IBM offerings target low end and midmarket

IBM is targeting the booming lower end of the market with a range of storage software and hardware products.

IBM is targeting the booming lower end of the market with a range of storage software and hardware products .

The FAStT600 storage server replaces the low-end FAStT200 server released last year. IBM said it would soon launch its FAStT700 server to replace the FAStT500.

The FAStT600 array has up to three times the performance and throughput of the previous FAStT200 model and ramps up to 6TB capacity, against the 1.47TB capacity of the previous model.

Harold Pike, worldwide product manager for IBM's FASt products, said the rack-mountable, fully redundant array comes with 2Gbit/sec Fibre Channel throughput and can be configured on the fly to include RAID levels and volume sizes.

The array has remote service alert capability, 80% higher performance in I/Os per second and 280% more bandwidth in sequential reads and writes than its predecessor.

Tony Prigmore, a storage analyst at Enterprise Storage Group, said the FASt product line has been an excellent price/performance product. "We expect the FASt targeted for this entry-level market will continue to lead that price/performance curve."

The FAStT600 will retail for $14,995.

IBM is also unveiling its Tivoli Storage Resource Manager (SRM) software, Express Edition, which installs on laptops and desktops, integrates with IBM's enterprise-class SRM application and is aimed at the workgroup or departmental level of enterprises.

The software delivers storage resource monitoring, more than 300 reporting tools, and historical data analysis with forecasting.

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