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]
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
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.....
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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
Virtualization technology is transforming businesses and organizations. Current storage capacity, performance, and Independent Software Vendor (ISV) integration requirements are growing faster than ever before while the infrastructure budget is shrinking in the same proportion.
IBM Redpaper REDP-5148 Deploying IBM FlashSystem V840 in a VMware Environment describes and demonstrates how to address IBM FlashSystem V840 business performance and capacity requirements by creating a Software Defined Storage... [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]
In a recent posting , we introduced the upcoming support for VMware Virtual Volumes (VVOL) with the IBM XIV Storage System. With the announcement of vSphere 6.0, VMware also officially released support for the vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVOL) architecture
Since March 12 , 2015 , the VVOL and XIV integration is effectively supported through IBM Spectrum Control Base, and based on the VMware API for Storage Awareness (VASA). IBM Spectrum Control Base ... [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]