IBM Storwize Family Software for Flex System V7000 V7.2 delivers performance improvements and simplified storage managementIBM United States Software Announcement 213-478
October 8, 2013
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Are your storage requirements growing too fast? Are the costs of managing this growth taking more and more of your IT budget? IBM® Storwize® Family Software V7.2 can help solve these problems and get you on the road towards a more flexible, responsive, and efficient storage environment. The Flex System V7000 is designed to deliver the benefits of storage virtualization and advanced storage capabilities, including FlashCopy® , replication, Real-time Compression , and Easy Tier® , in environments from large enterprises to small businesses and midmarket companies.
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IBM Storwize Family Software for Flex System V7000 V7.2 enables software-defined storage capabilities for the Flex System V7000 Storage Node, the integrated storage system for IBM PureFlex System and IBM Flex System . This offering can help customers reduce the complexities and cost of managing their storage by:
IBM Storwize Family Software V7.2 introduces replication over IP networks that is easy to configure in existing IP infrastructures. This is a lower-cost alternative to the current Fibre Channel-based and FCoE-based replication, eliminating the need for FCIP routers and dark fibre. By placing the IP replication function in the Storwize Family Software, server CPU and management overhead is freed up and a single point of replication control is available for all server types.
Performance improvements for remote mirroring and VMware environments will benefit from support for VMware 5.5 and act as a provider for the vSphere API for Storage Awareness.
Current ordering information and processes for Storwize Family Software for Flex System V7000 remains unchanged by this announcement.
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IBM Flex System V7000 V7.2 (5766-NX7, 5766-EV7, 5766-RX7, and 5766-CX7) has the same software prerequisites as IBM Flex System V7000 V7.1. Refer to the Description section and the announcements listed in the Reference information section for more information.
IBM Storwize Family Software for Flex System V7000 requires at least one IBM Flex System V7000 (4939-X49, 4939-H49) Control Enclosure for installation. IBM Flex System V7000 V7.2 software (5766-NX7, 5766-EV7, 5766-RX7, and 5766-CX7) is preinstalled and shipped on the required IBM 4939-X49 IBM Flex System V7000 Control Enclosure.
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November 29, 2013
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IBM Storwize Family Software for Flex System V7000 version 7.2 includes:
Revised licensing rules for Flex System V7000 Real-time Compression Software (5766-CX7)
Rather than purchasing a license for Storwize Family Software for Flex System V7000 Real-time Compression (5766-CX7) for every licensed enclosure (internal and external) managed by the IBM Storwize V7000 Disk system as required when first released, some customers will benefit from the following modifications to the 5766-CX7 licensing rules:
Under this Storwize Family Software V7.2 revision, to authorize use of Real-time Compression capabilities of the IBM Flex System V7000, you must purchase a license for Storwize Family Software for Flex System V7000 Real-time Compression (5766-CX7) for each licensed enclosure managed by the IBM Flex System V7000 Disk System. This includes each internal enclosure licensed with Storwize Family Software for Flex System V7000 base software (5766-NX7) and each external enclosure licensed with Storwize Family Software for Flex System V7000 External Virtualization (5766-EV7), up to a maximum number of three enclosure licenses for each Flex System V7000 Control enclosure.
This change applies to new software transactions and new software maintenance renewals and reinstatements only. If customers have already purchased a greater quantity of software licenses for Flex System V7000 Real-time Compression (5766-CX7) than required under this change, they should contact their sales representative to adjust the licensing to ensure they renew with the appropriate software maintenance license quantity as part of their next transaction. Some customers will have an automatic renewal of software maintenance applied to their account. It is the customer's responsibility to take advantage of this change in licensing requirements and to remove the automatic renewal (if desired) and to review the renewal statement to ensure any needed change in license quantity is made. This change does not entitle customers to any refunds for software licensing.
The following are examples of how to license Real-time Compression (5766-CX7) under the modified licensing rules:
Scenario 1: You have a four-enclosure Flex System V7000 system made up one control enclosure and three expansion enclosures with nothing externally virtualized, therefore it has four 5766-NX7 licenses. The Storwize Family Software for Flex System V7000 Real-time Compression licensing would be a total of three 5766-CX7 licenses required.
Scenario 2: You have a five-enclosure Flex System V7000 system made up two control enclosures and three expansion enclosures with nothing externally virtualized, therefore it has five 5766-NX7 licenses. The existence of two control enclosures moves the maximum license quantity up to six, therefore the Storwize Family Software for Flex System V7000 Real-time Compression licensing would be a total of five 5766-CX7 licenses required.
Scenario 3: You have a five-enclosure Flex System V7000 system made up two control enclosures and three expansion enclosures, managing a DS5020 consisting of three enclosures, therefore it has five 5766-NX7 licenses and three 5766-EV7 licenses. The existence of two control enclosures moves the maximum license quantity up to six, therefore the Storwize Family Software for Flex System V7000 Real-time Compression licensing would be a total of six 5766-CX7 licenses required, even though the total number of enclosures in the configuration is eight.
Storwize Family Software now supports many more heterogeneous data center environments with the addition of interoperability support for VMware vSphere 5.5.
For all the specific models and host environments supported, visit the support site at
- http://www.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/downloads/hardware/puresystems/pureflex_system/ storage_node/flex_system_v7000
Accessibility by people with disabilities
A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance can be requested at
Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act
The offerings in this announcement are capable as of November 29, 2013, when used in accordance with IBM's associated documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it.
Business Partner information
If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from IBM, you may link directly to Business Partner information for this announcement. A PartnerWorld ID and password are required (use IBM ID).
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For more information about IBM Storwize Family Software for Flex System V7000 7.1, refer to Software Announcement 213-249, dated June 10, 2013 .
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