The following table lists the Storwize V7000 storage system specifications.
Table 1. System specifications
Storwize V7000 Storage Controller Unit: 2U rack mount
Storwize V7000 SFF or LFF Storage Expansion Unit: 2U rack mount
Dual controller (known as node canister) configuration per controller unit. Two or four controller units can be combined into a Storwize V7000 clustered system (or cluster).
RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, and 10; Distributed RAID 5 and 6 (internal storage only)
64 GB per controller unit (32 GB per node canister) upgradeable to 128 GB (64 GB per node canister). Up to 512 GB per cluster. Battery-backed cache protection.
Up to 504 SFF drive bays per single system:
24 SFF drive bays in the controller unit
24 SFF drive bays in the SFF expansion unit; up to 20x SFF expansion units
Up to 24 SFF and 240 LFF drive bays per single system:
24 SFF drive bays in the controller unit
12 LFF drive bays in the LFF expansion unit; up to 20x LFF expansion units
Intermix of SFF and LFF enclosures is supported.
Up to 1056 SFF drives in a four-way clustered configuration.
Up to 96 SFF drives and 960 LFF drives in a four-way clustered configuration.
SAS and NL SAS HDDs and SAS SSDs. Intermix of HDDs and SSDs is supported.
Dual-ported 12 Gb SAS drive attachment infrastructure.
Controller unit with two node canisters (ports per one node canister):
24x 12 Gb SAS internal drive ports
2x 12 Gb SAS x4 (Mini-SAS HD SFF-8644) expansion ports for the attachment of the expansion units
Expansion unit with two expansion canisters (ports per one expansion canister):
24x 12 Gb SAS internal drive ports (SFF unit)
12x 12 Gb SAS internal drive ports (LFF unit)
2x 12 Gb SAS x4 (Mini-SAS HD SFF-8644) expansion ports (IN and OUT) for the daisy chained attachment of the expansion units
200 GB, 400 GB, 800 GB, 1.6 TB, and 3.2 TB SAS SSDs
300 GB and 600 GB 15K rpm SAS HDDs
600 GB, 900 GB, 1.2 TB, and 1.8 TB 10K rpm SAS HDDs
1 TB and 2 TB 7.2K rpm NL SAS HDDs
LFF drives: 3 TB, 4 TB, 6 TB, and 8 TB 7.2K rpm NL SAS HDDs
Up to 1,968 TB (24x 2 TB SFF HDDs + 240x 8 TB LFF HDDs) per one controller unit
Up to 7,872 TB (96x 2 TB SFF HDDs + 960x 8 TB LFF HDDs) per cluster
Standard ports (per controller unit with two node canisters): 6x 1 Gb iSCSI (UTP, RJ-45) (3 ports per node canister)
Extra ports must be configured by selecting at least one of the following host port options or a combination of one iSCSI/FCoE option and one of the FC options, or two FC options (per controller unit with two node canisters):
8x 10 Gb iSCSI or FCoE SFP+ host ports (SW 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 16 Gb FC SFP host ports (SW or LW fiber optics, LC) (2 ports per node canister)
8x 16 Gb FC SFP host ports (SW or LW fiber optics, LC) (4 ports per node canister)
Host operating systems
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.
Standard software features
Virtualization of internal storage, Thin provisioning, One-way data migration, Four-system clustering, HyperSwap (requires an optional Remote Mirroring license), Comprestimator
Easy Tier, FlashCopy, Remote Mirroring, Real-time Compression, Encryption, External Virtualization.
Performance (single system)*
Up to 900,000 cache read IOPS
Up to 240,000 disk read IOPS
Up to 50,000 disk write IOPS
Up to 100,000 disk mixed (70% read/30% write) IOPS
Up to 11 GBps sequential cache read throughput
Up to 10 GBps sequential disk read throughput
Up to 4 GBps sequential disk write throughput
Per one controller unit / cluster (if different):
Maximum storage capacity (including virtualized external storage): 32 PB
Maximum number of storage pools: 1,024
Maximum number of logical volumes: 2,048 / 8,192
Maximum number of compressed volumes: 512 / 2,048 (requires an optional license)
Maximum logical volume size: 256 TB
Maximum number of drives in a RAID array: 16
Maximum number of drives in a distributed RAID array: 128 (including up to 4 spares)
Maximum number of RAID arrays: 128
Maximum number of distributed RAID arrays: 10 / 32
Maximum hot spare drives: No limit
Maximum number of host ports: 2,048 / 8,192
Maximum number of hosts: 512 / 2,048
Maximum number of host ports per one host: 32
Maximum number of snapshots: 2,048 / 8,192 (requires an optional license)
Maximum number of remote mirroring relationships: 2,048 / 8,192 (requires an optional license)
Redundant cooling with the fan modules that are built into power supplies.
Controller Unit: Two redundant hot-swap 1200 W AC power supplies
Expansion Unit: Two redundant hot-swap 800 W AC power supplies
Node canisters, expansion canisters, SFP/SFP+ transceivers, drives, power supplies with fans.
2x 1 GbE ports (UTP, RJ-45) in a primary/redundant configuration.
Web-based GUI; SSH CLI; SMI-S; SNMP and email notifications.
Secure Socket Layer (SSL), Secure Shell (SSH), user level security, LDAP authentication
Three-year customer-replaceable unit and onsite warranty with 9x5 next business day terms. Optional warranty service upgrades are available through Lenovo: 24x7 coverage, 2-hour or 4-hour response time, 1-year or 2-year warranty extensions, Hard Drive Retention.
Three-year or five-year (model dependent) base software maintenance is included.
Cntr. unit: Height: 87 mm (3.4 in.); width: 483 mm (19.0 in.), depth: 744 mm (29.3 in.)
Exp. unit: Height: 87 mm (3.4 in.); width: 483 mm (19.0 in.); depth: 556 mm (21.9 in.)
Controller Unit: Empty: 31.8 kg (70.0 lb); Fully configured: 36.7 kg (80.7 lb)
SFF Expansion Unit: Empty: 16.7 kg (36.7 lb); Fully configured: 25.0 kg (55.2 lb)
LFF Expansion Unit: Empty: 16.4 kg (36.1 lb); Fully configured: 26.7 kg (58.8 lb)