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IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller 4.1 - Solution Profile

Storage virtualization has come a long way in the past five years. After a false start in 2001, fraught with inflated expectations and product deficiencies, the category fell into infamy. Several vendors disappeared, many others repositioned themselves to focus on the Small Medium Business (SMB) space and yet others reinvented themselves with completely different products. Only one company stayed true to the promise of virtualization from the very beginning. That is IBM. With the SAN Volume Controller (SVC) product, launched in July, 2003, the company nurtured the market, in spite of the fact that many in the market didn’t even want to say the V-word anymore. IBM persisted, albeit mostly with their own customers, fundamentally because the customer could see the potential of storage virtualization and could count on IBM to support them through the early learning cycles.

Publish date: 04/01/07

Making Better Storage for a Virtual World: IBM SAN Volume Controller

Server virtualization has deeply penetrated IT and now hosts well more than half of all server instances, but storage virtualization has been slower to catch on. Yet the main constraint on further server virtualization adoption stems from poorly aligned storage. Perhaps the storage world just moves slower due to the “weight” of data, but if so it will also pick up more momentum. Here at Taneja Group we think due to virtualization pressure and desire for cloud (and now software defined data center) infrastructures, proven storage virtualization is next on everybody’s radar. This is good news for IBM and the IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC). SVC, first launched in 2003, not only put a firm stake in the ground as to what block storage virtualization could be, but for a decade it has continued to evolve and has been for some time what we think of as the gold standard for what block storage virtualization can be.

In the face of ever-growing data, new processing paradigms, and aggressively evolving applications, storage virtualization provides an ideally adaptive approach by creating optimal logical storage services out of otherwise disparate and inflexible physical storage arrays. Like server virtualization, storage virtualization helps tackle difficult IT challenges in guaranteeing performance at scale, optimizing capacity utilization, taming complexity, increasing availability, and assuring data protection and DR across the enterprise - all while earning significant cost and efficiency benefits.

In fact, robust storage virtualization is becoming as necessary as server virtualization. Dynamic architectures require virtualizing all resources – compute, network, and storage. Experience with cloud implementations shows that server and storage virtualization are both necessary and complimentary, and lead towards the next generation data center built on end-to-end consistency, high automation, and  “software defined” principles.

While many IT storage strategists have pursued storage consolidation and adopted tiering practices to tame some growth challenges, they should all now look to storage virtualization to achieve higher levels of flexibility, agility, and resilience. However, storage virtualization adoption has lagged behind server virtualization. This is where IBM brings to the table a tremendously proven solution that has succeeded in more than 10,000 shipments to customers of almost every size and storage mix, coupled with world-class support and services to guarantee success.

In this profile, we’ll briefly define storage virtualization and the key benefits it brings to the modern data center and consider what it means when IBM says it is “Making Storage Better”. In that light we’ll look in more depth at IBM SVC, its architecture and key product features that have helped establish it as the market leading block storage virtualization solution.

Publish date: 06/28/13

Emerging Trends in Software Defined Storage

“Software defined pretty-much-anything” is getting a lot of attention in the IT trade press. It seems new and different and promises to solve everyone’s problems around prioritizing applications, sharing storage across massive distributed environments and optimizing computing resources around business data needs.

  • Premiered: 10/23/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: InfoStor
Topic(s): TBA software-defined TBA SDS TBA IO Optimization TBA Virtual storage TBA Virtualization TBA Storage TBA scale-out TBA VSA TBA EMC TBA ViPR TBA IBM SVC TBA DataCore TBA StoreVirtual TBA HP TBA VMWare TBA VSAN TBA scalability TBA Mobility

General Purpose Disk Array Buying Guide

The disk array remains the core element of any storage infrastructure. So it’s appropriate that we delve into it in a lot more detail.

  • Premiered: 02/17/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Enterprise Storage Forum
Topic(s): TBA Disk TBA Storage TBA VDI TBA virtual desktop TBA NAS TBA Network Attached Storage TBA VCE TBA VNX TBA HDS TBA EMC TBA HP TBA NetApp TBA Hitachi Data Systems TBA Hitachi TBA IBM TBA Dell TBA Syncplicity TBA VSPEX TBA IBM SVC TBA SAN Volume Controller TBA software-defined TBA Software Defined Storage TBA SDS TBA Storwize TBA Storwize V7000 TBA replication TBA Automated Tiering TBA tiering TBA Virtualization TBA 3PAR

Primary Data primes the pump for data virtualization software

Startup Primary Data prepares GA launch of DataSphere data virtualization software, which is designed to make data available any time on any storage.

  • Premiered: 08/27/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA primary data TBA data virtualization TBA Virtualization TBA DataSphere TBA VMWorld TBA VMworld 2015 TBA EMC TBA Isilon TBA NetApp TBA FAS TBA Intel TBA NVMe TBA Amazon TBA Simple Storage TBA Simple Storage Service TBA S3 TBA Amazon S3 TBA dataspace TBA Metadata TBA metadata engine TBA Primary Storage TBA SMB TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA server TBA Glacier TBA OpenStack TBA OpenStack Swift TBA Microsoft Azure TBA Azure
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IBM Back in the Growth Game with Cleversafe Acquisition

On October 5, 2015, IBM announced the acquisition of Cleversafe, a provider of object-based storage software.


Got mid-sized workloads? Storwize family to the rescue

Myths prevail in the IT industry just as they do in every other facet of life. One common myth is that mid-sized workloads, exemplified by smaller versions of mission critical applications, are only to be found in mid-size companies. The reality is mid-sized workloads exist in businesses of all sizes. Another common fallacy is that small and mid-size enterprises (SMEs) or departments within large organizations and Remote/Branch Offices (ROBOs) have lesser storage requirements than their larger enterprise counterparts. The reality is companies and groups of every size have business-critical applications and these workloads require enterprise-grade storage solutions that offer high-performance, reliability and strong security. The only difference is IT groups managing mid-sized workloads frequently have significant budget constraints. This is a tough combination and presents a big challenge for storage vendors striving to satisfy mid-sized workload needs.

A recent survey conducted by Taneja Group showed mid-size and enterprise needs for high-performance storage were best met by highly virtualized systems that minimize disruption to their current environment. Storage virtualization is key because it abstracts away all the differences of various storage boxes to create 1) a single virtualized storage pool 2) a common set of data services and 3) a common interface to manage storage resources. These storage virtualization capabilities are beneficial to the overall enterprise storage market and they are especially attractive to mid-sized storage customers because storage virtualization is the core underlying capability that drives efficiency and affordability.

The combination of affordability, manageability and enterprise-grade functionality is the core strength of the IBM Storwize family built upon IBM Spectrum Virtualize, the quintessential virtualization software that has been hardened for over a decade with IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC). Simply stated – few enterprise storage solutions match IBM Storwize’s ability to deliver enterprise-grade functionality at such a low cost. From storage virtualization and auto-tiering to real-time data compression and proven reliability, Storwize with Spectrum Virtualize offers an end-to-end storage footprint and centralized management that delivers highly efficient storage for mid-sized workloads, regardless of whether they exist in small or large companies.

In this paper, we will look at the key requirements for mid-sized storage and we will evaluate IBM Storwize with Spectrum Virtualize’s ability to tackle mid-sized workload requirements. We will also present an overview of IBM Storwize family and provide a comparison of the various models in the Storwize portfolio.

Publish date: 06/24/16