In expanding its line-up of storage solutions for small and medium businesses, IBM has enhanced its relationship with Network Appliance (NetApp) by offering a new unified storage system as well as expanded virtualisation interoperability and database backup software.
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The IBM System Storage N5600 appliance is the latest member of IBM's N series storage family and is designed to allow a migration path to the company's enterprise-class offerings, scaling to 252 terabytes of physical capacity. Two models are offered: The N5600 A10 is a single storage controller, while the N5600 A20 comes with dual storage controllers.
IBM has also made available interoperability between N series gateways and the IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller (SVC). IBM's SVC is designed to provide block level virtualisation, to help enable centralised management of managed storage resources and non-disruptive migration. IBM claims that the result is SAN storage access through a single IP portal without the high cost of Fibre Channel host bus adapters and port attachment fees.
“A key objective of IBM’s relationship with NetApp is to expand IBM's storage solutions for our business clients,” says Bob Mahoney, business line executive N series, IBM System Storage. “We listened to our customers who told us that easy scalability, virtualisation, resource optimisation and database interoperability are all at the top of their wish lists.”