IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller (SVC) V5.1.0 has been
designed to provide significant new capabilities to assist storage
administrators in their responsibilities, enabling them to manage even
broader and more complex storage infrastructures and to implement
strategic disaster recovery plans. V5.1.0 delivers enhancements to SVC
in the areas of Metro Mirror and Global Mirror, FlashCopy, volume
management, security, and system scalability through its 64-bit
SVC remote copy functions now provide the ability to establish
partnerships with up to three additional clusters. A virtual disk may
still be only in one Metro Mirror or Global Mirror relationship. In
addition, the scalability of SVC remote copy solutions is expanded by
enabling up to 8192 concurrent remote copy relationships. These
enhancements help provide storage administrators with greater flexibility
in designing a disaster recovery solution.
Within a single cluster, the SVC FlashCopy function now provides the
capability to use FlashCopy to copy data rapidily from the target to the
source of an existing FlashCopy mapping without rebuilding or re-
establishing the existing mapping. This function gives administrators
flexibility to recover data if a problem occurs in the data center.
Administrators can also leverage their use of this and other SVC
FlashCopy functions with the new IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager.
The original SVC space efficient VDisk function is augmented with the
new capability of SVC's VDisk Mirroring to remove unused space (zeros)
when creating a new VDisk copy. The original VDisk copy can subsequently
be removed from operation to obtain the full space savings. This
capability enables administrators to more easily recover disk space when
migrating to space-efficient virtual disks.
In order to continue the focus on storage management and configuration
cost control, SVC V5.1 provides the means to utilize a lower cost
Ethernet network infrastructure for iSCSI host attached to the cluster.
This support will be provided through the built in Ethernet ports present
on all 64-bit SVC hardware models (2145 Models 8F2, 8F4, 8G4, 8A4, and
SVC increases the flexibility of the storage it provisions by raising
the supported VDisk size to 256 TBs. For improved service, up to six
e-mail servers can now be enabled to receive event notification from the
SVC cluster. SVC V5.1 also introduces message classification to enable
the administrator to determine the appropriate action based on the
message designation of error or warning.
SVC interoperability now supports additional storage products
including the EMC CLARiiON CX4 models, IBM System Storage DS5020, HP
StorageWorks MSA2000, Xiotech Emprise 5000, and Hitachi AMS 2100, 2300,
and 2500. Interoperability is also available for Novell SUSE Linux
Enterprise Server 11.
SVC's reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) capabilities
are updated in V5.1. As a complement to the existing SVC e-mail and SNMP
trap notification facilities, SVC adds Syslog error event logging for
administrators already using the Syslog protocol elsewhere in their
environments. SVC V5.1 provides the Enterprise Single Sign-on client to
interact with an authentication server such as an LDAP server, where
login credentials and roles are centrally managed. Finally, SVC V5.1
augments the availability of the system by automating node recovery and
reentry into a cluster following certain types of software faults.
SVC V5.1 is designed for substantially improved cluster performance
when installed on the latest IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller
2145-CF8 Storage Engines. SVC also introduces unique software
capabilities only available when running SVC V5 software on the 2145-CF8.
First, the 2145-CF8 may optionally be ordered with the necessary adapter
and up to four solid-state devices (SSDs) per storage engine. These
devices must be configured using SVC VDisk Mirroring to provide
redundancy and may be used like any other managed disk in the system.
This enables storage administrators to migrate busy work loads to high
performance SSDs for virtual disks running their most critical
applications without interruption to host I/O. Next, when using space
efficient VDisks in an I/O group hosted by 2145-CF8 storage engines, SVC
V5.1 will detect if all zeros are being written in a write request and
will not allocate disk space for such requests. This ability helps
reduce the disk space used for space-efficient virtual disks and reduce
space utilization concerns when formatting virtual disks.
SAN Volume Controller V5.1 Entry Edition (5639-VW2) increases its
scope by managing configurations of up to 250 disk drives. Existing SVC
V4.3 functions and additional functions included in SVC V5.1 are
generally available to customers ordering either 5639-VC5 or 5639-VW2.
- IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller Software V5.1.0 (5639-VC5)
- IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller Entry Edition Software