So many things to talk about but a couple of notes of interest from today:
- DS8870 is a new system not just an upgrade. IBM went from the P6 server to the P7 which should give them a huge performance bump. I heard there are some impressive SPC numbers coming soon.
- XIV gets a GUI improvement with Multi-system manager. This will help drive some efficiency in management of those environments with larger deployments.
- V7000 Unified gets compression for file. Same story as on block but now for file objects.
Here are links to the hardware and software announcements from today.
|IBM System Storage DS8870 (Machine type 2423) Models 961 and 96E with three-year warranty|
|IBM System Storage TS1060 Tape Drive offers an Ultrium 6 Tape Drive for the TS3500 Tape Library|
|IBM Virtualization Engine TS7700 supports disk-based encryption|
|IBM System Storage DS8870 (Machine type 2421) Models 961 and 96E with one-year warranty|
|IBM System Storage DS8870 (Machine type 2424) Models 961 and 96E with four-year warranty|
|IBM System Storage DS8000 series high-performance flagship – Function Authorizations for machine type 239x|
|IBM System Storage DS8870 (Machine type 2422) Models 961 and 96E with two-year warranty|
|IBM Systems Director Standard Edition for Linux on System z, V6.3 now manages zBX blades|
|IBM Systems Director product enhancements provide tools to better manage virtual and physical networks|
|XIV management is designed to enable more effective XIV deployments into private cloud computing environments and improve multi-system management|
|IBM Storwize V7000 Unified V1.4 includes real-time compression, local authentication server support, four-way clustering, and FCOE support|
|IBM Programmable Network Controller V3.0, when used with OpenFlow-enabled switches, provides architecture for centralized and simplified networking|
|IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center V5.1 offers efficient virtualization and infrastructure management to enable smarter storage|
|IBM Tivoli Storage Manager V6.4 products deliver significant enhancements to manage data protection in virtual environments|
|IBM Infoprint XT for z/OS, V3.1 provides support to transform Xerox data streams and highlight color resources for printing on AFP printers and enhances DBCS support|
|IBM Security zSecure V1.13.1 products and solutions enhance mainframe security intelligence, compliance, administration and integration|
|IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager V3.2 extends application-aware snapshot management to IBM N series and NetApp devices and enables seamless disaster recovery|
As with movies, IBM Storage announces the new releases on Tuesday and today is now different. There is a ton of good information in the release today and I have summarized most of it below. Like a Thanksgiving dinner, we have a little of this and little of that for our IBM Storage family. I am super excited to see IBM continue to partner with Netapp on both hardware and software. I know most of the Netapp team that focus solely with IBM and they work really hard to provide the IBM machine with information. I have heard the new entry level N series systems are rocking with performance and are cluster mode ready. I also am trying to include more from our TSM software. In the future, its going to be the software that will help drive better utilization of storage and lower CAPEX/OPEX.
So grab a bag of popcorn, a box of Junior Mints and a ice cold Coke and enjoy the show. The only difference is we don’t charge you $15 a ticket for the show.
IBM N series
IBM keeps investing in the Netapp technology and releases the anticipated N3220 and N2340. The N3220 is an entry-level system that uses SAS internal disk on a 2U frame. Clients can choose from 12 to 24 SFF SAS disk drives and extend to a max of 144 spindles. The maximum raw storage for the system is 374 TB of storage, not shabby for a 2u box.
The big brother to the 3220 is the 3240. This system comes in at 4U and allows for the use of LFF SATA drives. Just like the the smaller version, the external disk expansion can grow up to a max of 144 spindles and top out at 432 TB of storage. Both systems have a one controller (A12/14) or a dual controller (A22/24) setup to accommodate even the choosiest clients. The single controller can be upgraded to a dual controller but this does require a disruption in service.
A couple of improvements over the N3400 is the amount of ports and IO slot. These new systems have 8 1GBE on board ports, 4 SAS ports and 2 IO slots that can be used for adding 10GB Ethernet or more disk expansion. Another upgrade was to how much memory these systems come with compared to the older N3400. The new systems now have 12 GB of memory in the dual controller configuration vs the 8 in the N3400. This can only lead to better performance from both a throughput and a cache standpoint.
The systems carry the full protocol portfolio (FC, NFS, SMB, iSCSI) and Data OnTap operating system that Netapp has been using for the last 10 years or so. These systems can be used in small remote offices or test environments were protocol flexibility is needed. General availability for both systems will be March 9th.
Keeping with N series, IBM announced today the support for Full Disk Encryption on the EXN3500. This feature (FC#4201) will allow for data encryption at rest on self encrypting drives. A few key points:
Implements full disk encryption at the hardware level
Prevents access to data until the drive is unlocked by an authorized administrator
Supports storage efficiency: deduplication and storage compression
Supports IDP: Backup/recovery, SnapMirror®, SnapProtect™, and SnapVault®
File system and network independent
General availability will be March 9th.
IBM Storage also announced today that Tivoli Storage Manager updated the FastBack for Workstations version 6.3. FastBack will backup files for laptop and desktops users with real-time protection. This means you can backup your most important files the moment they are saved or you can backup the files in a traditional schedule. The other cool thing about FastBack is you don’t have to be online to backup the data. The system can create multiple versions of your file on the local system for a quick recovery, then send an additional copy to a remote storage device for DR.
Here is what is new in FastBack version 6.3
A wizard to help simplify recoveries when a complete system rebuild is required
Automatic expiration of deleted files from remote storage
Significant increase to the include and exclude list capacity
Simplified email backup configuration
Support for using generic IPv6 addresses for remote backup configuration
Integration with IBM Tivoli® Storage Manager V6.3 as a remote system
General availability is planned fr March 16th for those who want to download the software and if you require a CD/DVD/USB stick you will have to wait until April 20th.
As in any release there are things that make a big splash and then some that are pretty cool, then comes the others. ‘Hanger-ons” I think is what they are called. First up is a system that is built to backup IBM Server systems. The 7226 is a multi-media system that attaches to Power6,Power7, SystemX and Bladecenters via four SAS ports. It includes a half-high LTO5 tape drives that can backup data at 280 MB/s. The system also comes equipped with a DVD-RAM that uses a SAS Slim Optical drive with both a USB and SAS interface option.
IBM Storage also announced the support for 8 Gbps FC Extended Reach SFP+ of 40KM on the Cisco MDS 9148. This SFP is designed to provide auto sensing FC connectivity for the 2, 4, and 8 Gbps ports. The maximum distance with this is now extended to 31 km. Available on March 2nd.
To find more information on this release and all of the releases, click here.
IBM released new code today for the V7000 and V7kU platforms. Here is a snipet of changes from the release notes:
The following functions are available for use in production environments: - Use of Asynchronous file replication between Storwize V7000 Unified systems - Use of Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP) for file backup/restore functions - Use of the GPFS Information Lifecycle Management functions, for file placement, migration and deletion on internal or external disk. - Use of IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Space Management as a Hierarchical Storage Manager (HSM), for migrating data to an external TSM server New features in Storwize V7000 126.96.36.199: Support for multi-session iSCSI host attachment Language Support for Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Turkish, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese