IBM SAN Volume Controller

Improving storage infrastructure flexibility and data economics with IBM Spectrum Virtualise software


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) 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: SVC standardises these 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. Hybrid cloud support enables use of cloud storage to complement existing on-premises storage and transform economics. 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.4 Encryption helps improve data security, and finally, high-performance thin provisioning helps automate provisioning. These benefits can help speed deployment of new capabilities and 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

Hardware summary

Case studies

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
Encryption for virtualised storage
Support for hybrid cloud configurations
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
Manage tiered storage
Advanced network-based copy services
Integrated Bridgeworks WANrockIT technology and data compression for IP replication
IBM HyperSwap
Thin provisioning and “snapshot” replication
IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot application-aware snapshots
Shared SMP processor configuration per engine
Processor memory per engine
Host adapter interfaces per engine
Integrated drive support
Maximum storage capacity
Internal drive size
RAID levels for internal drives
Storage and server attachment
Storage system support

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