Calline Sanchez, Vice President, IBM Enterprise Systems Storage, published this blog entry on using IBM DS8880F family of all-flash storage systems and IBM Spectrum Connect for running of stateful containerized applications.
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Meet IBM Spectrum Connect, fast and easy solution for integrating various IBM storage systems in multiple cloud environments.
Listen to Harald Seipp, IBM Certified Consulting IT Specialist, explaining how to use IBM Spectrum Connect for provisioning, monitoring, automating and orchestrating of IBM block storage in containerized, VMware and Microsoft PowerShell ecosystems in this YouTube video.
Are you in need of a flexible container solution for your Power-based datacenter? Do you plan for big data crunch or robust hybrid cloud deployment, using Spectrum Accelerate or Spectrum Virtualize systems as your storage? Here at the IBM Systems labs, we've been working to match IBM Storage Enabler for Containers to your requirements.
Download IBM Spectrum Connect (3.4.0) and the Installer for IBM Storage Enabler for Containers (1.1.1) from IBM Fix Central. You can also go to GitHuB to see the IBM's open-source project that IBM Storage Enabler for Containers is based on. As always, check out the IBM Spectrum Connect (3.4.0) release notes on IBM Knowledge Center.
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Before anything else, let’s start with a few questions:
If you’ve answered “Yes” to any of the above questions, IBM Spectrum Connect is available and ready to serve you. Formerly named IBM Spectrum Control Base Edition, IBM Spectrum Connect encompasses everything that you might need for integrating your multi-cloud environments with supported IBM storage systems, from an all-in-one, easy-to-use server platform.
Simply put, IBM Spectrum Connect is a centralized cloud integration system that consolidates a range of IBM storage provisioning, automation, and monitoring solutions through a unified server platform. It provides a single server, small-footprint backend location and enables centralized management of IBM storage resources for different virtualization, cloud and container platforms.
By implementing advanced storage provisioning techniques, IBM Spectrum Connect allows storage and hybrid cloud administrators to supply and integrate IBM storage with a range of VMware solutions, Kubernetes container clusters, and Microsoft PowerShell automation methods. IBM Spectrum Connect provides a web-based UI that makes this entire administration easy and straightforward, and saves a significant amount of time in setting up, connecting, and integrating the required storage resources into your cloud environment.
To enable this wide range of functional integration possibilities, the IBM Spectrum Connect suite includes the following individual cloud interfaces:
Cedric Cook, our Product Offering manager, covers all this in further detail in the following developerWorks blog:
The first version of IBM Spectrum Connect is 3.4.0, continuing from the previous version line of IBM Spectrum Control Base Edition. Under the new brand name, it is still available at no extra cost for IBM Storage customers. Check out the formal IBM Spectrum Connect brand page at: ibm.com/us-en/marketplace/spectrum-connect.
For the first time, you can download Spectrum Connect directly from the brand page by clicking Download Now.
And last but not least, we also have a new IBM Knowledge Center space where you can find the complete documentation for IBM Spectrum Connect: ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/SS6JWS.
As always, we’d be happy to receive any feedback, questions, or suggestions that you may have.
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The IBM Spectrum Connect team
IBM maintains a longstanding partnership with VMware, and the IBM Cloud Storage Solutions team is a key design partner for VMware Virtual Volumes (VVOLs).
Hear from Carlos Fuente, an IBM Distinguished Engineer, about the capabilities and benefits of VVOLs together with IBM Storage offerings in this YouTube video.
Get your hosts ready, as the new HAK is in now available! The latest 2.9.0 release improves connection stability when attaching hosts to storage systems in IBM HyperSwap and Hyper-Scale Mobility deployments.
As in the last few releases, HAK is available for Windows, Linux, or AIX hosts. A quick reminder for HAK newbies: it allows your hosts to easily connect to volumes on IBM Spectrum Accelerate Family storage systems (FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R, XIV, Spectrum Accelerate deployable SW) over iSCSI or Fibre Channel.
Version 2.9.0 also supports the 1Q18 milestone software release of FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R, version 12.2.1, as well as the RedHat Linux 6.9 and 7.4 releases.
You can download HAK 2.9.0 from IBM Fix Central. Check out the HAK version 2.9.0 documentation on IBM Knowledge Center, which includes the HAK lifecycle and compatibility matrix, latest release notes, and user guide, which now - by the way - has additional info and references regarding host multipathing with FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R. Also, if Microsoft Windows Server is the OS of your hosts, check the new list of required hotfixes (KBs) page (previously listed in the release notes) for error-free operation of your hosts.
As always, your feedback is always welcome.
The IBM Cloud Storage Solutions team
IBM Spectrum Control Base Edition, version 3.3.0 has landed and with it a new major step forward in IBM cloud integration capabilities. Now, you can use IBM storage systems as persistent storage for containerized applications in Kubernetes clusters. This version brings a new cloud interface, IBM Storage Enabler for Containers (1.0.0), a nifty plug-in that makes a smart use of Spectrum Control Base storage profiles. These profiles are used for automating persistent volume provisioning in Kubernetes environment. Pure magic, right?!
Download IBM Spectrum Control Base Edition (3.3.0) and the Installer for IBM Storage Enabler for Containers (1.0.0) from IBM Fix Central. You can also go to GitHuB to see the IBM's open-source project that IBM Storage Enabler for Containers is based on. As usual, do not forget to check out the IBM Spectrum Control Base Edition (3.3.0) release notes on IBM Knowledge Center.
More information about this exciting offering is available in these blog posts:
A new version of Spectrum Control Base Edition software (3.2.1) has been released. It adds support for version 8.1 of the IBM Spectrum Virtualize Family (a broad range of IBM storage systems), as well as the IBM Spectrum Virtualize deployable software solution. For further details about this new version, including fixes, check out the IBM Spectrum Control Base Edition 3.2.1 release notes on IBM Knowledge Center at: https://ibm.biz/Bdj8gc.
The last several releases of the OpenStack Cinder project addressed various disaster recovery (DR) scenarios. In Mitaka, replication v2.1 (codename ‘Cheesecake’) was introduced. This admin API was designed to solve a true DR scenario, when an entire backend is failed over to another backend on a secondary site. There are other DR scenarios in which the user wants to have better control over the replication granularity. For this purpose, the Cinder team has decided to provide tenant-facing group APIs, allowing volume grouping for a tenant. This enables volume group replication and failover without affecting the entire backend.
The IBM Storage Driver for OpenStack supports the following IBM storage systems:
The user can choose between a generic group replication and consistency group (CG) replication. For consistency group replication, the driver utilizes the storage capabilities to handle CGs and replicate them to a remote site. On the other hand, in generic group replication, the driver replicates each volume individually. In addition, the user can select the replication type. For example, IBM FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R storage systems support both synchronous and asynchronous replication.The minimum Cinder client version that supports group replication is 3.38.
The following functions were added to the IBM Storage Driver for OpenStack to support group replication:
The following example illustrates configuration of a replicated consistency group.
#cinder type-create rep-vol-1
#cinder type-key rep-vol-1 set replication_type='<is> sync' replication_enabled='<is> True'
#cinder group-type-create rep-cg-1
#cinder group-type-key rep-cg-1 set group_replication_enabled='<is> True' replication_type='<is> sync' consistent_group_snapshot_enabled='<is> True'
#cinder group-create rep-cg-1 rep-vol-1 --name replicated-cg-1
#cinder create --name vol-1 --volume-type rep-vol-1 1
#cinder group-update --add-volumes 91492ed9-c3cf-4732-a525-60e146510b90 replicated-cg-1
#cinder group-enable-replication replicated-cg-1
#cinder group-disable-replication replicated-cg-1
#cinder group-failover-replication replicated-cg-1
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Let’s face it: even the most resilient, robust, and secure storage sites, located above ground or even underground, could potentially be exposed, in a certain degree, to all kinds of disasters that may temporarily or indefinitely halt the site operation. This could be an extreme weather condition or natural disaster (hurricane, tornado, earthquake, etc.), a prolonged and unplanned interruption of power supply (power grid or power station failure), an accident, act of war, cyberattack, and who knows what else – God forbid…
Enterprises that rely on non-stop, continuous, and unbreakable access to data, as well as on the ability to keep existing data integrity in parallel to on-going update/writing operations at the highest possible standards, must have disaster prevention and recovery mechanisms in place, ready to be used at any point in time.
Enterprise-class storage systems, such as IBM XIV Gen3, IBM FlashSystem A9000, and IBM FlashSystem A9000R, provide advanced site mirroring capabilities, either synchronous or asynchronous, including 3-site mirroring for XIV Gen3, and HyperSwap for FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R. These native underlying replication and high availability (HA) technologies allow these IBM storage systems to serve not only conventional hosts and clusters, but also virtual machines in VMware and Microsoft cloud environments, as well as OpenStack cloud nodes.
Virtual machines duplicates can be deployed at a secondary backup site, together with the backup storage systems to serve those sites.
For detailed information about employing HyperSwap for VMware and Microsoft environments, refer to the IBM Redpaper: ‘IBM HyperSwap for IBM FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R’. Additional data protection scenarios are described in this IBM Redpaper: ‘IBM FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R Business Continuity Solutions’.