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
Network Time Protocol (NTP) system for clock
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.