Consider the challenges that IT organizations typically face in these complex environments. Sharing storage among servers is often impossible, but relieving the problem by deploying tiered storage can be difficult. Isolated server and storage management tools reduce IT productivity, but when data migration processes are implemented, they can disrupt business operations. Meanwhile, organizations are concerned about the growing costs of storage and storage management. And they often are unable to use virtualized storage as they use virtual servers, as a tool to optimize expenditures, resources and capabilities.
On today’s smarter planet, organizations 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 maximize 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.
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 optimize the use of network bandwidth.
IBM Storwize V7000 and IBM Storwize V7000 Unified are virtualized storage systems that allow businesses to respond to the demands of the rapidly changing marketplace. To complement virtualized 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 organizations 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 optimization, thin-provisioning technologies, and integrated Bridgeworks SANSlide technology that helps optimize network bandwidth for remote mirroring. Integrated Real-time Compression enhances efficiency even further by enabling organizations 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 minimizing disruption to users. Finally, these systems also enable you to virtualize 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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