IBM soups up Storwize arrays: Let them eat cache, IOPS, capacity

New entry-level and mid-range bring NVMe fabric acceleration


IBM has replaced its entry-level Storwize arrays with faster boxes and introduced an NVMe-oF accelerated mid-range.

The hybrid Storwize arrays had four products in the V5000 entry-level line – V5010, V5020, V5030 and V5030F (all-flash) – and V7000 and V7000F (all-flash) arrays at the high end.

Now the V5000s have been switched out for the V5010E and V5030E. The V5100 and V5100F (all-flash) make up a new mid-range.

Both the V5000Es and V5100s support end-to-end NVMe, but the V5100s have much larger cache memories – a 64-576GB single box versus the 32-64GB range of the V5000Es.

The V5010E has four times more cache than the V5010, and twice its maximum (but unspecified) IOPS, and scales to 12PB maximum flash capacity, courtesy of new 30TB flash drives.

The V5100 supports FlashCore Modules, IBM proprietary drives, with hardware-assisted data reduction, and capacities of 4.8TB, 9.6TB and 19.2TB.

The V5010E is 30 per cent cheaper than the V5010 and can be upgraded to the V5030E. IBM said it's a good fit for edge storage, virtual and containerised environments.

New_IBN_Storwize_range

Click to enlarge

The V5030E has data reduction features; both compression and deduplication. It can use 30TB flash drives, and scales to 23PB of all-flash storage in a single system; 32PB with two-way clustering. It has, IBM said, a 30 per cent lower street price than the replaced V5030 and 20 per cent higher maximum IOPS.

The V5100s have accelerated NVMe drive and NVM-oF performance. They can have 2PB of flash in a 2U chassis, and they scale out like the V5030F, with 23PB of all-flash storage in a single system or 32PB with two-way clustering. They also have nine times more cache than the V5030, and pump out 2.4x more IOPS than the V5030F (with data reduction, costing 10 per cent more.

IBM said the V5100s are ready for storage-class memory and 32Gbit/s Fibre Channel. Like the V7000, they support end-to-end NVMe.

Storage Insights, a cloud-based management and support tool, provides analytics and automation.

In other news

Spectrum Virtualize, the management and virtualization software used in the Storwize and FlashSystem arrays, is now available on AWS.

IBM is supporting the Container Standard Interface (CSI) to speed storage provisioning for its storage, and plans to add a container-native software-defined storage capability for Spectrum Virtualize (block) and Spectrum Scale (file.)

Check out Storwize V5000E product specs here and V5100 here. ®

Similar topics

Narrower topics


Other stories you might like

  • IBM finally shutters Russian operations, lays off staff
    Axing workers under 40 must feel like a novel concept for Big Blue

    After freezing operations in Russia earlier this year, IBM has told employees it is ending all work in the country and has begun laying off staff. 

    A letter obtained by Reuters sent by IBM CEO Arvind Krishna to staff cites sanctions as one of the prime reasons for the decision to exit Russia. 

    "As the consequences of the war continue to mount and uncertainty about its long-term ramifications grows, we have now made the decision to carry out an orderly wind-down of IBM's business in Russia," Krishna said. 

    Continue reading
  • IBM AI boat to commemorate historic US Mayflower voyage finally lands… in Canada
    Nearly two years late and in the wrong country, we welcome our robot overlords

    IBM's self-sailing Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS) has finally crossed the Atlantic albeit more than a year and a half later than planned. Still, congratulations to the team.

    That said, MAS missed its target. Instead of arriving in Massachusetts – the US state home to Plymouth Rock where the 17th-century Mayflower landed – the latest in a long list of technical difficulties forced MAS to limp to Halifax in Nova Scotia, Canada. The 2,700-mile (4,400km) journey from Plymouth, UK, came to an end on Sunday.

    The 50ft (15m) trimaran is powered by solar energy, with diesel backup, and said to be able to reach a speed of 10 knots (18.5km/h or 11.5mph) using electric motors. This computer-controlled ship is steered by software that takes data in real time from six cameras and 50 sensors. This application was trained using IBM's PowerAI Vision technology and Power servers, we're told.

    Continue reading
  • IBM buys Randori to address multicloud security messes
    Big Blue joins the hot market for infosec investment

    RSA Conference IBM has expanded its extensive cybersecurity portfolio by acquiring Randori – a four-year-old startup that specializes in helping enterprises manage their attack surface by identifying and prioritizing their external-facing on-premises and cloud assets.

    Big Blue announced the Randori buy on the first day of the 2022 RSA Conference on Monday. Its plan is to give the computing behemoth's customers a tool to manage their security posture by looking at their infrastructure from a threat actor's point-of-view – a position IBM hopes will allow users to identify unseen weaknesses.

    IBM intends to integrate Randori's software with its QRadar extended detection and response (XDR) capabilities to provide real-time attack surface insights for tasks including threat hunting and incident response. That approach will reduce the quantity of manual work needed for monitoring new applications and to quickly address emerging threats, according to IBM.

    Continue reading

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2022