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IBM DS8000: High-Performance Flash Enclosure
Flash storage

Product Guide, published 9 Dec 2015

The high-performance flash enclosure (HPFE) is available for the IBM DS8870 and DS8880 models and offers integration and optimization of flash technology for mission-critical performance. The HPFE is a Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) storage enclosure that can support sixteen or thirty 400 GB encryption capable flash cards (1.8-inch, 46 mm form factor) in a 1U rack space. This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide describes the IBM DS8000® high-performance flash enclosure. HPFEs can be installed in the IBM DS8870 and IBM DS8880 storage ... [more]


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IBM CICS Interdependency Analyzer
z Systems Software

Redbooks, published 8 Dec 2015

The IBM® CICS® Interdependency Analyzer (CICS IA®) is a runtime tool for use with IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/OS®. CICS IA allows both system programmers and application developers to get an understanding of the relationships and dependencies of your CICS applications and the environment on which they run. By analyzing data collected by CICS IA, you can make changes to your environment in a safe and controlled but timely manner to address changing demands on your business applications. In this IBM Redbooks® publication, we first provide a detailed overview of what CICS IA is and what ... [more]


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IBM Wave for z/VM Installation, Implementation, and Exploitation
z Systems

Redbooks, published 8 Dec 2015

IBM® Wave for z/VM® (IBM Wave) is a virtualization management solution for IBM z/VM and Linux on z Systems™. This virtualization management software provides a simplified and cost-effective way for companies to harness the consolidation capabilities of the IBM z™ Systems platform and its ability to host the workloads of tens of thousands of commodity servers. IBM Wave is a complete management solution for z Systems based virtual server farms. This IBM Redbooks® publication provides a guide to understanding IBM Wave by providing information about the IBM Wave architecture and how it fits ... [more]


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IBM Financial Transaction Manager for Automated Clearing House Services
Commerce

Redbooks, published 8 Dec 2015

Automated Clearing House (ACH) payment volume is increasing every year. NACHA estimates that ACH payments crossed 21 billion several years ago. Financial institutions are re-evaluating their current payment platforms. Financial Transaction Manager is a single interface that can handle ACH needs that cross various platforms. IBM® Financial Transaction Manager for ACH Services provides pre-built support for processing all ACH transactions that flow through financial systems. This includes ingestion, validation, transaction management, and distribution. The robust rules-based environment ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem V9000 and VMware Best Practices Guide
Flash storage

Redpaper, published 7 Dec 2015

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes best practices for deploying IBM FlashSystem™ V9000 enterprise storage system in a VMware vSphere environment. It includes guidelines and examples of the latest FlashSystem V9000 hardware and software, integrated with VMware version 6, to demonstrate the business benefits these solutions. Topics illustrate planning, configuring, operations, and preferred practices that include integration of FlashSystem V9000 with the VMware vCloud suite of applications:
- vCenter Web Client (VWC)
- vStorage APIs for Storage Awareness ... [more]


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Building an API Bridge to Your IBM z Systems Applications and Data
z Systems

Point-of-View, published 4 Dec 2015

Enterprises worldwide have a wealth of application logic and capabilities that have formed the backbone of their online transaction processing (OLTP) workloads for decades. This application logic and these capabilities are core business assets and are industrial strength, proven, and time-tested. The question enterprises are pondering today is: How can they extend the value these applications provide and reuse parts of the applications to reach new audiences? Application programming interfaces (APIs) make it possible for the enterprise's core assets to be reused, shared, and even monetized ... [more]


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Secure Hybrid Cloud Architecture with the PureApplication Family
Cloud

Solution Guide, published 4 Dec 2015

This IBM® Redbooks® Solution Guide outlines how products in the IBM PureApplication® family, IBM Cloud Orchestrator, and Open technologies can be designed to create a secure hybrid cloud solution.


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Systems of Insight for Digital Transformation: Using IBM Operational Decision Manager Advanced and Predictive Analytics
Smarter Process

Redbooks, published 3 Dec 2015

Systems of record (SORs) are engines that generates value for your business. Systems of engagement (SOE) are always evolving and generating new customer-centric experiences and new opportunities to capitalize on the value in the systems of record. The highest value is gained when systems of record and systems of engagement are brought together to deliver insight. Systems of insight (SOI) monitor and analyze what is going on with various behaviors in the systems of engagement and information being stored or transacted in the systems of record. SOIs seek new opportunities, risks, and ... [more]


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Implementing IBM Spectrum Scale
Software Defined Storage

Redpaper, published 11 Nov 2015, last updated 2 Dec 2015

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes IBM Spectrum™ Scale, which is a scalable, high-performance data and file management solution, built on proven IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS™) technology. Providing reliability, performance and scalability, IBM Spectrum Scale™ can be implemented for a range of diverse requirements. This publication can help you install, tailor, and configure the environment, which is created from a combination of physical and logical components: hardware, operating system, storage, network, and applications. Knowledge of these components is key for ... [more]


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Big Data Analytics with IBM Cognos Dynamic Cubes
Analytics

Solution Guide, published 14 Sep 2015, last updated 27 Nov 2015

With IBM® Cognos® Business Intelligence, you have a proven enterprise business intelligence (BI) platform with an open-data access strategy. Because Cognos Business Intelligence uses a business language that is relevant to consumers, you can pull data from various data sources. Then, you can package it into a business model and make it available to consumers in various interfaces that are suited to the task. IBM Cognos Dynamic Cubes, which is a feature of the Cognos Business Intelligence V10.2.2 software, complements the existing query engine. As explained in this IBM Redbooks® Solution ... [more]


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IBM PowerVM Virtualization Introduction and Configuration
Power Systems

Redbooks, published 18 Jun 2013, last updated 24 Nov 2015

This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides an introduction to PowerVM™ virtualization technologies on Power System servers. PowerVM is a combination of hardware, firmware, and software that provides CPU, network, and disk virtualization. These are the main virtualization technologies: POWER7, POWER6, and POWER5 hardware POWER Hypervisor Virtual I/O Server Though the PowerVM brand includes partitioning, management software, and other offerings, this publication focuses on the virtualization technologies that are part of the PowerVM Standard and Enterprise Editions. This publication is also ... [more]


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IBM FlashSystem V840
Flash storage

Product Guide, published 28 Feb 2014, last updated 24 Nov 2015

The IBM® FlashSystem™ V840 delivers high performance, efficiency, and reliability for shared enterprise storage environments, while simplifying data management, improving data security, and preserving your investments in storage with advanced software-defined storage. November 12, 2015 - Updated to include IBM FlashSystem V840 version 7.6 functionality.


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Implementing IBM Real-time Compression on the IBM XIV Storage System
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 23 Nov 2015

IBM® Real-time Compression™ is fully integrated in the IBM XIV® Storage System Gen3 with software version 11.6. Real-time Compression provides the possibility to store 2 - 5 times more data per XIV system, without additional hardware. This technology also expands the storage-replication-related bandwidth, and can significantly decrease the total cost of ownership (TCO). Using compression for replication and for volume migration with IBM Hyper-Scale Mobility is faster, and requires less bandwidth for the interlink connections between the IBM XIV storage systems, because the data that is ... [more]


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Integrating IBM PureApplication System into an Existing Data Center
Application Platform

Redbooks, published 19 Nov 2015

This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps you with the integration of IBM PureApplication® System and IBM PureApplication Software into an existing data center. This publication describes certain scenarios that are considered critical (based on IBM client experiences) for a successful implementation of PureApplication Software or PureApplication System into an existing data center. It covers the planning, installation, and configuration of both PureApplication System and PureApplication Software. Both PureApplication System and PureApplication Software offer on-premises solutions that use proven ... [more]


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Systems of Insight Overview
Smarter Process

Solution Guide, published 17 Nov 2015

Decision making is a critical function in any enterprise. The decision-making process that is enhanced by analytics can be described as consuming and collecting data, detecting relationships and patterns, applying sophisticated analysis techniques, reporting, and automation of the follow-on action. The IT system that supports decision making is composed of the traditional "systems of record", “systems of engagement”, and the “systems of insight”. This IBM® Redbooks® Solution Guide introduces the concept of systems of insight based on what is detailed in the IBM Redbooks publication ... [more]


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IBM Spectrum Scale (formerly GPFS)
Power Systems

Redbooks, published 26 May 2015, last updated 17 Nov 2015

This IBM® Redbooks® publication updates and complements the previous publication: Implementing the IBM General Parallel File System in a Cross Platform Environment, SG24-7844, with additional updates since the previous publication version was released with IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS™). Since then, two releases have been made available up to the latest version of IBM Spectrum™ Scale 4.1. Topics such as what is new in Spectrum Scale, Spectrum Scale licensing updates (Express/Standard/Advanced), Spectrum Scale infrastructure support/updates, storage support (IBM and OEM), ... [more]


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Streamline Management of the IBM z Systems Host Cryptographic Module Using IBM Trusted Key Entry
z Systems

Point-of-View, published 12 Nov 2015

Every organization has the goal and responsibility to ensure data confidentiality, integrity, and authenticity. Cryptographic systems are extensively used to provide the security needed for data transport. Cryptographic systems use keys to lock and unlock the encrypted data. The security and management of these keys is critical to the cryptographic system’s viability. For IBM® z Systems™, the Host Cryptographic Module keys are the most important keys that you have. Many standards require that the key parts for master keys never be in the clear outside of a Hardware Security Module (HSM). ... [more]


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Enabling IBM MQ Messaging with the IBM MQ Appliance
Application Integration

Solution Guide, published 9 Nov 2015

This IBM® Redbooks® Solution Guide describes the IBM MQ Appliance M2000, an application connectivity option that combines secure, reliable IBM MQ messaging with the simplicity and low overall costs of a hardware appliance. The concept behind the IBM MQ Appliance M2000 is simple: Combine the customer-proven scalability and security of IBM MQ messaging software with the simplicity, ease-of-use, and low total costs of a hardware appliance. Enterprises have long used IBM MQ messaging to integrate applications, systems, and services reliably and securely. Now, with the IBM MQ Appliance M2000, IBM ... [more]


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Integrating the IBM MQ Appliance into your IBM MQ Infrastructure
Application Integration

Redbooks, published 2 Nov 2015, last updated 9 Nov 2015

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the IBM MQ Appliance M2000, an application connectivity option that combines secure, reliable IBM MQ messaging with the simplicity and low overall costs of a hardware appliance. This book presents underlying concepts and practical advice for integrating the IBM MQ Appliance M2000 into an IBM MQ infrastructure. Therefore, it is aimed at enterprises that are considering a possible first use of IBM MQ and the IBM MQ Appliance M2000 and those that already identified the appliance as a logical addition to their messaging environment. Details about new ... [more]


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Using Liberty for DevOps, Continuous Delivery, and Deployment
Application Platform

Redbooks, published 6 Nov 2015

This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides an example approach for an agile IT team to implement DevOps capabilities in their software delivery of a Java application. We introduce several tools that show how teams can achieve transparency, traceability, and automation in their application lifecycle to all of the stakeholders to deliver a high-quality application that meets its initial requirements. The application that is built highlights the composable and dynamic nature of the Liberty run time. The Liberty run time helps developers to get their applications up and running quickly by using ... [more]


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