Well, it's Tuesday again, and you know what that means? IBM Announcements!
Today I want to write about a very recent enhancement for IBM storage clients. This announcement was specific to all IBM Storage clients using IBM Spectrum Control.
IBM recently announced a new solution for existing Spectrum Control clients to obtain a cloud based version and get even more value from their Spectrum Control investment. Whether you have Spectrum Control Standard, Advanced, Select or Virtual Storage Center all versions are covered under this new solution.
In this new solution for existing clients of Spectrum Control, they are entitled to this new solution using existing Spectrum Control licensed capacity. This new solution which is a cloud based Software as a Service (SaaS) offering is titled Storage Insights for Spectrum Control. For current Spectrum Control clients this new solution is provided with no additional costs.
Since the release of Storage Insights & Storage Insights Pro existing clients with Spectrum Control have asked for a similar cloud based option. Today we have that option.
Full details on what is provided In the IBM Storage Insights for Spectrum Control solution can be obtained at [ Storage Insights for Spectrum Control Knowledge Center]
I have provided in the following table a review by version of the features available with this new announcement to the Spectrum Control family of solutions.
If your existing Spectrum Control instance is providing your requirements then consider Storage Insights for Spectrum Control for the added value of enhance IBM Storage Support, and constantly getting access to the latest features of Storage Insights for Spectrum Control without any of the maintenance or upgrade activities.
Whatever reason you may need to reach out to IBM Storage Support, with IBM Support having immediate access to your storage configuration details will reduce the time and your teams effort to get a resolution or recommendation from IBM on how to proceed.
Well we certainly had a busy April 2nd, so I wanted to take a minute to touch on the announcement surrounding IBM Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud and its availability in Amazon Web Services (AWS).
For those of you who attended the [IBM Think 2019] conference this year and stopped by the IBM Systems area on the event floor, you saw a preview of this running. This week we announced planned availability in AWS. If you were watching the live simulcast from Rome, you saw the IBM Product Marketing Manager for Spectrum Storage show this as part of the live demo. If you missed the live simulcast, check out the [April 2 Simulcast replay].
With the announcement of Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud V8.3.0, clients now have the ability to run Spectrum Virtualize like they can run IBM Spectrum Scale on AWS. IBM Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud has been available on IBM Cloud since 2017, and this extends the number of Cloud Service Providers. To learn more see the [Implementation Guide for IBM Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud] redpaper.
The key advantages that [IBM Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud] can deliver to clients are:
IBM Spectrum Virtualize will be deployed in AWS EC2 instances and be able to virtualize EBS volumes to present the storage to host systems. This also means that clients will also be able to leverage IBM Easy Tier across those virtualized EBS volumes to make the most out of the capability of their environments while still managing the cost, just like in on-premise solutions today.
This naturally comes along with the consistent enterprise-class storage functionality and management that clients are use to working with the IBM Spectrum Virtualize family. As part of this announcement, clients will also soon see pre-tested blueprints that will help speed deployment with confidence.
To learn more, see the [IBM Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud V8.3.0 and IBM Spectrum Virtualize Software V8.3.0] announcement letter.
Here is a selection of the Spectrum Virtualize sessions that I think will be interesting for those who are attending and want to know more about more about Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud.
To learn more about IBM Systems Technical University (TechU) in Atlanta, GA (USA), April 29-May 3, visit [ibm
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On April 2nd IBM announced several key enhancements across the Storwize V5000 portfolio.
The models for the V5000 now include V5010E, 5030E and the V5100.
The V5010E includes two single socket Broadwell DE 2.2GHz, 2 core processor canisters. Each canister supports a maximum of 32GB of RAM.
The V5030E includes the Broadwell DE 1.9GHz, 6 core processor in its two canisters. Each canister supports a maximum of 32GB of RAM.
The V5100 boasts a single Skylake 1.7Ghz processor with 8 cores in each canisters. RAM is increased to a total of 576GB for the entire controller, or 288GB maximum per canister.
From a scale out perspective the V5010E model supports a single controller configuration, while the V5030E and V5100 both support up to two controller clusters. This provides for a maximum of 392 drives in the V5010E and a massive 1520 drives in either the V5030E or V5100 dual controller clusters.
While the new lineup for the V5000 is impressive; regarding the quantity of drives, and the storage available per model will blow your mind.
The V5000E & V5100 versions support the following drive types.
Along with the compute & cache layer enhancements across the V5000 platform, the V5100 receieved a large boost in its storage support. IBM has delivered a solid Flash / Hybrid storage controller player to the markey. In the V5100 model we now support both the Flash Core Modules (FCM) and or NVMe Industry Standard SSD drives. In addition in the expansion drawers you can add even more SAS SSD, 10K and NL-SAS capacity.
The combination of Flash Core Modules and NVMe Industry Standard drives makes the V5100 the perfect low to medium class storage controller.
Both the V5010/30E and the V5100 models offer the following on board interface ports per canister:
The Storwize V5000E models support 1 additional interface card, or 1 SAS host attachment adapter per canister. The optional interface cards available are:
The Storwize V5100 model also supports 1 host interface card, and also optionally up to two SAS Storage Expansion adapters. The adapter interface cards available for the V5100 are:
Regarding the software features for the V5000E and V5100 models, all of the models discussed still include the following features as shown. Specifics on the actual software features is documented below:
Reviewing this information has been eye awaking and though valuable I have only touched on pieces of this latest update for IBM storage.
For those seeking an even deeper depth of knowledge I refer you to my learned colleague Barry Whites blog,
Visit Barry's blog [Storage Virtualization] for more details.
Leaving a discussion like this and not providing a review across the Storwize Block Family would not be welcomed by you my readers.
Here is a table reflecting the features by model for your quick reference.
IBM Storage Built with IBM Spectrum Virtualize
Below is a chart reflecting details on the IBM FlashWatch Program by Storwize Model
To learn more, see [Meet the new IBM Storwize V5000] YouTube video, and the [IBM Storwize V5000E models], [IBM Storwize V5100], [IBM SAN Volume Controller, IBM FlashSystem 9100, and IBM Storwize families offer new drive options] announcement letters.
Watch for my next blog write up soon.
Well, it's Tuesday again, and you know what that means? IBM Announcements! We have a lot today, so I will just give you the quick highlights, and then Chris and Lloyd will follow-up with more detailed posts.
You can hear all about these exciting announcements at the upcoming IBM Systems Technical University (TechU) in Atlanta, GA (USA), April 29-May 3. Visit [ibm
This week's announcements will be LIVE Simulcast from Rome, Italy on April 2nd. If you are in Canada or the USA, IBM has set up "viewing parties" at the following locations:
IBM will have coffee for everyone before the simulcast begins, and local subject matter experts to help answer questions after the simulcast completes. Contact your local IBM representative to register for the one nearest you!
Of course, if you are unable to attend, don't worry! You can hear all about these exciting announcements at the upcoming IBM Systems Technical University (TechU) in Atlanta, GA (USA), April 29-May 3. Visit [ibm