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IBM System Storage DS8000 Performance Monitoring and Tuning
Disk storage

Redbooks, published 7 Apr 2016

This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides guidance about how to configure, monitor, and manage your IBM DS8880 storage systems to achieve optimum performance, and it also covers the IBM DS8870 storage system. It describes the DS8880 performance features and characteristics, including hardware-related performance features, synergy items for certain operating systems, and other functions, such as IBM Easy Tier® and the DS8000® I/O Priority Manager. The book also describes specific performance considerations that apply to particular host environments, including database applications. This book ... [more]


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IBM Reference Architecture for Genomics, Power Systems Edition
Power Systems

Redbooks, published 5 Apr 2016

This IBM® Redbooks® publication introduces the IBM Reference Architecture for Genomics, IBM Power Systems™ edition on IBM POWER8®. It addresses topics such as why you would implement Life Sciences workloads on IBM POWER8, and shows how to use such solution to run Life Sciences workloads using IBM Platform™ Computing software to help set up the workloads. It also provides technical content to introduce the IBM POWER8 clustered solution for Life Sciences workloads. This book customizes and tests Life Sciences workloads with a combination of an IBM Platform Computing software solution stack, ... [more]


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IT Modernization using Catalogic ECX Copy Data Management and IBM Spectrum Storage
Storage Software

Redbooks, published 5 Apr 2016

Data is the currency of the new economy, and organizations are increasingly tasked with finding better ways to protect, recover, access, share, and use data. Traditional storage technologies are being stretched to the breaking point. This challenge is not because of storage hardware performance, but because management tools and techniques have not kept pace with new requirements. Primary data growth rates of 35% to 50% annually only amplify the problem. Organizations of all sizes find themselves needing to modernize their IT processes to enable critical new use cases such as storage ... [more]


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Microservices from Theory to Practice: Creating Applications in IBM Bluemix Using the Microservices Approach
Application Integration

Redbooks, published 26 Aug 2015, last updated 4 Apr 2016

Microservices is an architectural style in which large, complex software applications are composed of one or more smaller services. Each of these microservices focuses on completing one task that represents a small business capability. These microservices can be developed in any programming language. They communicate with each other using language-neutral protocols, such as Representational State Transfer (REST), or messaging applications, such as IBM® MQ Light. This IBM Redbooks® publication gives a broad understanding of this increasingly popular architectural style, and provides some ... [more]


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IBM CICS Performance Series: CICS TS for z/OS V5 Performance Report
z Systems Software

Redbooks, published 1 Apr 2016

This IBM® Redbooks® publication gives a broad understanding of several important concepts that are used when describing IBM CICS® Transaction Server (TS) for IBM z/OS® (CICS TS) performance. This publication also describes many of the significant performance improvements that can be realized by upgrading your environment to the most recent release of CICS TS. This IBM Redbooks publication targets the following audience:

  • Systems Architects wanting to understand the performance characteristics and capabilities of a specific CICS TS release.
  • Capacity Planners and ... [more]


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Active Archive Implementation Guide with IBM Spectrum Scale Object and IBM Spectrum Archive
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 31 Mar 2016

Enterprises are struggling to provide the right storage infrastructure to keep up with the explosion of unstructured data in addition to facing increased pressure to retain this data for an extended period of time. Object storage is rapidly emerging as a viable method for building scalable big data archiving solutions to address these unstructured data growth challenges. OpenStack Swift is an emerging open source object storage platform that is widely used for cloud storage. IBM® Spectrum Scale V4.2 delivers a fast, highly available, highly scalable shared file system that enables ... [more]


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Tivoli Storage Productivity Center for Replication for Open Systems
Storage Software

Redbooks, published 23 Jan 2014, last updated 31 Mar 2016

This IBM® Redbooks® publication for the Tivoli® Storage Productivity Center for Replication for the Open environment walks you through the process of establishing sessions, and managing and monitoring copy services through Tivoli Storage Productivity Center for Replication. The book introduces enhanced copy services and new session types that are used by the latest IBM storage systems. Tips and guidance for session usage, tunable parameters, troubleshooting, and for implementing and managing Tivoli Storage Productivity Center for Replication’s latest functionality up to v5.2 also are ... [more]


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An Introduction to z/VM Single System Image (SSI) and Live Guest Relocation (LGR)
z Systems

Redbooks, published 18 Apr 2012, last updated 31 Mar 2016

IBM® z/VM® 6.2 introduces significant changes to z/VM in the form of multi-system clustering technology allowing up to four z/VM instances in a single system image (SSI) cluster. This technology is important, because it offers clients an attractive alternative to vertical growth by adding new z/VM systems. In the past, this capability required duplicate efforts to install, maintain, and manage each system. With SSI, these duplicate efforts are reduced or eliminated. Support for live guest relocation (LGR) allows you to move Linux virtual servers without disruption to the business, helping ... [more]


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IBM Mainframe Bits: Understanding Architecture
z Systems

Redpaper, published 31 Mar 2016

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication reviews the role of the architecture and how it forms part of the solution by meeting the needs that drive the requirements for computer systems. It also examines the architecture’s relationships with hardware and software, and offers considerations to help understand how these relationships work to ensure longevity and compatibility. This paper is the first in a new series of “Mainframe Bits” that are designed to provide you with succinct information about discrete topics that relate to IBM z Systems™ ... [more]


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Implementing the IBM Storwize V7000 Gen2
Disk storage

Redbooks, published 18 Jan 2015, last updated 29 Mar 2016

Data is the new currency of business, the most critical asset of the modern organization. In fact, enterprises that can gain business insights from their data are twice as likely to outperform their competitors. Nevertheless, 72% of them have not started, or are only planning, big data activities. In addition, organizations often spend too much money and time managing where their data is stored. The average firm purchases 24% more storage every year, but uses less than half of the capacity that it already has. The IBM® Storwize® family, including the IBM SAN Volume Controller Data Platform, ... [more]


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Reduce Risk and Improve Security on IBM Mainframes: Volume 1 Architecture and Platform Security
z Systems

Redbooks, published 8 Dec 2014, last updated 22 Mar 2016

This IBM® Redbooks® publication documents the strength and value of the IBM security strategy with IBM System z® hardware and software. In an age of increasing security consciousness, IBM System z provides the capabilities to address the needs of today's business security challenges. This publication explores how System z hardware is designed to provide integrity, process isolation, and cryptographic capability to help address security requirements. This book highlights the features of IBM z/OS® and other operating systems, which offer various customizable security elements under the ... [more]


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Integrated Virtualization Manager for IBM Power Systems Servers
Power Systems

Redpaper, published 19 Dec 2012, last updated 21 Mar 2016

The Virtual I/O Server (VIOS) is part of the IBM PowerVM® feature on IBM® Power Systems™ and part of the IBM POWER® Hypervisor™. The VIOS is also supported on IBM BladeCenter®. The server is a single-function appliance that is in the logical partition (LPAR) of the Power Systems server. The VIOS facilitates the sharing of physical I/O resources between client partitions (IBM AIX®, IBM i, and Linux) within the server. The Virtual I/O Server provides a virtual SCSI target, N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) target, and Shared Ethernet Adapter (SEA) virtual I/O function to client LPARs. The ... [more]


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Smarter Asset Management for the Integrated Mill
Industry Solutions

Solution Guide, published 18 Mar 2016

IBM® Smarter Asset Management for Integrated Mill Operations helps metals companies optimize asset performance and maintenance in the large, unified facilities known as integrated mills. The solution described in this IBM Redbooks® Solution Guide gives metal-making companies direct visibility into asset usage and operational health. It helps executives and managers at all levels make decisions that are based on accurate, up-to-date reports on the running conditions and performance of their most critical assets. It also includes predictive analytics features that can help companies get ahead ... [more]


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IBM Operational Decision Manager: Enabling the Rule Engine to Augment the Decision Data
Smarter Process

Redpaper, published 18 Mar 2016

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes IBM Operational Decision Manager (ODM), which is a set of tooling and interfaces that provides an architecture that can encapsulate your decision logic away from program code into rules. These rules are rendered as natural language. Decisions are now more agile, adaptable to change, and visible to those who need them. This Redpaper publication describes a means to use additional data with your rules.


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IBM Spectrum Family: IBM Spectrum Control Standard Edition
Software Defined Storage

Redbooks, published 2 Mar 2016, last updated 15 Mar 2016

IBM® Spectrum Control (Spectrum Control), a member of the IBM Spectrum™ Family of products, is the next-generation data management solution for software-defined environments (SDEs). With support for block, file, object workloads, and software-defined storage and predictive analytics, and automated and advanced monitoring to identify proactively storage performance problems, Spectrum Control enables administrators to provide efficient management for heterogeneous storage environments. IBM Spectrum Control™ (formerly IBM Tivoli® Storage Productivity Center) delivers a complete set of ... [more]


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Cloud Security Guidelines for IBM Power Systems
Power Systems

Redbooks, published 1 Mar 2016, last updated 9 Mar 2016

This IBM® Redbooks® publication is a comprehensive guide that covers cloud security considerations for IBM Power Systems™. The first objectives of this book are to examine how Power Systems can fit into the current and developing cloud computing landscape and to outline the proven Cloud Computing Reference Architecture (CCRA) that IBM employs in building private and hybrid cloud environments. The book then looks more closely at the underlying technology and hones in on the security aspects for the following subsystems:

  • IBM Hardware Management Console
  • IBM PowerVM ... [more]


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IBM Enterprise Content Management and Box
Enterprise Content Management

Redpaper, published 9 Mar 2016

The integration of IBM® Enterprise Content Management (ECM) products with the Box for secure file sharing and collaboration opens new possibilities for achieving higher levels of capability within ECM. This IBM Redpaper™ publication describes how the integration of Box, IBM Content Navigator, IBM Case Manager, IBM Datacap, and IBM StoredIQ® products enables higher maturity in ECM, and distills the capabilities provided by each integration and the combination as a whole. By leveraging these IBM ECM technologies with Box, clients can realize the power of hybrid capabilities between ... [more]


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Introduction Guide to the IBM Elastic Storage Server
Storage Solutions

Redpaper, published 4 Jan 2016, last updated 4 Mar 2016

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication introduces and describes the IBM Elastic Storage Server as a scalable, high-performance data and file management solution, which is built on proven IBM Spectrum Scale™ technology, formerly IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS™). Providing reliability, performance, and scalability, IBM Elastic Storage Servers can be implemented for a range of diverse requirements. This publication helps you to understand the solution and its architecture and helps you to plan the installation and integration of the environment, which is created from the following ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Scale and ECM FileNet Content Manager Are a Winning Combination: Deployment Variations and Value-added Features
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 4 Mar 2016

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes various deployment options to configure IBM enterprise content management (ECM) FileNet® Content Manager components to use IBM Spectrum Scale™ (formerly known as IBM GPFS™) as back-end storage. The paper also describes various IBM Spectrum Scale value-added features with FileNet Content Manager to facilitate an efficient and effective data-management solution.


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IBM z/OS V2R2: ServerPac
z Systems

Redbooks, published 23 Feb 2016, last updated 2 Mar 2016

This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps you to become familiar with the technical changes that were introduced into the Serverpac area with IBM z/OS® V2R2. This publication includes the following chapters: - Chapter 1, “ServerPac” on page 1: Provides a summary of the z/OS V2R2 enhancements. - Chapter 2, “Order receive” on page 5: Describes the use of HTTPS to receive your order. - Chapter 3, “Creating a configuration” on page 9: Describes the affect of the SDSF zone change. - Chapter 4, “Variable Panel updates” on page 13: Describes setting up z/OSMF and the SMF option. - Chapter 5, ... [more]


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