IBM Storwize V7000 and Storwize V7000 Unified Disk Systems

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


Data is the new currency of business, the most critical asset of the modern organisation. In fact, enterprises that can gain business insights from their data are twice as likely to outperform their competitors; yet, 72 percent of them have not started or are only planning big-data activities.1 In addition, 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

The simple fact is that infrastructure matters. The right infrastructure allows organisations to shift spending and invest in projects that improve business results. The infrastructure must ensure the most value from data at the least cost with the least effort and the greatest flexibility.

IBM® Storwize V7000 Unified and IBM Storwize V7000 are virtualised, enterprise-class storage systems that provide the foundation for implementing an effective storage infrastructure and transforming the economics of data storage. Designed to complement virtual server environments, these modular storage systems deliver the flexibility and responsiveness required for changing business needs.

Product features

Hardware summary

Feature Benefits
IBM Systems Director
IBM Flex System Manager
IBM Storage Mobile Dashboard
Dynamic migration
IBM Easy Tier
Clustered systems
Thin provisioning
Unified storage
IBM FlashCopy
Flash drives
IBM Active Cloud Engine
IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager
Metro Mirror and Global Mirror
IBM Real-time Compression
IBM Storwize V7000 Unified and Storwize V7000 storage systems at a glance
Host interface SAN-attached 8 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC), 1 Gbps iSCSI and optional 10 Gbps iSCSI/FCoE
NAS-attached 1 Gbps and 10 Gbps Ethernet
User interface GUI
Supported drives 3.5-inch disk drives: 2.5-inch disk drives: 2.5-inch flash drives
RAID levels RAID 0, 1, 5, 6 and 10
Maximum drives supported 504 per control enclosure; 1,056 per clustered system
Fans and power supplies Fully redundant, hot-swappable
Rack support Standard 19-inch
Management software Storwize V7000 Unified and Storwize V7000 software
Cores per controller/control enclosure/clustered system 8/16/64
Cache per controller/control enclosure/clustered system 32 or 64 GB/64 or 128 GB/up to 512 GB
Advanced features included with each system IBM Easy Tier, IBM FlashCopy, thin provisioning, IBM Active Cloud Engine (Storwize V7000 Unified only)
Additional available advanced features Remote mirroring, external virtualisation unified storage, IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager, IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Centre Select, Tivoli Storage Manager, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack, IBM Systems Director, IBM Flex System Manager, IBM Real-time Compression
Warranty Hardware: Software:
Replication services FlashCopy, Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager, Metro Mirror (synchronous), Global Mirror (asynchronous), local and asynchronous remote file-based replication
Dimensions Control enclosures File modules
Weight Control enclosures: File modules
Supported systems For a list of currently supported servers, operating systems (OS), host bus adapters, clustering applications and SAN switches and directors, refer to the IBM System Storage Interoperation Centre.
ISV solutions For a list of high-quality solutions with our partner Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), including access to solution briefs and white papers, refer to the ISV Solutions Resource Library.

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