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SOMERS, NY - 03 Jun 2003: IBM today announced general availability dates for its first two storage virtualization products, industry-leading solutions designed to help customers ease complexity and boost productivity in storage area networks (SAN) while supporting high scalability, availability and performance.
The IBM TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller and IBM SAN Integration Server, both with an announced general availability date of July 25th, are designed to enable a centralized point of control for volume management, increase storage administrator productivity, provide a common platform for advanced functions like copy services, quality of service and data protection as well as to improve storage capacity utilization -- a key problem for customers.
"IBM has invested in a robust architecture that delivers a virtualization solution with high availability along with high performance and scalability attributes," said Brian Truskowski, general manager, IBM Storage Software. "More importantly, with the new solutions, IBM further demonstrates its focus on delivering more choices in integrated, interoperable storage solutions for the on demand operating environment than any other vendor."
IBM's unique design provides near linear performance scalability by adding more I/O Groups that enable the SAN Volume Controller to scale storage capacity by simply adding disks to the attached storage arrays. Scaling for throughput and capacity is done "on the fly," without disrupting applications, to help keep data operations running continuously. This results in support for up to 280,000 I/Os per second and up to 1780 MB/sec of throughput and up to two petabytes of pooled storage.
The SAN Volume Controller, with a base configuration price of $60,000, is a storage solution integrating virtualization software with customized hardware engines -- specifically, IBM eServer xSeries servers running an operating environment based on a Linux 2.4 kernel.
Targeted at customers looking to implement a new storage area network, the SAN Integration Server, with a base configuration price of $140,000, leverages the SAN Volume Controller's virtualization technology innovations, along with leading Fibre Channel switches and IBM FAStT storage, integrated into a pre-configured solution, delivered and installed as a complete SAN solution.
"In today's difficult economy, there is tremendous pressure to reduce IT costs," said Jerry Campanella, Senior Vice President of National City Corporation, the Cleveland-based banking and financial services company with assets over $100 billion, which has deployed IBM's new virtualization engine to increase efficiency (www.ibm.com/storage/software/virtualization/saying.html). "Business requirements are demanding large growth in open system storage and increased availability. I believe that the new functionality offered through storage virtualization products such as IBM's SAN Volume Controller will allow us to lower our costs and improve service to meet these increasing demands."
IBM will ship virtualization products that initially support IBM storage servers, with plans to support non-IBM storage systems later in 2003. Customers that purchase the initial version will be able to upgrade as this support becomes available.
TotalStorage Proven Interoperable Solutions with ISVs
Underscoring IBM's focus on interoperability in multi-vendor environments, the TotalStorage Virtualization Family will also be initiated into the IBM TotalStorage Proven Program on July 25th.
The TotalStorage Proven Program has produced more than 300 pre-tested solutions, and IBM today introduced 19 more independent software vendor (ISV)-tested solutions, including those validated by SAP and Informatica.
"Informatica is pleased to participate in the IBM TotalStorage Proven program. We believe our work with IBM to pre-test our PowerCenter 6 product on the ESS Model 800 and pSeries and DB2 EEE provide customers with leading-edge solutions that can help them avoid interopeability hassles," said Joe Casimir, Informatica, Global Alliance Manager.
Through the programs, applications and hardware are tested with IBM storage technology to help identify interoperable solutions for customers. Lufthansa, the German national airline carrier, for example, chose an IBM TotalStorage Proven solution because it required a storage solution that could support its SAP installation.
"Our IBM Enterprise Storage Servers represent a substantial component for scalability, performance and data availability in the SAP systems with approximately 16 TB of data," said Bertram Schon, Director of Enterprise Application Integration, Lufthansa Systems GmbH.
A complete list of TotalStorage Proven offerings can be accessed at www.ibm.com/totalstorage/proven.
New IBM LTO Tape Autoloader Offers Industry's Fastest Performance
The new models of the IBM TotalStorage Ultrium Tape Autoloader 3581 incorporate Ultrium 2 tape drive technology. The new drives support tape drive performance of more than double over generation 1 LTO Ultrium Tape Drives (Ultrium 1), with up to 35 MB/sec native data transfer rate (70 MB/sec with 2:1 compression). The new models, which have announced general availability date of June 27th, offer high capacity, performance, and technology designed for the midrange open systems environment.
"With floor space an ever-growing issue, the new 200GB capacity of the IBM Ultrium 2 tape drives will help our customers address their growing data requirements within their existing tape libraries," said Dave West, Vice President of Business Development, CommVault.
"The blazing speed of the new IBM Ultrium 2 tape drives, combined with BakBone's NetVault, will help our customers cope with their ever-shrinking back-up windows," said Peter Eck, Vice President of Marketing, BakBone Software. "We are pleasantly surprised to see that the Ultrium 2 tape drives are more robust and powerful in sustained data rates compared to the Ultrium 1 tape drive."
Additionally, new IBM TotalStorage Ultrium Tape Cartridges 3589 Models 006 and 007 (Ultrium 200 GB) and enhancements to the TotalStorage Tape Library 3584, now with 16 frames and over 1.3 petabytes storage (2:1) and new usage, availability and management features will be available to customers August 1st.
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