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I am Tony Pearson, IBM brand marketing strategy, located in Tucson, Arizona. I have degrees in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering from the University of Arizona. Over the past 20 years, I have worked in a variety of storage roles, including development projects, product and portfolio management, testing, field support, and now bring that technical experience to marketing.
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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.
|Storwize V5000E & V5100 - SAS Drive Support|
|Tier 1 Flash||-||1.9TB||3.84TB||7.68TB||15.36TB|
|High Performance, Enterprise Class Disk Drives||10000 rpm||900GB||1.2TB||1.8TB||2.4TB|
|High-Capacity, Archival-Class Nearline Disk Drives||7200 rpm||2TB||-||-||-|
|High-Capacity, Archival-Class Nearline Disk Drives||7200 rpm||4TB||6TB||8TB||10TB||12TB|
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.
|2.5" (LFF)||Hardware Compressing||Capacities|| || || || |
|IBM Flash Core Modules||Yes||4.8TB||9.6TB||19.2TB|| |
|Industry Standard NVMe Flash Drives||No||1.92TB||3.84TB||7.68TB||15.36TB|
Both the V5010/30E and the V5100 models offer the following on board interface ports per canister:
|1GbE||1x1GbE techport + iSCSI||1x1GbE dedicated tech port||1x1GbE dedicated tech port|
|1GbE||1x1GbE iSCSI only rpm|| || || || |
|10GbE||n/a||2x10GbE (iSCSI only)||4x10GbE (iSCSI only)|
|12G SAS||1xSAS expansion||2xSAS expansion|| |
The Storwize V5000E models support 1 additional interface card, or 1 SAS host attachment adapter per canister. The optional interface cards available are:
|Storwize V5000 Supported Adapter Cards|
|4 port 16Gb Fibre Channel only|
|2 port 25GbE iSCSI only|
|2 port 12Gb SAS host attach|
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:
|Storwize V5000 Supported Adapter Cards|
|4 port 16Gb Fibre Channel, FC NVMeOF|
|2 port 25GbE ROCE ISER, iSCSI|
|2 port 25GbE iWARP ISER, iSCSI|
|2 port 12Gb SAS to allow SAS Expansions|
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:
|Storwize V5000 V5100 Software Features|
|DRP Compression||No||Yes||License Per Enclosure||*Required minimum 32GB RAM|
|Hardware Encryption||No||DFSA License Key||DFSA License Key|| |
|Software Encryption||No||No||DFSA License Key (for use on virtual storage)|| |
|DRAID - Distributed RAID||DRAID 6 recommended / DRAID 5 supported||DRAID 6 recommended / DRAID 5 supported||DRAID 6 recommended / DRAID 5 supported|| |
|TRAID - Traditional RAID||R0, 1 & 10||R0, 1 & 10||R0, 1 & 10|| |
|External Virtualization||Data Migration Only||Data Migration Only||License Per Enclosure|| |
|VVols - Supported with Spectrum Connect||Yes||Yes||Yes|| |
|Flash Copy||DFSA License Key||DFSA License Key for each IO Group||License Per Enclosure|| |
|Remote Copy||DFSA License Key||DFSA License Key for each IO Group||License Per Enclosure|| |
|Spectrum Virtualize 8.3||Yes||Yes||Yes|| |
|EasyTier||DFSA License Key||DFSA License Key for each IO Group||License Per Enclosure|| |
|Thin Provisioning||Yes||Yes||Yes|| |
|Volume Mirroring||Yes||Yes||Yes|| |
|Secure Disable USB Ports||Yes||Yes||Yes|| |
|T10 Diff||Yes||Yes||Yes|| |
|DRP (Data Reduction Pools)||Yes||Yes||Yes|| |
|Data Deduplication||Yes||Yes||Yes|| |
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
|Storwize V5010E||Storwize V5030E||Storwize V5100/F||Storwize V7000 Gen3||Storwize V9100 Family|
|3-Site Data Copies (In Combination with IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management)|
|Local and remote replication (snapshots, DR, copy/migrate to cloud)|
|Easy Tier AI-driven automated tiering|
|Transparent Data Migration|
| ||Data Reduction Pools|
| ||Scale-out Clustering|
| ||HyperSwap High Availability|
| || ||NVMe Flash and FC-NVMe Host Connections|
| || ||Penalty-Free Compression and Encryption with IBM FlashCore Modules|
| || ||External Storage Virtualization of more than 450 storage systems|
| || ||Storage Class Memory Capable|
Below is a chart reflecting details on the IBM FlashWatch Program by Storwize Model
|Product||100% Availability Guarantee||Data Reduction Guarantee||Controller Upgrade Program||
7-year 24x7 Support
|Flash Endurance||Data Migration|
|Storwize V7000 Gen3||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
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!
(This week I am in Pennsylvania and New York speaking to clients. The weather this week has not been cooperative!)
- Spectrum Protect Plus 10.1.2
Just in time for the upcoming VMworld conference, IBM announces the following features added to Spectrum Protect Plus, a snapshot-based backup software for VMware, Hyper-V and databases.
- Data-at-Rest Encryption for local backups stored in the vSnap repository
- IBM Db2 support with point-in-time recovery
- VMware vSphere 6.7 support
- Dashboard enhancements
- Alerting for backup and restore jobs and storage thresholds limits
- Drill-down capabilities for dashboard widgets
- Spectrum Protect 8.1.6
IBM also continues to enhance its traditional file-based backup product. Here are some of the features:
- Tier data by backup state for container pools. When you have multiple backup versions, the most recent version is called the "active", the older versions are called "inactive" versions. Rarely do you recover inactive versions, so this feature allows them to be migrated off to object or cloud storage.
- Ransomware detection for Virtual Environment workloads. This is an enhancement of the "Ransomware detection" introduced earlier this year, but for VMware and Hyper-V images.
- IBM DS8882F All-Flash Array
When IBM announced the DS8880, it shocked folks that it changed them from the previous 33-inch wide, to a standard 19-inch width. The IBM Z team followed up with 19-inch wide models of its mainframe servers.
Now, IBM can bring these together. There are two flavors of the new DS8882F:
- The "Rackless" model is 17U in height with the optional keyboard/monitor, and can be put into existing 19-inch racks. These can be used with VMware, Linux, Windows, AIX and z/OS.
- The "Flex Frame" model, which is 16U, allowing it to fit nicely inside a single-rack IBM Z Z14 ZR1 model, or LinuxOne RockHopper II model. It is 16U instead of 17U because it shares the existing 1U-high keyboard/monitor unit.
Like the DS8888F, DS8886F, and DS8884F models, the new DS8882F uses the High Performance Flash Enclosure (HPFE) gen2 drawers, supporting either high-performance/high-endurance drives (400GB to 3.2TB each), or high-capacity/standard-endurance drives (3.8TB to 15.3 TB each).
The R8.5 release of firmware that accompanies this announcement also supports data-in-flight encryption for Transparent Cloud Tiering. It also supports a new feature called "Safeguarded Copies", up to 500 copies to protect against hackers and ransomware.
IBM Spectrum Access blueprints have been extended to support IBM Z and LinuxOne. These blueprints show how to run IBM Cloud Private with Spectrum Connect with IBM block storage, including IBM DS8880/F, SVC, Storwize and FlashSystem models.
- IBM Storage Solutions for Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDI)
IBM offers a new blueprint to configure Virtual Desktops with its newly announced IBM FlashSystem 9100 device. The low latency/high IOPS capability of the FlashSystem 9100 is perfect for the type of "boot storms" that are often encountered with VDI deployments.
- IBM Spectrum Scale 5.0.2 and Elastic Storage Server
At recent IBM Technical University, I joked that the IBM Elastic Storage Server is only "part of a complete breakfast" because it only supported the NSD POSIX interface. To make it useful in most situations, you needed to buy additional servers outside of the ESS to run Spectrum Scale protocol nodes to provide industry-standard file and object protocols.
Today, IBM announced that you can order a new "IBM Elastic Storage Server Data Server" (5148-22L) which is a POWER server with the Spectrum Scale software pre-installed for protocol node support. It has [similar specifications] to the IBM Elastic Storage Server Management Server (5148-21L).
If you prefer to run Spectrum Scale in the cloud, you can "Bring your own license" (BYOL) to Amazon Web Services.
To learn more, see [IBM Spectrum Scale Protocol Node Server] press release.
- IBM Cloud Object Storage
IBM Cloud Object Storage is software that can be deployed on a variety of x86 servers. Today, IBM announces additional servers qualified for use with this software, including 1U-high Quanta servers.
I will not be attending VMworld this year. If you attend, send me pictures!
This week, I was part of an all-day event called "Healthcare and Research Trends & Directions in a Cognitive World" at the IBM Executive Briefing Center (EBC) in Rochester, MN. I was one of many presenters covering Information Technology to improve healthcare outcomes. Todd Stacy, IBM Director Server Sales for US Public Market, served as our emcee.
This was a great day. Special thanks to Kathy Lehr, Trish Froeschle, and Scott Gass for organizing this event! We had clients from a variety of Health Care and Life Science industry backgrounds. I certainly learned a few things myself.
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- The Cognitive Healthcare Organization
Dr. Michael Weiner, IBM Chief Medical Information Officer, Watson Health, covered some of the real challenges not just facing the United States, but also other countries. On average, healthcare in USA [costs over $10,000 USD per American citizen]! Compare that to only $3,700 USD for the folks in the United Kingdom! In fact, nearly all industrial nations spend between $2,000 and $5,000 per person. Where does all the U.S. money go?
- Aging Population
A big challenge is our ever-aging population. Every day, there are 10,000 [Baby Boomers] reaching their 65th birthday, with fewer people in the 25-44 age group to work as nurses to take care of them. About 15 percent of the US population are elderly (over age 65) and this is expected to grow to 20 percent in year 2040. The situation is even worse in Japan, where 25 percent of the population today is elderly, and this is expected to be 40 percent by year 2060.
- New Care Models
In some countries, like Australia and Japan, post office workers who spent their time delivering mail, now can stop in to check in on elderly people. As people ship less mail, using social media or email instead, this keeps the postal workers employed, in a manner that provides society value.
The USA enjoys one of the lowest costs for food, but then suffers from an epidemic of obesity, with over 34 percent of Americans are obese. When New York City eliminated Trans Fats, heart attacks dropped considerably.
In 2009, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health [HITECH] Act required the digitization of medical information, known as "Meaningful Use", which has greatly influenced healthcare facilities. This was implemented by a combination of incentives and penalties. Now, more than than 92 percent of hospitals in the USA have digitized medical information! The rest are still using paper and Xray film images. Some places were initially exempted, such as Assisted Living Homes for example, so there is still more work to be done.
- New Technology
An advantage of using computer-based solutions like Artificial Intelligence is that it eliminates bias. When a woman walks into an Emergency Room complaining about chest pains, few health staff would consider this a sign of heart attack. When a man does same, health staff considers heart attack as the first diagnosis, at the risk of missing out on other possibilities.
Every year, over a million articles related to healthcare research are published. Who can read all this in a timely manner? IBM Watson! After [winning in Jeopardy], IBM Watson was "sent to medical school" to learn how to assist doctors in diagnosing patients.
- Transforming Health Care Data Management with IBM Spectrum Storage
Greg Tevis, IBM Software Defined Storage Architect, and Raj Tandon, IBM Senior Strategist, co-presented this introduction to IBM Spectrum Storage family of products. They covered examples with IBM Spectrum Virtualize, IBM Spectrum Control, IBM Spectrum Protect, IBM Spectrum Scale, IBM Cloud Object Storage, and IBM Copy Data Management. The latter having support directly for EPIC and Cache databases.
- Cognitive Imaging Solutions for Healthcare Providers
Jason Crites, IBM Healthcare and Life Sciences Data Solutions Leader, and Wayland Vacek, Enterprise Sales Manager for Merge, presented IBM Watson Imaging Clinical Review, from IBM's acquisition of the Merge company. The solution is based on IBM Spectrum Scale as the back-end storage repository.
Merge has been around for more than 20 years, with clinical workflow offerings in Cardiology, Radiology, Orthopedics and Eye care. Often, IBM Watson is able to identify things in medical images that escape the review or radiologists or other medical specialists.
At HIMSS conference earlier this year, The human radiologists were shown a collection of images used to train IBM Watson. The human radiologists only identified 20 percent of the images correctly, while IBM Watson got all of them, every time. In many cases, human radiologists have only a few seconds to look at an Xray image. Computers like IBM Watson are now fast enough to compete directly with human radiologists in the same number of seconds.
- Building a Foundation for the Cognitive Era in Healthcare and Life Sciences
Dr. Jane Yu, IBM Systems Architect, Healthcare & Life Sciences, and Dr. Frank Lee, IBM Global Sales Leader, IBM Software Defined Infrastructure & Life Sciences, co-presented this topic. They present five challenges:
- Growing data volumes are making it more difficult to manage, process and store this data.
- Scientists find themselves spending more than 80 percent of their time manually integrating data from silos, and less than 20 percent of their time doing actual research and deriving insights from their analyses.
- Compute- and data-intensive workflows may take days to complete on existing server and storage systems.
- IT organizations must keep up with rapidly evolving applications, development frameworks, and databases for preferred. Health care Life Science (HCLS) applications. This includes SAS, Matlab, Hadoop, Spark, NoSQL databases, as well as Deep Learning and Machine Learning workloads.
- Scientific integrity and government mandates increasingly require collaboration across organizational boundaries.
In one example, Sidra Medical and Research Center plans to map the genomes of all 250,000 citizens in the Middle Eastern country of Qatar. Imagine that processing each Qatari citizen will generate 200 GB of data for this project, resulting in 50 Petabytes (PB) of data!
Combining IBM Spectrum Compute products with IBM Spectrum Scale storage, can help address these challenges.
- Modernize & Transform Helathcare with IBM Storage Solutions
Finally, I presented a 90-minute breakout session that covered three solution areas:
- Flash storage to speed up medical records and research. Those who have already implemented Electronic Health Records (EHR) for "Meaningful Use" compliance recognize the value this provides to improving healthcare. Adding All-Flash Arrays such as IBM FlashSystem, Storwize V7000F or DS8000F can drastically improve application performance.
- Spectrum Scale and IBM Cloud Object Storage for Vendor Neutral Archive. It seems silly that each PACS vendor has its own little island of storage. A better approach is to send all PACS data from various vendors into a "Vendor-Neutral" storage repository. Both IBM Spectrum Scale and IBM Cloud Object Storage System, either linked together or used separately, can be part of a VNA solution.
- VersaStack to simplify deployments. VersaStack is a Converged System that combines best-of-breed Cisco servers and switches with best-of-breed IBM storage, pre-cabled, pre-configured, and pre-loaded with all the necessary software to manage the environment as a single entity. This can reduce the time it takes to deploy new medical applications from weeks to just hours.
Last November, fellow blogger Chris Mellor from The Register wrote an interesting article [EMC crying two SAN breakup tears].
(Back in 2010, I poked fun at EMC with my post [VPLEX: EMC's Latest Wheel is Round]. I pointed out that EMC's announcement of "new features" that already existed in IBM's SAN Volume Controller. Oops! They did it again!)
Basically, Dell EMC is working on a new "2 Tiers" approach that combines high-performance flash tier with high-capacity object storage. Guess what? IBM already offers this! Why wait?
IBM Spectrum Scale, formerly known as the General Parallel File System (GPFS), supports POSIX, HDFS, OpenStack Swift, Amazon S3, NFS, SMB and iSCSI protocols.
Spectrum Scale can provide this front-end abstraction layer between flash and object storage, including IBM Cloud Object Storage system and IBM Bluemix (formerly SoftLayer) cloud services.
But why limit yourself to just two tiers? IBM Spectrum Scale can also support 15K, 10K and 7200 RPM spinning disk drive tiers, as well as virtual or physical tape tier, the ultimate low-cost high-capacity tier!
Several years ago, IBM coined the phrase "FLAPE" to discuss the two-tier approach of combining Flash with Tape using Spectrum Scale as the front-end abstraction layer.
Perhaps we should call combinations of Flash and Object "FLobject" storage? If the name catches on, you read it here first!
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