IBM XIV Storage System

Powerful, cloud-optimal enterprise storage primed for a dynamic world

What’s New

XIV Storage helps unleash cloud power for enterprises and service providers with its inherent simplicity, resiliency and predictability combined with robust new acquisition offerings, VMware cloud management integration,1 multi-tenancy,1 as well as business continuity1 and management1 features:

Highlights

As the planet becomes more instrumented, interconnected and intelligent, your business faces the challenge of managing huge quantities of data and extracting the most value from it – efficiently and flexibly – while meeting the needs of customers, partners and employees. Having the right storage infrastructure matters; it is crucial to the survival and growth of enterprises and service providers, especially those laying foundations for cloud.

IBM XIV Storage System is high-end flash-optimised data storage designed to deliver simplicity, resiliency and predictability that are ideal for cloud and big-data analytics environments to support their need for high performance, high availability (HA), operational flexibility and security. Built to simplify storage, XIV Storage System is enabling thousands of organisations to take control of their storage and gain business insights from their data. XIV storage is deployed in diverse industries worldwide, including financial, healthcare, telecommunications, managed services, energy and manufacturing. It integrates easily with virtualisation, email, database, analytics, data protection and other solutions from leading providers such as VMware, Microsoft®, SAP, Oracle Solaris, SAS and Symantec.

Feature Benefits
Grid architecture with InfiniBand interconnect and automated uniform data distribution within and across XIV systems Fully utilised system resources at all times, including disks, Central Processing Unit (CPU) cores, Random Access Memory (RAM) and cache result in:
Flash caching
Exceptionally simple management tools
Built-in advanced features
Cloud and hypervisor integration
Security
IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager integration
IBM XIV Storage System (Model 2810/2812) – System specifications
General properties
Capacity per drive (Nearline Serial Attached SCSI (SAS)) 1 TB,* 2 TB, 3 TB or 4 TB self-encrypting hard drives (SEDs)
Number of disk drives (min/max) 72/180
Encryption All disk drives are SEDs. Encryption requires an external key management solution, such as IBM Key Lifecycle Manager.
Performance features
Maximum number of CPUs 15 Intel® Xeon® Processor E5645
Maximum number of CPU cores 90 physical (180 logical cores with Intel Hyper-Threading technology)
Maximum memory Up to 360 gigabytes (GB) (24 GB of memory per module) – 1 TB, 2 TB or 3 TB capacity points
Up to 720 GB (48 GB of memory per module) – 4 TB capacity point
Maximum cache-to-disk bandwidth 480 gigabit per second (Gbps)
Flash caching (optional) Up to 6 TB (400 GB flash caching per module) – all capacity points
Up to 12 TB (800 GB flash caching per module) – 4 TB capacity point
Note: When XIV encryption is enabled, the data on the flash drives is also encrypted.
Connectivity
Maximum number of ports – Fibre Channel (FC) 24 (8 Gbps ports)
Maximum number of ports – Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI) over gigabit Ethernet (GbE) 22 (1 Gbps ports) or 12 (10 Gbps ports)
Physical features
Temperature 10°C – 35°C (50°F – 95°F)
Altitude (max) 2,134 m/7,000 ft
Humidity 25% – 80% noncondensing
Dimensions (height × width × depth) 202 cm × 66 cm × 120 cm (79.53 in. × 25.98 in. × 47.24 in.)
Maximum weight 1,041.5 kg (2,296 lb)
Clearance front/rear 120 cm/120 cm (47.24 in./47.24 in.)
Redundant power feed
Input voltage 180 – 264 V ac at 60 A or 30 A (±10%)
Power usage See power usage table below
Host connectivity
Fibre Channel rates 8 Gbps
iSCSI rates 1 Gbps or 10 Gbps
Capacity-on-demand (CoD) configurations
Warranty 1 and 3 year limited warranty, onsite service, same day around-the-clock
IBM XIV Storage System (Model 2810/2812-214) – capacity and connectivity
Number of frames / modules Number of disks Usable capacity (TB, decimal) 1 TB*/2 TB/3 TB/4 TB FC ports 8 Gbps iSCSI ports 1 or 10 Gbps
1 / 6 72 28/55/84/112 8 6 or 4
1 / 9 108 44/88/132/177 16 14 or 8
1 / 10 120 51/102/154/207 16 14 or 8
1 / 11 132 56/111/168/225 20 18 or 10
1 / 12 144 63/125/190/254 20 18 or 10
1 / 13 156 67/134/203/272 24 22 or 12
1 / 14 168 75/149/225/301 24 22 or 12
1 / 15 180 80/161/243/325 24 22 or 12
144** / 2,160 25,920 46,800 3,456 3,168 or 1,728
IBM XIV Storage System (Model 2810/2812-214) – number of CPUs and memory
Number of frames / modules Number of disks Number of CPUs XIV memory (GB) 24 GB/48 GB per module Flash caching (TB) (optional)
1 TB,* 2 TB, 3 TB capacity points (400 GB per module) 4 TB capacity point (400 GB or 800 GB per module)
1 / 6 72 6 144/288 2.4 2.4 or 4.8
1 / 9 108 9 216/432 3.6 3.6 or 7.2
1 / 10 120 10 240/480 4.0 4.0 or 8.0
1 / 11 132 11 264/528 4.4 4.4 or 8.8
1 / 12 144 12 288/576 4.8 4.8 or 9.6
1 / 13 156 13 312/624 5.2 5.2 or 10.4
1 / 14 168 14 336/672 5.6 5.6 or 11.2
1 / 15 180 15 360/720 6.0 6.0 or 12.0
144** / 2,160 25,920 2,160 51,840/103,680 864.0 864.0 or 1728.0
IBM XIV Storage System (Model 2810/2812-214) – power usage (typical)
Number of frames / modules Number of disks 1 TB*/2 TB/3 TB/4 TB kVA
Without flash caching With flash caching
1 / 6 72 2.4/2.4/2.5/2.5 2.5/2.5/2.6/2.6
1 / 9 108 3.5/3.5/3.7/3.8 3.6/3.6/3.8/3.9
1 / 10 120 3.9/3.9/4.1/4.2 4.0/4.0/4.2/4.3
1 / 11 132 4.2/4.2/4.4/4.5 4.3/4.3/4.5/4.6
1 / 12 144 4.6/4.6/4.8/4.9 4.7/4.7/4.9/5.0
1 / 13 156 4.9/4.9/5.2/5.3 5.0/5.0/5.3/5.4
1 / 14 168 5.3/5.3/5.5/5.6 5.5/5.5/5.7/5.8
1 / 15 180 5.6/5.6/5.9/6.0 5.8/5.8/6.1/6.2

Systems

IBM offers a broad systems and storage portfolio combined with decades of experience solving real business problems. With x86, POWER and mainframe systems, disk, tape and network storage systems, IBM can offer the right combination of systems to meet the challenges of your business.

Storage

Storage efficiency is more vital than ever. Your disk utilisation rate may be as low as 20% — while the amount of data you are required to store is exploding. IBM Storage can help.

Networking

The smarter data centre with improved economics of IT can be achieved by connecting servers and storage with a high-speed and intelligent network fabric that is smarter, faster, greener, open and easy to manage. IBM takes an open, standards-based approach to implement the latest advances in today’s flat, converged data centre network designs.

Software

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Integrated solutions

The reality is that you need an IT infrastructure designed for data, tuned to the task and managed in the cloud. If your IT staff spends all of their time managing IT, they won’t be working with you to drive innovation. You need your infrastructure to help you in the marketplace, to help you innovate, to help you be more competitive, to help you succeed.

Systems-related services

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ITG cost/benefit case

IDC Analyst Report on XIV

Clipper Group

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