Well, it's Tuesday again, and you know what that means? IBM Announcements!
Today I want to write about the latest IBM Flash Storage for the IBM DS8880.
IBM Supports three types of Flash Drives in the DS8880 Storage Servers. The first is the High-Performance Flash (HPF) drives and the second the High-Capacity Flash (HCF) drives. Both of these reside in the High Performance Flash Enclosure (HPFE) for low latency access. The third are regular Solid-State Drives (SSD) that can be intermixed with the 10K and 15K drives attached via Device Adapater (DA) loop pairs.
Last week, IBM announced a new smaller high-capacity drive size, the 1.92TB High-Capacity flash drive. This flash drive is available for the DS8882F or DS8884/F models.
The expected use case is clients seeking smaller high performing solutions below the 20 to 40 TB capacity level, while still providing the full enterprise capabilities in the IBM DS8882 and DS8884/F storage solutions. For example, if you need a small configuration to keep certain sensitive data in specific countries to comply with government regulations.
The new drive is fully supported as part of the DS8880 Easy Tier solution as a Tier-2 drive, because the performance numbers on the 1.92TB HCF drives are expected to be similar to the 7.6/15.3 TB HCF drives.
Last week, I was asked as both an Alumni and Industry Expert to participate in the University of Arizona's Boot Camp Demo Day. This is run as part of the University's Continuing and Professional Education program.
This intense boot camp takes students with little or no prior knowledge of programming, and teaches them coding, web design, database, and client/server communications over a short six months.
During the first five months, an instructor teaches them the basics, and then the last month teams of four students each are formed. Each team must come up with an idea for a website, and implement it. Typically two students will work on the front end user interface, and the other two will work on the back end server and database configuration.
At the end of the boot camp, each team is expected to demo their work to industry experts for their opinion and advice, and to answer any questions about the project.
This is where we come in. I was joined by a dozen other CEOs, CTOs and Software Engineers from prominent businesses in Tucson to walk around and watch each team give us their demo.
(In a way, this is a lot like the "Poster Sessions" we do at the IBM Systems Technical University events, but instead of posters, the teams had laptops or large computer screens to show off their website.)
This evening was organized by Lauren Loeffler, Director of Industry Engagement.
The first team, shown here with Anne Chen and Aretha Walls, had a website called Quest, to help people design their quest, such as planning out for a computer game. However, as a drag-and-drop designing tool, it could also be used to plan a variety of flowchart-like activity.
Their biggest challenge was using an open source API library that didn't quite do what they wanted, so they had to figure out how to get what they needed, and write some glue code.
The next team--Joshua Romea, Ashley Alofs, Bradley King and Brando Harrell--had an interesting website called "Restaurant Roulette", helping people decide the age-old question: What restaurant should we go to tonight?
This site was clever, in that it figured out from GPS where you were, then used an API to access local restaurants from Yelp, identified eight of the closest ones with the highest ratings, and then created a colorful wheel you could spin. It would spin and spin and finally land on the recommended choice.
This could also be used to help people pick what to cook at home for dinner, or what movie to watch on television.
A third team had a website called InstaTutor to help students find tutors based on zip code and subject matter. Similar to a dating site, students can write reviews of the tutors to help others in their decision making process. Bonnie Acuna, Angel Demerutis, William Higareda, and Jose Hernandez Torres were on that team.
A fourth team called their site "The Minimalist" which allowed people to rent out personal stash of tools, DVDs or other things to your neighbors. This eliminates having everyone maintain their own duplicate collection.
This was a great event, and look forward to the next one!
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.