Reduce costs and improve performance

IBM Storwize V7000 and IBM Storwize V7000 Unified are virtualized, enterprise-class solutions. Storwize V7000 is designed for all-flash or hybrid storage, while Storwize V7000 Unified is designed for block and file needs.

They provide the foundation for implementing an effective storage infrastructure and transforming the economics of data storage. With unique heterogeneous data services, these solutions can maximize storage efficiency and flexibility for your new and existing investments.

When you choose Storwize V7000 and Storwize V7000 Unified, you gain the most advanced storage technologies to unlock the business value of your stored data, including virtualization and IBM Real-time Compression. Discover how IBM guarantees storage savings of up to 80 percent and outstanding performance.

Your foundation for implementing an effective storage infrastructure


IBM Storwize V7000

Virtualized, enterprise-class all-flash or hybrid storage solution enables you to take advantage of hybrid cloud technology without replacing your current storage. Storwize V7000 enables the use of cloud storage for data copies from any of almost 400 supported storage systems, dramatically speeding your ability to deploy hybrid cloud configurations while slashing the potential cost.


IBM Storwize V7000 Unified

Virtualized, enterprise-class solution that combines both block and file storage into a single, dependable system. As a result, multiple management points can be eliminated, storage tiers— including flash—can be shared across all types of data, and data economics can be improved for a wide range of applications.

Helping our clients achieve their business goals

Unique Software Industries Ltd

Accelerates key processes by up to 40% including payroll runs for clients, and lays the foundation for ongoing growth.

Santa Fe College

Deploys a cost-effective SAN environment to seamlessly process student registrations with 24x7 availability during critical peak periods.

Outstanding efficiency, performance and ease of use for organizations of all sizes

  • Transform the economics of data storage with hardware-accelerated data compression
  • Maximize efficiency and flexibility with unique heterogeneous data services
  • Use encryption to help improve security for data on existing storage systems
  • Deploy storage quickly with easy-to-use management tools and built-in support for leading software platforms
  • Leverage integrated support for file and block data to consolidate workloads
  • Optimize performance with flash storage and automated tiering
  • Scale capacity quickly and easily into the petabyte range with new high density enclosures
  • Complement on-premises storage of all types with hybrid cloud capability

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Why buy IBM Storwize V7000 and Storwize V7000 Unified?

  • Data virtualization technology helps insulate applications from physical storage. The result can be real cost savings to your business.
  • Hybrid cloud support enables the use of cloud storage for data copies from any of almost 400 supported storage systems, dramatically speeding the ability to deploy hybrid configurations while slashing the potential cost.
  • Hardware Accelerated Real-time Compression reduces storage acquisition costs by using up to 80 percent less disk and flash capacity.
  • Clustered systems: Block systems can scale both up and out for performance and capacity.
  • Automated storage tiering automatically migrates data between storage tiers based on real-time usage analysis patterns
  • Extraordinary levels of efficiency help to drive down costs for cloud, analytics, virtual server and other enterprise-class deployments.
  • High density enclosures increase the maximum number of drives by almost 3 times.
  • High availability and load balancing support virtualized servers using IBM PowerVM, VMware and other technologies in high-availability configurations.
  • Ease of use includes an intuitive management interface that enables administrators to easily manage both block and file data in the same system
  • Dependability as part of the proven IBM Storwize family, with more than 281,000 enclosures and 5.3 exabytes of capacity deployed in organizations worldwide.

Features and benefits

Feature Benefits
Dynamic migration
  • Provides efficiency and business value in a nondisruptive migration function
IBM Easy Tier
  • Provides automatic migration of frequently accessed data elements across tiers of storage including flash
IBM Real-time Compression
  • Helps improve efficiency by storing up to five times as much active primary data in the same physical disk space.* By significantly reducing storage requirements, you can keep up to five times more information online, use the improved efficiency to reduce storage costs, or achieve a combination of greater capacity and reduced cost
  • Delivers unique hardware compression acceleration to help transform the economics of data storage
Encryption for virtualized storage
  • Helps improve security for data without requiring upgrades to existing storage systems
Support for hybrid cloud configurations
  • Enable use of cloud storage to complement existing on-premises storage
  • Enable rapid deployment of hybrid cloud without the expense of upgrading storage
Innovative and tightly integrated support for flash storage
  • Deliver ultra-high performance capability for critical application data
  • Move data to and from flash storage without disruption; make copies of data onto hard disk drive (HDD)
Clustered systems
  • Enable growth from the smallest configurations up to systems with 1,056 drives
Thin provisioning
  • Supports business applications that need to grow dynamically, while consuming only the space actually used
IBM FlashCopy
  • Creates a near-instant copy of active data that can be used for backup or for parallel processing activities; supports backup for recovering corrupted data
Unified storage
  • Combines block and file storage requirements into a single system for simplicity and efficiency
  • Streamlines administration with single user interface for managing both block and file storage
IBM Active File Management
  • Reduces costs through policy-based management of files through use of tiered storage and improves data governance
  • Automates movement of less-frequently used files to lower cost tiers of storage, including tape in an IBM Spectrum Protect system
  • Automates deletion of unwanted or expired files
  • Caches files at remote locations to help improve performance and reduce networking cost
IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot
  • Helps minimize the impact of backups, provides near-instant restore, shortens backup and recovery times, simplifies management and automates routine tasks
Metro Mirror and Global Mirror
  • Allows synchronous or asynchronous data replication between any Storwize family systems for maximum flexibility
  • Helps optimize use of network bandwidth with integrated Bridgeworks WANrockIT technology to reduce network costs or speed replication cycles, improving the accuracy of remote data
IBM HyperSwap
  • Provide highly available, concurrent access to a single copy of data from data centers up to 300 km (186 miles) apart
  • Enable nondisruptive storage and virtual machine mobility between data centers
IBM Storage Mobile Dashboard
  • Provides basic monitoring capabilities to securely check the health and performance of Storwize family systems


Host interface SAN or direct-attached, 1 Gbps iSCSI and optional 16 Gbps Fibre Channel or 10 Gbps iSCSI/FCoE NAS-attached 1 Gbps and 10 Gbps Ethernet
User interface Graphical user interface (GUI)
Supported drives 3.5-inch disk drives:
  • 3 TB, 4 TB, 6 TB, 8 TB and 10 TB 7.2k nearline SAS disk
2.5-inch disk drives:
  • 300 GB 15k SAS disk
  • 600 GB 15k SAS drive
  • 600 GB, 900 GB, 1.2 TB, and 1.8 TB 10k SAS disk
  • 2 TB 7.2k nearline SAS disk
2.5-inch flash drives:
  • 200 GB, 400 GB, 800 GB, 1.6 TB, 1.92 TB, 3.2 TB, 3.84 TB, 7.68 TB and 15.36 TB
RAID levels RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, Distributed
Maximum drives supported 760 per control enclosure; 3,040 per clustered system
Fans and power supplies Fully redundant, hot-swappable
Rack support Standard 19-inch
Management software IBM Spectrum Virtualize software. IBM Spectrum Scale for Storwize V7000 Unified.
Cores per controller/control enclosure/clustered system 10/20/80
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 FlashCopy, thin provisioning, IBM Active File Management (Storwize V7000 Unified only)
Additional available advanced features Remote mirroring, IBM Easy Tier, IBM Real-time Compression, external virtualization unified storage, IBM Spectrum Control, IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot
Warranty Hardware:
  • 3-year limited warranty
  • Customer-replaceable units
  • On-site service
  • Next business day 9x5
  • Service upgrades available
  • Software maintenance agreement available
Replication services FlashCopy, IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot, Metro Mirror (synchronous), Global Mirror (asynchronous), local and asynchronous remote file-based replication
Dimensions Control enclosures
  • Width: 445 mm (17.5 in.)
  • Depth: 749 mm (29.5 in.)
  • Height: 85 mm (3.35 in.)
File modules
  • Width: 445 mm (17.5 in.)
  • Depth: 746 mm (29.4 in.)
  • Height: 86 mm (3.4 in.)
Weight Control enclosures:
  • Drive-ready (without drive modules installed): 31.8 kg (70.1 lb)
  • Fully configured (24 drive modules installed): 36.5 kg (80.5 lb)
File modules
  • Maximum configuration: 30.0 kg (65 lb)
Operating environment Air temperature:
  • Operating: 5°C to - 40°C (41°F to - 104°F) up to 950 m (3,117 ft) above sea level. Above 950 m, de-rate maximum air temperature 1 degree per 175 m.
  • Non-operating: 1°C to - 60°C (33.8°F to - 140°F)
Relative humidity:
  • Operating: 8% - 85%
  • Non-operating: 8% - 85%
Electrical power:
  • Voltage range: 100 - 240 V ac
  • Frequency: 50 - 60 Hz
  • Power :
    • Control enclosure: 541 watts
    • Expansion enclosure: 304 watts
Supported drives For a list of currently supported servers, operating systems, host bus adapters, clustering applications and SAN switches and directors, refer to the IBM System Storage Interoperation Center.
ISV solutions For a list of high-quality solutions with our partner ISVs, including access to solution briefs and white papers, refer to the ISV Solutions Resource Library.

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Content marketing agency deployed IBM Storwize V7000 Unified when high-definition media sized files pushed the limits of their storage infrastructure. The use of IBM Real-time Compression provides 40% storage savings.

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Client success


Agence France Presse (AFP) deploys easy-to-use affordable storage with advanced capabilities for midsized businesses.

Computer Services

Intrinsec accelerates infrastructure deployment from weeks to days with IBM and VMware cloud technologies and IBM Storwize V7000 systems providing resilient virtualized storage.

Financial Services

Credicitrus, the largest credit cooperative in Brazil, successfully centralizes the company’s data storage environment and maintains a growing database of over 12,000 terabytes.


Santa Fe College deploys a cost-effective SAN environment to seamlessly process student registrations with 24x7 availability during critical peak periods.

Computer Services

Unique Software Industries Ltd accelerates key processes by up to 40% including payroll runs for clients, and lays the foundation for ongoing growth.

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Gain exceptional storage performance for the Fidelity Information Services (FIS) profile real-time, ultra-scalable banking system.