IBM XIV Storage System Gen3 with software release 11.1 offers optional SSD caching

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 112-031
February 7, 2012


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IBM® XIV® Storage System Gen3 Model 114 for machine types 2810 and 2812 now offers optional IBM XIV SSD Caching.



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Overview
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IBM XIV Storage System Gen3 with software release 11.1 now includes support for optional IBM XIV SSD Caching. This new feature is designed to provide a performance boost for Gen3 systems with more cache capacity than existing DIMM RAM and the ability to serve up to 3x the performance for OLTP workloads. With SSD caching, Gen3 with software release 11.1 further strengthens its ability to provide consistent high performance and enterprise functionality, along with low total cost of ownership (TCO) and ease of use. The enhancements in this release is intended to enable:



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Key prerequisites
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IBM XIV Storage System Gen3 Model 114 with IBM XIV Storage System Software Version 11.1.0, or later, installed.



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Planned availability date
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March 8, 2012



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Description
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IBM XIV Storage System Gen3 with software release 11.1 Model 114 now supports SSD as read cache.

The availability of SSD caching brings an additional performance boost to IBM XIV Storage System Gen3. With SSD caching, the Gen3 with software release 11.1 further strengthens its ability to provide consistent high performance and enterprise functionality for open system storage, along with low total cost of ownership (TCO) and ease of use.

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Reference information
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Refer to Hardware Announcement 111-203, dated October 11, 2011.



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                                                       Feature
Description                          Machine   Model   numbers

IBM XIV SSD Caching                  2810      114     1155
 
                                                       Feature
Description                          Machine   Model   numbers

IBM XIV SSD Caching                  2812      114     1155
 

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).

https://www.ibm.com/partnerworld/mem/sla.jsp?num=112-031


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The following publications are shipped with this product:

 
Title                                               Order number

International Program License Agreement             Z125-3301
 Additional copies
 
IBM XIV Storage System Gen3 Safety Notices          GA32-0832
(standard - 29 languages)
 
License Information document                        GC27-2216
 
IBM System Storage® XIV Storage System Gen3 Machine  GC27-2268
 type 2810 and 2812 Statement of Limited Warranty
 

Product publications can be viewed and downloaded online from the IBM XIV Storage System Gen3 Information Center at

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/ibmxiv/r2/index.jsp


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Limitations
User group requirements

Code level 11.1.0 will support 3 TB and 2 TB drives.

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Customer responsibilities

Installation planning

Installation planning is a customer responsibility. Installation planning and usage documentation and resources may be found at the IBM product support website

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Customer documentation, safety, and warranty information for the IBM XIV Storage System and IBM XIV Storage System Gen3 Software products can also be found at

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/ibmxiv/r2/index.jsp

Logical configuration planning and creation

Logical configuration planning and creation are customer responsibilities. Logical configuration refers to defining hosts, volumes, and LUNs mapping to hosts, defining event notifications, defining target connectivity, defining mirroring, defining snapshots, and all actions related to implementation of the IBM XIV Storage System and IBM XIV Storage System Gen3 within the customer's IT environment, other than physical installation. Creation of the initial logical configuration and all subsequent modifications to the logical configuration are customer responsibilities. The logical configuration can be created, applied, and modified using the IBM XIV GUI or XCLI. IBM SmoothStart Implementation and Configuration Services are also available for those customers who prefer to have IBM complete the initial configuration for them. Additional services are also available. Refer to the Services section for more information on available services.

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There are two types of cables available for host attachment to the XIV Storage System. Feature 3900 should be used to attach iSCSI hosts and features 3910 and 3920 are to be used to connect hosts through fiber optic cables. All Fibre Channel connections to the XIV device should be made with 50 micron (multimode) fiber optic cables.

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This product uses the security and auditability features of the host hardware, host software, and/or application software to which it is attached. 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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The Electronic Services news page is a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used to access IBM Internet services and support. The news page enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems.

The Electronic Service Agent™ is no-additional-charge software that resides on your server. It monitors events and transmits system inventory information to IBM on a periodic, client-defined timetable. The Electronic Service Agent automatically reports hardware problems to IBM. Early knowledge about potential problems enables IBM to deliver proactive service that may result in higher system availability and performance. In addition, information collected through the Service Agent is made available to IBM service support representatives when they help answer your questions or diagnose problems. Installation and use of IBM Electronic Service Agent for problem reporting enables IBM to provide better support and service for your IBM server.

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Terms and conditions
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MES discount applicable

No

Field installable feature

Yes

Warranty period

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Customer setup

No

Machine code

Same license terms and conditions as base machine



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                                   Field   Plant
            Machine       Feature  install install
Description type    model number   only    only

 
IBM XIV SSD  2810    114   1155    N       N
 Caching
 
IBM XIV SSD  2812    114   1155    N       N
 Caching
 

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