IBM aims to make flash more accessible with refreshed Storwize storage appliances

IBM's V5010E and V5030E storage solutions for entry-level and midrange organizations bring faster connections and higher densities.

After roughly five years, IBM is refreshing the mid-range models of the Storwize storage appliances, adding the V5010E and V5030E to the product portfolio, the company announced Tuesday. Though the entry-level and midrange storage market has in large part been consumed by cloud storage providers, demand for on-prem storage for companies with specific use cases or regulatory requirements will continue to buoy the sector.

Likewise, IBM is positioning the refreshed units as a play for multicloud deployments, with Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud simplifying cloud utilization for disaster recovery strategies.

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For the hardware itself, the main changes are in the connection options and number of drives that can be added to a system, with the new systems capable of utilizing a 5U enclosure packed with 92 drives, for a maximum capacity of 2.8 PB. The V5010E includes a 1 Gb iSCSI connector on the motherboard, with the V5030E upgrading that connection to 10 GbE. Both systems include optional support for 16 Gb/s Fibre Channel, 12 Gb/s SAS, 25 Gb/s iSCSI (iWARP or RoCE) and 10 Gb/s iSCSI connectivity.

For storage, both systems support traditional 3.5" hard drives up to 14 TB, and 2.5" solid-state drives in capacities of 800 GB, 1.92 TB, 3.84 TB, 7.68 TB, 15.36 TB and 30.72 TB. Support for legacy 10K SAS drives remains, with capacities topping out at 2.4 TB. The V5010E can handle a maximum of 392 drives per system through the use of expansion enclosures, while the V5030E can handle up to 760 drives per system, or 1,520 in two-way clusters.

In terms of feature sets, the difference between the two is support for encryption, as well as data compression and deduplication on the V5030E, for which IBM claims "guaranteed consistent 2:1 or better reduction performance across a wide range of application workload patterns."

The pair of new models, as with all of IBM's Storwize systems, use essentially identical management software. IBM touts the ability to "nondisruptively upgrade in the field from Storwize V5010E to Storwize V5030E, providing investment protection with the ability to grow capacity and performance in the same footprint."

For more on storage, check out TechRepublic's newly updated cheat sheet for Hybrid Cloud, as well as why even if your data is stored in the cloud, you need to back it up, and how falling NAND prices will drive PCIe SSDs to 50% market share in 2019.

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By James Sanders

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