5639-RB8 IBM FlashSystem V9000 Software 8.3

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Revised: April 27, 2021


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Product life cycle datesProduct life cycle datesDescriptionDescription
Program numberProgram numberOperating environmentOperating environment
AbstractAbstractPlanning informationPlanning information
Product positioningProduct positioningPublicationsPublications
HighlightsHighlightsSecurity, auditability, and controlSecurity, auditability, and control


Product life cycle dates

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Program Number VRM Announced Available Marketing Withdrawn Service Discontinued
5639-RB8 08.03.01 2020-02-11 2020-03-06 - -
5639-RB8 08.02.01 2018-11-06 2018-12-07 2021-07-30 2022-12-31
5639-RB8 08.01.03 2018-05-08 2018-06-08 2019-12-28 2020-12-31
5639-RB8 08.01.02 2018-02-20 2018-03-16 2019-12-28 2020-12-31
5639-RB8 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 FlashSystem V9000 Software 8.3.0 (5639-RB8)


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Abstract

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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 8.1.3:

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. (Available in IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.1.1)
  • 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. (Available in IBM Spectrum Virtualize 8.1.1)

IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software 8.1.0 delivers support for the latest platforms in the IBM Storwize product family, and adds the following functions and improvements:

  • Remote Support Assistances provides secure connection for remote support with audit logging
  • Increased memory support for the controllers to improve performance: 256GB support per V9000 node
  • V9000 hot spare node support with hot upgrade capability
  • New GUI look and feel
  • IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager (SKLM) coexistence with USB encryption key management and SKLM clone server support
  • Pause capability in concurrent code updater allows flexibility during code updates recommendations


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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 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

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 8.1.3 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 V9000 has 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.
  • V9000 hot spare node support: Higher availability provided by automatically swapping a spare node into the cluster if the cluster detects a failing node. Additional use cases are code updates and node refreshes.
  • 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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Description

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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 xdd 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).

IBM 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 robust tools and functionality of Spectrum Virtualize 7.8.1 on the Storwize, SVC, and V9000 hardware platforms.

Remote Support Assistance (RSA) brings simplified security and troubleshooting to the customer. For those customers who can enable a secure connection to IBM servers, RSA will allow for a secure channel to be open so IBM can perform remote recovery intervention or remotely upload logs. This feature also includes audit logging for ease of mind. In addition, RSA will also allow IBM to do a remote code upgrade for the customer, if the customer has purchased Enterprise Client Service.

Storwize Virtualize supports 256 GB of memory. While the hardware has supported 256 GB cache on model AC3 (V9000), it requires an upgrade to V8 code level to make use of the increased cache. On V9000, the maximum supported cache per node is 256 GB.

With hot spare node support, customers can obtain higher availability by utilizing this function. The hot spare will allow the customer to automatically swap a spare node with a failing one. It can also be used to swap old nodes to new nodes during an upgrade.

SKLM is expanding its support to up to four servers for the Spectrum Virtualize products enabling customers to have stand-by SKLM servers in case 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 would provide additional peace of mind in case the SKLM server went down and the system rebooted.

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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Hardware requirements

IBM FlashSystem V9000 software V8 (5639-RB8) requires at least two IBM FlashSystem V9000 Control Enclosures (9846-AC3 or 9848-AC3) and at least one IBM FlashSystem V9000 Storage Enclosure (9846-AE3 or 9848-AE3).

Current support summaries, including specific software, hardware, and firmware levels supported, are maintained at the IBM FlashSystem V9000 support website.

Software requirements

An IBM FlashSystem V9000 Software V8 (5639-RB8) license is required for each IBM FlashSystem V9000 storage enclosure (9846-AE3 or 9848-AE3), and any 2U expansion enclosure (9846-12F, 9846-24F, 9848-12F, 9848-24F), with four 5639-RB8 licenses required for each 5U high-density enclosure (9846-92F, 9848-92F). There are no separate software licenses required for the IBM FlashSystem V9000 control enclosures (9846-AC3 or 9848-AC3).

The 5639-RB8 license allows the use of all Spectrum Virtualize function except encryption for all storage contained within the licensed enclosures. Encryption is subject to the purchase of feature code AF14, where available. The use of externally virtualized storage is not covered by these licenses and is subject to the same capacity based licensing as SAN Volume Controller.

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 IBM FlashSystem V9000 support website.

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

For all current storage systems and host environments supported, go to the IBM FlashSystem V9000 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 under the IBM FlashSystem V9000 website.

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 IBM FlashSystem V9000 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 FlashSystem V9000 support website.



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Publications

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

Title                      Order number
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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 V5000 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 FlashSystem V9000 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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Use of supplementary antivirus software is recommended, but not required.



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