- Enables self service with a simple intuitive interface and improves productivity
- Offers fast time to value with a solution that is simple to deploy and easy to use
- Works with existing storage infrastructures, such as Storwize V7000 Unified, SONAS, or Tivoli Storage Productivity Center with TPC V5.1 TPC 5.1 Select, or SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center V5.1
- Improves overall IT efficiency and quality of service with automated provisioning, easy monitoring, and reporting
- Provides overall reduction in operational complexity and expenses with a self-service portal, standardization, and automation
- Integrates with Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) for authentication and email systems for notifications
IBM System Storage RedBooks
The IBM SmartCloud Storage Access V1.1 Configuration Cookbook, SG24-8120 just published to coincide with the General Availability of the solution.
This IBM Redbooks Publication will help you plan, implement and manage your storage cloud.
IBM SmartCloud™ Storage Access V1.1 enables enterprises to implement a private cloud storage service where users can request and receive storage capacity, share files with other users, and administrators can easily monitor and report usage with just a few clicks.
The IBM SmartCloud Storage Access solution as shown in the figure below is described in detail in this IBM Redbooks Publication.
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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 will be updated.
To apply for the residency, fill out the nomination form .
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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.
Read more here.
The iSCSI Implementation and Best Practices on IBM Storwize, SG24-8327 IBM Redbooks publication provides an overview of the iSCSI protocol and explains how it is similar to and different from Fibre Channel (FC) technology. It describes how to plan and design your network topology and how to configure your IBM Storwize storage systems and hosts (including IBM AIX, Linux, VMware, and Microsoft Windows hosts) to interact with it. It also provides an overview of using IBM Storwize storage systems with OpenStack.
Read iSCSI Implementation and Best Practices on IBM Storwize, SG24-8327 for information about the following topics:
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In our job as IBM storage consultants and Technical Advisors, we often hear some concerns from our clients about the upgrade process for IBM FlashSystem V9000, IBM Storwize, and San Volume Controller (SVC) and the risks associated with controller outages: "My hosts then lose paths to storage which gives warnings at several levels in our setup. It may even cause some systems to go down, if we did not make sure that it had its multipathing OK”.
No need to worry anymore, this issue is now history! Starting with IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software and FlashSystem V9000 version 7.7.1 the ability to implement N_Port ID Virtualization (NPVI) will ensure that the paths stay online even in case of controller outages or code upgrades. NPVI must be configured for it to work its magic!
NPIV virtualizes World Wide Port Names (WWPN) for zero path reduction during controller maintenance or outages. In other words, attached hosts do not experience ports lost when a controller is rebooting.
Another complaint we used to get about the upgrade procedure was the half hour wait time when controllers are upgraded. Real annoying when you have eight nodes in a cluster - takes almost six hours to update a single system! With virtualized WWNs and NPIV you do not have to wait half an hour before upgrading the next controller. And stay tuned for future enhancements in FlashSystem V9000, Storwize, and SVC to reduce wait time for hosts.
Jon Herd is an IBM Storage Technical Advisor working for the European Storage Competence Center (ESCC), Germany. He covers the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland, advising IBM clients on a portfolio of IBM storage products, including FlashSystem products.Jon has been with IBM for more than 40 years, and has held various technical roles, including Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)-level support on mainframe servers and technical education development. He holds IBM certifications in Supporting IT Solutions at an expert level, and Actualizing IT Solutions at an experienced level. He is also a certified Member of the British Computer Society (MBCS) Chartered IT Professional (CITP), and a certified Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET). Jon is an author of IBM FlashSystem V9000 Version 7.7 Product Guide, REDP-5409
Carsten Larsen is an IBM Certified Senior IT Specialist working for the Technical Services Support (TSS) in IBM Denmark. Carsten delivers consultancy services to IBM clients on storage technologies. Carsten's responsibilities include delivering project management and storage implementation and migration services. Carsten joined IBM in 2007, leaving behind a job at Hewlett-Packard where he worked on HP Storage Arrays and UNIX for 10 years. Carsten has a obtained several Brocade and NetApp certifications. Carsten is the author of a number of IBM Redbooks on Brocade, NetApp and IBM Spectrum Virtualize products. Carsten is an author of IBM FlashSystem V9000 Version 7.7 Product Guide, REDP-5409
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As an IBM storage consultant and implementer I often discuss with my clients the concerns they have with storage systems from IBM and other vendors. Regarding FlashSystems, I often hear comments along these lines: “This is very expensive storage. Yes, it is extremely fast and it is the answer to our requirements for very fast storage. However our data grows quickly, and when data gets old it is no longer needed in the fast and expensive flash storage. Therefore we are manually migrating data to less expensive storage, which is a cumbersome operation".
Since the announcement of FlashSystem V9000 Version 7.8 on November 2, 2016 you do not need to worry any more about migrating data! Now IBM offers SAS attached high capacity SSD and nearline storage as less expensive supplements to fast and expensive flash storage. And IBM Easy Tier does the job of migrating the data to the most appropriate tier. Whether the need is a supplement of fast SSD capacity or the slower high capacity nearline storage, IBM FlashSystem V9000 offers breathtaking 32 PB of additional SSD storage or 29 PB of NL-SAS storage or a combination of these options.
In the November 2 announcement, don't miss the new storage 92F expansion enclosure from IBM. Now you can have 92 disks in just 5Us of rack space by using the model 92F expansion enclosure. With 92 disks of, for example 10 TB NL-SAS or 15.34 TB high capacity SSD, IBM FlashSystem V9000 expands capacity to the extreme. Now the system is not just extremely fast, it can also grow to extreme capacity of inexpensive storage. No need for migrating data any more: size does matter!
Check out other cool new features of FlashSystem V9000 in the new version of the IBM Redbooks Introducing and Implementing IBM FlashSystem V9000, SG24-8273-02. A few examples:
For more information see the following resources:
Carsten Larsen is an IBM Certified Senior IT Specialist working for the Technical Services Support (TSS) in IBM Denmark. Carsten delivers consultancy services to IBM clients on storage technologies. Carsten's responsibilities include delivering project management and storage implementation and migration services. Carsten joined IBM in 2007, leaving behind a job at Hewlett-Packard where he worked on HP Storage Arrays and UNIX for 10 years. Carsten has a obtained several Brocade and NetApp certifications. Carsten is the author of a number of IBM Redbooks on Brocade, NetApp and IBM Spectrum Virtualize products. Carsten is an author of the IBM Redbooks Introducing and Implementing IBM FlashSystem V9000.