IBM Storwize V5000

Outstanding benefits with greater flexibility for midsized businesses

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. 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.

Product features

Hardware summary

Feature Benefits
IBM Easy Tier
External virtualisation
Thin provisioning
Metro Mirror and Global Mirror
Dynamic migration
IBM Storage Mobile Dashboard
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 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 nine Storwize V5000 expansion enclosures (maximum of 240 drives per system and 480 drives in two-way clustered systems):
Redundant Array of Independent Disks (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.)



Supported systems For a list of currently supported servers, operating systems (OS), host bus adapters (HBA), clustering applications and Storage Area Network (SAN) switches and directors, refer to the IBM System Storage Interoperation Centre at:
Independent Software Vendor (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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