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IBM Storwize V5000 disk system

Outstanding benefits with greater flexibility for midsized businesses


Organisations of all sizes are faced with a tidal wave of data coming from myriad new sources, including sensors, social media, mobile platforms and more. Data has become the new currency of business, their most critical asset. But 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

To help maximise the benefits of growing amounts of data, many organisations are turning to software-defined storage, which frees data from physical storage and provides better access to applications. There are many ways to benefit from software-defined storage. One approach starts with data virtualisation, which provides a software layer that helps simplify management. Data virtualisation simplifies deployment of new applications and new storage tiers, eases movement of data among tiers and enables consistent easy-to-use optimisation technologies across multiple storage tiers.

In the era of cloud, big data and analytics and 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, 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.

Product features

Hardware summary

Feature Benefits
Graphical user interface (GUI) Enhance IT productivity with web-based GUI with point-and-click management capabilities
IBM Easy Tier Provide automatic migration of frequently accessed data elements to high-performing flash storage
External virtualisation Virtualise your existing storage (IBM and non-IBM) to make it part of an IBM Storwize V5000 system, where it inherits the advantages of Storwize capabilities
Thin provisioning Support business applications that need to grow dynamically, while consuming only the space actually used
Metro Mirror and Global Mirror Allow synchronous or asynchronous data replication between Storwize family offerings for maximum flexibility and backup efficiency; support FC, FCoE and IP (Ethernet) networking
IBM FlashCopy Create a near-instant copy of active data that can be used for backup or for parallel processing activities; support recovery of corrupted data
Dynamic migration Provide nondisruptive migration to speed implementation
IBM HyperSwap Allow high-availability configurations for resilient virtualised environments
IBM Storage Mobile Dashboard Provide basic monitoring capabilities to securely check the health and performance status of your system
Host interface 1 Gigabit (Gb) Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI), 6 Gb Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and 8 Gb FC, or 10 Gb iSCSI/Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
User interface Web-based graphical user interface (GUI)
Single or dual controller Dual
Maximum cache 32 Gigabyte (GB) (with two-way clustered systems)
Drive type Dual-port, hot-swappable, 6 Gb SAS disk drives
Drives supported Small form-factor 2.5-inch disk drives: Large form-factor 3.5-inch disk drives: Solid-state drive (SSD) 2.5-inch drives:
Maximum drives supported Up to 19 Storwize V5000 expansion enclosures (maximum of 480 drives per system and 960 drives in two-way clustered systems):
RAID levels RAID 0, 1, 5, 6 and 10
Fans and power supplies Fully redundant, hot-swappable
Rack support Standard 19-inch rack-mount* enclosure with AC power
Management software IBM Storwize family software for Storwize V5000
Advanced functions included with system
Optional advanced functions
Operating environment
Heat dissipation (British Thermal Unit (BTU)/hr.)
Warranty Hardware: Software:
Supported systems For a list of currently supported servers, Operating Systems (OS), Host Bus Adapters (HBAs), clustering applications and Storage Area Network (SAN) switches and directors, refer to the IBM System Storage Interoperation Centre (SSIC) at:
ISV solutions For a list of high-quality solutions with our partner ISVs, including access to solution briefs and white papers, refer to the ISV Solutions Resource Library

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