IBM System Storage DS8000 series

Enable your infrastructure for systems of insight with next-generation enterprise storage


Organisations of every industry are facing an overwhelming challenge as data volumes continue to climb and IT budgets continue to shrink. They are reinventing themselves to embrace digital business and find new ways to gain value from their data. A successful transformation requires an infrastructure that is designed to handle the explosive growth of data and provide real-time insights. DS8870 can help organisations spend less time managing storage and more time exploring ways to exploit data to grow their businesses. Quick and reliable data access is the driving force behind initiatives such as analytics, cloud and mobile computing and the sixth-generation DS8870 system sets the standard for what an enterprise storage system should be with extraordinary performance, reliability, security and agility.

DS8870 can bring simplicity to your systems of insight with self-optimising performance for the mainframe and an extensive variety of distributed server platforms. Plus with the agility and automation to manage all these workloads simultaneously, DS8870 can greatly reduce the challenge of managing your complex IT environment as your business requirements change.

The logical choice

To support your most demanding, business-critical applications, DS8870 combines rock-solid resiliency and intelligent flash performance to deliver consistent microsecond (μs) application response times.1 The ability to select from all-flash, hybrid-flash or traditional disk configuration options gives the confidence needed to support the dynamic applications that sit at the heart of your business. To that end, DS8870 delivers a range of self-tuning features – such as intelligent caching algorithms, automated QoS management and advanced storage tiering that can optimise data placement between itself and the enterprise servers attached to it. DS8870 also boasts world-class High Availability (HA) and special integration with z Systems that deliver extraordinary value. For organisations seeking an ideal combination of performance, HA, resilience and agility, DS8870 is the logical choice.

DS8870 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
True synergy and deep integration with IBM z Systems and IBM Power servers
Scalable all-flash and hybrid-flash options
Multiple IBM Power-based SMP controllers
High-capacity cache with innovative caching algorithms
Flexible configuration options with enterprise Serial Attached SCSI (SAS), nearline SAS and ultra-fast flash storage
IBM Easy Tier
Storage Tier Advisor
I/O Priority Manager (QoS manager)
Thin provisioning
Full Disk Encryption (FDE) drives
IBM FlashCopy
IBM FlashCopy SE
IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager
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)
Intuitive GUI
Support for Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) and US government standards profile for IPv6
Models DS8870 (961, 96E)
Shared Symmetric Multiprocessing (SMP) processor configuration IBM POWER7+ dual 2-core, 4-core, 8-core or 16-core
Other major processors IBM PowerPC, ASICs
Processor memory for cache and nonvolatile storage (minimum/maximum) 16 Gigabytes (GB)/1,024 GB
Host adapter interfaces 4- and 8-port 8 Gbps or 16 Gbps
Fibre Channel/IBM FICON
Host adapters (minimum/maximum) 2/16
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
Disk sizes 400 GB flash cards (High-Performance Flash Enclosure)
200 GB flash drives
800 GB flash drives
1.6 TB flash drives
146 GB (15k rpm)
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) 193.4 cm × 84.8 cm × 122.7 cm (76.14 in. × 33.39 in. × 48.31 in.) per frame, up to four frames total
Maximum weight 1,259 kg (2,775 lb) base frame
1,157 kg (2,545 lb) first expansion
1,068 kg (2,355 lb) additional frames
Dry bulb temperature 16°C – 32°C (60°F – 90°F)
Relative humidity 20% – 80%
Power supply Configurations: single-phase or three-phase 50/60 Hz
Caloric value British Thermal Unit (BTU)/hr. (maximum) 25,000 (961 frame)
19,605 (96E frame)
Electrical power kva (maximum) 7,3 (961 rack)
5,8 (96E rack)
Warranty All models: Customer-Replaceable Unit (CRU) and onsite service, same day, 24×7
4 years on type 2424 models
3 years on type 2423 models
2 years on type 2422 models
1 year on type 2421 models
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