IBM's expands Storwize 5000 flash storage line

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IBM's expands Storwize 5000 flash storage line

IBM Tuesday expanded its Storwize storage system line with new versions of its Storwize 5000 family that bring high-performance NVMe storage to a wider range of customers.

Big Blue also added support for Amazon Web Services' public cloud to its IBM Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud software for virtualising IBM and non-IBM storage under a single architecture, and introduced new container support for its storage technologies.  

The additions to the Storwize 5000 family will let channel partners better serve customers requiring higher- performance storage, said Eric Herzog, chief marketing officer and vice president of worldwide storage channels for IBM's Storage Division.

"This completes the refresh of the Storwize product line," Herzog told CRN USA. "It started with the new Storwize V7000, and now we're refreshing the Storwize V5000 line with more software, more performance and more NVMe."

New to the Storwize V5000 family is the V5010E, which replaces IBM's existing V5010. The V5010E brings customers high-performance NVMe storage capabilities, with twice the maximum IOPs (I/Os per second) at a 30 percent lower price point than the V5010, Herzog said. It allows capacity to scale to 12 petabytes, he said. It also scales to support up to 392 flash drives.

Also new with the V5010E is the bundling at no charge with IBM Spectrum Virtualize software. IBM Spectrum Virtualize can connect to 450-plus different non-IBM arrays to give them full storage management capabilities including snapshots, encryption and storage virtualisation.

In addition, IBM introduced the Storwize V5130E, which offers the same enhancements to the Storwize V5130 that the V5101E does to the V5010. It scales to up to 1520 flash drives.  

New to the family is the Storwize V5100/F, which offers the same capabilities as the other new members of the 5000 family and scales to up to 1520 drives. IBM's FlashCore flash storage modules are proprietary modules featuring both flash storage capacity and hardware-accelerated I/O. The latest FlashCore modules are FIPS 140-2 certified for security requirements.

IBM Tuesday also expanded its multi-cloud storage capabilities with the addition of AWS support to its Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud, Herzog said. Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud, which previously only supported the IBM Cloud, provides a virtual substantiation of IBM Spectrum Virtualize on either public cloud, he said.

Also new with Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud is "air gapping," which allows a snapshot of data to be isolated from the production environment so that if there is a malware attack it does not impact the most recent secondary copy of the data, Herzog said.  

IBM plans to introduce support for the Container Storage Interface, or CSI, in the second quarter, Herzog said.

IBM has been supporting block data and file data in containers through such platforms as VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V, he said. But the Container Storage Interface is an industry-wide standard software interface defined by container vendors that allows storage managers to see the storage in containers and what that storage is doing. "Now the vendors can see the storage in any containers to manage it properly," he said.


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