Category Archives: SVC

Making sense of the IBM SVC/Storwize Code release cycle

********************** UPDATE 14 August 2015 When I initially posted this blog, there was a major error in my base spreadsheet, that made the time periods shorter than they actually were (because it was only using weekdays, 5 days per week, … Continue reading

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Unix tools for the SVC and Storwize masses: a 12 year journey

So it turns out the only thing harder than writing blog posts is keeping up with other people’s blog posts  (actually it’s easy to write blog posts….  it’s just hard to write good and useful ones).   So when I … Continue reading

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Some scripting hints for checking your Storwize firmware version

I am in the habit of writing mini-shell scripts to paste into an SVC or Storwize terminal to create mini reports.  While the GUI does make all this quite easy, I am quite often remote from the machine, or at the … Continue reading

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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

Posted in Actifio, DS8800, IBM Storage, IBM XIV, Storwize V7000, SVC | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments