On today’s smarter planet, organisations are faced with massive amounts of data created by an array of new sources, including sensors, social media, mobile platforms and more. And while the sheer volume of this new data may seem overwhelming, the value of information is stronger than ever—some even consider it the new currency of business. To help maximise the benefits of this flood of data, businesses are turning to software-defined environments, which can provide flexibility and responsiveness to business demands—along with higher scalability and greater efficiency.
Designed for software-defined storage environments, the IBM Storwize® family has been delivering availability, reliability, flexibility and efficiency for more than ten years. The family began with the introduction of IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller, an industry-leading solution for storage virtualisation. Storwize family systems have evolved to include the latest technologies that both complement and enhance virtual servers, as well as built-in storage functions—such as Real-time Compression and IBM Easy Tier® technology—that enable extraordinary levels of efficiency.
In addition, as the pace of innovation continues to accelerate, the Storwize platform enables rapid integration of new technologies from both IBM and third-party vendors. For example, Storwize family systems now include Bridgeworks SANSlide technology to help optimise the use of network bandwidth.
IBM Storwize V7000 and IBM Storwize V7000 Unified are virtualised storage systems that allow businesses to respond to the demands of the rapidly changing marketplace. To complement virtualised server environments, the IBM solutions provide extraordinary performance, availability, advanced functions and highly-scalable capacity never seen before in midrange disk systems.
In particular, Storwize V7000 and Storwize V7000 Unified enable IT organisations to overcome the complex challenges of:
As members of the Storwize family, Storwize V7000 and Storwize V7000 Unified are powerful midrange disk systems that have been designed to be easy to use and to enable rapid deployment without additional resources. Storwize V7000 supports block workloads, whereas Storwize V7000 Unified consolidates block and file workloads into a single storage system for simplicity of management and reduced cost.
Storwize V7000 and Storwize V7000 Unified offer greater efficiency and flexibility through built-in flash storage optimisation, thin-provisioning technologies, and integrated Bridgeworks SANSlide technology that helps optimise network bandwidth for remote mirroring. Integrated Real-time Compression enhances efficiency even further by enabling organisations to store up to five times as much active primary data in the same physical disk space.2 Storwize V7000 and Storwize V7000 Unified advanced functions also enable nondisruptive migration of data from existing storage, simplifying implementation and minimising disruption to users. Finally, these systems also enable you to virtualise and reuse existing disk systems, supporting a greater potential return on investment (ROI).
1 IBM lab measurements – August 2010
2 IBM lab measurements – April 2012
* IBM lab measurements – April 2012
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