Today, thousands of customers enjoy the extraordinary storage efficiency features of IBM Storwize V7000 and SAN Volume Controller (SVC). And now that efficiency comes with a guarantee. That’s right; IBM now guarantees you a savings rate of at least 50 percent when deploying IBM Real-time Compression. IBM also guarantees the performance level of Real-time Compression. Just turn on Real-time Compression on your new Storwize V7000 or SVC system and in the unlikely event you don’t get 50 percent or greater compression savings or you... [More]
As I type this we are in the final throes of updating the IBM Redbooks on the IBM Storwize V5000 and the IBM Storwize V3700 which we hope to have available by mid-December. As part of the research behind the writing of the book, we found this quite useful and it is worth a read.
Written by the Taneja Group, this analyst report delves into the Storwize V5000 and describes how IBM is integrating a broad swath of new capabilities while building those capabilities on a field proven and deeply architected storage foundation.
Not sure how well advertised this has been, but there is a neat little ESG Lab report that explores how IBM Real-time Compression can be used to reduce the cost of storing primary file data without impacting performance. The results of hands-on testing of IBM Real-time Compression Appliances performed by ESG at an IBM facility is used to demonstrate the value of non-disruptive deployment, loss-less capacity savings, real-time performance, and non-stop high availability.
Read this ESG Lab Validation Report: “... [More]
As we sit here working on the IBM Redbooks for IBM Storwize Family Software V7.4.0 for the SAN Volume Controller and the Storwize V7000, I thought I would point out the announcement that was made a few weeks back now for it:
IBM Storwize Family Software V7.4.0 enhances the scale and scope of its data protection proficiency
We hope to have the drafts of these books out sometime in December....
The IBM Storwize family of storage systems is ideal for organizations needing a robust and flexible technology infrastructure they can rely on, providing cloud-ready storage components that can access, manage, back up and archive the vast amounts of data generated by cloud workloads.
Organizations that hope to take full advantage of cloud benefits to address these imperatives need a robust and flexible technology infrastructure they can rely on, including a cloud-ready storage component that can address the need to access, manage, back up... [More]
In this very concise IBM Redpaper we describe the procedure for making use of an IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) Standby Storage Engine in a SAN which is not a part of any cluster, but is a candidate and able to join a cluster at a moment’s notice. The purpose of this is to reduce the impact of having an SVC Storage Engine in a cluster go offline for an extended period. It is aimed at experienced professionals that are wholly familiar with SVC/Storwize.
IBM SAN Volume Controller Standby Storage Engine
Of course, we are not accusing anyone of being a dummy per se ! However, this book examines data storage and management challenges and explains software-defined storage, an innovative solution for high-performance, cost-effective storage using Elastic Storage, based on IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS).
Software Defined Storage for Dummies
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]
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 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]
The Edison Group has created a white paper that compares IBM Real-time Compression for Storwize V7000 versus EMC and NetApp compression for Block Storage. This paper contains a detailed competitive evaluation of IBM’s Storwize V7000’s Real-time Compression versus EMC’s VNX and NetApp's FAS compression.
Edison Group competitive evaluation paper
My colleague Jon Tate recently posted information on the IBM Request For Enhancement Community.
For all you Tivoli Storage Productivity Center enthusiasts, you can search the submitted Tivoli Storage Productivity Center RFEs or submit a new RFE through the Service Management Connect Team Blog.
The Tivoli Storage Productivity Center on the Service Management Connect Team Blog has the links to the Wiki, Forum, Blog and Support Portal. It also contains useful information like Tivoli Storage Productivity Center release... [More]
Now that you have implemented IBM Scale Out Network Attached Storage (IBM SONAS), you may be at the point where you are interested in Best Practices for daily administration and monitoring of the SONAS. There is a new draft available of the IBM SONAS Best Practices , SG24-8051.
This IBM Redbooks publication documents these Best Practices available for SONAS based on experience gained from actual implementations and daily administration .
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]
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]
At the beginning of the year I blogged about the updates to the LTFS EE V188.8.131.52 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 V184.108.40.206 changes were key to building a stronger... [More]
When FlashSystem V840 Real-time Compression is used on a compressible workload, the resulting solution has up to a 5:1 reduction in cost and capacity, while maintaining up to a 5x reduction in latency compared to disk drive based systems. Redpaper Accelerate with FlashSystem V840 Compression discusses “In a nutshell” how to effectively implement FlashSystem V840 with Real-time Compression (RtC). It walks you through planning, set up and operations, and provides performance guidance needed to exploit V840... [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]
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]
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]