What can it do for your business?

IBM DS8880 offers two business-critical hybrid-flash data solutions designed to support your cognitive business in the digital era.

These bulletproof data systems are powered by the proved IBM DS8000 enterprise software platform. They deliver mission-critical acceleration, uncompromising availability, unparalleled integration with IBM servers, and transformational efficiency.

Evaluator Group explains how next-generation IBM DS8880 solutions reduce costs and address the need for greater storage system performance in mission-critical applications.


Bulletproof world-class design boosts performance and avoids data loss

  • Improve business efficiency while reducing operating expenses
  • Manage business data growth with up to 3.2 times more capacity in the same physical space* for storage consolidation and data-volume demanding workloads
  • Enable faster decision making with up to 2 times better performance
  • Provide excellent business continuity with 24x7 access to data on high-demand transaction processing workloads where data integrity is critical

Two customisable model options to meet your business needs

IBM DS8884 business-class system

Provides advanced, easy-to-use functionality for running critical workloads on mainframes, IBM Power servers or distributed systems, either as a dedicated platform for consolidated systems or for multiple platforms. Delivered within an affordable, flexible and space-saving package.

IBM DS8886 enterprise-class system

Streamlines operations and improves customer serviceability with a hybrid storage solution. Is backed by 24x7 availability and extreme functionality for multi-site replication and deep integration with IBM z Systems, IBM Power or distributed systems. All provided in a dense yet expandable package.

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Features and benefits

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, solid state drive (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 graphical user interface (GUI)
Storage Tier Advisor
Thin provisioning
Super Parallel Access Volumes (Super PAVs)
Copy Services Manager
Support for Internet Protocol (IP) version 6 (IPv6) and US government standards profile for IPv6
Transparent Cloud Tiering


Models DS8870 (961, 96E) DS8880 (984, 985, 986, 982)
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 Gbps or 4-port 16 Gbps
Fibre Channel/IBM FICON
Host adapters (minimum/maximum) 2/8 host adapter pairs
4- and 8-port 8 gigabits per second (Gbps), or 4-port 16 Gbps
Fibre Channel (FC)/IBM FICON
Host ports (minimum/maximum) 8/128
Drive interface 6 gigabits per second (Gbps) point-to-point switched SAS-2 connection to an 8 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC) backbone
Device adapters Up to 16 4-port, 8 Gbps
FC paths
Maximum physical storage capacity* 4,608 TB (hard disk drive (HDD)/solid state drive SSD) + 614 TB (flash cards)
HDD/SDD sizes 200 gigabyte (GB) flash drives
400 GB flash drives
800 GB flash drives
1.6 terabyte (TB) flash drives
300 GB (15k revolutions per minute (rpm)
600 GB (15k rpm)
600 GB (10k rpm)
1.2 TB (10k rpm)
1.8 TB (10k rpm)
4 TB (7.2k rpm and 3.5-inch form factor)
6 TB (7.2k rpm and 3.5-inch form factor)
Flash cards High-Performance Flash Enclosure:
400 GB
800 GB
High-Performance Flash Enclosure Gen2:
400 GB
800 GB
1,600 GB
3,200 GB
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 20% – 80%
Power supply Configurations: single-phase 50/60 Hz
Caloric value British thermal unit (BTU)/hr. (maximum) DS8884 (984)
18425 BTU for Base Frame
18084 BTU for Expansion Frame
DS8886 (985) Single Power
25249 BTU for Base Frame
22519 BTU for Expansion frame
DS8886 (986) Three Phase Power
22860 BTU for Base Frame
21837 BTU for Expansion Frame
Electrical power kVA (maximum) DS8884 (984)
5.4 kVA for Base Frame
5.3 kVA for Expansion Frame
DS8886 (985) Single Power
7.4 kVA for Base Frame
6.6 kVA for Expansion frame
DS8886 (986) Three Phase Power
6.7 kVA for Base Frame
6.4 kVA for Expansion Frame
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
Supported systems For more details on supported servers, visit: ibm.com/systems/in/storage/disk

Featured product tour

Both the DS8886 and DS8884 are built around new IBM POWER8® multicore processors embedded into dual controllers within the system.

They also come with a new IO Bay interconnect that features PCIe Gen 3 for increased internal component interconnection bandwidth and up to 128 ports for external host connectivity.

See how IBM DS8880 delivers enhanced performance with IT agility

Evaluator Group report

Reduce operational support costs and address the need for greater storage system performance in mission–critical applications.

Frost and Sullivan report

Discover key strategies for protecting your business and preparing for the data-driven future.


Get higher performance with lower operating costs, especially in the mission-critical and mainframe environments where DS8880 systems are deployed.


See how DS8880 helps the world’s largest companies accelerate insights, minimise downtime, and protect the security of millions of customers.


Enable high availability with multiple target peer to peer remote copy, delivering increased resiliency and flexibility in disaster recover implementations.

Solution brief

Enable your data centre for systems of insight and cloud environments with unparalelled integration with IBM Power servers.