IBM XIV Storage System

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

Highlights

IBM XIV Storage System is high-end, ENERGY STAR-certified data storage built to deliver out-of-the-box (OOTB) performance predictability, high resiliency and management simplicity ideal for cloud and big-data analytics environments. Designed to dramatically simplify storage management, XIV storage is enabling thousands of organisations worldwide – including in finance, healthcare, telecommunications and cloud services – to take control of their storage and gain business insights from their data.

What’s New

XIV Storage helps automate data centre (DC) and cloud environments while making operations greener and more cost efficient through its inherent simplicity, resiliency and predictability combined with a denser footprint, latest virtualisation interoperability and certified support:

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, RAM and cache for:
Flash caching
Exceptionally simple management tools
Built-in advanced software features Enterprise-class features provided with the system software – at no extra cost:
Cloud and hypervisor integration
Security
IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager integration
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/6 TB Fibre Channel (FC) ports 8 gigabits per second (Gbps) Internet small computer system interface (iSCSI) ports 1 or 10 Gbps
1/6 72 28/55/84/112/169 8 6 or 4
1/9 108 44/88/132/177/267 16 14 or 8
1/10 120 51/102/154/207/311 16 14 or 8
1/11 132 56/111/168/225/338 20 18 or 10
1/12 144 63/125/190/254/382 20 18 or 10
1/13 156 67/134/203/272/409 24 22 or 12
1/14 168 75/149/225/301/453 24 22 or 12
1/15 180 80/161/243/325/485 24 22 or 12
144 / 2,160 25,920 69,840 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 and 6 TB capacity points (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 51,840/103,680 864 864.0 or 1,728.0

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/6 TB kVA
Without flash caching With flash caching
1/6 72 2.4/2.4/2.5/2.5/2.5 2.5/2.5/2.6/2.6/2.6
1/9 108 3.5/3.5/3.7/3.8/3.8 3.6/3.6/3.8/3.9/3.9
1/10 120 3.9/3.9/4.1/4.2/4.2 4.0/4.0/4.2/4.3/4.3
1/11 132 4.2/4.2/4.4/4.5/4.5 4.3/4.3/4.5/4.6/4.6
1/12 144 4.6/4.6/4.8/4.9/4.9 4.7/4.7/4.9/5.0/5.0
1/13 156 4.9/4.9/5.2/5.3/5.3 5.0/5.0/5.3/5.4/5.4
1/14 168 5.3/5.3/5.5/5.6/5.6 5.5/5.5/5.7/5.8/5.8
1/15 180 5.6/5.6/5.9/6.0/6.0 5.8/5.8/6.1/6.2/6.2

IBM XIV Storage System (Model 2810/2812) – System specifications
General properties
Capacity per drive (nearline SAS) 1 TB*, 2 TB, 3 TB, 4 TB or 6 TB self-encrypting hard drives (SEDs)
Number of disk drives (min/max) 72/180
Encryption All disk drives are SEDs. When encryption is enabled, the data on the flash drives is also encrypted. XIV encryption requires an external key management solution, such as IBM Security 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 or 6 TB capacity points
Maximum cache-to-disk bandwidth 480 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 or 6 TB capacity points
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%)
Host connectivity
FC rates 8 Gbps
iSCSI rates 1 Gbps or 10 Gbps
Capacity-on-demand configurations
Warranty 1 and 3 year limited warranty, onsite service, same day 24×7

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

IBM's comprehensive Systems Software solutions help to centralise, streamline and automate your physical and virtual infrastructure, allowing you to optimise workloads and increase your ability to deliver IT services that align with business goals. Let us show you how IBM Systems Software helps you realise the value of IBM smarter computing, by allowing a more effective use of the advanced features in IBM hardware and operating systems.

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

IBM Systems-related services offers a full range of services to help design, develop, integrate, optimise, validate and deploy comprehensive solutions that support On Demand Business.

ITG cost/benefit case

IDC Analyst Report on XIV

Clipper Group

Evaluator Group analyst paper