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.
1 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. www.ibm.com/common/
htmlfid=GBE03519USEN&attachment=GBE03519USEN.PDF (PDF, 1.2MB)
2 TheInfoPro ‘Wave 17 Storage Study,’ 451 Research, October 2013. 451research.com/component/content/article/15/254-theinfopro-wave-17-storage-study
3 IBM storage infrastructure optimisation studies – April 2014
|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|
|Thin provisioning and ‘snapshot’ replication|
|IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot application-aware snapshots|
|Shared SMP processor configuration|
|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|
For the most current, and more detailed, SAN Volume Controller interoperability information, please visit: ibm.com/systems/storage/software/virtualization/svc/interop.html (US)