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Driving performance with IBM XIV Storage System Gen3

Driving performance with IBM XIV Storage System Gen3

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Learn about Driving performance with IBM XIV Storage System Gen3. The breakthrough architecture and power of the IBM XIV Storage System are helping to address these challenges by providing the predictable and consistent high performance that enterprise-class applications require. Beyond driving superb performance, the XIV architecture eliminates the need for frequent and time-consuming perfor-mance tuning, thus reducing the burden on already-stretched IT resources. For more information on IBM Storage Systems, visit http://ibm.co/LIg7gk.


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Learn about Driving performance with IBM XIV Storage System Gen3. The breakthrough architecture and power of the IBM XIV Storage System are helping to address these challenges by providing the predictable and consistent high performance that enterprise-class applications require. Beyond driving superb performance, the XIV architecture eliminates the need for frequent and time-consuming perfor-mance tuning, thus reducing the burden on already-stretched IT resources. For more information on IBM Storage Systems, visit http://ibm.co/LIg7gk.


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IBM Systems and Technology 
Technical White Paper 
Driving perormancewith IBM XIV StorageSystem Gen3
Executive summary
High performance is a critical requirement for enterprise-class storagesystems. Yet in recent years, maintaining consistent high performancefor all applications over time has become especially challenging. This isbecause traditional storage system architectures have often failed to adapt to changing workloads and to scale performance in line with unprece-dented growth rates in storage data. With thousands of systems deployed across various industries andapplications, the IBM XIV® Storage System is a groundbreaking storageproduct widely recognized by users and analysts alike for its ability toprovide consistent high performance in environments characterized by high data growth. The Storage Performance Council (SPC) found that the IBM XIV Gen3 system ranked first in price/performance and thirdin overall performance for enterprise disk systems in its SPC-2/E bench-mark testing.
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Echoing SPC’s benchmark results, International Technology Group (ITG) found that “XIV performance was, by widemargins, reported to be superior to that of existing disk systems … This was the case for a wide range of applications.
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  According to IDC, IBM XIV storage is uniquely qualified for running Tier-1 enterprise application and meets the needs of todays mission-critical applications.
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It is able to do this through an exceptional mix of game-changing attributes and capabilities that enable high performance while minimizing the need for manual performance optimization andfine-tuning.
 
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Technical White Paper 
IBM Systems and Technology 
High performance in the XIV Storage System is enabled by:
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Breakthrough architecture and design.
The revolutionary design of the XIV Storage System enables exceptionalperformance optimization typically unattainable by tradi-tional architectures. XIV performance optimization resultsin superior utilization of system resources and automatic workload distribution across all system hard drives. The XIV system’s ability to maximize load distribution across alldisks for all workloads, coupled with a powerful distributedcache implementation, facilitates high performance that scaleslinearly with added storage enclosures. And because thishigh performance is consistent—without the need for manualtuning—users can enjoy the same excellent performanceduring the typical peaks and troughs associated with volumeand snapshot usage patterns, even after a component failure.
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Resilience and self healing.
The XIV Storage Systemmaintains resilience during hardware failures, continuingto function with minimal performance impact. The system’sadvanced self-healing capabilities allow it to withstandadditional hardware failures once it recovers from theinitial failure.
Figure 1: XIV Storage System Gen3—components and connectivity
 XIV architecture helps ensure high performance. Every module includes disk drives and carefully matched amounts of processing power, cache and bandwidth toensure that performance scales with capacity.
Data ModuleData ModuleData ModuleData Module
iSCSI
HostHostHostFC
Cache
Interface
Disks
CPU
SSD(optional)
UPSUPS UPS
Inter-moduleconnectivity
15 data modules, each containing:
12 high-density SAS disk drives24 GB memoryQuad-core Intel CPU2
 X 
20 Gbps InfiniBand HCA ports480 G
B SSD (optional)
Host connectivity:
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 X 
8 Gbps FC ports
22 x 1 G
bps iSCSI ports
2 InfiniBand switches:
Redundant inter-module connectivity600 Gbps total internal bandwidth
3 UPS modules:
Stable power to all system componentsSafe shutdown upon power outage
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Optimized virtualization.
As virtualized storage, the XIV system is optimized for applications hosted on virtual-ized servers, integrating smoothly with VMware, Hyper-V and PowerVM® solutions. The system tightly meshes withhypervisors, supporting APIs such as VMware VAAI to helpensure high performance for the concurrent, ever-changing workloads that characterize virtualized environments.
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Performance management and monitoring.
XIV storageprovides users with flexible performance management andmonitoring options—from the ability to control the priority of performance given to applications to built-in, industry-leading management tools that facilitate administration toon-the-go monitoring capabilities via mobile devices suchas the Apple iPhone.
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Customer-validated performance.
Users attest to XIV highperformance in environments with demanding application workloads, including large-scale ERP systems, virtualizedserver farms and email, in banking, healthcare, insurance,telecommunications, IT services and other industries.
 
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Technical White Paper 
IBM Systems and Technology 
Defning perormance objectives
 A storage system must provide high performance throughoutthat an administrator should consider carefully prior toits lifetime. When choosing a system, administrators mustchoosing a system, and a second that allows readers toensure that the performance characteristics of a storagesimply click and read how the XIV Storage System meetssystem meet their stringent objectives. The following tableeach objective.contains two columns: One with a list of performance goals
System architecture and design
Scalability 
 The system is designed to scale performance as storage capacity increases.Grid architecture delivers high performance
Bandwidth
 The system offers high bandwidth that is used effectively.Maximum utilization of extreme systembandwidth
Hardware components
 Cost-effective hardware components provide high performance.High performance with 7,200 RPM drives
Elimination of hotspots and bottlenecks
 The system design prevents hotspots and bottlenecks even after addition, deletion orresizing of volumes, or as application data and usage patterns evolve over time.Uniform workload distribution
Caching
 Caching guarantees effective destaging and high cache-to-disk bandwidth at areasonable price.Distributed caching
Solid state drive caching
 The system enhances performance by using solid state drives (SSDs) for caching.Extended performance through SSD caching
ResilienceUpon component failure
 Consistent high performance is maintained, even after the failure of a drive, processors,motherboards, interconnects or other components.High performance even when hardware fails
With snapshots and mirroring
 Extensive snapshot use and mirroring do not affect high performance.Snapshots without performance impact andHigh performance mirroring
Optimization and flexibility Optimal performance for virtualized environments
 The system integrates with hypervisors to offload host-side operations. Virtualization affinity and improved VMwareapplication performance
Performance management and monitoringQuality of service
 The system provides easily defined priorities and assurance of quality of service forselected applications.Optimizing applications with QoS PerformanceClasses
Performance monitoring and reporting
 Performance monitoring is easy and transparent.Performance monitoring
Proven successCustomer-validated performance
 Numerous sites run the system in production environments and cite performance gains.Customer-validated performance
Storage perormance objectives*
*Click on right-hand column to read more

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