IBM Systems and TechnologyMigrating to IBM System StorageProtect your investment with flexible storage solutions
2 Migrating to IBM System Storage Highlights IBM continues to be a leader in research investment and to ●● ● IBM virtualization platforms and non-disruptive data make strategic, long-term acquisitions that make it possible to migration reduce complexity provide the best solutions for clients now and offer a good ●● ● ● IBM solutions share a common, easy-to-use GUI and return on investment going forward. When you compare the support both block and file access capabilities of IBM Storwize V7000 Unified against HP ●● ● ● Migrating to an IBM System Storage solution may be easier systems, you see the advantages of IBM storage. than moving to another HP platform ●● ● ● HP customers can continue to use Enterprise Virtual Array IBM storage solutions help clients reduce complexity with units with IBM® Storwize® V7000 external virtualization easy-to-manage virtualization platforms and non-disruptive data migration between multiple non-homogenous storage Businesses today are under tremendous pressure to manage stor- devices. Storwize V7000 Unified: age growth and costs, while maintaining business continuity and optimizing business-critical applications. As you look to expand ●● ● Delivers sophisticated enterprise-class storage at a midrange your storage infrastructure to meet growing business demands, cost. you need to consider storage providers and solutions you can ●● ● Supports your growing business requirements and help depend upon in the future. control costs. ●● ● Enables near-continuous availability of applications through Current Hewlett-Packard (HP) Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) dynamic migration. customers have to deal with the uncertain future of the EVA line ●● ● Offers the ability to virtualize older arrays for single manage- of storage solutions and the cost and implications of data migra- ment of the storage environment, use of advanced features tion to their business. Choosing the right vendor and correct for all data and almost transparent data migration. storage infrastructure is critical. Many business leaders turn to ●● ● Supports faster and more efficient data copies for online complimentary storage offerings from IBM to help manage their backup, testing or data mining. data, content and costs. About IBM Storwize V7000 Unified Storwize V7000 Unified is a virtualized storage system that offers easier management, reduced cost, highly scalable capacity,“….IDC believes that while HP has stated performance and high availability. It also offers improved effi- it intends to follow up with additional ciency and flexibility through built-in solid state drive (SSD) enhancements to the P6000, this generation optimization, thin provisioning and non-disruptive migration of data from existing storage. The system can virtualize and of EVA is likely to be HP’s last.” reuse existing disk systems offering a greater potential return on investment. —IDC Product Flash, HP Announces Converged Storage, Introduces the P6000 EVA and the Updated x9000 IBRIX, June 6th, 2011.
IBM Systems and Technology 3 ●● ● Next generation graphical user interface (GUI): Easy-to-use system management with point and click system management capabilities. ●● ● Virtualized storage: Complements virtualized servers with built in efficiency technologies including storage virtualiza- tion, thin provisioning, sophisticated replication, and more. External Storage flexibility that protects your Virtualization investment You may not be ready to dispose of all your current HP systems yet. With Storwize V7000 Unified, you can purchase just the EMC2 NetApp Sun right amount of internal storage capacity and still attach older Hitachi IBM systems to Storwize V7000 Unified. This flexibility helps protect and extend your investments and offers: HP NEC Bull Fujitsu Pillar ●● ● Single easy-to-use management for both the internal Storwize V7000 Unified capacity and externally attached HP units. You have the same GUI the same storage provisioning process, and storage is treated as a global pool.Figure 1: IBM Storwize V7000 Unified offering with external virtualization ●● ● Sophisticated functions such as snapshots, Easy Tier, thincapabilities simplifies management and migration from an HP EVA provisioning and remote replication are all available for data stored on HP EVA units.Storwize V7000 Unified offers: ●● ● Shared backup and recovery so the same backup and recovery processes may be used for data stored on IBM and HP disk●● ● File support: Consolidates block and file workloads into a systems. single storage system. ●● ● Enhanced performance to help potentially improve the●● ● IBM Active Cloud Engine: Delivers policy-based file manage- performance of data stored on HP EVA systems by using the ment to reduce costs through the use of tiered storage, Storwize V7000 Unified virtualization capability. The Easy including tape. It also automates deletion of unwanted or Tier function also can dramatically improve data performance expired files, while minimizing manual intervention. on HP EVA units.●● ● IBM System Storage® Easy Tier® automated storage tiering: Advanced technology for automatically migrating data Storwize V7000 Unified offers a new level of storage efficiency between the storage tiers based on real-time analysis of usage that is not typically seen in other midrange disk systems. It sim- patterns. Provides significant performance improvement plifies administration and helps increase your staff productivity. with automatic migration to high performing SSDs.
4 Migrating to IBM System Storage enterprise storage to simple, agile offerings. IBM provides high value solutions that are easy to deploy and manage, along“Unified storage makes sense for many data with comprehensive service and industry-leading technology. centers, as it offers multiple ways of storing and retrieving data from a single platform, Excessive downtime and slow response times can result in all done with the same management tools. increased costs and the loss of sales, customer goodwill and productivity. With more companies running entire suites of Doing this all at midrange pricing makes business applications on virtualization solutions like VMware, IBM Storwize V7000 a good solution for mixed workload scalability with predictable performance is both the mid-sized and larger data centers.” needed. A study done by ESG Labs in February 2011 confirmed that the Storwize V7000 Unified system can deliver exceptional performance that is well suited to a mix of real-world business —Mike Kahn, Managing Director, The Clipper Group, Inc. applications running in a VMware-enabled virtual server infrastructure.1 Storwize V7000 Unified can manage external arrays with a sim- ple external virtualization license, which is cost-effective and For more demanding applications offers a good return on investment. Over time, you can migrate The Storwize V7000 Unified offering is ideal for midrange customers, data to other internal or external arrays. but if you need enterprise-level storage, the IBM XIV Storage System provides Tier 1 performance and high reliability at Tier 2 costs. XIV is a Easy and non-disruptive data migration customer-proven, high-end disk storage system that offers exceptional Migrating data from IBM and non-IBM devices (such as ease of use and high performance. The XIV solution offers: HP EVA units) is easy and non-disruptive with Storwize ●● Consistent performance for critical business applications. The V7000 Unified. You attach your current systems to a Storwize system is designed for high performance and balances the load V7000 Unified system and use intuitive wizards to migrate evenly across components automatically, without manual tuning— your data online, while your production applications continue even when you add additional capacity. to run uninterrupted. After you finish the data migration, you ●● Extraordinary reliability designed to help you avoid downtime. can safely remove the older equipment. Data migration is a This offering includes advanced redundancy, self-healing, fast standard feature of Storwize V7000 Unified and does not incur rebuilds and hot upgrades, which keep your system and your any additional costs. It is included regardless of the amount of business running. data you migrate or the number of systems involved. ●● Low total cost of ownership (TCO). Simplified management saves time and money. High reliability can reduce downtime costs, and most needed functions are included in the solution. The exclusive Why choose IBM storage solutions? use of high density disk drives also reduces energy and space costs. Every business is unique. The breadth and scale of solutions they require are different as well. IBM storage offerings are If you have a Storwize V7000 Unified solution, you can later attach it to based on the proven IBM approach of building solutions around a XIV for greater performance. The XIV solution uses high-capacity, industry-standard components coupled with sophisticated soft- low-power drives that are optimized for Tier 1 applications and ware. These storage solutions range from feature-rich, scalable automatically distributes workload and applications.
IBM Systems and Technology 5Storwize V7000 Unified with Easy Tier and SSDs can be For block-only configurations, clustered systems drive the valueused to automatically increase the performance of a mix of of consolidation even further. You can start with a very smallapplications running in a virtual server environment. Because it capacity, such as a few drives in a single enclosure, which cancan automatically migrate only the most active data, it increases grow to up to 20 enclosures with up to 480 drives in a clusteredthe efficiency of your SSDs. In addition, since it reduces system. In addition, with technologies such as thin provisioning,response times and dramatically increases the amount of work Easy Tier, virtualization and Active Cloud Engine alreadythe virtualized infrastructure can handle, it is easier to justify the included, Storwize V7000 Unified helps customers make thecost difference between traditional hard drives and solid state best use of their currently available storage resources.drives. ESG Labs saw up to 3x throughput using Easy Tier withVMware workloads. With the Storwize V7000 Unified Storage System you don’t need to deal with complicated product upgrades or modelWhat are the business implications of changes or unnecessary data migrations. IBM’s uniform strategymigrating to IBM solutions? allows for companies to seamlessly grow based upon theirWith IBM storage solutions such as Storwize V7000 Unified, storage requirements to higher performance and capacityyou can manage your growing midrange storage needs environments through external virtualization, data mirroringwith a single solution. Storwize V7000 Unified helps enable and a common management interface.consolidation of multiple storage systems for greater efficiency. Data Module FC 15 data modules, each containing: Host Data Module • 12 high-density disk drives • 24 GB memory Host • Quad-core Intel CPU • 2 X 20 Gbps InﬁniBand HCA ports Inter-module • 400 GB SSD (optional) iSCSI Data Module connectivity Host connectivity: • 24 X 8 Gbps FC ports Host • 22 x 1 Gbps iSCSI ports 2 InﬁniBand switches: • Redundant inter-module connectivity Data Module • 600 Gbps total internal bandwidth 3 UPS modules: • Stable power to all system components • Safe shutdown upon power outage Cache CPU UPS UPS UPS Interface Disks SSD (optional)Figure 2: IBM XIV offering overview for cases where customers have a large HP EVA array and HP is offering a 3PAR solution upgrade