IBM SAN Volume Controller

Improving storage infrastructure flexibility and data economics


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.1 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,2 but uses less than half of the capacity it already has.3

Built with IBM Spectrum Virtualise software – part of the IBM Spectrum Storage family – IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) is a storage virtualisation system that enables a single point of control for storage resources to help support improved business application availability and greater resource utilisation. The objective is to manage storage resources in your IT infrastructure and to make sure they’re used to the advantage of your business – and do it quickly, efficiently and in real time, while avoiding increases in administrative costs.

IBM Spectrum Virtualise software in SVC helps make new and existing storage more effective. SVC includes many functions traditionally deployed separately in disk systems. By including these in a virtualisation system, SVC standardises functions across virtualised storage for greater flexibility and potentially lower costs.

IBM Spectrum Virtualise functions benefit all virtualised storage. For example, Easy Tier optimises use of flash storage. Real-time Compression enhances efficiency even further by enabling the storage of up to five times as much active primary data in the same physical disk space.1 Encryption helps improve data security, and finally, high-performance thin provisioning helps automate provisioning. These benefits can help extend the useful life of existing storage assets, reducing costs.

Integrating these functions into SVC also means that they are designed to operate smoothly together, reducing management effort.

Common features

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Feature Benefits
Single point of control for storage resources
Pools the storage capacity of multiple storage systems on a storage area network (SAN)
Clustered pairs of IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) Data Engines
IBM Real-time Compression
Innovative and tightly integrated support for flash storage
Support for IBM FlashSystem
Easy-to-use IBM Spectrum Storage family management interface
IBM Storage Mobile Dashboard
Dynamic data migration
Encryption for virtualised storage
Manage tiered storage
Advanced network-based copy services
Integrated Bridgeworks SANrockIT technology for IP replication
IBM HyperSwap
Thin provisioning and ‘snapshot’ replication
IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot application-aware snapshots
Shared SMP processor configuration
Processor memory
Host adapter interfaces
Integrated flash drive support
Maximum storage capacity
Internal flash drive size
Redundant array of independent disks (RAID) levels for internal flash drives

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