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IBM Storwize V5000

IBM Storwize® V5000 is a highly flexible, easy to use, virtualized storage system that enables midsized organizations to meet the challenges of rapid data growth and limited IT budgets. As an intermediate Storwize family offering, Storwize V5000 enables organizations to consolidate and provide new capabilities to their existing infrastructures. With flexible licensing options, Storwize V5000 makes it easy to deploy complementary solutions, such as IBM ProtecTIER®.
IBM Storwize V5000 benefits




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. Storwize V5000, the latest addition to the family, is a virtualized, flexible, easy-to-use solution that enables midsized organizations with complex storage and scalability needs to overcome storage challenges. As an intermediate offering, Storwize V5000 is designed to help consolidate and provide new capabilities to existing storage infrastructures. And because of its flexible licensing options, Storwize V5000 is simple to deploy with complementary storage solutions, such as IBM ProtecTIER®.

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Software summary

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Feature Benefits
Graphical user interface (GUI) Enhance IT productivity with web-based GUI with point-and-click management capabilities
IBM Easy Tier Provide automatic migration of frequently accessed data elements to high-performing flash storage
External virtualization Virtualize your existing storage (IBM and non-IBM) to make it part of a Storwize V5000 system, where it inherits the advantages of Storwize capabilities
Thin provisioning Support business applications that need to grow dynamically, while consuming only the space actually used
Metro Mirror and Global Mirror Allow synchronous or asynchronous data replication between Storwize family offerings for maximum flexibility and backup efficiency; support Fibre Channel, FCoE, and IP (Ethernet) networking
FlashCopy Create a near-instant copy of active data that can be used for backup or for parallel processing activities; support recovery of corrupted data
Dynamic migration Provide nondisruptive migration to speed implementation
IBM Storage Mobile Dashboard Provide basic monitoring capabilities to securely check the health and performance status of your system

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Host interface 1 Gb iSCSI, 6 Gb SAS, and 8 Gb Fibre Channel or 10 Gb iSCSI/FCoE
User interface Gaphical user interface (GUI)
Single or dual controller Dual
Maximum cache 32 GB (with two-way clustered systems)
Drive type Dual-port, hot-swappable, 6 Gb SAS disk drives
Drives supported
  • 2.5-inch 6 Gb SAS disk drives:
    • 146 GB and 300 GB @ 15,000 rpm
    • 600 GB, 900 GB, and 1.2 TB @ 10,000 rpm
    • 1 TB @ 7,200 rpm
  • 3.5-inch 6 Gb SAS disk drives:
    • 300 GB @ 15,000 rpm (disk drive is 2.5 inch form factor)
    • 900 GB and 1.2 TB @ 10,000 rpm (disk drives are 2.5 inch form factor)
    • 2 TB, 3 TB, and 4TB @ 7,200 rpm
  • SSDs 2.5-inch 6 Gb SAS drives:
    • 200 GB, 400 GB, and 800 GB
Maximum drives supported Up to six Storwize V5000 expansion enclosures (maximum of 168 drives per system and 336 drives in two-way clustered systems):

  • Small form factor enclosure: 24 x 2.5-inch drives
  • Large form factor 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 with AC power
Management software IBM Storwize family software for Storwize V5000
Advanced functions included with system
  • Embedded GUI
  • Dual-system clustering
  • Virtualization of internal storage
  • Thin provisioning
  • One-way data migration
  • Interoperability with most major server platforms and operating systems
Optional advanced functions
  • Easy Tier
  • External virtualization
  • FlashCopy
  • Remote mirroring
Warranty Hardware:

  • Flexible warranty
  • Post-warranty support available
  • Customer setup (initial installation and field upgrades)


  • Initial license purchase
  • Software maintenance agreement available
  • 8.7 cm (3.4 in.) H x 48.3 cm (19.0 in.) W x 55.6 cm (21.9 in.) D
  • Approximate weight:
Operating environment
  • Air temperature:
  • Relative humidity:
  • Electrical power:
Heat dissipation (BTU/hr.)
  • Large form factor control enclosure: 1,290
  • Large form factor expansion enclosure: 1,024
  • Small form factor control enclosure: 1,451
  • Small form factor expansion enclosure: 1,154
Supported systems For a list of currently supported servers, operating systems, host bus adapters, clustering applications, and SAN switches and directors, refer to the IBM System Storage Interoperation Center at:
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

* 2.5-inch drive in a 3.5-inch drive carrier