IBM Storwize V7000 Version 6.2 delivers support for VMware VAAI, real-time performance monitoring, and 10 Gigabit iSCSI connectivityIBM United States Software Announcement 211-184
May 9, 2011
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|At a glance|
The IBM® Storwize V7000 disk system utilizes IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller (SVC) technology to deliver high performance, advanced function, high availability, and modular and scalable storage capacity:
- Supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, and 10
- Provides SAN-attached 8 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC) host connectivity, and 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 10 GbE iSCSI host connectivity
- Accommodates up to twenty-four 2.5-inch disk drives or twelve 3.5-inch disk drives installed within the IBM Storwize V7000 Control Enclosure, with attachment support for up to nine IBM Storwize V7000 Expansion Enclosures, providing modular and highly scalable storage solutions that range up to 240 TB physical storage capacity, and 480 TB physical storage capacity in a clustered system
- Supports intermixing of SAS drives, Nearline SAS drives, and solid-state drives within the IBM Storwize V7000 Control Enclosures and the IBM Storwize V7000 Expansion Enclosures
- Includes IBM Easy Tier technology for automatically moving heavily used data extents onto high-performance storage devices
- Supports attachment of other storage devices via the FC interface just as the SVC
- Supports a complete set of SVC functions, including FlashCopy®, RemoteCopy, Volume Mirroring, and thin provisioning
For ordering, contact your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: YE001).
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IBM Storwize V7000 V6.2.0 delivers improved tracking with the introduction of real-time performance monitoring. Immediate performance information can be received, including CPU utilization and I/O rates, to monitor environmental changes, troubleshoot, and when pairing up the information with historical detailed data from Tivoli® Storage Productivity Center, can be better positioned to develop the best performance solutions.
VMware virtual environments can be improved with Storwize V7000 by using the vStorage API for Array Integration (VAAI). This new API delegates certain VMware functions to the Storwize V7000 for enhanced performance. In the vSphere 4.1 release, this offload capability to Storwize V7000 supports full copy, block zeroing, and hardware-assisted locking. The introduction of 10 GbE hardware for the Storwize V7000 allows continued focus on cost efficiency with higher network performance by offering 10 Gigabit iSCSI host attachment. The Storwize V7000 also provides up to twice the capacity and twice the throughput to support business growth by providing clustered systems that include up to two Storwize V7000 control enclosures. With external storage virtualization, the Storwize V7000 is scalable to manage up to 32 PB of storage by allowing managed disks to be as large as 256 TB on select storage systems.
Storwize V7000 interoperability now supports managing additional storage products, including HP StorageWorks P9500 Disk Array, Hitachi Data Systems Virtual Storage Platform, Texas Memory Systems RamSan-620, and EMC VNX models.
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IBM Storwize V7000 Software V6.2 (5639-VM1, 5639-EV1, and 5639-RM1) has the same software prerequisites as IBM Storwize V7000 V6.1. Refer to the Description section and the announcement letters listed in the Reference information section for more information.
This program requires at least one IBM Storwize V7000 control enclosure (2076-112, 2076-124, 2076-312, or 2076-324) for installation. Current support summaries, including specific software, hardware, and firmware levels supported, are maintained at the IBM Storwize V7000 Support website
For information on the IBM Storwize V7000 hardware, see the announcements listed in the Reference information section.
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|Planned availability date|
- June 10, 2011: IBM Storwize V7000 Software V6.2.0 AAS new order shipments begin
- June 30, 2011: Availability of the Plug-In for VMware vCenter
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IBM Storwize V7000 V6.2 highlights include support for real-time performance monitoring, VMware VAAI, and 10 Gigabit iSCSI connectivity. The following functions, features, and support options help maximize the benefits of Storwize V7000.
Real-time performance monitoring
IBM Storwize V7000 V6.2.0 provides improved tracking by introducing real-time performance monitoring. Real-time performance monitoring gathers the following system level performance statistics:
- CPU utilization
- Port utilization and I/O rates
- Volume and MDisk I/O rates
Real-time performance monitoring can immediately track environmental changes and for performance troubleshooting. The sampling rate can be set as low as five seconds. Historical data is kept for about five minutes, therefore Tivoli Storage Productivity Center can capture more detailed performance information and to analyze trends in order to get a complete picture when developing the best performance solutions.
VMware vStorage API for Array Integration (VAAI)
VMware virtual environments can be improved with Storwize V7000 by using VAAI. This new API delegates certain VMware functions to Storwize V7000 to enhance performance. In the vSphere 4.1 release, this offload capability to Storwize V7000 supports:
- Full copy: Enables the Storwize V7000 to make full copies of data without requiring the ESX server to read and write the data
- Block zeroing: Enables Storwize V7000 to zero out large numbers of blocks, shortening the time needed to provision virtual machines
- Hardware-assisted locking: Improves the scalability of large ESX server farms sharing volumes on the Storwize V7000 by providing an alternate means to protect the metadata for VMFS cluster-file systems
Plug-In for VMware vCenter
The Storwize V7000 Plug-In for VMware vCenter allows VMware administrators to monitor and manage Storwize V7000 volumes from the VMware software. This plug-in enables a common set of Storwize V7000 tasks to be performed from VMware vCenter without needing to switch between user interfaces. This plug-in will initially be certified for use with Storwize V7000 V6.1.
10 Gigabit iSCSI
The new 10 Gigabit Ethernet hardware for the Storwize V7000 have the ability to attach hosts to the Storwize V7000 using 10 Gigabit iSCSI.
Storwize V7000 now allows clustered systems with up to two Storwize V7000 control enclosures. Each control enclosure in a clustered system has the advantage of processing unique host system I/O workloads while configuration and management of the storage is performed at the system level. This provides up to twice the capacity and twice the throughput to support business growth, and it enables more consolidation, including external virtualized storage, for greater efficiency.
256 TB managed disks and 32 PB managed storage
Storwize V7000 now allows virtualization of managed disks up to 256 TB in capacity for select storage systems, improved from 2 TB. With the use of 8 GB extent sizes, one Storwize V7000 system can now effectively manage up to 32 PB of storage, up from the 8 PB maximum. For a list of the storage systems supporting managed disks up to 256 TB, visit
FlashCopy target as Remote Copy source
Using a FlashCopy target volume as the source volume in a remote copy relationship is now available in SVC V6.2. This complements the current capability for remote copy target volumes to be source volumes in a FlashCopy relationship, and allows administrators greater flexibility in setting up disaster recovery configurations.
Revised licensing rules for Remote Mirroring Software (5639-RM1)
Rather than purchasing a license for IBM Storwize V7000 Remote Mirroring Software (5639-RM1) for every licensed enclosure (internal and external) managed by the IBM Storwize V7000 Disk System at both the primary and the secondary systems as first released, some customers will benefit from the following modifications to the 5639-RM1 licensing rules:
- For primary and secondary systems with differing numbers of enclosures using Remote Mirroring, the number of 5639-RM1 licenses needed for each system is the number of enclosures on the smaller of the two systems (see scenarios 1 and 2 below)
- When multiple production systems replicate to a single disaster recovery system, the number of 5639-RM1 licenses at the disaster recover system must equal the sum of the 5639-RM1 licenses at the production systems (see scenario 3 below)
The following are examples of how to license Remote Mirroring Software (5639-RM1) under the modified licensing rules:
Scenario 1: The primary system is a four-enclosure Storwize V7000 with nothing externally virtualized, therefore it has four 5639-VM1 licenses. The secondary system is a two-enclosure Storwize V7000 with nothing externally virtualized, therefore it has two 5639-VM1 licenses. The Storwize V7000 Remote Mirroring licensing would be as follows: two 5639-RM1 licenses for the primary system plus two 5639-RM1 licenses for the secondary system, for a total of four 5639-RM1 licenses required.
Scenario 2: The primary system is a one-enclosure Storwize V7000 managing a DS5020 consisting of three enclosures, therefore it has one 5639-VM1 license plus three 5639-EV1 licenses. The secondary system is a three-enclosure Storwize V7000 with nothing externally virtualized, therefore it has three 5639-VM1 licenses. The Storwize V7000 Remote Mirroring licensing would be as follows: three 5639-RM1 licenses for the primary system plus three 5639-RM1 licenses for the secondary system, for a total of six 5639-RM1 licenses required.
Scenario 3: There are three primary systems replicating to a central disaster recovery system. The three primary systems are as follows:
- A two-enclosure Storwize V7000 with nothing externally virtualized, therefore it has two 5639-VM1 licenses
- A one-enclosure Storwize V7000 managing a DS5020 consisting of three enclosures, therefore it has one 5639-VM1 license plus three 5639-EV1 licenses
- A one-enclosure Storwize V7000 with nothing externally virtualized, therefore it has one 5639-VM1 license.
The central disaster recovery system is a nine-enclosure Storwize V7000 with nothing externally virtualized, therefore it has nine 5639-VM1 licenses. The Storwize V7000 Remote Mirroring licensing would be as follows: a sum of seven 5639-RM1 licenses for the primary systems plus seven 5639-RM1 licenses for the central disaster recovery system, for a total of fourteen 5639-RM1 licenses required.
Storwize V7000 now supports many more heterogeneous data center environments with the addition of interoperability support for:
- EMC VNX models
- HP StorageWorks P9500 Disk Array
- Hitachi Data Systems Virtual Storage Platform
- Texas Memory Systems RamSan-620
For all the specific models and host environments supported, visit
In support of the Storwize V7000 V6.2 release, a number of Storwize V7000 solutions have been tested and documented which leverage applications of major Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) including Microsoft®, VMware, Oracle, Symantec, and SAP. Key applications that are featured as part of this announcement include, but are not limited to VMware View 4.5 Reference Architecture, vSphere Virtualized Solution, vStorage API for Array Integration (VAAI) features/benefits, Microsoft Exchange Solution Reviewed Program (ESRP) with up to 32K and 60K Mailboxes/Users, Oracle Database with Global Mirroring, and Symantec NetBackup.
In addition to the certifications and solutions indicated, IBM performs certifications with ISVs aligned with the various vertical industries including Healthcare, Financial Services, and Telco. Additional certifications and solutions are updated regularly. Please refer to the latest ISV white papers at:
Auto renewal registration of software maintenance for Storwize V7000 5639-VM1 (Feature number 9000)
Software maintenance renewals in the AAS ordering system for Storwize V7000 5639-VM1 software are now available via a services contract. Selecting feature number 9000 with the software maintenance registration ordered with 5639-VM1 indicates that the customer wishes to continue their software maintenance on a services contract at the end of the initial software maintenance term. Feature number 9000 is available on the following Storwize V7000 base software maintenance registration product IDs:
- 5639-SM1 - 1 Year Software Maintenance Registration
- 5639-SM6 - 2 Year Software Maintenance Registration
- 5639-SM3 - 3 Year Software Maintenance Registration
- 5639-SM7 - 4 Year Software Maintenance Registration
- 5639-SM8 - 5 Year Software Maintenance Registration
Note: Auto renewal services are not available in all countries or for all initial software maintenance contract terms. Refer to the services announcement found in the Reference information section for more details.
45-Day migration allowance
With the benefit of external virtualization, the Storwize V7000 allows customers to bring a system into their storage environment and very quickly and easily migrate data from existing storage systems to the Storwize V7000. In order to facilitate this migration, IBM allows customers 45 days from the date of purchase of the Storwize V7000 system to use the external virtualization function for the purpose of migrating data from an existing storage system to the Storwize V7000 system. Any use thereafter, and ongoing use of the external virtualization function of Storwize V7000, requires the purchase of a Storwize V7000 External Virtualization license (5639-EV1) at a quantity equal to the capacity managed under the Storwize V7000 system. Migrations performed at later points in time that are to completely replace other storage systems with the Storwize V7000, thereby requiring temporary virtualization of that external storage system to perform that replacement activity, are granted a 45-day period for use of external virtualization without having to purchase a license to complete such a migration effort. Customers must make their sales representative aware of their intent and when they will be starting this migration so that an end date can be tracked. It is the customer's responsibility to ensure that they are properly licensed for all external storage managed by Storwize V7000 after those 45 days.
Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act
IBM Storwize V7000 Software V6.2.0 is capable, as of June 10, 2011, when used in accordance with IBM's associated documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it. A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) can be requested on the following web site
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For information on System Storage Productivity Center, refer to Hardware Announcement 110-255, dated November 23, 2010.
For information on the previous IBM Storwize V7000 Software V6.1.0, refer to Software Announcement 210-356, dated October 07, 2010.
For information on the software maintenance auto renewal registration services offering, refer to Services Announcement 611-010, dated April 05, 2011.
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Program Program number VRM name 5639-VM1 6.2.0 IBM Storwize V7000 Software V6 5639-EV1 6.2.0 IBM Storwize V7000 External Virtualization Software V6 5639-RM1 6.2.0 IBM Storwize V7000 Remote Mirroring Software V6
Product identification number
PID numbers for IBM Storwize V7000 Software V6 are: Maintenance Maintenance Program PID number 1 year PID number 3 year PID number 5639-VM1 5639-SM1 reg/ren 5639-SM3 reg 5639-SM2 afl 5639-SM4 renewal 5639-SM5 afl Maintenance Maintenance Maintenance 2 year PID number 4 year PID number 5 year PID number 5639-SM6 reg 5639-SM7 reg 5639-SM8 reg PID numbers for IBM Storwize V7000 External Virtualization Software V6: Maintenance Maintenance Program PID number 1 year PID number 3 year PID number 5639-EV1 5639-VVA reg 5639-VVC reg Maintenance Maintenance Maintenance 2 year PID number 4 year PID number 5 year PID number 5639-VVF reg 5639-VVG reg 5639-VVH reg PID numbers for IBM Storwize V7000 Remote Mirroring Software V6: Maintenance Maintenance Program PID number 1 year PID number 3 year PID number 5639-RM1 5639-MMA reg 5639-MMC reg Maintenance Maintenance Maintenance 2 year PID number 4 year PID number 5 year PID number 5639-MMF reg 5639-MMG reg 5639-MMH reg
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The following publications can be downloaded in PDF format from the websites that follow this list:
Title Order number IBM Storwize V7000 GC27-2292-01 CIM Agent Developer's Guide IBM Storwize V7000 GC27-2293-00 Read First IBM Storwize V7000 GC27-2290-01 Quick Installation Guide IBM Storwize V7000 GC27-2291-01 Troubleshooting, Recovery, and Maintenance Guide IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller GC27-2287-01 and Storwize V7000 Command-Line Interface User's Guide IBM System Storage Multipath Subsystem GC52-1309 Device Driver User's Guide IBM Storwize V7000 Safety Notices GC27-3924-00
Additional copies of the above listed publications will be available on June 10, 2011.
Use the following options to order or download additional copies:
- To view online information and link to a download site, visit the IBM Storwize V7000 Information Center
- To order additional selected hardcopy publications for a fee or download free PDF format publications, visit the IBM Publications Center website
- To directly download publications in PDF format, visit the IBM product support website
- Call the Publications Support Group at 800-879-2755, and select option 1.
- Contact your IBM representative.
The IBM Publications Center
Hardcopies of selected IBM Storwize V7000 publications are available for a fee from the IBM Publications Center, as well as free softcopy publications. The Publications Center is a worldwide central repository for IBM product publications and marketing material with a catalog of 70,000 items. Extensive search facilities are provided. Payment options for orders are via credit card or customer number. A large number of publications are available online in various file formats, and they can all be downloaded free of charge.
Publications may also be obtained on DVD via use of media feature 5809 (on 5639-VM1).
- IBM Storwize V7000 Customer Documentation DVD, SK5T-8813-01
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Part number or Program name PID number Charge metric IBM Storwize V7000 Base 5639-VM1 Per Storage Device Software V6 IBM Storwize V7000 5639-EV1 Per Storage Device External Virtualization Software V6 IBM Storwize V7000 Remote 5639-RM1 Per Storage Device Mirroring Software V6 Product group: IBM Systems and Technology Group, System Storage Division Product Identifier Description (PID) IBM Storwize V7000 5639-VM1 Base Software V6 per Storage Device IBM Storwize V7000 External 5639-EV1 Virtualization Software V6 per Storage Device IBM Storwize V7000 5639-RM1 Remote Mirroring Software V6 per Storage Device
Program name: IBM Storwize V7000 Base Software Maintenance One-year Registration and Renewal PID: 5639-SM1 One-year No Charge Registration: Program Feature Description number number SWMA Auto Renewal 5639-SM1 9000 Registration Program name: IBM Storwize V7000 Base Software Maintenance Three-year Registration PID: 5639-SM3 Program Feature Description number number SWMA Auto Renewal 5639-SM3 9000 Registration Program name: IBM Storwize V7000 Base Software Maintenance Two-year Registration PID: 5639-SM6 Program Feature Description number number SWMA Auto Renewal 5639-SM6 9000 Registration Program name: IBM Storwize V7000 Base Software Maintenance Four-year Registration PID: 5639-SM7 Program Feature Description number number SWMA Auto Renewal 5639-SM7 9000 Registration Program name: IBM Storwize V7000 Base Software Maintenance Five-year Registration PID: 5639-SM8 Program Feature Description number number SWMA Auto Renewal 5639-SM8 9000 Registration
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