Monitoring and managing IBM Spectrum Scale 4.2.3 system using API

With the IBM Spectrum Scale™ management API, you can develop scripts or applications to automate labor-intensive cluster management tasks. These APIs provide a useful way to integrate and use the IBM Spectrum Scale 4.2.3 system. The IBM Spectrum Scale management API is a REST-style interface for managing IBM Spectrum Scale cluster resources. It runs on HTTPS and uses...  Continue reading Monitoring and managing IBM Spectrum Scale 4.2.3 system using API

iSCSI Target discovery for Fiber Channel users

More and more storage solutions are starting to consider Ethernet LANs for storage connectivity (over iSCSI) instead of dedicated Fiber Channel SANs. If you are familiar with a Fiber Channel SAN environment and are planning a move from Fiber Channel to Ethernet, you will need to know how iSCSI hosts discover and connect to storage...  Continue reading iSCSI Target discovery for Fiber Channel users

I Love Performance – Can You Hint Best Practice for Spectrum Scale Filesystem Block Size

Spectrum Scale is state of the art unified file and object solution which differentiates with the rest in the industry based on its performance and scalability. One thing that one needs to know is the best practice to configure spectrum scale filesystem block size. The best way to figure out the blocksize for the...  Continue reading I Love Performance – Can You Hint Best Practice for Spectrum Scale Filesystem Block Size

DS8880 zHyperLinks™ Building a strong foundation

As we said in part 1 of this blog, IBM issued a Statement of Direction for zHyperLink™, on January 10th , for the first new mainframe I/O Channel link technology since FICON®. zHyperLink is a latest technology that can be installed on existing IBM DS8880 Storage Systems®. The hardware capability is already included in...  Continue reading DS8880 zHyperLinks™ Building a strong foundation

IBM DS8880 zHyperLinks gives low latency access to storage

With the advent of mobile computing, 24/7 online banking and other business demands, the pressures to drive transaction processing are greater than ever, and IBM zHyperlink on DS8880 rises to that challenge. With the IBM DS8880 storage system, IBM is making it easy to accelerate transaction processing for the mainframe. The vision On January 10,...  Continue reading IBM DS8880 zHyperLinks gives low latency access to storage

TS7700 Continuously Evolves to Meet Clients’ Demands

IBM Systems Magazine recently published my article "TS7700 Continuously Evolves to Meet Client Demands." It highlights the significant improvements the TS7700 team delivered with the recent 4.1 release. The updates include Grid Cloud enhancements, Horizontal Scaling, & 8-site support, expanding this industry-leading technology to provide even more capacity, performance, and cost savings to our clients. The TS7700 continues to answer the needs...  Continue reading TS7700 Continuously Evolves to Meet Clients’ Demands

IBM Spectrum Control Storage Insights virtual mailbox: I can monitor all the ports on my SVC but can I separately monitor subsets of the ports?

In IBM Spectrum Control Storage Insights, a #cloud offering, you can organize resources into general groups and their subgroups can be helpful when you want to quickly view information about a group of resources, but you also want to view information about subgroups of resources within the group. So you want to monitor all...  Continue reading IBM Spectrum Control Storage Insights virtual mailbox: I can monitor all the ports on my SVC but can I separately monitor subsets of the ports?

DB2 Cast Out Accelerator

DB2 Cast Out Accelerator   Is the performance of DB2 Cast Out Writes causing you headaches?  Have you tried the DB2 Cast Out Accelerator?    DB2 for z/OS uses z System coupling technology to cache data into group buffer pools (GBP) located inside the coupling facility.  There are times when the group buffer pools need to be vacated very quickly and...  Continue reading DB2 Cast Out Accelerator

DS8000 Security – Reminders and Highlights

This article has several security reminders and a brief summary of newer items for the DS8000 Storage family. Code Updates and Security Bulletins. One of the most important items in security and stability, is maintaining code up to date and patched. Notifications of updates are provided via the "My notification" service. Customers who have not subscribed...  Continue reading DS8000 Security – Reminders and Highlights

Installing and using IBM PowerAI with IBM Power HPC Stack

In this blog you will see how to install and use IBM PowerAI on an IBM Power HPC Stack. Coupling PowerAI with IBM Power HPC Stack lets you can leverage its batch scheduling capabilities to get higher resource utilization. PowerAI provides a variety of Machine Learning and Deep Learning (ML/DL) frameworks including: Caffe Tensorflow Torch Theano Chainer Also included...  Continue reading Installing and using IBM PowerAI with IBM Power HPC Stack