Tag Archives: IBM Storage

Installing the IBM XIV VASA Provider for VMware

If you have combined vSphere 5.0 with XIV, then you may want to try out the new IBM Storage Provider for VMware VASA (vSphere Storage APIs for Storage Awareness).   You can download the installation instructions, the release notes and the current version of the IBM VASA … Continue reading

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IBM Storage WWPN Determination Guide version 6.5

I have updated my IBM Storage WWPN Determination Guide to version 6.5. You can find the updated guide on IBM Techdocs here. The main change is that new DS8800s are now presenting slightly different WWPNs, so I added three new … Continue reading

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Storwize V7000 and SVC Release 6.3.0.1 is available for download

The first update for Storwize V7000 and SVC release 6.3 is now available.   You will find it here for Storwize V7000 and here for SVC (note both links will require you to login to Fix Central with your IBM ID).    As usual … Continue reading

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WWPN Determination for IBM Storage version 6.4 is online

For some time I have maintained a document that details how to determine a WWPN for most common examples of  Fibre Channel storage sold by IBM.  This document is really useful when you’re staring at a WWPN being reported by … Continue reading

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Google isn’t helping! What went wrong?

WordPress as a blogging platform has some very nice features.    One of them is that you can find out what search terms led people to your blog.   I have noticed that searches like these have become very common: … Continue reading

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Why consider IBM Network Advisor?

Many of the preventable issues that occur in a SAN fabric can be avoided by using the right management and monitoring software.   One way to get this software is to create or adapt open source packages.  While I really like … Continue reading

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XIV Performance Monitoring Tools

The IBM XIV has some great performance monitoring tools. These include: Realtime IOPS displayed on the front panel of the XIV GUI Realtime performance statistics using XIV Top (as detailed here) Realtime performance statistics using the XIV Mobile Dashboard (as … Continue reading

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Are you a member of a cult?

Steve Duplessie from the Enterprise Strategy Group sent out an amusing tweet the other day: XIV customers are cult like. They really do seem to love (almost unnaturally) the stuff. Very invested.— Steve Duplessie (@stevedupe) October 27, 2011 I am … Continue reading

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October Storage Announcements

It is that time of the year – IBM Storage announcements time. The number and depth of announcements is a bit over whelming…. there are so many things to talk about. The good news is that my fellow bloggers are … Continue reading

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Interop questions? How about a HUGE spreadsheet?

The eternal question:  Which hardware/software combinations are tested and supported?  If you use IBM Storage hardware and you need to answer this question you need to be using the IBM System Storage Interoperation Center, or SSIC, which you will find … Continue reading

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