Number of questions: 60
Number of questions to pass: 34
Time allowed: 120 mins
This exam consists of 4 sections described below.
Customer Requirements 20%
Identify customer business drivers and goals.
Identify customer technology requirements.
Identify constraints in the customer’s physical environment.
Pre-sales Technical Support 27%
Describe differences between IBM DS8000 and other IBM storage products.
Given a scenario, describe when to select IBM DS8000 as the preferred IBM storage product.
Describe technical capabilities of the IBM DS8000 system.
Compare IBM DS8000 advantages over competitor products.
Solution Architecture 33%
Given a scenario, configure a system to meet a customer requirements.
Given a scenario, ensure a solution is supported in a customer’s SAN and server infrastructure.
Determine the capacity required to support multiple platforms.
Given a scenario, design a solution to meet the desired performance of a storage subsystem.
Given a scenario, architect a solution that includes other advanced functions of the IBM DS8000.
Given a scenario, architect a replication solution in metro, global, three-site and four-site environments including sizing of connectivity requirements and copy services.
Given a scenario, determine required licenses.
Identify requirements and benefits of additional external software.
Given a scenario, conduct a TDA of an IBM DS8000.
Solution Design and Implementation 20%
Describe how to perform administrative tasks in the CLI and GUI in the IBM DS8000.
Describe license management in the IBM DS8000.
Given a scenario, design the logical configuration in the IBM DS8000.
Given a scenario, determine sizing requirements of a design.
Given a scenario, design host access in the IBM DS8000.
Given a scenario, design detailed point-in-time copy solution and remote copy services solution.
Describe remote support capabilities in the IBM DS8000.
Describe local alerting features and functions in the IBM DS8000.
Describe security features and functions in the IBM DS8000.
Given a scenario, describe processes, procedures, or resources to help resolve installation and implementation issues related to the IBM DS8000.
Describe additional IBM fee-based services and resources.
PartnerWorld Code: 23002405
Replaces PW Code: Not Applicable
This IBM System Storage DS8000 Technical Solutions specialist can work independently to provide pre-sales technical support, solution design, and implementation planning for the IBM System Storage DS8000 in an open systems and/or IBM z Systems mainframe environment to meet customer requirements. This specialist can also identify customer requirements and architect and design appropriate solutions to meet the requirements.
IBM products included on this certification exam include IBM DS8000, IBM DS8884, IBM DS8886, IBM DS8888, IBM SAN, IBM Spectrum Control, IBM Spectrum Protect and IBM SAN Volume Controller with IBM Spectrum Virtualize software.
This specialist can perform the following tasks without assistance: articulate the differences (from other IBM storage) and/or competitive advantages of currently marketed IBM System Storage DS8000 solutions in an IBM z Systems or open systems environment; correctly position the IBM DS8000 in the IBM storage solutions portfolio; be familiar with general features of current and previous IBM DS8000 systems for purposes of upgrades and compatibility; use IBM tools to size and design a configuration to meet requirements (Disk Magic, Capacity Magic, eConfig); take technical responsibility for the pre-sales and pre-installation Technical Delivery and Assurance (TDA) process; recommend options for advanced functions appropriate to the OS environment, e.g., Global Copy, FlashCopy, Metro Mirror, Global Mirror, Metro/Global Mirror, QoS, thin provisioning, z/OS Global Mirror, HyperSwap, dataset FlashCopy, PAV, zHPF, and distributed data backup; understand the architectural features, e.g., encryption, tiering, RAS, and VMware integration; verify the interoperability of the solution via SSIC in the customer environment; understand and position the integration with PowerHA, IBM Spectrum Storage family, GDPS, and other IBM products; possess knowledge of the IBM support organization and resources where to find assistance when needed; understand options available for migration and environments where they are applicable; have a basic understanding of LSS and how it relates to copy services.
This specialist can perform the following tasks with assistance: provide post-sales support of the solution; develop a migration strategy; work in heterogeneous operating system environments, e.g., mainframe and open systems; and design business continuity solutions.
This specialist can use the following tools and resources: Knowledge Center; Disk Magic; Capacity Magic; STAT; eConfig; TDAs; DS8000 GUI and DS8000 CLI; IBM Sales Manual; IBM Spectrum Control, Copy Services Manager, IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot, and SKLM; System Storage Interoperation Center (SSIC); and Redbooks.
Recommended Prerequisite Skills
6 months experience in a DS8000 pre-sales technical support role
24 months or more general storage experience and enterprise class storage experience
Implement an IBM DS8000 system in an open systems or mainframe environment
Capability to work independently and effectively in complex environments
This certification requires 1 exam
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C9020-563 – IBM System Storage DS8000 Technical Solutions V5
A customer has two data centers and wants to plan for synchronous replication. Its telecommunications vendor has proposed different replication link bandwidths to choose from.
What must be considered when sizing the replication link?
A. Read I/Os per second on the primary system
B. Write MB/s on the primary system
C. The number of HBAs installed on the primary system
D. Capacity installed on the secondary system
A customer wants to use Global Mirror to replicate at 1000 kilometers but is concerned about the capacity at the remote site.
What is the minimum number of total copies of the data that must exist at the local and remote sites to support Global Mirror?
Global Mirror is a method of asynchronous, remote data replication between two sites that are over 300 kilometers (km) apart. It maintains identical data in both the source and target, where the source is located in one storage system and the target is located in another storage system. Using Global Mirror, your data exists on the second site that is more than 300 KM away, and can be restored to the first site.
References: https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/en/SSSKXG_1.5.0/com.ibm.sspc_v15.doc/f rg_c_sspc_ct.html
What is a competitive advantage of IBM DS8880 Global Mirror versus EMC asynchronous remote replication?
A. No requirement for additional cache
B. No requirement for host software to manage consistency groups
C. No need for additional software to mix mainframe and open volumes in a single consistency group
D. No need to implement external time source
Which amperage option is available for the IBM DS8884 power cord?
A. 110 amp
B. 90 amp
C. 30 amp
D. 15 amp
The DS8884 configurations do not use more than 30 amps.
References: http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/ShowDoc.wss?docURL=/common/ssi/rep_rp/1/ENUS8S1571/inde x.html&lang=en&request_locale=en