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Midrange Reinvented - the IBM Storwize V7000
In this Product in Depth, we take a look at the IBM Storwize V7000 and how it has harnessed a unique range of sophisticated heterogeneous storage virtualization technology from the IBM portfolio of intellectual property, and turned these technologies into building blocks for a next generation mid-range storage array. The result is a unique foundation to unify the consolidating and virtualizing infrastructure.
You may recall that three years ago IBM picked up a small Israeli company named Storwize. That company sold an inline compression engine that sat in front of a NAS box and compressed/decompressed file data traversing the network. Its claim to fame was that it was 100% transparent to the application making the NFS call and, while it was indeed inline, it had zero impact on application performance. In fact, since the amount of data sitting on the storage box was approximately 1/3 the original size (average compression factor 3:1), reads were be faster from the disk. And since the Storwize box itself added only marginal latency, while it decompressed the data, the overall performance improved. Up until then, compression engines, which had been around for three decades or more, had always delivered compression at the expense of performance. That was simply the price one paid. Storwize broke the barrier for the first time.
On November 6, 2012, IBM announced Storwize V3700, a baby brother to the SVC-based product Storwize V7000 that has been shipping for a couple of years now. Along with Storwize V7000 Unified and Flex System V7000 and, of course, the SVC controller itself, IBM now has a genuine mid-range and entry family of storage products that is 100% IBM-developed. We can look at the specs on the Storwize V3700 and compare them to competitive products and to Storwize V7000, and see how it fares, but, in my view, the strategic message of this announcement is more important. With the introduction of Storwize V3700, IBM can now address an even bigger portion of the disk market with its own Storwize family. The only exception is DS3500, which will continue being marketed due to capabilities such as NEBS compliance, HDD encryption or Dynamic Disk Pooling.