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IBM SAN Volume Controller Model SV3 Product Guide

An IBM Redpaper publication

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Published on 13 June 2022

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ISBN-10: 0738460583
ISBN-13: 9780738460581
IBM Form #: REDP-5670-00

Authors: Carsten Larsten, Corne Lottering, Douwe van Terwisga, Hartmut Lonzer, Jon Herd, Kendall Williams, Konrad Trojok, Shu Mookerjee and Vasfi Gucer

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    This IBM® Redpaper Product Guide describes the IBM SAN Volume Controller model SV3 solution, which is a next-generation IBM SAN Volume Controller.

    Built with IBM Spectrum® Virtualize software and part of the IBM Spectrum Storage family, IBM SAN Volume Controller is an enterprise-class storage system. It helps organizations achieve better data economics by supporting the large-scale workloads that are critical to success.

    Data centers often contain a mix of storage systems. This situation can arise as a result of company mergers or as a deliberate acquisition strategy. Regardless of how they arise, mixed configurations add complexity to the data center. Different systems have different data services, which make it difficult to move data from one to another without updating automation.

    Different user interfaces increase the need for training and can make errors more likely. Different approaches to hybrid cloud complicate modernization strategies. Also, many different systems mean more silos of capacity, which can lead to inefficiency.

    To simplify the data center and to improve flexibility and efficiency in deploying storage, enterprises of all types and sizes turn to IBM SAN Volume Controller, which is built with IBM Spectrum Virtualize software. This software simplifies infrastructure and eliminates differences in management, function, and even hybrid cloud support.

    IBM SAN Volume Controller introduces a common approach to storage management, function, replication, and hybrid cloud that is independent of storage type. It is the key to modernizing and revitalizing your storage, but is as easy to understand.

    IBM SAN Volume Controller provides a rich set of software-defined storage (SDS) features that are delivered by IBM Spectrum Virtualize, including the following examples:

    • Data reduction and deduplication
    • Dynamic tiering
    • Thin-provisioning
    • Snapshots
    • Cloning
    • Replication and data copy services
    • Data-at-rest encryption
    • Cyber resilience
    • Transparent Cloud Tiering
    • IBM HyperSwap® including three-site replication for high availability (HA)

    Table of Contents

    Performance and flexibility at the core0

    Agile integration


    Multicloud enabled

    Rock-solid data resilience

    Advanced data services

    IBM SAN Volume Controller enclosure overview

    Placing your IBM SAN Volume Controller Model SV3 in your infrastructure

    Did you know?

    Current release functions

    IBM SAN Volume Controller SV3 GUI

    IBM SAN Volume Controller SV3 hardware component overview

    Advanced features

    Manageability and security

    Reliability, availability, and serviceability

    Options and feature codes

    Physical and electrical specifications

    Software and licensing

    IBM Global Financing

    Ordering information

    Related information


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