Welcome to the IBM System Storage Redbooks publications blog. It features short articles and pointers to related material, as well as information about residencies.
Storage Project Leader
Just over a week or so ago we completed the ITSO Redbook residency to create a book based on the SAN Volume Controller and the IBM FlashSystem 820. Now, normally we like to get these things out very quickly and the team, Danny Bryant, Christian Burns, Joao Marcos Leite, and Denis Senin worked very long hours to make this happen. As is always the case they were helped by those awfully nice developers at IBM Hursley in the UK, the home of storage virtualization.
What they could not have... [More]
“To err is human; to forgive, divine.” Alexander Pope.
Well we are mixing up poetry and Star Wars here today (or tomorrow, if it is already tomorrow where you are), and finish it off with a cryptic message.
Anyway, let's cut to the chase here: a long time ago, in an IBM Redbook far, far away (December 2011), in an effort to get out timely information to the field, the first draft (which was a pre-review version), of the IBM Redbook Implementing the IBM Storwize V7000... [More]
As 2013 draws to a close and travel gets harder as 4Q rapidly approaches, I have decided to try something a little different (yes, yes, I know we have done it in the past but normally only after some on-site attendance has taken place) and I am going to consider/pilot remote participation for some applicants for my residencies until year end.
So, if you have seen this residency: IBM Storwize V7000 Unified Redbook Update, ST-3D36-R01 you may have noticed this... [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... [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... [More]
Due to the sterling efforts of:
Scheila Rossana Rinaldo Maliska
And technical assistance and support from:
Brocade Communications Systems:
we are very pleased to have... [More]
If you are serious about storage virtualization then you will be following this blog:
An exchange and discussion of Storage Virtualization
And, if you are serious about trying to extract as much as possble out of IBM Storwize V7000 and SVC, then this is a must read for you:
Configuring IBM Storwize V7000 and SVC for Optimal Performance ... parts 3 and 4
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... [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):
We just announced this residency via our weekly newsletter:
IBM Storwize V7000 Unified Redbook Update, ST-3D36-R01
It is a great opportunity to increase your skills and increase your personal and professional network.
And become a published author !
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... [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
Many of you may have heard of "diskcore" (and tapecore too) and always wondered what it was and how you might be able to use it, or whether it was some uber-secret society that if you had to ask to join, then you weren't going to get in, or you needed a funny handshake to be invited. Not so.
When Tim Berners-Lee (before he was knighted) and an untold number of "geeks" were still playing around with HTTP, possibly using a Netscape browser that ran on OS/2 (I have no... [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... [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... [More]