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IBM Introduces Cost-Effective, Easy-to-Use Entry Storage System

New Entry-Level Storage System Offers Reliable, Robust Solution With Simple Installation and Management

ARMONK, NY - 28 Aug 2007: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the System Storage™ DS3300, a robust, reliable and cost-effective new entry-level disk array featuring integrated management software designed to give small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) a simple and affordable solution to handle all their storage needs. The DS3300 brings iSCSI to the IBM System Storage D3000 series of products, providing the industry's broadest choice of interfaces.

"SMBs continue to face the same issues that large enterprises are dealing with when it comes to the deluge of data -- they are seeing an ever-increasing amount of feature-rich documents, limitless e-mails, audio and video files, data-intensive new applications, and a slew of government regulations by which they must abide," said Charlie Andrews, Director, IBM System Storage Product Marketing. "The DS3300 storage system provides an unprecedented solution to these issues, helping even the smallest of businesses to easily upgrade their infrastructures and better manage their data, without putting a strain on the IT administrator's time."

The DS3300 storage system is the newest addition to the IBM System Storage DS3000 product series and is designed to meet the consolidation needs for a wide range of users. With iSCSI interfaces, next-generation Serial-attached SCSI (SAS) back-end technology, and DS3000 management software, the DS3300 storage system provides businesses with robust, reliable, cost-effective shared storage. For even the smallest of businesses, transitioning direct attached storage (DAS) configurations to an IP (Internet Protocol) SAN is now virtually effortless. With Installation wizards to guide administrators through setup and configuration, even businesses that lack experienced IT staff can easily install a DS3300 solution.

"The DS3300 will be an ideal solution for SMBs who are transitioning from internal to external storage and have limited IT resources and expertise to dedicate to such a task," said Sean Hobday, Executive Vice President of Sales, Zones. "As an IBM System Storage volume reseller and Business Partner, we find that many small and medium businesses would benefit from a solution like the DS3300 and require quick and simple implementation and a value-add for their business."

The DS3300 is designed to provide as an easy-to-use IP SAN (iSCSI storage area network) solution for SMB customers looking for an alternative to a Fibre Channel SAN as they transition from a DAS environment. The DS3300 may be shared between applications, servers, computer rooms and remote locations for increased efficiencies across a company's IT environment.

The IBM System Storage DS3000 series of products now offers a full range of host interface options -- SAS, Fibre Channel and, now with the introduction of the DS3300, iSCSI rounds out the portfolio. All three interface-types provide flexible and scalable solutions that can deliver higher performance and reliability at an affordable price, so that an organization can choose the right technology base on their various requirements.

The DS3300 supports SAS hard disk drives and expansion via the IBM System Storage EXP3000 Expansion Unit for up to 14.4 terabytes of raw capacity that allow for the storage systems to scale up to 48 hard disk drives. Additionally, customers can elect to include enhanced data protection features such as FlashCopy for point-in-time, full volume copies of data, and VolumeCopy for full logical drive replication.

The IBM System Storage DS3300 will be generally available September 7, 2007 and will start at a list price of $5,000.

Simple SAN Solution
Additionally, IBM is announcing two new Express models based on the DS3400, the Fibre Channel array in the DS3000 series, that have achieved designation as Microsoft Simple SAN (Storage Area Network) Solutions. This qualification was developed by Microsoft to aid in providing customers with a simplified SAN installation and management experience.

The DS3400 solutions incorporate IBM SAN16B-2 Switches and IBM Emulex 4 Gbps FC 1-port PCI-E Enterprise Host Bus Adapters (HBA). In order to make the process of installing and managing a SAN as uncomplicated as possible, IBM is working with Emulex to deliver "EZPilot™" software to configure the various components of the DS3400 Express Kit and aid small and medium businesses in moving to the next step in their storage management. EZPilot™ ties together the DS3400, the Brocade Switch and the Emulex HBAs in a manner that takes the burden off of the IT manager and makes the installation process as smooth and easy as possible. This qualification further demonstrates the DS3000 series' ease of installation, use and management.

For more information about IBM and IBM System Storage, please visit www.ibm.com/storage.

Contact(s) information

Cary Barbour
IBM Media Relations
917-472-3564
barbour@us.ibm.com

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