IBM Storwize V7000 and Storwize V7000 Unified Disk Systems

The most powerful and easy-to-use innovative disk systems in the storage marketplace 


Consider the challenges that IT organisations 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, organisations are concerned about the growing costs of storage and storage management. They often are unable to use virtualised storage as they use virtual servers, as a tool to optimise expenditures, resources and capabilities.

In storage management today, breaking the cycle of increased complexity and explosive data growth can be a big challenge. The old ways of buying and managing storage have become less effective. Due to resource constraints – both physical storage resources and human resources – IT organisations must act quickly to optimise and simplify their infrastructure. Unchecked complexity and growth will only become bigger problems over time.

To stand up to these challenges and allow businesses to respond to a rapidly changing marketplace, IBM Storwize V7000 and Storwize V7000 Unified are virtualised storage systems to complement virtualised server environments that provide extraordinary performance, availability, advanced functions and highly-scalable capacity never seen before in midrange disk systems.

As members of the IBM 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 and thin-provisioning technologies. Integrated IBM Real-time Compression enhances efficiency even further by enabling storing 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 non-disruptive 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).

Product features Hardware summary
Feature Benefits
IBM Systems Director
IBM Flex System Manager
Dynamic migration
IBM System Storage Easy Tier
Clustered systems
Thin provisioning
Unified storage
IBM FlashCopy
IBM Active Cloud Engine
IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager
Metro Mirror and Global Mirror
IBM Real-time Compression
Host interface SAN-attached 8 Gbps FC, 1 Gbps iSCSI and optional 10 Gbps iSCSI/FCoE
NAS-attached 1 Gbps and 10 Gbps Ethernet
User interface Graphical user interface (GUI)
Supported drives 3.5-in. disk drives:
2.5 in. disk drives:
RAID levels RAID 0, 1, 5, 6 and 10
Maximum drives supported 240 per control enclosure; 960 per clustered system
Fans and power supplies Fully redundant, hot-swappable
Rack support Standard 19 in.
Management software Storwize V7000 and Storwize V7000 Unified software
Cache per controller/control enclosure/clustered system 8 GB/16 GB/64 GB
Advanced features included with each system System Storage Easy Tier, FlashCopy, thin provisioning, Active Cloud Engine (Storwize V7000 Unified only)
Additional available advanced features Remote mirroring, external virtualisation unified storage, FlashCopy Manager, IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Centre Select, Tivoli Storage Manager, Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack, IBM Systems Director, Flex System Manager, IBM Real-time Compression
Warranty Hardware:
Replication services FlashCopy, FlashCopy Manager, Metro Mirror (synchronous), Global Mirror (asynchronous), local and asynchronous remote file-based replication
Dimensions Control and expansion enclosures
File Modules
Weight 12-bay enclosures:
24-bay enclosures:
File modules
Supported systems For a list of currently supported servers, operating systems, host bus adapters, clustering applications and SAN switches and directors, refer to the System Storage Interoperation Centre.
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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