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
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
Well, it's Tuesday again, and you know what that means? IBM Announcements!
IBM recently announced two things for the IBM FlashSystem A9000/A9000R in the release of software version 12.3.1. The first introduces "intelligent capacity management" and the second is scalability for the smallest A9000R model. Let's start with Intelligent capacity management for deduplication, which provides high-precision estimates for:
From its initial release, FlashSystem A9000 supported always-on, cross-volume deduplication, in addition to other data reduction capabilities, such as compression and the special processing for well-known patterns. Deduplication implies that the same stored data may belong to more than one volume. With deduplication, reporting the amount of data stored for a particular volume will have different answers for different uses:
Both FlashSystem A9000/A9000R software version 12.3.1 and Hyper-Scale Manager version 5.5.1 (or later versions) are required to produce the reclaimable and attributed capacity information. The array provides metadata information, and the Hyper-Scale Manager uses patented IBM research algorithms to compute high-accuracy estimates with specified error margins, without performance impact.
To produce these reports IBM Hyper-Scale Manager will require incrementally larger memory for the hosting virtual machine or the physical host. Learn more information about the system requirements in the [Hyper-Scale Manager release notes].
Last year, IBM introduced the lowest new entry point configuration of A9000R using a single flash enclosure. With 12.3.1 the IBM FlashSystem A9000/A9000R enhances this offering with support to scale out that configuration. Clients using this configuration will be able to non-disruptively add flash enclosures and grid controllers to scale out system capacity and performance.
IBM Systems Technical University in Atlanta is just around the corner! This event will have 24 sessions on the IBM FlashSystem A9000/A9000R systems, here's a snapshot of them:
For more details of the TechU event in Atlanta, GA (USA), April 29-May 3, visit [ibm