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A quick summary of the latest announcements

In the cover story this month, Lee Cleveland, Distinguished Engineer, Power Systems direct attach storage, and Andy Walls, Distinguished Engineer, chief hardware architect for DS8000 and solid-state drives (SSDs), sat down to talk about all of the new storage technologies IBM has been releasing lately. What I didn’t have room for in the article was a nice summary of the technologies that can help you improve access, manage growth, protect data, reduce costs or reduce complexity. Whatever your goals, IBM has an integrated storage option for every organization.

Here are the quick highlights of the latest storage announcements:

IBM Storwize V7000

New advanced software functions

  • New easy-to-use, Web-based GUI
  • RAID and enclosure RAS services and diagnostics
  • Additional host, controller and ISV interoperability
  • Integration with IBM Systems Director
  • Enhancements to Tivoli Storage Productivity Center (TPC), FlashCopy Manager (FCM) and Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) support

Proven IBM software functionalities

  • Easy Tier (dynamic HDD/SSD management)
  • RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10
  • Storage virtualization (local and external disks)
  • Non-disruptive data migration
  • Global and Metro Mirror
  • FlashCopy up to 256 copies of each volume
  • Thin provisioning

IBM Storwize Rapid Application Storage Solution

Runs on: AIX 7.1-5.3, IBM i 7.1-6.1 (with VIOS), Red Hat and SUSE Linux, z/VSE, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X

IBM System Storage DS8800


  • New 2.5” small form factor HDDs
  • 6GB/sec SAS (SAS-2)
  • New enclosures support 50 percent more drives
  • IBM POWER6+ processors
  • 8Gb/sec host and device adapters
  • More efficient airflow

Compared to previous model:

  • Support more users with a single DS8800 with 40 percent better performance
  • Save floor space with almost twice the drive density
  • Reduce costs with up to 36 percent less energy consumed

Runs on: AIX 7.1-5.3, IBM i 5.4-7.1, VIOS, z/OS, z/VM, Z/VSE, HP-UX, Solaris, Red Hat and SUSE Linux, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, VMWare

IBM SAN Volume Controller V6

Completely new user interface

  • Based on the XIV user interface designed to make SVC even easier and more productive to use

Easy Tier included in the base

  • Identical in function to the DS8000 Easy Tier
  • Intended to help improve performance at lower cost through more efficient use of SSDs

Scalability enhancements

  • Supports up to 4x the previous capacity
  • Enables clients to virtualize larger environments

Runs on: AIX 7.1-4.1, UNIX, IBM i 7.1-6.1 (with VIOS), Red Hat and SUSE Linux, z/VSE Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, VMware

Systems Director Storage Control V4.2.1

Key Features

  • Systems Director Storage Control is a plug-in to Systems Director
  • Extends Systems Director‘s capabilities to include SVC and Storwize V7000
  • One tool to manage all providing ease of management
  • Manage end-to-end lifecycle of storage from one console on one server
  • Health, configuration, capacity, integrated provisioning, topology, updates, alerts
  • Agnostic of SMIS or non-SMIS, IBM or non IBM, small or large
  • Plug-in simplifies platform management through integrated server and storage management
  • Reduce IT costs with comprehensive, integrated, storage management
  • Reduce complexity and risk of managing IT operations - “a single pane of glass” including storage and networking devices
  • Increase efficiency through better utilization and management of IT resources

Runs on: The Storage Control plug-in supports most of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Microsoft Windows, and AIX operating systems that Systems Director also supports, with these exceptions: Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Power Systems, Red Hat Enterprise Linux on System z systems, and SUSE Linux Enterprise. For a full list of support, see the IBM Systems Director Storage Control Installation and User's Guide.

IBM TPC for Disk Midrange Edition V4.2

Key Features

  • Designed to help reduce the complexity of managing IBM DS3000, DS4000, DS5000 and Storwize V7000
  • Allows administrators to configure, manage and monitor performance of their entire storage infrastructures from a single console
  • Enhanced Storage Resource Agents
  • Expanded support for HP-UNIX and Solaris platforms
  • Improved scalability and performance
  • Reduced storage complexity through simplified deployment and use
  • Improved time to value with enhanced problem determination aids, faster installation time and improved probe performance

Runs on: AIX 7.1-5.1, IBM i 7.1-6.1, VIOS, HP-UX, Solaris, Red Hat and SUSE Linux, VMware, Microsoft Windows

IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center V4.2

Key Features

  • IBM XIV storage system management
  • OpenSwap for Open Systems for the IBM AIX environment
  • Storage Area Network (SAN) configuration planning
  • Enhanced Storage Resource Agents
  • Improved scalability and performance
  • Integrated storage and replication functions
  • Storage Resource Agents now use native API instead of classic agents

Runs on: AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, Windows

IBM XIV Storage System Enhancements

Major Enhancements

  • Storage management usability enhancements
  • Automated snapshot management through Tivoli FlashCopy Manager 2.2
  • Tivoli Storage Productivity Center (TPC) support
  • Enhanced support for virtualized server environments, which now supports VMware 4.1 with vCenter as well as VMware Site Recovery Manager 4.1 for simplified disaster-recovery management
  • Extending XIV capability for file and block data as well as in SAN clusters
  • Network file serving via the IBM Scale Out Network Attached Storage (SONAS) gateway
  • IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) special licensing
  • Increased performance without increased power utilization for higher capacity systems with up 25 percent higher performance for XIV 2TB disk systems enabled through delivery of 16GB cache per module

Runs on: Linux, Power VM for IBM Power Systems with System i, System p and Linux over Power clients, IBM AIX (including native AIX MPIO driver with performance improvement), Tivoli Productivity Center (TPC); TSM Copy Services, TSM Advanced Copy Services, GPFS on AIX, PowerHA (known as HACMP), Scale Out File System, Storage Foundation for Windows, Symantec VCS, VMware, VSS Provider (providing engine for hardware-independent snapshot create and restore) and Windows cluster.

Tivoli Key Lifecycle Management V2

Key Features

  • Centralized and simplified encryption key management
  • Support for the new key management standard, Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP) allows support for both IBM self-encrypting storage as well as a number of supported non-IBM devices
  • KMIP support permits customers to deploy TKLM without having to worry about being locked into a proprietary key management solution
  • Role-based access control allows multiple administrators with different roles and permissions to be defined
  • Access control and partitioning of the key serving functions enables multi-tenancy or multi-layer security of a shared infrastructure

Runs on: AIX 6.1 and 5.3, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0 on x86, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 and 10 on x86 and V10 on x86, Solaris 10, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and 2003, z/OS V1 Release 9 or later

IBM Global Technology Services Offering for Storage

IBM Implementation Services for disk systems – IBM Storwize V7000
IBM Storage Optimization and Integration Services – global insight
IBM Data Mobility Services - Softek TDMF (IP) for Windows 3.2
IBM Data Mobility Services - Softek Replicator for Windows 3.2

For a full interoperability matrix for each storage product, see the System Storage Interoperation Center (SSIC).