IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller

Improving storage infrastructure flexibility and data economics

Shared SMP processor configuration
  • One (optionally, two) Intel Xeon E5-2650v2 2.6 GHz 8-core processor
Processor memory
  • 32 GB (optionally, 64 GB) per engine
Host adapter interfaces
  • Up to 8 x 16 Gbps Fibre Channel
  • Up to 12 x 8 Gbps Fibre Channel
  • Three 1 Gbps iSCSI
  • Four 10 Gbps iSCSI/FCoE (optional)
Integrated flash drive support
  • Up to 48 flash drives per pair of SVC Data Engines
Maximum storage capacity
  • Internal: Up to 38.4 TB raw flash drive capacity per I/O group or up to 153.6 TB in an 8-node cluster
  • External: Up to 32 PB usable capacity
Internal flash drive size
  • 200 GB, 400 GB, 800 GB
RAID levels for internal flash drives
  • 0, 1, 5, 6 and 10

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