Monster comparison of Storwize V3700, V5000 and V7000.

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Storwize V3700, V5000 and V7000 Specs Comparison:

  IBM Storwize V3700 for Lenovo IBM Storwize V5000 for Lenovo IBM Storwize V7000 for Lenovo
Form factor Controller Unit: 2U rack mount Same Same
  Expansion Unit: 2U rack mount Same Same
Controller unit configuration Dual controller config. Dual controller config per control enclosure. Two control enclosures can be combined into a single Storwize V5000 clustered system (or cluster). Dual controller config per controller unit. Two or four controller units can be combined into a Storwize V7000 clustered system (or cluster).
RAID levels RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, and 10; Distributed RAID 5 and 6 Same Same
Controller cache 8 GB per system (4 GB per node canister) upgradeable to 16 GB (8 GB per node canister). Battery-backed cache protection. 16 GB per single system (8 GB per node canister); 32 GB per cluster. Battery-backed cache protection. 64 GB per controller unit (32 GB per node canister) upgradeable to 128 GB (64 GB per node canister) or 256 GB (128 GB per node canister; supported by Model HC1 only). Up to 1 TB per cluster. Battery-backed cache protection.
Drive bays Up to 240 SFF drive bays per storage system: Up to 480 SFF drive bays per single system (up to 960 SFF drive bays per cluster): Up to 504 SFF drive bays per single system:
  24 SFF drive bays in the controller unit Same Same
  24 SFF drive bays in the expansion unit; up to 9x expansion units 24 SFF drive bays in the expansion enclosure; up to 19x expansion enclosures 24 SFF drive bays in the SFF expansion unit; up to 20x SFF expansion units
  Up to 120 LFF drive bays per storage system: Up to 240 LFF drive bays per single system (up to 480 LFF drive bays per cluster): Up to 24 SFF and 240 LFF drive bays per single system:
  12 LFF drive bays in the controller unit Same Same
  12 LFF drive bays in the expansion unit; up to 9x expansion units 12 LFF drive bays in the expansion enclosure; up to 19x expansion enclosures 12 LFF drive bays in the LFF expansion unit; up to 20x LFF expansion units
  Intermix of SFF and LFF units is supported. Same Same
      Up to 2016 SFF drives in a four-way clustered configuration.
      Up to 96 SFF drives and 960 LFF drives in a four-way clustered configuration.
Drive technology SAS and NL SAS HDDs and SAS SSDs. Can mix HDDs and SSDs. Same Same
Drive connectivity Dual-ported 6 Gb SAS drive attachment infrastructure. Same Dual-ported 12 Gb SAS drive attachment infrastructure.
  Controller unit with two node canisters (ports per one node canister): Same Same
  24x 6 Gb SAS internal drive ports (SFF enclosure) Same 24x 12 Gb SAS internal drive ports
  12x 6 Gb SAS internal drive ports (LFF enclosure) Same 2x 12 Gb SAS x4 (Mini-SAS HD SFF-8644) expansion ports for the attachment of the expansion units
  1x 6 Gb SAS x4 (Mini-SAS HD SFF-8644) expansion port for the attachment of the expansion units 2x 6 Gb SAS x4 (Mini-SAS SFF-8644) expansion port for the attachment of the external enclosures  
       
  Expansion unit with two expansion canisters (ports per one expansion canister): Same Same
  24x 6 Gb SAS internal drive ports (SFF enclosure) Same 24x 12 Gb SAS internal drive ports (SFF unit)
  12x 6 Gb SAS internal drive ports (LFF enclosure) Same 12x 12 Gb SAS internal drive ports (LFF unit)
  2x 6 Gb SAS x4 (Mini-SAS HD SFF-8644) expansion ports for the daisy chained attachment of the expansion units Same 2x 12 Gb SAS x4 (Mini-SAS HD SFF-8644) expansion ports (IN and OUT) for the daisy chained attachment of the expansion units
       
Drives SFF drives: SFF drives: SFF drives:
  200 GB, 400 GB, 800 GB, 1.6 TB, and 3.2 TB SAS SSDs Same Same
  300 GB and 600 GB 15K rpm SAS HDDs Same 1.92 TB, 3.84 TB, 7.68 TB, and 15.36 TB read-optimized SAS SSDs
  600 GB, 900 GB, 1.2 TB, and 1.8 TB 10K rpm SAS HDDs Same Same
  2 TB 7.2K rpm NL SAS HDDs Same Same
      900 GB, 1.2 TB, 1.8 TB, and 2.4 TB 10K rpm SAS HDDs
  LFF drives: LFF drives: LFF drives:
  300 GB and 600 GB 15K rpm SAS HDDs Same 3 TB, 4 TB, 6 TB, 8 TB, 10 TB, and 12 TB 7.2K rpm NL SAS HDDs
  900 GB, 1.2 TB, and 1.8 TB 10K rpm SAS HDDs Same  
  4 TB, 6 TB, and 8 TB 7.2K rpm NL SAS HDDs Same  
Storage capacity Up to 960 TB (120x 8 TB NL SAS HDDs) Up to 1.92 PB (240x 8 TB NL SAS HDDs) per single system Up to 7.74 PB (504x 15.36 TB SFF SSDs) per one controller unit
    Up to 3.84 PB (480x 8 TB NL SAS HDDs) per cluster Up to 30.96 PB (2016x 15.36 TB SFF SSDs) per cluster
Host connectivity Standard ports (per controller unit with two node canisters): Same Standard ports (per controller unit with two node canisters): 6x 1 Gb iSCSI (UTP, RJ-45) (3 ports per node canister).
  6x 6 Gb SAS host ports (Mini-SAS HD, SFF-8644) (3 ports per node canister) Same  
  4x 1 Gb iSCSI host ports (UTP, RJ-45) (2 ports per node canister) Same  
  Optional additional ports on host interface cards (per controller unit with two node canisters): Extra ports must be configured by selecting one of the following host port options (per control enclosure with two node canisters): Extra ports must be configured by selecting at least one of the following host port options, or a combination of one iSCSI or FCoE option and one of the FC options, or two FC options, or two iSCSI or FCoE options (Model HC1 only) (per controller unit with two node canisters):
  8x 6 Gb SAS host ports (Mini-SAS HD, SFF-8644) (4 ports per node canister) 4x 10 Gb iSCSI or FCoE SFP+ host ports (SW fiber optics, LC) (2 ports per node canister) 8x 10 Gb iSCSI or FCoE SFP+ host ports (SW fiber optics, LC) (4 ports per node canister)
  8x 1 Gb iSCSI host ports (UTP, RJ-45) (4 ports per node canister) 8x 8 Gb FC SFP host ports (SW or LW fiber optics, LC) (4 ports per node canister) 8x 8 Gb FC SFP host ports (SW or LW fiber optics, LC) (4 ports per node canister)
  4x 10 Gb iSCSI or FCoE SFP+ host ports (SW fiber optics, LC) (2 ports per node canister)   4x 16 Gb FC SFP host ports (SW or LW fiber optics, LC) (2 ports per node canister)
  8x 8 Gb FC SFP host ports (SW or LW fiber optics, LC) (4 ports per node canister)   8x 16 Gb FC SFP host ports (SW or LW fiber optics, LC) (4 ports per node canister)
      4x 25 Gb iSCSI (RoCE) SFP28 host ports (SW fiber, LC) (2 ports per node canister)#
      4x 25 Gb iSCSI (iWARP) SFP28 host ports (SW fiber, LC) (2 ports per node canister)#
Host OS Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012 and 2012 R2; Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5, 6, and 7; SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 10, 11, and 12; VMware vSphere 5.0, 5.1, 5.5, and 6.0. Same Same
Standard software features Virtualization of internal storage, Thin Provisioning, One-way Data Migration, FlashCopy snapshots (up to 64 targets). Virtualization of internal storage, Thin provisioning, One-way data migration, Dual-system clustering, HyperSwap (requires a Remote Mirroring license) Virtualization of internal storage, Thin provisioning, Data reduction pools, Deduplication, One-way data migration, Four-system clustering, HyperSwap (requires an optional Remote Mirroring license), Comprestimator.
Optional features Turbo Performance, Easy Tier, Remote Mirroring, FlashCopy snapshots (up to 2,040 targets). Easy Tier, FlashCopy, Remote Mirroring, External Virtualization. Easy Tier, FlashCopy, Remote Mirroring, Real-time Compression, Encryption, External Virtualization, Transparent Cloud Tiering.
Performance (non-Turbo / Turbo) Up to 200,000 / 295,000 cache read IOPS Up to 500,000 cache read IOPS Up to 1 250 000 cache read IOPS
  Up to 45,000 / 67,000 disk read IOPS Up to 100,000 disk read IOPS Up to 450 000 disk read IOPS
  Up to 12,300 / 14,000 disk write IOPS Up to 20,000 disk write IOPS Up to 110 000 disk write IOPS
  Up to 23,000 / 33,000 disk mixed (70% read/30% write) IOPS Up to 45,000 disk mixed (70% read/30% write) IOPS Up to 220 000 disk mixed (70% read/30% write) IOPS
  Up to 3.3 / 5.95 GBps sequential cache read throughput Up to 5.7 GBps sequential cache read throughput Up to 12 GBps sequential disk read throughput
  Up to 2.5 / 4.1 GBps sequential disk read throughput Up to 5.6 GBps sequential disk read throughput Up to 5.2 GBps sequential disk write throughput
  Up to 0.81 / 1.4 GBps sequential disk write throughput Up to 1.8 GBps sequential disk write throughput  
Storage capacity Up to 960 TB (120x 8 TB NL SAS HDDs) including virtualized external storage: 32 PB Same
Configuration maximums Per system: Per one control enclosure (I/O group) / cluster (if different): Per one controller unit (I/O group) / cluster (if different):
  Maximum number of storage pools: 1,024 Same Same
  Maximum number of logical volumes: 2,048 Maximum number of logical volumes: 2,048 / 4,096 Maximum number of logical volumes: 10000
  Maximum logical volume size: 256 TB Same Maximum number of compressed volumes: 512 / 2048 (requires an optional license)
      Maximum logical volume size: 256 TB
  Maximum number of drives in a RAID array: 16 Same Same
  Maximum number of drives in a distributed RAID array: 128 (including up to 4 spares) Same Same
  Maximum number of RAID arrays: 128 Same Same
  Maximum number of distributed RAID arrays: 10 Maximum number of distributed RAID arrays: 10 / 20 Maximum number of distributed RAID arrays: 10 / 32
  Maximum hot spare drives: No limit Same Same
  Maximum number of host ports: 2,048 Maximum number of host ports: 2,048 / 4,096 Maximum number of host ports: 2048 / 8192
  Maximum number of hosts: 256 Maximum number of hosts: 256 / 512 Maximum number of hosts: 512 / 2048
  Maximum number of host ports per one host: 32 Same Same
  Maximum number of snapshots: 2,040 (requires an optional license) Maximum number of snapshots: 2,048 / 4,096 (requires an optional license) Maximum number of snapshots: 5000 (requires an optional license)
  Maximum number of remote mirroring relationships: 2,048 (requires an optional license) Maximum number of remote mirroring relationships: 2,048 / 4,096 (requires an optional license) Maximum number of remote mirroring relationships: 8192 (requires an optional license)
Cooling Redundant cooling with the fan modules that are built into power supplies. Same Same
Power supply Two redundant hot-swap 735 W AC or 800 W DC power supplies. Two redundant hot-swap 800 W AC power supplies. Controller Unit: Two redundant hot-swap 1200 W AC power supplies
      Expansion Unit: Two redundant hot-swap 800 W AC power supplies
Hot-swap parts Node canisters, expansion canisters, SFP/SFP+ transceivers, drives, power supplies with fans. Same Same
Management interfaces 2x 1 GbE ports (UTP, RJ-45) in a primary/redundant configuration. Same Same
  Web-based GUI; SSH CLI; SMI-S; SNMP and email notifications. Same Same
Security features Secure Socket Layer (SSL), Secure Shell (SSH), user level security, LDAP authentication Same Same
Dimensions Cntr. unit: Height: 87 mm (3.4 in.); width: 483 mm (19.0 in.), depth: 744 mm (29.3 in.) Same Same
  Exp. unit: Height: 87 mm (3.4 in.); width: 483 mm (19.0 in.); depth: 556 mm (21.9 in.) Same Same
Weight 3.5-inch controller unit: Empty: 18.0 kg (39.6 lb); Fully configured: 28.3 kg (62.2 lb) Same Controller Unit: Empty: 31.8 kg (70.0 lb); Fully configured: 36.7 kg (80.7 lb)
  3.5-inch expansion unit: Empty: 16.4 kg (36.1 lb); Fully configured: 26.7 kg (58.8 lb) Same Same
  2.5-inch controller unit: Empty: 19.0 kg (41.8 lb); Fully configured: 27.3 kg (60.0 lb) Same
  2.5-inch expansion unit: Empty: 16.7 kg (36.7 lb); Fully configured: 25.0 kg (55.2 lb) Same Same

 

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