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IBM Expands Enterprise Storage Offerings With Introduction Of New High-End Storage Array

System Storage DS8700 Offers up to 150% Performance Improvement

SOMERS, NY - 22 Oct 2009: IBM today announced the introduction of new and enhanced storage systems to address the information infrastructure needs of its clients, including availability of the newest model of its high-end storage array for enterprise clients.

IBM is introducing the System Storage DS8700, the most advanced model in the DS8000 lineup, offering much higher performance, reliability and resiliency, as well as greater energy efficiency.  The DS8700 includes new dual IBM POWER6-based controllers, a new internal fabric interconnect, and upgraded device adapters that deliver a performance improvement of up to over 150%, compared to the most powerful previous model.  This enhances the DS8700's ability to support the most demanding business applications and business analytics requirements. 

The System Storage DS8700 enables clients to non-disruptively upgrade from base models to the most advanced models, allowing organizations to grow their systems as requirements increase without purchasing new systems. In addition to this flexible and scalable design, the DS8700 also allows clients to benefit from the investments they made in prior generations. For instance, the DS8700 offers full interoperability with the prior model's hard drives, drive enclosures, tools, scripts, and copy services. The new System Storage DS8700 is also more energy efficient, offering more than a 50 percent increase in IOPS/Watt than the previous DS8300 models. 

The introduction of System Storage DS8700 represents the latest addition to DS8000 line of high-end disk systems. Earlier this year, IBM was the first (and still only) vendor to introduce self-encrypting drives on it enterprise-class storage array. 

Also this year, IBM introduced Solid State Drives (SSDs) on the DS8000, and today unveiled plans to deliver SSD technology that exploits SSDs on the System Storage DS8700 through use of smart data placement, an initiative IBM unveiled in May.  To take advantage of SSDs in a tiered DS8700 system, IBM will enhance the DS8700’s ability to identify hot data and automatically migrate that data to and from solid-state and traditional spinning drives. This automated data relocation can help optimize data placement across tiers of drives with different price and performance attributes, helping clients more effectively balance system price and performance.  As one example, by moving only ten percent of the hottest data from fibre channel drives to solid state drives, it’s expected that clients can see approximately a 300 percent performance gain for high transaction workloads.

Expanded Information Infrastructure Portfolio
IBM today also is announcing enhancements to its N series line, including new Performance Accelerator Module (PAM II) cards, which are 16 and 32 times larger than the previous version, and offer increased cache memory to help improve response time by 30% across all N series systems, while helping to reduce power consumption by up to 50% compared to using traditional hard disk drives.  IBM is also introducing new IBM System Storage EXN3000 expansion disks (SAS) for the N series, which offer high capability and resiliency, and 22% better rack space efficiency, allowing more disks to be stored in fewer shelves. An essential technology to this launch is the new N series SnapManager for Microsoft Hyper-V, which provides customers with a virtualization management tool to enable automated data protection and disaster recovery for Microsoft Hyper-V environments. 

Today’s news is part of a series of storage-related plans IBM has made in recent weeks, including announcements that its storage virtualization offering, SAN Volume Controller (SVC), is now delivering the industry’s first integrated Solid State Drive support. The tight integration of SSDs with SVC enables businesses to take advantage of the high throughput capabilities of solid state by delivering up to 800,000 operations per second. 

Also this month, IBM unveiled plans around a Smart Business System called IBM Information Archive, an integrated hardware and software solution that will help organizations address their complete information retention needs by enabling organizations to leverage different tiers of storage, including disk and tape, with policy-based management that automatically moves less active information to more cost-effective storage systems. The archived data can be accessed in a private cloud computing environment, even if it's stored on tape media, addressing one of the key promises of cloud computing -- to provide seamless access to information no matter where it resides.

The System Storage DS8700 will be available on October 23.

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Mike Darcy
IBM Media Relations
914-766-4777
mdarcy@us.ibm.com

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The System Storage DS8700 is the most advanced model in the DS8000 lineup of high-end disk systems. With the addition of the IBM System Storage Easy Tier feature, the DS8700 can make it easier and more economical for clients to manage data in tiers by automatically placing clients' most critical data on faster solid-state drives.

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