [More]
Since I have been involved in developing Redbooks and Redpapers for IBM® Storage, Storage Cloud, Storage Systems and Solutions the past few years I have noticed a theme that continues to grow with each project: IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS™). GPFS is more than storage it is about data management. The initial GPFS support in the OpenStack® Cinder Havana Release is evidence of the growing value of GPFS in the Cloud Infrastructure.
If you are thinking it is time to learn more about GPFS here is... [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, together with participating authors from Mainz.
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 Disaster Recovery solutions.... [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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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 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]
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]
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]
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]
The XIV Storage Software version 11.5.1 announced on January 27,
includes support for VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVOL ).
XIV and Virtual Volumes are an ideal combination .
XIV gets the best out of vSphere VVOL and VVOL gets the best out of XIV:
VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes automation is based on VMware vSphere APIs for Storage Awareness or VASA .
The IBM Storage Provider for VMware... [More]