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IBM Storage Area Network (SAN) - Disk Storage System

IBM System Storage DS3500 Express

Highlights

  • Includes 6 Gbps SAS systems to deliver midrange performance and scalability at entry-level prices
  • Provides built-in management expertise in intuitive and powerful storage management software
  • Provides investment protection and cost-effective backup and recovery with remote mirror across Fibre Channel and compatibility with DS5000 and DS4000
  • Provides relentless data security with full disk encryption and supports high performing SSD drives
  • Offers NEBS and ETSI compliance and support for 48 V DC power supplies

IBM has combined best-of-breed development with leading 6 Gbps host interface and drive technology in the IBM® System Storage® DS3500 Express®. With its simple, efficient and flexible approach to storage, the DS3500 is a cost-effective, fully integrated complement to IBM System x® servers, IBM BladeCenter® and IBM Power Systems™. Offering substantial improvements at a price that fits most budgets, the DS3500 delivers superior price to performance ratios, functionality, scalability and ease of use for the entry-level storage user.
 

IBM DS3500 Express offers:

  • Scalability to midrange performance and features starting at entry-level prices.
  • Efficiency to help reduce annual energy expenditures and environmental footprint.
  • Simplicity that does not sacrifice control with the perfect combination of robustness and ease of use.

Common features:

  • Next-generation 6 Gbps SAS systems deliver midrange performance and scalability at entry-level prices
  • Data consolidation to ensure data availability and efficiencies across the organization
  • Energy saving implementations for cost savings today and tomorrow
  • The DS3500 meets the NEBS telecommunications specification requiring robust abilities and support for 48 V DC power supplies
  • Management expertise built into an intuitive and powerful storage management software
  • Investment protection and cost-effective backup and recovery with 16 remote mirror capability across Fibre Channel host ports and compatibility with DS5000 and DS4000
  • Mixed host interfaces support enables DAS and SAN tiering, reducing overall operation and acquisition costs
  • Relentless data security with local key management of full drive encryption drives
  • Drive and expansion enclosure intermix cost-effectively meets all application, rack and energy efficiency requirements
  • Support for solid-state drives, high-performance SAS drives, near-line SAS drives, SED drives
  • DS Storage Manager software
    • Partitioning (128)
    • IBM FlashCopy® (256)
    • Volume Copy (255)
    • Remote Mirroring through Fibre Channel host ports (16)

Hardware summary

  • Dual active, hot-swappable controllers
  • Four interface options—SAS, iSCSI/SAS, FC/SAS
  • Four or eight 6 Gbps SAS ports
  • Eight 8 Gbps FC ports and four 6 Gbps SAS ports
  • Eight 1 Gbps iSCSI ports and four 6 Gbps SAS ports
  • Four 10 Gbps iSCSI ports and four 6 Gbps SAS ports
  • Two 6 Gbps SAS drive expansion ports
  • Up to 192 drives—high performance and nearline (NL) SAS, SSD and SED SAS drives
  • EXP3512 (2U 12 3.5-in drive) and EXP3524 (2U 24 2.5-in drives) enclosures
  • Enclosures can be intermixed behind a controller
  • 1 GB cache per controller with 2 GB upgrade
  • Mirrored, battery-backed, destaged to flash
  • Power and cooling module houses power supplies, redundant cooling fans
  • All primary components are hot-swappable CRUs and can be easily accessed and removed or replaced
  • DC-powered models available in enclosures for 24 drives of 2.5 in. (DS3524 and EXP2524)


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