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IBM Storwize V7000 and Storwize V7000 Unified Disk Systems

V7000

Powerful and easy-to-use innovative disk storage systems

Members of the IBM Storwize® family, IBM Storwize V7000 and Storwize V7000 Unified are virtualized software defined storage systems designed to consolidate workloads into a single storage system for simplicity of management, reduced cost, highly scalable capacity, performance and high availability. These systems offer improved efficiency and flexibility through built-in flash storage optimization, thin provisioning and non-disruptive migration from existing storage. They can also virtualize existing disk systems for a better return on investment.

IBM PureFlex™ Systems is the IBM family of expert computing systems, integrating server, storage, networking, and management systems. The IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node is available as an integrated component of IBM Flex System™ and IBM PureFlex Systems. Flex System V7000 is functionally equivalent to Storwize V7000 and is seamlessly integrated into the Flex System Manager, for efficiency, ease of use, and rapid deployment.

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Benefits

IBM Storwize V7000 and Storwize V7000 Unified are virtualized storage systems to complement virtualized server environments that provide unmatched performance, availability, advanced func-tions, and highly scalable capacity never seen before in midrange disk systems. Storwize V7000 supports block workloads whereas Storwize V7000 Unified consolidates block and file workloads into a single system.

  • File support: Consolidates block and file storage in a system for simplicity and greater efficiency (Storwize V7000 Unified only)
  • Active Cloud Engine™: Enables highly-efficient policy-based management of files to reduce costs and improve performance through use of tiered storage and local data caching (Storwize V7000 Unified only)
  • Clustered systems: Ability for block systems to both scale up and out for performance and capacity
  • IP replication: Reduces remote mirroring costs with innovative network optimization
  • Automated storage tiering with IBM Easy Tier®: Advanced technology for automatically migrating data between storage tiers based on real-time usage analysis patterns
  • New generation GUI: Easy-to-use data management designed with a graphical user interface and point-and-click system management capabilities
  • Real-time Compression™: Reduces disk capacity required to store data by up to 80%, helping improve efficiency and control storage costs

Highlights

  • Deliver sophisticated, enterprise-class storage functionality for businesses
  • Support your growing business requirements while controlling costs
  • Provide up to three times performance improvement by moving as little as five percent of data to flash storage1
  • Enable storing up to five times more active primary data in the same physical disk space using IBM® Real-time Compression™2
  • Improve network utilization for remote mirroring with innovative replication technology
  • Consolidate block and file storage for simplicity, greater efficiency and ease of management
  • Enable near-continuous availability of applications
  • Easy-to-use data management designed with a graphical user interface and point-and-click system management capabilities
  • Metro Mirror and Global Mirror for replicating data synchronously or asynchronously between systems for backup efficiency
  • Flash storage for applications that demand high speed and quick access to data
  • RAID 0, 1, 5, 6 and 10

Consider the challenges that IT organizations typically face in these complex environments. Sharing storage among servers is often impossible, but relieving the problem by deploying tiered storage can be difficult. Isolated server and storage management tools reduce IT productivity, but when data migration processes are implemented, they can disrupt business operations. Meanwhile, organizations are concerned about the growing costs of storage and storage management. And they often are unable to use virtualized storage as they use virtual servers, as a tool to optimize expenditures, resources and capabilities.On today’s smarter planet, organizations are faced with massive amounts of data created by an array of 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 this flood 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.In addition, as the pace of innovation continues to accelerate, the Storwize platform enables rapid integration of new technologies from both IBM and third-party vendors. For example, Storwize family systems now include Bridgeworks SANSlide technology to help optimize the use of network bandwidth.IBM Storwize V7000 and IBM Storwize V7000 Unified are virtualized storage systems that allow businesses to respond to the demands of the rapidly changing marketplace. To complement virtualized server environments, the IBM solutions provide extraordinary performance, availability, advanced functions and highly-scalable capacity never seen before in midrange disk systems.In particular, Storwize V7000 and Storwize V7000 Unified enable IT organizations to overcome the complex challenges of:

  • Disruptive migrations
  • Difficulty deploying tiered storage
  • Concern about growth in storage and storage management costs
  • Inability to share storage among servers
  • Reduced productivity and increased cost caused by isolated server and storage management tools
  • Inability to use virtualized storage in the way they use virtual servers, as a tool for optimizing expenditures, resources and capabilities

As members of the Storwize family, Storwize V7000 and Storwize V7000 Unified are powerful midrange disk systems that have been designed to be easy to use and to enable rapid deployment without additional resources. Storwize V7000 supports block workloads, whereas Storwize V7000 Unified consolidates block and file workloads into a single storage system for simplicity of management and reduced cost.Storwize V7000 and Storwize V7000 Unified offer greater efficiency and flexibility through built-in flash storage optimization, thin-provisioning technologies, and integrated Bridgeworks SANSlide technology that helps optimize network bandwidth for remote mirroring. Integrated Real-time Compression enhances efficiency even further by enabling organizations to store up to five times as much active primary data in the same physical disk space.2 Storwize V7000 and Storwize V7000 Unified advanced functions also enable nondisruptive migration of data from existing storage, simplifying implementation and minimizing disruption to users. Finally, these systems also enable you to virtualize and reuse existing disk systems, supporting a greater potential return on investment (ROI).

Product features

  • Automatic migration of frequently accessed data to high-performance flash storage
  • Provisioning support for business applications that need to grow dynamically, but only consume the storage space they are actually using
  • Migration capabilities that provide efficiency and business value in a nondisruptive migration
  • IBM Real-time Compression for extraordinary efficiency, enabling storage of up to five times as much active data in the same physical disk space*
  • Unified storage capability for greater simplicity and efficiency
  • Policy-based file management
  • Support for near-instant data copies for backup or application testing
  • Integrated instant-copy capabilities for critical business needs with innovative network bandwidth optimization
  • Integrated tools and capabilities for server and storage management
  • Clustered systems to support growing business needs while controlling costs

Hardware summary

  • 2U rack-mountable chassis
  • 24 x 2.5-inch drive bays or 12 x 3.5-inch drive bays
  • Up to 48 TB of physical storage per enclosure using 4 TB nearline SAS disk drives, or up to 28.8 TB physical storage per enclosure using 1.2 TB SAS disk drives
  • SAS disk drives, nearline SAS disk drives and SSDs
  • Redundant dual-active intelligent controllers
  • 16 GB cache memory per control enclosure (8 GB per internal controller)
  • For each control enclosure: 8 x 8 Gbps Fibre Channel ports (4 x 8 Gbps Fibre Channel ports per controller), 4 x 1 Gbps iSCSI and optionally 4 x 10 Gbps iSCSI/Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) host ports (2 x 1 Gbps iSCSI and optionally 2 x 10 Gbps iSCSI/FCoE ports per controller)
  • For each file module, 4 x 1 Gbps and 2 x 10 Gbps ports provide connectivity to NAS environments; 2 Fibre Channel ports connect to Storwize V7000 control enclosures
  • Control enclosure supports attachment of up to 9 expansion enclosures with configurations up to 480 TB physical storage capacities (up to 1.92 PB in clustered systems)
  • Dual power supplies and cooling components

Features & Benefits

Feature Benefits
IBM Systems Director
  • Provides integrated management for physical and virtual server infrastructures, including monitoring and repairing for higher availability and operational efficiency
IBM Flex System Manager
  • With IBM PureFlex Systems, provides management integration of physical and virtual compute, storage and networking resources from a single vantage point.
IBM Storage Mobile Dashboard
  • Provides basic monitoring capabilities to securely check the health and performance of Storwize family systems
Dynamic migration
  • Provides efficiency and business value in a nondisruptive migration function
IBM Easy Tier
  • Provides automatic migration of frequently accessed data elements to high-performing SSDs
Clustered systems
  • Enable growth from the smallest configurations up to systems with 960 drives (up to 1.92 PB capacity)
Thin provisioning
  • Supports business applications that need to grow dynamically, while consuming only the space actually used
Unified storage
  • Combines block and file storage requirements into a single system for simplicity and efficiency
  • Single user interface for managing both block and file storage streamlines administration
IBM FlashCopy
  • Creates a near-instant copy of active data that can be used for backup or for parallel processing activities; supports backup for recovering corrupted data
Solid-state drive (SSD)
  • For applications that demand high disk speed, quick access to data and support for tiered storage environments
IBM Active Cloud Engine
  • Reduces costs through policy-based management of files through use of tiered storage and improves data governance
  • Automates movement of less-frequently used files to lower cost tiers of storage, including tape in an IBM Tivoli Storage Manager system
  • Automates deletion of unwanted or expired files
  • Caches files at remote locations to help improve performance and reduce networking cost
IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager
  • Helps minimize the impact of backups, provides near-instant restore, shortens backup and recovery times, simplifies management and automates routine tasks
Metro Mirror and Global Mirror
  • Allows synchronous or asynchronous data replication between any Storwize family systems for maximum flexibility
  • Helps optimize use of network bandwidth with integrated Bridgeworks SANSlide technology to reduce network costs or speed replication cycles, improving the accuracy of remote data
IBM Real-time Compression
  • Helps improve efficiency by storing up to five times as much active primary data in the same physical disk space.* By significantly reducing storage requirements, you can keep up to five times more information online, use the improved efficiency to reduce storage costs, or achieve a combination of greater capacity and reduced cost.

Host interface SAN-attached 8 Gbps Fibre Channel, 1 Gbps iSCSI and optional 10 Gbps iSCSI/FCoE
NAS-attached 1 Gbps and 10 Gbps Ethernet
User interface Graphical user interface (GUI)
Supported drives 3.5-inch disk drives:

  • 2 TB, 3 TB, 4 TB 7.2k nearline SAS disk

2.5-inch disk drives:

  • 146 GB, 300 GB 15k SAS disk
  • 300 GB, 600 GB, 900 GB, 1.2 TB 10k SAS disk
  • 200 GB, 400 GB, 800 GB E-MLC SSD
  • 1 TB 7.2k nearline SAS disk
RAID levels RAID 0, 1, 5, 6 and 10
Maximum drives supported 240 per control enclosure; 960 per clustered system
Fans and power supplies Fully redundant, hot-swappable
Rack support Standard 19 inch
Management software Storwize V7000 and Storwize V7000 Unified software
Cache per controller/control enclosure/clustered system 8 GB/16 GB/64 GB
Advanced features included with each system Easy Tier, FlashCopy, thin provisioning, Active Cloud Engine (Storwize V7000 Unified only)
Additional available advanced features Remote mirroring, external virtualization unified storage, FlashCopy Manager, IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center Select, Tivoli Storage Manager, Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack, IBM Systems Director, Flex System Manager, IBM Real-time Compression
Warranty Hardware:

  • 3-year limited warranty
  • Customer-replaceable units
  • On-site service
  • Next business day 9×5
  • Service upgrades available

Software:

  • Software maintenance agreement available
Replication services FlashCopy, FlashCopy Manager, Metro Mirror (synchronous), Global Mirror (asynchronous), local and asynchronous remote file-based replication
Dimensions Control and expansion enclosures

  • Width: 483 mm (19.0 in.)
  • Depth: 630 mm (24.8 in.)
  • Height: 87.9 mm (3.46 in.)

File modules

  • Width: 443 mm (17.5 in.)
  • Depth: 698 mm (27.5 in.)
  • Height: 85 mm (3.36 in.)
Weight 12-bay enclosures:

  • Drive-ready (without drive modules installed): 17.7 kg (37.6 lb)
  • Fully configured (12 drive modules installed): 27.2 kg (59.8 lb)

24-bay enclosures:

  • Drive-ready (without drive modules installed): 17.7 kg (37.6 lb)
  • Fully configured (24 drive modules installed): 25.2 kg (55.4 lb)

File modules

  • Maximum configuration: 29.6 kg (65 lb)
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.