IBM Storwize V7000 Unified and Storwize V7000

Maximizing storage efficiency to transform the economics of data storage


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 Virtualize 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.

Product features

Hardware summary

Feature Benefits
IBM Storage Mobile Dashboard
Dynamic migration
IBM Easy Tier
Clustered systems
Thin provisioning
Unified storage
IBM FlashCopy
Flash drives
IBM Active File Management
IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot
Metro Mirror and Global Mirror
IBM HyperSwap
IBM Real-time Compression
Encryption for virtualised storage
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
User interface GUI
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 Virtualize 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
Warranty Hardware:


Replication services FlashCopy, Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager, Metro Mirror (synchronous), Global Mirror (asynchronous), local and asynchronous remote file-based replication
Dimensions Control enclosures

File 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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