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IBM SmartCloud Storage Access V1.2 Implementation Guide

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This IBM® Redbooks® publication will help you learn how to build a storage cloud with the IBM SmartCloud® Storage Access solution, which consists of multiple hardware and software products, including IBM Scale Out Network Attached Storage, IBM Storwize® V7000 Unified, IBM Tivoli® Storage Productivity Center, and more.

The new self-service storage provisioning for IBM Storwize V7000, IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller (SAN Volume Controller), and IBM XIV® storage systems for storage area network (SAN) or block access is included. To get you started, this book provides information about the planning, installation, and configuration for each component.

IBM SmartCloud Storage Access is an IBM software product for storage cloud management that provides the cloud service with virtualization and automation. IBM SmartCloud Storage Access is the focal point to administer the storage cloud environment, providing a self-service provision approach for storage cloud users. New storage capacity can be easily deployed and accessed by the Internet or intranet.

IBM SmartCloud Storage Access also supports simple and fast resource elasticity as user demand changes. With the IBM SmartCloud Storage Access solution, the storage resources will be displayed as unified resource pools with different service levels. Users no longer need to know the exact location of their files, and there is no more need to configure the underlying storage subsystems manually. All storage resources are still well monitored, and the cloud administrators can easily track the historical storage resource usage.

The IBM SmartCloud Storage Access solution provides all of the essential characteristics of a cloud service. IBM SmartCloud Storage Access acts as the cloud management portal. All cloud users work with the portal, and IBM SmartCloud Storage Access forwards the storage requests to Tivoli Storage Productivity Center to process. Tivoli Storage Productivity Center provides the storage configuration and usage details to IBM SmartCloud Storage Access.

Some additional small, but important, components are required for the IBM SmartCloud Storage Access solution:

  • Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) or Active Directory (AD) system for authentication

  • Domain Name System (DNS) for naming converting

  • Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) component for mail notification

  • Network Time Protocol (NTP) system for clock synchronization


  • This IBM Redbooks publication guides you through the setup of all of the components that are needed to build a storage cloud that is managed by IBM SmartCloud Storage Access.

    Table of Contents

    1. Front cover
    2. Notices
      1. Trademarks
    3. Preface
      1. Authors
      2. Now you can become a published author, too!
      3. Comments welcome
      4. Stay connected to IBM Redbooks
    4. Summary of changes
      1. May 2014, Second Edition
    5. Chapter 1. IBM SmartCloud Storage Access solution overview
      1. 1.1 Factors driving IT and businesses to cloud computing
      2. 1.2 Cloud-enabled data center journey
        1. 1.2.1 Cloud workflow macro patterns
        2. 1.2.2 Cloud workflow micro patterns
        3. 1.2.3 Cloud IT organizational structure
        4. 1.2.4 Storage cloud workflow in overall cloud
      3. 1.3 The storage cloud journey
      4. 1.4 Building the storage cloud
        1. 1.4.1 Storage cloud introduction
        2. 1.4.2 Challenges of traditional storage
        3. 1.4.3 Advantages and features of storage cloud
        4. 1.4.4 General steps to build a storage cloud
    6. Chapter 2. IBM SmartCloud Storage Access architecture
      1. 2.1 IBM SmartCloud Storage Access introduction
        1. 2.1.1 IBM SmartCloud Storage Access value statement
        2. 2.1.2 IBM SmartCloud Storage Access supported platforms
      2. 2.2 New features on IBM SmartCloud Storage Access V1.2
      3. 2.3 IBM SmartCloud Storage Access architecture
        1. 2.3.1 IBM SmartCloud Storage Access component model
      4. 2.4 Typical IBM SmartCloud Storage Access deployment architecture
      5. 2.5 IBM SmartCloud Storage Access storage cloud solution
        1. 2.5.1 IBM SmartCloud Storage Access solution overview
        2. 2.5.2 IBM SmartCloud Storage Access deployment requirements
        3. 2.5.3 Dependent software and levels
      6. 2.6 IBM SmartCloud Storage Access deployment roles
      7. 2.7 Core components, relationships, and terminology
        1. 2.7.1 Core component relationship diagram
        2. 2.7.2 IBM SmartCloud Storage Access terminology
        3. 2.7.3 Tivoli Storage Productivity Center terminology
      8. 2.8 Conclusion
    7. Chapter 3. IBM SmartCloud Storage Access use cases
      1. 3.1 University cloud storage services
        1. 3.1.1 Client background
        2. 3.1.2 Business driver
        3. 3.1.3 The IT environment assessment
        4. 3.1.4 IBM SmartCloud Storage Access features match the client requirements
        5. 3.1.5 Solution description
        6. 3.1.6 Solution benefits
      2. 3.2 IT Services adopting IBM SmartCloud Storage Access-based storage cloud
        1. 3.2.1 Client background
        2. 3.2.2 Business drivers
        3. 3.2.3 The IT environment assessment
        4. 3.2.4 IBM SmartCloud Storage Access features match client requirements
        5. 3.2.5 Solution description
        6. 3.2.6 Solution benefits
      3. 3.3 Healthcare and health insurance adopting storage cloud
        1. 3.3.1 Client background
        2. 3.3.2 Business drivers
        3. 3.3.3 The IT environment assessment
        4. 3.3.4 IBM SmartCloud Storage Access features match client requirements
        5. 3.3.5 Solution description
        6. 3.3.6 Solution benefits
    8. Chapter 4. Authentication requirements for IBM SmartCloud Storage Access
      1. 4.1 Lightweight Directory Access Protocol
        1. 4.1.1 Planning
        2. 4.1.2 Tivoli Directory Server installation and configuration reference
        3. 4.1.3 Tivoli Directory Server configuration considerations for an IBM SmartCloud Storage Access setup
      2. 4.2 Active Directory
        1. 4.2.1 Planning
        2. 4.2.2 Active Directory installation and configuration reference
        3. 4.2.3 AD configuration considerations for IBM SmartCloud Storage Access
      3. 4.3 Federated authentication with Active Directory
        1. 4.3.1 Topology of the Federated Authentication service in the IBM SmartCloud Storage Access solution
        2. 4.3.2 Configuration of Active Directory for Federated Authentication
    9. Chapter 5. IBM SmartCloud Storage Access and supported storage systems
      1. 5.1 IBM SmartCloud Storage Access Supported storage systems
      2. 5.2 IBM SmartCloud Storage Access and block storage virtualization support
      3. 5.3 IBM Scale Out Network Attached Storage
        1. 5.3.1 IBM Scale Out Network Attached Storage highlights
        2. 5.3.2 IBM Scale Out Network Attached Storage features and benefits
        3. 5.3.3 IBM Scale Out Network Attached Storage architecture
      4. 5.4 Storwize V7000 and Storwize V7000 Unified
        1. 5.4.1 Storwize V7000 and Storwize V7000 Unified highlights
        2. 5.4.2 Storwize V7000 and Storwize V7000 Unified features and benefits
        3. 5.4.3 Storwize V7000 and Storwize V7000 Unified architectures
      5. 5.5 IBM XIV
        1. 5.5.1 XIV highlights
        2. 5.5.2 XIV features and benefits
        3. 5.5.3 XIV architecture
      6. 5.6 SAN Volume Controller
        1. 5.6.1 SAN Volume Controller highlights
        2. 5.6.2 SAN Volume Controller features and benefits
        3. 5.6.3 SAN Volume Controller architecture
      7. 5.7 Quick reference links
    10. Chapter 6. Planning, installation, and configuration of IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center with IBM SmartCloud Storage Access
      1. 6.1 Planning
        1. 6.1.1 Hardware planning
        2. 6.1.2 Software planning
        3. 6.1.3 Installation and configuration planning
        4. 6.1.4 Tivoli Storage Productivity Center terminology
      2. 6.2 Installation and configuration reference
      3. 6.3 Basic configuration
        1. 6.3.1 Adding storage subsystems
        2. 6.3.2 Defining probes
        3. 6.3.3 Add resources into a capacity pool
        4. 6.3.4 Creating service classes
        5. 6.3.5 Configuring Tivoli Storage Productivity Center for block-size granularity in XIV volume creation
        6. 6.3.6 Adding servers for block client hosts
    11. Chapter 7. Planning, installation, and basic configuration of IBM SmartCloud Storage Access
      1. 7.1 Planning
        1. 7.1.1 Hardware planning
        2. 7.1.2 Software planning
        3. 7.1.3 Scalability and limitation considerations
        4. 7.1.4 IBM SmartCloud Storage Access terminology
      2. 7.2 IBM SmartCloud Storage Access installation
      3. 7.3 IBM SmartCloud Storage Access basic configuration flow
      4. 7.4 Preparing to use IBM SmartCloud Storage Access
        1. 7.4.1 Registering Tivoli Storage Productivity Center server
        2. 7.4.2 Registering the LDAP/AD server
        3. 7.4.3 Registering SMTP, DNS, and NTP
        4. 7.4.4 Next step
    12. Chapter 8. IBM SmartCloud Storage Access use in a storage cloud environment
      1. 8.1 Cloud environment settings
        1. 8.1.1 Users and user groups
        2. 8.1.2 Setting up the storage profile, resource pools, and storage environment
        3. 8.1.3 Global policies
      2. 8.2 Operations in a storage cloud environment
        1. 8.2.1 Understanding the approval lifecycle
        2. 8.2.2 Network drive and approval in IBM SmartCloud Storage Access
      3. 8.3 Monitoring global tasks and metering
        1. 8.3.1 Global task monitoring
        2. 8.3.2 Reports
    13. Chapter 9. IBM SmartCloud Storage Access considerations
      1. 9.1 Integration of IBM SmartCloud Storage Access with IBM SmartCloud Cost Management for chargeback
        1. 9.1.1 IBM SmartCloud Cost Management overview and reference
        2. 9.1.2 High-level steps to enable chargeback for IBM SmartCloud Storage Access storage resources using IBM SmartCloud Cost Management
      2. 9.2 Upgrading IBM SmartCloud Storage Access
        1. 9.2.1 Important considerations for update
        2. 9.2.2 Upgrade procedure
      3. 9.3 Configuration backup and restore
        1. 9.3.1 Scenarios when configuration backup is required
        2. 9.3.2 Key considerations for backing up and restoring the IBM SmartCloud Storage Access configuration
        3. 9.3.3 Steps for IBM SmartCloud Storage Access configuration backup and restore
      4. 9.4 Configuration migration
      5. 9.5 Considerations for high availability
        1. 9.5.1 High availability overview for IBM SmartCloud Storage Access
        2. 9.5.2 A typical example of storage cloud environment with HA
      6. 9.6 Troubleshooting
        1. 9.6.1 Collecting log files
        2. 9.6.2 Known issues for IBM SmartCloud Storage Access
        3. 9.6.3 Limitations
        4. 9.6.4 Common questions and answers
    14. Related publications
      1. IBM Redbooks
      2. Other publications
      3. Online resources
      4. Help from IBM
    15. Back cover