Data is the new currency of business, the most critical asset of the modern organisation. In fact, enterprises that can gain business insights from their data are twice as likely to outperform their competitors; yet, 72 percent of them have not started or are only planning big-data activities.7 In addition, organisations often spend too much money and time managing where their data is stored. The average firm purchases 24 percent more storage every year,8 but uses less than half of the capacity it already has.9
The simple fact is that infrastructure matters. The right infrastructure allows organisations to shift spending and invest in projects that improve business results. The infrastructure must ensure the most value from data at the least cost with the least effort and the greatest flexibility.
In the era of cloud, big data and analytics, mobile and social computing, organisations need to meet ever-changing demands for storage, while also improving data economics. IT must deliver more services faster and more efficiently, enable real-time insight and support more customer interaction. The right infrastructure allows clients to share information, secure transactions and drive real-time insights.
Built with IBM® Spectrum Virtualise software – part of the IBM Spectrum Storage family – the IBM Storwize family helps organisations achieve better data economics by supporting these new workloads that are critical to their success. Storwize family systems can handle the massive volumes of data from mobile and social applications, enable rapid and flexible cloud services deployments and deliver the performance and scalability needed to gain insights from the latest analytics technologies.
IBM Storwize V7000 Unified and IBM Storwize V7000 are virtualised, enterprise-class hybrid storage systems that provide the foundation for implementing an effective storage infrastructure and transforming the economics of data storage. Designed to complement virtual server environments, these modular storage systems deliver the flexibility and responsiveness required for changing business needs.
7 Michael Schroeck, Rebecca Shockley, Janet Smart, Dolores Romero-Morales and Peter Tufano, 'Analytics: The real-world use of big data', IBM Institute for Business Value and Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford, October 2012. http://www.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?subtype=XB&infotype=PM&appname=GBSE_GB_BT_GBEN&htmlfid=GBE03519GBEN&attachment=GBE03519GBEN.PDF (PDF, 1.25MB)
8 TheInfoPro ‘Wave 17 Storage Study,’ 451 Research, October 2013. https://451research.com/component/content/article/15/254-theinfopro-wave-17-storage-study
9 IBM storage infrastructure optimisation studies – April 2014
|IBM Storage Mobile Dashboard|
|IBM Easy Tier|
|IBM Active File Management|
|IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot|
|Metro Mirror and Global Mirror|
|IBM Real-time Compression|
|Encryption for virtualised storage|
* IBM lab measurements – April 2012
|Host interface||SAN-attached 8 Gbps and 16 Gbps Fibre Channel, 1 Gbps iSCSI and optional 10 Gbps iSCSI/FCoE
NAS-attached 1 Gbps and 10 Gbps Ethernet
|Supported drives||3.5-inch DDs:2.5-inch disk drives: 2.5-inch flash drives|
|Redundant array of independent disks (RAID) levels||RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, Distributed|
|Maximum drives supported||504 per control enclosure; 1,056 per clustered system|
|Fans and power supplies||Fully redundant, hot-swappable|
|Rack support||Standard 19-inch|
|Management software||IBM Spectrum Virtualise software.
IBM Spectrum Scale for Storwize V7000 Unified.
|Cores per controller/control enclosure/clustered system||8/16/64|
|Cache per controller/control enclosure/clustered system||32 or 64 GB/64 or 128 GB/up to 512 GB|
|Advanced features included with each system||IBM FlashCopy, thin provisioning, IBM Active File Management (Storwize V7000 Unified only)|
|Additional available advanced features||Remote mirroring, IBM Easy Tier, IBM Real-time Compression, external virtualisation unified storage, IBM Spectrum Control, IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot|
|Replication services||FlashCopy, Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager, Metro Mirror (synchronous), Global Mirror (asynchronous), local and asynchronous remote file-based replication|
|Dimensions||Control enclosuresFile modules|
|Weight||Control enclosures:File modules|
|Operating environment||Air temperature:Relative humidity (RH): Electrical power:|
|Supported drives||For a list of currently supported servers, operating systems (OSs), host bus adapters, clustering applications and SAN switches and directors, refer to the IBM System Storage Interoperation Centre.|
|ISV solutions||For a list of high-quality solutions with our partner independent software vendor (ISVs), including access to solution briefs and white papers, refer to the ISV Solutions Resource Library.|
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