IBM goes crazy with storage system updatesIBM is releasing details on a lot of storage stuff today. We mean a lot. Like, three more than quite a bit. Plethora would not be conspicuous noun usage here. The announcement breaks down thusly: The DS8000 series is getting new functionality, so are the DS3000 and DS4000. IBM is adding a new Tape storage system to its SMB lineup. They're also adding enhancements for their virtualized disk and tape series. Let's start with the big gear and work our way down 'till we're fat and full on news. Together. System Storage DS8000 Turbo stuff Big Blue is releasing new goodies for its flagship high-tier disk storage system, the System Storage DS8000 Turbo series. Enhancements include a new licensed snapshot function called IBM FlashCopy SE. IBM claims data copies are more space efficient with the program because it uses only the capacity that's needed to save data updates. The DS8000 is also getting Dynamic Volume Expansion, a somewhat self-descriptive function that provides online volume expansion for application data growth. Also new to the update is Adaptive Multi-stream Pre-fetching, a caching technique that IBM says can enable up to double the throughput and dramatically reduce process time for data backup, batch processing, business intelligence and streaming media. IBM apromises boosted performance for storage pool striping as well as optimization for IBM System z customers to improve throughput for remote mirroring. DS8000 systems can also get a new piece of stand-alone software. IBM describes the new System Storage Productivity Center as a universal remote control for storage administrators. SSPC acts as a point to control device specific configurations with storage mapping, monitoring, and reports. The enhancements for System Storage DS8000 Turbo series will hit on November 16. While IBM FlashCopy SE will start at $6,500, the other features can be applied to new and existing DS80000 clients for free. IBM System Storage Productivity Center will hit at the date, with a starting price of $7,500. SMB disk and tape storage stuff IBM's System Storage DS3000 and DS4000 disk series are receiving some love, and attending the baby shower for a new mid-range tape storage system. The DS3000 series will get SATA support as well as support for IBM System p servers and BladeCenter Power blades. Customers can mix and mingle SAS and SATA drives to their heart's content. A step up to the DS4000 series of midrange storage, and there's still announcements to be had. Specifically, the DS4800, DS4700 Express and the DS4200 express are getting enhancements which break down nicely in bullets.
- Support for RAID 6 on DS4700 and DS4200 Express models.
- Support for greater than 2TB volumes on some operating systems.
- Up to 64 enhanced remote mirror pairs on the DS4700 and DS4200. Up to 128 on the DS4800.
- Up to 128 storage partitions on the DS4700 Express and DS4200 Express. Up to 512 partitions on the DS4800.
- Additionally, IBM has announced the lavishly-named System Storage TS2240 Tape Drive Express Model LTO 4 Half-High. For simplicity's sake, we'll just call it the System Storage TS2240 Tape Drive Express Model LTO 4 Half-High.
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