Announcing IBM Storwize V7000 Unified & v6.3.0 Software

ORIGINALLY POSTED 11th October 2011

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Its just about year to the day since IBM announced the IBM Storwize V7000, today we’ve announed the next major step in the evolution of the product, and the SVC code base at its heart. The IBM Storwize V7000 Unified. This integrates IBM’s Common NAS software which is used in the enterprise level SONAS product with the block based Storwize V7000. While the Storwize V7000 is block based at its heart, the addition of the new File Modules as interfaces to the V7000 means users can consolidate both block and file workloads onto one system. This is intended to complement IBM’s existing NAS products, the SONAS for enterprise installations and the IBM N-Series which is still the recommended product for pure file workloads. 

Taken from the RFA documents :

IBM Storwize V7000 Unified V1.3.0 delivers file storage to its powerful, easy-to-use midrange disk system. Storwize V7000 Unified is a block and file storage system with a tightly integrated management console. The Unified console is designed to simplify storage administration with a single user interface and common command-line interface (CLI). Customers can benefit from greater flexibility for provisioning of storage resources with its support of NFS, CIFS, FTP, HTTPS, SCP file protocols, and greater over all capacity utilization with the existing block functions of the Storwize V7000. Storwize V7000 Unified provides file replication and file-level snapshots for business continuity and disaster recovery. Customers are able to deploy a broader set of applications from within a single storage system, especially in shared storage environments.

The Storwize V7000 Unified system includes the local capabilities of IBM Active Cloud Engine, which is designed to deliver policy-based management of files to reduce costs through use of tiered storage, and improve data governance. For example, Active Cloud Engine policies can be used to move less frequently used data to lower-cost tiers of storage, including tape in an IBM Tivoli® Storage Manager system. Active Cloud Engine policies can also be used to automatically delete unwanted or expired data.

IBM Storwize V7000 Unified integration with McAfee and Symantec Antivirus is designed to provide the ability to isolate or delete compromised files, and leverage the most commonly deployed ISV antivirus applications.

In addition to the new Storwize V7000U, the base Storwise V7000 and SVC products today announce various enhancements to the block based functionality in the new Software version 6.3 This includes :

  • Extended distance split-cluster configurations – up to 300km – allowing data mobility and migration at metro cluster distances.
  • New snapshot based replication, for greater flexibility at global mirror distances (greater balancing of network bandwidth vs RPO)
  • Enhancements to the external virtualization fabric attachment – round robin port utilisation across multiple paths to storage that is being virtualized
  • Enhanced user interface performance statistics collection – ability to delve further into the details of the real time performance data in the new unified GUI. 
  • Native LDAP support
  • Enhanced storage interop – XIV Gen3, HP 3PAR, Violin Flash Memory Systems, new Fujistu Eternus, Bull StoreWay and TMS RAMSAN versions.

I will post over the next few days with more details on the new Storwize V7000U and the enhancements in the 6.3 SVC software stack. For now, the RFA documents are available here :

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