Technical White Paper
IBM Systems and Technology
High performance in the XIV Storage System is enabled by:
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.
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
15 data modules, each containing:
12 high-density SAS disk drives24 GB memoryQuad-core Intel CPU2
20 Gbps InﬁniBand HCA ports480 G
B SSD (optional)
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
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.
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.
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.