IBM XIV Gen3 Latest Announcements

Recently announced XIV 11.3 adds several valuable new features…

  • 48GB cache per grid module (15 x 48 = 720GB RAM cache per system standard)
  • 4TB drives (325 TB in a single rack) encryption-ready
  • Consistent rebuild times of 13 minutes per TB of data on a busy 15 module system
  • The on-the-go XIV monitoring for iPhone is now also provided for Android
  • Support for OpenStack Grizzly (the latest release of open source software for building your own cloud, similar to Amazon EC2, Azure, etc)
  • Hyperscale Mobility (non-disruptive volume migration between XIVs). No need for monolithic expansion when you can build a grid of grids : )
  • Support for vCenter Operations Manager
  • Host kit enhancements to make best-practice host connectivity easier

Plus a Statement of Direction: “IBM intends to add support for self-service capacity provisioning of block storage, including IBM XIV Storage System, through use of IBM SmartCloud Storage Access.”

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IBM has also just published an SPC-1 benchmark result for XIV. Because the document hasn’t quite made it to the SPC-1 web site,  and because I wanted to focus on a particular detail of SPC-1 that I find interesting, I have split this blog post into two parts and I will delay the second part until the XIV result appears in public.

Meanwhile you can check out the new IBM XIV Performance Whitepaper here.

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4 Responses

  1. Jim – you mention support for Self-Encrypting Drives in this latest XIV announcement. I can’t seem to find any mention of that anywhere except here. Can you point me toward some official info? I’ve got customers anxiously awaiting encrypted drive support!

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  2. The 4TB drives are self-encrypting drives, but there may be some software elements required (e.g. planned for a future release) before we can promote XIV as fully encryption-capable. This should be clarified soon.

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  3. […] I stumbled upon is interesting, but really this post was just an add-on to the more important  first half of the post on the new XIV features, and was intended to celebrate the long-awaited SPC-1 result from the XIV team. Let’s leave […]

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  4. […] time, and until you run out of physical space to re-protect the VM’s. (Readers familiar with the IBM XIV distributed cache grid architecture will also recognise this approach to rinse-and-repeat […]

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