IBM rolls out entry-level storage

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IBM rolls out entry-level storage

Antony Savvas

IBM has unveiled an entry-level storage system for small and medium size enterprises and the distributed storage networks of large firms.

The System Storage DS3000 Series disc arrays come with integrated management software to deliver a simpler and more affordable system. IBM said its intuitive Storage Manager software would allow customers to set up and manage their data resources in six easy steps.

Jim Gargan, vice president and business line executive for IBM, said, “Small and medium businesses are faced with managing a rising tide of feature-rich e-mail and greater file-print requirements, while large enterprises are implementing new applications, including video security and digital imaging. 

“These customers need an entry storage product that can grow to meet their needs.”

The DS3000 Series consists of the DS3200 and the DS3400. Both products offer an entry-level single controller model and a dual controller model to help maintain data-availability.

The DS3200 is a direct-attached storage system that supports clustering and provides a 3Gbps SAS connection to the host.

The DS3400 system, which can be direct-attached or used in a storage area network, is designed to accommodate 4Gbps Fibre Channel connectivity. 

Both systems support 12 SAS hard-disc drives for 3.6 terabytes, and up to three EXP3000 enclosures for greater than 14.4 terabytes of raw capacity.

Prices for the IBM System Storage DS3200 start at £2,400; the DS3400 starts at £3,400.

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