Tag Archives: Storwize

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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Storwize V3700 – First impressions

The IBM Storwize V7000 has a new stable mate:  IBM’s hot new seller, the Storwize V3700.   I recently got a chance to try one out and I liked what I saw.  I have always tried to share useful information on … 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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IBM makes some very cool storage announcements

IBM has today announced a whole swag of planned new features across the entire IBM Storage product line.  You can read the announcement letter here and I have also dropped the text at the bottom of this blog post (to save … 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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New SVC Storage Performance Council SPC-1 benchmark breaks 500,000 IOPS barrier

The IBM SVC has has been setting records in SPC-1 (OLTP-like) benchmarks for many years.   However recently HP stole the crown with a 3Par benchmark of 450,212.66 IOPS. But in breaking news, the SVC is back on top with the very first … Continue reading

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Storwize V7000 Disk choices

With the announcement of 900GB 10K RPM drives for the Storwize V7000, the range of possible drives you can order is now even more outstanding. In the 2.5″ form factor IBM has the following 10K RPM drives: Feature 3203 300GB 2.5 inch. … Continue reading

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SVC and Storwize V7000 Release 6.3: WWPN limits

IBM recently released a new version of firmware for the SAN Volume Controller and Storwize V7000.  This is known as release 6.3 and continues the tradition of two major updates per year, each adding significant new functions. So the 6.3 … Continue reading

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How to simplify your SAN zoning

Lets imagine a new rack server or a new blade server has been added to your Fibre Channel SAN.   The first job for the SAN administrator is to zone it to the storage it requires access to.  The task … Continue reading

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SVC and Storwize V7000 Release 6.3: Configuring LDAP

Once your SVC or Storwize V7000 is upgraded to version 6.3 you can start using LDAP for authentication.   This means that when you logon, you authenticate with your domain user-id and password rather than a locally created user-id and … Continue reading

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