IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller (SVC)


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.

Common features

Hardware summary

Feature Benefits
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
Real-time Compression
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
Processor memory
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)
Maximum weight

Operating environment
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

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    Lab validation for SVC

    Real-time Compression enhancements and performance results