IBM System Storage DS5020 Expresss

Manage growth, complexity, and risk with scalable, high-performance storage


Optimized data management requires storage solutions with high data availability, strong storage management capabilities and powerful performance features. IBM System Storage® DS5020 Express is designed to provide low total cost of ownership, high performance, robust functionality and unparalleled ease of use. As part of the System Storage DS5000 series storage system, DS5020 Express offers:

Achieve a low total cost of ownership

Facing relentless data growth and shrinking budgets, organizations continue to look for ways to improve efficiency and reduce costs. Utilizing 8 Gbps Fibre Channel connections allows companies to reduce the number of host bus adapters per server and the number of overall ports in their Fibre Channel SAN infrastructure without sacrificing performance, thus saving acquisition and operational costs.

Additionally, auto-negotiating 8 Gbps Fibre Channel interfaces allow DS5020 Express to integrate seamlessly into an existing 2 Gbps or 4 Gbps infrastructure, while offering investment protection going forward when the SAN inevitably becomes 8 Gbps.

The system is designed to help you avoid over-configuration for an affordable entry-point while offering seamless “pay-as-you-grow” scalability as requirements change. Its efficient storage use is designed to reduce raw capacity requirements. The ability to intermix high-performance and high-capacity drives enables tiered storage in a single enclosure. These unique abilities reduce the number of drives needed to meet performance and capacity demands and can significantly reduce acquisition and operational costs.

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