Are your storage requirements growing too fast? Are the costs of managing this growth taking more and more of your IT budget? Would you like to make a better use of existing storage without adding more complexity to the infrastructure? IBM® System Storage SAN Volume Controller (SVC) can help solve these problems and get you on the road toward a more flexible, responsive and efficient storage environment. SVC is designed to deliver the benefits of storage virtualisation in environments from large enterprises (LE) to small businesses and midmarket companies.
A member of the IBM Storwize family, SVC is a storage virtualisation system that enables a single point of control for storage resources to help support improved business application availability and greater resource utilisation. The objective is to manage storage resources in your IT infrastructure and to make sure they're used to the advantage of your business – and do it quickly, efficiently and in real time, while avoiding increases in administrative costs.
Virtualising storage with SVC helps make new and existing storage more effective. SVC includes many functions traditionally deployed separately in disk systems. By including these in a virtualisation system, SVC standardises functions across virtualised storage for greater flexibility and potentially lower costs.
SVC functions benefit all virtualised storage. For example, Easy Tier optimises use of flash storage. Real-time Compression enhances efficiency even further by enabling the storage of up to five times as much active primary data in the same physical disk space.1 Finally, high performance thin provisioning helps automate provisioning. These benefits can help extend the useful life of existing storage assets, reducing costs.
Integrating these functions into SVC also means that they are designed to operate seamlessly together, reducing management effort.
1 Compression data based on IBM measurements. Compression rates vary by data type and content.
|Single point of control for storage resources|
|Pools the storage capacity of multiple storage systems on a storage area network (SAN)|
|Clustered pairs of 'storage engines' based on System x technology|
|Innovative and tightly integrated support for flash storage|
|Scalable to support 4,096 host servers|
|Support for IBM FlashSystem|
|Easy-to-use Storwize family management interface|
|IBM Storage Mobile Dashboard|
|Dynamic data migration|
|Manage tiered storage|
|Advanced network-based copy services|
|Integrated Bridgeworks SANSlide technology for IP replication|
|Enhanced stretch cluster configurations|
|Thin provisioning and 'snapshot' replication|
|iSCSI support for server attachment|
|Support for FCoE protocol|
|IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager application-aware snapshots|
|Shared SMP processor configuration|
|Host adapter interfaces|
|Number of internal drives|
|Maximum storage capacity|
|Internal SSD size|
|Redundant array of independent disks (RAID) levels for internal SSD|
|Dimensions (height x width x depth)|
|Wet bulb temperature||Operating: 23°C
Powered off: 27°C
Storage and shipping: 29°C
|Relative humidity||Operating and powered off: 8% – 80%
Storage: 5% – 80%
Shipping: 5% – 100%
|Power supply||2 power supply units (PSU) standard|
|Electrical power||200 - 240 V ac, 3.8 A, 50/60 Hz|
|Warranty period||1 year|
For the most current and more detailed, SVC interoperability information, please visit: ibm.com/systems/storage/software/virtualization/svc/interop.html (US)