Category Archives: SVC

IBM Scripting Tools for SVC and Storwize has been updated

The Rebalance script for IBM SVC has been updated.  This is the first update I have seen since 2010.     This release of the SVCTools package will now work on the Storwize family of products without modification and it can … Continue reading

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Enhancement requests for IBM SVC and Storwize V7000

If you have ever wanted to suggest ways to enhance IBM products you should check out the IBM RFE Page here:     http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/rfe/ I was blissful unaware of this page so found it rather fascinating to check out some of the … Continue reading

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The evolution of IBM SVC connection choices

IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) has offered Fibre Channel Storage Virtualization since June 2003.   Two SVC nodes communicate with each other via fibre channel to form a high availability I/O group.  They then communicate with the storage that they virtualize via Fibre … Continue reading

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Why does my enterprise storage need batteries?

There are two fundamental characteristics that every user expects from their Enterprise Storage: It should be highly available. It should never lose your data. Neither of these things have anything to do with performance, or with snapshot features, or with … Continue reading

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Storwize V7000 and SVC Performance Monitoring

I have previously blogged about the Performance monitoring panel that IBM added to the  Storwize V7000 and SVC GUI.   You can find that post with links to some YouTube videos here.   IBM introduced this panel in version V6.2 of … Continue reading

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Why ALUA is a very cool acronym

For way more years than I want to accept, most operating systems were clueless about Fibre Channel networks.   Totally clueless. Of course I am kinda talking ancient history… plus my expectations of now distant operating systems like Windows NT … Continue reading

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VMware SRA for SRM 5.0 with SVC and Storwize V7000 V6.3

One common question that I hear on a regular basis regards the availability of an SRA for VMware SRM 5.0 when using Storwize V7000 or IBM SVC running V6.3 firmware.   This combination is currently unsupported as per the alert … Continue reading

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Performance and bench-marking tools

So you need to do some disk performance testing?   Maybe some benchmarking?  What tools are out there to help you out?   Well I am glad you asked… here are some that I use on my daily travels: IOmeter … Continue reading

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208 day reboot bug

It is ironic that only days after I wrote that 497 is the IT number of the beast, I learn that Linux has another unfortunate number:  208. The reason for this is a defect in the internal Linux kernel used … Continue reading

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Where on earth are the IBM VMware SRAs?

I always laugh when people say to me:  I wouldn’t know what to blog about! When you work in pre-sales support, you constantly get asked questions and each one of them could be the subject of a new blog post. … Continue reading

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