IBM DS8880

Bulletproof hybrid data systems, made for the future of business


Innovative IT leaders are becoming the trusted service provider for their enterprises, moving quickly to deliver value across the ecosystem, enabling new services and business models. Achieving these goals requires a new perspective on the critical capabilities needed to empower business leaders. As organisations start to move at an ever-faster pace, they are required to gain insights faster, protect critical data, eliminate downtime and avoid business risk – all at the same time.

IBM storage systems have become imperative to helping IT leaders manage the changing conditions in the modern enterprise, including the dynamic demands of cloud, mobile, social and analytics strategies.

As IBM systems continue to expand into new workloads, IBM is introducing a new family of business-critical hybrid flash data systems to support the latest requirements. The new IBM DS8880 family is powered by the proven IBM DS8000 enterprise software platform and delivers mission-critical acceleration, uncompromising availability, unparalleled integration with IBM servers and transformational efficiency through leading-edge capabilities.

DS8880 is an enterprise storage system designed to enable your infrastructure for systems of insight with high-performance, high-capacity, secure storage for the most demanding mission-critical environments.

Common features

Hardware summary

Feature Benefits
Unparalleled integration with IBM z Systems and IBM Power servers
Scalable flash configurations
IBM POWER8 controllers
Innovative caching
Flexible configuration options with enterprise serial attached SCSI (SAS), nearline SAS, SSDs and ultra-fast flash cards
IBM Easy Tier
I/O Priority Manager (QoS manager)
Full Disk Encryption (FDE) drives
IBM FlashCopy
IBM Metro Mirror, Global Mirror, Metro/Global Mirror, IBM z/OS Metro/Global Mirror, Global Copy and Multiple Target Peer-to-Peer Remote Copy (MT-PPRC)
IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot
Intuitive GUI
Storage Tier Advisor
Thin provisioning
Copy Services Manager
Support for Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) and US government standards profile for IPv6
Models DS8870 (961, 96E) DS8880 (980, 981)
Shared symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) processor configuration IBM POWER8
DS8884 – dual 6 core
DS8886 – dual 8 core or dual 16 core/24 core
Processor memory for cache and nonvolatile storage (minimum/maximum) DS8884 – 64 gigabyte (GB) to 256 GB
DS8886 – 128 GB to 2 TB
Host adapter interfaces 4- and 8-port 8 gigabits per second (Gbps) or 4-port 16 Gbps
Fibre Channel (FC)/IBM FICON
Host adapters (minimum/maximum) 2/8 host adapter pairs
4- and 8-port 8 Gbps, or 4-port 16 Gbps
Fibre Channel/IBM FICON
Host ports (minimum/maximum) 8/128
Drive interface 6 Gbps point-to-point switched SAS-2 connection to an 8 Gbps FC backbone
Device adapters Up to 16 4-port, 8 Gbps
FC paths
Maximum physical storage capacity* 3,072 TB (hard disk drive (HDD)/ solid state drive (SSD)) + 96 TB (flash cards)
Drive sizes 400 GB flash cards (High-Performance Flash Enclosure)
200 GB flash drives
800 GB flash drives
1.6 TB flash drives
300 GB (15k rpm)
600 GB (15k rpm)
600 GB (10k rpm)
1.2 TB (10k rpm)
4 TB (7.2k rpm and 3.5-inch form factor)
RAID levels 5, 6, 10
Dimensions (height × width × depth) DS8884
1.91 m × 0.62 m × 1.38 m (6.27 ft × 2.03 ft × 4.53 ft) enclosure
DS8886 expandable to 46U enclosure
1.91 m × 0.62 m × 1.38 m (6.27 ft × 2.03 ft × 4.53 ft) 40U enclosure
2.19 m × 0.62 m × 1.38 m (7.19 ft × 2.03 ft × 4.53 ft) 46U enclosure
DS8884: up to three frames total
DS8886: up to five frames total
Dry bulb temperature 16°C – 32°C (60°F – 90°F)
Relative humidity (RH) 20% – 80%
Power supply Configurations: single-phase 50/60 Hertz (Hz)
Caloric value British Thermal Unit (BTU)/hr. (maximum) DS8884 (980)
DS8886 (981)
24279 BTU for A rack
23001 BTU for B rack
17679 BTU for C rack
Electrical power kWAa (maximum) DS8884 (980), DS8886 (981)
7.1 KW for A rack
6.7 KW for B rack
5.2 KW for C rack
Warranty All models: onsite service, same day, 24×7
4 years on type 2834 models
3 years on type 2833 models
2 years on type 2832 models
1 year on type 2831 models
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