IBM XIV Storage System Product Analysis

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  • Document Category: Product Analysis
  • Subject: SAN Storage
  • Vendor: IBM
  • Keywords: high performance, IBM, Mid-Range Storage Subsystem, premium, Product Analysis, SAN, SSD, XIV
  • Document Date: October 30th, 2013
  • Short Description:

    This document updated October 30, 2013 with support for 800 GB SSD for caching.

  • Full Summary:

    The IBM XIV Storage System is an enterprise storage system targeted for usage in open systems environments as a block storage system with either SAN or direct attachment.  The XIV is based on a grid of standard servers with storage directly attached and executing the XIV system software to provide a scalable, high-performance storage solution.  The XIV Generation 3 or Gen 3 is the latest version with changes resulting in greater performance over Gen 2.

    The IBM XIV competes with products such as 3Par, HP EVA, EMC Clariion and others.  For comparison information, please see the SAN Mid-Range Comparison Matrix – Base Systems or SAN Mid-Range Comparison Matrix – Advanced Features.
    This product brief contains:
    • Overview
    • Highlights
    • Product Architecture
    • RAS Features
    • Advanced Features and Functions
    • Performance
    • Evaluator Group Commentary


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IBM XIV Storage System Product Analysis

The IBM XIV Storage System is an enterprise storage system targeted for usage in open systems environments as a block storage system with either SAN or direct attachment.  The XIV is based on a grid of standard servers with storage directly attached and executing the XIV system software to provide a scalable, high-performance storage solution.  The XIV Generation 3 or Gen 3 is the latest version with changes resulting in greater performance over Gen 2.

The IBM XIV competes with products such as 3Par, HP EVA, EMC Clariion and others.  For comparison information, please see the SAN Mid-Range Comparison Matrix – Base Systems or SAN Mid-Range Comparison Matrix – Advanced Features.
This product brief contains:
  • Overview
  • Highlights
  • Product Architecture
  • RAS Features
  • Advanced Features and Functions
  • Performance
  • Evaluator Group Commentary