IBM Storwize V7000 Unified Storage

Continuing its commitment to developing and delivering industry-leading storage technology, IBM is introducing the IBM® Storwize® V7000 system, an innovative new storage offering that delivers essential storage efficiency technologies, exceptional ease of use and performance—all integrated into a compact, modular design that’s offered at a competitive, midrange price.

The IBM Storwize V7000 system incorporates some of IBM’s top technology, typically found only in enterprise-class storage systems, raising the standard for storage efficiency in midrange disk systems. This cutting-edge storage system extends the comprehensive storage portfolio from IBM and can help change the way organisations address the ongoing information explosion.



    In storage management today, breaking the cycle of increased complexity and explosive data growth can be a big challenge. The old ways of buying and managing storage have become less effective. Due to resource constraints—both physical storage resources and human resources—IT organizations must act quickly to optimize and simplify their infrastructure. Unchecked complexity and growth will only become bigger problems over time.

    Small and midsize organizations may also suffer from a range of challenges including disruptive migrations, difficulty deploying tiered storage, inability to share storage among servers, reduced productivity/increased cost caused by isolated server and storage management tools, and inability to use virtualized storage as a tool for optimizing expenditures, resources and capabilities.

    To stand up to these challenges and allow businesses to respond to a rapidly changing marketplace, IBM® Storwize® V7000 Unified is a virtualized storage system to complement virtualized server environments that provides unmatched performance, availability, advanced functions and highly scalable capacity never seen before in midrange disk systems. Storwize V7000 Unified is a powerful midrange disk system that has been designed to be easy to use and enable rapid deployment without additional resources. Storwize V7000 Unified consolidates block and file workloads into a single storage system for simplicity of management and reduced cost. Storwize V7000 systems are also available for block-only workloads. Storwize V7000 Unified is virtual storage that offers greater efficiency and flexibility through built-in solid state drive (SSD) optimization and thin provisioning technologies. Storwize V7000 Unified advanced functions also enable non-disruptive migration of data from existing storage, simplifying implementation and minimizing disruption to users. Storwize V7000 Unified also enables you to virtualize and reuse existing disk systems, supporting a greater potential return on investment (ROI).

    Product features

    Hardware summary


    Host interface SAN-attached 8 Gbps Fiber Channel (FC), 1 Gbps iSCSI and optional 10 Gbps iSCSI
    NAS-attached 1 Gbps and 10 Gbps Ethernet
    User interface Graphical user interface (GUI)
    Supported drives 3.5-inch disk drives: 2.5-inch disk drives:
    RAID levels RAID 0, 1, 5, 6 and 10
    Maximum drives supported 240 per control enclosure; 480 per clustered system
    Fans and power supplies Fully redundant, hot swappable
    Rack support Standard 19 inch
    Management software Storwize V7000 Unified software
    Cache per controller/control enclosure/clustered system 8 GB/16 GB/32 GB
    Advanced features included with each system System Storage Easy Tier, FlashCopy, thin provisioning
    Additional available advanced features Remote mirroring, external virtualization unified storage, IBM® FlashCopy Manager, IBM Tivoli® Storage Productivity Center Select, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack®, IBM Systems Director, IBM Active Cloud Engine™
    Warranty Hardware: Software:
    Replication services FlashCopy, FlashCopy Manager, Metro Mirror (Synchronous), Global Mirror (Asynchronous), local and asynchronous remote file-based replication
    Dimensions Control and expansion enclosures File Modules
    Weight 12-bay enclosures: 24-bay enclosures: File Modules: 29.6 kg (65 lb)
    Supported systems For a list of currently supported servers, operating systems, host bus adapters, clustering applications and SAN switches and directors, refer to the System Storage Interoperation Centre.
    ISV solutions For a list of high quality solutions with our partner Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), including access to solution briefs and white papers, refer to the ISV Solutions Resource Library.