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IBM Storwize V7000 offers enterprise-class functionality in a small, affordable package

IBM Storwize V7000 offers enterprise-class functionality in a small, affordable package

Advanced features often come with an “advanced” bottom line. At the hardware store, for example, an autofeed electric screwdriver with a telescopic extension handle will set you back further than a plain old flathead. But gaining functionality needn’t always cause pain. With the new IBM disk offering, you can get enterprise-class capabilities without compromising your bottom line.

The IBM Storwize* V7000, announced Oct. 7, offers features found in larger, more expensive products yet is physically appropriate for midsized businesses, and priced for midsized customers, too, says Chris Saul, Storwize V7000 marketing manager. Adding to that, IBM has included a new user interface based on the XIV* Storage System to ease management.

Changing Requirements

“Mid-sized and large enterprise customers used to have different storage requirements,” Saul says. “Enterprise customers wanted very sophisticated storage with a lot of advanced functions and the capability to perform all sorts of analysis on the data. Mid-sized customers were more focused on price, performance and ease of use.”

That’s no longer the case. Mid-sized customers see the value of functions previously only available in enterprise-class storage systems—automated tiering, sophisticated replication, tighter application integration and more. “Today the difference isn’t so much in terms of function,” Saul says. “Mid-sized customers are looking for the same set of storage capabilities, but just require smaller amounts of storage.”

Storwize V7000 offers enclosures containing 12 3.5-inch or 24 2.5-inch drives in just 2U of rack space. Control enclosures contain drives and dual controllers in this compact package and can attach up to nine expansion enclosures—containing only drives—that can expand capacity to 240 TB. A range of drives is available, including 2.5-inch 10 K drives in a variety of sizes; 2 TB nearline serial-attached SCSI (SAS), similar to serial ATA, drives for high-capacity applications; and 300 GB solid-state drives. Different drives can easily be mixed in a system.

“Customers can put this system in and have confidence that the system is going to meet their needs for several years.” —Chris Saul, marketing manager, Storwize V7000

Natalie Boike is a former IBM Systems Magazine managing editor.


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