IBM Spectrum Control Storage Insights (IBM Storage Insights, for short) is a cloud-based offering designed for small and medium businesses and organizations. It helps you quickly understand what is happening in your storage environment without implementing complex tools. Storage Insights provides a web interface with a dashboard that quickly lets you quickly access your information. It can be set up in less than 5 minutes and provides actionable insights about your storage in less than 30 minutes. Read the... [More]
On June 10th, we announced IBM Hyper-Scale . IBM® Hyper-Scale introduces two major new technologies, both implemented in the IBM XIV® Storage System (Gen3 models): The first is IBM Hyper-Scale Manager, a flexible, consolidated multi-system management application that was originally released in October 2012 as “Multi-System Manager”. IBM Hyper-Scale Manager is based on and seamlessly integrated with the XIV GUI and spans multiple XIV systems. The second new technology, IBM Hyper-Scale Mobility, ... [More]
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 !
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]
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 allocation increments for ESE logical... [More]
Read the latest draft of the 10th edition of the IBM System Storage Solutions Handbook; SG24-5250 . This publication is intended for anyone who wants to learn about IBM storage solutions and how IBM addresses data storage challenges with smart storage cloud solutions. It is suitable for IBM clients, storage solution integrators, and IBM specialist sales representatives. It takes you on a journey with overviews and pointers for information about the most current IBM System Storage; disk, tape and virtualized solutions such as IBM... [More]
At the beginning of the year I blogged about the updates to the LTFS EE V126.96.36.199 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 V188.8.131.52 changes were key to building a stronger... [More]
The IBM Storage Integration Server version 1.5.0 was released on August 27. It can be downloaded from Fix Central The IBM® Storage Integration Server is a centralized server system that consolidates a range of IBM storage provisioning, automation, and monitoring solutions through a unified server platform. It provides a single server back-end location and enables centralized management of IBM storage resources for different virtualization and cloud platforms. It includes the following interfaces,... [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. Jon Tate.
IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center (VSC) is a key component of the IBM Software Defined Storage (SDS) Control Plane. It provides efficient virtualization, management of heterogeneous storage systems, end-to-end storage management, and data protection through application aware snapshots. These capabilities are all tightly integrated with advanced analytics functions such as optimization and provisioning to deliver a robust storage cloud-based solution The newly published IBM Redbook,... [More]
Fabric Vision was introduced with IBM Network Advisor 12.1.x and FOS V 7.2.x. The Fabric Vision license includes support for Flow Vision, Monitoring Alerting Policy Suite (MAPS), Clear Link Diagnostic Port, Fabric Watch, and Advanced Performance Monitoring. Switches with Fabric Watch (FW) and Advanced Performance Monitoring (APM) licenses automatically get FOS V 7.2.x Fabric Vision license features simply by upgrading to FOS 7.2.x. Switches with only FW or APM can upgrade to Fabric Vision by purchasing other licenses. IT organizations with... [More]
This week IBM Systems and Technology Group is hosting an Analysts Insights event in Greenwich Connecticut. IBM FlashSystem + LTFS Enterprise Edition with Elastic Storage are highlighted to show how you can benefit from the speed of IBM FlashSystem and the cost performance of tape. Based on business requirements Elastic Storage provides a seamless policy driven Dynamic Tiering that will put the data in the best location on the best tier (performance and cost) at the right time. Figure 1 shows Hot Data needing the fastest access... [More]
What's new? 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 manual volume... [More]
The draft of the Tivoli Storage Productivity Center V5.2 Release Guide , SG24-8204 is available. You can download a copy here: https://www.redbooks.ibm.com/Redbooks.nsf/RedpieceAbstracts/sg248204.html?Open 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 pass along, we did... [More]
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 idea if Netscape ever ran on OS/2 but I know that I... [More]