The latest draft of the Tivoli Storage Productivity Center V5.2 Release Guide , which is now updated to include important V5.2.2 functionality is available!
The IBM Redbooks publication "Tivoli Storage Productivity Center V5.2 Release Guide" highlights changes and new features. It provides valuable and practical real world advice and tips to help you get started with, or upgrade to the latest release IBM's feature packed storage management application.
Whether you are... [More]
The IBM® XIV® Storage System Gen3 software version 11.5.0 was announced on July 15th and will be available on August 21st, 2014. This new version brings a myriad of new features that make XIV the storage of choice for Cloud environments.
Amongst those new features is the support for multi-tenants.
XIV multi-tenancy is based upon the concept of domains , where an XIV Storage System is logically partitioned into one or more independent “containers,” each with its own... [More]
As we made generally available the latest generation of Storwize V7000 available yesterday (for those of you that missed it go here ) , it seems timely to point out the research that was performed by Forrester using their Total Economic Impact™ analysis.
Here is the executive summary:
In October 2013, IBM commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct a Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) study and examinethe potential return on investment (ROI) enterprises may realize by deploying Storwize V7000 with Real-time Compression.... [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The Tivoli Integrated Portal previously required, has been replaced by Jazz for Service Management.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.
...what would you do? Naturally your thoughts would rush towards the latest announcements in the Storwize family of products, and not think about all the distractions that Vegas has to offer I am sure !
Anyway, as you may have read on Barry Whyte's blog , some of the new enhancements that have been announced.
Well, for a 13' 40" investment of your time you will see the illustrious Storwize family marketing manager, Chris Saul, give us a very high level view of some of the hardware and software... [More]
The sixth generation of IBM Easy Tier, provides support for the flash cards in the new High-performance flash enclosure, announced for the DS8870 with microcode Release 7.3 (General Availability scheduled for June 6, 2014) . The use of flash cards and the flash storage enclosure in the DS8870 provides up to three and a half times the performance of current flash drives (SSDs).
All previously announced IBM Easy Tier functions apply to the new flash cards, including... [More]
Back in the Fibre Channel world, we made a couple of announcements in the IBM/Cisco portfolio on 19 May that might be of interest. And in support of this we have created a new product guide, and updated another:
Cisco MDS 9250i Multiservice Fabric Switch - New
This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide describes the Cisco MDS 9250i Multiservice Fabric Switch. The Cisco MDS 9250i Multiservice Fabric Switch, the next generation of the highly flexible, industry-leading, and proven Cisco MDS 9200 Series Multiservice Switches, is an... [More]
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]
Well this is a story that almost slipped by unnoticed, but there is some very interesting information in this 14 page report from Tolly, commissioned by IBM.
The bottom line is this:
Proven backplane throughput in excess of 400 Gbps compared with a maximum, theoretical throughput for Cisco UCS of 160 Gbps
Intelligent, integrated networking architecture optimized for "east/west" traffic
Predictable and consistent performance across the range of network loads tested
Completed VM migration tasks... [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]
No, this is not a pre-announcement of the death of Lotus Notes. Nope, what this is is something that came out of a discussion we were having on a residency that I am running about some whizzy new hardware that will be announced very shortly. While I was waiting for what seemed like an eternity for Lotus Notes to wake up and open itself, one of the residents said "have you upped the JVM memory setting?". What, says I in my best I haven't got a clue what you are talking about expression.
So, a few clicks later and a restart of... [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]
The other day I noticed an auto license plate in a parking lot with the word "MOBILE" across it. Clearly, the owner of the car wanted to let the world know he/she was "MOBILE". That got me thinking about the message of the plate. Was the message about the being physically mobile in the new car? Did he/she have the latest mobile smartphone, smartpad, or smartest decoder ring? Did the owner sell mobile devices or develop mobile apps? What ever the message was it was cloudy at best and I decided that I wouldn't... [More]
I think that this Heartbleed bug is going to be an observational comedian's dream. Well I guess one that is a bit of an IT geek anyway. Not quite sure what the Pub Landlord will make of it, but I am sure that he will have some kind of an opinion. Probably not fit to print.
Anyway, on to the serious stuff. I thought that as there is a lot of confusion as to what it is, what should you do, where should I go in IBM to find out more, that I would throw something together that gives a little bit of background to it (that may or may not be... [More]
For several years already the DS8000 series has featured two types of space efficient volumes:
Track space efficient (TSE) volumes
Extent space efficient (ESE) volumes
Track space efficient (TSE) volumes are used as target volumes of a FlashCopy Space Efficient operation and require the definition of a repository from which tracks are gradually allocated.
Extent space efficient (ESE) volumes are the actual thin provisioned volumes that can be used by host applications.The dynamic... [More]
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]
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
z/OS V2.1 became available at the end of September 2013. It seems that many of you are getting ready to implement it, or are seriously considering it.
Just wanted to remind you that the DFSMS V2.1 IBM Redbooks publication is available for download here:
As always, the team that worked on this book spent a lot of hours exercising the function and then documenting their experiences to provide you with the information you need to understand... [More]
If your XIV Storage System is connected to a Brocade Fabric, be aware of the following:
For Brocade Fabric OS versions 6.2.0, 6.2.0a, and 6.2.0b, the default fillword is "ARBF/ARBF" (mode 1)
For Brocade Fabric OS versions 6.2.0c to 6.4.x, the default fillword changed to "IDLE/IDLE" (mode 0).
--> The "IDLE/IDLE" fillword setting is not supported with 8GbpsXIV storage system ports, and might cause loss of connectivity.
The XIV... [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]
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 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]
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]
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]
Over the past many years (more than I care to admit) that I worked in IBM ® System & Technology Group, and now as an ITSO Storage Project Leader, I have witnessed amazing performance improvements:
CPU speed has increased up to 8-10X
DRAM speed up to 7-9X
Network speed up to 100X
Bus speed up to 20X
Speed has increased in just about every facet. But, I have also found that disk speed has increased only up to 1.2X . Historically it has been the disk tier that is the bottleneck and slows... [More]
Characterized by its performance and reliability, the Fiber Channel Protocol (FCP) has emerged as the technology of choice for block-based storage access.
While iSCSI over Ethernet has been an option for lower-cost storage networking, the performance limitations and packet loss that are associated with Ethernet have limited the usefulness of iSCSI in demanding storage environments.
With the advent of 10 Gbps Ethernet, and the development of lossless Ethernet technology, internet Small Computer System Interface... [More]
For those of us that prefer a grown-up operating system for our smartphones (ok, ok, kidding, calm down you iOSites), I am certainly pleased to see that we are now able to get IBM Redbooks on the Android platform.
Naturally it took longer to port to Android as Android users are typically more demanding, intelligent, witty, good-looking, and all these had to be factored in before it was released to Google Play. I shall stop now .
Anyway, it's there now, download it, works with your fave ebook reader too:
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]
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]