5639-CB8 IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software for Storwize V7000 8.4

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Revised: August 17, 2021


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Program Number VRM Announced Available Marketing Withdrawn Service Discontinued
5639-CB8 08.04.02 2021-08-17 2021-08-27 - -
5639-CB8 08.04.00 2020-11-03 2020-11-13 - -
5639-CB8 08.03.01 2020-02-11 2020-03-06 - -
5639-CB8 08.03.00 2019-04-09 2019-06-07 - -
5639-CB8 08.02.01 2018-11-06 2018-12-07 2021-07-30 2022-09-30
5639-CB8 08.02.00 2018-07-10 2018-08-28 2021-07-30 2022-09-30
5639-CB8 08.01.03 2018-05-08 2018-06-08 2019-12-28 2020-12-31
5639-CB8 08.01.02 2018-02-20 2018-03-16 2019-12-28 2020-12-31
5639-CB8 08.01.00 2017-08-22 2017-09-22 2019-12-28 2020-12-31
5639-XB8 08.04.02 2021-08-17 2021-08-27 - -
5639-XB8 08.04.00 2020-11-03 2020-11-13 - -
5639-XB8 08.03.01 2020-02-11 2020-03-06 - -
5639-XB8 08.03.00 2019-04-09 2019-06-07 - -
5639-XB8 08.02.01 2018-11-06 2018-12-07 2021-07-30 2022-09-30
5639-XB8 08.02.00 2018-07-10 2018-08-28 2021-07-30 2022-09-30
5639-XB8 08.01.03 2018-05-08 2018-06-08 2019-12-28 2020-12-31
5639-XB8 08.01.02 2018-02-20 2018-03-16 2019-12-28 2020-12-31
5639-XB8 08.01.00 2017-08-22 2017-09-22 2019-12-28 2020-12-31
5639-EB8 08.04.02 2021-08-17 2021-08-27 - -
5639-EB8 08.04.00 2020-11-03 2020-11-13 - -
5639-EB8 08.03.00 2019-04-09 2019-06-07 - -
5639-EB8 08.02.01 2018-11-06 2018-12-07 2021-07-30 2022-09-30
5639-EB8 08.02.00 2018-07-10 2018-08-28 2021-07-30 2022-09-30
5639-EB8 08.01.03 2018-05-08 2018-06-08 2019-12-28 2020-12-31
5639-EB8 08.01.02 2018-02-20 2018-03-16 2019-12-28 2020-12-31
5639-EB8 08.01.00 2017-08-22 2017-09-22 2019-12-28 2020-12-31


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Program number

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  • IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software for Storwize V7000 Controller Software 8.4.2 (5639-CB8)
  • IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software for Storwize V7000 Expansion Software 8.4.2 (5639-XB8)
  • IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software for Storwize V7000 External Data Virtualization Software 8.4.2 (5639-EB8)


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Abstract

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IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.4.2 adds Safeguarded Copy to provide secure, immutable snapshots to help protect from cyberattacks.

IBM Storage offers IBM Copy Manager for IBM Spectrum Virtualize software to coincide with this release. IBM Copy Manager for IBM Spectrum Virtualize software is a copy management software package that is designed to deliver copy services and data management capabilities across hybrid cloud storage environments.

IBM Copy Manager for IBM Spectrum Virtualize software offering bundles the following existing software products:

  • IBM Copy Services Manager 6.3.0.1, or later versions
  • IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot 8.1.12, or later versions

IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.4 adds support for three-site replication for HyperSwap, DRAID 1 on IBM FlashSystem 7200 and 9200, expansion of mirrored vDisks, support for additional storage-class memory (SCM) on some platforms, and updates to Data Reduction Pools (DRP).

IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software 8.3.0:

IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.3.0 delivers support for the new IBM Storwize V5100 models and adds multitenancy and performance enhancements to all the current models of IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC), IBM FlashSystem V9000, IBM FlashSystem 9100, IBM Storwize V7000, and IBM Storwize 5000.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software 8.2.1:

IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.2.1 converges all the current models of SVC, FlashSystem V9000, FlashSystem 9100, Storwize V7000 and Storwize V5000 on a common code level, and adds the following functions and improvements

  • NVMe over Fibre Channel support on 16 Gb Fibre Channel adapters
  • Full IP-based quorum
  • 64K host mappings
  • IBM Spectrum Insights call home transport protocol
  • Single copy vdisk expand with format
  • iSER support for host attachment with 25 GbE adapters (IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) Model SV1 and IBM Storwize V9000 Model AC3)
  • Clustering support over Ethernet using remote direct memory access (RDMA)

IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software 8.2.0:

IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.2 delivers support for IBM FlashSystem 9100 hardware enclosures and iSCSI Extensions for RDMA (iSER) host support.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software 8.1.3:

IBM Spectrum Virtualize software delivers a powerful solution for storage virtualization, offering advanced storage capabilities.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.1.3 adds the following benefits:

  • Block deduplication increases the efficiency of storage usage by utilizing pointers in duplicate blocks rather than keeping multiple copies.
  • RESTful API support adds support for industry standard RESTful API tools for system integration, deployment, and management.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software 8.1.2:

IBM Spectrum Virtualize software delivers a powerful solution for storage virtualization, offering advanced storage capabilities.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.1.2 adds the following benefits:

  • Data reduction pools increase existing infrastructure capacity utilization by leveraging new efficiency functions. The pools enable you to automatically de-allocate and reclaim capacity of thin- provisioned volumes containing deleted data and, for the first time, enable this reclaimed capacity to be reused by other volumes. With a new log-structured pool implementation, data reduction pools help deliver more consistent performance from compressed volumes. Data reduction pools also support compressing all volumes in a system, potentially extending the benefits of compression to all data in a system.
  • Thin Provisioned Mdisk utilizes UNMAP to alert when extents are freed or a host writes zeroes, providing more efficient use of physical space.
  • iSCSI port scalability and grouping will enable new host grouping of ports of similar speeds together and deliver future increases in ports per node and speed. The host can attach to port groups with the right speeds for optimised performance.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software 8.1.0

IBM Spectrum Virtualize Family Software V8 builds on the established history of V7, providing software-defined storage capabilities across a variety of platforms. These include SAN Volume Controller, FlashSystem V9000, Storwize V7000, and the Storwize V5000 family. The following capabilities are available, based on the V7 functionality:

  • Easy Tier for use on multiple tiers
  • FlashCopy technology for point in time copies
  • Local and remote mirroring capabilities
  • Thin provisioning
  • Data Compression on supported platforms
  • System clustering for high availability and performance on supported platforms
  • Data encryption on supported platforms

These features, established through the version 7 timeline, help customers manage their data by:

  • Centralizing management of storage volumes to enable administrators to manage storage volumes from a single point
  • Improving utilization of storage capacity with virtual volumes to enable businesses to tap into previously unused disk capacity
  • Minimizing downtime for backups, maintenance, and upgrades
  • Performing data migration without disruption to applications
  • Enabling all storage devices to be organized into storage pools from which virtual volumes, whether standard, compressed, or thin- provisioned, are created with the desired characteristics
  • Delivering automation of storage management with SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center, Spectrum Control (as applicable by platform), and Spectrum Protect Snapshot (as applicable by platform)
  • Increasing the performance efficiency of storage pools with Easy Tier
  • Restoring data access quickly with near and remote copy capabilities across Fibre Channel, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), and IP networks

Building on the established capabilities and technology of version 7, V8 adds the following benefits:

  • 256GB Memory support: The V7000 gen 2+ (624) will support up to128GB per canister (256GB per system). While the hardware already supports 256 GB cache on models SV1 and AC3 (V9000), it requires an upgrade to V8 code level to make use of the increased cache. On SV1 and V9000, the maximum supported cache per node is 256 GB. On V7000 Gen 2+, it is 128 GB per canister 256 GB per enclosure.
  • New GUI: A new look and feel to the GUI, bringing consistency across other IBM Platforms.
  • SKLM enhancements for Spectrum Virtualize function: SKLM support has been expanded to support up to 3 Key Server clones for a total of 4 Key Servers (1 master and 3 clones). Concurrent use of both SKLM servers and USB based encryption is now supported.
  • Concurrent Code Upgrade (CCU): The Pause function will allow users to pause CCU indefinitely. This pause allows customers to do any problem determination, i.e. multipathing issues or simply to pause the upgrade until a more convenient time to resume the upgrade.
  • Health Checker: Allows customized configuration recommendations based on periodic inventory messages that are called home.


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Product positioning

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Customers today face a challenging business environment. There is a need to store more information to make their business more competitive and for IT to be responsive and support initiatives, all while controlling IT costs and limiting the amount of staff required to support IT.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize systems deliver management of storage from entry and midrange up to enterprise disk systems, and enable hosts to attach through SAN, FCoE, or iSCSI to existing Ethernet networks. IBM Spectrum Virtualize is designed to be easy to use, enabling existing staff to start working with it rapidly. IBM Spectrum Virtualize uses virtualization, thin provisioning, and compression technologies to improve storage utilization and meet changing needs quickly and easily. In this way, Spectrum Virtualize products are the ideal complement to server virtualization strategies.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize also enables migration of data from existing storage systems to new ones, simplifying implementation and minimizing disruption. These are offerings for customers with existing SAN, FCoE, or iSCSI networks who seek to reduce the complexities and costs of managing their storage.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize is a cross-industry offering for customers who are mainly focused on cost savings while dealing with complexity and increasing storage requirements. These customers also focus on scaling capability with reasonable costs, including disaster recovery and data protection functions (Remote Mirroring, FlashCopy), high availability (stretched clusters and HyperSwap), performance features (SSD and Easy Tier), and security enhancements (encryption).



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Highlights

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IBM Spectrum Virtualize software delivers a powerful solution for storage virtualization, offering advanced storage capabilities such as high availability, Compression, EasyTier data tiering, encryption, Distributed RAID, clustering for performance and capacity scalability, and enterprise-class local and remote copy services .

IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.4.2 delivers additional features and updates to the IBM SpectrumVirtualize family of products, including IBM FlashSystem 5000, 7000, and 9000 models, and IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC).

The following updates are available in version 8.4.2:

  • Safeguarded Copy provides secure, immutable snapshots to protect and recover from cyber attacks
  • Number of host volumes has increased to 15,864 on FlashSystem 7000, FlashSystem 9000, and SVC
  • Nondisruptive volume migration between systems allows migration of volumes from one IBMSpectrum Virtualize system to another for load balancing or upgrading hardware, without losing host access or requiring any application down time during the migration
  • HyperSwap max capacity increased to 2 PB per I/O group on FlashSystem 7200 and 9200,and SVC models SV2 and SA2
  • IP replication partnerships increased to three with existing Fibre Channel-based replication
  • Expand FlashCopy volumes allows user to expand volumes with FlashCopy mapping and perform a fast restore operation of an expanded volume
  • Support for multiple IP addresses and VLANs per port enables use of VLAN tagging to isolate tenants and provides multitenancy of host I/O ports

IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.4 delivers additional features and updates to the IBM Spectrum Virtualize family of products, including IBM FlashSystem 5000, 7000, and 9000 models, and IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC).

The following updates are available in version 8.4:

  • Three-site mirroring with HyperSwap support provides improved availability for data in three-site implementations. This expands on the disaster recovery capabilities inherent in this topology.
  • Three-site mirroring using Metro Mirror was previously supported only in limited installations. With 8.4, this implementation is generally available.
  • DRAID 1 support provides the ability to extend distributed RAID advantages to smaller pools of drives. This improves performance over traditional RAID 1 implementations, allowing users to make better use of flash technology.
  • Expansion of mirrored vDisks allows the vDisk capacity to be expanded or reduced on-line, without requiring an offline format and sync. This improves the availability of the volume for use because the new capacity is available immediately.
  • Up to twelve SCM devices per enclosure are supported in this release. Previously, the limit for all SCM drives was four per enclosure. With 8.4, FlashSystem 5100, 7000, and 9000 systems can support up to twelve Optane drives per enclosure. Simultaneously, with this release, up to twelve zSSD drives can be supported in version 8.3.1 and later.
  • DRP improvements include redirect-on-write support for FlashCopy relationships, reduced failover times, improved availability of Compresstimator data, and improved reliability and availability of data in DRP pools through reconstruct read.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize version 8.3.1 delivers additional functionality for IBM FlashSystem, IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC), IBM Storwize, and IBM Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud offerings, including:

  • DRAID set expansion
  • Three-site replication
  • Easy Tier support for storage-class memory drives
  • Support for FlashSystem 7200

IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.3.0 adds the following benefits:

  • Support for new NVMe-based Storwize V5100 models delivering improved performance and lower latency
  • Multitenancy through object-based access control allocates storage resources to several independent tenants with the assurance that one tenant cannot access resources associated with another tenant
  • Data reduction pool performance improvements

IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.2.1 adds the following benefits:

  • NVMe over Fibre Channel support on 16 Gb Fibre Channel adapters: Extends the simplicity, efficiency, and end-to-end NVMe model where NVMe commands and structures are transferred end to end, requiring no translations
  • Full IP-based quorum: Delivers support for administrators looking to consolidate their infrastructure over Ethernet
  • Increased host mappings: Increases host mappings to 64K from the previous limitation of 20K
  • IBM Spectrum Insights: Provides a call home protocol that uses IBM IP to deliver a more robust path and higher bandwidth/higher frequency data transmission, with end-to-end confirmation of receipt
  • Single copy vdisk expand with format: Enables administrators to expand a vdisk without migrating the data off and back on
  • iSER support for host attachment with 25 GbE adapters : Expands the host connectivity options for those storage arrays not initially covered by 8.2
  • Clustering support over Ethernet using RDMA: Enables IBM Spectrum Virtualize software to run over multiple types of technology, including FS9100, SVC, V9000, and V7000

IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.2 adds support for the new IBM FlashSystem 9100 systems and clustering with IBM Storwize 7000.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.1.3 delivers block deduplication and RESTful API support.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.1.2 delivers support for the latest platforms in the IBM Storwize product family, and adds the following functions and improvements:

  • Data reduction pools (DRP) for increased capacity efficiency
  • Thin-provisioning deallocation and space reclamation (SCSI UNMAP)
  • Thin Provisioned Mdisk: Utilizes UNMAP to alert when extents are freed or a host writes zeroes, providing more efficient use of physical space (Available in IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.1.1)
  • Increased number of compress volumes, up to the vdisk limits
  • Improved performance consistency with compression
  • iSCSI port scalability and grouping (Available in IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.1.1)

IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software 8.1.0 adds the following enhancements:

  • Remote support assistance: Support engineers can perform system or upgrade recoveries over secure support sessions. This enables remote concurrent upgrades to be done securely and is only available only for clients who purchase Enterprise Class Support.
  • 256 GB memory support: The V7000 Gen 2+ (624) will support up to128 GB per canister (256 GB per system). The SVC SV1 and V9000 have had the capability of supporting 256 GB per node since 7.8.1, and at V8 the operating system will take full advantage of the memory. This is the entire cache of the system which includes both read and write cache.
  • Improved GUI: A new look and feel to the GUI brings consistency across other IBM platforms.
  • SKLM enhancements for Spectrum Virtualize function: SKLM support has been expanded to support up to three Key Server clones for a total of four Key Servers (one master and three clones). Concurrent use of both SKLM servers and USB-based encryption is now supported.
  • Concurrent Code Upgrade (CCU): The Pause function will allow users to pause CCU indefinitely. This pause allows customers to do any problem determination, such as multipathing issues or simply to pause the upgrade until a more convenient time to resume the upgrade.
  • Health Checker: This enables customized configuration recommendations based on periodic inventory messages that are called home.


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IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.4.2:

Whether they are caused by human error, system glitches, or malicious criminal acts, data breaches are among the gravest and most expensive threats to businesses today. In the past, most organizations have developed and implemented high availability and disaster recovery solutions to protect their data, but these measures are not enough for protection against today's cyberattacks. Organizations affected by a breach also run the risk of having their normal business operations disrupted, as well as, losing valuable data, customers, and their reputation within their industry.

It is imperative that IBM is not only protecting your business from the traditional failures that we have grown accustomed to, but is also prepared for any sort of cyberattack and can help you build resiliency and quick recovery into your operations. Cyber resilience aims at the ability of an organization to continue to operate with the least amount of disruption despite cyberattacks and outages. Cyber resilience expands the scope of protection, covering both cybersecurity and business continuity. A significant part of cyber resilience is the ability to recover from a logical data corruption event. With the constant threat of data breaches driving increased interest in providing secure authentication across hybrid cloud environments, IBM Spectrum Virtualize offers the powerful data security functionality of IBM Safeguarded Copy.

The Safeguarded Copy solution available with IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.4.2 software is the latest protection mechanism for data on IBM FlashSystem and SVC storage systems. Safeguarded Copy, similar to the IBM DS8000 Safeguarded Copy solution, helps secure data to prevent it from being compromised, either accidentally or deliberately, and allows for recovery from protected backups in the event of a cyberattack. It provides secure, point-in-time copies or snapshots of active production data that cannot be altered or deleted (immutable copies), and that can later be used for identification, repair, or replacement of data that has been compromised by either a cyber or internal attack or corrupted by system failures or human error. The safeguarded backups or copies of data are protected with additional security provided through unique user roles with dual management control (separation of duties). The Safeguarded Copy solution for IBM FlashSystem family and SVC storage systems integrates with IBM Copy Services Manager software, starting with Copy Services Manager 6.3.0.1, leveraging its automated, built-in copy and retention scheduling, testing, and ease of recovery capabilities. IBM Copy Services Manager also coordinates Safeguarded Copy function across multiple systems.

As an added layer of protection, Safeguarded Copy is integrated with IBM QRadar Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) that helps security teams accurately detect and prioritize threats across the enterprise. Using analytics and AI, IBM QRadar SIEM analyzes log events and network flow data to detect suspicious events in real time and aggregates related events into prioritized alerts. IBM QRadar SIEM and IBM Spectrum Virtualize Safeguarded Copy combine the proactive threat monitoring and detection capabilities of IBM QRadar and the data protection and recovery functionalities of IBM Spectrum Virtualize Safeguarded Copy to strengthen the cyber resilience of your hybrid cloud storage environment.

IBM Copy Manager for IBM Spectrum Virtualize is an optional software package offering available for IBM FlashSystem and SVC storage families. It is designed to deliver copy services, data management, and protection capabilities across hybrid cloud storage environment through IBM Copy Services Manager 6.3.0.1, or later, and IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot 8.1.12, or later.

IBM Copy Services Manager is a replication management solution that delivers central control of your replication environment while helping to simplify and automate complex replication tasks. With Copy Services Manager, you can coordinate copy services on a variety of IBM Storage systems, including DS8000, SVC, Storwize V7000, and XIV. Starting with version 6.3.0.1, Copy Services Manager includes support for Safeguarded Copy on the IBM FlashSystem family beginning with IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.4.2.

IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot is designed to deliver data protection for business-critical applications through integrated application snapshot backup and restore capabilities. These capabilities are achieved through the utilization of advanced storage- specific hardware snapshot technology to help create a high- performance, low-impact, application data protection solution.

IBM Copy Manager for IBM Spectrum Virtualize is offered as a per- enclosure license, up to twenty-four storage drives or up to 500 TB of total physical raw capacity per enclosure or storage device, and will be available to order through WTAAS and Passport Advantage. For SVC installations, the license limit is simply 500 TB of total physical raw capacity, measured against the FlashCopy source VDisk capacity of the system.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.4:

Expanding the three-site replication model to include HyperSwap improves data availability options in three-site implementations. Systems configured in a three-site topology have high disaster recovery capabilities, but a disaster may take the data offline until the system can be failed over to an alternate site. HyperSwap allows active-active configurations to maintain data availability, eliminating the need to failover if communications should be disrupted. This provides a more robust environment, allowing up to 100% uptime for data, as well as recovery options inherent to disaster recovery solutions. In addition, the previously limited deployment of three-site replication with Metro Mirror is generally available with 8.4.

Adding DRAID 1 support provides the ability to establish DRAID mirroring to smaller numbers of drives than with other levels of DRAID, reducing the minimum cost requirements to implement DRAID in a system. Traditional RAID 1 writes to one drive from the host but can read from both. Distributing the primary data between the drives in DRAID allows both reading and writing to both drives, improving overall performance in both I/O operations and during rebuilds. DRAID 1 supports a minimum of two drives, with no requirement to establish a rebuild area in two-drive configurations. Two-drive configurations are limited to SCM devices and flash drives, where the cost of additional devices can make DRAID 6 impractical in some instances.

Support of expanding mirrored vDisks with sync and format allows client to expand and reduce the size of their vDisks without requiring an offline format. This technology utilizes fast format on both devices at the same time, eliminating the need to sync once the format is complete. The benefit is that the newly expanded capacity is available and treated as in sync immediately, rather than having to wait for an offline format and synchronisation of the volumes.

This release increases the restriction of SCM drives per enclosure in the FlashSystem 5100, 7000, and 9000 families from four to twelve. The limit of twelve is effective in version 8.3.1 and later for zSSD drives, and version 8.4 and later for Optane drives.

Data Reduction Pools receive several updates in 8.4:

  • FlashCopy volumes are optimised for flash devices by utilizing redirect-on-write technology versus copy-on-write designed for spinning disks. Redirect-on-write decreases the I/O amplification for snapshots, improving performance when using flash devices. This technology uses the DRP internal deduplication referencing mechanism to convert these situations to more efficient metadata operations, instead of requiring a complete data operation. Redirect on write is limited to deduplication volumes in the same IO pool that are not in a mirrored relationship.

  • Back-end clustering technology has been improved to reduce failover times, providing improved failover capabilities in the system.

  • In 8.4, the Compresstimator is always on. This allows the system to sample each volume at regular intervals, providing the ability to display the compressability of the data in the GUI and IBM Storage Insights at any time.

  • Support of a reconstruct read improves the data corruption handling algorithms in data reduction pools, improving reliability and availability of the data in these pools.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.3.1 delivers enhanced capabilities for select Storwize, FlashSystem, SVC, and IBM Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud offerings.

  • DRAID set expansion will enable you to add more drives to an existing DRAID array without disrupting IO. You will be able to add up to 12 drives to the array in each expansion, up to the limit of 128 drives. You can also choose to assign the capacity of these new drives to add rebuild areas to the array, up to the maximum of four rebuild areas per array. Expansion works by taking free space at the end of the array, or by migrating a small amount of data to other free space in the pool. The array is then restriped with the new geometry, after which the data is migrated onto the new array geometry, using the new drives. This design means that users get to use new extents on the array as they are made available. Also, by restriping the array, users get the performance benefits of distributing data across more array members.
  • Three-site replication provides enhanced disaster tolerance for IBM Spectrum Virtualize systems, enabling coordination of data between three disparate sites for failover and failback. At this time, three- site replication requires the submission of a request through the SCORE system to help manage requirements and configuration details.
  • Easy Tier support for storage-class memory drives as a new highest tier.
  • Support for the new FlashSystem 7200 and 9200 systems, new SVC models, and other storage systems running storage-class memory devices.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.3.0 builds upon the already robust tools and functionality of IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.2.1 to add support for the new Storwize V5100 systems.

Multitenancy

The storage system allows allocating storage resources to several independent administrators, assuring that one administrator cannot access resources associated with another administrator.

Multitenancy extends the storage system approach to role-based access control. In addition to associating the user with predefined sets of operations and scope (the applications on which an operation is allowed), the storage system enables the user to freely determine what operations are allowed, and where they are allowed.

When multitenancy is enabled, storage resources are allocated to several independent administrators with the assurance that one administrator cannot view or access resources that are associated with another administrator.

Data Reduction Pools performance enhancements

Handling of deduplication metadata in Data reduction pools has been optimised, driving incremental improvements in write bandwidth performance.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.2.1 builds upon the already robust tools and functionality of IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.2 and IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.1.3, supported on FlashSystem 9100, Storwize, SVC, and 9000.

The NVMe over Fibre Channel support on the 16 Gb Fibre Channel adapter expands the capabilities of the existing adapters and extends the simplicity, efficiency, and end-to-end NVMe model where NVMe commands and structures are transferred end to end and require no translations.

Full IP-based quorum delivers support for administrators looking to consolidate their infrastructure over Ethernet, eliminating Fibre Channel connections for intracluster communication. This saves cost and reduces bandwidth on any SANs used for storage connectivity.

64K host mappings extend the ability of administrators to provision for large numbers of hosts, particularly in virtual environments. Customers have been reaching the 20K limit available on existing levels.

Support for the call home transport protocol for Storage Insights enables customers to use a lighter-weight protocol for system monitoring, improving performance of both the system and the network in the process. This improves the overall customer experience when using Storage Insights to monitor large storage infrastructures, and provides a more robust path which will give higher bandwidth and frequency data transmission with end-to-end confirmation of receipt.

The single copy vdisk expand with format enables administrators to expand the capacity of a fully allocated single copy volume with fast format on expanded region by default, without having to create a new volume and migrate the data off the existing volume. This provides more flexible configurability of the system without consuming unnecessary capacity and enables the ability to expand fully allocated single copy volumes that are part of a replication relationship with fast format.

iSER support for host attachment optimizes the host connection options for hosts using Ethernet as their communication path to the storage device. iSER enables customers to improve performance while maintaining their investments in applications not ready for NVMe and eases cloud deployment with high-speed Ethernet. It is useful in software-defined storage systems as it is protocol agnostic with either iWarp or RoCE.

Clustering support over Ethernet using RDMA improves the performance of cluster communications, using the latest protocols and freeing up bandwidth on the SAN. Clustering enables IBM Spectrum Virtualize to run over multiple types of technology, such as RoCE, and iWARP.

Spectrum Virtualize 8.2.1 supports the Gemalto SafeNet Key Server release 8.3 onwards in addition to the IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager (SKLM).

Spectrum Virtualize 8.2 builds upon the already robust tools and functionality of IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.1 to add support for the new FlashSystem 9100 systems and clustering with the Storwize 7000. Additionally, these two platforms now support iSER protocol host attachment.Lower latencies and higher bandwidth requirements can be addressed by using RDMA to implement iSCSI. iSER is a new interconnect protocol that allows iSCSI to run on top of RDMA technology. RDMA can be implemented by using RoCE (RDMA over Converged Ethernet) or iWARP (Internet Wide-area RDMA Protocol). iSER enables iSCSI to run on top of it regardless of which of these technologies is used underneath.

Spectrum Virtualize 8.1.2 builds upon the already robust tools and functionality of Spectrum Virtualize 8.1 whose hardware platforms include Storwize, SVC, and 9000. IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.1.2 adds Data Reduction Pools, Thin-Provisioned Mdisk (Available in IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.1.1), and iSCSI port scalability and grouping (Available in IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.1.1).

Data reduction pools increase existing infrastructure capacity utilization by leveraging new efficiency functions. The pools enable you to automatically de-allocate and reclaim capacity of thin- provisioned volumes containing deleted data and, for the first time, enable this reclaimed capacity to be reused by other volumes. With a new log-structured pool implementation, data reduction pools help deliver more consistent performance from compressed volumes. Data reduction pools also support compressing all volumes in a system, potentially extending the benefits of compression to all data in a system.

Thin Provisioned Mdisk utilizes UNMAP to alert when extents are freed or a host writes zeroes, providing more efficient use of physical space. (Available in IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.1.1)

Anticipating future increases in ports per node and speed per port, iSCSI Port scalability and grouping will enable the host to group together ports of similar speeds and attach to port groups with the right speeds for optimised performance. (Available in IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.1.1)

IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software 8.1.0 builds upon the already robust tools and functionality of Spectrum Virtualize 7.8.1, whose hardware platforms include Storwize, SVC, and 9000.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize software supports up to for 256GB memory. While the hardware has supported 256GB cache on both the SV1 and AC3 (V9000), it requires an upgrade to V8 code level to make use of the increased cache. On the SV1 and V9000, the maximum supported cache per node is 256 GB. On the V7000 Gen 2+, it is 128GB per canister 256GB per enclosure.

SKLM is expanding its support to up to four servers for the IBM Spectrum Virtualize products. This allows customers to have stand-by SKLM servers in case of the master SKLM server fails for any reason. This allows Spectrum Virtualize to have the same parameters as the other storage platforms and the ability to co-exist with the USB key method. This will provide additional peace of mind in case the SKLM server went down and the V7000 rebooted.

V7000 software can be ordered through WTAAS.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software for Storwize V7000

The IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software for Storwize V7000 licensing is the same as 7.3 and later versions.

Each IBM Spectrum Virtualize software for Storwize V7000 5639-CB8, 5639-XB8, and 5639-EB8 license has the following feature codes:

  • Base software
  • Full Feature Set
  • Easy Tier
  • FlashCopy
  • Remote Mirroring
  • Compression

Storwize V7000 5639-CB8 also has an encryption option. The encryption option will enable encryption for the entire 7000.

The Full Feature Bundle includes FlashCopy, Remote Mirroring, Easy Tier, and Compression (where applicable), and satisfies the prerequisite requirements for any of the included features.

The following sections describes each software license in detail, when and where it applies, and provides examples.

IBM Storwize Family Software for Storwize V7000 Controller V7 (5639-CB8)

Each IBM Storwize V7000 (2076-AF6/624/524) Control Enclosure uses IBM Storwize Family Software for Storwize V7000 Controller Software, 5639-CB8. A 5639-CB8 IBM Spectrum Virtualize software for Storwize V7000 Controller software license is required for each control enclosure. In addition to this control enclosure license, advanced functions are available for purchase as feature codes of the software. For example, if you are running a Storwize V7000 system and want to improve performance efficiencies with Easy Tier, you may purchase that feature code to use Easy Tier across all the control enclosures, expansion enclosures, and externally virtualized enclosures configured with that system, and proceed to use Easy Tier for that Storwize V7000 system. Alternatively, you can enable Easy Tier and all other optional advanced functions available by purchasing the single feature code labeled Full Feature Bundle.

IBM Storwize Family Software for Storwize V7000 Expansion V7 (5639-XB8)

Each IBM Storwize V7000 (2076-12F/24F/92F/AFF/A9F) Expansion Enclosure uses IBM Storwize Family Software for Storwize V7000 Expansion Software, 5639-XB8. A 5639-XB8 IBM Storwize Family Software for Storwize V7000 Expansion software license is required for each expansion enclosure. In addition to this expansion enclosure license, advanced functions are available for purchase as feature codes of the software. For example, if you are running a Storwize V7000 system and want to improve performance efficiencies with Easy Tier, you may purchase that feature code to use Easy Tier across all the control enclosures, expansion enclosures, and externally virtualized enclosures configured with that system, and proceed to use Easy Tier for that Storwize V7000 system. Alternatively, you can enable Easy Tier and all other optional advanced functions available by purchasing the single feature code labeled Full Feature Bundle.
Note: The high-density enclosures (2076-92F and 2076-A9F) require four of the base software charge codes to support the number of disk slots in the system.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software for Storwize V7000 External Data Virtualization V7 (5639-EB8)

Each IBM Storwize V7000 (2076-AF6/624/524) Control Enclosure has the ability to attach and manage external storage devices. IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software for Storwize V7000 External Data Virtualization Software, 5639-EB8, must be licensed to authorize use of this function. This license must be purchased for each storage enclosure that is attached to and externally managed by the Storwize 7000. IBM Storwize V7000 (2076-AF6/624/524) Control Enclosures and IBM Storwize V7000 (2076-A9F/AFF/92F/12F/24F) Disk Expansion Enclosures are not included in this External Virtualization license.

A storage enclosure externally managed by the Storwize V7000 is defined as an independently powered, channel-attached device that stores data on magnetic disks or solid state drives, such as disk controllers and their respective expansion units, each constituting separate enclosures. Therefore, an enclosure can be either the main controller housing disk or solid-state drives, or the expansion chassis that houses additional disk or solid-state drives for the purpose of expanding the total capacity of the storage system. Consult an IBM sales representative with any questions regarding storage controllers. For example, adding an IBM System Storage DS5020 consisting of two enclosures to an IBM Storwize V7000 consisting of one control enclosure and three expansion enclosures requires the purchase of the external virtualization license with a feature code quantity of two enclosures.

In addition to this external enclosure license, advanced functions are available for purchase as feature codes of the software. For example, if you are running a Storwize V7000 system and want to improve performance efficiencies with Easy Tier, you may purchase that feature code to use Easy Tier across all the control enclosures, expansion enclosures, and externally virtualized enclosures configured with that system, and continue to use Easy Tier for that Storwize V7000 system. Alternatively, you can enable Easy Tier and all other optional advanced functions available by purchasing the single feature code labeled Full Feature Set.

IBM Storwize V7000 License examples

Scenario 1:

You are managing a clustered Storwize V7000 system consisting of two 2076-524 Disk Control enclosures, one which has two 2076-12F Expansion enclosures attached, and the other which has four 2076-24F Expansion enclosures attached. In addition, this Storwize V7000 system is managing an IBM System Storage DS5020 consisting of four enclosures. You want to use all advanced functions through the Full Feature Set feature code. This configuration requires:

  • A quantity of two IBM Storwize Family Software for Storwize V7000 Controller Software licenses (5639-CB8), each with the Full Feature Set feature code selected.
  • A quantity of six IBM Storwize Family Software for Storwize V7000 Expansion Software licenses (5639-XB8), each with the Full Feature Set feature code selected.
  • A quantity of one IBM Storwize Family Software for Storwize V7000 External Data Virtualization Software license (5639-EB8), with a feature code quantity of four of the Base software, as well as a feature code quantity of four of the Full Feature Set feature code.

Scenario 2:

At the primary site, you are managing a clustered Storwize V7000 system consisting of one 2076-624 Disk Control enclosure which has two 2076-24F Expansion enclosures attached, and a 2076-524 Disk Control enclosure which has four 2076-24F Expansion enclosures attached. In addition, this Storwize V7000 system is managing an IBM System Storage DS5020 consisting of four enclosures. You want to use the Remote Mirroring features in this configuration. At secondary site, you have the exact same configuration set up. This configuration requires:

  • A quantity of three IBM Storwize Family Software for Storwize V7000 Software licenses (5639-CB8).
  • A quantity of three IBM Storwize Family Software for Storwize V7000 Remote Mirroring Software licensed (5639-XB8).
  • A quantity of one IBM Storwize Family Software for Storwize V7000 Controller Software license (5639-CB8), with the Remote Mirroring feature code selected.
  • A Quantity of four IBM Storwize Family Software for Storwize V7000 Expansion Software licenses (5639-XB8), each with the Remote Mirroring feature code selected.
  • One of the following:
    • A quantity of one IBM Storwize Family Software for Storwize V7000 External Data Virtualization Software license (5639-EB8), with a feature code quantity of four of the Base software, as well as a feature code quantity of four of the Remote Mirroring feature code.
    • A quantity of four IBM Storwize Family Software for Storwize V7000 External Virtualization licenses (5639-EB8), plus an additional four IBM Storwize Family Software for Storwize V7000 Remote Mirroring Software, 5639-EB8, licenses to properly license Remote Mirroring for the externally managed DS5020.

Auto renewal registration of software maintenance for Storwize V7000 Controller Software 5639-CB8, Storwize V7000 Expansion Software 5639-XB8, and Storwize V7000 External Data Virtualization Software 5639-EB8 (Feature number 9000)

Software maintenance renewals in the WTAAS ordering system for Storwize V7000 Controller software 5639-CB8, Storwize V7000 Expansion software 5639-XB8, and Storwize V7000 External Data Virtualization software 5639-EB8 are now available through a services contract. Selecting feature number 9000 with the software maintenance registration ordered with 5639-CB8, 5639-XB8, or 5639-EB8, indicates that the customer wishes to continue their software maintenance on a services contract at the end of the initial software maintenance term. Feature number 9000 is available on the following Storwize V7000 Controller, Storwize V7000 Expansion, and Storwize V7000 External Data Virtualization base software maintenance registration product IDs:

  • 5639-CBA - 1 Year Software Maintenance Registration
  • 5639-CBF - 2 Year Software Maintenance Registration
  • 5639-CBC - 3 Year Software Maintenance Registration
  • 5639-CBG - 4 Year Software Maintenance Registration
  • 5639-CBH - 5 Year Software Maintenance Registration
  • 5639-XBA - 1 Year Software Maintenance Registration
  • 5639-XBF - 2 Year Software Maintenance Registration
  • 5639-XBC - 3 Year Software Maintenance Registration
  • 5639-XBG - 4 Year Software Maintenance Registration
  • 5639-XBH - 5 Year Software Maintenance Registration
  • 5639-EBA - 1 Year Software Maintenance Registration
  • 5639-EBF - 2 Year Software Maintenance Registration
  • 5639-EBC - 3 Year Software Maintenance Registration
  • 5639-EBG - 4 Year Software Maintenance Registration
  • 5639-EBH - 5 Year Software Maintenance Registration

Block deduplication increases the efficiency of data storage by eliminating duplicate copies of data. The deduplication process identifies unique chunks of data or byte patterns, and stores a signature of the chunk for reference when writing new data chunks. If the new chunk's signature matches an existing signature, the new chunk is replaced with a small reference that points to the stored chunk. The same byte pattern may occur many times resulting in the amount of data that must be stored being greatly reduced.

Storwize deduplication will be performed between deduplicated volume copies within a data-reduction pool. RESTful API support allows users to easily automate common tasks with industry standard tools. RESTful API support is available to interface with the Command Line Interface (CLI), general task commands (such as Create vDisk), various views normally available via the CLI, and secure authentication to the Spectrum Virtualize family.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance can be found on the IBM Accessibility website.



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Operating environment

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Hardware requirements

IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software for Storwize V7000 Controller Software (5639-CB8) requires at least one IBM Storwize V7000 control enclosure (2076-724, 2076-U7B, 2076-U7A, 2076-AF6, 2076-624, or 2076-524) for installation. 2076-724 and 2076-U7B requires version 8.2.0.2, or later.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software for Storwize V7000 Expansion Software (5639-XB8) requires at least one IBM Storwize V7000 expansion enclosure (2076-A9F, 2076-92F, 2076-AFF, 2076-12F, or 2076-24F) for installation. The high-density enclosures (2076-A9F and 2076-92F) require four of the base software charge codes to support the number of drive slots in the system.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software for Storwize V7000 External Data Virtualization Software (5639-EB8) requires at least one IBM Storwize V7000 enclosure (2076-724, 2076-AF6, 2076-624, or 2076-524) for installation.

Current support summaries, including specific software, hardware, and firmware levels supported, are maintained at Storwize V7000 support website.

Software requirements

Installation of IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software 8.3 can be done directly from systems running IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software 8.2.1, or later.

For current hardware and software interoperability dependencies, and other product environment and configuration information, see the Storwize V7000 support website.

IBM includes one year of software maintenance with each program license acquired.

See the Description section for new storage system and host environment support added by this release. For all current storage systems and host environments supported, go to the Storwize V7000 support website.



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Planning information

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Customer responsibilities

Planning for, and provision of, the power and environmental support of the required IBM Spectrum Virtualize product, including its storage engines, is a customer responsibility.

Planning considerations for IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software are listed in IBM Knowledge Center at the IBM Storwize V7000 website.

Customers with enclosure licenses for optional functions, such as Easy Tier and FlashCopy, are responsible to combine the total number of enclosures managed for each function to ensure they are within the enterprise license entitlement (within that country) for each function.

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.

Compatibility

For further information regarding currently supported environments and operating guidelines, go to the Storwize V7000 support website.

Limitations

Additional information on configuration limitations and configuration guidelines is further documented in the README file accompanying the Spectrum Virtualize Software or in furnished publications for this product available at the IBM Storwize V7000 support website.

Encryption and other functions in this announcement may be subject to limitations and restrictions for supported configurations, environments, and use. See the V8 Configuration Limits and Restrictions document for details.

To view this document, access the IBM Systems Support website.

Select the applicable product (such as Storwize V7000) in the Product Finder menu.

Enter V8 Configuration Limits and Restrictions in the Search Support field and check the Search only box.



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Publications

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The following publications can be downloaded in PDF format from the websites below:

Title                      Order
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ENUG                       Z125-5823
IBM Systems Safety Notices G229-9054

To view on-line information and link to a download site, go to the IBM Storwize V7000 page in IBM Knowledge Center, then see the publications listed under the 8.1 release.

To download free PDF format publications, go to the IBM Publications Center website. To directly download publications in PDF format, go to the IBM Storwize V7000 Knowledge Center support website.

IBM Publications Center

The Publications Center is a worldwide central repository for IBM product publications and marketing material with a catalogue of 70,000 items. Extensive search facilities are provided. A large number of publications are available on-line in various file formats, and they can all be downloaded.



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Security, auditability, and control

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IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software can use an existing LDAP for authentication, for example interfacing with Microsoft Active Directory.

Use of supplementary antivirus software is recommended, but not required.



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Trademarks

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** Company, product, or service name may be a trade-mark or service mark of others.

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