IBM Storwize 7.6 Release product portfolio offers new drive options for increased capacity and improved performance

Lenovo United States Hardware Announcement 115-146
October 6, 2015


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The IBM® Storwize® 7.6 Release storage solutions portfolio delivers higher capacity disk and flash drive options to increase system capacity for selected IBM Storwize models.

The following Fibre Channel adapter card pair is now available for the IBM Storwize V7000:

  • 4-port 16 Gb Fibre Channel Adapter Pair

The following cache upgrade is now available for the IBM Storwize V3500:

  • 4 GB to 8 GB cache upgrade


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Built with IBM Spectrum Virtualize™ 7.6 software, the IBM Storwize Family, including IBM Storwize V3500, V3700, V5000, and V7000, empowers organizations to achieve better data economics by supporting new workloads that are critical to their success. Storwize Family systems can handle the massive volumes of data from mobile and social applications, enable rapid and flexible cloud services deployments, and deliver the performance and scalability needed to gain insights from the latest analytics technologies. Combined with Lenovo® servers, IBM Spectrum Virtualize 7.6 integrated Storwize allows customers to reduce the complexity and cost of managing storage by:

  • Easily managing and deploying hybrid storage using a breakthrough graphical user interface.
  • Gaining innovative management, high performance, storage efficiency and data protection capabilities with new support for Distributed RAID. Distributed RAID can also deliver increased performance since data can be read from/written to more drives for a given I/O.
  • Responding quickly to changing requirements with internal storage virtualization and high-performance thin provisioning.
  • Using remote mirroring over Ethernet to optimize network bandwidth and reduce costs.

The IBM Storwize 7.6 Family of products delivers the following enhancements:

  • 16 GB Fibre Channel (FC) 4-port Adapter for expanded connectivity on IBM Storwize V7000
  • Encryption of virtualized storage data at rest for enhanced security on the IBM Storwize V7000
  • Cache upgrade option for increased system cache on IBM Storwize V3500

In this way, the IBM Storwize Family of products are the ideal complement to server virtualization strategies.



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The 4-port 16 Gb Fibre Channel Adapter Pair in this announcement requires IBM Storwize Licensed Machine Code Level 7.6, or later.

The 4 GB to 8 GB cache upgrade option is a prerequisite to enable the IBM Storwize V3500 to upgrade to Licensed Machine Code Level 7.6.



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  • December 04, 2015: 4 GB to 8 GB cache upgrade
  • December 18, 2015: 4-port 16 Gb FC Adapter Pair


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With the availability of the IBM Storwize 7.6 Release, the following additional features and functions are now included in the IBM Storwize solutions portfolio:

  • Distributed RAID
    • Increase from a maximum of 16 drives to 128 drives
    • Simpler configuration steps during expansion
    • Array rebuilds that are ten times faster than previous versions
    • Reduced impact on performance during rebuilds
  • Easier deployment and management of HyperSwap®
    • New command line interface
    • Fibre Channel and now IP-Network attached
  • Increased number of iSCSI host sessions
    • From 256 to 1024 per node
    • Higher scalability

In this way, the IBM Storwize Family products are the ideal complement to server virtualization strategies.

The following Fibre Channel adapter card pair is now available for the IBM Storwize V7000:

  • 4-port 16 Gb Fibre Channel Adapter Pair
    • Requires 7.6, or later, level code

The following cache upgrade is now available for the IBM Storwize V3500:

  • 4 GB to 8 GB cache upgrade
    • Allows the V3500 to be upgraded to the IBM Storwize 7.6 release
    • Requires 16 GB cache (two canisters at 8 GB each)

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance can be requested at

http://www.lenovo.com/lenovo/us/en/accessibility.html


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For additional information on IBM Storwize software, refer to Software Announcement 215-058, dated January 13, 2015.



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The following are features already announced for the 3331, 6096, 6099, 6194, 6195 machine types:

Description                                        MT    Model   Feature

16 Gb FC 4 Port Adapter Cards (Pair)               3331  HC1     ATQV
16 Gb FC 4 Port Adapter Cards (Pair)               6195  524

Option SEOs

                                 Machine                         Part
Description                      Type   Model  Feature SEO       Number

16Gb FC 4 Port Adapter Pair for  3331   HC1    ATQV    00MM835   00MM835
IBM Storwize V7000
 

Business Partner information

If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from Lenovo, you may link directly to Business Partner information for this announcement. A PartnerWorld® ID and password are required (use IBM ID).

https://www.ibm.com/partnerworld/mem/sla.jsp?num=115-146


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Publications
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No publications are shipped with these options. For more information, refer to the publications that shipped with your base system.



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Global Technology Services®

For details on available Business Continuity and Recovery Services, contact your Lenovo representative.

For details on education offerings related to specific products, visit

http://www.lenovo.com/


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Specified operating environment

Physical specifications

Adapter card

  • 4-port 16 Gb Fibre Channel Adapter Pair
Homologation

This product is not certified for direct connection by any means whatsoever to interfaces of public telecommunications networks. Certification may be required by law prior to making any such connection. Contact a Lenovo representative or reseller for any questions.

Hardware requirements

The 4-port Fibre Channel Adapter in this announcement requires IBM Storwize licensed machine code level 7.6, or later.

Software requirements

The FC Adapter Pair in this announcement requires IBM Storwize Family Software version 7.6, or later.

Planning information

You are responsible for downloading or obtaining and installing designated Machine Code (microcode, basic input/output system code (called BIOS), utility programs, device drivers, and diagnostics delivered with a Lenovo machine) and other software updates in a timely manner from a Lenovo Internet website or from other electronic media, and following the instructions that Lenovo provides. You may request Lenovo to install Machine Code changes; however, you may be charged for that service.

Cable orders

Cables are required for I/O connectivity to servers and fabric components.

Security, auditability, and control

This product uses the security and auditability features of the host hardware.

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communications facilities.



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MES discount applicable

No

Field installable feature

Yes

Warranty period
  • 4 GB to 8 GB cache upgrade: One year
  • 4-port 16 Gb Fibre Channel Adapter Pair: One year

A Lenovo part or feature installed during the initial installation of a Lenovo machine is subject to a full warranty effective on the date of installation of the machine. A Lenovo part or feature that replaces a previously installed part or feature assumes the remainder of the warranty period for the replaced part or feature. A Lenovo part or feature added to a machine without replacing a previously installed part or feature is subject to a full warranty effective on its date of installation. Unless specified otherwise, the warranty period, type of warranty service, and service level of a part or feature are the same as those for the machine in which it is installed.

Customer setup

Yes

Machine code

Same license terms and conditions as base machine.

Optional features warranty period

One year.



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For current prices, contact Lenovo at 888-746-7426 or visit

http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/x/

To locate the web price, search on the feature number in the Search field.

The following are features already announced for the 3331 machine type:

                                                     Initial/
                                                     MES/
Description                   Model    Feature       Both/        
                              Number   Number        Support  

16 Gb FC 4 Port Adapter Cards (Pair)
                              HC1      ATQV          MES

The following are features already announced for the 6195 machine type:

                                                     Initial/
                                                     MES/
Description                   Model    Feature       Both/        
                              Number   Number        Support  

16 Gb FC 4 Port Adapter Cards (Pair)
                              524      ATQV          Initial

Trademarks

IBM Spectrum Virtualize is a trademark of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

IBM, Storwize, HyperSwap, PartnerWorld and Global Technology Services are registered trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

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Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

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