IBM Set to Launch Gen3 of XIV Storage System
UPDATED: IBM XIV Storage System Gen3, originally designed by storage legend Moshe Yanai, uses grid architecture to process high-transaction-type workloads.IBM on July 20 will announce the first new version of its XIV storage system to be released since 2008, the year Big Blue bought the Israel-based company. IBM XIV Storage System Gen3, which uses a patented grid architecture to process high-transaction-type workloads, features several hardware improvements, a revamped user interface, multi-system monitoring, and improved replication, among others.
XIV has always offered high-end features such as unlimited snapshots, I/O load-balancing and automatic configuration that can be deployed on relatively inexpensive commodity hardware.
- new components that include InfiniBand interconnects and 8G bps Fibre Channel ports in addition to more memory;
- enhanced, centralized administration of multiple XIV systems;
- an XIV Plugin v2.5 for VMware vCenter Server, a free download that makes it easier to manage XIV using VMware software; and
- an optional feature that IBM plans to make available in Q1 2012 that will allow clients to add a solid-state drive caching layer to XIV Gen3, which provides an additional 7.5TB of high speed for higher levels of performance.
This story has been updated to clarify the background of Moshe Yanai.