IBM grows storage product range

IBM has announced a series of new products in its storage line, stepping up its rivalry with EMC.

IBM has announced a series of new products in its storage line, stepping up its rivalry with EMC.
The hardware giant has introduced two new models – the IBM System Storage DS8100 Turbo and DS8300 Turbo systems – to its high-end range.

The new products are based on Power5+ processors and offer a performance improvement of up to 15% for transaction processing, compared with earlier models in the DS8000 range. They have been designed to reduce demand on network resources to simplify management and cut infrastructure costs.
IBM has also announced enhancements to its System Storage DS6000, which will now support Fibre Channel ATA drives (FATA), tiered storage options and TPC for Replication. The DS6000 series also come with a new Enterprise Choice warranty service option.

The company’s tie-up with Network Appliance has led to the introduction of a new System Storage N7000 family, a line of unified storage products based on NetApp technology. The N7600 and N7800 models offer Fibre Channel and SATA disk drive support and provide simultaneous NAS, iSCSI and 4Gbps FC SAN (FCP) attachment. The N series models are also scalable up to 504 terabytes of physical capacity.

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