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IBM Storwize V3700


Easy-to-use, affordable disk storage with advanced capabilities for small and medium businesses

IBM Storwize® V3700 is an entry level disk storage system designed with sophisticated capabilities unusual for a system of this class. It offers efficiency and flexibility through built-in thin provisioning and non-disruptive migration of data from existing storage. Built upon the innovative technology in the Storwize family, Storwize V3700 addresses block storage requirements of small and midsize organizations at an affordable price.

IBM Storwize V3700 benefits

Proven Storwize ease of management, functionality and interoperability

  • Ease of use: The new generation GUI and point-and-click system management capabilities offer easy-to-use data management.
  • FlashCopy®: Creates instant copies of data for back up or application testing.
  • Thin provisioning: Support business applications that need to grow dynamically, while consuming only the space actually used.
  • IBM Easy Tier®: Delivers better performance while controlling costs.
  • Internal virtualization: Helps you quickly respond to changing requirements.
  • Non disruptive migration: Speeds implementation and minimizes disruption.
  • Remote Mirror: Helps create copies of data at remote locations for disaster recovery.
  • Turbo performance: Increases system maximum IOPS and maximum throughput.



  • Easily manage and deploy storage using a breakthrough graphical user interface
  • Gain efficiency with internal storage virtualization and high-performance thin provisioning
  • Have continuous access to data with integrated nondisruptive migration
  • Improve network utilization for remote mirroring with innovative replication technology
  • Optimize costs for mixed workloads, with up to three times performance improvement with only five percent flash storage capacity using IBM® Easy Tier®1
  • Comply with Network Equipment Building System (NEBS) Level 3 and European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI) specifications
  • Benefit from advanced functionality and reliability usually only found in more expensive systems
  • Scale up to 120 2.5-inch disk drives or 60 3.5-inch disk drives with four expansion units
  • Provide host attachment through 6 Gbps SAS and 1 Gbps iSCSI ports (standard)
  • Help reduce power consumption with energy-saving features

Organizations of all sizes are faced with a tidal wave of data coming from myriad new sources, including sensors, social media, mobile platforms and more. And while the sheer volume of this new data may seem overwhelming, the value of information is stronger than ever—some even consider it the new currency of business. To help maximize the benefits of growing amounts of data, businesses are turning to software-defined environments, which can provide flexibility and responsiveness to business demands—along with higher scalability and greater efficiency.The IBM Storwize® family is the primary IBM storage solution for supporting software-defined environments and virtual infrastructures, delivering flexibility and innovative storage functions. Storwize V3700, the entry-level system in the Storwize family, is an efficient, easy-to-use, high-performance solution that enables small and midsize organizations to meet their changing storage needs.

Product features

  • Web-based GUI provides point-and-click management capabilities
  • Internal disk storage virtualization enables rapid, flexible provisioning and simple configuration changes
  • Thin provisioning enables applications to grow dynamically but only consume space they are actually using
  • Enables simple data migration from external storage to Storwize V3700 storage (one-way from another storage device)
  • FlashCopy creates instant application copies for backup or application testing
  • Remote mirroring over low-cost IP enables efficient backups for data protection
  • Helps organizations comply with NEBS and ETSI specifications

Hardware summary

  • 2U modular disk system
  • 6 Gbps SAS and 1 Gbps iSCSI host interface with optional 8 Gbps Fibre Channel, 10 Gbps iSCSI/Fibre Channel over Ethernet host ports or additional 6 Gbps SAS, 1 Gbps iSCSI host ports
  • Up to 240 TB of capacity
  • Maximum disk drives:
    • Small form-factor enclosure: 24 x 2.5-inch drives
    • Large form-factor enclosure: 12 x 3.5-inch drives
  • Supports up to four expansion units (up to 120 drives per system)
  • Dual-port, hot-swappable 6 Gb SAS disk drives
  • Support for RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 6 and 10
  • 4 GB cache (per controller) standard, upgradable to 8 GB
  • Redundant, hot-swappable power supplies and fans
  • AC power (110 – 240 V)
  • DC power (-48 – -60 V), available in the small form-factor enclosures


Feature Benefits
Graphical user interface (GUI)
  • Enhance IT productivity with an easy-to-use GUI and point-and-click system management capabilities
IBM Systems Director
  • Provide integrated management for physical and virtual server infrastructures, including monitoring and repairing for higher availability and operational efficiency
IBM Storage Mobile Dashboard
  • Provides basic monitoring capabilities to securely check the health and performance status of your system
IBM FlashCopy
  • Create a near-instant copy of active data that can be used for backup or for parallel processing activities; support backup for recovering corrupted data
  • Make better use of space with incremental or space-efficient (thin-provisioned) snapshots
Thin provisioning
  • Support business applications that need to grow dynamically, while consuming only the space actually used
  • Use available storage across supported host platforms to improve storage utilization
Data migration
  • Provide efficiency and business value in a nondisruptive migration function
Solid-state drive (SSD)
  • Provide high performance for critical data and support for tiered storage environments
IBM Easy Tier
  • Provides automatic migration of frequently accessed data elements to flash storage, to deliver better performance while controlling costs
Metro Mirror and Global Mirror
  • Allows synchronous or asynchronous data replication between any Storwize family system for maximum flexibility and backup efficiency
  • Helps optimize the use of network bandwidth with IP replication and Bridgeworks SANSlide technology
Turbo performance
  • Increases system maximum input/output operations per second (IOPS) by 50 percent and maximum throughput by 100 percent‡
DC-powered models
  • Meets the telecommunication standard -48 V dc power source requirement
NEBS Level 3 and ETSI compliance
  • Improves resiliency in the most intense and harsh environments

‡ IBM laboratory measurements



Part number 2072L2C Large form-factor (LFF) dual-control enclosure
2072LEU LFF expansion enclosure
2072S2C Small form-factor (SFF) dual-control enclosure
2072SEU SFF expansion enclosure
2072T2C SFF DC dual-control enclosure
2072TEU SFF DC expansion enclosure
Host interface 1 Gbps iSCSI and 6 Gbps SAS (optional 8 Gbps Fibre Channel, 1 Gbps iSCSI, 6 Gbps SAS or 10 Gbps iSCSI/Fibre Channel over Ethernet)
User interface Storwize V3700 graphical user interface
Single/dual controller Dual controller
Cache per controller 4 GB upgradable to 8 GB
Drive type Dual-port, hot-swappable 6 Gb SAS disk drives
Supported drives SFF 2.5-inch disk drives:

  • 146 GB, 300 GB at 15k rpm
  • 600 GB, 900 GB and 1.2 TB at 10k rpm
  • 1 TB at 7.2k rpm SAS nearline

LFF 3.5-inch disk drives:

  • 2 TB, 3 TB and 4 TB at 7.2k rpm
  • 900 GB and 1.2 TB at 10k rpm
  • 300 GB at 15k rpm

SSD drives:

  • 200 GB, 400 GB and 800 GB
Maximum drives supported
  • SFF enclosure: 24 x 2.5-inch drives
  • LFF enclosure: 12 x 3.5-inch drives
RAID levels RAID 0, 1, 5, 6 and 10
Fans and power supplies Fully redundant, hot-swappable
Rack support Standard 19-inch rack-mount enclosure*
Management software Storwize V3700 machine code
Advanced functions included with each system Internal virtualization, thin provisioning, one-way data migration and FlashCopy (up to 64 targets)
Optional licensed functions
FlashCopy upgrade (up to 2,040 targets), Easy Tier, Remote Mirror and turbo performance
  • 3-year limited warranty
  • Customer-replaceable units
  • On-site service
  • Next-business-day 9×5
  • Service upgrades available†
Size LFF dual-control enclosure:

  • Height: 8.7 cm (3.4 in.)
  • Width: 48.3 cm (19.0 in.)
  • Depth: 55.6 cm (21.9 in.)
  • Approximate weight:
    • Empty: 18.0 kg (39.6 lb)
    • Fully configured: 28.3 kg (62.2 lb)

SFF dual-control enclosure:

  • Height: 8.7 cm (3.4 in.)
  • Width: 48.3 cm (19.0 in.)
  • Depth: 55.6 cm (21.9 in.)
  • Approximate weight:
    • Empty: 19.0 kg (41.8 lb)
    • Fully configured: 27.3 kg (60.0 lb)
Operating environment Air temperature:

  • Operating: 10°C – 35°C (50°F – 95°F) at 30.5 m below to 3,000 m above sea level (100 below to 9,840 ft above)
  • Non-operating: -10°C – 50°C (14°F – 125°F)

Relative humidity:

  • Operating: 20% – 80%
  • Non-operating: 10% – 90%

Electrical power:

  • Voltage range: 100 – 240 V ac/-48 – -60 V dc
  • Frequency: 50 – 60 Hz


  • LFF dual-control enclosure: 358 watts
  • SFF dual-control enclosure: 405 watts
Heat dissipation (BTU per hour) LFF dual-control enclosure: 1,222SFF dual-control enclosure: 1,383
Supported systems For a list of currently supported servers, operating systems, host bus adapters, clustering applications and SAN switches and directors, refer to the System Storage Interoperation Center
ISV solutions For a list of high-quality solutions with our partner ISVs, including access to solution briefs and white papers, refer to the ISV Solutions Resource Library.

* To assure installation and serviceability in non-IBM industry-standard racks, review the Storwize V3700 publications for any product-specific installation requirements.

† Warranty service upgrades via IBM ServicePac® and maintenance agreements.