Those who follow the IBM announcements may find this old news, but this morning one of the many IBM announcements was the new IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node. You read all about the product here.
Along with the IBM Storwize V3700 which we also announced within the last two weeks, it has been a busy quarter for those of us who work primarily with (what I unofficially call) “SAN Volume Controller and the Storwize Disk Family”.
The IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node adds further integration to the Flex/PureFlex offerings by bringing the V7000 storage controllers into the Flex chassis. The Flex System V7000 Storage Node will come with version 6.4 of the SVC/Storwize disk family software. All features and functions available in Storwize V7000 are also available in the Flex System V7000 Storage Node. In my opinion the major difference right now comes in the way of further integration of connectivity. Here is a snippet from the announcement which describes this:
Host connectivity: Host connectivity to compute nodes is provided through optional Flex System V7000 control enclosure network cards that connect to the Flex System Enterprise Chassis midplane and its switch modules. Available options are:
- 10Gb Converged Network Adapter (CNA) 2 Port Daughter Card for FCoE and iSCSI fabric connections
- 8Gb Fibre Channel (FC) 4 Port Daughter Card for Fibre Channel fabric connections.
Both cards must be installed in pairs (one card per node canister) and the following configurations are supported:
- Two or four 10Gb CNA cards
- Two 8Gb FC cards
- Two 10Gb CNA cards and two 8Gb FC cards
This is really cool because the IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node connects directly to the Flex System Chassis midplane and the switches which are installed…no cabling necessary.
Look out on other IBMer blogs today for more information about this announcement.