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IBM SVC with Real-time Compression

IBM SVC with Real-time Compression

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LabValidation
Report
IBMSVCwithReal-timeCompression
Efficient,Reliable,andEasy-to-useStorageVirtualization
ByVinnyChoinski,SeniorLabAnalystandKerryDolan,LabAnalyst
June2013
©2013byTheEnterpriseStrategyGroup,Inc.AllRightsReserved.
 
 
LabValidation:IBMSVCwithReal-timeCompression2
©2013byTheEnterpriseStrategyGroup,Inc.AllRightsReserved.
Contents
Introduction................................................................................................................................................3
Background..............................................................................................................................................................3
IBMSystemStorageSANVolumeController...........................................................................................................4
ESGLabValidation......................................................................................................................................6
GettingStarted........................................................................................................................................................6
Efficiency..................................................................................................................................................................9
Performance..........................................................................................................................................................11
Agility.....................................................................................................................................................................14
Availability..............................................................................................................................................................17
ESGLabValidationHighlights...................................................................................................................20IssuestoConsider.....................................................................................................................................20TheBiggerTruth.......................................................................................................................................21Appendix...................................................................................................................................................22
Alltrademarknamesarepropertyoftheirrespectivecompanies.InformationcontainedinthispublicationhasbeenobtainedbysourcesTheEnterpriseStrategyGroup(ESG)considerstobereliablebutisnotwarrantedbyESG.ThispublicationmaycontainopinionsofESG,whicharesubjecttochangefromtimetotime.ThispublicationiscopyrightedbyTheEnterpriseStrategyGroup,Inc.Anyreproductionorredistributionofthispublication,inwholeorinpart,whetherinhard-copyformat,electronically,orotherwisetopersonsnotauthorizedtoreceiveit,withouttheexpressconsentofTheEnterpriseStrategyGroup,Inc.,isinviolationofU.S.copyrightlawandwillbesubjecttoanactionforcivildamagesand,ifapplicable,criminalprosecution.Shouldyouhaveanyquestions,pleasecontactESGClientRelationsat508.482.0188.
ESGLabReports
ThegoalofESGLabreportsistoeducateITprofessionalsaboutdatacentertechnologyproductsforcompaniesofalltypesandsizes.ESGLabreportsarenotmeanttoreplacetheevaluationprocessthatshouldbeconductedbeforemakingpurchasingdecisions,butrathertoprovideinsightintotheseemergingtechnologies.Ourobjectiveistogooversomeofthemorevaluablefeature/functionsofproducts,showhowtheycanbeusedtosolverealcustomerproblemsandidentifyanyareasneedingimprovement.ESGLab'sexpertthird-partyperspectiveisbasedonourownhands-ontestingaswellasoninterviewswithcustomerswhousetheseproductsinproductionenvironments.ThisESGLabreportwassponsoredbyIBM.
 
 
LabValidation:IBMSVCwithReal-timeCompression3
©2013byTheEnterpriseStrategyGroup,Inc.AllRightsReserved.
Introduction
ThisESGLabValidationisanupdatetoa2008reportonIBMSANVolumeController(SVC),andincludesnewtestingtohighlighttheefficiencyofIBMReal-timeCompression(RTC)andeaseofmanagementwiththenewgraphicaluserinterface(GUI).Additionaltopicsincludeperformance,agility,andhighavailability.
Background
ESGaskedrespondentstoarecentresearchsurveywhattheirmostcommonreasonsforaddingnewstoragesystemswere.Thereasonmostoftencited(by25%ofrespondents)wastheneedforadditionalcapacitywithaninabilitytoexpandexistingsystems.Othertopreasonsincludedadesiretorefreshtechnology(18%),theneedforimprovedI/Operformance(11%),andconsolidationofexistingstoragedevices(11%).
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Figure1.MostCommonReasonsforPurchasingandDeployingNewStorageSystems
Source:EnterpriseStrategyGroup,2013.
Whatliesbehindthesemotivations?Theongoinggrowthofdatastorageisakeyfactor.Theabilitytoquicklylaunchnewvirtualserversisonecauseofdatagrowth,alongwithbusiness-drivingapplicationsthatgeneratemountainsofdata.Atthesametime,mobiledevicesareusedtobothcreateandconsumedatacontinuouslyandeverywebactivityortransactiongeneratesdatathatwilllikelybecopiedmultipletimesforanalysis.Additionalpressurecomesfromongoingescalationofend-userperformancedemands,astheeaseandspeedofspinningupVMsmakesitseemlikeITcandeliveranyserviceinstantly.Finally,ITorganizationsarefacedwithdeliveringservicesquicklybutalsoefficiently,asbudgetsremainconstrained.Storagevirtualizationcansolvemanyofthesechallengeswhilekeepingcoststoaminimum.Deployingvirtualizedpoolsofconsolidatedstoragecapacitycanenablesimplermanagement,betterstorageutilization,andreducedequipmentandoperationalcosts.Heterogeneousstoragedevicesfrommultiplevendorscanbemanagedandprovisionedtogether,andautomatedtieringcanmovedatabetweenstoragetierstooptimizefastdisksuchas

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Source:ESGResearchReport,
2012StorageMarketSurvey 
,November2012.
Needaddionalcapacityandwecan’texpandexisngsystem(s),25%Technologyrefresh,18%NeedimprovedI/Operformance,11%Consolidaonofexisngstoragedevices,11%Needimprovedreliability,9%Supportanewapplicaon/workload,9%Needimprovedthroughputperformance,8%Needimprovedavailability,4%Needaddionalfeature/funconality,4%Don’tknow,1%
Ingeneral,whenyourorganizaonpurchasesanddeploysnewstoragesystems,whatwouldyousayisthemostcommonreasonwhyyouhaveaddedthosenewsystems?(Percentofrespondents,N=418)

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