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Enterprise-class disk array specifications

Disk arrays don't just supply primary storage for enterprise users and applications; arrays are also increasingly popular backup targets, leveraging the performance and reliability of Fibre Channel and SATA disk to protect mission-critical data. Enterprise-class disk arrays are noted for their huge storage capacities which can range from several terabytes (TB) into the low petabytes (PB). Enterprise arrays also offer powerful connectivity to the enterprise SAN using dozens of fibre channel ports, resulting in data throughput rates reaching 60 GB/s. Other features include high availability, high reliability, disk hot swapping and support for automation tools that streamline management tasks. The following specifications are current as of September 2006.

These specifications are periodically updated, and vendors are welcome to submit their updates and new product specifications to sbigelow@techtarget.com.

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  • 3Par Data Inc.; InServ E200 Storage Server
  • 3Par Data Inc.; InServ S400 Storage Server
  • 3Par Data Inc.; InServ S800 Storage Server
  • EMC Corp; Symmetrix DMX-3
  • Hewlett-Packard; StorageWorks XP10000 Disk Array
  • Hewlett-Packard; StorageWorks XP12000 Disk Array
  • Hitachi Data Systems; TagmaStore AMS1000
  • Hitachi Data Systems; TagmaStore USP1100
  • IBM; DS8000
  • Network Appliance Inc.; FAS6000 series (unavailable)
  • Sun Microsystems; StorageTek 9985 System
  • Sun Microsystems; StorageTek 9990 System

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    Product: 3PAR InServ E200 Storage Server (1)

    Usable Capacity: 2.0 to 56.1 TB depending on configuration (2)
    Raw Capacity 2.3 to 63.1 TB depending on configuration (2)
    # of Drives: 16 ti 128 hard drives (2)
    Drive Types: FC and NL (Nearline)
    Drive Capacity: 147GB FC, 300GB FC, 500GB NL
    Drive Hot Swap: Yes
    Transfer Rate: http://www.3pardata.com/products/performance.html
    Connectivity: 0, 4, 8 or 12 FC ports, 0 or 4 iSCSI ports
    Release date: August 2006
    Base price range: starting at $65,000.00 USD
    Software: InForm Operating System, Rapid Provisioning, Access Guard, Full Copy, Virtual Copy, Remote Copy, Dynamic Optimization, Thin Provisioning, System Tuner, System Reporter, Multipath I/O for Microsoft Windows, Multipath I/O for IBM AIX, Recovery Manager for Oracle, Recovery Manager for Microsoft Exchange
    Detailed Specs: http://www.3par.com/products/inservmodels.html
    Vendor URL: www.3par.com

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    Product: 3PAR InServ S400 Storage Server (1)

    Usable Capacity: 2.0 to 170.6 TB depending on configuration
    Raw Capacity 2.3 to 192 TB
    # of Drives: 16 - 1,280 hard drives (2)
    Drive Types: FC and NL (Nearline)
    Drive Capacity: 147GB FC, 300GB FC, 500GB NL
    Drive Hot Swap: Yes
    Transfer Rate: http://www.3pardata.com/products/performance.html
    Connectivity: 0-64 2Gb FC ports and 0-8 iSCSI ports
    Release date: 2002
    Base price range: starting at $115,000.00 USD
    Software: InForm Operating System, Rapid Provisioning, Access Guard, Full Copy, Virtual Copy, Remote Copy, Dynamic Optimization, Thin Provisioning, System Tuner, System Reporter, Multipath I/O for Microsoft Windows, Multipath I/O for IBM AIX, Recovery Manager for Oracle, Recovery Manager for Microsoft Exchange
    Detailed Specs: http://www.3par.com/products/inservmodels.html
    Vendor URL: www.3par.com

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    Product: 3PAR InServ S800 Storage Server (1)

    Usable Capacity: 2.0 to 341.3 TB depending on configuration
    Raw Capacity 2.3 to 384 TB
    # of Drives: 16 - 2,560 hard drives (2)
    Drive Types: FC and NL (Nearline)
    Drive Capacity: 147GB FC, 300GB FC, 500GB NL
    Drive Hot Swap: Yes
    Transfer Rate: http://www.3pardata.com/products/performance.html
    Connectivity: 0-128 2Gb FC ports and 0-16 iSCSI ports
    Release date: 2002
    Base price range: starting at $145,000.00 USD
    Software: InForm Operating System, Rapid Provisioning, Access Guard, Full Copy, Virtual Copy, Remote Copy, Dynamic Optimization, Thin Provisioning, System Tuner, System Reporter, Multipath I/O for Microsoft Windows, Multipath I/O for IBM AIX, Recovery Manager for Oracle, Recovery Manager for Microsoft Exchange
    Detailed Specs: http://www.3par.com/products/inservmodels.html
    Vendor URL: www.3par.com

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    Product: EMC Symmetrix DMX-3 (1)

    Usable Capacity: 6 TB to 526 TB (RAID5) depending on configuration
    Raw Capacity 7 TB to 1,054 TB
    # of Drives: 96 to 2,400 (2)
    Drive Types: Dual-ported Fibre Channel
    Drive Capacity: 73 GB, 146 GB, 300 GB, 500 GB Fibre Channel
    Drive Hot Swap: Yes
    Transfer Rate: not provided
    Connectivity: 2 Gb FC
    Release date: July 2005
    Base price range: Entry level configuration starts at $200,000 USD
    Software: http://www.emc.com/dsp/DisplayProducts
    Detailed Specs: http://www.emc.com/products/systems/symmetrix/DMX_series/pdf/C1304_Symmetrix_DMX3_SS_ldv.pdf
    Vendor URL: www.emc.com

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    Product: HP StorageWorks XP10000 Disk Array (1)

    Usable Capacity: 144GB to 51TB; depending on configuration
    Raw Capacity 288GB to 69TB
    # of Drives: Up to 240 hard drives (2)
    Drive Types: Dual ported Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop (FC-AL) interface
    Drive Capacity: 73 GB 15K rpm; 146 GB 10K rpm; 146 GB 15K rpm; 300 GB 10K rpm
    Drive Hot Swap: Yes
    Transfer Rate: Sequential Reads – 1.3 GB/sec; Cache random reads – 700,000 IO/sec
    Connectivity: 2 Gb FC; 4 Gb FC; ESCON; 2 Gbps FICON; iSCSI
    Release date: July 2005
    Base price range: Base price around $230,000
    Software: HP StorageWorks Command View XP Advanced Edition; HP StorageWorks XP Tiered Storage Manager; HP StorageWorks XP Provisioning Manager; HP StorageWorks XP Replication Monitor; HP StorageWorks LUN Configuration & Security Manager XP; HP StorageWorks Performance Advisor XP; HP StorageWorks Performance Control XP; HP StorageWorks Auto LUN XP; HP StorageWorks Data Exchange XP; HP StorageWorks Business Copy XP/Snapshot XP; HP StorageWorks Continuous Access XP/XP Extension/XP Journal; HP StorageWorks External Storage XP; HP StorageWorks RAID Manager XP; HP StorageWorks Flex Copy XP; HP StorageWorks Secure Path XP/Auto Path XP; HP StorageWorks Cluster Extension XP; HP StorageWorks XP Data Shredder; HP StorageWorks XP Disk/Cache Partition; HP StorageWorks Fast Recovery Solution XP; HP Storage Essentials
    Detailed Specs: http://h18006.www1.hp.com/products/storageworks/xp10000/index.html
    Vendor URL: www.hp.com

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    Product: HP StorageWorks XP12000 Disk Array (1)

    Usable Capacity: 288 GB - 290 TB; depending on drives
    Raw Capacity 576 GB - 332 TB
    # of Drives: Up to 1,152 hard drives (2)
    Drive Types: Dual ported Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop (FC-AL) interface
    Drive Capacity: 73 GB 15K rpm; 146 GB 10K rpm; 146 GB 15K rpm; 300 GB 10K rpm
    Drive Hot Swap: Yes
    Transfer Rate: Sequential Reads – 9.9 GB/sec; Cache random reads – 2.5 million IO/sec
    Connectivity: 2 Gb FC; 4 Gb FC; ESCON; 2 Gb FICON; iSCSI
    Release date: September 2004
    Base price range: Base price around $350,000
    Software: HP StorageWorks Command View XP Advanced Edition; HP StorageWorks XP Tiered Storage Manager; HP StorageWorks XP Provisioning Manager; HP StorageWorks XP Replication Monitor; HP StorageWorks LUN Configuration & Security Manager XP; HP StorageWorks Performance Advisor XP; HP StorageWorks Performance Control XP; HP StorageWorks Auto LUN XP; HP StorageWorks Data Exchange XP; HP StorageWorks Business Copy XP/Snapshot XP; HP StorageWorks Continuous Access XP/XP Extension/XP Journal; HP StorageWorks External Storage XP; HP StorageWorks RAID Manager XP; HP StorageWorks Flex Copy XP; HP StorageWorks Secure Path XP/Auto Path XP; HP StorageWorks Cluster Extension XP; HP StorageWorks XP Data Shredder; HP StorageWorks XP Disk/Cache Partition; HP StorageWorks Fast Recovery Solution XP; HP Storage Essentials
    Detailed Specs: http://h18006.www1.hp.com/products/storageworks/xp12000/index.html
    Vendor URL: www.hp.com

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    Product: HDS; TagmaStore AMS1000 (1)

    Usable Capacity: 173.8TB SATA Intermix; 129.4TB Fibre Channel
    Raw Capacity Over 200 TB
    # of Drives: 4–450 Fibre Channel; 0–420 SATA (2)
    Drive Types: SATA; Fibre Channel;
    Drive Capacity: 73GB (10K & 15K RPM); 146GB (10K & 15K RPM); 300GB (10K RPM); 250GB SATA (7200 RPM); 500GB SATA II (7200 RPM)
    Drive Hot Swap: Yes
    Transfer Rate: 13.7 Gbps Cached Bandwidth
    Connectivity: Fibre Channel: 8 @ 1, 2, or 4 Gbit/sec; OR 4 Fibre Channel ports AND iSCSI: 4 @ 1Gbit/sec; OR NAS: 8 @ 1Gbit/sec
    Release date: April 3, 2006
    Base price range: Under $80,000
    Software: IBM AIX; HP-UX; Sun Solaris; Microsoft Windows 2000, 2003; Windows Server 2003; Microsoft Simple SAN compliant; HP Tru64 UNIX; SGI IRIX; Novell NetWare; Linux; HP OpenVMS; VMWare; Apple MAC OS; IBM z/OS
    Detailed Specs: http://www.hds.com/products_services/midrange_specifications/
    Vendor URL: www.hds.com

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    Product: HDS; TagmaStore USP1100 (1)

    Usable Capacity: Up to 330 TB internal (up to 32 PB externally virtualized storage)
    Raw Capacity 280GB to 332TB internal
    # of Drives: 129-1152 drives (2)
    Drive Types: Fibre Channel
    Drive Capacity: not available
    Drive Hot Swap: Yes
    Transfer Rate: 81 GB/sec (Maximum Aggregate Bandwidth)
    Connectivity: Up to 192 Fibre Channel, 96 ESCON, or 96 FICON ports
    Release date: September 7, 2004
    Base price range: $600,000 USD
    Software: IBM AIX; HP-UX; Sun Solaris; Microsoft Windows 2000, 2003; Windows Server 2003; Microsoft Simple SAN compliant; HP Tru64 UNIX; SGI IRIX; Novell NetWare; Linux; HP OpenVMS; VMWare; Apple MAC OS; IBM z/OS
    Detailed Specs: http://www.hds.com/products_services/universal_storage_platform/specifications/
    Vendor URL: www.hds.com

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    Product: IBM System Storage DS8000 Series (1)

    Usable Capacity: 414GB to 249TB depending on configuration
    Raw Capacity 1.168 to 320TB
    # of Drives: Up to 640 hard drives (2)
    Drive Types: FATA; FC
    Drive Capacity: 500 GB FATA; 73, 146, 300 GB FC
    Drive Hot Swap: Yes
    Transfer Rate: up to 3GB/sec
    Connectivity: 2Gb and 4Gb FC/FICON; ESCON
    Release date: December 2004; New DS8000 Turbo: September 2006
    Base price range: $200,000 and up
    Software: i5/OS, OS/400, AIX, Solaris, HP-UX, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Linux for System z, z/OS, z/VM, VSE/ESA, TPF, Linux for System i, Linux for System p, Linux for Intel systems, OpenVMS, TRU64, NetWare, VMWare, Apple Macintosh OS X, Fujitsu Primepower, SGI IRIX
    Detailed Specs: ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/common/ssi/rep_sp/n/TSD00374USEN/TSD00374USEN.PDF
    Vendor URL: www.ibm.com

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    Product: Network Appliance Inc.; FAS6000 series

    Specifications unavailable at this time

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    Product: Sun StorageTek 9985 System (1)

    Usable Capacity: 56.5 TB, open systems, RAID5
    Raw Capacity 69 TB
    # of Drives: 0-240 hard drives (2)
    Drive Types: FC active-active
    Drive Capacity: 73GB 10K prm, 73GB 15K rpm, 146GB 10K rpm, 146GB 15K rpm, 300GB 10K rpm
    Drive Hot Swap: Yes
    Transfer Rate: 12.1 GB/sec aggregate bandwidth
    Connectivity: FC, NAS, ESCON, FICON, iSCSI
    Release date: July 11, 2005
    Base price range: Varies according to configuration and local business practices
    Software: not provided
    Detailed Specs: http://www.sun.com/storagetek/disk_systems/data_center/9985/
    Vendor URL: www.sun.com

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    Product: Sun StorageTek 9990 System (1)

    Usable Capacity: 287.8TB (with 300GB 10K rpm drives); open systems, RAID-5
    Raw Capacity 332 TB
    # of Drives: 5-1152 drives (2)
    Drive Types: FC active-active
    Drive Capacity: 73GB 10K rpm, 73GB 15K rpm, 146GB 10K rpm, 146GB 15K rpm, 300GB 10K rpm
    Drive Hot Swap: Yes
    Transfer Rate: 81GB/sec (aggregate bandwidth)
    Connectivity: FC, NAS, FICON, ESCON, iSCSI
    Release date: September 7, 2004
    Base price range: Varies according to configuration and local business practices
    Software: not provided
    Detailed Specs: http://www.sun.com/storagetek/disk_systems/data_center/9990/index.xml
    Vendor URL: www.sun.com

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    NOTES:

    (1) There are various configurations of this product model. Exact specifications depend on the selected/expanded configuration.
    (2) The exact number of drives/slots depends on selected options or expansion chassis.

    ** All prices shown are in US dollars (USD)

    LEGEND:

    FC: Fibre Channel
    GB: Gigabyte
    Gb: Gigabit
    iSCSI: Internet SCSI
    NL: Nearline
    RAID: Redundant Array of Independent Disks
    RPM: Rotations Per Minute
    SATA: Serial ATA
    TB: Terabyte


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