IBM XIV Storage System – Product Analysis

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  • Document Category: Product Analysis
  • Subject: SAN Storage
  • Vendor: IBM
  • Keywords: high performance, Hyper-Scale, IBM, Mid-Range Storage Subsystem, premium, Product Analysis, SAN, SSD, XIV
  • Document Date: October 30th, 2014
  • Short Description:

    Last updated with Oct 30 announcement of support for new devices. 17-page deep dive into the architecture and capabilities of IBM XIV Storage System

  • Full Summary:

     IBM XIV

    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. Multiple XIV systems can be managed and data migrated between them with IBM Hyper-Scale Manager.

    The XIV Storage System from IBM provides block storage for open systems which IBM targets at higher-end enterprises. Unlike the DS5000 or N-Series lines of storage also offered by IBM, the XIV is developed by IBM resulting from the acquisition of the product and development team. With the focus on the higher-end enterprise, the XIV Storage System has availability, scaling, and advanced features expected by customers in that market.

    The XIV Storage Systems follows recent industry trends to use off-the-shelf components with custom embedded software to provide storage system capabilities. The XIV uses an underlying Linux operating system with the embedded software. On February 15, 2011 IBM announced additional enhancements to the XIV including VMware VAAI support, QoS service levels, and improvements in asynchronous replication. XIV Generation 3 was announced on July 12, 2011 with enhancements made in February of 2013.

    This product analysis contains:

    • Overview
    • Highlights
    • Product Architecture
    • Reliability, Availability and Serviceability Features
    • Advanced Features and Functions
    • Performance
    • Evaluator Group Commentary

    Additional IBM XIV documents you may be interested in are:


  • IBM XIV, Product Brief, Evaluator Group

IBM XIV Storage System – Product Analysis

 IBM XIV

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. Multiple XIV systems can be managed and data migrated between them with IBM Hyper-Scale Manager.

The XIV Storage System from IBM provides block storage for open systems which IBM targets at higher-end enterprises. Unlike the DS5000 or N-Series lines of storage also offered by IBM, the XIV is developed by IBM resulting from the acquisition of the product and development team. With the focus on the higher-end enterprise, the XIV Storage System has availability, scaling, and advanced features expected by customers in that market.

The XIV Storage Systems follows recent industry trends to use off-the-shelf components with custom embedded software to provide storage system capabilities. The XIV uses an underlying Linux operating system with the embedded software. On February 15, 2011 IBM announced additional enhancements to the XIV including VMware VAAI support, QoS service levels, and improvements in asynchronous replication. XIV Generation 3 was announced on July 12, 2011 with enhancements made in February of 2013.

This product analysis contains:

  • Overview
  • Highlights
  • Product Architecture
  • Reliability, Availability and Serviceability Features
  • Advanced Features and Functions
  • Performance
  • Evaluator Group Commentary

Additional IBM XIV documents you may be interested in are: