What do Tivoli Storage Productivity Center, Arxview and Galileo have in common and why am I blogging about them?
Everyone who knows me knows I am a Tivoli Storage Productivity Center fanatic. Why would you use any other product for monitoring your storage infrastructure?
While writing the IBM Redbooks publication Scale Out Network Attached Storage Monitoring , SG24-8207, I learned that the monitoring tools we used can work together to provide a complete view of your environment. The tools documented in this publication... [More]
I BM Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments (referred to as Data Protection for VMware) provides a comprehensive solution for protecting VMs. The Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments product compliments other Tivoli Storage Manager products. There are two sources of information I wanted to point you to. One I worked on, the other I stumbled upon.
The Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments - Data Protection for VMware Deployment Guide IBM® Redpaper™ publication helps you to install, tailor,... [More]
We have recently released the draft of the third edition of the IBM ProtecTIER Implementation and Best Practices Guide, SG24-8025 . This IBM Redbooks publication is written at the ProtecTIER PGA 3.3.x level.
This book provides the latest 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 data deduplication for your ProtecTIER family of products and application platforms. The available... [More]
Bottlenecks are, well, a pain in the neck, as anyone who has worked in IT well knows. Often there is little information to ascertain what the problem is and diagnosis can be time consuming and often fruitless. And this is a problem that can be exacerbated by the more complex SAN environments that exist these days, and if you couple this with the speeds at which the SAN can now operate, then any bottleneck can have an immediate noticeable effect.
So, how do we mitigate this? Well the first thing is to make sure that the detection tools are... [More]
I admit, it's not a very appealing title for a blog post. But it's serious matter that pertains to data security and national regulations.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) SP 800-131A is a United States standard that defines which cryptographic algorithms are valid and which cryptographic algorithm parameter values are required to achieve a specific security strength in a specific time period.
Starting in 2014, a minimum security strength of 112 bits is... [More]
The IBM z/OS DFSMShsm Primer, SG24-5272 is available. The information in this publication is valid for technical storage specialists and storage administrators with the basic DFSMShsm knowledge for implementing and customizing DFSMShsm.
You can download this publication at http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg245272.html?Open
This IBM Redbooks publication is written at the IBM z/OS® V1.13 level. While the current level of DFSMS is V2.1, you should use this publication with the z/OS V2.1 DFSMS Technical... [More]
In this IBM® Redbooks® publication we introduce the IBM Storwize® V7000 Unified. Storwize V7000 Unified is a virtualized storage system designed to consolidate block and file workloads into a single storage system. Advantages include simplicity of management, reduced cost, highly scalable capacity, performance, and high availability. Storwize V7000 Unified storage also offers improved efficiency and flexibility through built-in solid-state drive (SSD) optimization, thin provisioning, IBM Real-time Compression™, and... [More]
Well this isn't so much of a blog entry, but more of a microblogging entry as our friends at wikipedia would have us know it as.
Anyway, Barry Whyte has made some, ahem, observations about EMC XtremeIO which are well worth a read on his blog at:
I don't suppose that this offering could lead to vendor lock-in could it? Surely not.....
Prior to the version 7.2 SAN Volume Controller software release, stretched cluster configurations did not provide manual failover capability, and data being sent across a long distance link had the potential to be sent twice. The addition of 'site awareness' in version 7.2 routes I/O traffic between SVC nodes and storage controllers to optimize the data flow, and it polices I/O traffic during a failure condition to allow for a manual cluster invocation to ensure consistency.
The use of Enhanced Stretched Cluster continues to... [More]
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 estimates suggest that in 2016 we will start to see... [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
And the new-ish one:
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 DFSMShsm knowledge for implementing and customizing... [More]
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 media, and so on, that can connect you a lot... [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 called extents . Easy Tier is based on algorithms that... [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 remote participation.