Key Features for IBM SAN Volume Controller

Enhancing storage function

IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) includes IBM Spectrum Virtualize technology to help insulate applications from physical storage. This enables applications to run without disruption, even when changes are made to the storage infrastructure. It also helps make new and existing storage more effective. SVC includes many enterprise-class functions traditionally deployed separately in storage systems, providing greater flexibility and lower costs.

Hybrid cloud advancements

The challenge for organizations trying to take advantage of hybrid cloud technology is how to implement it without the expense of replacing current storage with cloud-capable storage systems. IBM Spectrum Virtualize in SVC and hosted private or public clouds enables data migration to cloud or use of cloud storage for disaster recovery from any of more than 440 supported storage systems, dramatically speeding the ability to deploy hybrid cloud configurations while slashing the potential cost.

Data reduction

Data reduction pools support sophisticated technologies to reduce storage usage: thin provisioning, deduplication, compression, and deallocation and reuse of unused capacity. With hardware-assisted compression, data reduction pools can be used with active primary data, which dramatically expands the range of candidate data that can benefit from data reduction. When applied to new or existing storage, they can significantly increase usable capacity while maintaining application performance.

Extraordinary storage efficiency

IBM Spectrum Virtualize software in SVC combines a variety of IBM technologies including high-performance thin provisioning, automated tiering, data virtualization, compression, clustering, replication, multi-protocol support and a next-generation graphical user interface (GUI). It also includes leading third-party technologies, such as Bridgeworks WANrockIT network optimization. Together, these technologies deliver extraordinary levels of storage efficiency.

Improved application availability

Large enterprises cannot tolerate application downtime and yet moving data is one of the most common causes of planned downtime. IBM Spectrum Virtualize data virtualization with SVC enables moving data from one storage system to another or between arrays, while maintaining access to the data. This function might be used when replacing older storage with newer storage, as part of load-balancing work or when moving data in a tiered storage infrastructure from disk drives to flash.

Tiered storage

Deploying tiered storage is an important strategy for controlling storage costs. Until now, however, management and functional differences among different types of storage—even from the same vendor—have made implementing tiered storage operationally complex, limiting deployments. Automated storage tiering with Easy Tier® can help improve performance at a lower cost by enabling more efficient use of flash storage or multiple tiers of disk drives.

Six 9s data availability

Data availability is of crucial importance for business: any downtime causes immediate impact including loss of customer loyalty and financial costs. SVC systems with current software deliver six 9s (99.9999%) data availability. These systems include no single point of failure, enterprise proven control software, and ability to perform maintenance concurrently with I/O. In addition, cloud-based IBM Storage Insights detects configuration errors to further improve availability.

Multi-site high availability

The IBM HyperSwap® function supports storage and servers in two data centers. In this configuration, the solution enables servers at both data centers to access data concurrently with automated switch-over in case of failure. When combined with server data mobility functions such as VMware vMotion or PowerVM® Live Partition Mobility, this configuration enables nondisruptive storage and virtual machine mobility between the two data centers, which can be up to 300 km (186 miles) apart.

Gain storage visibility, insight, and control

Available at no charge, cloud-based IBM Storage Insights provides a single dashboard that gives you a clear view of all your IBM block storage. You’ll be able to make better decisions by seeing trends in performance and capacity. Storage health information enables you to focus on areas needing attention and when IBM support is needed, Storage Insights simplifies uploading logs, speeds resolution with online configuration data, and provides an overview of open tickets all in one place.

Scalability and performance

SVC is an integrated, modular highly scalable system. The SVC Data Engine has two 8-core Intel E5-2667v4 3.2GHz processors with 64 to 256 GB of system memory in 64 GB increments. One or two compression accelerators based on Intel QuickAssist technology are available. Host interface options include three built-in 10 Gbps Ethernet (iSCSI) ports and up to sixteen 16 Gb FC (FC, FC-NVMe) ports, up to four 10 Gb Ethernet (iSCSI, FCoE) ports, or up to eight 25 Gb Ethernet (iSCSI, iWARP, RoCE) ports.

Simplified management

IBM Spectrum Virtualize software provides an easy-to-use graphical interface for centralized management. With this single interface, administrators can perform configuration, management and service tasks in a consistent manner over multiple storage systems—even from different vendors—vastly simplifying management and helping reduce the risk of errors. Plug-ins to support Microsoft System Center Operations Manager and VMware vCenter help enable consolidated management in these environments.

Complement server virtualization

IBM Spectrum Virtualize in SVC complements server virtualization with technologies such as PowerVM, Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware vSphere, Docker, and Kubernetes. Server virtualization helps speed provisioning of new server images because provisioning becomes a software operation rather than one requiring hardware changes. Similarly, provisioning with SVC is achieved with software and with thin provisioning, and is designed to become an almost entirely automated function.

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      Technical specifications

      SVC combines hardware and software into an integrated, modular solution that is highly scalable. SVC Data Engines are always deployed in high-availability pairs and up to four pairs may be clustered into a single system. Specifications are subject to change..

      • SVC Data Engine has two 8-core Intel E5-2667v4 3.2GHz processors with 64 to 256 GB of system memory
      • One or two compression accelerators based on Intel QuickAssist technology are available.

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