Feeds

Not in China? No shrunken IBM Storwize array for you

Covert move by Big Blue

Intelligent flash storage arrays

IBM has stealthily released a smaller version of its StorWize V7000, the V3500, restricting its sale to Taiwan, mainland China, Hong Kong and the Chinese territory of Macau. Big Blue hasn't explained why the handy little V3500 won't ship outside of PROC and ROC*.

The Storwize V7000 is a mid-range block storage array using SAN Volume Controller (SVC) software and an XIV-style management GUI. The kit complements, and may ultimately replace, IBM's long-lived mid-range DS5000 array. The company added data compression functionality in June to increase its storage efficiency.

An all-flash StorWize V7000 delivered comparable performance to that of an Oracle ZFS array in an SPC-1 benchmark, but at under half the price and just 4 per cent of the capacity. IBM added SONAS-type filer head functionality to the Storwize line with the V7000U to create a unified file+block storage box.

IBM V3500 documentation says it's designed to complement IBM's DS3500. The thing comes as a single V7000 with dual controllers in a 2U enclosure with either 12 x 3.5-inch disk drives or 24 x 2.5-inch ones. The maximum capacity is 3TB. It has all the V7000 thin provisioning, disk tiering, flash copy protection, RAID and virtual storage pool goodness.

IBM Storwize models

The V3500 seems to be a V7000 with no expansion, no SSD, no clustering and no filer head support. IBM states;

Storwize V3500 is intended for customers for whom cost is a primary decision factor and who have limited requirements for storage function and growth capability.

IBM is not releasing it outside the Chinese geography. Other countries in the Asia Pacific region, such as Japan and New Zealand, won't get it, and nor do any other IBM regions. We've asked IBM why and Big Blue is looking into it. The box has a three-year warranty, will be available in the China geographies from 14 September and we don't know its price. ®

*The People's Republic Of China (the mainland and its special administrative regions, Hong Kong and Macau) and the Republic Of China (Taiwan).

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?
Don't worry about that cable, it's part of the config
Azure TITSUP caused by INFINITE LOOP
Fat fingered geo-block kept Aussies in the dark
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
You think the CLOUD's insecure? It's BETTER than UK.GOV's DATA CENTRES
We don't even know where some of them ARE – Maude
Want to STUFF Facebook with blatant ADVERTISING? Fine! But you must PAY
Pony up or push off, Zuck tells social marketeers
Oi, Europe! Tell US feds to GTFO of our servers, say Microsoft and pals
By writing a really angry letter about how it's harming our cloud business, ta
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.