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IBM Virtual Storage Center
Enables increased storage efficiency with integrated analytics.

Efficient virtualization and infrastructure management for cloud and software-defined storage


IBM® Virtual Storage Center data and storage management software is a storage virtualization platform and a storage management solution for cloud-based and software-defined storage. It helps organizations transition to new workloads and updated storage infrastructures.


Virtual Storage Center enables organizations to simplify and automate storage provisioning, capacity management, availability monitoring and reporting. It helps standardize processes without a “rip and replace” of existing storage systems. It can also significantly reduce IT costs by making storage more user and application oriented – as well as more flexible and automated.


IBM Virtual Storage Center provides an end-to-end view of storage – helping you manage your data with more confidence. It features:

  • A single console for managing all types of data on disk, flash, file and object storage systems.
  • Simplified visual administration tools – including an advanced web-based user interface,  VMware® vCenter™ plug-in and Cognos® Business Intelligence with pre-designed reports.
  • Analytics-driven tiered storage optimization that automatically moves data to the most cost-effective tier.
  • Software Defined Storage that is dynamic, service-oriented and cost effective.
  • Near-instant data protection and recovery capabilities that protect data without impacting application performance.
  • Choice of license plans – three deployment options that can fit any size organization – including mid-sized organizations.


A single console for managing all types of data
New workloads such as analytics and Big Data use high performance flash storage and expandable file and object storage systems to improve business results. While storage is getting more complex, IBM storage management solutions are getting easier to use. Supported storage systems include:

  • File and object storage – including IBM Elastic Storage, IBM Storwize V7000 Unified and NetApp® systems.
  • All-flash systems such as IBM FlashSystem™ V840.
  • Disk systems – with more than 250 brands and models of block storage.



Simplified visual administration tools
Advanced visualization reduces the skill level and time required to investigate and resolve storage infrastructure problems. Visualization can also reduce administration errors – improving service levels.

Key capabilities include:

  • Helps administrators see storage as others see it – with application oriented and department views of capacity, performance and data protection.
  • Enables analysis of file systems and their underlying storage systems from the same interface.
  • Includes guided administration and intelligent presets to simplify maintenance tasks.
  • Includes a VMware vCenter plug-in to reduce administration complexity for VMware Administrators.



Analytics-driven tiered storage optimization
Storage can adapt automatically to changing workloads – optimizing performance and eliminating most manual tuning efforts. Virtual Storage Center uses proprietary analytics from IBM Research that keeps storage optimized over time.

  • IBM Tiered Storage Optimizer reduces the unit cost of storage by up to 50 percent by migrating data across storage pools and systems based on usage patterns.
  • IBM Easy Tier® boosts performance for critical workloads with self-optimizing multi-tier pools that can include flash storage.



Software Defined Storage

Turn existing storage into software defined cloud storage. No “rip and replace” is required. The solution enables you to adapt to the dynamic storage needs of today’s applications by providing storage virtualization, automation and integration. Its features include:

  • The ability to virtualize your storage resources from multiple storage systems and vendors. Pooling storage devices enables you to access capacity from any storage system – a significant advantage over the limitations inherent in traditional storage.
  • OpenStack® cloud application provisioning using OpenStack Cinder volume drivers to enable automated provisioning. It can use any of the storage systems controlled by IBM Virtual Storage Center.
  • The optional self-service portal supports provisioning automation for self-service storage portals, such as IBM SmartCloud™ Storage Access. It enables immediate responses to service requests while eliminating manual administration tasks.
  • The optional pay-per-use invoicing integrates with IBM SmartCloud Cost Manager and other chargeback systems to enable flexible usage accounting for storage resources. IBM Virtual Storage Center can become the single source for usage metrics across storage area networks (SANs), network-attached storage (NAS) and direct-attached storage (DAS).



Near-instant data protection and recovery capabilities
To reduce downtime in high-availability virtual environments, application-aware snapshot backups can be performed frequently throughout the day to reduce the risk of data loss.

  • Snapshot Management: Application aware, VMware aware snapshot management provides near-instant backups and restores.
  • Metro Global Mirror: Replicate data across town or around the world to enable global data availability.



Choice of license plans
Choose from three deployment options to better meet your configuration and capacity needs:

  • IBM Virtual Storage Center – designed for large enterprise deployment.
  • IBM Virtual Storage Center Entry – add advanced management capabilities to limited-sized IBM SAN Volume Controller environments. Some restrictions apply.
  • IBM Virtual Storage Center for Storwize® family – simplified per enclosure pricing for organizations using IBM Storwize storage systems. Some restrictions apply.

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