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.”
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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